Saturday, March 31, 2012

What Organizations are Doing for Earth Hour 2012

In 2012, Earth Hour is issuing a simple promise and a challenge - I Will If You Will. Here are a few examples of some of the Earth Hour challenges in 2012:

Earth Hour Video: I Will If You Will

I Will If You Will - Dare the World to Save the Planet. Earth Hour 2012: 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March -- switch off the lights and celebrate your action for the planet with the world.

Official Earth Hour Video 2012

This Earth Hour 2012: 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour. From its inception as a single-city initiative -- Sydney, Australia - in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2011 created history as the world's largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 135 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all -- the planet.

Friday, March 30, 2012

GOP Fights Removal of Oil Subsidies

Republicans have rejected a bill that would have killed tax breaks for big oil companies. Despite the President's plea to end oil subsidies, on Thursday March 29 the Senate voted 51-47 against a Democratic bill that would remove billions of dollars in oil company tax breaks. President Obama has been a champion of ending big oil's subsidies since taking office. "It's like hitting the American people twice," Obama said. "You're already paying a premium at the pump right now. And on top of that, Congress...has thought it was a good idea to send billions of dollars more in tax dollars to the oil industry."

The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain

Lean, Green Supply Chain is Key to Lower Costs, Improved Profitability
LEAN Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies Detailed in a new book by Robert Palevich. Efficiency applied to the supply chain is just the beginning for enterprises looking to maximize profit and minimize environmental impact.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sustainable Investing with Green Alpha® Advisors

You won't hear traditional investment managers say this: The Earth is warming, some formerly abundant resources are becoming scarce, populations are increasing, and the global economy is beginning to change to reflect these realities.

Carbon Measurement Guide for Companies

A free guide helps companies to measuring their carbon footprints. The guide provides practical suggestions to help you measure the carbon footprint of your organisation. Learn how to define what your measure, where to find the relevant data, hints and tips to make the process easier, and pros and cons of online and offline measurement tools, as well as considerations for outsourcing your carbon footprint measurement.

New Tool Helps Companies with Water Risks

A global online tool launched by WWF and German development finance institution DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) enables companies and investors to address their water-related risks. WWF and DEG have created a practical online questionnaire that not only identifies water risk in supply chains and investment portfolios, but also provides practical steps to mitigate risk.

The War Between the Earth's Carrying Capacity and Rising Demand

Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs 2012 showcases the planet's growing demand for food and energy, its shrinking resources, and the implications of this dilemma.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

EPA Limits GHGs from Power Plants

In a move that could effectively end construction of any new conventional coal-fired power generation in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has proposed the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

Understanding Responsible Procurement and Creating Value

Knowing what drives your company's approach to responsible procurement is a key success factor. In any change process it is important to explain why, how and when. Implementing a responsible procurement program is a change process and understanding value drivers are the key to success.

Cuts to Ontario's Wind and Solar FiTs

The Canadian province of Ontario announced cuts to Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for wind and solar on Thursday March 22. Enacted in 2009, the tariffs have driven the province's exponential renewable energy growth. Wind power in Ontario now has more than 1,750 MW of installed capacity and they plan to have 7,500 MW by 2018. Solar power in the province can now generate more than 200 MW. In 2011, Ontario's generous FiTs also provoked a great deal of interest from international players.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Air and Water in the OECD Report

Around the world urban air pollution is expected to become one of the biggest environmental causes of premature death in the coming decades. According to an OECD report by 2050, there could be 3.6 million premature deaths a year from exposure to particulate matter.

Implications of US Duties on Chinese Solar

The US Department of Commerce is imposing duties on Chinese solar manufacturers who are unfairly benefiting from China's export subsidies. The countervailing duties (CVD) is 3 to almost 5 percent. These modest duties were arrived at by the math done by the Department of Commerce in their ruling. Based on the Department of Commerce's numbers, Chinese solar companies aren't as heavily subsidized as many believe.

Calendar of Environmental Events 2012


February 2 : World Wetlands Day
February 20 : World Day of Social Justice


March 14 : International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life
March 21 : World Forestry Day
March 22 : World Water Day
March 23 : World Meteorological Day
March 26 : Earth Hour

Monday, March 26, 2012

Effective Green Marketing Event

Learn how to market to your key demographic by attending the EcoTuesday event on March 27th in San Francisco. This month's event will include Carolyn Parrs, she is co-founder of Mind Over Markets, a dedicated green marketing communications company who works one-on-one with entrepreneurs and executives internationally to succeed in the growing green market. Carolyn is a featured author on Green Marketing in the Thomson Reuters book series for C-level executives called Inside the Minds: Greening your Business.

