Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GHG Protocol and Scope 3 Accounting and Reporting Standard

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. A decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the GHG Protocol is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change. It serves as the foundation for nearly every GHG standard and program in the world - from the International Standards Organization to The Climate Registry - as well as hundreds of GHG inventories prepared by individual companies.

The Success of RGGI Carbon Trading Shows Cap-and-Trade Works

Despite opposition from Republicans, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has been shown to be very successful. A January 28th New York Times article reviewed RGGI a carbon trading initiative launched by ten northeastern states in January 2009. According to independent reports the emissions reductions have been greater and cheaper than expected, and have produced substantial fringe benefits in terms of lower overall electricity costs, more jobs, and greater regional independence of fossil fuel imports.

Monday, January 30, 2012

What can be Done to Manage the Green Business Slowdown in 2012?

The 2012 State of Green Business Report anticipates a slowdown in 2012, but there are strategies to best manage the hard times ahead. Innovation is the key and this can be achieved through collaboration and cross-fertilization. Collaboration within industries and between industries is crucial to unlock the real potential of sustainable innovation. Cross-fertilization requires more synchronization of activity and adaptation planning, and a common paradigm to work towards.

A Slowdown for Green Business in 2012?

There are indications that as government money dries up, it will auger hard times for green business in 2012. The financial crisis saw a capital infusion into the green economy of around 2.400 billion USD. In 2012 we are seeing widespread spending cuts and funding has slowed dramatically.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

CSA Standards for Sustainable Events

In 2010, CSA Standards, a leading standards-based solutions organization, introduced standards for use by event organizers seeking to plan and execute sustainable events. A sustainable event entails incorporating considerations of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of hosting an event into all areas of event planning and management.

Participate in the 2012 Green California Summit & Expo

The Green California Summit and Expo is the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology. This event will take place on April 26th and 27th 2012 in Sacramento. For the second year in a row THE GREEN MARKET is proud to be an outreach sponsor for the sixth annual Green California Summit & Expo. Readers of The Green Market get a 20% discount by entering the promotional code GRMARKET.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Video: National Landscape Conservation System

This video narrated by actor and conservationist Edward Norton, reviews a land conservation system for the twenty-first century. See some of America's most prized landscapes known as the Conservation Lands. A new land ethic is focused on protecting some of the most beautiful American lands from development. A conservation system is dedicated to the sacred trust of stewardship of special places. The conservation mandate is to provide a safety net for wildlife seeking migration pathways and new habitat as climate change alters the landscape. Over 28 million acres are protected under this system which seeks to offer a positive legacy for future generations. This is the geography of hope.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Video: Reducing Emissions Through Forest Preservation with REDD

This video deals with the crucial role that forests play to reduce emissions and manage climage change. Specifically the video offers a simplified understanding of REDD which is an abbreviation for "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries." This video explains the workings of REDD, the key mechanism to reduce forest loss which significantly contributes to climate change.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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Video: Carbon Credits Explained

This video offers a simplified explanation of carbon credits and carbon finance. First it reviews greenhouse gases or GHGs, then it uses the example of a coal plant in the developing world to demonstrate how credits are earned and traded.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Criticized Over Tar Sands Development at Davos

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper advocated for European investment and reiterated his support for oil expansion. Harper is concerned about the new European Fuel Quality Directive, which targets dirty sources of energy, like Alberta's tar sands.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sustainable Brands' Five Trends for 2012

Early in January Sustainable Brands published an article by Raphael Bemporad that addressed five trends that he believes will shape sustainable brands in 2012. Bemporad is the founding partner and Chief Strategy Officer of BBMG, he is a passionate champion for a new approach to brand innovation that creates shared value. An expert in brand strategy, CSR/cause marketing and public affairs, Bemporadl has launched national campaigns, drafted public policy, created consumer and nonprofit brands on aggressive timelines and budgets, and managed communications for local, state and federal elected officials. Here are his five trends for 2012:

