Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage, by Bob Willard

Bob Willard’s 10th Anniversary book, The New Sustainability Advantage, is an update of the old with new and relevant examples. For sustainability non-believers, his book is a great first guide. It succinctly summarizes bottom-line benefits of sustainable practices in relevant business terms.

Just Two Words – “Plastics” and “Alternatives”

The logo and name, “Plasticity,” were fun and the invitation to the Plasticity Forum side event in Rio de Janeiro on June 21 was inviting, but the topic at hand was very serious and much dirtier than you might imagine.

Four Top Corporate Giving Programs

Did you know that thousands of companies offer corporate employee giving programs? These charitable programs are setup by corporations as a way to give back to local organizations where employees are donating either their time or money. In 2010, U.S. corporations gave $15 billion to charities with about 20-25% of that coming from employee giving programs.

NRDC Website Tracks Rio+20 Commitments

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) created a website to track the commitments made at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

Supreme Court Reaffirms Corporations’ Right to Spend Unlimited Money to Influence Elections

Montana’s Supreme Court challenged corporations’ rights to give unlimited contributions to affect elections. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned this ruling, with all five conservative justices in support, reconfirming its original ruling in the Citizens United case that corporations can enact unlimited influence over elections through financial contributions.

eGood Hooks Customers Up with Local Businesses that Give Back

An interview with Zack Swire, the founder of eGood – a new stat-up letting you use your mobile phone to find businesses in your area who give up to 10 percent of what you spend to great causes—and you don’t pay any extra!

Cisco: Connecting for Sustainability

A deeper look may show that Cisco may play a pivotal role in moving sustainability forward, not only for business, but for communities around the world. We’ve covered a few of their sustainability initiatives in the past. How is Cisco embedding its core competencies with sustainability for building smart and connected communities now and in the future?

National Bank of Abu Dhabi Meets Some Environmental Goals But Misses Others

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) wants to be the leading sustainable bank in the region. With 119 branches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 51 international branches in 12 other countries, NBAD could influence other banks in the Middle East to become more sustainable. However, its recently released 2011 CSR report shows … Continued

Rio+20 Round-up: Bay2Rio+20 Delegation’s First Thoughts

The Bay2Rio+20 crew launched the Innovation Bus in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday as a means to engage with conference attendees in the areas of policy, design, entrepreneurship and urban planning looking to create a recipe for innovation in sustainable urban development.

“Rising Sea Levels” … an Inflammatory Term?

Can using comparable conservative language get environmental climate change bills passed? When results were parsed by political party, the study counted 42 percent Republicans among the “believers” in rising temperatures. Of course, that still leaves the majority of Republicans that either don’t believe or are still unsure.

The New McJobs – Is Apple Exploiting Its Store Employees?

A 6-page New York Times article last weekend uncovered what was known so far mostly to Apple’s current and former employees – the fact that the company pays its store employees a modest wage without commission or meaningful career opportunities. The article leaves the reader with the uncomfortable thought that just Apple has created a new version of McJobs in order to maximize profits. But is it fair to present Apple as a sort of employee exploiter, or is the New York Times picking on a company that doesn’t really behave differently from any other retailer?

Study: Renewables Could Produce 80% of Our Electricity by 2050

A report released last week by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that using renewables to provide the lion’s share of our electricity by 2050, without requiring any technological breakthroughs is a reasonable proposition.