Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sustainable Jersey Certification Program for Municipalities (Event)

The "Sustainable Jersey Fall Networking Event" will take place on October 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Careme's Restaurant in Atlantic Cape Community College Campus 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) invites towns and interested members of the public to this event.

The honorable Dr. Ed Mahaney Jr., Mayor of Cape May City, will be the guest speaker and will share his experience leading his community to a more sustainable future. Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey interested in taking steps to sustain the quality of life for residents. Sustainable Jersey identifies concrete actions that municipalities can implement to become "certified" and be considered leaders on the path to a sustainable community.

Renewable Energy - Going Forward with Working Solutions (Event)

On Tuesday October 16, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario, there will be an event titled "Going Forward with Working Renewable Energy Solutions." The event will take place at the North York Civic Centre Council Chambers. Three experts present on real renewable energy solutions, their impact, plus new and future developments.

This is another Climate Change Toronto Feature Event. This event is sponsored by the Innovative Initiatives Co-op.

Climate Change 2012: Security, Resilience and Diplomacy (Event)

On the 15th and 16th of October, 2012, the event "Climate Change: Security, Resilience and Diplomacy" will take place at Chatham House in London, UK. The conference will examine the key economic, social and geo-political security threats caused by climate change and debate what national and international responses are required to manage these security challenges.

Low Carbon Earth Summit 2012 and the World Sustainable Energy Conference (Event)

The Low Carbon Earth Summit 2012 (LCES-2012) will take place on October 19 to 22, 2012 in Guangzhou, China. LCES-2012 Conference participants include energy experts, decision makers, academics, concerned environmentalists, legislators and government executives. This is the second Low Carbon Energy Summit - a very necessary and timely event after the Sustainable Development Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where good intentions were formulated but without much concrete solutions.

This event is timely as 2012 is the United Nations year for sustainable energy. This event also follows the World Sustainable Energy Conference in Geneva, that started this historic year.

Green Careers Summit 2012 (Event)

This event will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012, in Calgary, AB at the Red & White Club. Are your students Canada's future environmental leaders? ECO Canada is inviting students in grades 11 & 12 and their teachers to the Red & White Club on October 12, 2012 for a day of environmental career exploration and learning at the 2012 Green Careers Summit.

Why should you bring your students to the Green Careers Summit?

• Meet environmental professionals and learn how they found their green career
• Talk to post-secondary students about studying in an environment-related program
• Discuss your interest in making positive environmental changes with other Calgary students
• Test your knowledge in an Environmental Career Case Competition, and present your solution to a real-life environmental problem in your community.

Sustainability Applied 2012 (Event)

On October 17 and 18 more than 300 leaders, decision-makers and doers from across Canada and around the world will attend Sustainability Applied 2012. This event will explore the business value of sustainability, and to share ways of integrating it within their organizations to improve resource efficiency and create long-term economic, environmental and social benefit.

The Business Case for Sustainability (Event)

On October 18, 2012, the event titled "The Business Case for Sustainability," will take place from 8:30 AM to Noon at the Enterprise Center in Burlington County College 3331 Route 38 – 300 College Circle Mount Laurel. At this even you can see how “The Triple Bottom Line” can help your small business save money, gain customers, and improve the environment.

Wall Street: The New Driver for a Sustainable World? (Event)

On October 9, 2012, between 4:30-7:30 EST at Bennett Jones, 1st Canadian Place, 100 King St. W., 34th Floor, Toronto, there will be a unique opportunity to learn, discuss and debate with one of the world’s foremost thinkers on sustainable investing. Is Wall Street beginning to drive transformational change? If not, what’s holding it back? What does this mean for your organization? How will this affect the strategies that are being developed?

“This event will be of special interest to investors, corporate executives and managers, and NGOs, as well as to those who advise them.”…Matthew Kiernan.

CBSR Sustainability Investment Forum (Event)

This event will take place on Monday, October 15, 2012, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (MDT) in Calgary, Alberta. Explore how investors assess market value and ways to gauge how CSR practices add to that value. Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is pleased to host world-class experts who will stretch our knowledge on sustainability investments and then lead us through some open dialogue to explore what this means for Alberta's businesses.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Green Buildings of the Future at UC Irvine (Video)

Join Green Schools Designer Wendy Rogers as she interviews guests at the LPA Sustainable Office and Energy Showcase, in UC Irvine's University Research Park - LPA Irvine. The 15,000-square-foot expansion is tracking LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council - it's the next generation of collaborative, open office design.

