Thursday, October 31, 2013

Petition to Avoid a Repeat of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was a superstorm that was fueled by climate change. In an effort to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence, Sierra Club has launched a petition that they will send to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy. This petition tells her that "you remember the lessons of Sandy and that it's time to move beyond the biggest causes of climate disruption, starting with climate pollution from new power plants."

As of October 31, almost 4,000 people have signed the petition. See the text of the petition below:

Supreme Court to Review EPA's Right to Limit GHGs

The United States Supreme Court has indicated that it may limit the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the US Supreme Court indicated that it would hear arguments against the EPA's right to regulate GHGs under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This is in response to six separate petitions for ‎certiorari (a writ or order by which a higher court reviews a case tried in a lower court). The litigation is titled Coalition for Responsible ‎Regulation, Inc. et al., v. Environmental Protection Agency (D.C. Cir. Index No. 09-1322). Those who filed the petitions are putting the interests of the old energy economy ahead of efforts to combat climate change. They include the State of Texas, the US Chamber of Commerce, and predictably industry associations ‎of energy producers and users.‎

Halloween Consumer Statistics are a Little Less Scary in 2013

With projected US sales of $7 billion, consumers are spending less on Halloween this year. However, despite declining sales, there are still a host of problems associated with the holiday. In addition to the health impacts associated with candy consumption, one of the scariest parts of Halloween is the tons of non-biodegradable waste generated by wrappers, decorations and costumes.

Halloween is a multi-billion dollar retail event that has more than doubled in the last 7 years from $3.29 billion in 2005 to 8 billion in 2012. Surpassed only by Christmas, Halloween is the second biggest decorating holiday of the year.

Smooth Criminals Win Corporate Responsiblity Honors

Three companies associated with criminal activities top the list of corporate responsibility leaders for 2013. For the third consecutive year, Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine ranked the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens by industry in 10 sectors.

The first three selections on their list are understandable. Accenture won top honors in the Business Services sector, Mattel earned the number one spot in Consumer Items and Campbell Soup was recognized as the leader in Consumer Staples.

The wheels come off the proverbial cart when we get to their number one picks for energy, Financials/Insurance/Real Estate, and Healthcare sectors.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Infographic - The Cost of Weather Disasters in 2013 (Jan - Sep)



Weatherization Day: Energy Efficiency Resources for those in Need

Weatherization Day is celebrated on October 30, which is fitting as the days grow colder as we head towards winter. The day is intended to raise awareness about the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) which is a nationwide program that was created in 1976. Their energy mission is geared towards reducing energy use and costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, while ensuring their health and safety.

In addition to the focusing on the WAP, the day is intended to raise awareness about the work being performed by the WAP network. The DOE has also added to the focus of the day by declaring October to be Energy Awareness Month.  Continue reading to see the wide range of resources that can help to institute energy efficiency measures and communicate their value.

Fossil Free Europe Tour in Full Swing

Bill McKibben and the 350.org crew, are in the midst of a European tour aimed at encouraging Europe to go fossil free. Mckibben, 350.org and a wide range of climate leaders are working on growing the movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

The Fossil Free Europe Tour includes speakers from across social movements and incorporates multimedia including videos and music. Video links will highlight the thoughts of people like author Naomi Klein and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Student activists, faith campaigners, community energy leaders are also sharing their stories.

On October 27 the tour visited Berlin and on the 29th Amsterdam. Today October 30th the campaign is in Edinburgh and on October 31 they will visit Birmingham. On November 1 the tour concludes with a presentation in London. For those in European cities tickets are available, for those who cannot attend a live show there will be livestreaming of the final London show in homes and communities across Europe.

Remembering Superstorm Sandy and Preventing a Recurrence

October 29, 2013 was the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, one of the most destructive storms in US history. The hurricane devastated the East Coast including New York City, the Jersey Shore and New England. The storm killed hundreds in the Caribbean and 159 people in the US. Sandy also damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes. In addition to the lives lost the havoc wreaked by the hurricane caused $70 billion in damage across eight states.

