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Green Supply Chain News: Kellogg's Ups Sustainability Ante, Put More Pressure on Suppliers

Green Supply Chain News: Kellogg's Ups Sustainability Ante, Put More Pressure on Suppliers | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“RT @MatterOfBiz: Green Supply Chain News on Kellogg Ups Sustainability Ante, Puts More Pressure on Suppliers http://t.co/NPsmUqg2N5 #supply…”
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Kellogg wants supply chain partners to work with them to help create a post carbon economy. That will involve detailed reporting from its suppliers relative to CO2 emissions. Kellogg's will require all key suppliers to measure and publicly disclose their own emissions and reduction targets, which will feed into Kellogg's annual emissions disclosure to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a UK-based organization that collects carbon emissions data on behalf of companies. "We recognize that upstream agriculture emissions are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain and will focus our efforts on achieving agricultural emissions reductions," the company said in a statement. The approach could have a significant impact on agricultural suppliers, likely forcing many to measure their emissions accurately for the first time.
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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.

China Shows Renewable Energy as a positive force for the economy will achieve more than Than Trying to Fight Climate Change. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“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

Investing in 'green bonds' takes off | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“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

Global Forum - Come experience the future of business—where breakthrough innovations are shaping a world in which companies prosper, people thrive and nature flourishes | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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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.

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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

Just in Time for LeBron: Cleveland Stages a Comeback Via Going Green | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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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Want to grow the UK economy? Invest in green Says Cambridge Study

Want to grow the UK economy? Invest in green Says Cambridge Study | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The UK's economy would be boosted by 1. 1 per cent by 2030 if it cut its greenhouse gas emissions, rather than sticking with dirty fossil fuels (RT @EarthAdapt: #Green #Energy : Want to grow the UK economy?”
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If climate change isn't incentive enough to cut emissions, try this: if the UK cut its carbon emissions by 60 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030, as it has promised, its GDP would be 1.1 per cent bigger than if it stuck with fossil fuels, says a study by Cambridge Econometrics. About half the gain would come from cheap running costs for fuel-efficient cars, with 190,000 new green jobs and higher wages also helping. The average household would be £565 a year better off.
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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: China leads flourishing South-South trade in renewables

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: China leads flourishing South-South trade in renewables | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“By Anja von Moltke, Head, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit, UNEP | 3 September 2014 South-South Trade Powers Greener Economies UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner recently launched the report South-South … (China is leading a flourishing south-south...”
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Many developing countries have rapidly expanded their trade in environmental goods and services as they vie to become part of a market that is estimated to grow to US$ 1.9 trillion by 2020. Just for low carbon and energy-efficient technologies the market is projected to nearly triple between 2010 and 2020. In 2007 developing countries, as a group, went from net importers to net exporters of renewable energy goods, with trade in solar PV particularly important. The share of China alone increased from only 6% in 2004 to 46% in 2011. The share of other developing countries also increased, but more moderately, from 26% in 2004 to 32% in 2012. While the Chinese have developed their solar industry with US and EU markets in mind, the precipitous decline in the cost of solar cells has supported accessibility in developing countries and spurred adaptations to applications like off-grid lighting. As a result, in 2013, China’s exports of PV cells and modules to developing countries increased by 145 % to a record US$ 2.3 billion.
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World Falls Behind in Efforts to Tackle Climate Change: PWC Study

World Falls Behind in Efforts to Tackle Climate Change: PWC Study | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C, according to the sixth annual Low Carbon Economy Index report...”
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"The gap between what we are achieving and what we need to do is growing wider every year," PwC's Jonathan Grant said. He said governments were increasingly detached from reality in addressing the 2 degree goal.
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Sustainable Startups Using Tech to Make Use of Food Waste

Sustainable Startups Using Tech to Make Use of Food Waste | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Food Cowboy is an app that connects American food companies and transporters with food banks and similar charities to make use of food waste.”
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“When food companies need to get rid of food, they need to get rid of it quickly.”In other words, restaurant owners don’t have a lot of time to search around for charities to take their would-be food waste and deliver it to them. Likewise, many food banks don’t have the time or resources to drive around picking up donations from businesses. So Food Cowboy provides the link that connects the two, and makes it easier for all parties involved to make use of food waste.
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Hillary Clinton: Let's Become a Clean Energy Superpower

Hillary Clinton: Let's Become a Clean Energy Superpower | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S.”
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What is Hilary envisioning for our country's economy? She sees us becoming "the world’s 21st-century clean energy superpower."
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Amartya Sen on dangers of climate change ‘obsession’ and nuclear power and need for a new ethics of environmentalism

Amartya Sen on dangers of climate change ‘obsession’ and nuclear power and need for a new ethics of environmentalism | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Amartya Sen has an important piece out in the New Republic magazine, on the links between environment and development. It’s quite long, so I thought I’d offer my precis service.”
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This Nobel Prize winner helps us see beyond partisan politics. The abandonment of adversarial politics may in fact be a necessary precursor to the long-term survival of our civilization, since our future is likely to depend on us working cooperatively to solve the problems we have already created.
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How Sanofi creates a virtuous cycle with sustainability

How Sanofi creates a virtuous cycle with sustainability | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, nationally recognized expert in organizational change, shares the third of four exclusive excerpts adapted from her new book Building a Culture for Sustainability. Our whole ...”
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Great article Jeana!
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Kyocera to Construct World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

