Monday, October 29, 2018

Live Stream - Is It up to Business to Save the Planet?

LIVE-STREAMED FROM MIT Critical Questions Live: Is It up to Business to Save the Planet? Thursday, November 1, 2018 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT. If you’re unable to watch the live-stream, still register!

How much can we expect business to lead on sustainability? What should be a company’s biggest priority: serving its shareholders, providing jobs, or addressing the health of our planet?

Often, these goals are at odds. This event brings together, in a special forum live-streamed from the MIT campus, two leading voices in the sustainability debate. MIT’s Yossi Sheffi and sustainability expert and author Andrew Winston will debate and discuss the role of for-profit businesses in supporting — and investing in — sustainability goals. You’ll be able to ask questions and participate remotely.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Event - 2018 Corporate Citizenship Conference

This annual event will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to Thursday, November 15, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, District of Columbia.  This event is held in conjunction with  the 19th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards.

The theme of this year’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 2018 Corporate Citizenship Conference is Better Together. At this event business leaders and cross-sector partners in Washington, D.C. to explore the possibilities when we come together.

Event - The BSR Conference 2018: A Conference to Redefine Sustainable Business

The event will take place November 6-8, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The annual BSR Conference is one of the longest-running and most well-regarded sustainability conferences.  Participants will attend from around the world, including senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and governments. In total more than 800 people are expected to attend. There will be 100 inspiring speakers participating in 60 sessions and events.

Friday, October 26, 2018

How Climate Change Could Hurt Southern Republicans in the Midterms

Global warming has been a non-issue for most Republican voters, but that might change in the forthcoming midterm elections. On November 6th we may see the environment emerge as an important issue for some voters in Trump country. People in southern states are coming to terms with the fact that warming seas are causing toxic algal blooms, violent storms and flooding. This is cause for concern for the GOP who fear that their climate deception could be exposed by anyone seriously interested in examining the facts.

People are coming to the realization that planetary warming is a factor in both storms and toxic algae. This in turn exposes the irrationality of Republican resistance to climate science.  What makes it even more interesting is that these hurricanes and algal blooms are striking in the heart of Trump country. North Carolina and the Florida are red states that helped Trump to win the electoral college in 2016 and some of these voters are beginning to have buyers remorse.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Climate Economics: Trump and Republicans Ignore the Math

Neither Donald Trump nor Republican legislators acknowledge the benefits of climate action. They oppose the green economy while increasing US emissions that exacerbate climate change. They have increased the extraction fossil fuels while ending decades of bipartisan support for energy efficiency. The pretexts they put forward to eschew climate action are two-fold. First they question the science proving the anthropogenic origins of climate change and second they ignore cost benefit analyses. Despite the self-serving narrative offered by the GOP, a large body of scientific evidence unequivocally concludes that humans are responsible for climate change and a slew of studies demonstrate the benefits of climate action.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Trump and Hurricanes are like Oil and Water

Trump does not do hurricanes well. In fact it would be fair to say that Trump relates to hurricanes the way oil mixes with water. Maybe it has something to do with his lack of empathy, perhaps it has to do with the fact that every extreme weather event exposes the irrationality of his rejection of climate science and highlights the insanity of this administration's energy agenda.  A succession of once in a lifetime storms provides tangible support for the veracity of climate change.  However, Trump is not one to accept reality unless it suits him. When he is confronted with the facts Trump does what he does best, he lies.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Event - EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

EHS&S Management Forum, October 23-26, Louisville Downtown Marriott, Louisville, KY, is NAEM’s annual conference for EHS and sustainability managers, directors and vice presidents. The 26th Annual EHS&S Management Forum

This year's EHS and Sustainability Management Forum will offer five tracks, a focus on EHS&S Business Strategy, Leadership and EHS&S Tools

NAEM's EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is the largest annual gathering for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. This year's program will offer attendees 5 tracks of breakout sessions emphasizing alignment of EHS and business strategy, leadership excellence, and tools and tactics for day-to-day EHS excellence.