Sprout Educational Program (Video)

Kid Wind Challenge (Video)

Kid Wind Education Company (Video)

Educators strive to bring experiential learning for future life skills into the classroom. Less time sitting at a desk and more time with stimulating hands-on experimentation. New curricula and learning standards are incorporation new disciplines in math, physics, and social sciences of wind power. Kid Wind, a St. Paul based education company, manufactures wind turbine models for classroom learning and teacher lesson plans for in depth study.The University of Minnesota is launching a new curriculum of study focusing on wind turbine implementation and installation for future sites across the nation.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Popular Media is Distorting the Facts about Climate Change

Major news organizations are not accurately reflecting the truth about climate change. Fox News, the Wallstreet Journal and even PBS have been charged with misrepresenting the facts about climate change.

According to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, 93 percent of Fox News' and 80 percent of the Wall Street Journal opinion pages' climate coverage is inaccurate and misleading. This is the finding of an analysis titled "Is News Corp. Failing Science". Even the PBS aired an interview with a biased climate skeptic tied to the controversial Heartland Institute.

Businesses Need to Do More to Reduce Emissions

According to The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the average long-term emissions reduction target for the companies covered in their report is just 1 percent per year -- below the 4 percent annual cuts needed to limit global warming, according to PwC. One percent is “well below the level of ambition needed” to ultimately limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above what it was in pre-industrial times.

While 82 percent of those responding set emission reduction targets, most of those targets are short-term. Only 20 percent have targets that extend beyond 2020. While Germany was the top ranked country, the CDP report reveals that countries like France, Japan and the UK are grossly under-represented in their carbon reduction efforts.

US Firms are Improving but they are Being Outperformed on Sustainability

According to The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), European firms are outperforming US firms in terms of sustainability. Although the United States has the most companies on the CDLI, Germany has four firms ranked in the top ten while the US has none. European firms like Bayer, Nestlé and BMW are among the companies that are doing more than US firms to address climate change.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Low Carbon Business Opportunity

According to The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a total of 48 percent of companies polled believe that climate change yielded opportunities for new products and service. However, only 21 percent had set aside a dedicated budget for low-carbon research and development.

IBM, the services provider, is one organization that is driving new revenues through offering solutions in this field. It received 86 points, and a "B" grade, for its own eco-friendly efforts.

New Study Quantifies the Costs of Climate Change

According to a new study the current economic impacts of climate change are more than $1.2 trillion a year, or 1.6 percent of the annual global GDP. The 331-page study was launched on September 26th, 2012, it is the second edition of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor: A Guide to the Cold Calculus of A Hot Planet. The study was produced by the DARA research center and released at the Asia Society in New York. More than 50 scientists, economists and policy experts contributed to the report which was commissioned by 20 governments.

Top 5 Green Business Schools in the US

Here are the top five business schools for those seeking to maximize the likelihood of securing an environmentally oriented job. This list was compiled by by US Green Technology and they are presented in ascending order by the cost of tuition cost.

Portland State University School of Business Administration

The MBA program at this school allows students to specialize in areas such as social responsibility, metrics for sustainable enterprise, and product design and stewardship. The school has its own Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability, which is home to an annual sustainability conference.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Educating Consumers about Sustainable Consumption

Businesses need to address consumer confusion about sustainability. A 2011 WBCSD report reviews how business can help to take sustainability from a niche market to the mainstream. As reviewed in the report, businesses need to be part of the effort to explain sustainability to consumers. Ultimately consumers need to understand that sustainability is about a pragmatic approach to solving the climate change crisis we are facing.

One of the chief obstacles that businesses face has to do with the false choice between the economy and the environment. Many consumers fear that sustainable consumption will translate to a decrement in their standard of living. However, sustainable consumption does not have to mean a lower standard of living, just a higher level of intentionality about encouraging more sustainable products, systems and services.

The Frugal Green Consumer

During the recession we have seen evidence that consumers are shifting their focus from premium green products to frugality. While there is demand for green products and services, people are price conscious and cost is an impediment to wider adoption.

