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Solar Roadways

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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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Target, Walmart Get Behind Natural Brands in Made to Matter

Target, Walmart Get Behind Natural Brands in Made to Matter | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Brandchannel - always branding. always on.
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Target has seen a 20-percent growth in natural and organic products, which 97 percent of its shoppers purchase in some form or another. Walmart, meanwhile, created a sustainability index for hundreds of product categories and has pushed its suppliers to eliminate or reduce 10 toxic chemicals from beauty products, household cleaners and cosmetics. Similar commitments have been made by Avon and Procter & Gamble. “We need to move faster toward that goal because the expectations are changing,” said Rob Kaplan, Walmart’s director of product sustainability. “We’re looking for our suppliers to demonstrate voluntary leadership and to make commitments and to move from a conversation to action.”
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Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape and Demonstrate "design the New and Eclipse the Old"

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape and Demonstrate "design the New and Eclipse the Old" | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans.”
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Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans. Fights are erupting across the United States over the future rules for renewable power. Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset. A reckoning is at hand, and nowhere is that clearer than in Germany. Even as the country sets records nearly every month for renewable power production, the changes have devastated its utility companies, whose profits from power generation have collapsed. A similar pattern may well play out in other countries that are pursuing ambitious plans for renewable energy. Some American states, impatient with legislative gridlock in Washington, have set aggressive goals of their own, aiming for 20 or 30 percent renewable energy as soon as 2020.
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""Humanity has been given a gift..."~Michael Brune

""Humanity has been given a gift..."~Michael Brune | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“"Humanity has been given a gift..."~Michael Brune, @sierraclub |time to invest in clean energy ~technology is there x http://t.co/cnMw1ljNpP”;
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It's no longer a question whether we can but if we will. The endless supply of clean, renewable energy we have at our fingertips is a gift of enormous economic importance--this is the mindset of appreciative intelligence, and Michael Brune, has it.
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One More To Prove 100% is Happening: Polish Town Gets 100% Renewable Electricity

One More To Prove 100% is Happening: Polish Town Gets 100% Renewable Electricity | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Polish town of Kisielice has received the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014 for its clean energy leadership. It is 100% powered by renewable energy (wind and biomass, to be specific).”
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One by one cities and towns around the world are demonstrating 100% is possible, economically sound, and long term profitable. Praised by Jury member Fiona Harvey due to its variety of technologies,Poland's Kisielice continues on the path towards energy independence. RenewEconomy reports: “A third wind farm of 24 MW is currently under construction and already partly in operation. Later this year, the town will announce a tender for the purchase and installation of the region’s first solar photovoltaic plant.”
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These smart new 'solar islands' could keep solar markets booming

These smart new 'solar islands' could keep solar markets booming | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A new concept for a floating solar plant in Switzerland promises to generate more energy than other systems, an innovation which could keep momentum going on the world's fast-growing solar industry for years to come.”
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Solar photovoltaic (PV) is booming, leading clean energy records that are being set worldwide: in the period between 2000 and 2011, it was “the fastest‐growing renewable power technology worldwide”, according to the International Energy Agency. And the trend is set to continue, as the report states “under extreme assumptions solar energy could provide up to one-third of the world’s final energy demand after 2060”. WHY SOLAR? The figures are unequivocal. The amount of solar energy that falls on the earth’s surface in just 40 minutes equals the total annual energy consumption of all the world’s people, says Nature’s chief editor Oliver Morton. That also means that in one day Earth is hit by as much energy as we consume in 27 years.
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Some Good Global Change News for a Change: Ozone Hole Closing Up Thanks to Human Cooperation and Global Action

Some Good Global Change News for a Change: Ozone Hole Closing Up Thanks to Human Cooperation and Global Action | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The world united to combat the ozone hole, can we do the same for climate change? David Biello reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com”
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The ozone hole is healing. That's according to the latest assessment by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme. The ozone hole had been growing for decades over Antarctica. But the world recognized the problem and took cooperative "systemic" action more than a quarter-century ago. The 1987 Montreal Protocol phased out the use of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, responsible. With the ozone-damaging compounds gone, the layer had a chance to recover and the hole is no longer growing. A bonus: the phase-out also helped slow global warming. Because CFCs are also powerful greenhouse gases. In fact, the agreement to address the ozone hole has actually cut five times the greenhouse gas emissions as has the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming. The Montreal Protocol, just as the global eradication of smallpox did, shows that the world can come together to deal with global change collaborations. The protocol also illustrates that actions may require decades to yield results. Which drives home the need to address our climate action now.
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How Tennant sought to flourish through innovation

