Environmental Impact

New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fracking Standards

By James Griffitts, Contributor

 

Responsible FrackingThe first independent social and environmental standards for shale oil and gas fracking operations have been published and the developers are looking for public feedback.

Equitable Origin is a non-partisan organization. Founded in 2009, Equitable Origin is currently the only independent standards and certification program exclusively focused on fossil fuels.… Read More

The Grand Strategy Project

By: Michael Schweibinz

Patrick Doherty , the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western University, was one of many enlightening speakers who took center stage at the 25th annual SRI Conference in early November. Mr. Doherty presented the essence of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project focused on developing a new “Grand Strategy” for the United States (video and visuals).… Read More

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change

By: Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense published its “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The groundbreaking report signifies a dramatic shift in belief and action regarding climate change. Having typically been dismissed as a future risk, the Pentagon is now “integrating climate change threats into all plans, operations, and training across the entire agency.”

The report emphasizes four primary climate change phenomenon:

  • Rising global temperatures.
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Women and Workplace Equality: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby… or Not

By Danielle Burns and Kathleen McQuiggan

There is no denying that women have come a long way from the struggles and discrimination they faced in the past 50 years when it comes to finding a job and having access to educational resources.… Read More

Methane Regulations Make Good Business Sense

By Michael Schweibinz

Methane emissions are frequently left out of the conversation about measuring and mitigating the effects of climate change. While methane only accounted for 9% of green house gas emissions in 2012, the long-term impacts this gas has on the environment are alarming!… Read More

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing

By: Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility, including being one of the early Certified B Corps.… Read More

Climate March Echoes Around the World

By: Michael Schweibinz

When was the largest organized event against climate change in the history of our planet? If you’re scrambling for an answer, stop, because you won’t find it in a history book. Instead, flip open just about any newspaper published within the last week, and there it will be—the “People’s Climate March.”

Just this past Sunday, the historic climate march descended on New York City as demonstrators from around the world crowded the streets from Columbus Circle to Times Square.… Read More

Fixing Recycling: How Do We Close the Loop?

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Many communities have recycling programs. And yet, this patchwork system of taxpayer funded programs produces marginal results for the United States overall that lag far behind other developed nations. Why?

Throwing Away $11.5 Billion

As You Sow has estimated that the value of wasted packaging in the U.S.… Read More

The Battle Between Beer and Fracking in Germany

By Michael Schweibinz

One of Germany’s most historically and culturally significant industries may be in jeopardy due to the negative externalities caused by energy producers. The town of Lünne is located in Lower Saxony in the northwestern part of Germany, where das Landhaus-Brauerei Borchert proudly produces over 800,000 liters of authentic German beer every year.… Read More

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing

By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy.

The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate treaty negotiation conference in Paris in 2015.… Read More