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Senate Budget Chair: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High!

Senate Budget Chair: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High! | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a strongly worded letter to her colleagues on Friday urging them to address climate change as an economic imperative.”
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Sen. Patty Murray has long advocated for action on climate change, but has only recently used her position as the head of the Budget Committee to make the fiscal case for action. "The longer we wait, the bigger these challenges will be -- and the effects are becoming clearer in certain areas of the budget," she wrote in Friday's letter.
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Seattle Business Owner Will Pay $70,000 Minimum Wage to All Employees

Seattle Business Owner Will Pay $70,000 Minimum Wage to All Employees | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
employees will see their salaries double over the next three years, while Price himself will take a pay cut from $1 million down to $70,000 a year, or minimum wage by his standards.
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Remember when Henry Ford years ago raised everyone's wages dramatically in his belief that a strong middle class and upward pay mobility would be good for business AND society? Well here is a small company in Seattle doing something similar. And even though small, these kinds of innovations can have large impact as they enter our collective imaginations. A significant percentage of employees at Gravity Payment will see their salaries double over the next three years, while the CEO, Price himself, will take a pay cut from $1 million down to $70,000 a year, or minimum wage by his standards. 

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You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account

You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Major solar provider SolarCity announced Monday that it was partnering with securities and investment firm Incapital to allow Americans to invest in Solar Bonds through their IRAs or financial advisers.
Solar Bonds, which were created by SolarCity in 2014, are a way for Americans to invest in solar through a bond structure, rather than buying stock in a company.
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Your retirement account can help generate a worldwide transition to renewable clean energy, and “People are learning that…you can earn good economic returns and do good with your money at the same time.”

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How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership

How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Girl Meets Dress is a disruptive e-commerce business with a mission to democratise luxury – believing that everybody deserves a Cinderella experience. We provide millions of women with the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.
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People don"t need to own products, but they do want the service and the experience the product provides. This idea is powering the collaborative economy, including cloths. How about making it possible for everyone to go luxury when they want and enable easy access, complete recycling, and radical price reductions? Girl Meets Dress is a disruptive e-commerce business with a mission to democratise luxury – believing that everybody deserves a Cinderella experience. We provide millions of women with the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.

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World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming » EcoWatch

World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming » EcoWatch | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
World’s Largest ‘Vegetable Factory’ Revolutionizes Indoor Farming
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Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., has partnered with GE Japan to make his dream of a water, space and energy efficient indoor farming system a reality, with amazing stats and nutrients: 100-fold increase in productivity per square foot;

Wasted produce down 50%; nutrient rich in 2.5 times faster than conventional outdoor farming. 


By controlling temperature, humidity and irrigation, the farm can also cut its water usage to just one percent of the amount needed by conventional outdoor farming. “What we need to do is not just setting up more days and nights. We want to achieve the best combination of photosynthesis during the day and breathing at night by controlling the lighting and the environment,” says Shimamura. The systems allows the farm to grow nutrient-rich lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm. Wasted produce is also reduced from around 50 percentdown to just 10 percent of the crop. This means a 100-fold increase in productivity per square foot. The LEDs also last longer than fluorescent lights and consume 40 percent less power.


Read more: The World's Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

 

 

http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/28/worlds-largest-indoor-farm/

 

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Citigroup sets aside $100 billion for green initiatives

Citigroup sets aside $100 billion for green initiatives | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Bank sets target to finance green initiatives over the next decade
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Citi has increasingly focused on environmental sustainability, with investments into such financing increasing over the past several years. Such financing swelled from $4.29 billion in 2008 to $8.78 billion in 2013, according to Citigroup’s global citizenship report. That report showed that the bank lends the most to solar projects, while wind and energy efficiency projects also receives sizable investments. In total, Citi's announcement of $100 billion for green initiatives represents a dramatic leap, even as the price of oil plummets. 

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Oil will flow like milk and honey--and so does that leave us with geo-engineering climate change?