How Tennant sought to flourish through innovation | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
"Sustaining" isn't enough. Businesses need to thrive. Here's the mindset to understand and embrace.
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Tennant is the kind of industry leading star that will be featured at our Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit October 15-17th. This article by Chis Laszlo demonstrates the business case for something beyond sustainability as "less bad"-- it's about what's next. It's about aiming higher. It's about the flourishing enterprise, and the ranks are growing. How to get started on a new path It is time to recognize that narrow short-term ROI calculations for environmental performance and social responsibility are no longer enough. We must change who leaders are being, not only what they are doing. Not surprisingly, companies already are demonstrating that being an agent of world benefit can give a big boost to the bottom line. Google, General Mills, Fairmount Santrol, Clarke and GOJO Industries are among the new breed proving the business value of full-spectrum flourishing, starting with the inner well-being of their people. Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management will host its third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit from Oct. 15 to 17. H. Chris Killingstad from Tennant will be there. Top image of flourishing tree by Porojnicu Stelian courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Sustainability Offers Leading Manufacturers Path to 'Flourish' | Growth Strategies content from IndustryWeek

Sustainability Offers Leading Manufacturers Path to 'Flourish' | Growth Strategies content from IndustryWeek | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
North America's future in manufacturing will be fueled by innovation. Companies that can engage their workforce in sustainable, entrepreneurial endeavors can not only survive but flourish.
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I was recently interviewed by Industry Week and they will be covering our Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Here is an excerpt from the interview...it picks up with the Fairmount Santrol story of how sustainability and the high engagement AI Design Summit--where you bring 600 or more stakeholders in the room to design sustainable value opportunities--is igniting Fairmount's industry leading success....Here is where the article picks up:

 

At Fairmount Santrol (formerly Fairmount Minerals), which produces sand and sand products for oil and gas exploration and other markets, Cooperrider in 2005 conducted an Appreciative Inquiry exercise with more than 300 employees as well as external stakeholders such as customers and community leaders. Appreciative inquiry is an approach to organizational change that is based on discovering the strengths and aspirations of the organization through collaborative exercises involving large groups of stakeholders. That led to the development of Fairmount's sustainable development ideals and guiding principles.

"Our strength as a business is inherently linked to our sustainability strategy," said Chuck Fowler, a former Fairmount CEO and now a director. "Fairmount Santrol's ability to proactively manage social and environmental risks and extract value from sustainability opportunities helped to position our organization as an attractive investment."

In fact, Fairmount on August 20 announced it was considering an IPO, which Reuters reported could value the company at more than $6 billion.

"Every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry-leading innovation, eco-entrepreneurship and new sources of value," says Cooperrider. And he emphasizes that a key element in taking on these challenges of innovation and more profitable production is an engaged workforce. Companies that embrace sustainability will flourish, says Cooperrider, because their business goals and activities produce "a sense of pride and purpose and inspiration in the workforce. They are on fire. They love their company."


Look for IndustryWeek’s reports from “Flourish & Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit,” which will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.



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Rethinking How We Think About Climate Change

Rethinking How We Think About Climate Change | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Beyond politics and paralysis lies a way forward—to action.”
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Human beings do not change until they see a future design (or way forward) that they value so much that they will let go of past patterns. “If you show people there is some way of responding to the problem that’s consistent with who they are, then they’re more likely to see the problem,” Kahan says. Kahan’s own research has shown that people who might be identified as technophiles are more likely to concede that climate change is a problem if they are given information about possible technological fixes, such as geoengineering. So instead of trying to nail the "problem" we should be nourishing the opportunity. You do not change things by fighting existing reality but by emerging a desired future. There is the place we can agree. When the new is so compelling and valued, we will let go of the old, it will become irrelevant. This is the theory of appreciative inquiry, in this case, applied to climate change. Waypower is more important than willpower.
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A 10-step storytelling process to create abundance in your business

A 10-step storytelling process to create abundance in your business | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Epic content marketing is easier than you think when you apply these simple 10 steps of the Story Cycle to craft and telling compelling stories that sell.”
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The power of stories is well known in leadership. But what about methods for articulating your "Do good. Do well" story. Here is a powerful tool, and it's fun to do in multistakeholder configurations--yes, bring you customers, communities, and constituencies into the room together. And when you combine this with appreciative inquiry philosophy the energy in the room soars and collaborative capacities magnify.
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Tesla's Net Positive Gigafactory is Coming Soon