Frugality is an important element shaping today's green consumer. The increasing number of people growing their own food, and reusing things they would have otherwise discarded are illustrations of the point. People are increasingly buying only what they need and making purchases that are designed to last. Essentially people are looking for good value for their money

The recession and slow recovery is changing our behavior and making consumers more value conscious. Value is not just a buzzword in business, it reflects a growing trend that an increasing number of consumers are demanding.

Sustainability is the Future of Consumption

According to research entitled ‘Consumer Futures 2020’ the future of consumption is going to be radically different from what we see today. This research presents four scenarios exploring possible patterns of consumption in 2020, all of which indicate that consumerism will become more sustainable.

Based on these two parameters, Prosperous vs. Less prosperous – by 2020 will our economy be flourishing or subdued? And Do-it-yourself vs. Do-it-for-me – will consumers take the initiative to satisfy their needs or expect brands to do this for them? They created a two-by-two matrix, which in turn enabled them to create four scenarios:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Revolutionary New Model of Consumption

There is a revolution underway that is transforming consumption. If the twentieth century was marked by hyper-consumption the twenty-first century will be marked by collaborative consumption. This new form of consumption is being facilitated by a wide range of technological innovations. Social media is a great example of technologies that contribute to the new model of consumption. Examples include things like localized bartering and exchange, gifting and freecycling, local networking clubs, and websites that help people to find what they are looking for.

Craigslist is one of the best examples of the new model of consumption. The DIY movement is another example of the new model of consumption. People are doing things for themselves this both reduces costs and minimizes consumption. Even the ways we access information are being radically transformed by new technology. The extraordinary growth of citizen journalism and the proliferation of online content shows how information is being disseminated without having to buy a newspaper or magazine.

The Growth of Sustainability as Revealed by 3 MIT Reports

According to three reports published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, businesses continue prioritize sustainability to be more competitive, improve their brands and be more profitable. The first study cited indicates that businesses are still investing in sustainability despite a sluggish economy. The second shows they are doing so to gain a competitive advantage and enhance their brands. And the third demonstrates that an increasing number of businesses are deriving a profit from integrating sustainability into their corporate strategies. 

Data Shows that Sustainability Pays

A large amount of data is now available as investors are increasingly demanding more transparency and greater corporate responsibility. A large and growing pool of data indicates that sustainability is a profitable endeavor. According to an article in the Harvard Business Review by Gerrit Heyns, a partner at Osmosis Investment Management in London, England, companies that invest in sustainability do better financially. According to the data cited by Heyns, sustainability focused companies outperform the market.

The Green Leadership of Lawthorn Primary School in Scotland

Scottish school, Lawthorn Primary has reduced its footprint and they are teaching other schools to do the same. Schools across Scotland have access to the school's global footprint resource. Every aspect of the school’s consumption has been examined from the kitchen to the bathroom. They monitor their activities and set goals.

The school has already managed to reduce energy usage by almost half (43 percent). They are saving water, and reusing plastic bottles, (eg to make a greenhouse), even the number of cars coming to the school has been reduced by sixty percent. The academic curriculums of the students are also benefiting as these projects are being put to use to encourage learning, from social studies to mathematics.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Renewable Energy Teaching Tools: Sprout and KidWind

We need to acquaint the workforce of tomorrow with Renewable sources of energy. Renewables are a crucial part of our future but we will need to educate a vast supply of human resources to research, build and install the necessary facilities and infrastructure. As reviewed in a Renewable Energy World (REW) article, there are a couple of new tools that will help to develop the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

A new teaching tool called Sprout is just the kind of tool needed to get people interested in renewable energy. Sprout is outfitted with solar panels, a wind turbine and a weather station. Sprout calculates and combines data for wind speed/direction, solar elevation/irradiance, voltage, watts/m2 available and other statistics. Sprout also offers integrated lesson plans for all levels that allow students to use renewables in math, science and more. Sprout is located in North Carolina.

The World's First Global Carrotmob Campaign

The carrotmob is a powerful new way that people can influence business to be more responsible. In a Carrotmob campaign, a group of people spend money to support a business that engages in socially redeeming initiatives.

An Overview of the Carrotmob Model:
1) organizers of a campaign make an agreement with a business
2) a mob of people spend money at the business
3) the business makes a change to its practices to become more responsible (eg sustainable)

Distance Education at the Centre for Environment, University of Toronto - Fall 2012 Semester

The fall semester of the UofT's Distance Education at the Centre for Environment begins on Monday September 24 and ends on Sunday Dec 16, 2012. These online courses address the challenge of sustainability as a global opportunity for collaboration across disciplines, between academics, governments and business leaders.

