Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Energy Efficiency Opportunity and the Case for Government Leadership

Governments around the world are supporting energy efficiency because it buoys economic development and drives innovation.. There is a strong business case for energy efficiency which is why it is at the leading edge of a tremendous opportunity.  According to the IEA, in 2016 global investments in energy efficiency grew by almost 10 percent to $231 billion.

There is a powerfully persuasive argument in support of energy efficiency as it offers the dual benefits of decreasing costs and reducing climate change causing greenhouse gases (GHGs). The economic opportunities and savings associated with energy efficiency are considerable. Those who still need convincing need only tally the costs of failing to act on climate change. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Webinar - Q3 Energy Market Update

This webinar will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern. There will be a live question and answer period with ENGIE Insight's Jonathan Lee, Senior Energy Market Intelligence Manager, Energy Procurement for the quarterly energy market update webinar.

Jonathan will be covering the following key topics:

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Trump Administration's Policy of Energy Inefficiency

The ruling US administration has purged government support for energy efficiency and replaced it with what can only be called an inefficiency policy. The Trump administration and the GOP have systematically eradicated energy efficiency programs ranging from appliances to vehicles and utilities. Earlier this month they announced that they are replacing Obama's Clean Power Plan and killing Obama's higher vehicle mileage standards. This administration has also ended a decades-old energy conservation policy that dates back to the 1970s. In July the administration quietly released a memo that declared conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Event - Recycling and Waste Management Exhibiton & Conference (RWM)

The RWM Exhibition will take place on September 12 & 13, 2018 in Birmingham, UK. This is the UK's Largest Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition and Conference.

Of the 2000 influential visitors to RWM 90 percent are senior management. 350 seminars, 30 panel Sessions,, this event includes dedicated zones and sectors that unite the world of energy, waste, water and recycling. Zones and sectors include Energy from Waste, Transporting, collecting and handling, Machinery and Equipement, Recyclers and Reprocessors, Data, Tech & Service

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Course - Blockchain Technologies Online at MIT

Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application is an online course being offered through MIT Sloan School of Management. Blockchains are a cutting edge sustainability trend. This 6 week course offers flexible learning modules requiring 5-6 hours per week. Participants will be provided with an economic framework for identifying blockchain-based solutions to challenges within your own context.

Support Greenpop's Treevolution!

A social organization by the name of Greenpop is making greening POPular by planting trees in Africa. Greenpop describes itself as the coolest environmentalist social enterprise in Cape Town, South Africa. Its creator film producer Misha Teasdale realized that his carbon footprint was unsustainable for the planet, so he created Greenpop, an organisation dedicated to repopulating the forests of South Africa.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Course - Big Data and Social Analytics

This flexible 8-12 hours per week, online short course is offered by MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Big data it is a portal to a wealth of benefits including operational efficiencies, however, when big data is paired with social analytics it unlocks a new way for us to view the world. Peering through the lens of social physics we gain access to a unique perspective that shifts the focus of big data. In this new frontier data analysis not only contributes to better decision making, it also enables us to better assist humanity.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Arctic Climate Feedback Loops: Heat, Melting Ice and Fires

The Arctic is being ravaged by a trifecta of three interrelated phenomenon that are all connected by climate change. Global warming is contributing to more heat waves. Hotter average temperatures in the Arctic are also melting the ice and causing wildfires.

These three phenomenon are interacting synergistically to amplify climate changes. These interrelationships can also be described as climate feedback loops, meaning they are vicious cycles that accelerate warming. Various permutations of feedback loops can be found between these three phenomenon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ten Schools Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Save Money

Schools from California to New Jersey are benefiting from their investments in energy efficiency.The economics of things like HVAC retrofits and lighting upgrades are hard to dispute. This is a market driven trend that is sure to keep growing as schools are forced to do more with less resources. Power saving opportunities abound for schools at every level ranging from elementary to post secondary. Here are ten examples of schools that are saving money while reducing their carbon footprints..

