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€1.5bn green bond signals big trend in the making

€1.5bn green bond signals big trend in the making | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“NEWS: In a sign of the growing popularity of green bonds, KfW's first offering was oversubscribed (RT @tom_burke_47: #German development #bank KfW has issued a €1.5 billion (US$2 billion) #green #bond http://t.co/FaQ5P8FEno...”;
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The value of green bonds issued in 2014 passed the US$20 billion mark earlier this month, according to not-for-profit NGO the Climate Bonds Initiative. While this is only a fraction of the estimated US$45 trillion that the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis predicted would be needed by 2050 to prevent dangerous climate change, the market is growing rapidly. Institutional investors increasingly look for financial products that are resilient to climate change. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/07/16/german-development-bank-issues-e1-5bn-green-bond/#sthash.B0o1USBL.dpuf
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GECA and Banksia Foundation create new award for product sustainability

GECA and Banksia Foundation create new award for product sustainability | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has partnered with the Banksia Foundation to introduce a new award category in 2014.”
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I love this mini trend of sustainability awards popping up all over. Imagine if they had a combined, magnified voice--we need to get better and better at seeing the future not in the abstract but in actuality. The new award category, Product Sustainability through Design, Manufacture and Use Award recognises outstanding achievement in improving sustainability through the design, manufacture and commercial application of a product. In addition to new products, improvements in process or design that increase the sustainability of existing products will also be considered for the award. Read more at http://www.infolink.com.au/c/good-environmental-choice-australia-241907/geca-and-banksia-foundation-create-new-award-for-product-sustainability-n2507466#BAdtO6wJ7y2aFRfq.99
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How Cities Like Cleveland and Businesses Are Working Together to Address Climate Change

How Cities Like Cleveland and Businesses Are Working Together to Address Climate Change | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A total of 757 public-private carbon reduction drivers from around thr world were cited in a new report released by the Carbon Disclosure Project.”
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I am gathering lists of cities and business working together. My favorite is Cleveland's "Creating an Economic Engine to Create a Green City on a Blue Lake" with its urban farming, sustainability mobility, wind energy research, and 80% carbon reduction goals. Mayor Jackson is using the large group Ai Summit process to bring business and society leaders every year for ten years. Other cities on the move include: Green buildings in Chicago. This features the city working in conjunction with the Chicago Center for Green Technology. The city currently has 295 LEED certified projects. Wind energy in Corpus Christi, Texas. The city has partnered with the Port of Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University to establish America’s Wind Power Port. Xeriscaping in Denver. The city has partnered with Denver Water to make plans and design information for this water-conserving type of landscaping available to every resident. Organic food in La Farge, Wis. Organic farming co-op Organic Valley has used state, village, federal and private funding to turn the area in a sustainable dream town. There is the Kickapoo County Fair hosting sustainability workshops and more organic farms than any other area in the country. Solar in Long Beach, Calif. Both the convention center and the airport are examples of how the local government has made it easy for businesses and individuals to install solar PV systems, going so far as to provide a manual to help residents to apply for government tax credits. Landfill Rehabilitation in New York. The former site of the world’s largest landfill, is being converted into a park with remediation measures that will exceed all public health and safety regulations. At 2200 acres, Freshkills park, which will be situated on the west shore of Staten Island, will be almost three times the size of Central Park. Climate Positive Community in Oberlin, Ohio. The city and the college are working together to achieve a goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2015, and utilizing local food to meet 70 percent of demand. Sustainable engagement in Philadelphia. The cities Greenworks initiative has set sustainability goals for energy, equity, environment, economy and engagement. They have taken actions including enhanced recycling, increased use of renewables, home weatherization and tree planting.
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3rd Apple Solar Farm shows Apple Leadership and Vision

3rd Apple Solar Farm shows Apple Leadership and Vision | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Apple, the electronics wizard, has permission to establish its third solar farm in North Carolina. Apple plans to spend $55 million, to create this 17.5 MW new solar farm.”
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As many of you know, Apple was hounded by Greenpeace for years because it lagged behind tech colleagues in transitioning to a clean energy future. But then it started announcing solar farms to cover 75% its electricity use, it hired former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson to act as Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, it announced plans to become 100% powered by renewables, and it became known as more of a clean energy leader than a clean energy laggard. That trend continues.
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Is the carbon bubble about to bust?