New York saw a record storm surge of 13 feet and millions were left without power, in some cases this lasted for weeks. One of the most impacted areas was the Rockaways. It is truly amazing to see the resilience of people, still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives after such utter destruction.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Interactive Map - Find an Alternative Fuel or EV Charging Station Near You



Scientists and Activists Hold US Press Conference on Conservatives' Tar Sands Agenda

Canadian scientists and activists want Americans to know about the Conservatives' hell-bent agenda to exploit Canada's tar sands reserves. On October 8, 2013 a delegation of Canadian scientists and activists participated in a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in which they shared a litany of environmental abuse being perpetrated by the ruling Canadian government.

Canada is doing everything in its power to increase exploitation of fossil fuel reserves. According to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Sierra Club press release, the ruling Conservatives want to triple tar sands production.

Canada's Ruling Conservatives at War with Science

Due to a number of actions from the ruling Conservative government, science funding in Canada is in a woeful state. This includes efforts to monitor and research issues related to the environment. Total public funding for science and technology has dropped by 12 per cent in the past four years, according to a recent Statistics Canada report. Of even more concern is where federal money is being allocated. Almost all of the $454-million in new research and development funding announced by the federal government for 2013, went public-private partnerships, largely for commercialization.

The federal government's funding largely eschews basic research which is so vital not only to developing profitable new innovations but for the wider aim of our collective betterment. Scientific research is also indispensable to informed government policy.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Infographic - Divestment and Renewable Energy (350.org)


Recognizing Sustainability Leadership in Business

The horrendously irresponsible behavior of some corporations generates well warranted public mistrust, however, tarring all companies with the same brush is a gross injustice to the sustainability leadership shown by many firms.

For more than a decade, early adopters have been leading the charge to craft a more ecologically friendly world. Now those who led the way have helped that approach morph into a key success factor that adds value and provides a competitive advantage.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Event - Social Return on Investment - Canadian Network Launch and Professional Development Session

Social Return on Investment - Canadian Network Launch and Professional Development Session Wed Oct 30, 2013,  from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto Toronto. Come celebrate the launch of SROI Canada Network and take part in a full-day program offered by the international SROI Network’s Sheila Durie.

Event - Sandy One Year Later Conference

Sandy One Year Later Conference will take place on October 29, 2013. New Jersey Future invites you to join us at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch for a day-long conference focused on the Sandy recovery process. Distinguished speakers, including former governors James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman and retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will highlight the economic and planning impacts of Sandy and of potential future storms, and will discuss things New Jersey and its municipalities need to be doing in order to be better prepared for the next severe weather event. There is no charge to attend, but because space is limited, registration is required.

Event - Ninth Annual Champions of the Ocean Awards Dinner

Ninth Annual Champions of the Ocean Awards Dinner will take place on October 28, 2013 (6 p.m.) at Wilson Hall, Monmouth University. The theme of this year’s awards is Storm Smart=Storm Ready. The Urban Coastal Institute will present the National Ocean Champion award to Admiral Thad Allen (USCG-ret.) who directed the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Event - Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Recruitment

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Recruitment event will take place on Wednesday October 30, 2013, in Vancouver, BC. Admissions officers and alums will be present to answer questions about our Masters and Doctoral programs in Forestry & the Environment, the admissions process, and what it is like to be a student. Specializations at F&ES include: ecology, water resources management, forestry & land use, climate change, energy, business & the environment, policy, human dimensions of the environment, and many more!

For more information and to RSVP click here.

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Event - Regulating Climate Change: The Supreme Court, Clean Air Act and EPA's Upcoming Greenhouse Gas Rules

Regulating Climate Change: The Supreme Court, Clean Air Act and EPA's Upcoming Greenhouse Gas Rules October 30, 2013 12 p.m. -1:15pm Faculty Club, D’Agostino Hall New York University School of Law 108 W 3rd St, New York, NY Registration is free, but required: RSVP.