Tesla's Net Positive Gigafactory is Coming Soon | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some. Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some. there's enough renewable energy to run the plant with some to spare," Lombardo wrote in wrote in a recent blog. The factory, preparation for which has already begun at the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center, will be shaped like a diamond. The diamond shape, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, better fits the contour of the surrounding environment so that less dirt has to be removed to build it. The factory is also aligned on true north so that solar panels on its roof are exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight possible, Musk said. "This factory will produce its own energy as well. Through a combination of geothermal, wind and solar it will produce all the energy it needs," Musk said. "So it'll be sort of a self-contained factory." Renewable ROI More than half of Fortune 100 companies collectively saved more than $1.1B annually by reducing carbon emissions and rolling out renewable energy projects over the past year, according to a recent report titled "Power Forward 2.0." Collectively, 43% of Fortune 500 companies, or 215 in all, have also set targets in one of three categories: greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. When narrowed to just the Fortune 100, 60% of the companies have set the same clean energy goals. Last week, Tesla announced it would build its factory outside of Reno, Nevada. Using conservative estimates, the Gigafactoy's trifecta of renewable energy sources could generate more than 2,900MWh of renewable electricity daily, which amounts to 20% more than it needs, according to Tom Lombardo, a professor of engineering and technology at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill. "These are conservative estimates on production and worst-case estimates on consumption, and it's clear that there's enough renewable energy to run the plant with some to spare," Lombardo wrote in wrote in a recent blog. The factory, preparation for which has already begun at the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center, will be shaped like a diamond. The diamond shape, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, better fits the contour of the surrounding environment so that less dirt has to be removed to build it. The factory is also aligned on true north so that solar panels on its roof are exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight possible, Musk said. "This factory will produce its own energy as well. Through a combination of geothermal, wind and solar it will produce all the energy it needs," Musk said. "So it'll be sort of a self-contained factory." Renewable ROI More than half of Fortune 100 companies collectively saved more than $1.1B annually by reducing carbon emissions and rolling out renewable energy projects over the past year, according to a recent report titled "Power Forward 2.0." Collectively, 43% of Fortune 500 companies, or 215 in all, have also set targets in one of three categories: greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. When narrowed to just the Fortune 100, 60% of the companies have set the same clean energy goals.
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This Part of the Green Energy Revolution Is Not Being Televised: Cleveland's 100% Renewable Energy Offering

This Part of the Green Energy Revolution Is Not Being Televised: Cleveland's 100% Renewable Energy Offering | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
This summer, 12 major corporations publicly identified policy roadblocks and called for new opportunities for collaboration with utilities and energy suppliers to increase their ability to buy clean, renewable energy....
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Gritty, green, and galvanizing--that's what Mayor Jackson of Cleveland is all about. Next week the Mayor is host to the 6th annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit; its a collective impact oriented summit with hundreds of city, community and corporate leaders in the room, using Appreciative Inquiry and design thinking planning tools.  Former Marine Col. "Puck" Mykelby who is calling for America to unite around a new "U.S. grand strategy" to lead the transition to a sustainable global system will speak at next week's summit and says: "Cleveland is doing it right....showing all of us what real democracy is about and how to turn sustainability into an innovation engine for dignified jobs, empowerment of people, and an economy that can move toward prosperity instead of contained depression."   Here is the website if you are interested in attending or reporting on the event.

http://www.sustainablecleveland.org/

  

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Clean Energy Economy: 2.7 Million Green Jobs, 40% Fewer Emissions

Clean Energy Economy: 2.7 Million Green Jobs, 40% Fewer Emissions | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Hey everybody – here’s a great idea: Let’s cut American greenhouse gas emissions 40% and energy demand 30% then create 2.7 million jobs while lowering the national unemployment rate 1.5% Oh, and by the way, this will only cost 1.2% of the current...”
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Let’s cut American greenhouse gas emissions 40% and energy demand 30% then create 2.7 million jobs while lowering the national unemployment rate 1.5%. Now it gets better – these are green jobs, and renewable energy is the key to unlocking it all. Read on!
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CalSTRS announces big boost in clean Investments

CalSTRS announces big boost in clean Investments | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“California State Teachers' Retirement System plans to more than double its clean energy and technology investments — to $3.7 billion from $1.4 billion over the next five years.”
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CalSTRS' current green allocation includes more than $500 million in private equity investments in solar and wind energy projects located principally in the United States and Europe, and almost $200 million in infrastructure investments in solar, wind and hydro energy generation and transmission assets located in countries such as Brazil, Chile and the United Kingdom.
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Unlimited Clean Water and Clean Energy

Unlimited Clean Water and Clean Energy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Showing The World How To Purify Toxic Water Supplies, Create Hydroelectricity, And Save Lives (Endless clean water and clean energy using existing technology. Purifying wastewater and agriculture run off to...”
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Crowdfunding is inspiring business as an agent of world benefit...By utilizing a proprietary and programmable blend of advanced purification media, along with the next generation of germicidal technology, this startup is promising to be able to deliver pure, inexpensive water from any source. What an exciting time to be in business. Entrepreneurs like this are changing the great game of business.
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The Wheel Turns, The Boat Rocks, The Sea Rises: Change In A Time Of Climate Change

The Wheel Turns, The Boat Rocks, The Sea Rises: Change In A Time Of Climate Change | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ When we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a stable system.”
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Renewable energy has become more efficient, technologically sophisticated, and cheaper — the price of solar power in relation to the energy it generates has plummeted astonishingly over the past three decades and wind technology keeps getting better. A Stanford University scientist has proposed a plan to allow each of the 50 states to run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.
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Bobby Jindal's Shift on Climate-Change Skepticism - and how clean tech Is overcoming partisan politics

