I’ve spent more than 25 years working on major extractive projects around the world, helping operators and planners to engage and collaborate with local communities and address local concerns, to earn and maintain a ‘social license’ and align community and shareholder interests. Last week a major liquified natural gas (LNG) project was announced for my backyard: 2.5 miles from my home on Vancouver Island in Canada and right beside where I love to catch prawns and crabs with my little boat.
Twitter’s recent announcement that it is setting diversity goals for 2016 is no surprise. It’s the latest tech company to ‘come clean’ about its remarkable hiring practices when it comes to women and ethnic minorities. But even with its bold leadership goals for next year, some analysts say the metrics aren’t the answer. The corporate structure that gets those numbers is what needs to change.
Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action needs to be taken. Using sustainable aid is the long-term solution to the issue of poverty. Not only does this approach provide a new beginning for families, but it also a brighter future for their communities.
A newly formed company called Vivergy allows you to see what the air quality is in your town and relates it back to secondhand smoke. TriplePundit’s RP Siegel spoke with Vivergy’s founder and CEO, Kevin Kononenko, about this undertaking.
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Deciding to pursue higher education can be unnerving, especially if you’ve already found a job you love. But Tim Trefzer, a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU, proves it’s possible to get the best of both worlds. By choosing a degree program that allowed him to study in person and online, Trefzer was able to keep his dream green job — overseeing environmentally-friendly events and sports games in Atlanta — while continuing his education.
Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for its impact on indigenous women and their communities, argues economist Rebecca Adamson.
The next time you need to swap your toothbrush, buy a new pair of shoes or are craving a night out on the town, look to these one-for-one brands to make a difference at the same time.
Last month in a keynote speech, Malcolm Gladwell presented an interesting paradox: How come, he asked, levels of trust among Millennials are at all time low, while services based on trust, like Airbnb and Uber are flourishing? His explanation leaves something missing.
Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream. How can recyclers, retailers and governments make it easier and simpler for consumers to recycle their electronic devices?
Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.
Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.
Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment. This makes the nonprofit sector an ideal partner for the Fed.
Today, TriplePundit and Diplomatic Courier hosted Mars, Inc., IBM Research, The World Food Prize and National Geographic Magazine for a special Twitter Chat about the intersection of food and sustainability – at #FutureOfFood. Special thanks to Mars, Incorporated for sponsoring the conversation!
Thanks to an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, California is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. But the state has a dirty little secret for keeping wildfires at bay: recruiting prison laborers.