Event - Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership

IMPACT! the Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership will take place on May 23 - 24, 2014 in Guelph, Ontario. A total of 175 Canadian University and College students will be invited to participate in this all expenses paid trip and conference. University and college students from across Canada will participate in this conference to be real and effective agents for change in their communities, organizations and businesses.

Event - Curbing Our Energy Consumption: Effective Drivers of Behaviour Change

This event will take place on October 30, 2013, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm in London, UK. HUB Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London. Most homes and businesses know of the importance and benefits of reducing energy usage, but we have yet to see a major shift in behavior in this space. The positive news is that organisations working in this area are starting to find new and innovative ways of engaging people.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Video - Fossil Fuels Replaced by Renewable Energy



This animated video from UK renewable energy pioneer Ecotricity is aimed at raising awareness about the need for clean energy. This renewable energy advocacy video has received more than 2.6 million views, it addresses the pressing need to replace traditional power with green technology. Watch the end of the fossil fuel industry and the rise of renewable (wind) energy.

Video - 10 Sustainable Solutions Changing our Cities


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In this October 04, 2013, video from VERGE, Christopher Sveen, offers a sneak peek of some of the world's most innovative projects and technologies with the potential to transform our cities.

Video - Lisa Jackson: The road to 100% renewables


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In this October 17, 2013 Verge video, former EPA head Lisa Jackson, now heading Apple's sustainability efforts, talks about transitioning entirely to renewable energy.

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Video - Fossil Free Europe Tour



Bill McKibben, the 350.org team and a wide range of climate leaders will be in Europe next week promoting the end to fossil fuels. Their goal is to help build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

Video - Yvon Chouinard Founder of Patagonia and 1% for the Planet




Video - Al Gore on Climate Change: "We are Going to Win We are Going to Fix This"



Recently former Vice President Al Gore was interviewed for his 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon Online Event with TakePart Live. More than 20 million tuned in to watch the event and more than double that number participated in the largest ever social media conversation about putting a price on carbon. The #CostOfCarbon hashtag was a globally trending topic on Twitter, leading to over 240 million impressions worldwide. During the TakePart Live interview, host Jacob Soboroff asks Gore about the urgency behind climate change and how we can get Americans to care about something that may take decades to fix.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Hotel EV Charging Stations and Greener Transportation Guest Services

An ever growing number of hotels have added EV charging stations and other greener transportation support services for their guests. This is not only a way of enticing guests with EVs to visit their hotel, it is also a way of increasing their sustainability profile.

One of the hotels offering EV charging stations is the new LEED-certified Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, South Carolina. In the Boston area, Element Lexington, the Charles Hotel and the Lenox Hotel all offer similar complimentary charging services.

AECOM's Sustainability Leadership

AECOM is a global company that delivers solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. AECOM provides professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in 140 countries around the world. They are active in a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

AECOM views sustainability as helping clients, society and its operations address complex challenges by managing financial, natural, social and human capital that work together to advance human progress with less risk. With revenues of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, AECOM demonstrates that being a good corporate citizen can also be very profitable.

Gore on the Government Shutdown and Climate Change: Congress is Pathetic

Former Vice-President Al Gore appeared on Pivot's late night talk show TakePart Live on October 22nd, to discuss the 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon event and his on-going fight for worldwide climate issues and environmental awareness. The former Vice President also responded to questions about the government shutdown.

When asked about his thoughts on the recent government shutdown Mr. Gore replied:

"Congress is pathetic right now. There are some awful good people in Congress trapped in a bad system. The truth is our democracy has been hacked, big money now calls the shots. That my sound like a radical statement but less and less to people who have been paying attention to what's been going on there."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Webinar - Financing Energy Efficiency Overcoming Obstacles to Investments

Financing Energy Efficiency: Overcoming Obstacles to Energy Efficiency Investments is an on demand webinar (see link below). Even as investments in energy efficiency are widely perceived as less risky than core business investments, there still remains an investment gap for energy efficiency. Join the CFO and Energy Analyst for 5TWENTY as they discuss the importance of energy efficiency for business and how we can close the investment gap to realize more impressive profit margins.