Top Business Sustainability Trends for 2012

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In 2012 it is becoming increasingly clear that sustainability adds value and helps to make an organization more competitive. Sustainability is moving beyond public relations and becoming a matter of survival. More organizations are engaging robust risk management and environmentally conscious operations. Here is a list of sustainability trends that will gain even greater prominence in 2012.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Clean Energy Excerpts of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Speech

Members of the US House and Senate, along with hundreds of distinguished guests, convened at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 9 p.m. for President Obama's third State of the Union Address. According to article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the US Constitution, the President must “give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Here are excerpts of the President's speech related to the environment, the green economy and clean energy:

Will 2012 be the Best Year Ever For Clean-Tech Investment?

Global investment in clean technology is expected to set a record in 2012 beating the record of $260 billion set in 2011. “Despite some of the well-publicized headwinds, venture capitalists continue to invest in clean-tech,” said Sheeraz Haji, chief executive officer of Cleantech Group, “Based on our historical data, we believe 2012 will be an all-time record year for global clean-tech investments.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

US Regains Lead from China as Clean Energy Leader

It may be the Chinese new year, but according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, in 2011 the US regained its place as the world’s number one investor in clean energy. According to this data the US has reclaimed the top spot from China which had been the leading country since 2008.

China is Leading in terms of Renewable Energy Attractiveness

According to Ernst & Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, China is the best place in the world for renewable energy investment. In 2011 the Chinese government announced that it will hold tenders for 2GW of projects to reach its target of 5GW of offshore power by 2015. But Ernst & Young has indicated that the country will need to invest in its grid reliability and transmission access for onshore wind projects in remote locations.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Top CSR Initiatives for 2012

Many organizations that practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) are expanding their reach in 2012. Corporations are increasingly seeing the value of environmental sustainability. In addition to making more environmentally responsible decisions in 2012, organizations are realizing the value of working with others to achieve their goals and fulfill their CSR potential. Here are some CSR initiatives for 2012.

Top Green Stock Picks for 2012

The stock market has not performed well in 2011 and green stocks are no exception. If the US can maintain its current trajectory and Europe can avoid slipping into recession, 2012 may prove to be a better year for the alternative energy and cleantech sector. The overall environment was not the only drag on stocks in 2011, the Chinese flooded the market with cheap solar panels, bringing the price down and taking some solar companies with it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Course on Life Cycle Assessment of Products, Processes & Services

A course is now being offered on the life cycle approach. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is being used by businesses and governments to improve the sustainability of products, processes and services. Businesses like 3M, Alcan, HP, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are using LCA to reduce product costs, increase market share and mitigate climate and energy risk. It is also embedded within the Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR).

Green Team GAP ASSESSMENT Workshop

This four hour workshop is designed to help green teams audit their energy, waste, water, transportation and health. The goal is to understand their "gap" and develop a plan to "green up" their facility.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Video: GE Creating Jobs with Fuel Efficient Airplanes

GE has launched a new ad campaign that shows American innovation at work and the company’s commitment to providing Americans jobs by building quieter and more fuel-efficient airplanes.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Video: Walmart's Sustainability Efforts

Walmart's sustainability efforts are making a positive impact on a global scale. These efforts are evident from the products they sell to the packaging, to the way those products are used by their customers. Sustainability is inextricably embedded within their overall business strategy and carbon reduction is a key element of their sustainability program.

Video: Aveda's Ongoing Culture of Sustainability

Dominique Nils Conseil became president of Aveda in 2000, taking over from Horst Rechelbacher. He has maintained the company mission which was focused on safe and environmentally friendly products. Aveda's emphasis on planet friendly approach to business has helped make the company one of the world's leading hair and skin care manufacturers. Even after the company was acquired by Estée Lauder, this mission remains the driving force at Aveda.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Video: Creating a Culture of Sustainability

The way to achieve corporate sustainability is by creating the culture from the ground up. Leading sustainability expert and author of Capitalism at the Crossroads, Stuart L. Hart, believes that when sustainability is viewed from the appropriate set of business lenses, leaders can create a culture to align their organization's strategies and people to improve performance and shareholder value. In this video you can learn more about Hart's sustainability framework that helps leaders and organizations harmonize their concerns for the planet with their strategies for growth, innovation and profitability.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Best Places for Green Jobs in the US

The number of green jobs is proliferating around the world, but some places are better than others. In countries like the US, China, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore the recycling industry is experiencing significant growth to address their waste management issues. In the US, California, Florida, Michigan and Ohio are hotbeds of activity in energy efficiency.