Is the carbon bubble about to bust? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“As Grist readers, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “carbon bubble” — the idea that the oil, gas, and coal industries are overvalued in the market because that value is calculated using energy reserves that they won’t be able to sell in any future that...”
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Data from Bank of America show that oil and gas investment in the U.S. has soared to $200 billion a year. It has reached 20 percent of total U.S. private fixed investment, the same share as home building. This has never happened before in U.S. history, even during the Second World War when oil production was a strategic imperative.
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Mosaic Solar Service Package With a No Down Payment Loan

Mosaic Solar Service Package With a No Down Payment Loan | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Originally Published in the ECOreport Most Californians who want solar panels lease systems, but Mosaic hopes to change that. They are teaming up with Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), to offer a residential Solar service package with a no...”
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Mosaic has been named a top ten most innovative energy company by Fast Company in 2013 and 2014 and has received a Department of Energy SunShot grant, the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award and Verizon Wireless’ Powerful Answers Award.
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Dynamic Governance: Putting Employee Engagement Into Overdrive

Dynamic Governance: Putting Employee Engagement Into Overdrive | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Executive Director and co-founder Dee DeLuca believes dynamic governance helped create a fundamental shift in Living Well, a senior care facility in Vermont, impacting staff and residents alike.”
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Dynamic governance – also called sociocracy – is a system for decision-making, organizational and corporate governance, and project management that creates more inclusive and effective organizations. Employees at all levels make policy decisions that govern their work; the levels are linked for flow of policies, information, and feedback, bottom-up as well as top-down. “The people at the top of a company generally have a broader perspective, more long-range and strategic,” explains Sheella Mierson, a consultant for the Sociocracy Consulting Group. “People at lower levels tend to focus on more concrete specific issues based on their perspective of actually doing the work. Good decisions need both perspectives.” The staff, residents and family members at Living Well and Ethan Allen are all part of the governance and decision-making structure. Both facilities have formal and informal practices that allow elders to have a voice in making decisions. An elder council meets monthly to discuss their needs and concerns. A council member then sits at the head of the table at the monthly staff meeting to present a report. This perspective is invaluable for continuously improving the value, the care, and the business success.
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What's the Purpose of Business? To Benefit the World.

What's the Purpose of Business? To Benefit the World. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Imagine for a minute that you can invest in one of two companies: Both provide lunch to schools. Company A is very large and operates to minimize costs: it uses cheap ingredients and serves processed food that doesn’t spoil.
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According to a recent study by Deloitte of 5,000 millennials in 18 countries, respondents ranked “to improve society” as the primary purpose of business. This shift in beliefs is compelling businesses to consider not only profitability but also social impact. A business that chooses to operate like Revolution Foods will often out-compete its competitors thanks to a new generation of consumers, employees, and investors.
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Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid

Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Should energy storage be as clean as the renewable energy that it will be paired with? (Important to be organic in battery technology too?”
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Once a whole world puts it's mind on something, a shared focus, things accelerate. Think about all of the imaginative discoveries happening today focused on sustainability. Think of what we are going to witness even over the next decade. Researchers at University of Southern California are developing an all-organic, water-based battery that can be entirely synthesized (not using materials mined from the earth) and uses no metals or toxic chemicals.
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The three stages of scaling up sustainable innovation

The three stages of scaling up sustainable innovation | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
It's a long, hard road from the a-ha moment to making innovation work on a large scale. Forum for the Future sees the way.
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Stephanie Draper leads Forum for the Future’s work on the best ways to create change, focusing on system-wide projects that bring together diverse groups of people to find creative solutions to tricky challenges. Previously, she worked at the Industrial Society and the Work Foundation. She is passionate about system innovation as a route to change. This article asks the right questions: as the president of coca cola once said: it is time for all of us to step up, scale up, and speed up. But how? This is the new question for change theory. Read more from Stephanie Draper.
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When sidewalks and dance floors become energy sources: Sustainability as Enchanting Enrichment