In this webinar, you will find:

30 Days of Climate Action on Tumblr

We are at the tipping point of catastrophic climate change, it's time for everyone to act. People are inspired by the Arctic 30 and are taking action in their own lives to stand up for the planet.

Find out how you can participate in "Ideas for Action." Share what you did and what inspired you under "Post your climate action."

Patagonia May be the World's Most Responsible Company

Patagonia, is in a league of their own. For almost three decades the outdoor apparel and gear company has been a champion of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The are leaders in reporting transparency, responsible marketing, employee engagement, consumer education and helping environmentally oriented start-ups.

Unilever: A Sustainable Corporate Giant

Unilever is an international consumer goods giant that is engaged in a wide range of sustainability initiatives. The company manufactures everything from ice cream to soap and in 2013 they announced that they had managed to make massive cuts in their carbon emissions, use less energy, significantly reduce waste, minimize water consumption, and increased the amount of sustainably sourced raw materials.

Ten Sustainability Initiatives in the Hotel Industry

There are a number of sustainability initiatives taking hold in the hotel industry. As explained by the Chairwoman of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Kelly Bricker, "The impact of 1 billion travelers roaming the earth has forced governments, NGOs, communities, and the tourism industry to recognize the importance of sustaining the environment upon which all tourism depends."

Hotels are being driven to be more ecologically sensitive by consumer demand. In a 2012 study of 5,000 Expedia customers, MindClick SGM found that 90 percent of respondents would choose a hotel with furnishings and supplies that are better for the guest, the community and the planet over comparable hotels.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Top 10 Renewable Energy Countries in the World

Here are the ten leading renewable energy countries in the world from 2010-2012. Rankings are estimations based on measurements in terms of terawatt-hours per year*:

1. China
2. United States **
3. Brazil
4. Canada
5. Russia ***
6. India

Breaking News: Russia Drops Piracy Charges Against Greenpeace Activists

Russian federal investigators have dropped piracy charges against the people involved in the Greenpeace protest over Arctic oil drilling. However, the 30 people will face the lesser charge of hooliganism. Under Russian law the piracy charge comes with a 12 year prison sentence while hooliganism has a seven year maximum sentence.

The charges arise from a peaceful protest against a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea on September 19. 

Russian Greenpeace spokesman Vladimir Chuprov said in a statement, "we will contest the trumped-up charge of hooliganism as strongly as we contested the piracy allegations....They are both fantasy charges that bear no relation to reality."

US CO2 Emissions at a 19 Year Low Due to Less Coal and Warmer Winters

Due in large part to reduced coal use and warmer winters, the US is producing less carbon emissions than they have in almost two decades. The combination of warmer winters, significantly less electricity from coal, and reduced gasoline consumption reduced carbon emissions to their lowest level in almost two decades.

According to a report titled "U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2012" release on October 21, 2013 by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), US carbon dioxide emissions generated from energy consumption and production fell 3.8 percent in 2012 to 5,290 million metric tons, reaching their lowest level since 1994. The annual energy-related emissions in the US were 5,498 million metric tons in 2011. Although the US economy grew by 2.8 percent in 2012, energy intensity (Btu per dollar of GDP) fell by 5.1 percent.

World Bank President on the Cost of Carbon

In an interview for the Climate Reality Project's Cost of Carbon event on October 22, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim explained the Bank's increasing focus on sustainability. Dr. Jim Yong Kim is the 12th president of the World Bank Group, he is also a champion of efforts to combat climate change.

When asked why is the World Bank is so involved in the climate crisis, Dr Kim responded that while he thought he was well informed about the latest science, when he assumed his position at the Bank he was shocked to discover just how perilous our current trajectory is.

