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Economic Impact of Ecosystem Services Provided by Ecologically Sustainable Roadside Right of Way Vegetation Management Practices

Economic Impact of Ecosystem Services Provided by Ecologically Sustainable Roadside Right of Way Vegetation Management Practices | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
The objective of this study is to estimate the economic value of ecosystem services that would be provided by the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT's) implementation of broad scale, ecologi...
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A review of pollinator conservation and management on infrastructure supporting rights-of-way | Journal of Pollination Ecology

A review of pollinator conservation and management on infrastructure supporting rights-of-way | Journal of Pollination Ecology | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
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csr-reporting: The GRI G4 Exposure Draft explained

csr-reporting: The GRI G4 Exposure Draft explained | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Nice blog explaining what is in the new GRI G4 exposure draft.

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GRI's G4 Exposure Draft

Here is where 'ecosystem services' are mentioned (note: this was in G3.1 only very minor word here/word there edits):

"2. The Principle of Sustainability Context emphasizes the necessity of considering impacts on sustainability. Impacts may be considered in absolute and relative terms.

 

The Principle is intended to assess the organization’s contribution to the environmental and social trends that are the focus of sustainability concerns. Understanding the organization’s impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services is also a part of ‘Sustainability Context’."

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7 Companies talk about what they're doing for biodiversity (Frank Vorhies post on Forbes)

7 Companies talk about what they're doing for biodiversity (Frank Vorhies post on Forbes) | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Holcim, Rio TInto, Shell, POSCO (Korean Steel Company), Mondi, Syngenta, Hitachi

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New Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)

New Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

"...a unique aluminium value chain initiative that will create the first Responsible Aluminium Standard."

 

"IUCN, in its role of co-ordinator, has catalysed this initiative with leadership from fellow founding members Nespresso, Rio Tinto Alcan, AMAG, Amcor Flexibles, Constantia Flexibles, Constellium and Tetra Pak..."

 

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Beer industry raises a glass towards cutting water consumption

Beer industry raises a glass towards cutting water consumption | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

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In recent years, most brewers have been using about a five-to-one water-to-beer ratio to make their beverages. But those figures are evolving rapidly. As water demand soars and supplies become limited, beer makers are rethinking their supply chains and sustainability goals. Two powerhouse companies -- MillerCoors and Heineken -- are focusing the best ways to reduce their respective water footprints. In its newly-released “Great Things on Tap” sustainability report, MillerCoors highlights some of its environmental stewardship and sustainability results. These include:
Reducing their water-to-beer ratio to less than 4:1 at five of their eight breweries..
Cutting water consumption by 100 million gallons per year at their Milwaukee brewery, through the use of a new cooling system that uses re-circulated water.
Saving 124.5 million gallons of water -- while increasing barley yields -- during the first year at its Showcase Barley farm.
For its part, Heineken has selected a new software system to support the company’s “Green Gauge” initiative – to accumulate, analyze and transmit sustainability performance data across their 250 brands and 140 breweries in more than 70 countries."

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Water for Business - Version 3

Water for Business - Version 3 | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

The free report offers an overview of the best practices for effective corporate water-management strategies and provides an interactive guide to the various water reporting and management initiatives and standards, such as the CDP Water Disclosure Project, the European Water Stewardship scheme and GRI Water Performance Indicators.

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The Energy & Biodiversity Initiative

Oil & gas industry project in early/mid-2000s that produced:

-Integrating Biodiversity into EMS

-Integrating BD into E and ESIA

-Framework for integrating BD into site selection process (nice decision tree)

-BD indicators for monitoring impacts and conservation actions

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2010 Nissan report on ecosystem services in the automotive sector

Oldie. But I'm trying to find all industry sector app's of corporate ecosystem service review or similar assessments. So far I've seen extractive, pharma, ag, finance, and this.

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: TEEB @ Yale | Yale’s Environment School

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: TEEB @ Yale | Yale’s Environment School | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Amazing resource. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of videos available, but if I wanted a free education on ecosystem services, I'd start here.

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Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress Report - MarketWatch (press release)

Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress ReportMarketWatch (press release)Recycle the water used by the Company in its manufacturing processes and return it back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life.
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nature_in_performance.pdf

WRI report discusses ways in which companies can incorporate considerations of ecosystem services into business performance systems such as corporate strategy development procedures, product design guidelines, environmental impact assessments, and sustainability reporting.

 

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Integrated Vegetation Management Memorandum of Understanding

MOU between EPA USFS Edison Electric to... "that will help establish sound Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices as the standard for utility rights-of-way management."

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Disney's 2009 Env Commitments - No net loss to ecosystems

Disney's 2009 Env Commitments - No net loss to ecosystems | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
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GRI's 2011 report Approach for Reporting on Ecosystem Services

"the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has
been assessing opportunities to translate emerging
thinking around ES into sustainability reporting
indicators and approaches that can be used as a
starting point by organizations in all sectors.

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Current reporting in line with the Environmental
Performance Indicators of the GRI Guidelines
reveals information on ecosystems pressures and
responses to a certain extent, for example through
Indicators on water, emissions and biodiversity.
This could be extended with additional Indicators
to communicate better a reporting organization’s
performance in the field of ES. One option outlined
in this publication is that indicator development

focuses on the principal threats to ecosystems

[eg, habitat loss, climate change, pollution and

nutrient load - and impacts to pollination/recreation

/etc, invasive species]
in order to capture the key ways that organizations
could be contributing to those threats on ES, and
are dependent upon ES that are threatened.

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this publication
features a table exploring example corporate-level
indicators based on the principal key threats to
ecosystems. These indicators could be options for
an organization to report on its pressures, impacts,
dependence on and responses to ES.

