A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will help – and specific actions you can take.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Earlier this month, the EPA announced a new labeling program to certify the safety of a number of household chemicals. The Safer Choice label applies to kitchen and bath cleaners, carpet cleaners, and laundry soaps that are certified as having “the safest possible ingredients to make a high-performing product.”
Big and small governments have tried through the years to change the vernacular that is used regarding controversial policies they don’t wish to accept. Now the Florida governor’s office has been accused of banning ‘climate change’ references from state communications. But will it make a difference?
Last week, “Under The Dome,” a biting documentary about China’s air pollution problem went viral in the country, garnering more than 300 million views – the equivalent of more than a fifth of China’s population watching it, according to the Guardian. But on Friday, Chinese video websites deleted the film, under orders from state censors, the New York Times reported.
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) found that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has an unwritten policy that the words “climate change” and “global warming” are not to be used in any official documents, including emails.
A growing body of sector research is shining light on the principles of how social enterprises can use outcome monitoring to strengthen mission and deliver a blended bottom line. It’s good governance that provides the key to successful monitoring — and to delivering profit with benefit.
Whole Foods has long touted its “something great” tilapia, but the company is cagey about where they source it. No wonder: some is thanks to prison labor.
Renewables in Colorado have grown tremendously since the state implemented its Renewable Energy Standard in 2004 — creating 22,000 jobs. But the standard still faces attacks.
According to energy data released by the Chinese government last week, the country’s consumption of coal fell by 2.9 percent in 2014 – the first dip in 14 years, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports.
Last week, three U.S. Senators sent 100 letters to businesses and organizations requesting information to glean whether they were funding climate deniers.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These seven words are author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan’s sage advice on how to eat a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet. And now it appears the U.S. government is poised to adopt similar nutritional recommendations. Last week, the nation’s top nutrition panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released its latest report — which argued for a “sustainable diet” high in plant-based foods and lower in calories and animal-based foods.
California’s forthcoming mobile kill-switch law will impact businesses positively, and, moreover, the planet as a whole is better off with this technological implementation.
Earlier this year, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights, while lowering rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity.
The bill is, in essence, a cap and dividend plan that would collect gradually increasing fees on the “first sellers” of fossil fuels, with all of the proceeds being distributed equally to all American citizens.