Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Top US States and Cities in Cleantech (Clean Edge)

The top cleantech states and cities are, for the most part, predictable. According to Clean Edge's 2014 US Clean Tech Leadership Index, California is ranked number one (the fifth year in a row that the state takes top honors). California is followed by Massachusetts and Oregon which have occupied the number 2 and number three spots for the last couple of years. Vermont and Connecticut moved into the top 10 in the 2014 State Index this year, while Hawaii and Minnesota dropped out.

Infographic - Increasing News Coverage of Climate Change


Businesses Feel the Heat from Declining Labor Productivity

There have been several studies that show how a warming planet will decrease labor productivity. Diminished productivity has negative economic implications both for individual companies and the economy as a whole.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study warned that climate change is likely to have a significant negative impact on productivity for the US workforce as a whole.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Online Tools to Follow US Energy Legislation

PowerSuite from Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has created a set of tools that allows you to search, track, and collaborate on energy legislation and regulatory proceedings from across the country with one, easy-to-use interface. This online tool tracks energy energy legislation and regulatory proceedings across all 50 states.

Among the tools in PowerSuite are Billboard and DocketDash. Users can search a database of dockets and legislation from states across the country. They can then track and collaborate on legislation using Billboard or utility commission documents using DocketDash. Notifications can be set up to alert users when there are changes in bills or dockets, and summaries, notes and other information can be shared with colleagues. Additional tools developed for PowerSuite in the future will share its common interface and functionality, AEE said.

David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour

Starting on September 24th the David Suzuki Foundation is launching the Blue Dot Tour, a cross country celebration featuring David Suzuki and a star-studded line up of Canadian performers, artists and leaders.

The Blue Dot Tour is the celebration of a simple yet powerful idea: that all Canadians should have the right to drink clean water, breathe fresh air and eat healthy food.  The Blue Dot Tour will visit 20 Canadian communities between September 24th and November 9th.

June's Record Breaking Heat and the Global Warming Trend

On both land and sea last month was the hottest June in recorded history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2014 broke the record set in June 1998. What makes this data noteworthy is the fact that June 2014 is part of a much larger warming trend. These individual observations are not isolated events they are part of a wider meteorological trend.

June is the third straight month of record breaking (or tying) global high temperatures. Nine of the 10 warmest June's on record have occurred in the 21st century, including each of the past five years. The world has not experienced a cooler than average June in almost 20 years (1976).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Responsible Business Awards: 2014 Ethical Corp Awards Shortlist

Ethical Corporation nominees for the 5th annual Responsible Business Awards was drawn from nearly 400 entries. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner in London on the 29th of September. A total of 91 nominees have been shortlisted for the 2014 awards.

The Growth of Environmental Consulting

The environmental consulting industry is growing fast. Multinational companies are increasingly demanding environmental consulting services, however, there are very few firms in a position to handle this growing demand.

According to a December 2012 report by Environment Analyst, 16 leading companies are part of a global environmental consultancy (EC) industry with revenues of $10.6 billion in 2011, representing a 10.4 percent increase over the previous year.

According to a 2013 Environmental Analyst report, in 2011 the total combined global EC industry grew 4.1 percent over 2010. the global EC market saw a 3.6 percent increase in 2012 over 2011. The global EC market reached $27.4 billion in 2012 and the growth rate of global EC for 2013 was expected to be 3.1 percent. By 2017 the industry is expected to be worth $31.7 billion.

Going forward water and waste management services which previously represented the largest portion of revenue shares for ECs will be eclipsed by contaminated land remediation.

Event - Climate Tour ahead of the People's Climate March

A number of events are planned to help expand the reach and the impact of the People's Climate March. The September 21st Climate March will be the largest climate oriented march in history. It is intended to pressure action from those convening for a historic summit on climate change.

