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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and the UCLG president, Kadir Topbaş, also the Mayor of Istanbul, sign the agreement. by David Thorpe The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with four other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together …

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What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments?

Open space in a Colorado development. Photo: Sarah Reed By Mark Hostetler and Daniel Feinberg Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as …

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Truly smart meters will speak a language that people understand ($$$)

Promo image Rainforest Automation by Michael Graham Richard A few years ago, smart meters and the smart grid were hot ideas in the media. Even the president of the United States extolled their virtues in a 2009 speech, saying that they would help average people save energy and cut their utility bills. While the number …

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Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made This Week’s Blizzard Worse

This week’s snowstorm bore down on the eastern seaboard. (NOAA) This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Manhattan may have gotten the wimpy end of this week’s Northeast snowstorm, but it chin-checked New England. Boston is buried in snow. …

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Unilever Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Across Global Factory Network, Creating €200M in Savings, Hundreds of Jobs

by Sustainable Brands Consumer goods giant Unilever today announced it has achieved a key sustainability target of sending zero non-hazardous* waste to landfill from its global factory network. The company says the milestone not only represents a significant step towards its ambition to double its size while reducing its environmental impact, …

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MillerCoors Adds Solar Power to the Brew

by RP Siegel MillerCoors has been working to reduce the impact of its operations from the start. Formed six years ago as a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors, the company focuses on critical areas like water, energy consumption and emissions. In its 2014 sustainability report, MillerCoors shows a greenhouse gas reduction of …

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Facebook, Bank of America buoy $1.7 billion Better Buildings expansion

Social networking giant Facebook is one new participant in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. by Lauren Hepler A social media company, a big bank, a fast food conglomerate, a university and a Vegas casino: That’s not a premise for a bad joke, but rather a snapshot of the large …

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Seahawks, Patriots and a desert: Sustainability at Super Bowl XLIX

The Arizona Cardinals battle the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Nov. 23, 2008. The stadium will host the 2015 Super Bowl, the first to be played under LED stadium lighting. by Lew Blaustein This article originally appeared at Green Sports Blog. “Green 22! … One! …

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US and Europe string new transmission lines for clean energy projects

Transmission lines near San Diego, Calif. In the U.S., approved and newly completed transmission lines will make it possible for 35 gigawatts of renewable energy projects to supply clean power for Midwestern, Southern and Eastern states. This article originally appeared at Sustainable Business. The U.S. and Europe are making major investments …

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Delivering on Profit and Purpose – a Job for the CFO?

Image credit: by Maxine Perella Back in 2012, a Deloitte study remarked how chief finance officers (CFOs) were ‘coming to the table’ in matters relating to board-level sustainability. The CFO role has evolved to the point where it is now widely perceived as an enabler for sustainable business – customers, shareholders …