Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Green Market Oracle Recognized as One of the Best Green Business Sites on the Web

Green Business BlogsOn January 16, 2018 The Green Market Oracle was ranked as one of the best green business blogs out of the thousands of similar sites located all around the world.  The Green Market Oracle along with more than a dozen other sites were singled out as part of the most comprehensive list of best green business blogs on the internet. The ranking was determined by Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review of the quality and consistency of posts. The ranking criteria focused on search and social metrics including Google reputation and Google search ranking, as well as influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. These sites were also assessed based on the quality and consistency of posts.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Smart Energy Event

The 14th Smart Energy Event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, to Wednesday, April 25, in Halifax, NS. Smart Energy is the #1 regional conference in the smart, clean & renewable sector. The 2018 event is about connecting today’s smart energy sector with smart solutions. The demand for smart energy is changing the face of regional markets and how businesses collaborate. At this event you will learn about how companies are responding to the opportunity. Company leaders will also share examples of clean energy technologies and solutions that are being deployed across Atlantic Canada today.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Event - BEST (Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference)

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference (BEST)will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler​ in Whistler, BC. The British Columbia Environment Industry Association's BEST Conference attracts environmental professionals every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a sponsor exhibition. Conference registration includes a welcoming reception, technical sessions, keynote presentations, an off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks.

Event - RECAM (The Central America and Caribbean Clean Energy Conference and Exhibition)

The Central America and Caribbean Clean Energy Conference and Exhibition will take place on March 6-8, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Panama City. This is RECAM's third year highlighting, and helping to take advantage of the enormous potential of the Central American and Caribbean renewable energy markets.

Three hundred and fifty senior-level decision makers from across the entire regional value chain will meet in Panama City seeking new partnerships, wind and solar innovations, micro-grid and storage technology, investment opportunities and regulatory updates that will reignite the Central American and Caribbean renewables sector after a year of stagnation. There will also be morning plenaries focusing on finance, project pipelines and government policy, and split focus afternoons.

Climate Mobilizer Backer Events

In January there will be two inaugural Climate Mobilizer Backer Events, one on January 14th and the other on January 25th. The first event is titled, Identity and Values and it will take place on Jan 14, 2018, at 5:00 PM ET. The second is called The "Strategy and Politics Call:" Taking City by City into 2018, it will take place on Jan 25, 2018, at 8:00 PM ET.  Mobilizer-Backers support the restoration of a safe climate. You also join a special community of people committed to making mobilization a reality.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Event - MO Summit: Creating the Next Economy through Positive Impact

The MO Summit will take place on March 22 - 23, 2019 in Asheville, NC. Also known as the "Inc 500 for Positive Impact CEOs", this event is about leaders that are creating the next economy. MO is an invitation-only, two-day summit convening top CEO’s who are scaling high-growth, positive-impact companies using the power and creativity of business.

Businesses are growing rapidly, achieving scale, and generating profits by creating solutions to the world’s pressing social and environmental issues. This is our momentum. Capitalism is our engine. Customer transactions are our opportunity. Profit and the pursuit of a better tomorrow are our purpose. Meet and hear from leaders building transformational companies and leveraging the engine of capitalism for great profits and great good. The Mo Summit provides a unique opportunity to have 1-on-1 meetings with leading mission-aligned investors including funds, family offices and individual investors. Find your MO-mentum at the MO Summit.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trump is Unfit to Lead

Questions about Trump's fitness to lead go far beyond his temper and disinterest in formal briefings. Concerns about his mental health are not reducible to his slurred speech, or difficulty forming complete sentences. A tsunami of news reports, books and professional panel discussions have characterized Trump as volatile, impulsive and unpredictable. He is also known to suffer from mood swings. As reported in the Times trump is self-absorbed, lacking in empathy and prone to conspiracy theories. They also cite his "tenuous grasp of facts".

Monday, January 8, 2018

Trump was a Nightmare in 2017 and Not Just for the Environment

The election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, will go down in history as a tragedy of epic proportions. Trump is the most powerful climate denier the world has ever known but his ego driven incompetence extends far beyond environmental issues. Trump is making soothsayers out of those who anticipated America's decline.