Here is a list of some of the best US locations for green jobs from research compiled by the Examiner.

Top 10 "Shovel Ready" Green Jobs

Green jobs are growing rapidly around the world. Sectors involved with employment that is better for the environment are amongst the very few that are showing positive signs of growth in 2012 and beyond. According to Examiner.com, here are the sectors that are most likely to create jobs.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Major Trends in Green Building for 2012

Claire Easley the senior editor at Builder recently published an article about Jerry Yudelson impressions for the green building industry in 2012. Yudelson has more than 25 years of work in sustainability, he has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s board of directors, a LEED national faculty member, and is the co-founder and director of the Green Building Service consulting unit at Portland General Electric. Last year, Wired magazine dubbed him "the godfather of green."

Obama Cancels the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

On January 17th the Obama administration denied a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL. The pipeline would have carried tar sands oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Approximately one month earlier, Republicans agreed to pass legislation on tax-cuts and employment benefits by forcing the President to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop Internet Censorship

Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. The Green Market is joining many others that are protesting against the proposed legislation known as SOPA and PIPA.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Energy Management Stories of 2011

Environmental Leader has published a list of its most read energy management stories of 2011. Here are Environmental Leader’s top 15 energy management stories of 2011, based on reader interest:

Ten Greenest Trucking Companies in North America

Trucking companies are increasingly responding to the demand for transportation with a smaller footprint. Many companies are looking to be more environmentally responsible throughout their supply chains and in response trucking companies are implementing a wide variety of sustainable practices. With the aim of reducing their emissions, many trucking companies are using their vehicles more efficiently or incorporating vehicles that are less dependent on fossil fuels.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Best Global Green Brands of 2011 (Top 50)

The "Best Global Green Brands" is published by the marketing and research company Interbrand. Over the last 10 years, Interbrand has built its corporate citizenship practice. They believe that corporate citizenship isn’t just “good practice” but “smart practice,” with its benefits greatly outweighing its risks.

The Top 10 Green Cars of 2011

Kelley Blue Book has published a list of the top 10 green cars of 2011. They have been providing expert car reviews and advice for over 80 years.

Here is a list of the top 10 green cars of 2011 (click on the link to go to the manufacturer's site for each vehicle):

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Globe 2012: The Biggest Business and Environment Event of the Year

GLOBE 2012 may be the most important environmentally oriented business event of the the year. It is certainly one of the world's largest and longest-running event series dedicated to business and the environment.

Every two years, the world gathers in Vancouver for three days of thought-leading sessions presented by world-renowned sustainability experts, for the opportunity to see leading-edge environmental innovations, and to participate in unparalleled global networking opportunities.

Krosinsky's Top Five Events of 2012

Cary Krosinsky is vice president for Trucost. Trucost has built the world's most extensive time series database of over 700 emissions and pollutants as are generated by more than 4,500 public companies around the world, and uses this data to help portfolio managers understand their environmental footprints, helping lower them while maintaining and enhancing financial performance.

The top five public events on Krosinsky's radar for winter 2012 include:

Krosinsky's Top Five Sustainability Conferences of 2011

Here are the top five sustainability conferences of Cary Krosinsky the vice president of Trucost. Trucost has built the world's most extensive time series database of over 700 emissions and pollutants as are generated by more than 4,500 public companies around the world, and uses this data to help portfolio managers understand their environmental footprints, helping lower them while maintaining and enhancing financial performance. Here are the top five events of 2011 in which Krosinsky participated. In chronological order they are:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Caelus Releases the CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit

On December 7, 2011, Caelus released the CurrentState™ sustainability audit for business which delivers a comprehensive review of the sustainability practices of an organization. CurrentState™ is based on Caelus's Three Tiers of Sustainability™ framework. The framework organizes sustainability into 3 main categories: Green IT, Business and Facilities. It further divides these areas into 28 additional sub-categories.

