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Investors to SEC: Time for fossil fuel companies to reveal climate risk

Shutterstock A group of sustainability-minded investors are petitioning the SEC to compel fossil fuel companies to shine a light on potential climate risks in financial reporting documents. by Robert Kropp In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published guidance on disclosure of climate change risks and opportunities at publicly traded …

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Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage

by Derek Wong Proactively incorporating sustainability into a business’ core strategy can increase profits by 51 to 81%, according to corporate sustainability expert and author Bob Willard. His book The New Sustainability Advantage and the companion online tools lay out seven strategies and estimate potential returns. Both sustainability professionals and corporate …

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Google makes biggest renewables bet yet on $750 million SolarCity fund

Courtesy of Google by BusinessGreen Staff A snapshot of a Google solar energy project in Southern California. The tech giant invested just over $100 million in the project seen here — or one-third of the sum the company is spending on a new SolarCity fund geared toward residential solar. Google has accelerated …

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Inside Citi’s plan to deploy $100 billion for cities, renewables, climate

Citi’s new five-year strategy includes combating climate change, championing sustainable cities and promoting social progress. by Joel Makower Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other …

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State of Green Business: How stranded assets change energy math

Financial returns on fossil fuels could be wrecked by evolving climate regulations and market shifts toward renewable energy. by Lauren Hepler his article is part of a series of excerpts from the 2015 State of Green Business report. The concept of “stranded assets” isn’t particularly novel in financial circles. But the idea …

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5 ways to apply natural capital valuation in your business

by Libby Bernick Natural capital is a new way for business to think of the environment — a way that overcomes the current disconnect between economic growth and nature. To grow revenue, all companies depend on the Earth’s support systems such as a stable climate or clean water, as well as …

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Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use and transit planning can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities in cities. In fact, the Better Growth, Better Climate report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds more …

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4 Steps to Winning the Business Case for Energy Saving Projects

By David Thorpe Suppose you are a visionary in an organisation, be it a project manager or a policy head, and you have an idea for a project – it could be a low energy building, an eco-retrofit, or a piece of energy-saving equipment – that you know will save the …