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Sustainability Has Entered the Political Mainstream

October 13, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, former Vice President Al Gore, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger shared a stage on campus as Governor Cuomo committed New York State to a set of ambitious carbon reduction goals.[read more]

The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The Importance of Sustainability/shutterstock

We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

Road to Daegu Series: A Sustainable Future for China

August 22, 2013 by Sheila Oliva

China accounts for over 70% of fossil fuels, making the country the largest consumer and producer of coal in the world. But things are changing: Recently, China published an energy policy that seeks to offset climate change by promoting low-carbon green economy.[read more]

Sustainable Production: New Wine in Old Bottles

July 8, 2013 by Charles Arthur

Sustainable Wine Production

The need for long storage life, UV-resistance and gas tightness make glass bottles the wine market’s best container. Yet producing, recycling and disposing of wine bottles is problematic from an ecological point of view.[read more]

Fission Fast! New Slogan for Nuclear Energy Revolution

February 27, 2013 by Rod Adams

Just as our industrial development was finding more and more ways to use energy to improve human health and prosperity, we found an fuel that contained two million times as much energy per unit mass as the hydrocarbons that had been powering that development.[read more]

Feebates - The Most Effective Way to Accomplish Desired Shifts

July 14, 2011 by Sam Carana

Feebates can be implemented locally in budget-neutral ways, and can be tailored to avoid leakage by combining a number of incentives and disincentives into a comprehensive framework of policies, to most effectively accomplish desired shifts.[read more]

Oversimplifying A Complex Topic - Measuring The "Sustainability" Of Renewable Energy

June 14, 2011 by Cai Steger

The environmental impact of electricity generation is an incredibly complicated issue.  Each electricity generation option, be it fossil fuel, nuclear or renewable, brings with it environmental costs and challenges.  Some of these same energy technologies (such as renewables) also have environmental benefits when compared to...[read more]

How to “Green” a Hamburger

January 4, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Plastic bags, SUVs and hamburgers: No right-thinking tree-hugger would endorse them, at least not in public. But here’s the thing: While we can replace plastic bags with reusable ones, and we can electrify our SUVs, the world’s consumers will almost surely demand more, not less, beef in the years ahead. Which is why the World Wildlife...[read more]

Accounting for sustainability

December 13, 2010 by Marc Gunther

More evidence that corporate sustainability efforts are advancing, despite goverment inaction: Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting and consulting firms, said today that it has acquired two sustainability consulting firms, ClearCarbon Consulting and Domani Sustainability Consulting. ClearCarbon and its principal, Kyle Tanger, have...[read more]

Sustainability: Challenges and Risks

October 14, 2010 by Ruth Ann Barrett

“Ideally, however, no institutions in modern society are better situated and none more obliged to facilitate the transition to a sustainable future than colleges and universities…” This quote is from David Orr’s book, The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention. He is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of...[read more]

Sustainability reporting in tech companies – the hardware vs software divide

July 6, 2010 by Tom Raftery

  Photo credit Koshyk I wrote (and subsequently updated) a post a few weeks ago reviewing the Sustainability Reports of various companies in the technology space. I updated the review again this afternoon (see the updated review below) with the 2009 reports from IBM, Adobe and SAS. Something which struck me previously, and which...[read more]

Sustainability: Searching and Not Finding

June 20, 2010 by Ruth Ann Barrett

Over the last twelve months the phrases “environmental  sustainability” and the “definition of sustainability” are in  number 1 and 2 positions on the top Google searches for sustainability. What do searchers find and who influences their thinking? Most of our citizens are getting information on these terms from Wikipedia or...[read more]

Reporter scuba dives in oil-polluted waters

June 9, 2010 by Alisha Fowler

Crossposted from the ACE Blog. As the oil disaster continues to unfold, we are getting part of the story. We see heartbreaking pictures of wildilfe and hear accounts of devastation from fishermen and other hunters. But we want to know the whole story. What's the consistency of this oil? How is it moving through the water? How fast?...[read more]

“Made in America” Energy – An Important Smart Grid Benefit

June 7, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

A couple of statistics recently caught my attention.  The first was that in the month of May, Americans purchased more SUVs than any other type of vehicle.  Gas guzzlers, not hybrids or gas-sipping vehicles.  This happens while we have a catastrophic oil spill fouling critical habitat for land and marine species, along...[read more]

A dramatic story behind a soccer shirt: Carbon neutral manufacturing

June 3, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Devoted fans of Ghana will wear this soccer jersey, designed by Puma, when they cheer on their team this month during 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Fans of Cameroon, meanwhile, will don their team’s green World Cup jersey. Ivory Coast Algeria Puma also sells replicas of the World Cup jerseys for Algeria and the Ivory Coast. What...[read more]