Oil will flow like milk and honey--and so does that leave us with geo-engineering climate change? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
"The nearly two years' worth of reading and animated discussions that went into this study have convinced me more than ever that the idea of 'fixing' the climate by hacking the Earth's reflection of sunlight is wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad," panel member Raymond Pierrehumbert, a University of Chicago geophysicist, wrote in Slate.
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One of the "problems" with reductionist problem solving is that the deficit-based theory of change narrows our attention, and often smuggles in a machine-metaphor of "fixing" parts that don't work, and then we are surprised: we are saddled with a problematizing process that digs us into a black hole.  So how about the talk of spraying a substance into the atmosphere to bring down Co2 emissions? A University of Chicago geophysicist addresses studies advocating the idea of geoengineering and calls it more than mad. He says: ""The nearly two years' worth of reading and animated discussions that went into this study have convinced me more than ever that the idea of 'fixing' the climate by hacking the Earth's reflection of sunlight is wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad," panel member Raymond Pierrehumbert, a University of Chicago geophysicist, wrote in Slate."   

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Cheap Oil and the Next Economy

“Next economics posits that for the global economy and earth's tolerances/carrying capacities to run in a mutually tolerable equilibrium, we must continue to make rapid advances in economic efficiencies in all sectors.”
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Does cheap oil spell doom and setback for renewables. This answer says NO. Why? Because even at cheap prices, now, renewables will eventually be almost free. As Bloomberg's Michael Liebreich recently said, "The story should not be how falling oil prices will impact the shift to clean energy, it should be how the shift to clean energy is impacting the oil price." Ultimately, the next economy can only thrive on power that is nearly free, inexhaustible, that does not contribute to systemic risks such as climate change and a toxic atmosphere, and that can be sourced nearly anywhere with a relative minimum of effort. Only solar PV, and to a slightly lesser extent wind, can reach this extraordinary level of economic efficiency. The writing is indeed on the wall, and the days of high market correlation between tech power and fossil power will soon be behind us.
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Cities are the greatest hope for our planet

Cities are the greatest hope for our planet | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. 

Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. 

Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline. 

But to make this hope a reality, we must recognize that cities — and people — are part of nature and subject to the same laws as the rest of nature. 

For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments. Economic development has focused on “taming the wilderness” with technology. And while the “wilderness” is strikingly diverse, urban technology has been disturbingly monocultural. 
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I love this article by Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation. Could it be that of all the "things" that people build, cities are the most important? And I agree:

 

Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. 

Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline. 


But to make this hope a reality, we must recognize that cities — and people — are part of nature and subject to the same laws as the rest of nature. 


For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments. Economic development has focused on “taming the wilderness” with technology. And while the “wilderness” is strikingly diverse, urban technology has been disturbingly monocultural. 

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I've also blogged about the fact that governments and peoples have created these dichotomies and reinforce them. I call it the "Sacred Space Paradox." http://zenstorming.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/ecologically-sustainable-design-sacred-space-paradox/ ;

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Smart textiles and digital fashion: How about just one dress...but lots of digital patterns?

Smart textiles and digital fashion: How about just one dress...but lots of digital patterns? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit claims advances in "smart" fabrics will allow us to download new styles for our clothes rather than buying new garments.
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Design thinking is changing the world and the world of fashion too. Imagine just one thing in your wardrobe...but it can become 1,000s of styles, just by changing the software. Now this is a stylish approach to de-materialization.

 

This article says: "Instead of 10,000 skirts, for example. we could sell 500 skirts, but then could sell thousands of patterns that you download to your skirt."

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Hydro Heaven: A New Eco Friendly Quadrofoil--Sustainability as Enchanting Experience

Hydro Heaven: A New Eco Friendly Quadrofoil--Sustainability as Enchanting Experience | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“eco friendly quadrofoil, eco friendly water vehicles, eco friendly jetski,”
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Zero Emissions and Enchantingly Designed: Luckily for insects though (and birds, and fish, and other wildlife that lives on, in or near the water) the watercraft operates quietly and doesn’t produce any waves or emissions, which makes it suitable for lakes, rivers—even in marine protected areas, where most motor boats and personal watercrafts are prohibited. - See more at: http://eluxemagazine.com/homestech/eco-friendly-quadrofoil/#sthash.1cAC4uGN.dpuf
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The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

“Apple, BMW, LG, HP, Coca-Cola, and Walmart are among the 187 companies cited by non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project for doing the most to combat climate change.”
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Bloomberg: “If acting on climate change hurts the economy, as the American Coal Council’s talking points suggest, it’s a lesson lost on some of the world’s most successful companies. Stocks of companies that take climate change seriously beat the wider market by almost 10 percent …” Forbes: “True leaders in the field are using their sustainability information to become stronger businesses and to make better decisions based on what they have learned. They understand that analysing, reporting and benchmarking the data they have gathered can help to boost revenues, strengthen brands, cut costs and manage risks.”
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Net Positive Energy and 9 innovations to slash food loss

