Behind the green building blueprints of JPMorgan, Boston Scientific and Salesforce

November 21, 2017 by  
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Their common approach: Remain open-minded, review often.

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Businesses must evolve along with global climate policy

November 21, 2017 by  
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If businesses prepare for new post-Paris Agreement climate regulations, the economy could reap $10 trillion annually by 2050.

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RECs help small companies enter the renewables market

November 21, 2017 by  
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Because few companies can generate their own energy onsite, nonprofit SR Inc developed “aggregated procurement”contracts as an attractive alternative.

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India’s farmer network is saving seeds from climate change

November 21, 2017 by  
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Deep at a “seed bank” in the Himalayan foothills, farmers are preserving hardy indigenous varieties of wheat, corn and rice.

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Worlds first circular-economy business park mimics nature to achieve sustainability

November 20, 2017 by  
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The Triango sustainable business park in Paris, designed by  RAU Architects , SeARCH , and karres + brands , embraces the idea of a  circular economy  using inspiration from nature. The idea behind the proposal is to create facilities that can behave dynamically throughout their period of use and to use materials that can be used over and over again in the future. The new campus will include over 41 acres (167,000 square meters) of modular offices , incubators , and ateliers, organized around a central park. It is marked by public spaces and inter-building connections, fostering synergy and a new way of working. Related: ICEhouse designed for continuous reuse will be 100% Cradle to Cradle certified A robust framework forms the spine of the master plan, with three characteristic zones defined by unique site qualities. The urban zone is a compact strip, where, transparent, active, ground floors and open public spaces, consisting of gardens and green atria , create a lively urban character. This space has a large production greenhouse which will provide energy-neutral food and ingredients used in the products of the companies working in the area and for small local shops and restaurants. The organic zone includes innovative outdoor areas for new ways of work and recreation, while the landmark zone forms a striking façade towards the adjacent highway. + RAU Architects + SeARCH + karres + brands

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World’s largest sovereign wealth fund could ditch oil and gas stocks

November 20, 2017 by  
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Norway raked in money from oil in the past. But now the country’s Norges Bank , which manages its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – the world’s largest – is recommending the government dump fossil fuel stocks. They said the move “will make the government’s wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices.” According to Bloomberg , this could mean unloading $35 billion in stocks – and European oil stocks plummeted after the proposal. The movement for fossil fuel divestment appears to be gaining speed. Norway could get rid of their shares of big oil companies like ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. 350.org’s Bill McKibben said the proposal was “as astonishing as the moment when the Rockefellers divested the world’s oldest oil fortune.” Norway’s fund controls around 1.5 percent of global stocks, according to Bloomberg. Related: Catholic churches to make massive divestment from fossil fuels Norges Bank recommended the move in a letter to the Ministry of Finance, but the government probably won’t make its final decision until next year. They said the idea requires a thorough assessment. The move could include divesting from current shares, and not investing in oil and gas in the future. Bloomberg said the fund has already sold most of its coal stocks. While environmental activists have praised the proposal, Bloomberg said it’s more about hedging risk than combating climate change . Norges Bank deputy governor Egil Matsen said in their statement the advice is based on financial arguments, and doesn’t reflect a certain view of the “profitability or sustainability of the oil and gas sector.” Rystad Energy senior partner Per Magnus Nysveen said “this has nothing to do with the environment .” But according to Mindy Lubber, president of nonprofit Ceres , if Norway takes the significant step, others will follow – which could ultimately be a good move for the planet. Via Bloomberg , The Guardian , and Norges Bank Images via andy muir on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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IKEA, David Chang and ruler of Dubai invest $40 million in AeroFarms vertical farming

November 20, 2017 by  
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If there was any question that indoor vertical farming is the future of agriculture, the latest announcement from AeroFarms will remove any doubt. The revolutionary company just secured a whopping $40 million in financing from world-renowned chef David Chang, megabrand IKEA and the ruler of Dubai — Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. The company intends to use the money to address the escalating challenge of bringing healthy, sustainable food to the growing global population using their innovative aeroponic growing system. AeroFarms grows leafy greens without sunlight or soil in vertically-stacked troughs in a fully-controlled indoor environment. It’s better for the planet than traditional agriculture because it requires 95 percent less water, grows in half the time of traditional crops, doesn’t deplete soil and can be grown year-round and served locally — even in cold climates. Related: AeroFarms is building the world’s largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan David Chang, founder of the Momofuku Group, said, “Momofuku has always championed local farmers and is continuously looking for innovative solutions to improve our quality and sustainability practices. AeroFarms’ incredible technology allows them to grow consistent, high-quality ingredients all year round. At the end of the day, the goal is always to find delicious ingredients from local purveyors we admire, and I am excited to partner with AeroFarms.” IKEA, which has long championed indoor farming, funding innovations through Space10 and releasing their own indoor gardening system , also invested in the company. Rounding out the investment was Meraas , the investment vehicle of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. + AeroFarms Via Agfundernews

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The ultra-efficient, hidden heat source for Amazon’s new HQ

November 20, 2017 by  
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The “ecodistrict” project required cooperation from the city, architects and a corporate neighbor.

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Do these oil and mining companies belong on CDP’s Climate A List?

November 20, 2017 by  
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Braskem, Galp Energia and Harmony Gold Mining are cutting emissions without science-based targets.

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Tilling a transformative approach to crop and climate risks

November 20, 2017 by  
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What national planners, funders and the UNFCCC can do to ensure resiliency for global cash crops like coffee without harming poor communities.

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