“ThinkProgress Bobby Jindal's Soft Climate-Change Skepticism National Journal If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to be the next president, he faces a delicate political task in articulating his position on climate change.”
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A recent article in Clean Technia shows a miracle in the making-- both sides of the aisle wanting renewables. There’s no getting around the fact that clean energy took a popularity hit, particularly among Republicans, with the fossil lobby’s 2011 subterfuge: the phony Solyndra non-”scandal.” We can now say with confidence that there was never any “there there” (“hat tip” to normally pro-fossil fuels Joe Nocera, who wrote that the entire “scandal” was “phony”). But the constant drumbeat by the iron triangle of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Daryl Issa, Fox News and the fossil lobby pushed clean energy into the culture wars. The effect was to cut into clean energy’s previously sky-high support among Republicans. The result was upwards of 80% of negative ads in the 2012 presidential cycle focused on attacking clean energy, and the clown show of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Koch Industries) introducing bills to cut energy “subsidies” that left the fossil lobby’s vast welfare check largely in place. Perhaps the apex of the anti-cleantech stupidity was Mitt Romney campaigning by mocking “wind turbines on a car,” (note that Romney lost wind-rich Iowa). Romney also falsely claimed that “about half” of the clean energy companies that received DOE loans had gone “out of business,” while ridiculing President Obama for trying “to heal the planet” by supporting clean energy. But 2014 might be the year when we turned a corner on this madness, because politicians see that clean energy is a political winner. Here is another example. A shift is happening.
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Sustainable design saving money, creating health.

Sustainable design saving money, creating health. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“How sustainable health care facilities are providing bottom-line benefits for health care organizations (Sustainable performance | Hospitals size up the value proposition of going green.”
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Hospitals are awakening to a Walmart idea: sustainability pays. And there is more than ROI. It's also, in the health setting, an agent of healing. “You can’t afford not to [have sustainable facilities],” says Mark Webb, senior vice president of facilities administration, University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. Last year, the health system opened a six-story clinical pavilion on its Robert B. Green Campus in San Antonio, earning a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. The clinical pavilion includes efficient equipment and building operating systems designed to use 33 percent less energy than required by code, reflective paving and roofing materials that reduce the heat-island effect and a system for harvesting condensate from the central energy plant for power generation and landscape irrigation, among other sustainability features. The health system expects to receive LEED Gold as well for similar measures taken in the design of the 10-story, 420-bed Sky Tower at University Hospital, which opened this April. For either project, “we didn’t do anything with a payback over three years,” says Webb. MaineGeneral Health anticipates a similar payback period for sustainable features of the Alfond Center for Health, a 640,000-square-foot, 192-bed replacement hospital in Augusta, a LEED Gold project that was completed under budget. The hospital’s heat-recovery system is expected to pay for itself in a year and the high-performance exterior, which Stein says was designed to be “as efficient as possible,” within three years. The geothermal heat pump system at Methodist Olive Branch (Miss.) Hospital, a 210,000-square-foot, 100-bed facility, was “a big cost” for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn., says Richard Kelley, PE, LEED AP BD+C, project manager, corporate facilities management. The system, which involved drilling 200 bore holes 300 feet deep, has a life-cycle cost estimated at upward of $600,000. But with energy savings projected to result in a five-year return on investment, “we could do it with a clear conscience,” Kelley says. Through a combination of conservation and renewable energy production, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., is working to become energy-independent by the end of 2014, a project that “saves the organization millions and millions of dollars every year,” says Kari Houser, director of facility planning, construction and project management. The system’s new hospital, the Legacy Building, opened in January in La Crosse. The 430,000-square-foot, 325-bed hospital is designed to operate at 115 kBtu per square foot per year, which the hospital calculates will save about $660,000 annually at today’s energy rates; this is compared with benchmark median hospitals in the region, which require 250 kBtu per square foot per year. The Legacy Building’s energy savings are due in large part to a geothermal heat pump system that comprises 150 wells each 400 feet deep. Over the 50- to 100-year life of the Legacy Building, energy, water and labor costs will only go up, making the hospital’s efficiency measures even more valuable, Houser notes. “We’re making decisions that will help reduce the cost of care,” she says.
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Milan’s Vertical Forest

Milan’s Vertical Forest | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) will be the greenest building in Milan when completed, which is one of Europe’s most polluted cities.”
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I call it "sustainability as enchanting enrichment." This forest, right in the heart of one of europe's most polluted cities is more than a statement. It will be an economic positive. The living bio-canopy also absorbs CO2, oxygenates the air, moderates extreme temperatures and lowers noise pollution, providing aesthetic beauty and lowering living costs. This is an example of flourishing imagination. ...it's an idea we are advancing at: http://globalforumbawb.com/ Come join us and 100s of amazing CEOs, authors, innovators--and a Nobel Prize winner.
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A New U.S. Grand Strategy

A New U.S. Grand Strategy | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Why walkable communities, sustainable economics, and multilateral
diplomacy are the future of American power.
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Why Grand Strategy? Why Now?