Video: The Financial Opportunities from Sustainability

In this video Sarah Slaughter, the Associate Director for Buildings and Infrastructure at MIT, address the challenge of sustainability. Many organizations feel overwhelmed by the prospect of being more sustainable. Slaughter addresses the question of who needs to be at the table to build a Sustainability strategy. Sustainability is an important issue for communities and government officials, but is is also a key part of what CFOs need to consider when looking at risks and opportunities. As Slaughter says, if CFOs can find new ways and new products and new services that provide new market opportunities, it's like found money on the sidewalk.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Video: Sustainability is Driving Competitiveness

According to National Business Initiative (NBI) program manager Steve Nicholls, Environmental sustainability is an important business driver for competitiveness.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Top Four Climate Studies of 2011

The Washington Post reports that 2011 was an "extraordinarily turbulent" year for the Earth’s climate system. In the US there were record breaking extremes, from tornados to droughts and all around the world we witnessed estreme weather. In some places there was heavy precipitation that caused deadly floods and in others there was an absence of rainfall that was the cause of serious droughts. As more scientific evidence accumulates it is becoming impossible to deny the reality of climate change. Here is a summary of the top four climate studies published in 2011:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ten Green New Year's Resolutions for Businesses

Powerful forces are aligning to drive sustainability in 2012. Companies are leading by eliminating waste and diminishing greenhouse gas emissions due to the realization that the pursuit of environmental benefits yields material results.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sustainable New Year's Resolutions for Consumers

The new year is a time when many people will adopt resolutions. This year more people than ever are adopting sustainable resolutions that help to reduce their footprints. Becoming more sustainable consumers does not mean a lower standard of living, just a higher level of intentionality about encouraging more sustainable products, systems and services.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Integrating ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility) into your Management Systems

Today, January 10th 2012, is the early registration deadline for the Sustainable Learning Centre's (SLC) "Integrating ISO 26000 into your Management Systems" Workshop. Space is limited, but if you register today you can save $100.

Canadian Prime Minister Dismisses Northern Gateway Pipeline's Environmental Review

The enviromental review of the Northern Gateway pipeline began on January 10, but on the eve of the hearings Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver were dismissing the process. Rather than remaining impartial, the Prime Minister and his government are using their influence to undermine the entire environmental review process.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Top 25 Movies about the Environment

There are a number of excellent films that address the issues associated with environmental degradation. This post is a directory of the best movies and films with an environmental theme. From the Arctic to waste here is a list of the 25 best films on the subjects of the environment and sustainability:

The Best Books on Green and Sustainability

"He cannot live without a world."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ignorance is the greatest obstacle preventing the world from collectively engaging the crisis of climate change. That is why information is the most important tool we have to combat climate change. Large scale collective action will only come once people understand the issues and the concomitant solutions. No one epitomized the effort to educate the business community on the subject of sustainability more than the late Ray Anderson who died in 2011. Anderson tirelessly promoted the idea that sustainability is good for business. He advocated an approach that “takes nothing from the earth that cannot be replaced by the earth.” As the founder and chairman of the commercial carpet company Interface, Anderson cut the company's greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent, cut fossil fuel consumption by 60 percent, cut waste by 80 percent, increased sales, doubled earnings and re-invented the way carpets are made, sold and recycled. That is why Anderson's books are on the top of the list of the 100 most sustainable books in the world.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Oil Spills off the Coast of New Zealand and Nigeria