Webinar: Preparing for 2014: Trends & Best Practices in EH&S Information Management

This complimentary webinar from Environmental Leader and Enablon will take place on Wednesday October 30th, 2013 (8am PT / 10am CT / 11am ET). If you can't make the live event, all those who register will receive a link to the recorded broadcast.

Do you have a corporate environmental, health and safety (EH&S) program that is able to cope with the upcoming 2014 EH&S challenges? Do you have the right tools and processes in place? How should you take advantage of the tools and technologies available to make better, smarter decisions?

Increasingly, organizations are looking to empower their EH&S program to make better decisions by creating a line of sight within the corporate environment to break down information, data and human capital silos to drive performance. To accomplish keener goals and to support your EH&S initiatives, more and more practitioners are relying on information systems to drive these decisions.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chinese Smog Crisis is Driving the Transition to a Greener Economy

Air quality and other environmental concerns are forcing China to transition to a greener more sustainable  economy. With visibility in Harbin, China being reduced to 10 meters, the city was shut down by a thick blanket of smog that descended on Monday, October 21. Levels of smog in the city are five to ten times worse than America's most smog ridden city, (the Southern California city of Bakersfield). While officials are blaming the dense smog in Harbin on heating, the real issue is the country's reliance on coal.

Australia's Devastating Fires are Linked to Climate Change

Australia is being hit with the largest outbreak of wildfires in more than a decade and the United Nations says the country's bush fires are "absolutely" linked to climate change. More than 60 fires are now burning in the country and three large fires in the southeast could merge into one giant “mega-fire” and threaten Sydney. The largest blaze outside Australia's largest city has a 190-mile front.

A total of 120,000 hectares are ablaze or have been ravaged, and more than 200 homes have been destroyed and many more damaged beyond repair, prompting a state of emergency in New South Wales. More than a thousand firefighters and 83 firefighting planes are battling the blazes in the state.

24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon Online Event

The event known as "24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon!" is an online event that is taking place on October 22 and 23. (see bottom of the page for North American showtimes). In 2012 over 16 million people around the world tuned in. This year organizers expect to break that record.

Al Gore, the founder and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, is staging this event to help raise awareness about the fact that we are already paying for climate change.

During this year's 24 Hours of Reality, the Climate Reality Project will highlight the costs of carbon pollution from our taxes to our health care bills. The day will also address how putting a price on carbon is the best way we can deal with the climate crisis.

As explained by Gore, "We can’t keep paying for polluters’ choices. To solve the climate crisis we know we have to put a price on carbon."

Government Shutdown: Environmental Impacts and Republican Extortion

Republicans held America hostage for 16 days and undermined efforts to protect America's air, water, food and natural resources.  They unsuccessfully sought to extort a ransom in the form a number of anti-environment riders.

This circus would be comical if the impacts were not so serious. Only at the eleventh hour was legislation passed that enabled the government to reopen and avert a debt default. However, these are temporary fixes and the same issues will have to be dealt with again early in 2014. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Webinar: Sustainabilitly in Small Business for Big Impacts

Small Business Big Impacts is a webinar that is useful to all sustainability professionals particularly those associated with SMEs. This webinar will review the ways in which small and mid-sized companies can benefit financially from taking action as stewards of the world’s resources. 

The live webinar will take place on Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time-USA. For those not located in the Pacific Timezone, find your webinar time here. Those who are unable to attend the live stream can register and receive the link to view the recording later.

Most large corporations have recognized that they can drive innovation, competitive advantage and improved financial performance by adopting sustainable business practices. Small and mid-sized companies (SMEs) typically have not yet embraced sustainability as a key element of their business strategy. This represents a major lost opportunity, both for the SME business community and for the entire economy.