When sidewalks and dance floors become energy sources: Sustainability as Enchanting Enrichment | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ The average person takes about 150 millions steps in a lifetime. What if we could turn all that movement into energy?”
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I love it when sustainability is approached as fun, esthetic and entirely imaginative--I call it sustainability as enchanting enrichment. “Imagine if your walk to work in the morning would power the lights for your walk home in the evening.”
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Is Altruism Good Business? Starbucks Illustrates How Integrity Creates Profits

Is Altruism Good Business? Starbucks Illustrates How Integrity Creates Profits | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
If the new Starbucks policy supports their ability to become more sustainably profitable in socially responsible ways we should be applauding them, Dr.
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Why don’t we passionately support businesses that use their creative talent to be sustainably profitable by doing the right thing, while speaking out against businesses that abuse their creative talents to find ways to be profitable at the expense of doing socially responsible things? That's the question addressed in this article, and Starbucks is the good case in point.
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100% Renewable Electricity Will Be Achieved In This German State This Year. But that's just the beginning.

100% Renewable Electricity Will Be Achieved In This German State This Year. But that's just the beginning. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Germany’s windiest area, Schleswig-Holstein, will probably achieve “100% renewable electricity” sometime this year. That is, its clean energy production will be able to supply all of its electricity consumption.”
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This state in Germany is so committed to renewables that they have a masters degree in wind energy production. In addition, their goal is not 100% renewables. It's 300%...Schleswig-Holstein has a goal to generate 300% of its electricity consumption with renewables eventually. They expect to reach 100% this year!
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Wendell Pierce Accepts Presidents Award

“missiewalker's photo on Instagram (Wendell Pierce accepts the presidents award for environmental stewardship and sustainability http://t.co/wQSD0Q2nz3)...”
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Wendell Pierce is a native of New Orleans and strives to rebuild the neighborhood in which he was raised. Ponchartrain Park Development Corp, a non-profit corporation he created to build 500 affordable and environmentally friendly homes, is committed to honoring the community’s character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. His work was featured on CNN in the documentary film “New Orleans Rising” with Soledad OʼBrien. He has also been a featured guest on CBS Morning News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Money Matters, as well as on a host of other national outlets. Wendell Pierce is recognized by film audiences for his work with directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Wim Wenders and Taylor Hackford, and universally hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically acclaimed seasons of HBO’s “The Wire.” He currently stars as Antoine Baptiste on the HBO series “Treme,” reuniting him with “The Wire’s" core creative team and HBO, recurs on the USA hit series “Suits” and concurrently stars opposite Michael J. Fox on his new NBC series “The Henrys.”
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Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change: the world can respond

Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change: the world can respond | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ABC Online Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change ABC Online The positive message from a scientific report for the UN Climate Summit is that the tough task of cutting greenhosue gas emissions to limit global temperature...”
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Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN, said the world had committed itself to limit warming to below 2°C, but not to practical ways of achieving that goal. He said: "This report is all about the practicalities. Success will be tough — the needed transformation is enormous — but is feasible, and is needed to keep the world safe for us and for future generations." Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, said: "The issue is to convince the world that the future is as important as the present. Paris 2015 may well be our last hope."
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how climate change is making the world more dangerous

how climate change is making the world more dangerous | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds (8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous http://t.co/8iBT9d0SAT)...”
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The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves. That was nearly five times as many disasters as the 743 catastrophes reported during the 1970s – and all of those weather events are influenced by climate change.
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Is a zero waste grocery store possible?

Is a zero waste grocery store possible? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Food packaging is wasteful and mostly unnecessary; sound crazy? It's not. (Is a zero waste grocery store possible?”
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zero waste at the supermarket isn't such a crazy dream; a new store in Germany is promising exactly that. The Original Unverpackt, in the Friedrichshain Kreuzberg district of Berlin, is a project of two university drop-outs, Sara Wolf and Miena Glimbovski, who have spent two years putting the concept together. They crowdfunded the project, and the idea proved so popular they are more than doubly funded. The store will source food locally, as to reduce transportation costs and energy use, and will offer many items from gravity bins (like those pictured above, which let gravity do the work of dispensing food). Containers that can be reused will be available, or better yet, bring your own. They'll also carry non-food stuff like cleaning products and personal care items. Read more: http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/is-a-zero-waste-grocery-store-possible#ixzz37M5KK1lp
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Some May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't