Event - Net Impact Annual Conference: outside the lines

Net Impact Annual Conference, will take place on October 25-28,  2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center, in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the annual gathering of purpose-driven university students and the organizations seeking to harness their talents after graduation. This year’s theme is “outside the lines."

Each year Net Impact brings leaders together for a dynamic exchange of ideas about how to tackle our toughest social and environmental problems. Today's challenges are more complex than any one person or organization can solve. Collaboration is essential to developing innovative solutions to change the world.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Event - New Metrics: The ROI of Sustainable Business

New Metrics, will take place on October 29-31, 2018 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, in Philadelphia, PA. is a geek fest for those steeped in the monitoring, measurement and reporting functions surrounding sustainability. The goal of the event, is to “translate social and environmental impact into corporate financial performance indicators,” according to Sustainable Brands.

Discover the ROI of Sustainable Business and learn to measure the risk and impact of previously unmeasured forms of value with thought leaders using the newest credible tools and solutions. Translate social and environmental impact into corporate financial performance indicators to help your business succeed.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Implications of Trump's Reprehensible Rejection of Climate Science

Like the Republican party he now owns, Donald Trump derides science because it exposes his ignorance. The enormous body of scientific evidence makes it impossible for thinking people to deny the veracity of anthropogenic climate change. Those who seek to malign climate science are guilty of an egregious lie that jeopardizes national security and compromises people's health and well being. It also exacerbates divisions by fraying the unifying fabric rational thought.

Trump rejects science for the same reasons he maligns the press. Eradicating fact based narratives give him license to enact an agenda that is at odds with the national interest. His obfuscation serves corporate interests, especially that of the fossil fuel industry which is the single largest industrial contributor to the climate crisis.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Attribution Science Connecting Hurricane Florence to Climate Change

We can now saw with ever increasing confidence that climate change is making storms more severe and more frequent and the situation will only worsen as the planet continues to get hotter. Advances in attribution science are making it clear that climate change is fueling deadly extreme weather events.

The basic physics (the laws of thermodynamics) connecting climate change to extreme weather are well known. Warmer oceans cause more evaporation and a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. This in turn increases rainfall and Hurricane Florence is a good example.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Best Evidence Yet that Climate Tipping Points Threaten to Push Us Past the Point of No Return

A slew of studies confirm that we are nearing tipping points from which we may not be able to recover. Common sense calls for urgent action and if we act soon there may still be time. However, the hotter it gets the more likely it is that we will surpass tipping points that will accelerate warming past a point of no return. The most recent IPCC report reaffirms that we are teetering perilously on the cusp of imminent turning points.  A recently published study in the Journal of Earth System Dynamics also concludes that we are rapidly approaching a point of no return. The study is titled, "The point of no return for climate action: effects of climate uncertainty and risk tolerance".

Monday, October 15, 2018

IPCC Study Offers Another Dose of Climate Reality

New research reaffirms that we are teetering on the cusp of a man-made climate calamity. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warns that governments must take urgent action to avoid "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". The effects of catastrophic warming includes cataclysmic flooding from sea level rise, more extreme weather, wildfires and food shortages.

The report warns that by 2030 we will will breech the upper threshold limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, a level of warming deemed catastrophic  The world is already two thirds of the way there having warmed by 1 degree C since preindustrial norms and the Arctic has already warmed by 1.5 C.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Event - The Paris Design Summit

This event will take place on February 20 - 22, 2019 in Paris, France. It is the largest exhibition of sustainable design products and services offered at the heart of an international and interdisciplinary forum.

The Paris Design Summit 2019 takes real action to demonstrate the power of design to deal with contemporary issues. Professionals, academics, international actors, thinkers and policy makers from urban planning, architecture, engineering, design and other domains will come together to share at all levels – from students to experts in the field – a range of information, proofs of concepts and game-changing metrics regarding better actions locally and globally.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Nobel Prize for Climate Economics and Government Investments

Two US economist were jointly awarded the Nobel memorial prize for economics for addressing two of the most "basic and pressing" issues of our times. One economist demonstrated the way government investments boost economic growth and the other was recognized for his work on the relationship between the economy and climate change.

