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The business logic of sustainability

The business logic of sustainability | sustainability | Scoop.it

Anderson At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

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I don't know why more of us haven't woken up to what Ray Anderson started at Interface. Humanity has to come to face the fact that as Anderson put it "we've got it all wrong as a species". He and those at that share his vison of 0 biological footprint. It's time that we as business people and human beings take into account the bigger picture now that our activity affects humans on a global scale. We have to realize that our ways of greed, and consumption are not the way it's supposed to be. I believe we live on a planet that rests on a system of interconnected foundations. We as people depend on the plant, animal, & other biological resources of the Earth and if we do not adopt a way that balances all peoples needs with the ability of our planet to give us the things we need to survive our future is bleak at best. I believe humanity has lost sight that we by nature are born to be our brothers keeper, we are social beasts by nature. When we are born if someone doesn't pick us up and nurture us we die. If someone else doesn't teach us to walk, speak we wouldn't even know how to be human. We are dependent on each other, much the same way we are dependent on the systems of the Earth for survival. Ray Anderson's vison for business needs to be recognized and people need to wake up and realize that we are all dependent on each other to develop a sustainable future for all.

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Why IKEA Thinks This Mega-Trend Will Define The Next 30 Years Of Business

Why IKEA Thinks This Mega-Trend Will Define The Next 30 Years Of Business | sustainability | Scoop.it
“Sustainability will be a decisive factor in terms of which businesses will be here in 20 or 30 years time. It is the future of business,” explained Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group. In a recent in-depth interview, we dug into the company’s worldwide efforts over the past 20 years to become more and more sustainable while, at the same time, using sustainability to drive innovation and long-term growth.Steve Howard is responsible for IKEA Group’s sustainability strategy, environmental and social performance, and the impact of its products. Prior to IKEA, Steve was the founder and CEO of The Climate Group, an independent non-profit organization working internationally with government and business leaders to cut global emissions and build a low carbon economy. He currently sits on the organization’s International Leadership Council. He is a member of Vantage Point Venture Partners Advisory Board, an Advisor to the Planetary Skin Institute and also, until recently, was Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and a judge of the Virgin Earth Challenge. Rahim Kanani: Last year, IKEA announced its People and Planet Positive strategy. Tell me a little bit about how this strategy came about and how it’s impacting IKEA’s global outlook and operations moving forward.To read the full article, click on the title.Get your Free Business Plan Template here: http://bit.ly/1aKy7km
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Dangerous smog battles the economy in China

Dangerous smog battles the economy in China | sustainability | Scoop.it
“ XINGTAI, China – With a toothy grin and bags of energy, power plant technician Liu Shui cycles all over Hebei, his native province in north China, pursuing his other hobby, photography.”
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China, a country that in recent times has become famous for its low-cost labour manufacturing economy is now beginning to face new challenges as it begins to establish a larger middle class. One of the biggest challenges is what to do with its infamous toxic pollution that is causing numerous health problems for it's citizens. Going forward the Chinese government faces the challenge of finding a balance between economic growth with protecting the health of the public. In order to achieve this balance the government will need to step up it's enforcement of environmental laws if China is achieve a sustainable future for it's rapidly developing economy.
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Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth

Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth | sustainability | Scoop.it
Private sector sourcing commitments from companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot and Unilever are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014. The trend towards mainstreaming of sustainability standards is strongest among newer sector-specific initiatives that explicitly target mainstream markets, according to the research.
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With big North American companies leading the charge in diving market growth in using sustainable sourcing of their products it's a positive indication that countries around the world are buying into the sustainability concept. The benefits of sustainability have become more mainstream in recent years for customers around the world. In fact sustainable products have now began to outpace the conventional methods of sourcing products. As globalization effects continue to grow these practices will help new developing nations establish practices that will have few externalities and provide for people for years to come
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Renewable energy: Samsung introduces digital village concept - GhanaWeb

Renewable energy: Samsung introduces digital village concept - GhanaWeb | sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Renewable energy: Samsung introduces digital village concept GhanaWeb The leading provider of digital solutions will use sunshine as a renewable source of energy in Africa to establish various facilities that can be operated through transportable...”
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it's about time we saw a large multi-national company like Samsung investing in renewable energy products, especially in developing nations in Africa. It's initiatives like this that I hope will pioneer the creation of new more sustainable energy projects that will one day make their way to North America.
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Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes

Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes | sustainability | Scoop.it
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it has given final approval to two sizable solar projects on public lands near the Nevada-California border, which when operational are expected to provide a combined 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes and create 700 jobs. The announcement represents a milestone for President Obama’s renewable energy efforts. With the approval of both projects, there now are currently 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects either currently generating energy or slated to be generating energy on public lands...
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about time the United States started buying into at least start some sustainable energy projects. As highlighted in the article, before the Obama administration took office the country had 0 renewable energy projects on the books. With 50 new projects on the books the Obama administration has the US pointed towards a more sustainable future. It's projects like this that will help our society buy into the concept of systems thinking and realize that the business of fossil fuels will ultimately lead to overall negative effects on our society. Renewable energy projects not only have a positive effect on the environment, but lead to permanent job creation, and are a reliable source for tax dollars to local governments. the debate will go on for years to come over these type of projects and whether they actually produce an adequate amount of energy to justify putting all the resources into producing them. Each of these new technologies have their faults, but if we are to reverse the way our techniques have degraded the quality of life on earth we need to start somewhere..
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5 trends poised to rock education | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Education is often slow to adopt new trends, but these five technologies are poised to transform teaching and learning in classrooms today.