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kofi Annan's Global Compact: A Proud Legacy of Sustainability

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary General died in Switzerland on August 18 at the age of 80. He became the first black African secretary general in 1997, and four years later he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, the son of a provincial governor and grandson of two tribal chiefs, Annon had a regal bearing, that was both elegant and dignified. Annan will be remembered as one of the world's most celebrated diplomats. The breadth of his career was considerable spanning his work at the UN and a host of positions in academia. This included being chancellor of the University of Ghana, a fellow at New York's Columbia University, and professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Call for Papers - Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference

Sustainable Innovation 2019 conference: Road to 2030: Sustainability, Business Models, Innovation and Design will take place on March 4-5, 2019, at the Business School, University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, Surrey, UK. The 22nd international conference will provide a platform to discuss future visions of how sustainability will impact on business models, products, services, technologies, innovation and design in 2030.

Sustainable Innovation 2019 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, technology providers, designers, and innovation and sustainability directors.  The participation of people from large companies, SMEs, start-ups, academia, government and NGOs make this a unique space for learning, networking and thinking.

Event - Canadian Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum

Canadian Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum will take place on Friday September 7, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario. The Forum is geared towards helping the Canadian private sector to achieve the objectives of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Business leaders will explore sustainability, innovation and collaboration.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Talk - Selling the Sexy Science: A New Narrative on Climate Change

A talk titled Selling the Sexy Science: A New Narrative on Climate Change, will take place Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 207, Arizona State University, Tempe campus.  In today’s media, the future seems ominously uncertain. These “doomsday” narratives on climate change can serve to instill hopeless inaction, rather than spur positive societal change.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Webcasts - How to Protect Your Business from Global Megaforces

How to Protect Your Business from Global Megaforces: Top Tools for Strategic Growth and Sustainable Wealth, will take place on the 12th, 13th and 14th September 2018 11am -12.30pm PST, 20:00 - 21.30 GMT, 3pm - 4.30pm EST. The is a UN Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Heat Connects Wildfires to Climate Change

A global heat wave is fueling wildfires from South America to the Arctic Circle.  Research links climate change to heatwaves and drought both of which are important catalysts for wildfires.

As reported by the BBC a recent study suggests that climate change has made heat waves more than twice as likely in Europe. The research concludes that the European heatwave of 2003 was 500% more likely due to climate change and the so-called "Lucifer" heatwave in Eastern Europe was made 10 times more likely by climate change. Studies show how heat and drought make vegetation and trees more combustible. We are even able to link some fires -- like the Canadian wildfires of 2016 -- directly to climate change.

The summer of 2018 is on track to be one of the hottest on record and this has spawned an anomalous number of wildfires. July was the hottest months in one of the hottest years ever recorded. Early in July it was becoming apparent that this was going to be a devastating year for wildfires.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Extreme Midsummer Heat in the Northern Hemisphere

Marked by record setting heatwaves in July, this has been an unusually hot summer in the northern hemisphere. All around the world we are seeing evidence of longer and more intense heatwaves. The temperature data over the last three decades clearly indicate that the world is getting warmer and 2018 is no exception. If the trend continues this will be one of the warmest years on record alongside 2015, 2016, and 2017.

July was the hottest month in one of the hottest summers in recorded history. This follows June which was the second warmest on record. Millions of people around the world are trapped in heat domes that are causing protracted heat waves.  Concurrent record setting heat plagued cities across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

California is Burning Again

California is being ravaged by the worst wildfire seasons on record. Eight people are know to have been killed by the fires and thousands of homes have been destroyed. Megafires have ravaged The golden state in recent years 2016, 2017 and now 2018 are the three most damaging wildfire seasons in the state's history.

In recent years fires in California have killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of buildings. In 2017 the record breaking Thomas fire engulfed the southern California communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara. It burned 271,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 structures and prompted the largest deployment of fire resources in California history.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Call for Papers: IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment

The theme for the 2019 conference is: "Independence & Interdependence".It will take place Thursday, January 03, 2019 ​to Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The conference is seeking paper submissions for those who wish to present at the conference. Those who submit before August 21 can take advantage of  discounted registration rates.

Full and partial conference scholarships are available to cover registration fees for PhD students and early career academics to present at IAFOR conferences. This conference is organized in conjunction with the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Virginia Tech

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Event - International SEEDS Conference 2018 / Enabling Sustainability: Impacting all stakeholders

International SEEDS Conference 2018 will take place on September 6 & 7 at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. However, beyond the green rhetoric research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment.

