sustainable development

An approach to developing anything that recognizes the need to meet the challenges of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The U.S. hosted many side events at this weeks climate talks in Paris.

Paris, 2020 and the Return of Bipartisan America

For America to take the next step on climate will require a post-2020 return to bipartisan policymaking on climate. But that's not a…
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How to Use the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Corporate Impact

"The purpose of our company IS sustainability," said Claus Stig Pedersen, head of corporate sustainability at Novozymes. That's why the organization has decided…
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From Paris, a Big Kiss to Nixon and (Anthony) Kennedy

What do former U.S. President Richard Nixon and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have to do with COP21? Eban Goodstein, director of the…
Plans are underway to develop Africa’s first sustainable island, the island of Príncipe,

The Fruits of Reverse Innovation

Reverse innovation is innovation that is first seen in emerging economies, before it is spread to the industrialized world. This post looks into…
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DuPont Commits $10 Billion to Food Security Research

DuPont says it will invest a startling $10 billion in food security research and development, create 4,000 new products, and facilitate “2 million…
This scaled-down Eiffel Tower art installation greets event-goers at the start of the 'Champs-Élysées' at COP21 at Le Bourget in Paris.

Tackling Our Urbanized Future: Solutions from COP21

The building and construction industry has the potential to avoid about 3.2 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2050 through mainstreaming already existing technologies,…
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The Bay Area’s Transportation Potential and the Role Tech Companies Can Play

The regional transportation mess and the role that tech companies can play in helping enable progress towards a better more sustainable, Bay Area.
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What are the Perspectives of Developing Nations at COP21?

Some of the most interesting perspectives at the Paris climate conference will come from the leaders of developing nations. How will they delicately…
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Germany and the Netherlands Tackle the Risk of Rising Water

For centuries, Hamburg, Germany, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, have subsisted under the threat of rising sea levels, storm surges and floods. Now, as the…
Foreign ministers, U.N. reps and nonprofit leaders come together during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) on Tuesday to discuss sustainable agriculture.

Lima-Paris Action Agenda at COP21: Catalyzing Sustainable Agriculture

Governments and food and agriculture organizations joined on Tuesday at the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Agriculture at COP21 with a unified goal:…
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Google Buses Symbolize A Tale of Two Cities

Coined “Google buses,” the long-haul commuter shuttles (most operated by third-party vendors) transport Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and other tech employees day-in and…
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The Bay Area’s Affordable Housing Options: Band Aid or Panacea?

Whether you live in Oakland, the densely-packed neighborhoods of San Francisco or the comfortable 'burbs of Lafayette, housing is expensive -- and, for…
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Defining Corporate Purpose is the Only Way Forward

The future of sustainable development is being shaped by events such as the U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights held earlier this…
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Place-Based Initiatives Address a Key Social Part of the Triple Bottom Line

Ensuring stable and supportive places for people to live is one of the most critical social tenets of triple-bottom-line principles that builds a…
Climate and Prosperity: COP21 marks the end of a transitional year for human development

Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

For far too long the challenges of global prosperity, sustainable development and climate change have shared a common ambition for a better world,…