A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.

Pizza, Profits and Politics: Can an Aggressive Political Opinion Affect the Bottom-Line?

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.

Vancouver Developing Pavement Made From Recycled Plastic

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.

Will the New Social Impact Bond Right Society’s Wrongs?

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.

An Open Letter to the Chicago Transit Authority

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.

Bike Friendly Baseball Stadiums: The Definitive List

Since 2004, the San Francisco Giants have offered free, secured valet parking for folks arriving via bicycle to see games (staffed by volunteers from the SF bike coalition). It’s a marvelous way to get to the stadium, far faster & cheaper than pretty much any other way, and a lot more sustainable to boot.

Metabolix Applies Biotech to Plant-Based Economy Development

Metabolix markets two biopolymer resins: Mirel™ which is certified biodegradable and just recently announced Mvera™, a film grade product which is certified compostable. Both share the physical properties of petroleum-based resins and can be processed on existing equipment with similar productivity and post-processing techniques. These resins are made using a patented fermentation process and plant-derived sugar. Like nearly all bioplastics and organic matter, Mirel and Mvera will not biodegrade in conventional landfills due to the oxygen-deprived environment.

How to Keep Biofuels Sustainable

RP Siegel asks Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, who is Sustainability Manager for Novozymes, how we can ensure that biofuels are being produced in a sustainable manner.

The Investor Perspective: ESG Disclosure and the SEC

Sustainable and responsible investors have had some success in obtaining rules and guidance on greater disclosure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but much more is needed. ESG disclosure protects investors and helps advance a fair, orderly, and efficient market.