Giant Floating Solar Power Stations Are Japan’s Newest Power Source

According to Kyocera, the electronics manufacturer behind the floating solar systems, the two new stations in Kato City are expected to generate 3,300 megawatt hours annually, providing enough electricity to power about 920 typical households. The company is also behind another floating solar farm just east of Tokyo, slated to open next March, that will be even larger, powering almost […]

Recognising Sustainability in The Foodservice Sector

From food miles to food waste, the out of home foodservice sector has a myriad of sustainability challenges to contend with at every stage in the supply chain, starting from the way in which ingredients are grown or sourced, right through to the way that produce is served to customers or packaged for takeaway, and how the inevitable waste is […]

Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its […]

We’re Edging Toward A Local, Organic Food Revolution

With years of extreme drought in California and the Midwest bread basket, we’re beginning to see how climate change can have a devastating impact on food supplies and prices.

The silver lining is this could lead us to a more sustainable food system, one that relies on locally produced food and that doesn’t depend on transporting it huge distances (which would […]

Beyond Shared Value: Character as Corporate Destiny

Corporate stewardship—an expanded sense of caring for people, communities, the environment, and future generations—is increasingly recognized around the world as a principle of enlightened business. We can no longer view corporations as isolated and independent entities, free to do whatever their owners and managers decide. They have a dual role: to deliver a superior return to their shareholders, and to […]

IKEA Vows to Slow Climate Change

In a Reuters interview, IKEA’s Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall, outlined a plan that fits with IKEA’s commitments. Without putting the cost burden on its customers, IKEA is pledging to invest 600 million euros in wind and solar power, adding to 1.5 billion invested since 2009 as part of a goal of making it energy independent.

The charitable arm of the family-owned […]

Fashion Brands Tackle Community Development

There are reams written about how far your food has traveled. And if you run in sustainability circles, you might have felt some guilt sneaking Chilean pears into your grocery cart this past winter. But have you ever thought about how far your clothing traveled to reach you? Some innovators in the space are trying to bring the locavore movement […]

How Agroforestry Can Increase Coffee Farms’ Resilience To Climate Change

What is at stake in global climate? How is it affecting coffee farmers?

Climate change materializes in extreme climatic events and storms. The harvests of small-scale coffee farmers are already directly affected by prolonged droughts and heavy rains. This happens more and more often, with major impacts on crops. Moreover, damages are increased when the ecosystem is already degraded: erosion, aridification, […]

Redefining “Sustainability” As More Rather than Less

Since its birth in 1987, for many, the term “sustainable development” has become synonymous with “less.”

“Sustainability” seemed to lock us into a static, zero-sum game of painful sacrifices. Facing finite or shrinking ecological limits, we felt forced to: ensure future food security only by inhibiting demands today; increase jobs and revenues only at the expense of wild nature; and restore […]

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet

During my panel, I was asked some good questions on how business leaders can make a positive difference.

1. What does business sustainability mean for you?

It means being smart, creative and bold so you can pursue initiatives that improve both business results and environmental outcomes. Everyone in this audience can show the world how to do business while protecting nature in […]

Parents Combat Gender Stereotypes with Futuristic Clothing

Designer Tiffe Fermaint and her fiancé Keith Walker hope that their kids’ clothing line will provide a cool alternative to the countless children’s brands that promote harmful gender stereotypes.

Inspired by the birth of their daughter Violet, Fermaint and Walker launched Baby Teith in 2013. Fermaint told The Huffington Post that she searched in vain for clothing that was gender neutral and […]

New York Coffee Chain Blends Business And Charity For Success

It’s not unusual for a small business to work with community nonprofit groups, but a New York-based chain of coffee shops is taking that partnership further.

Coffeed operates six cafes in New York, plus a restaurant in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan and a new location in Seoul, South Korea. The company partners with a different charity at each location.As Inc. […]

Organic Agriculture Is More Profitable for Farmers

Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for its practitioners.

 
David W. Crowder and John P. Reganold, two researchers at Washington State University, conducted a meta-analysis of studies on agricultural economics to learn whether organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming. […]

Professional Development in The Social Sector

In the process, we learned a lot about social sector organizations, which often have the freedom to explore unorthodox approaches but have limited resources for trial and error. They typically face learning challenges that demand creative solutions, including alternatives for professional development.

Most traditional companies offer employees some form of professional development programming. Employers often work with staff to set goals […]

World’s First Ocean Cleaning System To Be Deployed in 2016

Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016. He made the announcement at Asia’s largest technology conference, Seoul Digital Forum, in South-Korea.

The array is projected to be deployed in Q2 2016. The feasibility of deployment, off the coast of […]

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors – whether at home or […]

Global Consumers Willing to Make Personal Sacrifices to Address Social and Environmental Issues

Global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues and look to companies as partners in progress, according to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, released today. Near universal in their demands for companies to act responsibly, nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address […]

Water-Bottling Operations Spark Protests Amid California Drought

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of two Nestle bottling plants in California on Wednesday to deliver petitions demanding the company stop bottling operations in the drought-stricken state.

The petitions – carrying more than 500,000 signatures – were accepted by Nestle staff members at both the Sacramento and Los Angeles bottling plants, protesters said, as residents and activists chanted slogans like “Our […]

Can These Shareholders Curb Deforestation?

On May 20, the shareholders of Bunge, one of the biggest farm commodity businesses in the world, will walk into some well-appointed meeting room at the Sofitel in midtown Manhattan to vote on five proposals. The first four votes will be utterly boring to anyone who isn’t deeply absorbed with Bunge’s corporate governance (e.g., appoint Deloitte & Touche as auditor?). […]