2019

Is this the microgrid moment?

GreenBiz

California's planned power shutdowns have communities, cities and companies scrambling for solutions, and microgrids are at the top of the list. Energy & Climate Microgrids Power Points Risk & Resilience VERGE 19

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Japanese pension fund pushes asset managers to get tougher on sustainability

Impact Alpha

Impactalpha, Nov. 25 – A shift of up to $50 billion by the world’s largest pension fund has sent a message to the world’s biggest asset managers. We’re serious. Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, at $1.6

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Planners call on government for stronger direction on climate action

Envirotec Magazine

An overwhelming majority of UK planners want the next government to give stronger direction and more resources to enable local planners to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Beyond Bitcoin: The Future of Blockchain Technology

Daniel Burrus

Bitcoins were introduced in 2009 to great fanfare. Although there had been predecessors, Bitcoins were framed as the first form of cyber currency. Shortly after Bitcoins were introduced, I labeled them a Soft Trend—one whose future was looking good, but not a future certainty. I also labeled cyber currency a Hard Trend that would continue to grow, predicting that there would be many more cyber currencies.

Will China’s crackdown on ‘foreign garbage’ force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

Green Technology

Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China. Basel Action Network, CC BY-ND. Kate O’Neill , University of California, Berkeley. China, the world’s largest importer of scrap, is looking to clean up its act.

Study shows rooftop solar could power 25 percent of Europe

Renewable Energy World

Europeans can massively expand low-cost solar generation just by tapping the space over their heads. Rooftop News C&I Utility Integration

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Celebrating Sustainability Successes

Corporate Sustainability Collabrorative

Every year, we hold our December meeting as an opportunity share – and celebrate – our sustainable business community’s hard-earned successes. This year was as inspiring as ever, with over 50 sustainability leaders coming together to share their accomplishments and plans for the coming year.

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CEO Pay: Trick or Treat?

MSCI

Some large asset owners are increasingly coming to believe that many executive pay schemes don’t align the interests of CEOs and investors. There appears to be an increasing focus on pay plan simplicity and transparency

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Blog by Fred van Beuningen: In Pursuit of Net Zero

Clean Tech Delta

We visited the Cleantech G roup’s Asia summit in Singapore on October 8th and 9th with a delegation from Rotterdam (vice mayor, city officials and entrepreneurs).

Catherine McKenna on Carbon Tax, Green Investments, Election

Carbon 49

At the 2019 Collision Conference Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna shared a panel discussion with Jonathan Baillie , Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist of the National Geographic Society.

7 urban air mobility companies to watch

GreenBiz

Think ride-hailing flying taxis, electric multicopters and passenger drones that can be summoned with an app. Aviation Transportation & Mobility

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CloudFactory raises $65 million, providing a partial exit for Dolma Impact

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, November 26 – It took four years for Dolma Impact Fund to raise its $37 million first fund. It only took two years to achieve its first exit. Dolma, which invests in companies having a positive impact in Nepal, partially exited CloudFactory, a U.K.-based

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Fast Fashion: the second biggest polluter on Earth

Envirotec Magazine

Akmez Nabeerasool is a Senior Project Manager at Arvia Technology, a provider of advanced tertiary water and wastewater treatment systems. Below he discusses the issue of water pollution in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is reliant on water.

7 Failures of Business Growth

Daniel Burrus

If you want to stand out in today’s marketplace, you must work smarter, not harder. This is easier said than done, however, as despite their best intentions, companies get snarled in the glaring failures that derail business growth and stagnate profits. In order for you to avoid these failures, you have to be aware of the most common ones and the strategies for combating them. The following will help you turn failure into success.

Exceptional harms

Ryan Baker

California was pursuing a new transit oriented development bill, SB50. It morphed into a general housing bill, before being killed by a powerful Senator. His arguments, shared by other LA residents , was that they didn't want local control taken away.

The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story

Renewable Energy World

The renewable energy transition promises to reduce carbon emissions, but it’s happening at different speeds around the world. Read on for some key insights from BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2019, which provides a detailed road map to the future. News Hydropower Storage Bioenergy Wind Power Solar Geothermal

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Sustainable Catering: Putting our money where our mouth is

Corporate Sustainability Collabrorative

Whether it’s bagels, bagged lunches, or buffets, many of us buy food for work meetings or events. To make sure these purchases match our principles, there are many elements to consider, from what to serve and where it comes from, to how much waste it creates.

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Why the circular economy is the necessary next step

Axis Communications Sustainability Blog

Plastic littering in the oceans. Climate change. Biodiversity loss and extinctions. These are just a few examples that make it evident that we are putting more strain on the Earth than it can handle.

