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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The UK remains on course to retain its throwaway culture

As a new government report on waste fails to make a splash, the UK’s unsustainable economy looks likely to continue to generate excessive waste, writes Tim Cooper Issuing a waste prevention programme at the peak of the Christmas shopping period might have been a master stroke by the coalition government. What better time to highlight […]

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From ethics to sustainability: shifting the investment debate for 2014

With 2014 just underway, Alex Blackburne editor or Blue & Green Tomorrow speaks to three leading sustainable investment fund houses to gather their reflections on the last 12 months. Ethical investment was thrust into the mainstream in 2013 – much to the Church of England’s embarrassment – when it was revealed in July that the […]

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Green growth to help restart economy in Cyprus

Promoting awareness on green growth and making the most of available EU funds to that effect were the focus of a meeting on Wednesday between Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and President and Secretary General of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) Phidias Pilides and Marios Tsiakis. In statements after the meeting Pilides said […]

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The Pakistani women becoming textile entrepreneurs from their own homes

Elisabeth Braw visits Karachi to see how sewing groups are creating a sustainable economy at grassroots level and providing opportunities for women. As she travels around her Karachi – Pakistan’s largest city – negotiating deals with buyers, Salma seems like the pinnacle of female achievement. Indeed, she is: the mother of three is her family’s […]

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Ironridge Global Launches Green Initiative to Finance Sustainable Businesses

With its eyes firmly set on the green market as a lucrative investment opportunity, Ironridge Global Partners, LLC has launched a green initiative to fund sustainable public companies. The institutional investor views the micro-cap sector, the focus of its green investments, as highly promising. The new investment initiative will fund sustainable companies, including emerging growth […]

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Green Business Ideas: Biodiesel Cooperative

With the growing interest in alternative fuels, one possible green business idea that combines recycling of resources with a product that is constantly in need (fuel) is a biodiesel cooperative or biodiesel processing facility. 1. What is a biodiesel co-op? Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly (renewable), typically domestically produced, and healthier alternative to traditional diesel […]

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14 Green Business Predictions for 2014

From green electioneering to increased clean energy investment, BusinessGreen runs down its predictions for the year ahead. With an election less than 18 months away, political positioning will be the dominant story in Westminster in 2014 with energy and environmental policies likely to provide one of the defining dividing lines between the three main parties. […]

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Volkswagen to Receive Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development

The World Environment Center (WEC) is announcing that its 30th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to the Volkswagen Group. The company is being recognized for its comprehensive commitments to environmental sustainability operations, most notably through its holistic sustainable business model, Think Blue. Volkswagen will accept the Gold […]

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Gov. Snyder eyes natural gas, renewable sources for ‘no regrets’ energy policy

Michigan needs an energy policy with an emphasis on eliminating energy waste, and replacing coal with natural gas and renewable sources, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday. Snyder released several goals for the state’s energy policy, which his office said should amount to a “no regrets” energy future by 2025. The Republican governor said in a […]

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World Bank Group : World Bank Supports Sustainable Livelihoods and Landscapes in Sudan

The World Bank and the Government of Sudan signed today a US$7.73 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support the country’s efforts to promote the adoption of sustainable land and water management practices through the Sudan Sustainable Natural Resources Management Project (SSNRMP). The project’s integrated approach addresses the sustainable management of natural […]

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Airports to go green, reducing energy costs by $518M

Gov. Neil Abercrombie unveiled an unprecedented energy efficiency program for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Airports Division that will cut energy use by 49-percent, saving at least $518-million in energy costs over the next 20 years. The airports will be modernized with the latest in energy-efficient and green technology, providing a high-impact solution for the […]

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Solar Installation Through the Google Glass Lens

Michael Chagala, the Director of Information Technology at Sullivan Solar Power, has developed an app that allows solar installers to use Google Glass in PV system design and construction. We spoke with Chagala at last week’s U.S. Solar Market Insight event in San Diego, California. — Full Story at GreenTechSolar –

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Economic growth will be a thing of the past unless we take the green route

Sometimes it takes only a few minutes to change the way we think about things. A month ago, Larry Summers spent about ten minutes at an IMF research seminar questioning why US economic growth was stagnant. He said that since the end of the financial crisis there has been no evidence of growth that would […]

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China Announces Greener Petrol Standard

China’s Standardization Administration announced on Wednesday a stricter quality standard for petrol in an effort to bring down pollutant emissions from vehicles. The higher standard marks a step forward in accelerating the use of greener fuel in the world’s largest auto market, as vehicle exhausts are blamed as one major factor in worsening air conditions. […]

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SolarCity’s Foundation to Provide Solar-Powered Lighting to Schools Without Electricity

By giving light to one new school for each megawatt of solar power it deploys, Give Power Foundation will make clean energy accessible to schools around the world. Following the one year anniversary of the company’s initial public offering, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) today launched the Give Power Foundation™ to build a cleaner, more sustainable future […]

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Dear Santa: It’s time to rethink toys

This Christmas, Erik Assadourian asks Santa for a sustainable toy industry. Here are some thoughts for Saint Nick on workshop conditions, consumption and durability Dear Santa, I only have one thing on my Christmas list this year. A new workshop for you. While you have done a truly wondrous thing – delivering toys to children […]

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8 Deaths Linked to Garbage Plants

Wuhan has been exposed to hundreds of tons of carcinogenic chemicals 900 times as toxic as arsenic each year since five garbage incineration power plants were built illegally in the central Chinese city. In a community just dozens of meters from one plant, eight of its 1,500 residents have died since the beginning of the […]

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Facts and Myths Behind SolarCity’s 331% Rise

Though rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panel installations totaled just 60 megawatts (MW) in its recent quarter, SolarCity (SCTY) commands a market cap exceeding that of established, utility-scale PV leaders like Canadian Solar (CSIQ) and SunPower (SPWR). Despite its rich valuation, the San Mateo, California-based solar developer has started to successfully execute on a business model that […]

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Toyota’s new FCV fuel cell sedan concept hints it may skip EVs

Toyota has the most green cars in the world. However, it has no EV of its own. Does its new concept car mean it might just skip over EVs? Toyota has just announced that it will show its concept car at the Consumer Electronics show in 2 weeks. This will be the car’s first US […]

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