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Green EducationSmart CitiesSmart Cities Method

10 Big Ideas From CityLab 2014 Attendees

Flickr/MullingItOver This Monday and Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies are bringing together an incredible group of more than 300 global mayors, urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers for the second annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges.” Many of …

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GreenCSRInternational Government

Corruption Costs Developing Countries $1 Trillion Each Year

Developing countries lose at least $1 trillion every year through shady deals for natural resources, the use of shell companies, money laundering and illegal tax evasion, according to a new report by the ONE Campaign. The ONE Campaign, co-founded by Irish rocker Bono to end extreme poverty and disease, says …

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Green BuildingHousing

Active House USA Shows the Future of Sustainable Living

VELUX America has unveiled Active House USA, a custom sustainable home in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, MO that combines leading sustainability and high performance building practices from around the world. The prototype home defines the next generation of sustainable home building in the U.S., combining expertise from …

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AdviceEcoPreneur

Food Forward: The Food Revolution Is Being Televised

A new documentary TV series, “Food Forward,” highlights the range of issues created and affected by our increasingly unsustainable food ecosystem, as well as the “food rebels” helping to transform it. The 13-episode series premieres on PBS on September 4. “Food Forward” highlights farmers, ranchers, chefs, scientists, teachers and fishermen …

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CSR Green BusinessGreenCSR

Why Brand Communication Has a Key Role in Driving Sustainability

I always see images that portray nature with different shades of green. This is totally unfair to nature, which is multicoloured. This shallow portrait of sustainability has made the subject eco-boring – limited, distant and rather immature. Everything communicates something: our haircut, the shoes we wear, what we study at …

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Be Green

Private and Public Sectors Are Fueling Use of Ecolabels, But Are Consumers Catching On?

How can you persuade people to make responsible purchasing decisions? It isn’t an easy question. Vast global industries have been built up around understanding and influencing the tangled web of decisions and motivations that take place when buying products or services. Price and quality are common factors. But as awareness …

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Green EducationGreen LibraryGreenCSR

What Is Holonomic Thinking and Why Should You Care?

It is no secret that the private sector, for the most part, is failing to tackle today’s evolving social and environmental challenges, caused in large part by the nature of current standard business processes. It is getting more and more overwhelming for people to relate to businesses and their old-school …

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Environment

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

The California State Legislature has passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California, which will now head to the governor’s desk. Last Friday, the California senate voted 22-15 to approve the ban, Senate Bill 270. After being signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the legislation will implement …

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CSR Green BusinessGreenCSR

Hershey Expands Program to Benefit 10,000 Cocoa Farmers in Ivory Coast

Hershey has announced a new three-year program expanding its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. In partnership with cocoa supplier Cargill, Hershey Learn to Grow Ivory Coast encompasses seven farmer cooperatives and includes investments in educational infrastructure and teacher housing. Some …

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GreenCSRSmart Cities Technology

Shell Unveils First Soccer Field Powered by Players’ Footsteps

Shell and Brazilian soccer player Pelé this week showcased a first-of-its-kind soccer field capable of capturing kinetic energy created by players’ movement and combining it with nearby solar power to generate renewable electricity. Located in the heart of Morro da Mineira, a Rio de Janeiro favela, the soccer field uses …

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