At least part of the fiscal cliff deal, which people will no doubt be debating for weeks to come, was a boon to sustainable business—the extension of the wind power production tax credit (PTC).
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Coal is on the run and battling on many fronts – 2012 may turn out to be a watershed year in its downward spiral. This is the type of momentum that can’t be reversed – can it?
A recent Worldwatch Institute report points out that while oil still represents the largest energy source, both coal and natural gas have seen significant increases in production and consumption. The increase comes, despite rising global awareness of carbon’s role in causing climate change, and despite coal being the largest carbon-emitting energy source of all.
With the exception of a limited number of funds, the financial sector has not accounted for the risk associated with climate change. This is a scary situation because it means that at some point, when climate change becomes irrefutably obvious or regulations force recognition
EPA chief Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she will be leaving her position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. She said she has discussed her departure with the President and will step down after the January inauguration.
The new Promised Land movie stars Matt Damon and Josh Krasinski, who co-wrote the drama exploring broader themes about identity, by following the drama that can erupt when the natural gas drilling method called fracking alters the civic landscape in an economically fragile community.
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, it is imperative that storm surge protection design is implemented to protect miles of vulnerable coastline in the tri-state area. The design community and Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated on projects to provide scalable and sustainable solutions that are essentially “shovel ready.” Collective action needs to be taken now in conjunction with the rebuilding efforts, as the threat of rising sea levels poses a significant threat to a densely populated region.
Papa John has recently stated his opposition towards Obamacare, declaring it would increase the prices of his pizzas. Chik-fil-A also announced its political bias with its opposition towards gay marriage. Nevertheless, it unaffected its customer base after the media storm settled. Can an aggressive political opinion affect a company’s bottom-line? We have yet to determine how Papa John’s is affected by theirs.
There is huge opportunity to innovate and disrupt the current government IT services industry. Until recently, government hasn’t been getting the clue from Silicon Valley that technology and its use in communicating with the citizens who elected them is of the utmost importance.
The Canadian city of Vancouver is using innovative materials to pave its new roads. Asphalt made up of wax from recycled plastic is what the city is currently testing to pave Vancouver’s roads.
The Social Impact Bond is getting a lot of attention, or maybe hype, because it targets core inefficiencies of social programs and, most importantly, transfers the burden of risk from taxpayers to private investors.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is in hot water with the SEC over his announcement earlier this summer that Netflix averaged one billion hours of viewing monthly.
The CTA is in need of improvements to reduce crowding, renovate dilapidated stations, make stations handicapped assessable, and eliminate slow zones. Funding these improvements through cutting service and increasing fares is unsustainable.