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We don’t need to save the planet for the planet.

I made this statement earlier this week at an engineering faculty research day in Ontario. Having been someone involved in solar power since 1988 when the other
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The earth will save itself. We simply need to help us grant a longer lease for all sentient life as we know it and wish to preserve it.

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The problem with sustainability marketing? Not enough me, me, me - The Guardian

The problem with sustainability marketing? Not enough me, me, me - The Guardian | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Campaigns often appeal to our better intentions and higher purpose but perhaps they need to focus on answering the question ‘what’s in it for me?’
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Me, Me, Me...like it or not, we have to include some pandering to the "self" when marketing renewable energy or sustainability initiatives....

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In 2015, Companies Address Climate Change through Corporate Sustainability - Environmental Leader

In 2015, Companies Address Climate Change through Corporate Sustainability - Environmental Leader | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Eco-sustainability will matter more than ever in 2015; this is the year the US s leading companies must prove they are finally addressing climate change through corporate sustainability, thanks to two presidents and the Pope.
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Its about health too....

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The Future Of Corporate Mobility - Forbes

The Future Of Corporate Mobility - Forbes | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
A lot is happening in the world of personal mobility, with new business models like car sharing, ride sharing, mobility integration and demand responsive systems like Uber making waves.
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TCO is so incomplete as a metric. We need to be considering the cost of static assets sitting for hours on end doing nothing as well. The "softer metrics" are rarely counted....

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ConnectedDrive and BMW i3 coming to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

ConnectedDrive and BMW i3 coming to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
The BMW Group will showcase BMW ConnectedDrive and announce its future plans for highly automated driving at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center
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LA Times - Tesla Motors plans to debut cheaper car in early 2015

LA Times - Tesla Motors plans to debut cheaper car in early 2015 | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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With $40K base cost, $8K in incentives, this now becomes a $32K Tesla...the mainstream will grow their business exponentially...

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Charged EVs | Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest commercial EV pilot

Charged EVs | Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest commercial EV pilot | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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British gas installs EV chargers at customers homes, provides solar system development, installation and finance on customers roofs and now is testing an EV fleet. I just wonder when they will change their name :)...

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Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant

Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
We'll see if it actually happens.
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Once the issue of "transporting electricity" from outer space is resolved, will other planets become harvesters for our needs? While solar energy is indeed non-polluting, I just wonder about whether or not covering the moon surface might affect others or our planet negatively"....thoughts?

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The LlewBlog - Electric Cars

The LlewBlog - Electric Cars | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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Rent your own EV booster...and a report on the most recent EV show..

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Volkswagen e-Golf Makes North American Debut This Month

Volkswagen e-Golf Makes North American Debut This Month | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicle will debut next week in North America at the Los Angeles auto show.
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What Utility Planners Need to Know About Solar : Greentech Media

What Utility Planners Need to Know About Solar : Greentech Media | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
What they don’t know could slow solar growth.
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Distributed solar is not just about reduced cost, its about reduced risk too.

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Obama orders new plans to prepare for climate change

Obama orders new plans to prepare for climate change | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama required federal agencies on Friday to present plans to combat climate change.
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Good on the Prez for getting all agencies to contribute to the battle with climate change.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Nearly $800 per Canadian, says the IMF

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Nearly $800 per Canadian, says the IMF | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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People often complain about the subsidies for renewable energy. That's because those subsidies are always covert and exposed. Read this article to see the extent that fossil fuel energy is subsidized even more than renewables and why the cost of the gas at the tank is a lie...

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Obama orders 40 pc emissions cut by 2025

Obama orders 40 pc emissions cut by 2025 | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it

TUS President Barack Obama has signed an executive order for 40 percent emissions cut by the federal government by 2025. The order also includes a pledge to increase the share of renewable energy to be used by federal agencies to 30 percent. A directive issued by the previous administration sought to cut emissions by the […]

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THIS is leadership!!

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How climate change will limit growth

How climate change will limit growth | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Uncontrolled carbon emissions and climate change would dramatically limit global growth over the next century, writes Jack Pezzey.
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An interesting perspective on economic and societal well-being in a growing climate change context...

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Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways

Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
"There are significant environmental and ecosystem impacts of current [oil and gas wastewater] disposal practices in the U.S.," they wrote, "Regulatory action is needed to address these concerns."
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What part of "fracking is stupid" don't governments understand? More earth tremors in Oklahoma due to fracking this past year than in California. We are "fracking" with mother nature...she always wins!

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Nation's 'personality' influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study

Nation's 'personality' influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, says research.
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Volkswagen gives the e-Up a voice - IOL Motoring | IOL.co.za

Volkswagen gives the e-Up a voice - IOL Motoring | IOL.co.za | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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VW will catch up quickly....

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First Saabs roll out under new owner - Motoring - NZ Herald News

First Saabs roll out under new owner - Motoring - NZ Herald News | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in southwest Sweden. - New Zealand Herald
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The revival of a proven brand is always nice to see...

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Press Release: Volkswagen Shows Off Its First Electric Vehicle at the LA Show

Press Release: Volkswagen Shows Off Its First Electric Vehicle at the LA Show | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
e-Golf Will Be Automaker's First Zero-Emission EV Stateside
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Go big or go home...VW jumps into the emobility game in a big way...

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Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta - Bloomberg

Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta - Bloomberg | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta
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How lovely that our land is going to be desecrated just for a few oil companies to make tens more billions. When will they start to pay for our health costs associated with their emissions like nuclear companies pay to clean up their messes?

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Maui Electric Company Selects Greenlots' SKY Network to Manage Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Kahului

Maui Electric Company Selects Greenlots' SKY Network to Manage Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Kahului | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks, today announced that its SKY network management solution has been selected by Maui Electric Company to manage...
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Go Greenlots!

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Lung cancer cases soar in Beijing

Lung cancer cases soar in Beijing | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Beijing health officials reveal that the number of lung cancer cases has gone up by more than 50% in the past decade.
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The health tax is upon us..

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Hydrogen-friendly Vancouver getting into DC fast chargers for EVs

Hydrogen-friendly Vancouver getting into DC fast chargers for EVs | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Vancouver, British Columbia is joining the west coast highway for electric vehicle DC fast chargers, despite its hydrogen past.
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Congrats to our friends Ron, Brett, Lin and Rachel for earning this piece of business in BC...

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Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication

Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
#corpgov // Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication http://t.co/R1xJvTiEap
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The more companies focus on communicating their sustainability strategies the more it becomes a metric of their success in delivering shared values...

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