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Sustainable building groups combine to accelerate change

GreenBiz

The green building movement has evolved from local, LEED-centric, grassroots efforts to more regional, broader coalitions of professionals.

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China’s quiet energy revolution: The switch from nuclear to renewable energy

Renew Economy

China has wound back its ambitious nuclear targets and turned instead to the deployment of solar and wind energy at unprecedented rates. The post China’s quiet energy revolution: The switch from nuclear to renewable energy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Publisher's Note: The times call for heroic climate action – and shedding long-held beliefs

Corporate Knights

We all hold on to shibboleths – long-standing beliefs accepted by a particular group of people that are often no longer true. Like many in the environmental movement, I long thought of political conservatives as a nemesis for the environment. I came by this association honestly: from my grandfather, who co-founded the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the predecessor to the left-leaning NDP, to my mother, who once told me that if we elected the Progressive Conservatives in the 1988 federal e

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Elanco's ‘Parvo is Poop’ Campaign Unleashes Awareness and Action on National Parvo Awareness Day

3BL Media

GREENFIELD, Ind. April 23, 2024 /3BL/ - Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) today unleashed a multi-faceted educational campaign – declaring today as the first-ever National Parvo Awareness Day, aimed at bringing awareness to this devastating and often-fatal puppy disease. As part of this effort, Elanco is releasing Parvo is Poop – an eye-catching campaign highlighting the way the virus spreads, the symptoms and the breakthrough solution to treat canine parvovirus (parvo).

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Do these 4 things to set yourself up for success in your first 90 days as CSO

GreenBiz

When stepping into the role of chief sustainability officer, those first 3 months can be crucial and daunting. Here’s what to do to lay the groundwork for future success.

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Buildings as batteries: How basic demand response could shift 12GW of peak demand, save billions

Renew Economy

New study finds that if one-third of commercial buildings shifted consumption from late afternoon to middle of day it would free peak capacity in the energy market of almost 12GW. The post Buildings as batteries: How basic demand response could shift 12GW of peak demand, save billions appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Northwestern Mutual Sustainability and Social Impact: Delivering Financial Security and Expanding Financial Access

3BL Media

Originally published in Northwestern Mutual 2023 Sustainability and Social Impact Report Driven by our mission to improve lives through financial security, we’ve helped millions of Americans reduce financial vulnerability and plan and manage for a lifetime of financial needs and goals. We know that financial security is often hindered in underserved communities, which is why we’re taking bold steps to increase financial knowledge, improve access to capital for small businesses and advance the ab

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Activists want 3 things from the Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution. Will they get them?

GreenBiz

Consumer packaged goods companies, chemical producers and the oil industry are in the crosshairs of watchdogs in Ottawa.

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More than 6,000 sheep now call Australia’s largest solar farm home

Renew Economy

The owners of Australia's largest solar project say the site now plays host to a record 6,000 plus sheep. The post More than 6,000 sheep now call Australia’s largest solar farm home appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Steady progress in approaching the quantum advantage

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Quantum technology could create value worth trillions of dollars within the next decade. The third annual Quantum Technology Monitor synthesizes the latest opportunities in this burgeoning field.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Investors Urged to Stand up to ExxonMobil

Chris Hall

Shareholders argue the company’s aggressive legal action undermines shareholder rights and the US SEC’s authority. Tensions are rising between oil and gas major ExxonMobil and its climate-focused shareholders, as investors push back against the company’s intimidation tactics. Exxon filed a lawsuit in January against investment manager Arjuna Capital and activist group Follow This in response to their shareholder proposal, which requested medium-term emissions reduction targets for Scopes 1-

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How to access $6.97 billion from the EPA’s green bank

GreenBiz

The Climate United Coalition has billions of dollars to give out to advance decarbonization. Here’s how to qualify.