As predicted Trump immediately went to work trying to end climate action in America. He has gutted environmental safeguards and protections. In total the Trump administration is working to kill more than 60 environmental regulations. Trump has also withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord and killed the Clean Power Plan. His budget was nothing short of an open decaration of war against the environment.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Event - Sound Science and Sound Journalism in an Era of Fake News (Webinar)

This webinar will take place on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EST. This sixty-minute discussion will explore how journalists conduct their research and investigations, confirm facts, ferret out false information and maintain a sound basis for their reporting.

This webinar is presented by Island Press in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum.  It will feature Carey Gillam, a veteran journalist, and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Carey will be joined by Dr. Dana Barr, Environmental Health Professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health for a conversation on sound science and sound journalism in an era of fake news. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Paul Thacker and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Event - MiaGreen Expo and Conference

The 9th Edition MiaGreen Expo and Conference will take place on March 14 & 15, 2018 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, in Miami Florida. MiaGreen is the only event in the USA with a special focus on Latin American, Caribbean and USA markets at the same time, in a multicultural atmosphere that only Miami can provide. This year the event concentrates on key ENERGY related fields, and will explore how developments in solar, green building and cleantech have an impact on efficient and sustainable energy use.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

US Corporate Climate Efforts in 2017 Offer Hope for 2018

Corporate climate action is one of the most hopeful stories of 2017 and many say there is reason to believe that it may prove to be an even bigger story in 2018. Hundreds of US corporations are slashing their emissions and adopting increasingly robust sustainability programs. A wide range of companies and organizations have committed billions to combat climate change. All across the US companies are crafting mitigation strategies and increasingly considering their adaptation needs. We are witnessing the broadest US corporate climate consensus that we have ever seen. It goes well beyond the Climate Action Partnership that was formed in 2007.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Event - GLOBE Forum 2018: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business

This event will take place on March 14 - 16, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The GLOBE Series is the largest and longest running leadership summit for sustainable business in the world.   GLOBE Forum and the associated Innovation Expo, showcasing cleantech and sustainable innovation, attract nearly 10,000 delegates from more than 50 countries, sparking inspiration, collaboration, innovation and enhanced corporate responsibility. There will be over 700 Presidents and CEOs in attendence as well as 250 exhibitors; and 300+ international media.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

One Planet Summit Highlights the EU's Climate Leadership

As evidenced by the recent One Planet Summit, the EU and its member states are leading climate action. In the EU, governments, businesses and investors are all engaged in hopeful efforts and initiatives designed to combat climate change.

On the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate agreement on December 12, French President Macron convened a summit to encourage private and public financing for the implementation of the Paris agreement. The One Planet Summit was attended by governments, corporations and other organizations. At this event the European Union announced that it would invest at least €9 billion (US$10 billion) on clean energy, sustainable cities and agriculture. Even Theresa May, the less than green-minded prime minister of the UK, acknowledged the need for wealthy nations to help the developing world. She pledged to contribute £140 million to help poorer countries manage climate change.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

France Shows Trump What Climate Leadership Looks Like

France is leading climate action. The host nation for the signing of the historic Paris Agreement has repeatedly refuted Trump's climate denial while adopting a raft of measures as part of an ambitious national climate plan.  It is fair to say that with its support of science, climate focused political agenda, and progressive climate plan France is one of the most sustainable countries in the world.  French efforts have been ongoing for years and include everything from mandatory sustainability reporting to the problem of food waste. In May France announced that it was moving forward with 17 GW of clean energy investments. These are just some of the reason France has emerged as a global climate leader.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Event - Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe (SIFE), will take place on March 13, 2018, in Paris France. This event is subtitled "Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future". Leaders will convene to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market. SIFE will host more than 200 organizations including governments,  investment agencies,  NGOs, corporations, and think tanks. Attendees will hail from from more than 30 countries and include leading members of the finance community.  At SIFE you can meet sustainable investment thought leaders including C-Level representatives, investment decision-makers, influencial policy-makers and regulators.

