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Global business leaders at the Business & Climate Summit send a clear message to national and international policymakers: “We want a global climate deal that achieves net zero emissions – make it happen at COP21”

The following is a press release published jointly by all partners of the Business and Climate Summit, which took place 20-21 May 2015 in Paris, France. See the UN Global Compact Statement here. Engagement by the private sector that is collaborative, serious and solutions-oriented is vital to building long-term resilience …

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SolutionsWaste

School cafeterias now offering compostable plates at mealtime

© Urban School Food Alliance by Katherine Martinko Good news! An alliance of the largest school boards in the U.S. has opted to spend a bit more on compostable plates in order to cut down on waste. There will be 225 million fewer polystyrene lunch trays in American landfills this year, …

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GreenCSRPrimary Sectors

Five ways to make farming more sustainable

A recent workshop in Mozambique identified five ways to sustainably intensify agriculture. In food insecure countries, large-scale investments are often considered a major driver of agricultural growth, but these can promote monocultures and intensive approaches that damage the environment and progressively decrease soil fertility. In addition, there is a great …

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ChallengesEcoPreneurFood InsufficiencySolutionsWaste

London’s first ‘social supermarket’ turns food waste into job training

Video screen capture Company Shop by Sami Grover Whether it is selling ugly produce to turning out-of-date food into electricity, we’ve seen plenty of ways that supermarkets can cut back on the mountains of food waste they throw out each year. A new “social supermarket” in London is taking a different …

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Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city of Seattle has long been known for rainy weather, giving birth to grunge music, and its corporate headquarters for tech giants, Microsoft and Amazon. Now the city also wants to become known as a leading hub for smart, energy-efficiency buildings. “Smart buildings” are essentially defined as any office …

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EcoPreneurEnergySolutions

Universal energy 10 times cheaper, twice as fast with renewables, says campaign

© Power For All by Sami Grover Not long ago, I wrote a piece for MNN about how charities, private companies and micro-entrepreneurs were collaborating to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa before the end of the decade with the use of solar lanterns. Given the awful health and socioeconomic impacts of …

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable capitalism becoming mainstream

The number of businesses and investors embracing sustainable capitalism is growing rapidly, according to former US vice-president Al Gore and business partner David Blood. Gore and Blood co-founded investment management company Generation Investment in 2004. Launching a white paper yesterday, they stressed how the business case for sustainable capitalism is …

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Environment and sustainability roles popular with career changers

Over 40% of environment and sustainability professionals started their career in a different sector, according to a survey by IEMA. The data comes from IEMA’s practitioner poll, which found that those who started their career in non-environment or sustainability roles are happy with the change, with 87% reporting that they …

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Businesses challenged to plan now for 2030

Organisations need to “futureproof” their operations against changes in demographics, climate change, resources and technology, according to business leaders. Business in the Community (BitC) has launched a project to help organisations identify potential problems arising from global megatrends and make plans to avoid them. As part of the project, BitC …

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EcoPreneurEnergySolutions

A New Material Could Make Storing Our Carbon A Viable Way To Stave Off Global Warming

Capturing carbon dioxide underground is currently too costly for widespread implementation. Until now? When it comes to fixing climate change, most people focus on the idea that we need to stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But what if we could also take it out? Many scientists are working …

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