SEC Issues Guidance On Climate Change Risk Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted yesterday to issue interpretative guidance on what public companies must disclose to investors concerning climate change risks. A press release issued by the SEC states that the interpretative guidance is meant to clarify “certain existing disclosure rules that may require a company to disclose the impact that business … Continued

USEPA Is Back. Will New Regulations Be Cost Burden or Strategic Advantage?

Image credit:Processing Magazine Operators of energy-intensive US industrial facilities, having benefited from years of USEPA ‘enforcement light,’ now face an old-fashioned onslaught of environmental reporting requirements. USEPA is poised for action – gathering what information it needs before revised or new regulations are published. Even though new industry rules by EPA – reporting previous year’s … Continued

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Ocean Carriers Propose Emissions Reduction System

Rather than dealing with a potpourri of environmental emissions regulations and fees, a group comprising the world’s largest international liner shipping companies is proposing a new global vessel efficiency system (VES) intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 29-member World Shipping Council’s proposal asks the UN’s International Maritime Organization to take the lead in applying … Continued

Editorial: How Will the Citizens United Decision Affect Sustainable Business?

“The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.” – Minority Opinion by Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor. News outlets and the blogosphere are abuzz with reactions to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision … Continued

DOE Annouces Award of $37 Million To Solid State Lighting Projects

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the award last week of over $37 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for solid-state lighting projects. Solid-state lighting uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of incandescent bulbs. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), it has the potential to be … Continued

Swiss Bank UBS Introduces Code of Ethics and Conduct

Recently Swiss bank UBS, the world’s largest private bank, announced it had introduced a new employee code of ethics and conduct. All of its 69,000 employees are required to read the code, pass a test, and sign it. “There are no exceptions,” explained the bank’s CEO, Oswald Gruebel, and Chairman Kaspar Villiger, in the preface … Continued

Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Heart Shaped Country

By Amina Horozic You’re from where? I was almost twelve years old when I came to the US in 1994. Since then whenever I mention that I am from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, I am always inundated with all sorts of unusual questions. Occasionally, I have to clarify that it is a country in Southeastern Europe east … Continued

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What Does Healthcare Have to Do with Sustainability?

As major news outlets talk about “Cadillac plans” and “public options,” it only seems appropriate to take a couple deep breaths, push the stethoscope to the proverbial belly of our culture, and try to find out what it really means to be healthy in this day and age. Throughout the rest of January, 3p will … Continued

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Cap & Trade for CO2: Great Solution or Not?

Annie Leonard’s Story of Cap & Trade, which we wrote about a while back, throws a critical and generally dismissive eye on the concept of a cap & trade solution for carbon emissions. The film argues that such a solution is at best a distraction from real cuts in fossil fuel use, and at worst … Continued

IT Leaders Set Major Efficiency Goals with Green Touch

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, is spearheading a major research consortium, called Green Touch, which includes academic and government-funded research labs, telecommunications service providers and chip makers. The organizations are putting their efforts toward creating technologies needed to make communications networks 1,000 times more energy efficient than they are today. The effort was announced today … Continued

EPA Backtracks on Mountaintop Coal Mining

Just when you thought it might be safe to go hiking in West Virginia’s mountains or along its streams, the EPA apparently has caved to the interests of Big Coal by signing off on one Clean Water Act permit for a mountaintop coal mining project in that state and preparing the way for the eventual … Continued

Cape Wind Controversy Hits New Low, Illustrates Cost of NIMBYism

I have immense respect for Robert F Kennedy Jr, and have been frequently moved by his outstanding speeches on big-picture environmental topics. I’m not alone, however, in continuing to be surprised and baffled at the Kennedy tradition of steadfastly opposing the Cape Wind turbine project, the first major offshore wind energy project in the US, … Continued

Check Please! Government Picks Up Tab, Starts Caring about Triple Bottom Line

There is a lot of controversy over the Health Care Bill. Although agreement on how to deal with the state of health care is lacking, many Americans agree that there are issues that need to be corrected. As Canadian conservative commentator David Frum argues, “The U.S. health care system costs too much, delivers too little … Continued

Do We Need Green Authoritarianism?

On Saturday the Chinese legislature passed an amendment to a 2006 renewable energy law that requires utilities to buy power from renewable sources, if it is available. The amendment should provide a major boost to renewable energy development for the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. The new legislation is also an example of how … Continued