Sunday, March 1, 2015

Event - Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference will take place on March 30 - 31, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. "Honoring Our Past, Charting Our Future" will be the focus in 2015 as we look back on sustainability transformation in higher education over the past decade. Celebrating 10 years of the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference allows us to reflect on the distance that colleges and universities have come in their path to a more sustainable future. The Conference will celebrate successes and continue to learn, share, and explore emerging issues. Explore many new opportunities to evolve and expand our focus and learn from our collective challenges and successes.

Event - Smart Growth 2015 Forum

The Smart Growth 2015 Forum will take place on March 24, 2015, at the Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Smart Growth Network (OSGN) is hosting a forum in Toronto for its members and others interested in smart growth in Ontario. The forum follows up on recent research conducted by OSGN about how to increase understanding and promote wide stakeholder engagement around smart growth in Ontario.

The forum will bring together people from various sectors to share information about various approaches and terms used to describe smart growth including building walkable communities, urban villages, complete streets, new urbanism, LEED-ND and other approaches to healthy community design.

Morning speakers include the Ontario Growth Secretariat presenting on the upcoming reviews of the Greenbelt and Growth Plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The forum will also feature perspectives from others engaged in smart growth work including the land development industry, planners, public health and not-for-profit sectors. Presentation themes include evaluating developments — how do we know if it’s smart growth as well as how to best engage the broader public in planning for smart growth. A complete list of speakers will be announced shortly.

In the afternoon, there will be time for discussion, networking and an opportunity to promote your work to a broad range of people.

The cost is $40 per person (includes lunch)and the deadline to register is March 16, 2015.

To register click here.

For more information contact call 416-408-4841 ext. 15 or email osgn@ohcc-ccso.ca

Event - World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) Forum and Showcase

The WGES Forum and Showcase will take place on March 12, 2015, at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington DC. The WGES has earned a global footprint attracting some of the best minds and top decision makers in the field. The WGES is known for its balanced strategic process and its mission to provide a premier technical training program and serve as a world stage for a platform of education and information exchange on new and existing advances in sustainable energy and the economy.

The WGES has earned a track record for attracting world class participants, partners and exhibitors with the latest and greatest sustainable and innovative products and technologies.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Video - Bristol Wins the 2015 European Green Capital Award


Here is the video for the European Green Capital Award and below you will find the winning energy from the city of Bristol UK.



For more information on Bristol's win click here.

Video - The Road to Sustainability and Climate Stability (EDF)


Here is a recording of an EDF webinar that discusses a way forward towards sustainability and climate stability. The webinar reviews some of the major highlights from Blueprint 2020, in which the EDF's scientists, economists, and political and policy experts have created a strategic plan to begin reversing global emissions and arrest some of the worst impacts of climate change.

EDF’s senior climate staff discuss the fact that climate change is the most serious environmental threat humanity has ever faced. The levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere we’re seeing today are unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.

Rising global temperatures, ocean acidification, rising seas and melting ice sheets all make a compelling case that climate change is already well underway.

Video - Sustainable Packaging and Millenials (Stora Enso Packaging Solutions)


At the 2015 Global Packaging Summit in Barcelona on 26 – 27 January, 2015, Stora Enso Packaging Solutions presented how Millennials are becoming the key target group for retailers and brand owners to win. The Millennials favor sustainable packaging more than older generations, and they are ready to pay for it. The brand owners and retailers that respond to Millennials’ values have a high likelihood of attracting and building loyalty and sales opportunities with this important next generation of consumers; simultaneously they can increase operational efficiency and EBIT margins via smart packaging solutions.

Sustainable packaging is good for the environment and the bottom line. As explored in another Green Market Oracle article, sustainable packaging is growing. It offers added value and a competitive advantage.

Video - Do You Believe the Senator with the Snowball?



On February 26, 2015 Senator Whitehouse refuted Senator Inhofe's absurd comments on climate change. Whitehouse specifically addressed Inhofe's ridiculous use of a snowball as a prop to try to prove his irrational point that the cold and snow in Washington disproves climate change. Whitehouse schooled Inhofe and other climate Luddites about the polar vortex. He then went on to point out all of those who accept the existence of anthropogenic climate change.

Video - Inhofe Uses a Snowball to try to Disprove Climate Change



On February 26, 2015, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma brought a snowball onto the Senate floor and made the outlandish claim that the cold and snow in Washington somehow disproves climate change. Standing in front of a picture of snow, Inhofe tried to support his feeble argument by pointing to 67 record lows in the US this year. What he failed to mention was that there have been 4,074 record high temperatures logged in the US in the first half of February alone. He derides the finding that 2014 was the warmest in recorded history, and he fails to acknowledge that 9 of the last 10 years are the hottest on record. Inhofe's views would be laughable if it were not for the fact that the GOP controls both the House and the Senate and a majority of Republicans in each chamber deny the existence of man-made climate change.

For more information click here.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Webcast - Innovation in an Unpredictable, Expensive, Digital, and Connected World

Digital Lumens and Andrew Winston present the Webcast - Innovation in an Unpredictable, Expensive, Digital, and Connected World on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:00 AM EDT (10:00 AM Central, 8:00 AM Pacific, 4:00 PM London).

Andrew Winston, a globally recognized speaker and business strategy expert, lays out a new vision for business in a fundamentally changed world. Business as usual is changing as a result of mega-trends that are driven by new technologies that connect us all. But these challenges also offer unprecedented opportunities: multi-trillion-dollar markets are in play and the winners of this new game will profit mightily.

The CPAC Anti-Climate and Environment Conference

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Maryland's National Harbor takes place from February 25 - 28. It is an opportunity for the right to project their hate onto some of their favorite targets including Tom Steyer, climate scientists, the EPA and of course President Obama.

On Thursday February 26th a panel discussion was held under the title, "What Tom Steyer Won’t Tell You." During this discussion Tom Steyer emerged as the unofficial nominee to replace Al Gore as the most hated environmentalist in Conservative America. Steyer earned the wrath of conservatives for having invested $67 million in support of the environment in the 2014 midterm election cycle.

Inhofe's Bastardization of Climate Science

Shifty self serving politicians like Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma use venerable legislatures as a stage for scientific misrepresentation. To illustrate Inhofe's ignorance he recently brought a snowball onto the Senate floor and suggested that snow in Washington disproves climate change. His antics are at odds with the evidence and the will of the American people. 

There is good scientific support indicating that snow and cold in some parts of the nation are entirely consistent with climate change.

Inhofe supported his argument by pointing to 67 record lows in the US this year. What he failed to mention was that there have been 4,074 record high temperatures logged in the US in the first half of February alone. 

Sustainable Packaging Growth and Competitive Advantage

Research reveals that sustainable packaging is growing and provides a competitive edge. In addition to addressing current and future regulatory demands, green packaging offers added value. As online shopping proliferates consumers are becoming increasingly savvy and part of that awareness extends to packaging.

Many big corporations already use sustainable packaging materials. This includes Cadbury, Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, Nestle and Pepsico. These companies know that sustainable packaging materials can preserve food and protect its nutritional value.

As reported in an Environmental Leader article, research firm TechNavio says that the global green packaging market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 7.84 percent between 2014 and 2019. This growth is expected to be driven largely by the food and beverage industry.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Graphic Climate Comparisons: Heat Ice and CO2

The Business Case for Sustainability: Corporations, Banks and Investors

In recent years the business case for sustainability has grown stronger. The combination of corporate engagement, banking support and shareholder demand support the drive towards sustainability. The demand for sustainability increases environmental commitments multiply. There is unprecedented demand for sustainability from consumers, clients and shareholders. Corporations, banks and shareholders are all in business to make money and sustainability is good business.

Corporations

There are a large and growing number of studies which make the business case for sustainability. Businesses are increasingly looking to capitalize on opportunities associated with the green economy and to protect themselves from exposure to environmental risks.

Citigroup Invests 100 Billion to Combat Climate Change

Citigroup, the third largest US investment institution, announced they will invest $100 billion to finance green initiatives and sustainable growth. Citigroup will support a wide range of mitigation efforts that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as adaptation projects that help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

They plan to incorporate sustainability principles into everything they do and assist their clients to address environmental risks. Their efforts will cut GHG emissions through resource efficiency, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green housing, and water waste reduction.

These new initiatives are designed to help them meet their 2020 environmental impact targets which include slashing GHGs by 35 percent, reducing energy and water use by 30 percent and cutting water waste by 60 percent. In 2007 the committed to invest 50bn in green investment by 2016. They met this goal in 2013, three years earlier than expected.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Infographic - States that Send the Most Climate Deniers to Washington


Duke Energy's $102 M Plea Bargain for its Coal Ash Dumping

Following years of protests and legal challenges from environmental groups, justice is finally catching up to Duke Energy. The company has accepted responsibility and begun to negotiate the amount of it will pay in response to a number of criminal charges stemming from years of dumping coal waste into North Carolina's rivers.

Since 2010 Duke has dumped thousands of tons of coal ash waste from power plants into the state's rivers. On Friday February 20, 2015, federal prosecutors filed nine counts of misdemeanors under the Clean Water Act.

Bristol Wins the European Green Capital Award

The UK city of Bristol has been selected as the winner of the European Green Capital award. Bristol is located in the South West England and it won the jury over with its ambitious investment plans in transport and energy. Since 2000 the city has implemented a series of strategies and action plans to combat climate change. This includes Bristol Climate Protection and Sustainable Energy Strategy and the Local Transport Plan to 2026.

President Obama Vetoes the Keytone XL Pipeline

On February 24 President Obama vetoed a bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline. Thousands of people urged the President to reject the bill.

While the veto is good news, it is a little more than a stay of execution. The State Department is about to release its final decision on the fate of the pipeline.

The President said that he would not allow the Keystone to proceed if it increases climate change causing emissions. Millions of people expect the President to honor his pledge and cancel the KXL once and for all.

The Keystone XL bill included some small concessions including an energy efficiency amendment. However, a scaled-back version of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation and the promotion of energy efficiency retrofits for schools are small consolation compared to the massive carbon bomb associated with the KXL.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Online Course - Introduction to Sustainability Reporting

This course is an introduction for people who are thinking about getting into sustainability reporting and want to learn why it’s important. Participants will gain key tips for drafting their first sustainability report. This course is taught in 6 sections, each with its own video, notes, activities and list of follow-up resources. Intro to Reporting is designed to be an introduction for people who are thinking about getting into sustainability reporting, want to get a taste of why it’s an important practice, or hope to simply gain understanding of trends in the industry.

Webinar - Sustainability Consulting: Market Size And Future Forecast

This webinar will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11am - 12 noon (EST), 4.00pm - 5.00pm (UK), 8am - 9am (PST). It shares data from the new Verdantix market size and forecast study for sustainability consulting looking at multiple markets around the world.

Sustainability consulting burst into the mainstream business consulting market in 2007. But it has been a challenging segment for management consulting firms due to small deal sizes, the illusionary budgets of sustainability leaders and competition from not for profits with heavily networked consulting arms. This webinar shares data from the new Verdantix market size and forecast study for sustainability consulting looking at multiple markets around the world. You will have the opportunity to debate the future prospects for this enigmatic market in the context of our global sustainability survey data.

Sustainable Packaging is Good for the Enviroment and the Bottom LIne

Sustainable packaging reduces environmental impacts, saves money, it can even increase sales and support premium pricing. The 500 billion global packing industry is addressing burgeoning demand and meeting the challenge by developing packaging that saves on materials that do not compromise stability. This is hardly a new trend and it has been gaining momentum for a number of years now.

A 2009 AMR research study reported in an IndustryWeek article said the most frequently used method of generating savings is by reducing packaging waste. More than three quarters (76 percent) of the companies surveyed stated that they are engaged in efforts to reduce packaging waste.

A Case Study on the Value of Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainable sourcing really does make good business sense. The value of this view has been demonstrated by a very successful US restaurant chain. They are showing that responsible procurement is entirely consistent with bottom line concerns. Sustainable sourcing goes beyond economic considerations and takes into account environmental, social and ethical factors as well.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Infographic - EVs Around the World

Webinar - Sustainability Reporting to GRI G4: Time to Make The Switch

This free webinar will take place on Tuesday March 10, 2015. Sustainability Reporting to GRI G4, is aimed at helping organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies. Key to an integrated and effective organizational strategy is a clear sustainability story – this is central to business in 2015.

Organizations are advised strongly that they have until December 2015 to make the switch to GRI G4. This webinar gives organizations the guidance on what GRI G4 is and how to apply it. It is a taster session to support organizations as they prepare to report. GRI G4 is a robust framework and this webinar will help you to get started.

Sustainability Best Practices and Case Studies

A new guide and toolkit helps organizations to cultivate a sustainability. The GEMI Quick Guide uses best practice and case studies to illustrate how corporations demonstrate and communicate the value of sustainability to achieve key sustainability objectives.

Cold and Snow Steal Headlines but we are Still Warming

While it may seem as though the US is enduring a record cold winter it is actually quite warm. We have witnessed record breaking snowfalls and parts of the North East are indeed colder than usual. The US is still in the grips of global warming and record snowfalls are consistent with climate change particularly in the Northeast.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the period from December 2014 to January 2015 is the sixth hottest ever recorded for the contiguous US. Globally the month of January was the second hottest on record.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Event - Smart Cities

The Smart Cities event will take place on March, 11 - 13, 2015 at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. The focus of ‘Smart Cities’ Exhibition and Conference will be on intelligent transport, building management and automation, ICT technology implementation in the overall urban activity. It will attract representatives of institutions, municipalities, branch organizations, private companies, providing interactivity and networking between them.

Today, 80 pecent of the Europeans live in cities. They occupy only about 2% of the land area, but they consume 75% of resources and emit 80% CO2. It is really important to change the way we consume and produce. The intelligent vision of the cities can be a reality through wider introduction of advanced solutions. ‘Smart Cities’ will identify the path towards the sustainable urban development in South-East Europe.

Event - Energy Efficiency & Renewables

The 11th edition of the event Energy Efficiency & Renewables will take place on March 11 - 13, 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the Inter Expo Center.

The 2015 edition aims to promote the latest energy developments and encourage their large-scale implementation in South-East Europe as well as speed up foreign investment in the regional economy. It is a great networking place for the international and local industry players.

Event - Ecobuild 2015

The Ecobuild 2015 event will take place on March 3-5 in London, UK. This is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new, refurbished, commercial and domestic buildings. Across three days, the seminar programme will deliver practical and applied information focusing on the key issues for sustainability professionals. Each seminar is structured to provide key learning points, supported by case studies, analysis and examples of best practice.

Discover the new innovative products, future materials, new thinking and solutions.

Event - Zero Waste Awards

The deadline to enter the Zero Waste Awards is March 2 2015. Businesses, public authorities and third sector organizations are becoming more and more aware of the importance of zero waste. They want to be part of the sustainability solution, and the Zero Waste Awards recognizes and rewards them for doing so.

Event - Carbon Pricing Discussion Forum

A Carbon Pricing Discussion Forum will take place on Monday February 23, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy street, Ottawa, Ontario. Carbon pricing is the method most favored by economics for reducing global warming emissions. Such a system charges those who emit carbon dioxide (CO2) for their emissions. That charge, called a carbon price, is the amount that must be paid for the right to emit one tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere. This conversation is particularly relevant for Ontario as the province gets ready to implement carbon pricing. Come to this discussion forum to hear the thoughts of a distinguished panel of experts. They will discuss their views on different systems and invite the opinions of those in attendance.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Video - Live Earth 2015: Pharrell Williams and Al Gore Launch Live Earth Climate Action Concert


Climate campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore and hit musician Pharrell Williams announce Live Earth, concerts in seven continents intended to galvanise support for climate action. Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the event is intended to 'have humanity harmonise all at once.' 

Video - Trailer of Oscar Nominated Film White Earth and Interview with the Director



The Oscars will be taking place on Sunday February 22 and one of the films nominated is about the oil boom in America’s Northern Plains called "White Earth." This is the tale of three children and an immigrant mother as they brave winter. This film explores themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

Here is an interview published on 350.org with the film's director J. Chrstian Jensen.

Video - Drought in California: No Rain in San Francisco



Drought is making life difficult in areas all over the world and one of the worst hit areas is California. As a sign California's persistent drought, downtown San Francisco recorded no measurable rain in January 2015, this is the first time this has happened in at least 165 years. The National Weather Service also said Santa Cruz recorded no rain in January for the first time since 1893. Normal rainfall for that city in January is more than 6 inches. For the Bay Area as a whole, last month was the driest January on record, the weather service said.

Video - Paulson and Page Live Discussion on the release of "Heat in the Heartland"


Risky Business Project co-chair Henry Paulson and Risk Committee member Gregory Page hold a live discussion on the release of "Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest," the second report from the Risky Business Project.

Click here to see the report "Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest"

Video - Launch of Heat in Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest



The new Risky Business Project report report, "Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest, "quantifies climate risk for Midwestern metro areas in a more granular and industry specific way than any ever has before. In this video Risky Business Project Co-Chair and Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Risk Committee member and Former CEO of Cargill Inc. Gregory Page introduce the report.

Click here to see the report "Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest"

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Growing Strength of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

Fossil fuel companies will never voluntarily walk away from dirty energy, so it is up to us to walk away from them. It is futile to try to encourage Big Oil to stop sucking at the teat of their carbon rich cash cow. They will continue to use their vast wealth and influence to advance their own agenda at the expense of people and the planet.

Esteemed environmentalist Jonathon Porritt worked on sustainability projects with big oil companies for years and he has indicated that it is "impossible" for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to climate change and it is equally unlikely that they will voluntarily stop extracting fossil fuels. They are part of an entrenched culture that is resistant to the very idea of green energy. As Porritt said, these “hydrocarbon supremacists” persist despite the fact that they know that their business model threatens the future of humanity.

Webinar - Collaborating for Resilience

The one hour Webinar Collaborating for Resilience will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The challenging impacts of climate change disproportionately affect those with the least resources to prepare, sustain and recover.

How do municipal decision makers and civic leaders promote effective engagement with all community members, especially those that are likely to be most impacted?

Click here to register.

Water Pipes that Provide Sustainable Energy

A new source of power uses water pipes to generate electricity. Clean energy is being captured by small turbines which spin as water flows through pipes.

Unlike typical hydroelectric dams this new source of hydropower has no environmental impact whatsoever.

In many respects this energy generation system is better than other renewables that operate intermittently (solar only operate when there is sun and turbines only work when there is wind).