Event - High-Performance Building Conference 2018

Hosted by Maine CSI (Construction Specifications Institute), the High-Performance Building Conference 2018, will take place Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) at the Holiday Inn Portland, in Portland, Maine. The conference is for all those who design, manage or build structures in New England. The event will gathers architects, contractors, designers, engineers, facility managers, building owners and other industry professionals with an interest in learning about high-performance enclosures in New England. The full-day event features a slate of nationally recognized speakers, who each offer expertise on aspects of high-performance buildings. In addition, more than 20 suppliers will be available to approach with questions on products and services related to high-performance building design and construction. The confereence features AIA accredited sessions by top industry leaders and exhibits by leading manufacturers.

Corporations Need to Get Over their Fear of Reporting Failure

Corporations, particularly those who purport to be interested in sustainability, need to bravely report where no reports have gone before. Many firms instinctively shield their failures from the public, however, forward looking corporations know that even here there is value to transparency.  

Although it is hard to avoid getting defensive about shortcomings, being forthcoming about weakness augurs transformative opportunities. Those who have the courage to honestly acknowledge the facts are in a position to change the paradigm. Problems are transformed into an exercise in problem-solving. Identifying weakness becomes an invitation to improve. 

Event - Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact 2018

This event will take place on April 24 - 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. More than 350 attendees will get inspired, learn, make new connections and leave with actionable takeaways for their daily work through thought-provoking presentations, interactive sessions, engaging panels, interesting tours and fun business networking functions.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Art of Effective Science Based Climate Communications

Science-based communications have failed to effectively counter the barrage of misinformation about climate change. This is partly due to the sheer volume of politically motivated subterfuge. This is especially true in the United States where climate change denial is being sold to the public by both the president and his party. This administration and most GOP legislators have made it clear that they are opposed to a fact-based understanding of climate change. Nonetheless, science is critical to the health of a society and if we are to reach larger numbers of people we need to be more effective.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Climate Communication Strategy to Bridge the Political Divide

Despite the urgency of the climate crisis, Americans have been reluctant to make climate action a top-tier voting priority. It is not that people are confused by the science it is that they are confounded by the politics.  The politics of climate denial practised by the GOP and the Trump administration are the foremost impediments to climate action in the US.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Event - World Future Energy Summit

World Future Energy Summit will take place on January 15-18, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The theme is "Driving the Global Energy Transformation". This event is dedicated to innovation, digitalisation and transformation in the global energy mix. The World Future Energy Summit is the leading event worldwide that connects hundreds of international suppliers, decision makers and thought leaders across the entire renewable energy industry. Network, do business and gain insights into the latest industry trends and advancements in dedicated energy sectors in one place over four fully packed business days. More than 30,000 attendees from 175 countries will converge on Abu Dhabi for this event. It will include 639 exhibiting companies and feature 110 speakers.

Event - Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly

Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly will take place on January 13 – 14, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition. This Assembly will deliberate on IRENA’s progress on the Work Programme and Budget for 2016-2017 and decide upon the new strategic and programmatic direction in the context of the Work Programme and Budget for 2018-2019 and Medium-term Strategy 2018-2022.

Event - Ontario EcoSchools SuperConference: Building Environmental Leadership

Ontario EcoSchools SuperConference will take place on Feb 22, 2018, at Le Jardin event centre, 8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge, Ontario. This day-long event offers interactive learning and networking that will focus on building environmental leadership in school communities. The critical importance of education makes this an event for everyone (including teachers, school staff, outdoor education centres, administration, EcoTeam leads, and the general public).

There will be a keynote address and workshop sessions. There will be presentations both of Canada's official languages (English and French). The 50 – 60 minute long presenations will align with the conference theme of Building Environmental Leadership. Presenations will be delivered by teachers, school board representatives, or community members. In addition to speakers and adult-only workshops, there will be a stream specially designed for students.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Emotion is the Key to Communicating Sustainability and Climate Messaging

Emotion is a critical part of effective communications. This is particularly true when marketing sustainability efforts and crafting effective climate message strategies. Research in the social sciences and particularly cognitive psychology help us to understand how our communications are perceived. Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has said that the "greatest advances" in our understanding of climate change over the past decade have come not from the physical sciences, but from the social sciences.