 

This Foreign Policy article is the most important essay I've read in a very long time. How many of us believe that our country can align around a nationally unifying purpose that will reignite our economy, create long term security, and help lead the global transition to a sustainable global system?

 

This article is unequivocal: America can do it--once again. We've done it before. Yet it requires a new understanding of the discipline of grand strategy, not just as a concept but as a non-partisan way to think clearly and collectively about the future.  

 

Drawing on the article, here is a summary of key points.

 

Grand strategy, as Patrick Doherty and Marine Col. "Puck" Mykleby describe it, is the plan by which each generation of Americans creates the global conditions necessary to live the Preamble to the Constitution. In practice, it integrates our economic engine, our governing institutions, and our foreign policy to meet the great global challenge of the era. The American way of grand strategy is to let our economy do the heavy lifting, an innovation that led us through in both World War II and the Cold War.

 

Sadly, the situation facing America is as dire as during those two 20th century strategic challenges:

 

->Rapid, global economic inclusion is driving strategic levels resource competition among major economies;

 

->Ecosystem depletion is changing the climate and reducing the carrying capacity of the planet.

 

->A contained depression, or debt-cycle deleveraging, has trapped the US in an austerity spiral.

 

->A resilience deficit has left our systems, supply chains and infrastructure buffeted by shock and disruption.

 

Worse,  as this article articulates, these four core challenges have fused into a “wicked problem;” to solve for any one of these challenges requires solving for the set. Fail, and as conditions degrade in across the nation, the American experiment in republican self-government will suffer extraordinary damage.

 

And yet, America’s opportunity for generating prosperity, security and sustainability are astonishing. We have enormous pools of pent up demand waiting to be tapped. We have great and rising levels of capital sitting on the sidelines waiting for reasonable returns over the medium and long term, and as we unwind and reprogram stranded hydrocarbon assets, we will see mainstream global capital and investment align with this global demand—and America’s strategic imperatives.

 

This simple economic formula: “Demand + Capital – Stranded Assets” can transform American markets to become the foundation of a prosperous, secure and sustainable global economy.

 

But to navigate these treacherous waters requires a grand strategy designed for the 21st Century. It is not optional; grand strategy is our solemn responsibility as citizens committed to self-governance. America has done it before; our generation must once again answer the call.

 

It can be done. A Theory of Change

 

Societies undergo large-scale adaptation when leadership recognizes challenges and opportunities and resolves to build a compelling alternative path to a better future. In the 20th Century, hot and cold war provided the impetus for America’s grand strategic adaptation. Today’s strategic challenge, however, is not an evil empire, and is not likely to present itself as an analogous threat. There will not be a single defining shock or war providing the Executive branch the mandate for sweeping national change. Rather, the interconnected, interdependent world in which we live will produce shocks, crises and disruptions with an ever-increasing frequency and severity, further exacerbating anxiety, inequality, and the erosion of our social fabric.

 

In other words, submits Doherty,  America is experiencing a version of the “boiled frog” syndrome; the incremental degradation of our national situation is insufficient to override politics-as-usual and engender a decisive national response. We believe we must find another way to create a political mandate for a new grand strategy that does not rely on the two-party system. In broadest terms, this means the formation of a politically and regionally diverse, outside-the-beltway coalition. That coalition must have the economic, moral, and grassroots power necessary to create the safe space for elected politicians to embrace both the narrative of how we got here and a grand strategy for moving us forward.

 

Instead of waiting for its Pearl Harbor, this coalition must leverage the perturbations and the opportunities in this era, the sticks and the carrots of our age, to inspire elected leaders to action while demonstrating to citizens and market participants that their prosperity and security is served best by a decisive strategic shift. We know that shocks and crises are already loaded into the system and will create the kinds of plastic moments needed to end our present inertia. We know that global economic inclusion and demographic change at home is the kind of wealth-creating opportunity not seen since the end of WWII. We must take advantage of these conditions. They will not last long.

 

A concerted effort to build top-down consensus and bottom-up support is therefore essential. What follows is the overview of how we can take the discrete steps today to launch that effort.

 

Grand Strategy Project: Major Phases to 2020

 

The Grand Strategy Project’s vision is for America to adopt and implement a grand strategy of sustainability by 2020. We cannot waste any more time. The Second World War grand strategy took two years for a super majority to adopt. The Cold War, seven. We’ve done it before and our Constitution has not changed so much that we cannot do it again.

 

To realize this vision a broad coalition of Americans must create the circumstances in which Congress, the Executive, and a durable super-majority of the American people are united in their desire to pursue a strategy in which our economic engine, governing institutions and foreign policy are delivering prosperity and security while staying within the planet’s material and ecosystem boundaries as well as our own values as a people and a nation.

 

The scale and ambition of this effort are extraordinary and any effort at planning a strategic transition will require a flexible, adaptive, and well-resourced campaign. A preliminary assessment of the likely phases, objectives, targets and activities follows, but will require significant iteration with a broader set of stakeholders and professional campaign staff.