William Nordhaus and Paul Romer were recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences which said the two had "significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge."

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Why Kavanaugh's Confirmation Matters Less than you Think

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed on the US Supreme Court thanks to the strident support of Republicans who were nonplussed by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, corroborated reports of excessive drinking, and his partisan tirade in the Senate. This is a sad time for those who support gender equality and environmental protections. It is also a dangerous time for a bitterly divided nation.

Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski are two Senators who deserve credit for putting country ahead of their personal interests. They voted against Kavanaugh even though it will likely prove politically costly.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Celebrating Oxymorons: Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day

Although they co-occur, in many respects Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving are diametrically opposed to each other. While Canadian Thanksgiving is a harvest festival celebrating nature's bounty, Columbus Day marks the start of our systematic destruction of the new world. Monday October 8th is Canadian Thanksgiving, a time to be grateful, it is also Columbus day in most parts of the new world. It is hard to reconcile the start of our exploitation of the Americas and the expression of gratitude for the bountiful harvests nature provides. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Event - UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Paris Climate Finance

The 4th Climate Finance Day and the UN Environment Finance Initiative’s biennial Global Roundtable will take place on November 26 - 28, 2018, in Paris, France. UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE, are joining forces to stage three days of action on sustainable finance in the city where decisive action on climate change was finally taken in 2015. Finance for Tomorrow and UNEP FI are co-organizing their two flagship events which together will be the major global rendez-vous in 2018 dedicated to mobilizing the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system.

Event - The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2018

The 6th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will take place on November, 14-16, 2018 in Hong Kong. The SOS 2018 Theme is"Ocean Sustainable Development - Connecting Asia and the World". This is the only annual, international, multi-sectoral, business event dedicated to sustainable ocean development.

SOS provides a global platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges.

Event - BSR Conference: A New Blueprint for Business

The BSR Conference 2018 will take place November 6 – 8, 2018 in New York, NY. The Conference gathers leaders from business, civil society, and the public sector to explore bold sustainability leadership and big thinking. We are living in a time of unprecedented change. New technologies, shifting cultural norms, evolving economic structures, and unprecedented environmental threats are reshaping the planet.

Event - Environmental Education Conference (EECOM)

EECOM 2018 Environmental Education Conference will take place October 18 - 21, 2018 in Ktunaxa Nation, BC's Kootenay Rockies (5 minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport) at St. Eugene Mission Resort, Ktunaxa Nation in BC’s Kootenay Rockies. From coast to coast to coast, over 300 educators will have the opportunity to gather to learn, share and connect at this made-in-Canada environmental education conference.

St. Eugene was selected as the location for this event because of its retreat style setting, beautiful natural environment, ownership by the Ktunaxa Nation and commitment to environmental sustainability. St. Eugene Mission Resort is owned by several Ktunaxa communities: Tobacco Plains), Lower Kootenay and Kyaknuq the Shuswap Indian Band.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Forest School in Ontario Off to a Great Start

Teaching kids in nature may be our best hope for the future.  There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of nature for both students and teachers. Kids who are taught outdoors appear to perform better than those who are raised in a more traditional classroom settings. It is also apparent that nature provides a raft of psychological benefits not the least of which is a general sense of well-being. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Climate Change is a Women's Issue and so is the Clean Economy

In terms of climate change impacts women have the most to lose and in terms of engaging climate action they have the most to gain. Women are the sex most likely to suffer from the effects of climate change and they have been shown to be better environmental stewards than their male counterparts.

Women are on the front lines of climate change and they are have made major contributions to both environmentalism and sustainability.  However, there is a vast potential that has yet to be fully unleashed.