Climate Protection and Environmental Sustainability (Course)

From Monday September 24 to Sunday December 9, 2012, an online course will take place that involves a systems engineering approach to develop and implement a Strategic Plan for climate protection and sustainable practices. This is an elective course in the Certificate Program in Environmental Management and an elective course in the Certificate Program in Sustainable Business Management.

In the "Climate Protection and Environmental Sustainability" (ENGRCEE X468) course participants will explore the forces driving sustainability change, the application of sustainable practices. They will also be guided through an analysis to develop a vision and plan for implementation.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Jersey's Solar Markets: Understanding Changes, Preparing for Future (Event)

This event will take place on October 4, starting at 8 a.m. (Registration and Breakfast) with the presentation starting at 8:30 a.m. (Presentation). The event takes place at the Venetian, 546 River Drive, Garfield, NJ. This event will provide an overview and analysis of the solar energy market in New Jersey. The program will cover the legislative, regulatory, tax and accounting changes that are expected to significantly impact existing and future projects in the state.

Low Impact Development Workshop (Event)

This event will take place on Wednesday October 3 to Thursday October 4, 2012, Grande Prairie, Alberta. This Fall, the City of Grande Prairie is partnering with Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) to hold this event on Low Impact Development.

Goals of the Workshop

• ABCs of Low Impact Development • Calgary’s Water Balance Spreadsheet • Bio-retention Design and Plant Selection • Erosion and Sediment Control for LID • Policy Considerations

Symposium on Sea Level Rise in NJ (Event)

This event will take place on September 29, 2012, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Brookdale Community College - Warner Student Life Center Rooms: Navesink I, II, and III. This event deals with the causes and effects of a sea level rise. It concludes with a call to action.

The event was spurred on by the March 14th New York Times article entitled “Sea Level Rise Is Seen as Threat to 3.7 Million” the Monmouth County Cool Cities Partnership (MCCCP) has planned this Symposium on Sea Level Rise in New Jersey to be held in cooperation with the Monmouth County Environmental Council, Brookdale Community College, American Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action and New Jersey Environmental Federation.

RENEXPO® 2012 International Energy Trade Fair (Event)

The 13th annual RENEXPO® 2012 will take place on Thursday September 27 to Sun September 30, 2012, in Augsburg, Germany. RENEXPO has grown over the last 12 years into one of the most influential energy trade fairs in Europe.

The RENEXPO® covers the entire spectrum of regenerative and decentralized energy production, intelligent energy distribution as well as the efficient use of energy.

RENEXPO®, a unique diversified energy trade fair with the 4 Main Focus Wood energy exhibition (IHE® Wood Energy), combined with heat and power (interCogen®), solar technology and sustainable building presented to 22,000 m2 of gross exhibition space, energy supply and energy use of today and tomorrow.

Environmental Remediation Conference International 2012 (Event)

On September 27-28, 2012 in Tobermory, Ontario Terratechnik Environmental Ltd will offer its 1st Remediation Conference to be held in Tobermory, one of the most beautiful and rugged waterscapes that you will find in the world.

Tobermory is a haven for divers, hikers (top end of the Bruce Trail), boaters, photographers, birders and naturalists. The Tobermory is a unique location for a conference as it gives up the concrete, asphalt and 5 star hotels and offers 5 (possible 10) star scenery and 3 star accommodations. A good trade off in our estimation.

The New Metrics of Sustainable Business (Event)

This event will take place on September 27 at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. This is a premiere event for models, strategies and metrics as they related to sustainability. As the definition of value continues to evolve, the demand for business to demonstrate its ability to create value of various forms for all stakeholders - rather than simply profit for shareholders - is increasing, and the question of how this value is identified, measured and communicated becomes paramount.

Smart Cities Industry Summit (Event)

On September 25 and 26 in London, UK, the Smart Cities Industry Summit will bring together the key players from across the smart city eco system. This summit will help participants to:

1. Understand how mobility in all areas of life will improve the citizen experience across the planet.

2. Focus your wholesale departments – health, energy, automotive, construction.

3. Learn how cloud, 4G networks, wifi, satellite, cable, ultra-devices and super-processors will provide smart cities mobility and interoperability.