 

To succeed, this project has to combine ideas, consensus, and action. Our iterative process involves the following loop: refine the grand strategy, extend the circle of consensus, spend political capital to enact strategic change, refine our implementation plan, and repeat. Our goal will be to establish a governing simple majority aligned with a grand strategy of sustainability; a majority that will then enact and execute the statutory, organizational, and administrative changes necessary for implementation, inspiring the durable super-majority consensus necessary to see the strategy through. This will only be possible if the American people believe the strategy offers a better way into the future, capable of delivering prosperity and security while remaining true to our founding values as a nation and purposes under the Constitution.

 

Read the entire article

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/09/a_new_US_grand_strategy

 

Attend the October 15-17 Global Forum for "Business as an Agent of World Benefit" to meet the authors of this and to actively engage with them and others to design the path forward for this national initiative which will soon be in full motion. I will be joining them and we are exploring how the Case Western Reserve University's large group planning methodology (the appreciative inquiry summit approach) might help provide a vehicle for bringing people together around this new national strategic narrative. 

 

Register here: 

http://globalforumbawb.com/

 

 

 

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United Nations Day of South-South Cooperation

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“Sudan Vision 12 September 2014, United Nations Day of South-South Cooperation Sudan Vision UN Secretary General Message: This year's United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation comes as the international community is transitioning to a post-2015...”
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Despite remarkable advances in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, progress across the South has been uneven. Extreme poverty, rampant inequality, malnutrition and vulnerability to climate and weather-related shocks persist. According to the UN Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2.2 billion people still live in abject poverty. About 1.4 billion people, the majority in the South, still have no reliable electricity, 900 million lack access to clean water and 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation.
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China Shows Renewable Energy as a positive force for the economy will achieve more than Than Trying to Fight Climate Change.

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“RT @PolyConundrum: China Shows There's More To Renewable Energy Than Fighting #ClimateChange http://t.co/ocjWyckCFF #china #energy #renewab…”
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In an article published today in Nature, the authors argue that China shows us a positive way to deal with climate change. The question isn't how to do less harm, the question is how to advance the positive economy. By boosting markets in water, wind and solar power, China is driving down costs and accelerating the uptake of renewable energy. The authors argue that China is “contributing more than any other country to a climate-change solution”, and could be viable alternative to international climate agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, which has been so ineffective in cleaning up the world’s still carbon-heavy energy supplies. But China’s large investments in renewables are best understood as enhancing the country’s energy security and not solely as a means of reducing carbon emissions. The are setting the stage for the net positive energy economy. This involves what appreciative inquiry theory calls a nondeficit theory of change.
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Investing in 'green bonds' takes off

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“Instead of lending to just the government or some faceless corporation, what if your bond mutual fund also helped to vaccinate kids around the world? Or helped finance a clean-water project or solar-energy farm?”
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Instead of lending to just the government or some faceless corporation, what if your bond mutual fund also helped to vaccinate kids around the world? Or helped finance a clean-water project or solar-energy farm?
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Global Forum - Come experience the future of business—where breakthrough innovations are shaping a world in which companies prosper, people thrive and nature flourishes

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I’m honored to be speaking soon at the pioneering conference Flourish & Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, and as a “thank you” for my speaking and facilitation at the conference, I am able to extend a special discount of 25% to my colleagues and business leader friends. Please use the code FLOURISH25 when you register via globalforumbawb.com

Flourish & Prosper will welcome leaders from Unilever, Tesla, GOJO, Clarke and Fairmount Santrol, and many other visionaries including Nobel Prize Laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari; entrepreneur Naveen Jain of Singularity University (see http://www.naveenjain.com/; Raj Sisodia author of Firms of Endearment, and thought leaders such as Jane Nelson from Harvard; Peter Senge of MIT; Andrew Winston from Yale; and Michael Braungart, co-author of Cradle to Cradle with the designer William McDonough; Bart Houlahan; Gill Friend; Bruce Cryer; and many other networks--people from the World Business Academy; B-Corp Movement; Sustainable Brands; the Business Alliance for the Future; The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.

This “unconference” is also an Appreciative Inquiry design studio.

http://www.davidcooperrider.com/2013/04/29/the-complete-convention/

 

We will engage in game changing jam sessions--and the theme of the conference is based on a just released visionary book Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business by Chris Laszlo, Judy Brown and others at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. In past summits, participants came from all over the world from companies as diverse as Apple and Nike, to McKinsey and Ericsson. This year, we expect a similarly rich and diverse group of companies to participate, along with our partners the UN Global Compact, the Academy of Management, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, PRME and more. 


For business teams:

you will come away with tools you can use to spark innovation.

 

For change leaders: you will be able to go beyond dialogue to design and action.

 

For students: you will be able to meet with people inspiring the future of business.

And finally, there will be bold new projects announced, including a worldwide showcasing of industry-leading stars changing the world, which is introduced here; and a galvanizing, new project to create a U.S. Grand Strategy, focusing on an economic system that advances sustainable value in every way—walkable cities; 100% clean energy systems; regenerative agriculture; the next industrial age; multi-lateral diplomacy. Follow this link for an article on the U.S. Grand Strategy.

