How Cities Can Address the Critical Need for Sustainable Development

Sustainable cities, or “smart” cities, focus economic and technological resources on conserving water, improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and enhancing their citizens’ quality of life. Innovations for renewable energy, the development of efficient waste management systems and community planning for smart growth ensure the viability of cities for years to come. Critical Water Conservation Planning […]

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Has the Era of Greenwashing in Resource Sustainability Passed?

I should have bought a Hummer when I had the chance. I could drive it without feeling any guilt. Know why? Because I hardly ever drive. I work from home most of the time. And even if I have to go into the office I usually ride my bike to get there. I could be […]

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Dubai’s eco-friendly souq (marketplace) to open soon

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said permits have been issued to shop owners to carry out decoration works. “We expect to officially open the market in the end of the first quarter of 2014,” he added. The market, which is located in Bur Dubai, is built according to the green building specifications. “It […]

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German city where green building is the norm

Freiburg in south-west Germany has established its international reputation as an “eco-city”, with numerous environmental industries and research establishments based there and a municipal government that is dedicated to low-energy buildings. The city’s street are partially automobile free, and inhabited instead by an extensive public transport system and a cycling population. Key to the city’s […]

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Here’s what ‘sustainability’ really means

In 1987, the United Nations introduced the concept of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the ’90s, based on mounting scientific evidence that overpopulation, industrial growth, consumerism, environmental change, among other factors, were threatening the world’s […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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Sexy performance meets ‘green’ ethic at Detroit auto show

To look over the roster of racy new and future vehicles at the 2014 North American International Auto Show here, the initial impression is that U.S., European and Asian automakers want to turn back the clock to a time when performance and speed trumped concerns about energy and the environment. So-called green cars — electric […]

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Sustainability is impossible until companies admit environmental cost

While companies’ impact on the environment remains ignored the quesiton of how society deals with the consequence of this damage will remain unanswered. On holiday recently, I visited the Japanese sacred area of Kumano Kodo. Miles of treks mark pilgrim routes from the ancient capital of Kyoto to a number of shrines located around the […]

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Arab countries call to create small loan facilities to generate jobs for youngsters

The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) called on Arab countries to set up more micro-financing institutions to help unemployed youth and poor people make a sustainable living. Nasser Al-Qahtani, AGFUND executive director, said microfinance banks would create income and jobs for the vast majority of Arab communities. He was speaking at a meeting of […]

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Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for Solar Investments

Leading energy supply and services company uses the CPF market to further invest in distributed solar. Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an […]

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Sustainability on Loan

Standardizing the value of “green” home updates can help buyers and sellers While growing numbers of homeowners are saving money on energy bills by making “green” updates to their homes, getting a lender or appraiser to realize the value of those updates may not be as straightforward. But, getting proper valuation on sustainable home features […]

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5 Cleantech Firms That Could Go Public in 2014

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups — but those have been rare cleantech events over the last few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups. Will we see any […]

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Impact Investing: It’s Time

Imagine a future with an abundance of quality jobs, affordable homes in environmentally sustainable and thriving neighborhoods and continuous innovation in the delivery of basic services that saves taxpayers billions of dollars, all supporting Benjamin Franklin’s maxim that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is the country that people envision […]

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Shortcomings tarnish social responsibility index

THE average investor readily acknowledges that compliance with environmental law is a requirement for listing on the JSE’s socially responsible investment (SRI) index. Yet, despite pressure from the Centre for Environmental Rights and other leading environmental organisations, compliance with environmental law is still not mandatory. It is therefore not surprising that a number of companies […]

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Ford Packs More Solar Power Storage Punch Into MyEnergi Lifestyle

Ford is showing off its new home solar power energy storage system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and if you’re wondering what an auto maker is doing in the home energy business, now’s your chance to find out. The new storage system, by Sharp, is part of Ford’s seamless home-auto MyEnergi Lifestyle® […]

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Got green game? Local companies cut costs, impacts in Better Business Challenge

Charlottesville’s second Better Business Challenge, a year-long sustainability competition for local companies, wraps up in May, but founder Teri Kent wants business owners to know there’s still plenty of time to get onboard—and save a lot. Kent, creator of local environmental blog Better World Betty, kicked off the first challenge in 2012 as a way […]

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Green Tech Investments Down, With Big Deals Going To Car-Sharing Apps, Clean Power, Energy Efficient Gear

Venture capital investments in cleantech startups worldwide ended 2013 with 1,007 deals totaling $6.8 billion, a decline from the 1,037 deals amassing $7.9 billion the year before, according to market research firm the Cleantech Group on Wednesday. Investors placed heavy bets on transportation, and that led to the whopping $258 million raised by Uber in […]

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To meet CSR targets, go green

Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase in carbon dioxide […]

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Nike blends sustainability and business intelligence

The importance of sustainable product sourcing among corporations is quickly becoming a subject past debate. The effects of climate change continue to be felt, consumers are growing more in tune with environmental issues and government regulations prohibiting practices that have negative impacts on the ecosystem have become increasingly stringent. The question, then, is not whether […]

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Microsoft’s five sustainability predictions for 2014

2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental reporting continued to spread to more companies. At Microsoft we made progress as well – from signing our very […]

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