Optimizing Wind Power O&M Conference & Expo (Event)

On September 25 and 26 in Chicago, a conference and exposition will take place titled "Optimizing Wind Power O&M." This event will address critical issues related to making rational decisions that reduce the cost of operations, increase the power performance and make the business connections to achieve these aims. At the conference and exhibition participants will meet representatives from dozens of leading companies in the wind energy field. The large number of companies that will be present make this a premiere wind power networking event.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review of Different Types Ice and Ramifications of its Loss (Video)

Here is a relevant primer on ice. This information is timely in the wake of the summer 2012 loss of a quarter million square miles of Arctic ice. This video reviews in very simple terms the different types of ice and the ramifications of the scientific observation that they are melting.

First Hand Account of Melting Arctic Sea Ice (Video)

Join Al Jazeera's Nick Clark as he joined an expedition traveling deep into the Arctic Circle earlier this summer. This is a first hand account of the rapidly melting Arctic ice cap.

Unprecedented Arctic Ice Melt in 2012 (Video)

In 2012 the Arctic ice cap shrunk more than ever before in recorded history. As of September, 2012, only slightly more than 20 percent of the Arctic Ocean was covered by ice. In this video Ray Suarez talks to Walt Meier, a scientist at the U.S. National Ice and Snow Data Center about the new evidence and how a lack of arctic sea ice affects ocean currents and changes weather patterns.

Friday, September 21, 2012

GSA Programs Provide Tools to Students to Save Their Future

Driven by the concepts that individuals can make a difference and that schools can change the world, GSA has provided frameworks and ongoing support through its interactive website and social media sites. These help schools and school districts drive their sustainability initiatives forward. As one person put it, “Your movement is helping not only to change the culture of our schools for the better but the culture of the Department of Education.”

GSA is actively collaborating with State Departments of Education across the U.S. and has found a steadfast partner in John Shea, chief executive officer, Division of School Facilities, NYC Department of Education.

Its Official Arctic Sea Ice is at its Lowest Level in Recorded History

Researchers at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, said that Arctic sea ice is at its lowest level ever recorded. What happens to the Arctic sea ice is of great relevance to everyone everywhere on the planet. Sea ice is a key indicator of climate change, as part of complex feedback loops, ice loss is expected to exacerbate our warming climate.

The Financial Costs of Biodiversity Loss

The loss of biodiversity is a tragedy for everyone. We often forget that nature provides a plethora of services all for free. A 2012 report indicates that the world's biodiversity is down 30 percent since the 1970s. Humanity is outstripping the Earth's resources by 50 percent — essentially using the resources of one and a half Earths every year, according to the 2012 Living Planet Report, produced by conservation agency the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

As we undermine natural systems we are incurring immense costs. This is the central premise of a BBC News article by Richard Anderson.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Student Climate & Conservation Corps

In partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) premier training facility, the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), GSA launched the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) in 2009. Sc3 is GSA’s student arm and is open to 9th- through 12th-grade students who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental action. Selected Sc3 members, who are nominated by their schools, attend a five-day summer Congress held at NCTC in Shepherdstown, West Va. They enjoy a full program of study focused on the natural environment and 21st Century sustainability solutions.

US Fuel Efficiency Standards Surpass Europe

President Obama's new US fuel efficiency standards may catapult America ahead of Europe by lowering vehicular emissions. The burgeoning US electric and hybrid car market will most certainly benefit from Obama's actions. The President first introduced a fuel standard of 35 miles per gallon (mpg) for 2016 and starting in 2025, American cars and light trucks will have to achieve a standard of at least 54.5 mpg.

President Clinton on What the American Public Needs to Know about Renewable Energy

As reviewed in a Renewable Energy World article, former President Bill Clinton made some very interesting points at Solar Power International 2012. Clinton was the keynote speaker for the September event where he addressed what the American public needs to know about renewable energy. His speech focused on the topics of government investment, the environment, economics, jobs, Solyndra, subsidies and the future of energy in America.