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this article illustrates how  the future of learning will look in the not so distant future. Electronics and mobile devices are just part of the way learning will become more personalized in the future. The traditional idea of classroom learning may be re-conceived as we know it. As we've learned in our recent history not everyone is wired to learn in the same manner. Personally i'm a believer that it's not IF someone is smart it's HOW they're smart. Not everyone learns the same. They just need to find the format that allows them to get engaged in a way that suits they're preferences. Albert Einstein summed it up by saying: "everyone is a genius, but if you  judge a fish by its ability to climb  a tree then it will live it's whole life believing that it's stupid." 

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Jason Ohler provides us a look ahead at things that are /should change the way we learn and live.

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Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour | sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Pacific Northwest National Laboratory engineers a way to turn algae into usable crude oil without a million years wait or harmful and expensive chemicals.”
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perhaps the future of energy does include fossil fuels after all? obviously the fatal flaw of crude oil and other fossil fuels is that we consume the resource faster than the earth produces them. If it is true that science has indeed unlocked the Earths secrets of how it produces the substances we've been extracting from it's crust than we may have a brighter future than we've come to forecast. It's processes like this that will hopefully one day unlock the methods for humans to achieve 100% sustainability.
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BRICS and the green transformation - will mutual learning help achieve ... - Institute of Development Studies

BRICS and the green transformation - will mutual learning help achieve ... - Institute of Development Studies | sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Institute of Development Studies BRICS and the green transformation - will mutual learning help achieve ...”
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Sustainable Supply Chains: 5 things you need to know

Sustainable Supply Chains:  5 things you need to know | sustainability | Scoop.it
There are 5 key things to consider in pursuing a sustainable supply chain: the field is increasingly complex with social and environmental concerns influencing supply, environmental and social impacts should be addressed in an integrated way, performance management is a continuous process, collaboration is more successful than 'comply or die', and competitive advantages are gained through resource efficiency, risk management and innovation.
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100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to Stanford Proposal

100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to Stanford Proposal | sustainability | Scoop.it
One of the greatest promises of the high-tech future, whether made explicitly or implicitly through shiny clean concept sketches, is that we will have efficient energy that doesn’t churn pollutants into the air and onto the streets.But here in the present, politicians and even many clean energy advocates maintain that a world run on hydrogen and wind, water and solar power is not yet possible due to technical challenges like energy storage and cost.Yet Stanford University researchers led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson have developed detailed plans for each state in the union that to move to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using only technology that’s already available. The plan, presented recently at the AAAS conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for The Solutions Project nonprofit.“The conclusion is that it’s technically and economically feasible,” Jacobson told Singularity Hub.To read the full article, click on the image or title.Get your Free Business Plan Template here: http://bit.ly/1aKy7km
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This is some exciting proof that a sustainable future is within our grasp! there are barriers to still to overcome, but once people buy into the benefit of sustainable energy it will ultimately provide us with the sustainable source of energy needed for the future. The barriers associated with this type of technology mostly involve overcoming peoples perception of 'clean technology' and the extensive cost it takes to build. Initially the costs will be high to build the infrastructure needed, but once in place people will begin to enjoy decreasing electricity prices year after year. As opposed to the increases in prices that the more popular fossil fuel methods use. In Canada we have more than enough quality land on which we could build this type of renew-able energy sources that would produce enough power to support our entire population. I for one sincerely hope that our government and society buy into these benefits and we can one day achieve a 100% renewable, sustainable source of electricity for generations to come.
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Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They’re Ruining the Economy, Too | TIME.com

Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They’re Ruining the Economy, Too | TIME.com | sustainability | Scoop.it
“American students are well over $1 trillion in debt, and it's starting to hurt everyone, economists say (Student loans are ruining your life.”
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growing depts are a harsh reality for students to face these days... holding a college degree certainly isn't as easy as it was for generations previous, nor is it a certainty that once you attain it that your future earnings with be enough to pay off the cost of that education. With the average amount of dept among students rising dramatically over the past couple of years and the number of higher income jobs on the decline its becoming harder and harder to justify getting post-secondary education.. Personally i thought the point of education was to enrich the human capital and potential of people in our society.. the way it's looking right now these practices will actually hinder our society/economy instead of improving the lives of those who seek higher education. The average student may have great potential in their field, but with the high amount of dept hanging over their heads it will take years off of their potential before they can get to a point where they'll be able to invest in homes, mortgages, and make significant contributions to the growth of our society.
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The investment logic for sustainability

Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world's most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it's large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's environmental, social and governance structures, too.
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in the first half of this years Corporate Social Responsibility class we had our eyes opened on the way we've done business in North America over the past few decades and the harsh effects we as humans have had on our planet and one thing is now clear: our ways of doing business ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE.  If we continue to consume at this rate we will  be left with a planet not capable of supporting the human race.. the good news you ask?? there are many ways that sustainability can be a win-win for all stakeholders involved. In this video Chris Mcknett points out some of the logic in the reasons why investing in sustainability makes sense and how we can improve society through this crucial pillar of CSR. 

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