Breaking News: Injunction Lifted on Fracking Protests in New Brunswick

On Monday, October 21, a judge in Moncton, New Brunswick, lifted an injunction that prevented the people of the Elsipogtog First Nation from protesting against shale gas exploration in the province. The protesters want SWN Resources to stop seismic testing and leave. In a written statement, the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs called for the provincial government to suspend the permits granted to SWN Resources.

On October 17, in response to a court injunction, the RCMP cleared the protest roadblocks on Route 134 by force. Six police vehicles were burned and police fired beanbag type bullets and doused protestors with pepper spray. Many have criticized the police for causing the protest to spiral out of control.

Fisker May be Saved by Hong Kong Tycoon's Investor Group

Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li, who is already invested in Fisker, has put together an investment group that has bought the ailing electric car company's $168 million loan from the US Department of Energy.  By buying the loan Li will be free to restructure the company without being fettered by DoE obligations.

Fisker, which was started in 2007, secured over a billion dollars in investment. However, in July 2012 the company suspended building the plug-in hybrid Karma, its extended range luxury electric sedan, when battery producer A123 Systems Inc. went into bankruptcy protection. The company also suspended development of its less expensive ($55,000) Atlantic.

Video - Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast


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Free Course on Global Warming Starts Today

A free 8 week online science based class on global warming begins today, Monday, October 21, 2013.

"This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth's climate. It brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics. The simple mathematics underlying these differing approaches is the only background one needs. It is an accessible, multidisciplinary tour of climate science for a general audience."

Train Carrying Fossil Fuels Derails Causing an Explosion and Fire in Alberta

On Saturday October 19, at around 1 a.m. local time, a CN train including 9 cars carrying liquid petroleum gas and 4 cars transporting crude oil derailed near Gainford, in Parkland County. This small community is located 80 kilometers west of Edmonton, Alberta. The derailment caused a massive explosion and fire. After trying to battle the blaze firefighters withdrew to let the fire burn itself out.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Event - WasteExpo Conference and Exhibition 2014

WasteExpo conference and exposition 2014 will be taking place on April 28 - May 1, 2014 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Whether you are from the private sector, a small, medium or large public sector waste management company, or a manufacturer or supplier, from the US or abroad, WasteExpo brings the entire industry together!

Almost all (99.6%) of previous WasteExpo attendees would recommend the show to a colleague.

Event - 1st International Congress on Entrepreneurship in Tourism: Towards Green Growth

The congress on the theme of entrepreneurship in tourism: “Towards Green Growth” is being held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 27 to 30 April 2014. This congress will be organised by Croatian Small Business Union (HUMP-CROSBU) in partnership with OECD Investment Compact SEE, Paris and StudioCentroVeneto, Vicenza and local partners.

The congress theme covers a range of issues critical to economies and to the development of entrepreneurship in tourism as a major engine of growth and jobs creation for social, economic, cultural and personal values. Tourism is one of the most promising drivers of growth for the world economy and key to driving the defining trends of the transition to a green economy. Due to tourism's cross-cutting nature and close connections to numerous sectors at destination and international levels, even small improvements toward greater sustainability will have important impacts in the shift towards more sustainable, cleaner and lowcarbon economic growth.

Event - GLOBE 2014: 13th International Conference on the Business of the Environment

GLOBE™ 2014 will take place on March 26 - 28, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada. This event is North America's largest international environmental business summit. GLOBE is about taking responsibility, forging new partnerships and thinking outside the box. It’s where leaders come to devise winning strategies to conserve precious resources, save money, and meet people that can help them be more profitable, more efficient, and protect the planet while doing so. GLOBE is where it all happens. Where it’s always happened, every two years since 1990.

For the last 24 years, GLOBE has been at the forefront of new ideas and insights on business and sustainability. It has helped corporations understand and embed sustainability into their operations, influenced the international debate on climate change, and developed the global marketplace for environmental and energy technologies and services. GLOBE continues to draw the ‘best and brightest’ of the international sustainable business community, making it an utterly unsurpassed networking opportunity.