 

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/09/a_new_US_grand_strategy

Reserve your spot and calendar: October 15-17 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Pre-conference workshops will take place on October 14. I can’t wait to speak, to participate, and to dream and design with people advancing a world where businesses excel, people thrive, and nature flourishes. It is, I believe, a chance to engage in “a task of historic significance.”

I hope to see you in October (and if you have a friend or even a team you want to invite as well feel free to forward this email and leverage the same code.)

 

Thanks and regards,

David Cooperrider
(e-mail me or call if you want more info: David.cooperrider@case.edu)

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Just in Time for LeBron: Cleveland Stages a Comeback Via Going Green

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Long maligned for crime, corruption and pollution, the area is now home to luxury apartments, warehouse lofts and a new burst of optimism
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Cleveland is in the national news--from the Wall Street Journal to New York Times--as a "comeback city." Its a city on the move but the real revolution is about Cleveland's grit ("decade of determination") and Cleveland's green ("building a green city on a blue lake".)  While this Wall Street Journal headline misses the empowerment and innovation catalyzed by Mayor Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (a ten year series of Appreciative Inquiry Design Summits  focusing on turning social and ecological challenges into business opportunities and opportunities to empower community)--other reporters, such as Lee Chilicote, have captured much of the essence.  Lee writes:

 

"In recent years, Cleveland has gone from gritty to green in major ways. This is evident in the newgreen roof on the convention center, the now-annual Potluck in the Park that brings together hundreds of Clevelanders for a locally grown smorgasbord offering everything from fried greens to bok choy, and trail and green space projects.
 
But how green are we? Thanks to a community report and set of dashboard indicators released by Sustainable Cleveland 2019, a five-year-old initiative that aims to transform Cleveland into “a green city on a blue lake,” we now have a better idea. Some of the statistics are impressive, showing how far we’ve come in half a decade.   
 
The tally of LEED-certified, green buildings in Cleveland has gone from one to 62 in 10 years. In 2009, there were zero renewable energy installations, yet there are now 104 throughout the city, among them solar farms and an anaerobic digester that turns waste into fuel. The city is now flush with farmers’ markets that have quenched food deserts, and despite frustratingly slow progress, urban streets are now more walkable and bike-friendly.   
 
These all are good signs. Yet there are also many indicators to worry about, signs that we may be winning on some fronts but losing elsewhere. The number of days per year when the region’s air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive populations has risen, now ranging from 10 to 40 days a year. Cleveland’s obesity rate is about 35 percent; the rate of diabetes is 14 percent. The Cuyahoga River is getting cleaner, yet owing to the rise of phosphorus, the health of Lake Erie may be declining.
 
What this report shows is that while sustainability leaders envision a city of net zero energy buildings, food businesses revved up into economic engines, and vibrant neighborhoods filled with bike lanes, that future is still some distance away.  
 
We turned to Jenita McGowan, the City of Cleveland’s Chief of Sustainability, to help us understand the progress we’ve made and identify the latest, greenest projects out there.
 
Proof of concept 
 
SC 2019 hosts an annual summit each September that draws a diverse group of local leaders, and each year is themed with a different “celebration topic.” Thus far, Cleveland has celebrated energy efficiency, local food, advanced and renewable energy and zero waste. In all these areas, McGowan says, Cleveland has made considerable progress.
 
“We have proof of concept,” she says. “Now the conversation is about scale, making these things more systematic and embedding them into business-as-usual for our community. Not just programs for early adopters or one-off pilot projects, but bigger efforts.”
 
Huge challenges lie ahead, especially as the effects of climate change become more dramatic. Some problems are regional, making them difficult issues that will take a long time to address. Integrating sustainability into neighborhoods and resident behavior can be a hurdle, as evidenced by our 12.5 percent recycling rate (a number she says will rise as curbside recycling expands and additional education efforts are mounted).
 
Yet McGowan cites examples of progress the city has made as reasons for optimism.
 
Energy efficiency. The Cleveland Energy Saver program achieved its pilot goal of retrofitting 100 homes. The Cleveland 2030 District is working towards a goal of making downtown buildings more energy-efficient. The green building tax abatement program helps ensure that new homes built in the City of Cleveland are green and healthy.
 
Local food. Tunnel Vision Hoops launched out of SC 2019 and has created five new jobs and a sustainable business in Cleveland. Bridgeport Marketplace and Cornucopia Café and Community Kitchen opened in the Central neighborhood, bringing healthy options to a food desert. Double-value produce perks have encouraged thousands of low-income families to shop at farmers’ markets and increased access to healthy foods.
 
Advanced and renewable energy. Cleveland Public Power now purchases renewable energy from the Collinwood BioEnergy facility, which transforms discarded food waste into energy. CMHA installed a huge, one megawatt solar array at its headquarters. The Medical Center Company recently installed a one megawatt solar farm on Euclid Avenue.
 
