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How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing Good

In 2015, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, we committed to the most inclusive, diverse and comprehensive and ambitious development agenda ever. By doing so, we acknowledged that development challenges are global challenges. The new global goals represent a universal …

Sustainability

Sustaining sustainability: What institutional investors should do next on ESG

Mainstream institutions have made progress integrating environmental, social, and governance factors into their investing, but they still have far to …

Cost of solar energy falls every time the sun rises

Installing solar panels on your roof is not just for tree-hugging environmentalists. The increasing ease of the process and the financial returns have made going solar practically mainstream.<p>Washingtonians are embracing solar power in a big way. In the District, residential solar installations have …

Renewable Energy

Why Is Patagonia Backing Home Solar Projects?

<i>By Heather Clancy</i><p>Many businesses are evaluating solar projects as a method of managing their long-term electricity costs while increasing their clean energy portfolio. Patagonia also views them as a corporate investment opportunity, a strategy it encourages other businesses to emulate.<p>In early …

Renewable Energy

Clean disruption? Stanford group plans for 100% green-energy future

Green analysts say fossil-fuel industry could be obsolete by 2030 as clean energy takes over<p>An environmental research team from the prestigious …

Renewable Energy

Can Amazon's new 'dream team' fix the company's sustainability reputation?

Unlike most big companies, Amazon has never published a sustainability report. Recent hires suggest that may be about to change – but will the retailer play ball?<p>Amazon has a reputation for forward thinking, but when it comes to sustainability, the company has often fallen behind the times. For …

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Agriculture

Why Solar and Wind Are Thriving Despite Cheap Fossil Fuels

Low oil prices are rattling stock markets, but investors remain bullish on solar, wind, and other clean energy. Here are three reasons why.<p>The prolonged plunge in fossil fuel prices is rippling across the globe. Yet it’s barely put a dent in the booming market for clean energy, heralding perhaps a …

Renewable Energy

A New World Beckons

<b>The Future Belongs to Renewables</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years …

Renewable Energy

Google Makes Major Investment In Renewable Energy To Power Internet Services

Google's renewable energy project, announced Thursday, adds 842 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to power its data centers, nearly doubling the …

S&P 500 companies up their game on climate: Report

Facing rising global temperatures and potential supply-chain risks to vital resources like water and electricity, more S&P 500 corporations are …

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

If your goal is to create a stable food supply on Earth, or elsewhere for that matter, one path to steady, environmentally friendly and …

Farming

If we want a low-carbon future to happen, we should look to Silicon Valley

The internet has monumentally changed our world in just 40 years. If we harness the vision and belief of those innovators a low-carbon revolution is possible too<p>Do you really believe? I’m not asking if you ‘believe’ in climate change – thankfully that question has been delegated to the world of …

Silicon Valley

Solar suburbs: The future is now

<i>This story originally appeared at Yale Environment 360 and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>Imagine a truly green suburb, one in which energy-efficient …

COP 21: Why It's Time to Bet Big on Sustainability

As we get closer to momentous the UN's momentous Climate Change Conference, COP 21, it feels that we are in a new phase of urgency and responsibility.<p>For the first time in the UN's history, world leaders have acknowledged the limits of their powers in delivering to such far-reaching targets. From …

Sustainability

Drought's silver lining: Attracting investors to sustainability

Earlier this summer, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions that renewed concerns aboutwater availability in California …

Nasa astronauts take first bites of lettuce grown in space: ‘Tastes like arugula’

The bountiful harvest aboard the International Space Station is part of Nasa’s Veggie experiment to make spacecrafts more self-sustaining for longer missions<p>It was one small bite for man, one giant meal for mankind.<p>On a gustatory adventure never attempted by humanity, astronauts have for the first …

NASA

The Four-word Business Case for Green Building

I'm proud to be president of the organization that's leading the world's green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council. Part of my responsibility is to distill our business case for green buildings into an easily understandable phrase. Luckily, I've had the benefit of advice from …

Real Estate

By Bill Gates: Why I’m investing $1 billion of my own money into clean energy research

Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments I am already making, and I am doing it because I believe that the next half-decade will bring many …

Climate

How Investing is Evolving to Include Sustainability

In the future, sustainability analysis will be an integral part of financial equity analysis.<p>When we pick a stock to invest in, we make assumptions about how the company is being managed and what its value is. We determine that the CEO isn't taking wild risks that could run the company into the …

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