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In 2011, GRI started the development of the new
generation of the Guidelines: G4. At the beginning
of 2011, surveys targeted at GRI stakeholders asked
for suggested improvements to GRI’s guidance
for existing reporting topics, and suggestions for
new sustainability reporting topics that should be
considered in the development of the updated
Guidelines.


Not surprisingly, ecosystem services was among
the topics suggested by respondents in the 2011
surveys. This guarantees that this topic will be part
of the discussions about the future of reporting on
the impacts companies’ activities have on ES."

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Ecosystem Marketplace - New Tool MeasuresSupply Chain Impact On Biodiversity

Ecosystem Marketplace - New Tool MeasuresSupply Chain Impact On Biodiversity | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

"The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign's new Biodiversity Check provides organizations with an estimate of their impact on biodiversity, with the expectation it will lead to a better understanding of the importance of biodiversity and a healthier relationship between business and biodiversity."

 

Need to read the actual BD check to see what it measures - what does it come down to? Area of land impact? Proximity to conserved areas? Water or C footprint?

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Shell's Energy-Water Work (Frank Vorhies Forbes post)

Shell's Energy-Water Work (Frank Vorhies Forbes post) | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
09 September 2012 Jeju, South Korea Today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, I had the good fortune of chairing a most interesting workshop on addressing resource scarcity. It was organised by Shell.

 

"As a first step, Shell is beginning to understand its use of water for energy production. Recently the company has been able to establish a water accounting methodology and build an overall picture of its water usage. Shell is now able to identify projects which are water-friendly such as its multibillion dollar biofuel venture in Brazil which depends purely on rain water and does not compete with food production or protection of the Amazon rainforest. Other examples include the use of a strict environmental standard to limit fresh water usage in the gas to liquids processes in Qatar or the use of reed beds in Oman to clean water extracted with oil. Allard proposed that we need to undertake many such pilots projects and to work together to build new models and technologies based on the insights from these pilots."

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Communicating Ecosystem Services: LaFarge video

Nice animation about LaFarge's use of the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review at their Presque Ile quarry site in Michigan. They used InVEST and Defender of Wildlife's wildlife habitat benefits and noted "ecosystem services mapping and valuation yielded significant results, with a high potential economic value. These included benefits in recreation, ecotourism and education; erosion regulation and nutrient retention."

 

What I wish I understood better is what were the on-the-ground results &/or the changes in environmental management/policy.

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ES_interest's comment, September 12, 2012 2:59 PM
Wow- I've seen a lot of corporate videos but this one really tops the list for most terrible. The voice-over is monotone and they should have used real people instead of animated talking heads. And worst of all, the content is not very strong. What does it mean to "value"? How are they going to use the values? What kind of values did it generate? Monetary? Conservation? Operational? This is too glossed-over to understand anything.
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Cadiz Inc. Announces Plan for Implementation of Water Project Following Environmental Approval | Business Wire

Cadiz Inc. Announces Plan for Implementation of Water Project Following Environmental Approval | Business Wire | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Very confusing press release about a big water rights/supply/storage project in southern California.

 

"The current and projected demand for water and water reliability in Southern California is a key driver of the Project. As a result of ongoing challenges to California’s traditional water supplies, water providers are engaged in serious efforts to identify and develop new water supply options. Earlier this month, some of the State’s largest water providers announced plans to construct major tunnels around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta at a cost of approximately $20 Billion. If implemented, this proposal would be financed by ratepayers and will likely only maintain the status quo and not revive historic deliveries from the Delta. In order to meet the challenges to California’s water supply, many new solutions are being explored in addition to improvements to the Delta delivery system.

“The Project offers a unique, cost-effective Southern California-based water supply that has been developed using private capital and protects existing rate structures in Southern California,” said Scott Slater, Cadiz President and General Counsel. “The Project will also offer the ability to store water in periods of excess supply for use in future dry years, which is a distinctive characteristic not offered by other new supply alternatives. As a result, our customers will receive an affordable water supply solution at a competitive advantage to other available supply investments.”

 

About Cadiz Inc.

Founded in 1983, Cadiz Inc. is a publicly-held renewable resources company that owns 70 square miles of property with significant water resources and clean energy potential in eastern San Bernardino County, California. The Company is engaged in the development of water supply and storage projects and operates an organic farm in the Cadiz Valley. In 2009 Cadiz adopted a wide-ranging “Green Compact” to implement environmental conservation and sustainable management practices at its properties. For more information about Cadiz, visit www.cadizinc.com."

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Ecosystem Services: the JOURNAL

Ecosystem Services: the JOURNAL | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Draft articles from the very first issue. Note to self: check out these articles:

-Ecosystem services—science, policy and practice: Introduction to the journal and the inaugural issue [aka what this is all about]

-Global estimates of the value of ecosystems and their services in monetary units [the new Costanza et al???]

-the indicator side of ecosystem services [does this have *anything* to do with corporate voluntary sustainablity reporting?]

 

 

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WBCSD BET Training Introduction Video

Training video.

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WBCSD Business Ecosystem Training (BET)

Pretty new tool to "increase the knowledge and understanding of the links between ecosystems and business." Nice, free communications tools.

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Pricing the Priceless, the business case for action on biodiversity

28th November 2011This report, "Pricing the Priceless, the business case for action on biodiversity", finds that protecting biodiversity and introducing new frameworks to incorporate the value of nature into decision making will be vital to safeguard long-term economic growth.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Distributes $2 Million In 2011

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Distributes $2 Million In 2011 | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) awarded $2 million to conservation projects around the globe in 2011, the highest amount ever contributed in a single year.


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