Here is an informal summary of some of the lessons we have gleaned from the social sciences. Research in pyschology reveals that facts alone are not enough to get through to people.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Republican Tax Scam is a Crime Against People and the Planet

The Republican's tax plan impoverishes Americans while enriching the one percent. It is unconsciounable that those who control 90 percent of America's wealth are being given an even greater share of the pie.  The bill that passed in both the House and the Senate is a windfall for the few but it has devastating implications for everyone else. It is a nightmare for wealth inequality and no better for planetary health. The tax scam, as some are calling it, favors oil and gas development while weakening the cleantech sector.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Getting Ready to Report Educational Forum on Ontario's Energy and Water Regulation

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from 11:30AM-1:00PM at St. Jerome's University, 290 Westmount Rd. N Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G3.

By July 2020, most buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to publicly report data about their energy and water usage. This is in accordance with Ontario Regulation 20/17 "Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking for Large Buildings." Michael Brophy from the Ministry of Energy will give an overview of the regulation and help organizations prepare for for mandatory public reporting of waste and water.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Trump Does Not Want a Science Advisor

The Trump administration has not filled dozens of key scientific posts. This includes senior positions at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and most notably, a science advisory job in the White House. Many are asking why Trump is not naming a science advisor when every president since Eisenhower has considered this to be an important positiion. The Science advisor is charged with giving the president scientific and technical advice in areas of national concern. If there was ever a president in need of a science advisor it is the current commander and chief.

While almost everything Trump does is a source of concern, his failure to hire a science advisor is especially worrisome. The vacancy effectively deprives the White House of a much needed voice of reason. Having an adult in the room is particularly important when you consider the erratic behavior and the irrational decisions of the man that occupies the Oval Office.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Are Under Armour's Sustainability Claims Green or Greenwashing

Baltimore based Under Armour, Inc. is a sports apparel manufacturer that makes a number of bold claims about their commitment to sustainability. However, their environmental performance has been widely criticized.

Under Armour's website makes audacious claims starting with the well worn cliche that sustainability is woven into the company's DNA. They also state that sustainability is integral to their strategy and directly related to the company's core values.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Climate Awareness by Country (Percentage of the Population)

The most climate aware country in the world is Japan with 99 percent of the population indicating that they know about of the existence of climate change. The country with the lowest percentage of people claiming to be aware of climate change is Benin (21%). In general Northern Europe and North America are more aware of climate change than Africa and Asia. The average percentage of climate aware people in all of the 129 countries surveyed is 63. It is interesting to note that even though the current US president is a climate denier, almost all Americans (97%) acknowledge the existence of climate change.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Trump May be Irrelevant but he is Not Harmless

Trump's defective judgment, psychological dysfunction and amorality have made him irrelevant. On the campaign trail Trump promised his supporters that they would win so much they would get tired of winning. However, his backlog of failures have made him the most unpopular president in US history. Trump is irrelevant because no thinking person can believe what he says, or take what he means seriously. Trump is an entertainer and there is still interest in his antics from that point of view. However, this is the same kind of interest that one has in watching a train wreck. It is a voyeuristic spectacle, not of great achievement, but of catastrophic failure.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Event - Green Building Virtual Expo

Canada's premiere virtual green building event will take place on November 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Exhibits will remain accessible online for three months. The second annual Green Building Expo is free to attend. It is also an affordable way for exhibiting businesses to connect with potential clients and customers all across Canada – and beyond. The online show will celebrate Canada’s greenest and most successful building projects. Each exhibit will showcase sustainable construction solutions to a target audience in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Green Building Expo will serve as an ideal platform to bring together technology, materials, products, service providers, developers, general contractors, architects, consultants, engineers, interior designers, builders, specifiers, project managers, green investors, bankers, building owners and facilities managers; not to mention municipalities, expert organizations and other key stakeholders of green building projects.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Corporations Offering Hope this Unhappy Thanksgiving