Net Positive Energy and 9 innovations to slash food loss | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Using anaerobic digestion to turn food waste into energy

A firm called Feed Resource Recovery has designed and implemented a zero-waste solution for the food industry that leverages customers’ existing transportation and distribution systems to generate clean, sustainable power for onsite operations — reducing emissions and saving millions of dollars on waste-removal costs. In nature, wetlands use anaerobic digestion to purify the earth’s wastewater. Feed uses this natural process, along with technology and optimization advancements, to cleanly and efficiently convert the carbon in organic waste into a renewable natural gas. This results in zero odors, a net surplus of energy and a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Similarly, a company called Waste Management, Inc. collects food scraps from restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and food processing plants, takes them to a company facility in Carson City, Nev., and grinds them into a slurry. That liquid is taken to a Los Angeles County wastewater treatment plant, where it is mixed in with sewage — one part food waste to nine parts human waste — and processed in an anaerobic digester. This results in a biogas that can be burned as fuel.
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This article highlights 9 innovations. One of my favorites creates not only less harm but net surplus of clean energy. It Uses anaerobic digestion to turn food waste into energy...read on:


A firm called Feed Resource Recovery has designed and implemented a zero-waste solution for the food industry that leverages customers’ existing transportation and distribution systems to generate clean, sustainable power for onsite operations — reducing emissions and saving millions of dollars on waste-removal costs. In nature, wetlands use anaerobic digestion to purify the earth’s wastewater. Feed uses this natural process, along with technology and optimization advancements, to cleanly and efficiently convert the carbon in organic waste into a renewable natural gas. This results in zero odors, a net surplus of energy and a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Similarly, a company called Waste Management, Inc. collects food scraps from restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and food processing plants, takes them to a company facility in Carson City, Nev., and grinds them into a slurry. That liquid is taken to a Los Angeles County wastewater treatment plant, where it is mixed in with sewage — one part food waste to nine parts human waste — and processed in an anaerobic digester. This results in a biogas that can be burned as fuel.

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Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal

Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed.”
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The world is longing for solutions, and guess where they are coming from? In almost every global summit over the past decade (for example Rio) the major progress has come from business leaders who are urging action. One of the leading voices is the Global a Compact's Georg Kell, representing 1000s of the world's largest corporations. Carbon trading is coming. Georg Kell, executive director of UN Global Compact, the body’s initiative to get firms to adopt sustainable policies, said the recent conversion of much of the business world was hugely significant. “This is a breakthrough as usually business blocks climate action on a national level,” he said yesterday. “For the first time, the private sector has argued in favour of pricing externalities. Polluters are making the case to be charged.”
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The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery

The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Phil Guidice, the CEO who’s running Sadoway’s Ambri, says new batteries emerging with the help of big backers will finally enable renewables to compete with fossil fuels. “Khosla, Gates, Musk, and the Pritzkers are all excited about changing the world in a better way, and they’re swinging for the fences,” Guidice says. “We’re getting closer every day.”
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We are in one of those once in a civilization opportunity moments: re-creating the energy basis of an entire economy. The shift to 100% renewable energy is the vision of some of the top business leaders of our times: Gates, Khosla, and Elon Musk among many others. One venture that demonstrates the huge business logic is a relatively new company called Ambri...based on the work of MIT engineers and scientists bent on providing solutions to the battery storage question. Phil Guidice, the CEO who’s running Ambri, says new batteries emerging with the help of big backers will finally enable renewables to compete with fossil fuels. “Khosla, Gates, Musk, and the Pritzkers are all excited about changing the world in a better way, and they’re swinging for the fences,” Guidice says. “We’re getting closer every day.”

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Companies proactive on sustainability have competitive edge

Companies proactive on sustainability have competitive edge | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Corporate sustainability has come a long way in recent decades, morphing from a mere adherence to regulations set down by governments in the 1970s to the integration of environmental and social responsibility principles into core business practices by many companies today. 

But to achieve sustainable development - that is, ensuring that the needs of future generations are not compromised by the present - companies must take an even more proactive approach in their practices, said Dutch professor, author, and former minister Pieter Winsemius at a conference on Tuesday. 

In a keynote address to 200 business and government leaders at Singapore’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Winsemius shared that in recent decades, business attitudes towards sustainability have evolved through four stages; reactive, functional, integrated and proactive.