Planing for the People’s Climate March is already underway for the event in New York City. But to make this the biggest climate march in history, the momentum can’t be confined to New York. Which is why they are organizing a tour up and down the East Coast to spread that energy. The purpose of these meetings is to meet local activists near you and create an organizing process that engages the east coast in the People’s Climate March and creates meaningful new coalitions and connections.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Event - Power-Gen Middle East

This event will take place on October 12 - 14 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emerites (UAE). This event will address a wide range of opportunities and challenges in the energy sector including developing independent power & water projects, MENA’s changing fuel landscape, nuclear power technologies and improving plant and power system efficiency, financing trends, renewable grid integration technology and asset Monitoring.

Event - World Water Middle East

This event will take place on October 12 - 14, 2014 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With high demand for potable and sustainable water coupled with major investment to meet future demand and introduce new measures, WaterWorld Middle East is the must attend water and wastewater event in 2014.

Event - Advancing Compliance Assurance and EHS Management Systems

This National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) conference will take place on August 5 - 6, 2014 in Auburn Hills, MI. EHS Management systems remain a cornerstone of how you fulfill your obligations to employees, the environment, stakeholders and communities. NAEM's 2014 EHS Compliance Conference is designed to help you identify risks, strengthen your systems and effectively manage transitions.

Event - COMMIT!Forum (Good Business Makes the Difference)


This Forum will take place on October 8 - 9, 2014, in New York, at the New York Downtown Marriott. COMMIT! To A Responsible Culture & Supply Chain. Professionals who attend this event will learn the latest best practices and how-to’s from experts. The COMMIT!Forum also allows networking opportunities with C-suite executives, CEOs, corporate communication pros, and CR professionals—industry leaders and many others.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Video - The E-Fan Electric Airplane: Construction and Testing



Airbus has developed an experimental electric plane that may signal the future of aviation. The plane is known as the electric E-Fan training aircraft. To build the plane Airbus used some highly innovative technology including an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are currently testing the plane with the aim of constructing a production version of the E-Fan at an industrial facility close to Bordeaux Airport.

Video - Healing Walk


Healing Walk 2014 from Zack Embree on Vimeo.

Over the course of the last five years people from around the world have been coming together alongside First Nations communities to protest the harmful impacts of oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta. These people have peacefully expressed their concerns about the impact on the planet and the health of First Nations communities in the region. The first Healing Walk took place in 2010 when people from the Athabasca region gathered together to pray for the land, the people, and the future. In 2013, the walk was joined by over 500 people from across Turtle Island and other parts of the world. The final healing walk took place on June 27th to 29th, 2014.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Leading Environmental and Sustainability Consulting Firms (Environmental Analyst and Verdantix)

Here are the top environmental and sustainability consulting firms. Environmental Analyst lays out the top firms according to revenues and Verdantix ranks firms based on the results of a survey conducted with leading companies.

Top Revenues (Environmental Analyst)

According to Environmental Analyst, the top ten firms ranked in terms of gross global EC revenues are: CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Inc, URS Corporation, Golder Associates, AECOM, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Arcadis, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, MWH Global and Cardno. The next twelve are: Grontmij NV, RPS Group, SKM Consulting, ENVIRON, WorleyParsons, WSP Environment and Energy/GENIVAR, Parsons Brinckerhoff, ICF International, Mott MacDonald, ATKINS, SLR and Coffey International.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Most Innovative Companies of 2013

Here are some of the world's most innovative companies of 2013 according to Tomorrow's Value Rating and Lux Research. Innovation is key to a companies health and well being and this is particularly true of sustainability efforts. In today's economy sustainability has emerged as a leading driver of innovation.

Leading Companies in Corporate Social Responsibility (CR Magazine 2013)

Here is a summary of some of the leading companies for 2013 as determined by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. AT&T took top honors on the list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens followed by Mattel, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eaton, Intel, Gap, Hasbro, Merck, Campbell Soup Co. and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Although not in the top 10, the magazine ranked Johnson Controls as the best company in the environment category, followed by IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Sprint-Nextel and Advanced Micro Devices.

The top-ranked company for climate-change efforts was UPS, which was 24th overall, followed by Exelon (99th), PepsiCo (43rd), IBM (11th) and Spectra Energy Corp (13th).