Zero waste. Recycling is being expanded throughout the city. The Upcycle Parts Shop has opened in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, thanks to a grant to the Upcycle St. Clair Project from ArtPlace America. Rust Belt Riders has brought residential and commercial composting to Cleveland using a private entrepreneurial model.
 
McGowan says the city also has made progress in future celebration topics – next year the focus shifts to clean water, and subsequent years will celebrate sustainable mobility, vibrant green space, vital neighborhoods and people – with more good news to come. 
 
What’s next for sustainability? 
 
McGowan says this year’s sustainability summit will identify opportunities for “scaling up” the city’s progress. This event takes place September 17 and 18 at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Keynote addresses will be given by John Cleveland of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Annie Leonard, who is the creator of “The Story of Stuff.”
 
Leveraging sustainability assets, progress and strengths to advance business. “How do we leverage the sustainable business opportunities that are happening in the city in a way that helps advance community-wide goals?” McGowan asks. She cites the Green Venues Working Group, which brings together corporations like the Cleveland Browns with nonprofits like the Cleveland Museum of Art, as one positive example.
 
Advancing people-centered development. “We need to make these ideas accessible to neighborhood residents as part of a community culture change,” she says, citing Potluck in the Park and a block club energy efficiency challenge as successes.
 
Building renewable energy. McGowan identifies renewable energy projects like solar farms as growth opportunities. The city conducted a renewable energy site screening project that prioritizes sites and reduces the soft costs involved in these projects. McGowan suggests the possibility of a future “Solarize Cleveland” initiative.
 
Walkable cities/sustainable transportation. While neighborhoods like Ohio City have become more walkable and bikeable, Hough has actually become harder to get around without a car due to lack of density, the flight of local businesses and a dearth of green streets projects. “There are cities known for walkability, bikeability, transit,” says McGowan. “Cleveland has the potential, but what will it take to get us there?”
 
The economics and ecology of clean water. Look to the newly formedCleveland Water Alliance as a leader that will help move this community conversation forward.
 
Climate change. The city released its climate action plan last year. The goal is to help the city become more resilient and self-reliant, mitigating the effects of climate change.
 
Waste to wealth. There’s a huge business opportunity here, says McGowan. She cites the Collinwood Bioenergy facility, composting efforts at First Energy Stadium and Progressive Field, and the emergence of Rust Belt Riders as examples. 
 
Local foods B2B matchmaking. Local food businesses have a problem: distribution. Restaurants and other venues lack the requisite staff to source local foods. Meanwhile, distributors also don’t have the infrastructure to educate customers about local foods. McGowan envisions a matchmaking program to connect businesses to customers.
 
CLE’s newest, greenest businesses
 
If scaling up is the next challenge for Cleveland’s sustainability scene, look no further than the Medical Center Company, a nonprofit energy provider that just built a one megawatt solar farm a stone’s throw from University Circle on Euclid Avenue.
 
MCCO has nine member institutions, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals among them, and delivers steam heat and chilled water through underground pipes to University Circle facilities. Building a solar farm is part of its commitment to providing sustainable energy and reducing its costs and carbon footprint.
 
“We were looking at how we could interject greener energy into our energy portfolio for our members,” says Mike Heise, President of MCCO. “The larger solar farm was more cost-effective than doing a smaller one. This was a way to support sustainability goals.”
 
MCCO has made a commitment to eliminating the use of coal. On peak days, about 2-3 percent of the energy that it supplies could be generated by the solar farm. Additionally, solar displays are being installed on the Seidman Cancer Center and other buildings.
 
Paying for solar projects is a huge hurdle -- most entities use third-party financing, but MCCO was lucky enough to have cash on hand. Nonetheless, the decreasing cost of solar arrays as well as higher electricity costs have made solar increasingly feasible.
 
Waste to energy is another business area that’s now scaling up. Grind2Energy is a food waste recovery program operating under InSinkErator, a division of Emerson. Recently, Grind2Energy systems have been installed at First Energy Stadium, Progressive Field and Tower City Center. Previously, food waste just ended up in a landfill somewhere. Now, it’s ground into a slurry and turned into energy by the local company Quasar.
 
Finally, the success of Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen, which has propelled local food businesses like Cleveland Kraut, Chill Pop Shop, Mason’s Creamery and Saucisson, has shown the potential for local foods as an economic driver. Recently, CCLK launched an eight-week food business incubator to help these startups grow. 
 
“Multiple businesses have said, ‘We wouldn’t have been able to start our businesses without this kitchen,” says Carolyn Priemer, who helped found CCLK. “Whatever the product, they couldn’t have made it out of their house without access to this kitchen.”" http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/features/sustainableclevelandupdate091114.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=making+sustainability+in+cleveland+the+new+business-as-usual&utm_content=%7BEmail_Address%7D&utm_campaign=Halfway+There%3A+How+Green+is+Cleveland%3F
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