The New Sustainability Advantage

The recently released book “The New Sustainability Advantage,” proves that the quantified business case for sustainability is more compelling than ever before. This is a revised version of the 2002 book “The Sustainability Advantage.” The new book makes an even more compelling business case for sustainability strategies than described in its 2002 version.

Earth Day Vanity License Plate Contest

A leading marketer of automotive appearance products is conducting a contest designed to call attention to Earth Day, April 22. Environmental causes receive funds from states that are derived from vanity license plate fees.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility

Applications are now being accepted for an October, 2012 certificate program in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Toronto. The Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility is presented by the University of St. Michael's College, Continuing Education Division in the University of Toronto in partnership with The Conference Board of Canada.

Event: Sustainable Meetings Conference

On April 22 to 25, 2012 the event known as the Sustainable Meetings Conference will take place Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal Quebec. The annual Sustainable Meetings Conference is the premier event for meeting organizers and hosts to address sustainability issues that are redefining the events industry.

The 2012 Sustainable Operations Summit

The 2012 Sustainable Operations Summit will take place in New York City on April 17-19 2012. While the summit program will be hosted at the Hilton New York there will also be networking activities and tours of some of New York's greenest locations.

The Water Resources Investor Event

Water in the west is both a challenge and an opportunity. A Water Resources Investor Event is being held in Santa Barbara California on April 12 and 13. Water rights trading and water resource development are emerging markets that are creating abundant business opportunities. However, these new markets are not always easily understood. WestWater Research and American Water Intelligence are coming together to provide information and direction to water trading and development opportunities through a series of thought-provoking, regional conferences.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Video: Native Americans Caged at Obama Keystone XL Protest

This video reviews President Obama's reversal on the Keystone XL pipeline. It focuses specifically on Native Americans whose protests against the Keystone XL were relegated to a "free speech zone" cage in Memorial park.

Video: Bill McKibben on Obama's Decision to Fast-Track the Keystone XL

This video from addresses President Obama's announcement that he is seeking to expedite the building of the southern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas. This video includes an interview with's Bill McKibben. The pipeline approval comes two months after Obama rejected a proposal for the 1,300-mile Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta tar sands oil fields to Texas after large protests by environmental groups. It also comes at a time when much of the nation is experiencing a heat wave that some scientists and meteorologists have linked to climate change. Spring only began on Tuesday, but it has felt like summer this week throughout much of the Northeast, Midwest and parts of Canada. Record temperatures have been recorded in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Buffalo and many other cities and towns. Some 36 states set daily high temperature records last Thursday.

Video: Newt Gingrich & Nancy Pelosi Ad to Combat Climate Change

Before Newt Gingrich was running for the GOP presidential nomination he was a leading advocate to combat climate change. This ad is part of the "We Can Solve It" global warming ad campaign sponsored by former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection.

Video: Newt Gingrich on Climate Change "The Evidence is Sufficient"

Before running for President, Newt Gingrich was an advocate supporting efforts to combat climate change. In this video he is seen saying, "the evidence is move towards most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading." He even talked about the need for "green conservatives." He also addressed Republican concerns about big government but he went on to say that we need to discuss "whats the most effective way to solve it rather than get into a fight about whether or not to solve it."

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity CREDO and Friends of the Earth Slam Keystone Reversal

The Center for Biological Diversity, CREDO Action and Friends of the Earth jointly slammed the Obama administration’s announcement to go ahead with the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Bill McKibben on Obama's Keystone XL Reversal

Here are Bill McKibben's comments in response to President Obama's decision to go ahead with the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline:

We’re in the middle of the hottest spring week America has ever seen, it makes it ironic almost to the point of parody that the president is still lauding pipelines and drilling rigs alongside solar panels and advanced batteries, as if all forms of energy were equally benign.

Indigenous People and Students Protest Obama's Reversal on Keystone XL

There is widespread public opposition to the Keystone XL project due to the severe risks it poses to the climate, air, water, wildlife, and indigenous and landowner rights. Under the guise of his "All of the Above" energy strategy, President Obama decided to go ahead with the southern leg of the Keystone XL.