The Trump administration and the GOP give Americans no reason to be happy this Thanksgiving. Resistance from citizens and corporate leaders offer a shining ray of hope in an otherwise bleak picture. America's greatness is now being systematically dismantled. Its institutions, its democracy, and its moral center are under siege. What makes this enemy especially pernicious is the fact that unlike previous adversaries, this threat comes from within Congress and the Oval Office itself. While nobody was listening Trump's former chief strategy advisor Steve Bannon made it clear that the goal of this administration is the deconstruction of government. Even though Bannon has been pushed out his influence remains.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amadeus Sustainability Gains are a Win for Investors

In addition to celebrating its 30th birthday, Amadeus is also celebrating its sustainability efforts in 2017. Amadeus IT Group (AMS) is a major Spanish IT Provider for the global travel and tourism industry. The company was founded in 1987 and their headquarters are located in Madrid. They currently operate in 190 markets, with a worldwide team of 15,000 people. They have invested over €4 billion in R&D since 2004. In 2016, they reported revenues of €4,473 million. As of November 22, 2017 their market cap was $27 Billion.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Cost Saving Tesla Semi is Poised to Revolutionize Truck Transportation

The recently launched Tesla Semi is an emissions-free fully electric class 8 truck that is far less expensive to operate than comparable diesel-powered trucks. The Semi consumes less than 2 kilowatt-hours per mile and uses no fossil fuels resulting in significantly reduced operating costs. Tesla claims the savings could amount to more than $200,000 per vehicle in fuel costs for every million miles on the road.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Event - Shareholder Activism Unlocking Shareholder Value

This event will take place on January 25, 2018 at the Time Warner Center, 10 on the Park, 60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY.  The Shareholder Activism  Unlocking Shareholder Value conference brings together activists, board directors and corporate management to discuss the state of play in activist engagement and what to expect in the upcoming shareholder season. The event includes full day of interviews, panel discussions, presentations by practice experts, strategists, advisors, activists and investors makes this one-day program an invaluable gathering, needed to effectively manage through the ever-evolving landscape of proxy fights and settlements.

Friday, November 17, 2017

KXL Pipeline Leak Highlights Serious Dangers and Questionable Economic Value

A leak in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline occurred just days before Nebraska decides on the fate of a pipeline expansion. The tar sands oil that would be carried by the pipeline are currently being shipped by rail but not at the rate they would be if the $8 billion KXL expansion were built. If the KXL runs at full capacity it could ferry up to 830,000 barrels per day.

There are many reasons to oppose the KXL. The tar sands require more energy to transport by pipe and more energy to refine.  As revealed by oil spills in 2015 and 2016, oil pipelines leak. Tar sands pipelines are even more likely to leak than those that transport conventional oil and when they do, they are harder to clean up. This puts dozens of critical waterways at risk. Tar sands also emit at least 20 percent more greenhouse gases than conventional oil. That is why tar sands pipelines are often referred to as carbon bombs. We can ill afford a surge in greenhouse gases as we ebb ever closer to the upper threshold temperature limits.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Scientists Issue Dire Warnings about Climate Change

A new US report and a recent warning from 17,000 scientists adds to the chorus of those calling for climate action.  On November 3, 2017, US government released its most significant and conclusive climate change report yet. The U.S. Global Change Research Program's fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is a comprehensive review of leading climate science that was compiled with contributions from 13 federal agencies under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Further, it was reviewed by the independent National Academy of Sciences and approved by the National Economic Council.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Corporate Actions that Combat Trump's Climate Ignorance

Corporations are opposing the Trump administration and embracing both science and sustainability. Corporations are increasingly adopting science-based emissions reduction targets and increasing their renewable energy investments. Many of these companies also support President Obama's Clean Power Plan which the Trump administration is in the process of dismantling. As part of their efforts to dismantle regulations Trump and the GOP are at war with science.

The position of the current US government is in stark contrast to business leaders who acknowledge that climate change represents a serious material threat. This includes vulnerabilities to resource scarcity and supply chain disruptions. Corporations also have to contend with reputational threats from consumers who may punish laggards.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Economist Events Sustainability Summit 2018

The Sustainability Summit 2018 will take place on March 22nd 2018 in London. The event is subtitled, "from responsibility to leadership". If you are only able to attend one major event in 2018 this is one of the events you will want to consider.