New York City asked, “How can we build more green space in our cities?” Then it asked an even crazier question, “What if the sun could shine underground?” Now it’s making plans to build a ginormous, luscious underground park with natural light.
China’s green energy program is one of the largest, and most underreported, in the world. However, economic development is also a priority to the country’s government, and it’s often the case that growth comes at the expense of the environment. This leaves stakeholders asking: Can China’s environmental cleanup catch up with its economic development?
Spurred by the Charleston massacre — and subsequent protests to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s capitol building — mega-retailers like Walmart and Sears have decided to discontinue all of their Confederate flag merchandise.
Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create meaning and a core purpose at your company, here are the top five inspiring — and practical — steps.
SPECIAL SERIES: Creativity & Social Innovation
There is a critical connection between play and 21st-century skills like creativity, problem-solving and collaboration. When corporate employees volunteer to build playgrounds in their communities, they might just be participating in long range workforce development.
What does it really mean to repurpose the waste we generate? Well, for one, it means thinking outside the box, as these architects and their students have demonstrated. They say they have found the secret ingredient to sustainable homes: our waste.
Bridging political and economic divides as well as religious faiths, Interfaith Power & Light sees Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical as a powerful call for stronger climate change action and greater renewable energy use. 3p spoke with IPL president and founder, Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, about the Pope’s message and its possible ramifications.
First Green Bank is employing a new business model in building a community-focused “green” bank in the heart of Florida. The winner of Ernst & Young’s 2015 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, CEO Ken LaRoe and First Green’s bankers are intent on going beyond sustainability to regenerate central Florida environmentally and socially, as well as economically.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the nod to increasing the country’s solar capacity five-fold, to a goal of 100 gigawatts by 2022. The environmental progress doesn’t come without a pinch in the pursestrings: The 100 GW target is expected to cost around 600,000 crore, an equivalence of a whopping US$100 billion.
No more letter writing, Craigslist digging or labor-intensive GoFundMe campaigns to manage when setting up a profile on Good360 will do.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
In the late 1990s, faced with overwhelming public anger, Nike accepted responsibility for poor working conditions in its supplier factories and vowed to change. Now, the company is considered a corporate responsibility leader. As a result, the apparel giant has not only gained props with consumers, but also gleaned tangible business benefits.
Newhaven is a slightly run-down harbor town with a busy ferry port in East Sussex, England. In recent years, the area has received government funding as part of an effort to regenerate the town and port. To make locals part of the process, officials recruited photographer Carlotta Luke to artfully document the revitalization of Newhaven step by step.
Hungry farmers needed help. Chipotle said, “Hey, we know a little bit about food.” Then the fast-casual chain jumped on a tractor with the International Rescue Committee.
A study was just released that says outdoor green spaces make kids smarter. After a year, the participants who were exposed to the most green areas experienced an overall memory increase by an average of 22.8 percent, and inattentiveness declined by 18.9 percent. Not too shabby for a walk in the park!
Much of the shortsighted, flawed thinking that helps maintain the generational gap also works to hinder the sustainability movement. Let’s break it down: Although people long to understand each other, they also long for shortcuts to understanding each other. Each attempt to cultivate a list of defining characteristics – tree-hugger, gas-guzzler, baby boomer, millennial – is another misguided endeavor to find a relational shortcut.