Event - 2014 International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

2014 International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will take place on 22 - 24 January 2014 at the University of Split, Split, Croatia.

Conference participants are given the opportunity to interact, converse, and learn from each other. Built in to the conference program are a number of sessions and events that are designed specifically to promote interactions among the on-site members of the knowledge community. These range from more formal plenary sessions, through parallel presentations, to informal coffee breaks and optional activities. Some of these, like Talking Circles and Garden Sessions, may be new experiences for participants.

Event - Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago: Celebrating Community Resilience

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will take place on November 1-3, 2013, at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. This conference is a local, self-organized group of National Bioneers, which now is in its 24th year. Last year's inaugural Chicago gathering presented visionaries from diverse disciplines related to environmental, social and justice issues. This year's program promises to be even more inspiring than 2012.

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s mission is to promote sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections, and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth’s communities. They employ a number of strategies to fulfill their mission including:

Educating the community on innovative solutions. Offering a systemic framework, i.e. a way of “connecting the dots” that is holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary. Linking individuals and networks in order to foster connection, cross-pollination, and collaboration of people and ideas, all focused on positive change. Advocating for opportunities to heal and restore our damaged and depleted community. Being an oasis of hope that sparks mass creativity and engagement.

Event - Annual Sustainable Florida Conference and Awards: Working on the Green Sustainability Summit

The Annual Sustainable Florida Conference is titled Working on the Green. This Sustainability Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013, beginning at 8:30 AM. The Best Practice Awards Luncheon is at 12 noon. This exciting program features several of Florida’s sustainability leaders in an informal setting that will educate, inspire and facilitate your first steps.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Video - Richard Branson on the Need to Protect the Arctic


In this video, Richard Branson, explains why we all have to do everything within our power to protect the Arctic.

Video - The Arctic is Under Threat from Shell and Gazprom


The fossil fuel companies Shell and Gazprom have ambitious plans to exploit the Arctic's oil and gas reserves. Scientists have made it clear that to avoid the worst impacts of a hot planet (ie 6 degree temperature increase) we must leave the vast majority of carbon reserves underground. Arctic drilling increases global warming and imperils Arctic ecology. We know that drilling for oil and gas inevitably leads to spills. To make matters worse Gazprom's old and outdated drilling equipment present an elevated level of risk. Drilling in the Arctic will devastate the region's fragile ecosystem which is already suffering from a warming world.

Video - This is What a Corroded Underwater Tar Sands Pipeline Looks Like



This video footage of Enbridge's 60-year-old tar sands pipeline under Lake Erie has been publicly documented on film for the first time. This pipeline runs across the Straits of Mackinac, in the Great Lakes. In July, 2013, NWF contracted divers to obtain footage of those pipelines as a way to better understand the integrity and placement. What the video evidenced revealed was shocking. The pipelines are suspended over the lake bed on corroded supports some of which have fallen apart altogether. Other sections of the pipelines are covered in large piles of unknown debris.

Video - Green Chemistry and the Business of Providing Consumers with Safer Sustainable Materials



Green chemistry is growing in prominence in response to environmental concerns associated with traditional chemistry. Nowhere is this impact being felt more than in the area of finding replacements for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). This video offers the latest science on the way forward using green chemistry's ability to create innovative, healthy and sustainable products. It specifically shows how companies can grab market share by responding to growing consumer interest in safer, sustainable materials.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Innovation in the Low Carbon Energy Economy

The competitive advantage afforded by innovations in low carbon energy is a powerful incentive driving adoption by both governments and businesses. With world energy consumption expected to grow by 40 percent over the next twenty years, companies that are capable of quickly scaling innovations in low-carbon technologies will reap substantial rewards.

Low carbon energy, efficiency and other climate related businesses, offer significant benefits as evidenced by historical revenue data as well as future predictions. In 2009 these industries generated $530 billion and by 2020 they are expected to surpass $2 trillion.