Oil spills off the coast of New Zealand and Nigeria continue to make the point that oil has far-reaching consequences for the environment and the economy. On December 20, last year Nigeria experienced yet another oil spill, the worst in over a decade. Prior to that The Greek cargo ship Rena that ran aground off the coast of New Zealand on October 5, and then broke in two early in January 2012. Hundreds of tonnes of oil have spilled from the ship killing hundreds of birds. The Rena is already New Zealand's worst maritime disaster, and authorities say the situation will worsen with the release of even more oil.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Video: Fujitsu's ICT Sustainability

This video contains an interview with Fujitsu's Global Executive Director Sustainability, Alison Rowe. She discusses ICT Sustainability: Global Benchmark Report 2011. Sustainability is part of the DNA of Fujitsu. In addition to reducing their own emissions they are also working to reduce their customers emissions by 15 million tons between 2009 and 2012. Rowe also discusses how smaller businesses can also make changes to reduce their impacts. Sustainability is an important part of how Fujitsu does business and Canada is the leading country. Their benchmarking allows companies to make comparisons from various perspectives.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Video: Sustainability at Unilever - The Value Chain

Unilever is dedicated to making a profit while reducing its impact on the environment. The value chain lets Unilever see where their biggest impacts are. This video makes the point that we all need to grow our businesses but not at the cost of the planet. Unilever is teaming up with suppliers, customers and consumers to see how they can all reduce their impact on the world.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Siemens Video: A World with Seven Billion People

This video reviews the need to make life more livable for people who are increasingly being born in cities. Through their innovative products, systems and solutions Siemens strives to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Their efforts include high energy efficiency for climate protection, supply of clean water, health protection, and environmentally compatible transportation systems. Siemens considers the entire lifecycle of its products and has targeted a 20% reduction in emissions by the end of this year.

Video: Sustainable Economics

This video questions the basic patterns of consumption driving economic growth. Ashok Khosla suggests that a system that defines development in terms of material consumption is one that is doomed for failure. In a world of finite resources, we cannot afford to measure our growth in such terms. Well-being, fulfillment and personal satisfaction are all vital components of development, and are not predicated on consumerism alone. We must move to a needs-based economy that works within our natural limits.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Top Eco-News Stores of 2011: Schools, EVs, Weather, ISO, Deaths (Anderson & Jobs)

Each year The Green Market reviews the top environmental news stories of the preceding year. In 2011 green schools, greener vehicles, extreme weather, sustainability ISO guidelines, and the deaths of Ray Anderson and Steve Jobs were all important news items. Here is the fifth and final part of a five part series reviewing the 25 biggest environmental news stories of 2011.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Top Eco-News Stories of 2011: Government

Each year The Green Market reviews the top environmental news stories of the preceding year. In 2011 governments around the world were in the news for what they did or did not do in support of the green economy. Here is "Governments" the fourth part of a five part series reviewing the 25 biggest environmental news stories of 2011.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top Eco-News Stories of 2011: Business

Each year The Green Market reviews the top environmental news stories of the preceding year. In 2011 green jobs, sustainable business and the economy were common news themes. Sustainable supply chains and changing consumer attitudes were also in the news. Here is "Business" the third part of a five part series reviewing the 25 biggest environmental news stories of 2011.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Eco-News Stories of 2011: Resources

Each year The Green Market reviews the top environmental news stories of the preceding year. In 2011 oil and renewable energy were in the news as was resource scarcity. This included the increasing scarcity of water, forests and arable land for agriculture. Over the course of the last year we have become increasingly aware of the contamination of the world's oceans and dwindling fisheries. As of 2011 there are now seven billion people in the world which translates to population growth that is taxing the earth's finite resources. Here is "Resources" the second part of a five part series reviewing the 25 biggest environmental news stories of 2011.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Top Eco-News Stories of 2011: People Power

Each year The Green Market reviews the top environmental news stories of the preceding year. Last year saw the rise of popular efforts to combat climate change including events, protests, COP 17 and the Arab Spring. On its fortieth birthday, Greenpeace's social activism was also recognized in 2011. Here is "People Power" the first part of a five part series reviewing the 25 biggest environmental news stories of 2011.