California's Santa Margarita Lake holds a fraction of its usual water supply due to the state's ongoing drought.

California’s Unexpected Water Conservation Leaders: Commercial Property Owners

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that’s not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and commercial property investors are already leaders in water conservation measures for office, industrial and other commercial facilities. However, if the rules become even stricter, conserving even more water could present a challenge.

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Is There a Shell Game Occurring on Renewable Energy?

Speaking this month at an OPEC’s 167th meeting in Vienna, Shell’s Ben van Beurden said traditional energy sources should integrate and work together with clean technologies to provide sustainable and economically-sensible power for the future.

Along with lush forests and pristine beaches, Puerto Rico is flush with something America is all too familiar with -- debt.

What Can We Learn From the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis?

Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant amount of debt. Put yourself in the shoes of the Puerto Rican government. How would you pay that off?

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The Rise of the For-Profit, Socially-Responsible Corporation in Canada

Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate — to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a new type of for-profit corporation, the benefit corporation, which has a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet. It’s time for Canada to do the same, these two lawyers argue.

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EPA Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

The EPA’s five-year project analyzed the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply for human consumption. The study was mostly a compilation of data drawn from different scientific databases — more than 950 sources in all.

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Democrats and Republicans Agree: Campaign Finance Needs Reform

With the 2016 election approaching, spending records are poised to be shattered once again by the prospective Democratic and Republican nominees. A recent poll issued by the New York Times found that Americans of both major parties agree that measures should be taken to restrict the influence of wealthy donors in such important races.

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Study Reveals Failure to Achieve U.N. Environmental Sustainability Goal

Results in realizing the U.N. Millennium Development environmental sustainability goal have been uneven and data gathering and reporting lacking in many countries, Toronto-based IISD highlights. In its last year, key MDG-7 constistuent goals and targets have by and large not been reached.

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Cause Marketing: The Success of Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign

Does cause marketing actually work? New data shows Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign is encouraging Americans to drink more water. Although some have tossed stones at its partners in the bottled water industry, some point to the campaign as a model for every sector, for one simple reason: It’s working.

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BASF CreatorSpace NYC Confronts Post-Sandy Neighborhood Realities

BASF’s Creator Space Summits tour, which will head to New York City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Ludwigshaven, invite an array of co-creators to wrestle with challenging problems of our time. Happening now, the NYC event is grappling with the question of the future of Red Hook, a vibrant, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood at the southern tip of Brooklyn that was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

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Money and Climate Change: Can We Foot the Bill?

If we are serious about zeroing our carbon footprint we need to at least quadruple the pace of investment in renewable energy. How can we do that when there are other things like economic development, roads, education, healthcare and defense that need more money too? We need to increase the amount of money we have to work with.