Female Eco-Activists Are Not Dumb Sluts

It is not an uncommon phenomena for media to appeal to our stereotypes for the sake of positive effect and laughs.

I get it! If you don’t like a good joke about stereotypes and generalizations, well then you’re probably semi-dead inside. I love to laugh (seriously, it’s good for the soul) and, for whatever reason, stereotypes are often hilarious. We all […]

Is Whole Foods Unethical for Selling Tilapia Raised by Prison Labor?

A Pacific Standard Magazine article that highlights the farming of tilapia by prison labor, some of which ends up in Whole Foods, is inspiring or infuriating depending on your point of view.

Some commentators describe the company’s sourcing of fish from a Colorado prison as rife with ethical issues. Whole Foods, meanwhile, has long touted its “something great” tilapia but is […]

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

As I wrote last Fall, Yudelson’s program has been shown not to be all that “cheap” or “useful.” However, he is right to point out that green building has not gotten as much traction as it should, given its many benefits. Recent reports show that LEED-certified buildings can cut greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by half, while costing 25 […]

Scientists Fear Pace of Antarctic Ice Melt

Amidst all the good news we write about, from China’s leadership on wind to India’s massive entry into solar, is the backdrop of rapidly advancing climate change – where so many changes are occurring it’s hard to keep track of them all.

While the focus is often on the Arctic – which could be completely ice-free in 25 years – Antarctica […]

Transforming Deserts into Farmland

The prophet Isaiah once promised that the Lord would make deserts bloom like Eden, but a bunch of Norwegians may actually get the job done first.

The ambitious Sahara Forest Project is developing cutting-edge food, water and energy technologies in the deserts of Qatar and Jordan in an attempt turn sand dunes into farms. The plan: to combine solar thermal technologies […]

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

Across fresh food supply chains, businesses are advancing environmental, social and economic values. Balancing production with continually improving conservation stewardship demands an aligned approach to measure and communicate on-farm sustainability in specialty crops (all fruits, nuts, and vegetables). The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and The Sustainability Consortium® (TSC) are proud to announce a partnership that creates significant progress […]

Will Corporate Social Responsibility Adapt or Die?

Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, described the demise of CSR in his talk at the Sustainability Science Congress in Copenhagen. However, his key argument was that leading companies are going beyond CSR by integrating sustainability into everything they do. Witness Nike’s Considered Design and Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan. In short, the old-school concept of sustainability […]

What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common?

Everywhere you look, renewable energy is in the news this year. Corporate leaders like Apple, Google and GM are making significant new investments — blink and you may miss the latest deal. While I included falling clean energy prices as one of 2014’s biggest stories, it’s becoming clear this is a longer-term trend.

Surprisingly, players like Shell and BP are signaling […]

Kaiser Permanente Moves Toward Top Corporate Renewable Energy Users

On the heels of Google, Apple and GM’s announcements on renewable energy buys, Kaiser Permanente says it is purchasing enough wind and solar to supply half the electricity it uses in California.

With 38 hospitals, over 600 medical offices, warehouse and administrative space, Kaiser uses nearly 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, and emits 806,000 metric tons of greenhouse […]

Clean Power Plan Targets May Change

The EPA Administrator this week, suggested (subscription) that interim goals for existing power plants to comply with the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan could be softened before the rule is finalized this summer.

The proposal unveiled last year calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and sets state-by-state emissions targets, beginning as early as […]

Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong Unveiled As Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities

Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong are among the world’s 10 most environmentally and economically sustainable cities. The cities came in 10th, 7th and 8th respectively, according to the inaugural Sustainable Cities Index released on Monday, February 9th by Dutch design and consultancy firm Arcadis.

Europe clinched the other top spots in the study, conducted by the UK-based think tank Centre […]

World Catching On to Importance of Blue Economy

Humans have always depended on the “blue” covering most of our planet. Yet only recently have we become more aware of the magnitude of our impacts — and realized what we must do to conserve and be able to continue to benefit from these waters.

It may surprise you to learn that 60% of the world’s oceans are waters that do […]

China and India Perform Badly in Deforestation Ranking

Just seven global companies and investors are doing enough to prevent deforestation, says a report by think tank Global Canopy Programme.

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While Latin American countries ranked highest on average, China, which is responsible for importing more than a fifth of the value of all forest risk commodities, and India, a […]

Apple Swings for The Fences with $848 Million Solar Deal

In October, Apple‘s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson told a GreenBiz audience that the Silicon Valley tech giant is “swinging for the fences” on sustainability and renewable power.

On Tuesday, Apple made good on Jackson’s promise — and then some — by announcing the largest commercial purchase of solar power ever with an $848 million deal with First Solar […]

Beyond the Politics of Climate Change

We understand the challenges facing lawmakers who must wrestle with these complex issues on Capitol Hill, but we believe the politics of climate change shouldn’t change industry’s commitment to reducing carbon intensity. At Nestlé, we are determined to take concrete, measureable and transparent action on these issues in the U.S. and all over the world no matter which way the […]

How To Do Business in A World Running Out of Water

In this context of ever-rising tension over rights and access to clean water, the United Nations Global Compact and the Pacific Institute have issued a Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (PDF). The key takeaway for businesses is that water scarcity and resulting human suffering — which can turn into social turmoil reverberating through […]

Companies Struggle to Reduce Environmental Impact, Says New Report

The world’s biggest companies are addressing their environmental impacts, but it isn’t making much of a difference, according to State of Green Business 2015, a report from GreenBiz Group and Trucost.

The eighth annual edition of the report, which measures the global progress of large, publicly traded companies around the world in addressing a myriad of environmental challenges, echoes the previous […]

Barclays: Quit Bankrolling The Coal Industry

Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins talks of courage, values and purpose, so why is he a lead financier of coal, a major contributor to climate change?

There is an invisible DNA thread that links companies to their original purpose, which executives ignore at their peril. Because our transactional-based economic structures focus attention only the tiny sliver that is our conscious mind, business […]

Obama Budget Permanently Extends Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Obama Budget 2016

The Tax Code

Noting that the US has spent over $300 billion in direct costs to recover from extreme weather events and wildfires in the past decade, the White House would attack climate and encourage renewable energy through the following:

Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit and solar Investment Tax Credit and make them permanent (costs $31 billion over 10 […]