Quebec to Invest More Money into Lac-Mégantic One Year After Oil Train Disaster

The government of Quebec has announced new investments to revitalize the economy of the town of Lac-Mégantic. At a provincial government press conference on July 12th, Municipal Affairs Minister Pierre Moreau announced the new spending. The investment comes a little more than one year after the oil train derailment and explosion that killed 47 and destroyed the downtown core of Lac-Mégantic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sustainability Quiz

So you think you know a thing or two about sustainability?

Do you know the country with the highest per capita emissions? How about the average life expectancy of people in Sierra Leone.

Try taking this quiz to find out just how much you know. 

Although it originates in the UK audience, it contains many questions that are pertinent for an international audience.

Top US Green Companies (Newsweek)

Here is Newsweek's 2014 rankings of the largest US companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact. These rankings are assembled in a partnership that includes Corporate Knights Capital, leading sustainability minds from NGOs, and members of the academic and accounting communities. This list is ordered according to a percentage score which is assigned to each company.

Newsweek's annual rankings began in 2009, but there was no list produced in 2013. While the old approach favored technology companies, the new metrics are based on a different set of assumptions. For the 2014 edition, Newsweek worked with Corporate Knights. Their data-based approach uses metrics and methodologies that are more quantitative and less qualitative.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Global Green Companies (Newsweek)

Here is Newsweek's 2014 rankings of the world’s largest companies in terms of corporate sustainability and environmental impact. These rankings are assembled in a partnership that includes Corporate Knights Capital, leading sustainability minds from NGOs, and members of the academic and accounting communities. This list is ordered according to a percentage score which is assigned to each company.

Newsweek's annual rankings began in 2009, but there was no list produced in 2013. While the old approach favored technology companies, the new metrics are based on a different set of assumptions. For the 2014 edition, Newsweek worked with Corporate Knights. Their data-based approach uses metrics and methodologies that are more quantitative and less qualitative.

50 Best Green Global Brands (Interbrand)

Interbrand's 2014 report ranks the 50 "Best Global Green Brands." The list assesses a brand’s environmental performance and compares that to consumers’ perceptions.

Automotive, electronic & technology brands occupy nearly half of the Top 50. Ten brands hail from the automotive sector, while 12 brands come from the electronics and technology sectors. Since it began in 2011, automakers have dominated the top of the list, however, this year the highest honors went to Ford. The top spot had previously been awarded to Toyota for the past three consecutive years. Toyota has fallen to number 2 and Honda, Nissan and Panasonic retain their 2013 positions to round out the top 5.

To create the report Interbrand starts with its list of 100 brands that have a global presence and a demonstrated record of delivering value to their stakeholders.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Transformative Impact Practices in Sustainability

As explained by Jeana Wirtenberg in her new book titled, Building a Culture for Sustainability,  businesses are increasingly looking to sustainability to deliver a return on their investments and as a way of driving innovation. As explained by Wirtenberg, "the choice is deep change or slow death."

After spending two years embedded in nine major companies, Wirtenberg has identified three major emerging trends that can re-shape standard business practices. She calls these trends transformative impact practices in sustainability, or TIPS. As explained by Wirtenberg, these trends "form a powerful core for changing business culture and mindsets in ways that make sustainability and social responsibility indelible."

New German Law Supports Renewable Energy

Germany is already a global renewable energy leader and legislation passed by the nation's upper house of parliament on July 11th will make the nation's power supply even greener. The new law will facilitate the country's move away from nuclear and fossil-fuel generated power.

Renewable energy has boomed under a policy known as "energy transformation." The new law will go even further by replacing nuclear power with renewables over the next eight years. It will also end the countries reliance on most fossil fuels by 2050.

World Cup 2014: An Environmental Post Mortem

The World Cup is over and Germany has emerged victorious, but just how environmentally sustainable was the FIFA sporting event in Brazil?

Some are hailing the 2014 World Cup as the greenest ever. Simon Trace, CEO of Practical Action, is among those that are lauding the green accomplishments of the World Cup in Brazil. He cited the unparalleled use of solar energy saying, "the organisers and FIFA are to be congratulated for making a considerable financial investment and making this the greenest World Cup in history." 