In the first ‘reactive’ stage, companies merely abide by government regulations on environmental performance; as they progress to the ‘functional’ stage, they start to explore ways to implement compulsory sustainability measures as efficiently as possible.

The third ‘integrated’ stage sees companies recognising that there are business opportunities in addressing environmental and social challenges, and they begin to integrate sustainability concerns into their operations.

In the final ‘proactive’ approach, businesses take responsibility for meeting the needs of future generations, and adopt long-term thinking to anticipate and fulfil these needs.
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In a keynote address to 200 business and government leaders at Singapore’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dutch former Mckinsey partner and Minister Pieter Winsemius shared that in recent decades, business attitudes towards sustainability have evolved through four stages; reactive, functional, integrated and proactive.

 

In the first ‘reactive’ stage, companies merely abide by government regulations on environmental performance; as they progress to the ‘functional’ stage, they start to explore ways to implement compulsory sustainability measures as efficiently as possible.

 

The third ‘integrated’ stage sees companies recognising that there are business opportunities in addressing environmental and social challenges, and they begin to integrate sustainability concerns into their operations.

 

In the final ‘proactive’ approach, businesses take responsibility for meeting the needs of future generations, and adopt long-term thinking to anticipate and fulfil these needs.

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Walmart Sustainability Index Goes Live With Over 100,000 Suppliers

Walmart Sustainability Index Goes Live With Over 100,000 Suppliers | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The Sustainability Leaders badge does not make representations about the environmental or social impact of an individual product, only that the manufacturer has scored well enough to earn a badge across all of the products they make in that category. For example, a television identified with a Sustainability Leaders badge indicates that the manufacturer has been identified as a Sustainability Leader among its peers in the television category for its sustainability management practices.
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Imagine someday being able to scan a product and hear the story of the life cycle/sustainability of the product--from toxins to transportation fallout. And imagine if you could then see a "sustainability leadership badge" that helps you find sustainability leadership quickly in any category--for example the most sustainably designed TV on the shelf. Well this is soon going to be a reality and soon thousands and thousand of products, companies, and industries will be made more comparable, more transparent, and help make us all more intelligent about sustainable value. And Walmart has set it in motion, already in a big way, with its new "sustainability leaders badge." And I cant wait until it matures to the point where we can sweep our i-Phones over a code and hear the whole story narrated as part of our purchasing experience. It could be revolutionary. 

 

The Sustainability Leaders badge, at this stage of development, does not make representations about the environmental or social impact of an individual product, only that the manufacturer has scored well enough to earn a badge across all of the products they make in that category. For example, a television identified with a Sustainability Leaders badge indicates that the manufacturer has been identified as a Sustainability Leader among its peers in the television category for its sustainability management practices. But this is just the beginning of something that can be remarkable and exactly what all of us need to be more conscious, informed, and inspired about products getting better and better. 

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Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth.

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Over seventy percent of active individual investors (71%) describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65%) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. 
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“The trajectory for sustainable investing continues to point upward.  What used to be a bifurcated decision – one between investing to make money and giving to do good – is increasingly becoming a blended conversation as investors look to harness the power of the capital markets as a force for positive impact,” said Audrey Choi, Managing Director and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing at Morgan Stanley.  “As sustainable business practices and investment options become more important to investors, the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing is working to drive scalable investment solutions that seek to achieve market-returns that beat the market

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How SolarCity Sees The Future Playing Out And the Exponential Opportunity in Motion

How SolarCity Sees The Future Playing Out And the Exponential Opportunity in Motion | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
To summarize, solar PV technology only needs to improve at its historical rate for only 16 more years to fulfill near 100% of the world's energy needs (as was stated before, corner cases will likely stick around for longer). There is absolutely no reason to think that an S curve inflection point will occur within this 16 year timeframe. Many individuals likely find it too absurd that solar will displace the massive fossil fuels generation industry within the next decade and a half, and so subconsciously assume that the S curve inflection point of solar PV growth should occur before such a thing happens. Besides purely emotional reasons, there is no logical reason to believe that such a thing should occur within the next 16 years.
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Ray Kurzweil's exponential technology thesis is now being applied in the solar industry, and some of the analyst conclusions are stunning. They are being used to recommend stocks, such as Solar City. Here is just one conclusion: solar PV technology only needs to improve at its historical rate for only 16 more years to fulfill near 100% of the world's energy needs. There is absolutely no reason to think that an S curve inflection point will occur within this 16 year timeframe. Many individuals likely find it too absurd that solar will displace the massive fossil fuels generation industry within the next decade and a half, and so subconsciously assume that the S curve inflection point of solar PV growth should occur before such a thing happens. Besides purely emotional reasons, there is no logical reason to believe that such a thing should occur within the next 16 years.