Some May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Business Insider You May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't Business Insider Climate change affects military readiness, strains base resilience, creates missions in new regions of the world and increases the likelihood that our...”
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The debate over climate change in the Pentagon doesn't revolve around whether it's happening, but what its consequences are — and what can be done about them. In fact, military leaders have been warning of climate change threats to national security since at least 2003. The authors of a report in 2007 told the Times the biggest change from 2007 to present was the increase in scientific certainty. (97% of climate scientists now agree climate-warming trends are very likely due to human activity). "We have to be concerned about all of the global impacts [of climate change], including here at home, where the Defense Department does have a mission in supporting civil authorities in the event of natural disasters," Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs told Defense One in May. "We have to be concerned about all of it. We have to be pragmatic about it." Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-military-2014-7#ixzz36yQjOSde
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Putting Grid Management In EV Drivers’ Hands

Putting Grid Management In EV Drivers’ Hands | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“By Beaudry Kock The smart grid will only live up to its promise if utilities and grid operators spur innovation and engagement by relinquishing their tight control of grid data and consumer energy profiles; and if consumers who can store and...”
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we need institutional reform towards an open, grassroots grid that will enable hugely capable resources like EVs and smart thermostats to reach their potential. This is what EV owners want--they want to see the ripple effects of their new Volt or Tesla....one of the reasons EVs could win out in the long run is the huge role they can play in helping the grid handle and store renewables.
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Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and... cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!!
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Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole


(http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml). They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving. 

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Researchers Encourage Use of Net Energy Analysis

Researchers Encourage Use of Net Energy Analysis | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Study: Net energy analysis — a technique that can complement conventional energy planning — should become a critical energy policy tool.
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Saying goodbye to short term financial analysis to embrace true (long term whole system actual costs) will take some analytic redesign. This Stanford Professor is doing it. “When managing complex systems, it is vitally important to have the right set of indicators to guide our decisions,” the authors concluded. “We would not drive a car without a speedometer, nor fly a plane without an altimeter. Net energy analysis can guide decision-makers at all levels, from households to governments. We believe it is time for policymakers to make greater use of this critical tool.”
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Business as an Agent of World Benefit: A World-Shaping Opportunity

Business as an Agent of World Benefit: A World-Shaping Opportunity | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“"Imagine a world of nine billion people with clean water, quality food, affordable housing and education, top-tier medical care, ubiquitous clean energy, dignified opportunity, thriving economies, and global peace and security." (Business as an Agent...”
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"Imagine a world of nine billion people with clean water, quality food, affordable housing and education, top-tier medical care, ubiquitous clean energy, dignified opportunity, thriving economies, and global peace and security."
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100%: Scotland on target to produce ALL of its electricity from green sources by 2020

100%: Scotland on target to produce ALL of its electricity from green sources by 2020 | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“First Minister says we're on track to produce all of our own power from renewable sources within ten years as he opens two windfarms in South Ayrshire today.”
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Places like Germany and Scotland are starting to speak in terms of 100% renewables not as some kind of epic feat but everyday normal.
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LeaderShip for Sustainability: The Us Chamber is Inspired by the Business Case for Sustainability Innovation

LeaderShip for Sustainability: The Us Chamber is Inspired by the Business Case for Sustainability Innovation | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“LeaderShip for Sustainability 3BL Media (press release) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to offer the LeaderShip for Sustainability training on July 30 – August 1 in Washington D.C.”
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is excited to offer the LeaderShip for Sustainability training on July 30 – August 1 in Washington D.C. The three-day training program, developed by Transitioning to Green, is perfect for executives and managers who want to learn how to lead their businesses successfully into a future that’s built on a triple-bottom-line foundation of people-profits-planet. Early Bird June 30, register today!
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Executive Leadership in Sustainability | Yale School Of Management

“A panel of Yale alumni who are shaping or leading organizational change related to issues of social and environmental sustainability.”
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My son Matt went to Yale and testifies to how good this group is. The webinar is coming up, looking at the business potentials of disruptive environmental products, services, an new technologies.
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