Event - Transportation in the US--Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2018

Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2018 will take place on August 22-23, 2018, at the Durham Convention Center. At this event you will discover the latest and greatest in sustainable fleet technology, operations, and implementation. It will showcase biofuels, electric, natural gas, and propane.

This conference will focus on data driven decisions and technologies. With over 50 speakers and more than 40 exhibitors, this event will highlight the leading edge of sustainable fleet practices and alternative fuel opportunities.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Webinar - Ready to Rise National Call

The Webinar Ready to Rise National Call will take place on Monday, August 13, 2018 5pm PT/8pm ET in advance of the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice that will take place on September 8, 2018.

At this webinar you will hear from some of the inspiring grassroots leaders who are leading actions and events on September 8th. This conversation will get you ready and up to speed on everything that's planned for this global day of action and beyond.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sustainability Trends and Obstacles for Corporate Leaders

The Sustainability revolution is being driven by some truly innovative trends. Astute business leaders see social ills, environmental degradation and the climate crisis as both serious threats and opportunities. A growing number of organizations are adopting forward looking strategies as a competitive necessity. For public facing brands the pressure is even greater.  According to an EDF survey more than 80 percent of business leaders indicated that they believe consumers will increasingly hold companies accountable for their environmental impacts.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Course - Business and Sustainable Development at the Arctic Circle (Rovala Community College, Rovala Opisto)

Two sustainability short courses will take place starting at the end of August and ending at the end of September. What makes these courses extraordinary is the fact that they are being held in Finland at the Arctic Circle where the impacts of climate change are already pronounced. 

Rovala Community College (Rovala Opisto) in cooperation with Arctic Values is offering two relevant courses related to sustainability issues of corporate actors in the North. The venue of the 3-day-courses is in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland.  In Finnish Lapland the impacts of climate change can be perceived in every-day life.
In autumn it rains rather than snows and numerous species are on the decline as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly warming climate. Corporate actions to enforce sustainable development are crucial.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Course - Sustainable Business Strategy at the Harvard Business School

Sustainable Business Strategy will take place Sept 26, 2018 - Oct 17, 2018.  This 3 week online course is offered by at the Harvard Business School (HBX). It addresses climate change, income inequality, social injustice and other big problems of our times. You will learn how businesses can thrive and grow while simultaneously playing a major role in solving some of these big problems. You will also learn how you as an individual can make a difference. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Event - Disruptive Sustainability Technologies Summit

The Disruptive Sustainability Technologies Summit will be held on Thursday, August 23 at the Sheraton Palo Alto, CA. This conference is like no other, examining major trends in sustainability technologies and how they are likely to drive unprecedented changes inside multinational companies. Join others looking for the next big thing at this one of kind program.

Event - International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy

The 7th International Conference & Exhibition on Clean Energy (ICCE 2018) will take place Aug 6 - Aug 8, 2018, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ICCE 2018 provides a platform for researchers, scientists and Industry experts to share their work while the participants from industry can promote their products. This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from industry and institutes to interact with the their colleagues.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Innovative Re-imagining of Sustainability

We must develop innovative approaches to sustainability if we are to ensure the survival of our species.  The sad reality is that our incremental applications of sustainability has proven to be insufficient to address the civilization altering threat of climate change. Despite great strides, we are confronted with devastating political realities especially in the United States where Trump has been a major impediment to sustainability. However, it is also true that corporate efforts extend beyond the reach of this pessimal presidency.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Certificate in CSR/Sustainability

If you are interested in a meaningful career you may want to think about applying to the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability. In this "work as you learn" program you will gain core competencies for CSR/Sustainability and direct experience in a work based Capstone Project in the field. This program helps you to take your career in CSR and Sustainability to the next level.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pruitt's Murderous Legacy

While he was at the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt's war on regulations made pollution worse. This is the same pollution that is known to cause asthma, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Calling the former administrator a murderer is not left wing hysteria it is a fact borne out by clear and unmistakable evidence.