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Apple’s New Headquarters Will Be Powered Entirely By The Sun

Apple’s New Headquarters Will Be Powered Entirely By The Sun | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Apple’s California solar farm, called the First Solar California Flats Solar Project, is the largest solar procurement deal by a company that’s not a utility. It is also the first wholesale commercial and industrial power-purchase (PPA) agreement for First Solar, which signed a 25-year PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric.
“Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact,” said Joe Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar, in a statement. “Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
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CEO Tim Cook knows that renewable energy is a huge business value, yet he is arguing that Apple's commitment to it is for ecological reasons. The fact is it's both: good for the world and good for business. And the end game is clear: the largest company in the world is becoming 100% powered by renewable energy. 


Apple’s California solar farm, called the First Solar California Flats Solar Project, is the largest solar procurement deal by a company that’s not a utility. It is also the first wholesale commercial and industrial power-purchase (PPA) agreement for First Solar, which signed a 25-year PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric.

“Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact,” said Joe Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar, in a statement. “Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

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12 Sustainable Design Ideas From Nature

12 Sustainable Design Ideas From Nature | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
““In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.”-TEDx”
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Emulating life's genius requires a humility that reverses--instead of learning about nature the design mind wants to learn from nature. It's a bit like sitting at the feet of a master. For example: Life Creates Conditions Conducive to life- Life wholistically cleans nourishes and sustains the environment while preserving its own species and the systems around it for thousands of generations in the future. - See more at: http://www.thinkinghumanity.com/2014/12/12-sustainable-design-ideas-from-nature.html#sthash.YudtRhJA.dpuf
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The Positive Energy of BHAQ's

The Positive Energy of BHAQ's | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Davide Oldani, chef at Ristorante D'O, thought it unfair that only wealthier people could afford top-quality food, while most Michelin-starred restaurants run at a loss. He wanted to create a restaurant with at least one Michelin star, aimed at 'the ordinary man', offering complete lunches and complete dinners for $25 and $45 respectively. The starred restaurant also had to be profitable. His restaurant is booked 1.5 years in advance, the ordinary man dines there, Davide makes a profit and has created an entirely new culinary movement called Cucina POP. 

The positive energy of impossible questions

Now you could say: "Such things are only reserved for a select group of brilliant entrepreneurs." But nothing could be further from the truth. I decided to see for myself and conducted an experiment. Whenever I had to deliver a workshop or speech, I started with one of the questions above. I outlined the situation of Dr. V. or Davide Oldani and presented the audience with impossible demands by asking them: “How would you tackle that?” It was amazing to witness what happened each time. There was an energetic, almost mischievous ambience in the room. The buzz increased and twenty or thirty ideas were soon proposed. Special, creative and enterprising ideas from enthusiastic people. It was very different when I asked the following question: "You have a Michelin-starred restaurant and are making a loss of around 10%. How are you going to resolve that? How will you reduce costs by 10%?" The answers to that question were just as boring and obligatory as the energy within the room. And the list of ideas was significantly shorter. 
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We have all heard of BHAG's--big hairy audacious goals--but where do they come from? The true source is impossible questions--heretical questions--big hairy audacious questions. So more attention should be placed on creative questions, not the goals themselves. But it is not something we teach managers. This article shares great examples. Take Oldani...


Davide Oldani, chef at Ristorante D'O, thought it unfair that only wealthier people could afford top-quality food, while most Michelin-starred restaurants run at a loss. He wanted to create a restaurant with at least one Michelin star, aimed at 'the ordinary man', offering complete lunches and complete dinners for $25 and $45 respectively. The starred restaurant also had to be profitable. His restaurant is booked 1.5 years in advance, the ordinary man dines there, Davide makes a profit and has created an entirely new culinary movement called Cucina POP. 


