This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.


Volkswagen Is Not Alone in Emissions, Performance Problems

Critics are asking why it took the EPA and California Air Resources Board 18 months to tell consumers that they were aware of serious emissions problems with some VW diesel vehicles. And while fed and state regulators say they will be looking more closely at other brands, a European advocacy group has already determined that VW is not alone in its problems, and that there needs to be greater oversight in testing by government regulators.


Bipartisan Carbon Tax Back From the Dead

These politicians believe a hefty corporate tax break is key to gaining bipartisan support for an aggressive carbon tax. Will it provide Republicans with enough political cover to stand up to the fossil fuel industry?


Divestment’s Impact is More Than Just Money

The divestment campaign – a grassroots movement to get public pensions, university endowments, and other large funds to remove fossil fuels companies from their portfolios – has garnered some huge victories recently.

Natural Capital

The Economics of Natural Capital

Most businesses are dependent on Mother Nature to extract natural resources and most businesses benefit from ecosystem services. However it is becoming clear that these assets are finite and we simply don’t have enough natural materials to meet the linear supply and demand economy.

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Volkswagen Scandal Ripples Through Entire Auto Industry

EPA is “upping its game” in response to the Volkswagen scandal and “putting manufacturers on notice” that the agency will be looking specifically for defeat devices. He wouldn’t give away any specifics, except to let manufacturers know that “we will be keeping your car longer.”

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Japan Smart Cities Project Wraps Up With Impressive Results

Smart cities are expected to be an $8 trillion market by 2030, with primary sectors including energy, public service, home network, and healthcare. A recent pilot in Japan showed impressive results, especially when combined with behavior change initiatives.


Be Part of a Movement: The Biomimicry Track at SXSW Eco

What if biomimicry influenced as many areas of human endeavor as possible, from urban renaissance, to food security, to CO2 drawdown? Janine Benyus shares some highlights from the upcoming SXSWeco biomimicry track.

Diversity in Tech

Five Strategies to Promote Diversity in Tech

Diversity in the tech community is a hot topic these days as several industry giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google try to shed the unfavorable public perception of being a boys club. It’s no secret that Silicon Valley is made up predominately of straight, white, men. However, there are several tech companies who are aware of the lack of diversity and have made a commitment to undergo significant changes. These five strategies will help tech companies build more diverse, inclusive and resilient organizations.


XPrize to Pay $20M for Successful Carbon Capture + Conversion

Always wanted to win $20 million? Well, now’s your chance. Figure out how, and what to convert the world’s carbon emissions to, and you’ll have the attention of scientists all over the world. Oh, and you may just solve one of the biggest challenges yet facing our battle against climate change.

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Volkswagen, Audi Return 2009 & 2010 Green Car of the Year Awards

Volkswagen and Audi agreed to return “Green Car of the Year” awards bestowed upon them in 2009 and 2010 for “clean diesel” models in the wake of the unfolding emissions scandal that could cost the company up to $18 billion in fines and penalties.