Brazil generated more renewable energy than any other World cup before. The investment in green power is helping to grow the nation's renewable energy sector which employs a total of 894,000 people.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Event - The Regenerative Economy: Aligning Business and Nature

This event will take place on Tuesday, July 22 at Impact Hub NYC, (394 Broadway) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

A regenerative economy is one which aligns the activities of business with the requirements of nature.

Biomimicry is a science which studies nature’s sustainability and regenerative design strategies and applies 3.8 billion years of design wisdom to solve global challenges. Seeing nature as our mentor, rather than a warehouse of goods, biomimicry asks “what can we learn from nature?” vs “what can we take?”. We welcome anyone to join and grow with our budding network.

Event - Solar Power International (SPI) 2014

Solar Power International (SPI), will be held October 20-23, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is the solar industry’s most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition.

Whether as an exhibitor, sponsor, or attendee, explore ways to participate an engage with more than 15,000 professionals in solar energy and related fields for four days of action-packed show floor hours, educational sessions and workshops, general sessions and special events and the best chance of the year to connect with colleagues and industry leaders.

Event - CR Reporting and Communications Summit 2014

The 8th annual CR Reporting and Communications Summit 2014 will take place on November 13 - 14, 2014 in London. This Summit is This is Europe's only reporting and communications meeting place for sustainability professionals. Europe's leading meeting place to find out where sustainability leaders and innovators are headed around their CR reporting and comms strategy. The event will cover 4 themes, 9 industries, 20+ speakers. More than 150 senior decision makers will be present and there will be many industries to network with  (including leading reporters and comms specialists from telecoms & media, banking, chemicals & manufacturing, oil & gas, retail, consumer goods, energy, ICT, real estate & construction so you can get more value out of cross-sector networking).

Event - Natural Flood Management

This event is subtitled, "The Evidence Requirements for Wider Delivery," it will take place on September 10, 2014 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, in London, UK. Hosted by CIWEM / London, in association with the CIWEM Rivers & Coastal Group.

This conference will assess the experience of employing Natural Flood Management to mitigate flood risk and will assess the evidence requirements for understanding the wider potential of NFM.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Graphic - World Cup Energy and CO2


Image source: Oilprice.com

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The End of Oil Trains?

Early in July, people from across North America and around the world paused to remember the one year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. This tragic anniversary and the recent spate of rail accidents has increased calls to reign-in oil trains.

The environmental and emotional legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster

On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded killing 47 people and destroying a large part of the little town of Lac-Mégantic. On the anniversary of the disaster, dignitaries joined the people of the town to mourn the tragic events.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Infographic - World Cup Carbon Footprint 2010



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Oil Train Derailments: How Many Wake-Up Calls do we Need?

If you need proof of the dangers of transporting oil by rail you need look no further than the spate of accidents that plagued oil trains in the past year. Recent incidence are a statistical outgrowth of the radically increased volume of trains bearing crude.

There have been a number of serious derailments and oil spills, however none were more terrible than the tragic events in Lac Megantic on July 6, 2013.

The growing volume of oil being moved by rail increases the risks from accidents. The equation is simple the more oil that is moved by rail the more risk we incur.

The events in Lac Megantic are but the tip of the iceberg. There have been numerous other oil train incidents in the last year including accidents in:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Webinar - Stakeholder Action to Advance your Sustainability Agenda

This complimentary webinar from the Ethical Corporation is about driving stakeholder action to advance your sustainability agenda. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 9th July 9th at 10am BST. The 45-minute discussion will outline B2B and B2C perspectives on how to engage your relevant stakeholder groups to help drive behavioural change and meet your sustainability goals.

The heads of sustainability at Orange and Alcatel-Lucent will offer their expert opinions on three key sustainability issues:

  1. Exploring the inner workings of a successful engagement strategy that drives stakeholder action and involvement.
  2. Learning how to target key messages effectively to multiple stakeholders and tell your corporate story in a meaningful way.
  3. Building stakeholder trust through your report by bringing the most relevant issues to life for your target audience.