Business and Climate Impacts Day

The environmental organization known as is building a global movement to address climate change and the business community has a vital role to play in their new campaign. They have already been part of some successful business oriented initiatives including "The Chamber Does Not Speak For Me," campaign. Now is behind a new campaign designed to help people to see the relationship between extreme weather and climate impacts. It is called Connect the Dots as part of this campaign they have designated May 5 2012 as Climate Impacts Day.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water as a Weapon of War

According to a joint report released by US intelligence agencies water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades. Developing countries will experience major difficulties providing adequate water resources for their burgeoning populations. The problem will be compounded by the effects of climate change which are expected to cause widespread drought.

Protect the US Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act is one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation in the US. It allows millions of American’s to make their waterways safe for drinking swimming and fishing. Sadly, the Clean Water Act is currently under attack.

UN World Water Day 2012

Today, Thursday March 22, 2012 is UN World Water Day. There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

Bill McKibben on Connect the Dots

Across the planet now we see ever more flooding, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked -- the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before. But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, all over the earth, we will Connect the Dots.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Obama to Expedite the Keystone XL Pipeline

After cancelling the project in January, President Obama now appears to be ready to expedite the permit process for the southern half of TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Connect the Dots End Fossil Fuel

The environmental organization known as is behind a new action designed to help people to see the relationship between extreme weather and climate impacts. The new campaign is called Connect the Dots, and it is specifically directed at ending fossil fuel subsidies and encouraging divestment from fossil fuels. The action including events, rallies and demonstration will take place around the world on May 5, 2012.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Huntman's Belief in Science Was His Undoing

Utah governor Jon Huntsman's Presidential campaign came to an end when he said, ‘I respect science.’ This is political suicide for anyone seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

Failed GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates on Climate Change

Republican's confusion on climate change is well known, but this ignorance is not only a defining feature of those left in the GOP presidential race, it also applies to those who dropped out. Here are the views of three Republican candidates who are not longer in the 2012 race. At one time these candidates were viewed as the most promising contenders for the Republican nomination for President. The list of failed popular contenders includes Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Herman Cain.

Monday, March 19, 2012

In His Own Words Santorum on Climate Change Part 2

As revealed in a Treehugger article titled Rick Santorum Has Absolutely No Idea What He is Talking About, Santorum has some convoluted ideas. Here is his response to a man in New Hampshire who questioned him about climate change:

In His Own Words Santorum on Climate Change Part 1

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made a slew of absurd statements about climate change. Not only does he believe that climate change is a hoax, he refers to the large body of scientific evidence as "bogus" or "junk." Rather than rail against Santorum for his lack of understanding, here are a few examples that effectively illustrate his ignorance:

Santorum's Unwavering Opposition to Climate Science

Santorum has criticized President Obama for embracing climate science, but he has also offered similar criticisms to fellow Republicans. Santorum is unique amongst those vying for the Republican nomination in that, unlike his rivals, he has not had to change his views on climate change.

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Gingrich and Paul's Climate Change 180s

Republicans seeking the presidential nomination have been forced to abandon their scientific assessments of Climate change. Republican flip flops on climate change are evidenced by the positions of the GOP presidential contenders. Here is a brief summary of the changing views of Republican candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Conducting your Green Office GAP Assessment

Develop Your Green Office Action Plan in this online workshop which will take place on April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2012 at 12 - 1 pm EST. "Greening up" your office and lower your operating costs by as much as 20%. Audit your office, understand your green office gap and develop a plan to "green up" your facility with your Green Team.

How to Make Sustainable Choices

On Tuesday Apr 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM EDT Barb Steele will host a one hour webinar that is designed to help businesses make more sustainable choices. The webinar specifically addresses the topic of "Why do businesses still make poor decisions when it comes to sustainability?"

Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum

This online course is part of ITHACA College's Sustainability Leadership professional certificate program. It takes place April 19 to May 5, 2012.

Evolving Metrics for Corporate Sustainability: Beyond Waste, Water and Energy

The time for a new way of measuring and recognizing sustainable performance is long overdue. At the upcoming TSSS event Dr. Blair Feltmate, Director of Sustainability Practice, University of Waterloo, will explore this idea as he presents cutting edge research that will soon become the standard used by progressive companies to set goals and drive new behaviours towards greater sustainable performance.

SPRiNG - Sustainable Procurement: Lessons from Grand & Toy

Jamieson Saab the Social Responsibility Specialist for Grand & Toy will introduce the subject of sustainable procurement on March 20, in Toronto.