Retire in Monte Carlo? Simulating retirement outcomes

MSCI

Despite global equity performance, U.S. DC plan participants may be ill prepared to meet retirement-spending needs. We assessed four equity-allocation scenarios — including an equity multifactor allocation and integration of ESG views — to see which performed best

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Blog by Fred van Beuningen: Big Picture

Clean Tech Delta

Big picture: summer reading. “It It is too late to be a pessimist”, I sometimes say, and continue to try to do things in relation to the climate, speak here, nudge there and start a project. Comes summer holiday, we may have some time to reflect on the big picture and on what we can do.

Innovative Ways Environmental Engineers Are Fighting Air Pollution

AAEE

Global economy spends more than a whopping $5 trillion on annual basis in indoor and outdoor combat against air pollution. With every human made war, there is a human thought solution.

These 21 projects are democratizing data for farmers

GreenBiz

Articial intelligence and big data may help produce more food, use less water, limit resource consumption, redirect food waste and reduce food prices. Food & Agriculture Technology

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Investments in ‘people and places’ start to demonstrate impact in Opportunity Zones

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Aug. 28 – Capital is finally flowing to projects in U.S. Opportunity Zones that promote inclusive development and community empowerment. In other words, impact is investable.

Dundee to host conference on climate change science and law

Envirotec Magazine

Scotland will host world-leading experts in climate change law and science in September, as they attend a major conference on global climate at the University of Dundee. Held at the University’s Dalhousie Building from 27-28 September, this inaugural event will focus on identifying elements of a global climate consensus and the legal practicality of effective climate action. Leading experts in the field including Australia’s ‘Green Judge’, Hon.

Take Your Biggest Problem…and Skip It

Daniel Burrus

Every business runs into issues that can or will halt progress and cause the company to stagnate. These include slow cash flow, out-of-date technology, and long sales cycles; you name it, it likely exists.

Will Canada Miss the (Electric) Bus?

Carbon 49

Electric buses are making a real—and rapidly growing—dent in emissions: as Bloomberg reported , electric buses will displace 270,000 barrels of diesel a day by the end of this year.

Clean energy investment set to hit $2.6 trillion this decade

Renewable Energy World

The global energy supply is turning greener. News Hydropower Wind Power Solar

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How do PGE, Columbia Sportswear and New Seasons do sustainability reporting?

Corporate Sustainability Collabrorative

Let’s imagine you’re a new sustainability professional in your first few months at a company. You hear from the executive team that they want you to research and create the company’s first Sustainability Report. Where do you begin?

How can surveillance cameras and sensors help us achieve a more sustainable world?

Axis Communications Sustainability Blog

Sustainability is one of the most talked about topics in business. As more and more people are understanding the true extent of our impact on the world, new solutions for how we can improve the way we live – and the environmental impact this has – is driving innovation.

Is the US tech sector ignoring minority talent?

MSCI

Looking in one’s backyard for human capital

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Blog by Fred van Beuningen: Helsinki

Clean Tech Delta

Blog by Fred van Beuningen. Helsinki. Was the place to be in the week of June 3 rd with Artic15, Cleantech days and the World Circular economy forum. Sitra, Finland’s development fund, has been at the forefront of circular economy and presented an update of their circular economy strategy.

'Wake-up call': Europe off track on all Sustainable Development Goals, report warns

GreenBiz

UN-backed assessment urges incoming EU Commission to place the SDG agenda front and centre of its policies and investment strategies. Commitments & Goals European Union Sustainable Development Goals

Why climate and sustainability professionals need to take the next step in our evolution

GreenBiz

Sustainability professionals need to demonstrate the value they can bring to the highest levels of their organization. Simply put, we’re not there yet. Cleantech Leadership state of the profession

As unicorns stumble, investors warm to revenue-based financing for ‘zebras’ and ‘Clydesdales’

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Nov. 26 – WeWork. Peloton. The mounting pile of troubled “unicorns” has fueled a backlash against the get-big-fast venture capital ethos that produced them. That raises the question of what to call the fallen icons (undercorns, anyone?).

Investigation reveals almost 130,000 tonnes of carpet incinerated annually

Envirotec Magazine

Carpet waste is a huge issue in UK, as an area the size of Birmingham is thrown away every year. Carpet Recycling UK, a trade association set up to encourage carpet recycling, oversees 73% of diverted carpet waste being sent to incineration at an approximate climate cost of £16.5

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The Industry 4.0 Advantage

Daniel Burrus

This visceral image of “industry” being gritty and exclusively blue-collar is true to some degree, but when “4.0” is added to it, it takes on a whole new meaning, and blue-collar workers end up believing the narrative that robots and artificial intelligence (A.I.) will delete their jobs. Though common, this fear is unwarranted. Despite the now-proven Hard Trend that A.I.,

Why human health must be at the center of climate action

GreenBiz

Companies can exacerbate the challenges, but the private sector also positively contribute to solving these challenges. Corporate Strategy Health Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs