Sunday, August 20, 2017

Event - Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum

This event will take place on September 12 - 15. Are you and your company on top of the megatrends in sustainability? The Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum is an intense program exploring sustainability as an overarching framework for life in the 21st century. An integrated policy concept, sustainability diverges from approaches to environmental protection and economic development that were pursued in the 20th century.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Corporate America Fires Trump for Deriliction of Duty

An unprecedented number of American business leaders have come out to oppose Trump. Waves of resignations from the CEOs of America's leading corporations have forced Trump to disband his business councils.

Large numbers of companies have issued statements and internal memos condemning Trump. Ford, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, have all spoken out against this administration. To protest Trump's egress from the Paris Climate Agreement more than two dozen major businesses took out full-page ads.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CEOs Condemn Trump in the Wake of the Nazi Terror Attack in Charlottesville

The business community is railing against Trump's horrifying response to the Charlottesville terror attack. Corporate leaders are stepping up to challenge Trump in the wake of his failure to condemn the murderous rampage of white nationalists. Businesses are overtly refuting Trump's narrative and championing both diversity and inclusion. So far more than a half dozen CEOs have publicly resigned from their positions as presidential advisors. Trump initially refused to single out the racist groups that took part in the alt-right rally in Charlottesville and he did not condemn the hateful beliefs of white supremacists. Trump also conspicuously failed to mention the neo-nazi that murdered Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Charlottesville Terrorist Attack: Trump and his Alt-Right

The fact that neo-nazi Trump supporters have committed a murderous act of terrorism should come as no surprise. Trump has pandered to the alt-right movement that includes many neo-nazis and white supremacists. They not only helped to get him elected they form the militant core of his base.

On Friday August 11, neo-nazis held a torch-wielding protest at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. As they marched through the campus they screamed hate speech and hurled racial insults. This was followed on Saturday August 12 with a white supremacist rally where a neo-nazi terrorist attack killed one and injured more than a dozen others.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Event - World Design Summit of International Organizations

The first World Design Summit of International Organizations will take place October 23-25, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

Great design can transform the world and this summit will be an unprecedented moment of global unity focused on design-driven solutions. This summit will create an international action plan for solving global issues through design. Designing for the future is a 10-year, design-driven international action plan for creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.

The world is facing complex challenges and the more complex the problem, the more the need for synthesis. The power in Design is the power of synthesis. The road to convergence has been forged by focusing on that which is common between the disciplines and on the shared desire to strategically actuate the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs.  

Event - Sustainable Innovation Forum

The 8th annual Sustainable Innovation Forum will take place on November 13-14, in Bonn, Germany. As explained by Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment: "We need to prove that protecting the environment is profitable and in everyone's best interests. We can do this by holding up successful examples."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Businesses Support Sustainability and Oppose Trump

Trump may be an impediment to climate action from the federal government but he cannot stop the growth of sustainability in the US. Market forces have made sustainability a mainstream phenomenon. Paradoxically the Trump administration's rejection of responsible climate policies may have increased climate action and activism from the business community.

The acknowledgement of the veracity of climate change is widespread. In addition to the scientific consensus and corporate leadership all branches of the US military and most economists agree that climate change is a significant threat.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ebook - Renewable energy: Understanding the Basics from the University of Calgary

If you are curious about clean power check out this ebook from the University of Calgary.  This free introductory level ebook on renewable energy is titled Renewable energy: Understanding the basics.

Currently, the world gets most of its power from burning hydrocarbons, or fossil fuels. But renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro, are becoming more and more widespread.

In this ebook, you'll learn about the basics of renewable energy, some of the advantages of different types of renewable energy sources, and how adopting cleaner energy benefits us all in the long run.

 Click here to download Renewable energy: Understanding the basics.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

10 Things Corporations Can Do to Combat Climate Change

There are a number of things that corporations can do to limit global warming. Never before has corporate leadership been more important. Never before have the stakes been so high and never before have the potential returns been as large.

Corporations must play a leadership role in the effort to keep temperatures from exceeding the upper threshold limits (1.5°C-2°C above preindustrial norms).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Studying Climate, Renewables and Sustainable Development at TERI University in India

TERI University, New Delhi has a wide range of courses and programs geared towards sustainability. This includes everything from renewable energy focused distance learning diploma's to a wide range of environment, climate and sustainability focused PhD programs. It also has similar programs at the Masters level (MSc, MBA, MA, MTech) suitable for candidates with a bachelor's degree.  TERI University claims it is the only University in India offering unique courses around Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy.

More Decoupling: Corporate Emissions Reduction are Compadible with Growth

The CDP tracks corporate emissions. The figures in the 2016 report serve as a baseline for corporate climate action following the Paris Agreement. This annual report also ranks companies according to their carbon emissions and in so doing it reveals both leaders and laggards.

One of the salient findings to emerge from the report is the connection between climate action and profitability. Corporations that are acting on climate change are improving their balance sheets by capitalizing on new business opportunities and revenue streams. The report specifically suggests that there is a competitive advantage associated with greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction. Corporations that reduced emissions grew significantly while those that didn't saw their fortunes decline.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Course - Climate Change and Energy at Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School is offering a one-week Executive Education program titled "Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term."  This intensive course will take place October 15-20, 2017.  The application deadline is August 15, 2017. In this course leading experts will address mitigation, adaptation, economics of climate change, geoengineering, and other topics.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Webinar - Sustainable Urban Infrastructure: Green Buildings and Liveable Cities

This Sustainable Urban Infrastructure webinar will take place on August 23, 2017. As the world continues to focus on sustainability, our definition of environmental sustainability is moving beyond flora and fauna to include the humans in the ecosystem as well. And there is no better front line than the buildings where we spend most of our time. With estimates suggesting that up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, cities are under pressure from all angles to minimise the required inputs of energy, water, food, waste and output of heat, air & water pollution. Buildings and constructions account for 32% of global energy expenditure, are responsible for 19% of greenhouse gas emissions and, based on projections and construction trends, emissions from the building sector could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual.

Event - Companies Vs Climate Change

Companies vs Climate Change is a B2B climate solutions event series. The first event takes place on October 4 - 6, at the Raddison Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels. The second event will take place on November 29 - December 1 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

This is an event series whose mission it is to bring together companies from around the world to discuss climate change and how they can work together to address it most impactfully.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Graduate Certificate - CSR/Sustainability at St Michael's College (Video)

The Graduate Certificate in CSR/Sustainability at the University of St. Michael's (University of Toronto) is a program that accommodates people who are working full time.

There are already 200 graduates of this program from around the world. They work for a wide range of organizations including for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations.  The personal and professional benefits of education are numerous. A strong business case that can be made for higher learning. Click here for a business case presentation (PDF) or here for a program impact assessment as described by program graduates.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Course Certificate - Leading Organizations & Change at MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management is collaborating with world renowned faculty to offer instruction in the prescient realm of organizational change. In today's complex interconnected world an organization's strategies and tactics must be encouraged to evolve. Course alterations are essential in response to changing business environments. In the face a barrage of unprecedented challenges, an organizations ability to pivot on a dime has become critical.

Tesla's Revolutionary Gigafactories

Tesla is building some of the biggest lithium-ion batteries and electric car manufacturing facilities in the world. These highly efficient, self-reliant manufacturing plants are so massive they are being called "gigafactories". Their capacities are so great that Forbes quotes Tesla Founder Elon Musk as saying 100 such facilities could completely transition the entire world to renewable energy.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources 2010 - 2016

In 2017 the Green Market Oracle (GMO) is reprising its annual Green School Series. Over the course of the last seven years the GMO has published more than 350 articles related to environmentally oriented academics, sustainable infrastructure and green initiatives in pedagogical settings. In the coming weeks we will post articles on a daily basis related to the green schools and sustainability focused academics. These efforts contribute to the growth of a well informed population, a sustainable economy and ultimately a healthier planet. This focus is a key part of the GMO's mission to help facilitate the convergence of sustainability and the global environment.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Telsla's Elon Musk Thinks Trump is Bad for Business

Elon Musk is arguably the greatest sustainability focused business builder on the planet and he thinks Donald Trump is on the wrong track. The contrast between Musk and Trump could not be more stark. Musk is a sustainability titan, and an innovator. while Trump is a dated caricature of a businessman. Shortly after winning the US presidential election in November 2016 Trump tapped Musk to be his strategic policy advisor. Five months later Musk quit the president after the latter pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

GMO's Annual Green Schools Posts in 2016

Each summer and fall the Green Market Oracle (GMO) publishes a series of posts focused on the growing green schools movement. In 2016 this comprised both buildings and academics, it also includes best practices and information useful to sustainability professionals, students, instructors and other stakeholders. In addition to green buildings, this series reviews hundreds of sustainability-focused schools and accreditation. Last year GMO published 32 articles in this series bringing the total to more than 350.  In 2016 the predominant themes included early education, tools, resources and awards.

13 Applications of Tesla Batteries that are Revolutionizing Renewables

Tesla Energy is revolutionizing the renewable energy space by making large-scale battery power more accessible.  Efficient and inexpensive power storage has long been the holy grail of renewable energy. By storing renewable energy Tesla is helping to lessen the need for pollution causing fossil fuels. As the leader in the rapidly growing energy storage sector Tesla's cost effective battery systems are making clean power truly viable in a broad range of settings.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Energy Storage Market Overview and Forecasts

The stored energy market has grown exponentially but this is nothing compared to what we can expect to see in the coming years. Massive growth is expected all around the world and this will contribute to an exponential increase in distributed power in developed nations. In some This will also allow developing nations to forego the need for a expensive investments in grid infrastructure.

The combination of increasing-efficiency and decreasing-cost will keep driving demand for energy storage in 2017 and beyond.

Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion technologies accounted for more than 95 percent of new energy-storage deployments in 2015. There is no reason to believe that this trend will not continue. Given all the options on the table lithium-ion batteries have proven to be the most suitable type of storage for EVs and stationary energy across the grid, from large utility-scale installations to residential systems.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Event - Georgia Environmental Conference

This event will take place August 23 - 25, at the LEED Certified Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, in Georgia. This annual conference provides fresh, new, high value, well-balanced, diverse and relevant educational content with a positive impact on current and future practitioners and the environment of Georgia and the Southeast region.

This is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse educational opportunity and it will be attended by over 700 Local, State, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste, Enviro-Tech, and Recycling Experts, and many, many others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Georgia and the Southeast region.

Event - Educational Green Roofs Conference

This free conference will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST at 116 West 11th Street, New York, NY, United States. The event is being organized by PS 41, National Wildlife Federation, NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Green roofs can be used as outdoor classrooms all year round to study important topics such as weather patterns, the water cycle, climate change, air and water quality, stormwater management, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity; they can also be great spaces for stretching, nature study, journaling, and quiet reading. Studies have shown that the psychological benefits of green spaces, like green roofs, are substantial - they reduce stress, boost attention, and improve brain function. In addition, green roofs have practical benefits. They can reduce carbon emissions and energy costs while reducing stormwater runoff and heat island effect; they also provide important habitat for local and migratory wildlife.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tesla Motor's Growth and the Bottom Line

Tesla's meteoric growth in the automotive space has pushed it passed Ford to have the second highest market value.In February 2016 Tesla Motors stock was valued at $151 per share by the summer of 2017 the imminent release of the Model 3 drove the company's stock prices up to $383 per share.

Demand for the newly available Tesla 3 has been overwhelming. Some are calling this demand, "a clear indication that American consumers care about climate change and cutting air pollution." Whether or not they are buying the green angle they are lining up to buy Tesla's cars.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Model 3 is Proof of Musk's Strategic Genius at the Helm of Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors has cemented its role as a leader in the electric vehicle space with the launch of  the Tesla 3. This car is the realization of Musk's overarching strategy to bring sustainability to the people.

Over the last 14 years the electric automotive upstart has grown exponentially while employing 18,000 people. Now Tesla is on the cusp of even more massive growth. Musk said there will be a six fold increase in productivity with production expected to increase from 100,000 cars a year to 600,000 cars a year in 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Event - Grid Modernization Workshop

The Grid Modernization Workshop will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. This event is presented by IEEE Power and Energy Society Region 7 and hosted by BC Hydro. The workshop will focus on the experience of Canadian electric power utilities as well as opportunities, challenges, planning, and strategies.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Elon Musk is a Sustainability Titan (Video)

Elon Musk is accelerating the world's movement towards renewable energy and clean technology. Musk has shown that he has an extraordinary capacity for building sustainability focused businesses. He has demonstrated his abilities in a wide range of ventures including Tesla Motors, Tesla Energy, SpaceX, and the Hyperloop.

Musk built his fortune on Zip2 and PayPal. The former he sold for $305 million and the latter he sold for $1.5 billion. Musk’s personal take from Zip2 was $22 million, which he invested in PayPal. He invested the $160 million he earned from the sale of PayPal into electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors and battery manufacturer Tesla Energy.  In a bit more than a decade Musk has revolutionizing both the automotive industry and the renewable energy sector.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California's Cap-and-Trade Program is Alive and Well

This is the eighth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits and renewable energy.

With unprecedented bipartisan support, California lawmakers have voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program. This carbon pricing program is key to meeting California's ambitious carbon reduction targets. The plan puts a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions and allows companies to buy and sell pollution credits.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Event - Global Climate Action Summit 2018


The Global Climate Action Summit will take place in September 2018 in San Francisco, California. The world's climate leaders are coming together for an event that will be hosted by California Governor Gerry Brown. The summit will be attended by representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society. The goal of the summit is to inspire increased global ambition to act on climate.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

California's Clean Energy Legislation Hides Problems

This is the seventh installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California's clean energy legislation masks the problems that plague the Golden State's energy picture. Clean energy is a key part of climate action and California is undeniably a global leader in renewable technologies. California has been a renewable energy leader for years. State support has helped the clean energy industry and benefited the economy. As reported by Bloomberg, "Technology driving the clean energy boom is the reason California companies lead most of their peers in US."

Monday, July 10, 2017

G19 Leaves Trump Behind and Moves Forward on Climate Action

A recent G20 summit communiqué out of Hamburg Germany acknowledged the abdication of Trump but emphasized the global commitment to responsible climate action. Historically the G20 has made unanimous declarations but Trump's decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement resulted in a break with this tradition. Despite the isolation of the US, the world's leading economic powers indicated that they remain serious about climate action. The summit was marked by riots and Trump was singled out as the preferred target of the protestors.

Trump was characteristically awkward at the summit and he appeared to have difficulty following the discussion at times. At one point Trump had to be diverted from his day-dreaming to turn around and pose for the cameras. Trump's only contribution was an initiative to help other countries burn fossil fuels more cleanly. This is rather ironic as the Paris Agreement seeks to end the burning of hydrocarbons.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Event - Sustainability Summit: Approach Reporting Ratings and Value

The 16th Annual Sustainability Summit will take place on July 18 - 19, 2017 at the Conference Board in New York, NY. The summit is titled: "Making your Approach to Sustainability, Reporting, and Ratings/Rankings Deliver Value for Your Business". The 2017 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face today. We will focus on key challenges through interactive sessions that enable participants to learn from and support one another.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Enemy Within: The Fifth Verse of the Star Spangled Banner

This Fourth of July there is very little to celebrate. The man who occupies the most powerful office in the land is a travesty. The environment is being raped and the climate is being savaged. The litany of indignities being unleashed upon the institution of the presidency and the American people warrant despair. Perhaps most alarmingly there is growing resistance to the Constitution unfolding from within the executive branch.

This is a sad day for those who believe in the Consitution and the institution of democracy.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Event - Sustainable Earth Sciences Conference

The fourth Sustainable Earth Sciences (SES) Conference will be held alongside the Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2017, the 23rd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, and the Second European Airborne Electromagnetics Conference. These events will take place on September 3 - 7, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel & Congress, in Malmö, Sweden.

Event - WE Day Canada

We Day will take place on July 2, 2017, 4 PM - 9 PM on Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. This event can also be viewed live on Facebook, see details at the bottom of this page. This is a family-friendly event, bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of Canadians celebrating our commitment to making the next 150 years count. Help us inspire the next generation of change-makers to make their mark on our beautiful nation.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

EVs Illustrate Problems with California's Ambitious Climate Targets

This is the sixth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California has the most ambitious climate targets in North America however, there are problems in paradise. Trends in California's vehicle emissions reveal that there is a disconnect between the state's ambitious goals and the actual performance.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Climate Impacts in California

This is the fifth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

 California Governor Jerry Brown is emphatic in his conviction that fact-based appraisals of the implications of climate change are essential.  Although Brown is aware that fear causes many to turn away from climate impacts, as all responsible leaders should, he welcomes the facts as they are, not as he would like them to be. Facing the truth about climate change takes courage and Brown has that kind of courage.  "Most people don’t want to think about catastrophe, I am not one of those people. I like to think about catastrophe."
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gov. Brown is Calling out the GOP for its Irresponsible Anti-Science Stance on Climate Change

This is the fourth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

California Governor Jerry Brown unambiguously ascribes blame for climate inaction in the US to the GOP. Republicans currently control the Executive and the Legislative branches of government. The GOP not only ignores climate action they undermine public awareness by subverting the facts.

As explained by Gov. Brown, the GOP has, "a slavish adherence to the non-belief in anything to do with climate change." Brown could not be more clear when he said the rhetoric coming out of Trump and other Republicans is both, "implausible" and "stupid." He went on to ask the GOP, "Where are you? You’re in an ‘Alice and Wonderland’ world."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

California is the Deal-Making Global Climate Leader

This is the third installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and cap-and-trade.

In the wake of the Trump administration's abdication, California has become the US leader on climate action. The Golden State is reaching out and making deals both domestically and with much of the rest of the world. The state is working with nations like China, Canada, Mexico and Scotland to broaden the scope of climate action.

California Governor Jerry Brown has been emboldened by the Trump administration's failure to act on climate. Late last year at the COP23 climate meeting, Gov. Brown said, "We may not represent Washington, but we will represent the wide swath of American people who will keep the faith on this."

In February the environment ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco to sign a global pact to reduce greenhouse gases. The deal is being called the NAFTA of climate action.