 Clinton emphasized the importance of private-public cooperation in the development of America's renewable energy potential. He mentioned the dire need for the solar industry to set the record straight regarding the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Green Skills You Need to Become an Energy Contractor

Since 2005, the nonresidential green construction market has grown from two percent to 41 percent of market revenues in 2011. That amounts to $58 billion for the nonresidential green construction sector. Electricians are among the trades that enjoy the highest demand. Here is a look at skills that will help electricians 'green' their skill set and land a job.

Familiarity with LEED certification and energy auditing are on the top of the list but there are many other important knowledge sets.

Two years ago, Software Advice reported that growth in the green construction market would require electrical contractors to become energy contractors. They based this theory on a widely distributed report which predicted that electrical contractors would be in high demand for renewable energy and energy conservation projects. In 2012, it appears that their theory is playing out.

How Morality Can Win the War on Climate Change

The Green Cup Challenge®

The Green Cup Challenge® (GCC) was launched in 2007, it is an annual month long inter-school energy challenge that takes place each January/February to call attention to peak winter energy use. Originally designed to help schools measure and reduce electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions, GCC provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and school staff, including facilities managers, to work together to reduce their school’s carbon footprint. GCC integrates education and action, quantifies progress and aggregates success.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tell Congress to Expedite Renewable Energy

Sign this petition to tell Congress that we need to expedite the growth of renewable energy in the US. We need to see Congress act to pass legislation that will help us transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future. Signing this petition sends an email to US Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chair of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, US Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

This petition unites the voices of Americans who demand our leaders take seriously the energy and climate crisis and immediately work to implement the policies to move our country toward a sustainable future.

Sustainability Offers a Competitive Advantage & Better ROI

According to the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report, sustainability makes companies more competitive and offers investors better returns. This is driving an increasing number of publicly traded companies to embrace sustainability as part of their long-term strategy to combat climate change. The CDP gathers information for investors about the environmental policies of large companies and the environmental risks they face. The CDP has created an index to recognize the world's best companies called the Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI). The companies that make it onto these lists tend to generate superior returns for investors.

"Our focus is less on payback periods and more on targeting environmental investments to be 'value positive," Deirdre Mahlan, Diageo's CFO, said. "It is insufficient, and even irresponsible, to consider only short term payback when making investment decisions."

Free Online Education

Distance learning is part of a growing trend that makes it easier for people to learn online, often in very flexible formats that accommodate busy schedules. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) is amongst a number of educational institutions that are offering free education online. Others include Academic Earth, Khan Academy and the Open University (OU). These schools provide a number of courses in a great many different disciplines including those that relate to the environment.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The CDP Identifies Germany as the Global Sustainability Leader

According to The Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) list of top ten sustainable corporations, Germany is the dominate global force. Finland is ranked second, Spain is third and the Netherlands are fourth. Germany earned almost half of the top ten positions as ranked by the CDP. While four of the world's top ten companies come from Germany, none of the top ten are from the US.

The Green Schools Alliance

In response to Mayor Bloomberg’s challenge to New York City (NYC) institutions to reduce their carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030, on October 11, 2007, 46 schools gathered at the Allen-Stevenson School in NYC to explore solutions to climate change. After this meeting, with support from the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, school associations, and numerous other partners, GSA was officially launched. Today it is a global network of schools guiding schools, which addresses 21st Century climate and conservation challenges. It includes more than 3,000 public, private and independent schools in 40 U.S. states and 12 countries, and represents more than two million students. GSA’s Student Advisory Board, comprised of high-school and college students, helps to steer its programs, mission and goals.

Profiting From the New Rules of Green Marketing

On September 13th, 2012, Jacquie Ottman conducted a webinar on the new rules of green marketing. Jacquie Ottman is a New York city-based expert on green marketing and an advisor to Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial companies and several US government eco-labels. She is also a sought-after speaker who has written four books on green marketing. She has worked with large and small companies and government agencies including Energy Star and USDA certified biobased label.

In this webinar Jacquie focused on stories and strategies from her award-winning book, The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding (see below for more details). The webinar addressed how to take a lifecycle approach to developing and marketing greener products and packages in order to:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Natural Building Webinar

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Mason Sustainability Institute (MSI) will offer a free webinar on “natural building.” The webinar will provide a basic understanding of what constructing a natural building means, what materials to use and how to construct a home from those materials. The webinar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at

Naturally built homes carry a significantly lighter environmental impact compared to most modern construction. Natural building principles work through ecosystems and life already present on the proposed property.