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Bowen says Coalition’s nuclear push would put grid reliability at risk due to delays in coal plant closures

Renew Economy

Bowen says Coalition nuclear plan will put grid reliability at risk because it will stop renewables and storage and force ageing and unreliable coal power plants to stay open. The post Bowen says Coalition’s nuclear push would put grid reliability at risk due to delays in coal plant closures appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What is top of mind for dairy executives in 2024?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

How will the US dairy industry evolve in response to growing concerns about sustainability and other issues? We conducted our sixth annual survey of dairy executives to find out.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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World's chocolate supply threatened by devastating virus

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A rapidly spreading virus threatens the health of the cacao tree and the dried seeds from which chocolate is made, jeopardizing the global supply of the world's most popular treat. Researchers have developed a new strategy: using mathematical data to determine how far apart farmers can plant vaccinated trees to prevent mealybugs from jumping from one tree to another and spreading the virus.

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Salesforce to lobby for new rules on AI’s environmental impact

GreenBiz

Computing uses up to 3 percent of global power consumption and AI could triple that, the company believes.

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Nationals threaten to tear up wind and solar contracts as nuclear misinformation swings polls

Renew Economy

Nationals threaten to tear up wind and solar contracts with government, as the push against renewables and for nuclear gains traction in polls. The post Nationals threaten to tear up wind and solar contracts as nuclear misinformation swings polls appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, March 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumption continues to be resilient, except in Europe; central banks hold interest rates steady due to ongoing inflation risk; business survey respondents show increased confidence in economy.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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EU Parliament Adopts Environmental, Human Rights Sustainability Due Diligence Law

ESG Today

Lawmakers in the European Parliament voted 374 to 235 to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), a key piece of legislation setting mandatory obligations for companies to address their negative impacts on human rights and the environment, clearing a major hurdle towards the implementation of the new law, which came into significant doubt when an earlier version failed to gain approval by member states in the EU Council.

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3 ways AI could change your sustainability recruitment in 2024 and beyond

GreenBiz

As artificial intelligence tools proliferate, we need to understand their potential — and limitations.

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Record wind and solar push down prices across grid, except for most coal dependent state

Renew Economy

Record output of renewable energy pushed prices down across the main grid in the first quarter, with the exception of the most coal dependent state grid. The post Record wind and solar push down prices across grid, except for most coal dependent state appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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This salt battery harvests osmotic energy where the river meets the sea

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Estuaries -- where freshwater rivers meet the salty sea -- are great locations for birdwatching and kayaking. In these areas, waters containing different salt concentrations mix and may be sources of sustainable, 'blue' osmotic energy. Researchers report creating a semipermeable membrane that harvests osmotic energy from salt gradients and converts it to electricity.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Addressing the broken child care system with impact investments

Impact Alpha

This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in impact investing. The post Addressing the broken child care system with impact investments appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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The week ahead in climate policy

GreenBiz

This week’s most important ongoing climate policy stories.

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The two unlikely states leading Australia’s stunning growth in rooftop PV output

Renew Economy

Rooftop solar's stunning growth continues, thanks to sunny conditions in two unlikely states. The post The two unlikely states leading Australia’s stunning growth in rooftop PV output appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Modeling broader effects of wildfires in Siberia

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

As wildfires in Siberia become more common, global climate modeling estimates significant impacts on climate, air quality, health, and economies in East Asia and across the northern hemisphere.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Private Business Alone Can’t Bring Energy to the Last Mile: Why Philanthropy Should Shift its Focus to Scalable Non-Profit Models

James Militzer

Dotted across rural Uganda are countless former pay-as-you-go (PAYG) electricity shops, now overpainted with signs for other businesses that have moved in to take their place after non-dilutive grant funding dried up. They are a clear signal of the failure of Western-based market-led approaches to increase energy access in the last mile, both in Uganda and across the African continent.

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Meet the Woman Making Ikea More Sustainable

GreenBiz

April 23, 2024: 10AM to 10:40AM ET

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Dutton kicks his own nuclear policy can down the road, amid reports of split in Coalition

Renew Economy

Coalition delays release of nuclear power policy, saying "it won't be bullied" into meeting the timeline it set itself. The post Dutton kicks his own nuclear policy can down the road, amid reports of split in Coalition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How light can vaporize water without the need for heat

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers discovered that light can cause evaporation of water from a surface without the need for heat. This 'photomolecular effect' could be important for understanding climate change and for improving some industrial processes.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.