7 ways to navigate the complicated new climate disclosure maze

March 22, 2018 by  
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It’s been almost a year since the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) released voluntary guidelines designed to help companies, investors, banks and insurers better understand and react to the complex climate risks affecting financial markets.

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Germany is building world’s largest passive housing complex with 162 green units

August 18, 2016 by  
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In Germany , the world’s biggest passive housing complex is currently under construction. The solar-powered Heidelberg Village designed by Frey Architekten will comprise 162 units and a host of sustainable features, including rooftop and vertical gardens . Frey Architekten founder Wolfgang Frey designed the complex so a wide variety of people could live on the property. There’s a range of one bedroom apartments to apartments that can house families of four or five people. Each apartment will have its own balcony. Solar power and modern ventilation systems will allow the complex to be energy efficient . Vertical gardens and roof gardens will add beauty, fresh air and other benefits. According to the complex’s website, even the “wall color” will make the building sustainable by oxidizing greenhouse gases nitrogen oxides ” into harmless nitrates .” Through the process, oxygen will be released into the air. Related: Belgium’s largest passive office building breaks ground in Brussels Heidelberg Village is being built according to Frey’s “Five-Finger-Principle,” which views sustainability holistically, including “ecology, affordability, integration, innovation, and profitability” as part of the process. The ultimate goal is “building a home environment to last a lifetime,” according to Frey Architekten. Heidelberg Village will likely be finished in 2017. The architects also announced plans to provide construction workers and future residents with food, a lunch program designed to connect the people who will live in Heidelberg Village to those who built their homes. By bringing together these two groups that otherwise may never have met, Frey Architekten hopes to foster a deep sense of community and belonging. In a press release, Frey Architekten founder Wolfgang Frey said, “Our idea is to build a strong community identity by inviting potential residents to our weekly soup kitchen to meet the construction workers and learn more about the people behind the scenes. Through consistent interaction the entire complex will bond over food and friendship.” + Frey Architekten + Heidelberg Village Images courtesy of Frey Architekten

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Kashi, Clif Bar and growing the organic food supply chain

May 17, 2016 by  
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Food producers banking on organic ingredients to bolster sales are turning to unconventional methods to grow the complex ingredient supply chain.

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Pig tales: An omnivore’s quest for sustainable meat

October 17, 2015 by  
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Unwinding the complex pork supply chain reveals an array of sustainability issues — including a dangerous addiction to antibiotics.

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How She Leads: Kathleen Shaver, Cisco

August 31, 2015 by  
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She helped Mattel win the respect of Greenpeace. Now the policy expert is zeroing in on the complex high-tech supply chain.

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Business planning in an ever more complex world

June 22, 2015 by  
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Businesses should engage in the complex social and political issues lapping at their doors such as inequity and climate negotiations. Here’s how.

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Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

July 24, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture competition , BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists , china architecture , community gardens , green architecture , green roofs , green-roofed housing , Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex , hill-like architecture , mix-use architecture China , rooftop gardens , sloping roofs

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Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

July 24, 2014 by  
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Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults.  Designer Gert Eussen , whom you may remember as the designer who created our favorite spherical treehouse , transformed the humble spud into unique, if unusual, chairs. Actual, little brown potatoes are carved into seat-shapes and dried out. No, they’re not pieces of doll furniture: they’re models for larger, people-sized real things! The full-sized potato chairs are built to the specifications of a real potato, and made of bio-plastic to boot. Read the rest of Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bio-plastic , bio-plastics , Chair , compostable , gert eussen , natural shapes , potato , potato chair , potato chairs , potatoes

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BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

July 24, 2014 by  
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The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject headed by Yves Béhar. Fuseproject is a full-service agency with a unique business model extending to a venture practice, and with a focus on sustainable design. BFCG, a $3.7 billion listed company, was described by Béhar as “an innovative media conglomerate that recognizes how important good design is to storytelling.” Following pending regulatory approval, Béhar will remain CEO of Fuseproject and the deal will allow the studio to scale up. Read the rest of BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acquisitions , BFCG , BlueFocus acquires Fuseproject , BlueFocus Communication Group , china , Fuseproject , industrial design , New York. , San Francisco , Yves Béhar

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Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

April 9, 2014 by  
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