The positive energy of impossible questions

Now you could say: "Such things are only reserved for a select group of brilliant entrepreneurs." But nothing could be further from the truth. The author of this article said: "I decided to see for myself and conducted an experiment. Whenever I had to deliver a workshop or speech, I started with one of the questions above. I outlined the situation of Dr. V. or Davide Oldani and presented the audience with impossible demands by asking them: “How would you tackle that?” It was amazing to witness what happened each time. There was an energetic, almost mischievous ambience in the room. The buzz increased and twenty or thirty ideas were soon proposed. Special, creative and enterprising ideas from enthusiastic people. It was very different when I asked the following question: "You have a Michelin-starred restaurant and are making a loss of around 10%. How are you going to resolve that? How will you reduce costs by 10%?" The answers to that question were just as boring and obligatory as the energy within the room.The list of ideas was significantly shorter. "

 


 

 

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First look: environmental entrepreneur Paul Hawken's long-awaited new book

First look: environmental entrepreneur Paul Hawken's long-awaited new book | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Project Drawdown will begin as a lavishly illustrated book and online database, to be released late next year. Its purpose is to re-frame the climate debate, by showing that solving the climate crisis will bring, not sacrifice, but “more security, more prosperity, more jobs, more well-being and better health,” Hawken said.

“Drawdown is about technologies and solutions that are in place, understood, measured, documented and growing,” Hawken told me by phone. “This is a path to opportunity and wellbeing, as opposed to a tax or a loss.”

Ordinarily, the announcement of a new book would not by itself be newsworthy, but Hawken has had so much influence over corporate sustainability in the US that his work merits attention. His books, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism, the latter written with Amory Lovins and L Hunter Lovins, were among the first to point the way towards a sustainable global economy. He has advised CEOs at Ford, Walmart and Interface, the carpet company. At Greenbuild, which attracts 23,000 people, he’ll interview billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, key allies in the climate debate
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Paul Hawken's new book is attracting lots of attention.

 

Project Drawdown will begin as a lavishly illustrated book and online database, to be released late next year. Its purpose is to re-frame the climate debate, by showing that solving the climate crisis will bring, not sacrifice, but “more security, more prosperity, more jobs, more well-being and better health,” Hawken said.

 

“Drawdown is about technologies and solutions that are in place, understood, measured, documented and growing,” Hawken told me by phone. “This is a path to opportunity and wellbeing, as opposed to a tax or a loss.”

 

Ordinarily, the announcement of a new book would not by itself be newsworthy, but Hawken has had so much influence over corporate sustainability in the US that his work merits attention. His books, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism, the latter written with Amory Lovins and L Hunter Lovins, were among the first to point the way towards a sustainable global economy. He has advised CEOs at Ford, Walmart and Interface, the carpet company. At Greenbuild, which attracts 23,000 people, he’ll interview billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, key allies in the climate debate

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy: Do You Know Why?

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy: Do You Know Why? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Apple's Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building”
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Amory Lovins' high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort

Amory Lovins' high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The house’s electricity is all renewable. Massive solar panels adorn the roof, carport, and grounds alongside the building. The panels produce far more solar power during the day than the Lovinses use, so they sell electricity to the grid during the day and buy wind energy from the grid at night. They also store the solar power in batteries so that they could be fully self-sufficient in a blackout. The batteries would run down at night but be recharged during the day. “In February 2013, there were five power failures [in the area], and we never lost power,” says Lovins.
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Amory Lovin's walks the talk when he argues that the transition to a renewable energy future is a sheer joy. Its about sustainability as enchanting enrichment.  His house’s electricity is all renewable. Massive solar panels adorn the roof, carport, and grounds alongside the building. The panels produce far more solar power during the day than the Lovinses use, so they sell electricity to the grid during the day and buy wind energy from the grid at night. They also store the solar power in batteries so that they could be fully self-sufficient in a blackout. The batteries would run down at night but be recharged during the day. “In February 2013, there were five power failures [in the area], and we never lost power,” says Lovins.

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In One Fell Swoop Obama Announces Solar Jobs For 50,000 Veterans and Takes On Climate Change

In One Fell Swoop Obama Announces Solar Jobs For 50,000 Veterans and Takes On Climate Change | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Since Republicans have relentlessly obstructed jobs programs for America's Veterans, the President took it upon himself to enact the program at American military bases and provide job training for at least 50,000 veterans.”
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Yesterday, in one fell swoop, the President took decisive action to address both job creation for Veterans and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The White House announced that beginning this fall the United States will launch a six-year job training program for America’s Veterans in the growing solar panel installation industry. Since Republicans have relentlessly obstructed jobs programs for America’s Veterans, the President took it upon himself to enact the program at American military bases and provide job training for at least 50,000 veterans. It is training for about 50,000 more Veterans than Republicans have provided despite several proposals and requests by the President to help America’s fighting men and women returning from war.
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