The Case for Top-Down While I was at an energy industry conference recently I was asked the question, “Do you believe that it is better to have a bottom-up or a top-down approach for sustainability?” I answered immediately, “Top-down.” But I would not have answered this way even a [...]
Business is often not prepared to take on sustainability efforts for a variety of reasons. Some of these may be related to a lack of maturity in business process, data management, information gathering or expertise in the subject. This presentation considers organizational capability in the form of maturity models and frameworks [...]
Costa Rica plans to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021. And the Central American nation is not so far from that ambition — already 98 percent of its electricity comes from renewables.Read the full article at: www.renewableenergyworld.com In the midst of political discourse and disagreement over the validity of the science behind global warming, it is refreshing to see a country determinedly act to further its use of renewable energy. Costa Rica has managed to do what other democratic countries struggle to achieve; that is, identify a problem, determine a solution, establish a goal and take actions to accomplish it. At the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solis announced plans for “Costa Rica to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021.” Carbon neutral. That’s huge even for a small country like Costa Rica. In fact, that’s huge for any entity – a city or a community. It’s huge even for an individual. Really, it’s just plain huge at any level. Costa Rica already gets 98% of its electricity from “renewables…mainly hydropower but also geothermal, wind, solar and biomass. The only fossil fuel it utilizes is diesel.” Yet, they continue to raise the bar. Solis said that Costa Rica’s decision to embrace renewables “ ‘was in no way improvised — it’s the constitutional right of the people to enjoy a clean environment.’ ” Right.
ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn't need a grid or food systems. It's a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.Read the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com The ReGen Village outside of Amsterdam has been designed to be fully self sufficient. Why is this important? Waste is a huge issue entirely created by humans. In nature, every waste output of animal, plant and natural system is an input for another animal, plant or natural system. Humans are just learning how to emulate nature. Want to learn more? Head over to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or take a look at a presentation Expressworks gave at a Circular Economy Conference in Denver, February, 2017. We present a perspective on how the oil and gas industry could reduce waste outputs and create more a more circular system. If your company needs help learning how to become circular, we can help.
The company is expanding from its acclaimed Austin flagship to two more Texas locations. But that's just the start of 34-year-old foundeRead the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com Rethinking home improvement through the sustainability lens led founder, Jason Ballard, first to try head to head competition with the retail giants Lowes and Home Depot to be the "green alternative" for DIY. He then realized that the smart move would be to solve the problem of planning for and installing green solutions in the home with the big idea of moving to green construction. His journey will be an game changer if he succeeds. If you're in Dallas, you may want to check out his new TreeHouse facility in Dallas built with greenest building concepts, it will have no net energy costs. If you're ready to rethink your business using the sustainability lens, we can help.
John Elkington invented the idea of the triple bottom line. Now he's focusing on how we can move past incrementalism and toward fastRead the full article at: www.fastcoexist.com "Last year, the Harvard Business Review shifted how it assesses its "100 best-performing CEOs," including for the first time a variety of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. In the new reckoning, Jeff Bezos fell from first place to 87th, and Netflix's Reed Hastings didn't even make the list. That HBR, hardly a flag-waver for the Socialist International, now sees performance this way is solid evidence that Elkington's ideas have finally reached mainstream." The UN Sustainable Development Goals will have the force of law as governments create regulations to meet them. Contact us if you need help aligning company environmental, social and governance metrics with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability performance is integral to the way companies like Ikea, Unilever and Novo Nordisk conduct business. When energy industry business decisions are made to include sustainability, people can find themselves at a loss to describe what this really means. Measuring
Everybody wants to know how we’re doing, are we “sustainable?” It is a great question but the answer is not without significant challenges. Creating practical, meaningful measures of progress is difficult. Meaningful sustainability measures should help leaders determine how to focus their efforts to contribute to the overall goal. Progress [...]