Kyocera to Construct World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
In post-Fukushima Japan, the need for an increase in the use of renewable energy is becoming clearer and clearer as coal use continues to rise dramatically.
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Kyocera plans to develop floating installations for reservoirs in Japan utilizing floating solar platforms in two installations, totaling 2.9 megawatts (MW) at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The 1.7MW plant planned at Nishihira Pond will become the world’s largest solar power generating system installed on water. Combined, the plants will use 11,256 Kyocera 255-watt solar modules and is expected to generate approximately 3,300 MWh/year.
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A New Economy: Democratized Capital and Sustainability - Cleveland's Evergreen business is in the news

A New Economy: Democratized Capital and Sustainability - Cleveland's Evergreen business is in the news | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“IVN News A New Economy: Democratized Capital and Sustainability IVN News 'The New Economy' is striving to make capitalism local, moral, and green.”
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‘The New Economy’ is striving to make capitalism local, moral, and green. Three main tenets will take us there, according to the New Economy Working Group: ecological balance, equitable distribution, and a living democracy.
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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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Apple Voted 'Greenest Gadget' Company in New Greenpeace Study

Apple Voted 'Greenest Gadget' Company in New Greenpeace Study | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Apple has topped the electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, according to a new report released by Greenpeace.”
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Apple topping the Greenpeace list should not come as a surprise — over the last few months, the company has made several steps to reduce its environmental impact: It has made sustainability a key development focus with its “Better” campaign, has tried to clamp down on its use of “conflict materials” by revealing the names and certification status of all its suppliers, now powers 100 percent of its data centers with renewable energy, and in July was again applauded by Greenpeace for its investment in a US$55 million solar farm to power its iCloud. In June, however, 80 environmental and health organizations across 27 countries wrote a letter to Apple’s VP of Environmental Affairs, Lisa Jackson, calling for the elimination of all hazardous chemicals from its production chains in China (where chemicals such as benzene and n-hexane have been highlighted as human carcinogens).
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Supercharger | Tesla Motors: An Amazing Example of Anticipatory Measurement

Supercharger | Tesla Motors: An Amazing Example of Anticipatory Measurement | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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Take a look at this map of all the Tesla Superchargers...and scroll to the right. What a wonderful example of positive, appreciative measurement systems--they give a vivid positive image of the future. 

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Ford is Landfill Free at All Facilities in Canada

Ford is Landfill Free at All Facilities in Canada | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“The Oakville Assembly plant now sends zero waste to landfill, an achievement that gives Ford the distinction of becoming landfill free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.”
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Innovation Key to Climate Opportunity Swerve: Remember the Way of Malthus Predictions?

Innovation Key to Climate Opportunity Swerve: Remember the Way of Malthus Predictions? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Climate change economics have shifted practices in every industry, perhaps most notably in insurance, agriculture and the military.”
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Innovation alters the course of many alarmist scenarios, and it's exciting to see how innovators are beginning to alter the course of climate change as well. Entrepreneur Elon Musk with his Tesla electric car, solar and battery initiatives is one example; successful airline executive Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, is investing in renewable energy projects for his jet fuel and his Caribbean venture.
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What’s Your Sustainability Passion? UPS Will Donate For You

What’s Your Sustainability Passion? UPS Will Donate For You | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“What’s Your #Sustainability Personality? http://t.co/qZ8PU1QeTF @UPS”
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From planting trees in community gardens or supporting disaster relief efforts, to mentoring start-up businesses or starting a recycling program at work, everyone has a cause that's important to them. What cause is most important to you? Through September 30, 2014, take this short quiz from UPS to discover your sustainability personality, then select one of four charitable organizations to receive a $1 donation. Organizations include UNICEF US Fund, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Earth Day Network and Opportunity International. UPS will donate up to $25,000 per organization and up to $100,000 total.
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Salt Water Powered Car Gets Approval

Salt Water Powered Car Gets Approval | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“With salt water as its fuel, which it converts to electricity, it has a top speed of over 200 mph and has now been approved for public road use in Europe. (#Innovation nation.”
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This innovation has breakthrough possibilities way beyond cars. All powered by saltwater!
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What Makes a Sustainability Certification System Successful?

What Makes a Sustainability Certification System Successful? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Although validating the legitimacy of a sustainability certification system is a huge task, the basic operations of such a system can assist in determining whether or not it will earn success and credibility in addressing the environmental and...”
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Let's say a sand mining company wants it's greener products certified and externally validated. But there are no third party certifications in the industry. Well here is a major opportunity to take an industry wide leadership role--a great way to create new levels of sustainable value and competitive advantage. This involves or requires a new strategic competence: convening. Here is a nice article on the business benefits.
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National Grid partners with Supply Chain Sustainability School

National Grid partners with Supply Chain Sustainability School | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“National Grid partner Supply Chain Sustainability School to deliver ...”
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National Grid continues to lead--it's a utility that is shaping a more sustainable world. I've seen them bring whole cities together to realize green economy aspirations. I've seen them convene whole states to collaboratively help stakeholders shape a common vision future, for smart grid and clean energy. Now they have broken new ground in sustainability education. The Supply Chain Sustainability School, which was launched in 2012, was named the overall winner at the CIPS Supply Management Awards last year.
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