Employee Engagement for Sustainability

This online course reinvigorates your Green Team's efforts & increases authentic engagement. In this course Stephanie Bertels talks about her research on organizational culture and sustainability. It will take place on April 5, 12, 19 & 26, at 1:00-2:30 pm EST. This online interactive workshop is split into 4 sessions. All sessions are recorded so you never miss one. You can also split sessions into 45 minute Lunch & Learn Programs for your Green Team.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Video: Conservatives Against Republican Ignorance on Climate Change

This video is about the changing views of Republicans. On the one hand you have the GOP presidential candidates on the other hand there are thinking Republicans. At the moment they appear to be moving in opposite directions. It is widely recognized that running for the GOP presidential nomination also involves running from climate change. However there is a group of Republicans who want to change the anti-scientific stance of the party. One such group is New Hampshire Republicans for Climate. They want their party leaders to adopt responsible policy positions that acknowledge the facts and respond to climate change.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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Video: The Republican War on Climate Science

Republicans and their corporate masters for years have been trying to keep the truth about climate change from reaching the American public. They work tirelessly to tell us that the earth isn't getting hotter; or that there is no scientific consensus that global climate change is real; or even that climate change is a good thing because its going to open up shipping routes in the arctic. Their latest efforts, however, go far beyond their usual tactics, as they're now trying to get their anti-science agenda taught in public schools. Mike Papantonio discusses this issue with Chris Mooney author of Republican War on Science.

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Video: Gingrich's Absurd Dismissal of Climate change

Newt Gingrich, once believed in climate change, but like others seeking the GOP presidential nomination, he has found religion on climate change and now dismisses it at every opportunity. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate claimed he was qualified to deny climate change science because he is an "amateur paleontologist". In this video, the Young Turks host Cenk Uygur makes fun of Gingrich's laughable justification for his denial of climate change.

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Video: Republicans Anti-Scientific Stance

Here is an interview with Adam Lee in which he reviews how Republican presidential hopefuls all seem to have at least one thing in common -- they hate science. Although there are only four remaining GOP nominees vying for the nomination, the full slate of 2012 Republican presidential contenders shared a common disbelief in science. Being anti-science is de reiguer because this is what those participating in the GOP primary process are demanding from their presidential nominees. For an article by Adam Lee titled "Why the Anti-Science Creationist Movement Is So Dangerous," click here.

Eight Green Cars for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is upon us, to commemorate the occasion here are the eight greenest cars in Ireland:

REVA Electric Car
GreenAer is an Irish organization focused on fostering awareness and sales of environmentally friendly modes of transport. They're big proponents of the REVA, an economical electric car with a crazy rad turning radius and several easy options for charging. You're in luck, Europe — this green vehicle is priced right, starting at €11,500.

Friday, March 16, 2012

US Environmental Attitudes 2007 - 2012

What kind of attitude changes have we witnessed in America in the last five years? During this time we have experienced the worst recession since the great depression, but what has happened to US attitudes on the environment? Surveys reveal some very interesting points.

Republicans Deny Facts on Climate Change

As the rest of the world is coming to grips with some of the solutions to the difficult challenges posed by climate change, US Republicans are still denying the very existence of global warming.

Sustainable Capitalism White Paper

While governments and civil society will need to be part of the solution to the challenges we face, ultimately it will be companies and investors that will mobilise the capital needed to address the problems of our age. The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shifts, trans-border and internal migration, urbanisation and a global economy in a state of constant dramatic volatility and flux, to name but a few.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The US is More Accepting of Climate Change

Americans are increasingly convinced of the veracity of climate change. In 2009 almost two thirds of Americans believed that climate change was real, then that number declined to just over 50 percent in 2010. Now, according to a poll released at the end of February, 62 percent of Americans accept the fact that climate change is real.

OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction

Humanity has witnessed unprecedented growth and prosperity in the past decades, with the size of the world economy more than tripling and population increasing by over 3 billion people since 1970. This growth, however, has been accompanied by environmental pollution and natural resource depletion. The current growth model and the mismanagement of natural assets could ultimately undermine human development.

Romney Increasingly Uncertain about the Science of Global Warming

Republican front runner Mitt Romney seems to being getting more obtuse about climate change as his campaign goes forward. Speaking at a closed-door fundraiser in Pittsburgh, Romney told donors at the Consol Energy Center, "My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Governor of Virginia's Energy Strategy is Both Dirty and Green

Republican governor Bob McDonnell took office in 2010 thanks to support from the Tea Party. McDonnell has an ingenious strategy to maintain the support of his base and attract green jobs. He has called for building more coal plants, drilling for offshore oil, increasing nuclear power and exploiting natural gas reserves. He also wants to see more offshore wind turbines and larger numbers of electric cars.