Apple eyes ‘lifting’ voice of companies committed to clean energy

September 22, 2017 by  
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Lisa Jackson on the company’s newest renewable energy commitments, circular economy initiatives and what she would say to Scott Pruitt.

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Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

August 7, 2017 by  
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Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills: the country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics . This isn’t just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles. Using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And as if that wasn’t a lofty enough goal, they plan to do this by 2021. Plastic is one of the most dramatic problems that the environment is facing. There is so much plastic trash in the ocean that it is difficult to even comprehend, and we are constantly discovering more . By 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In Costa Rica, 4,000 tons of solid waste is produced every day, and 20 percent of that never makes it to a recycle center or landfill, ending up in the Costa Rican rivers, beaches and forests. Related: Costa Rica ran almost entirely on renewables in 2016 Costa Rica has taken environmental protection seriously. The country plans to be carbon neutral by 2021, in part by ditching fossil fuels . They are also dedicated to restoring their forests and protecting wildlife .  In order to move away from single-use plastic, the country will utilize both public and private sectors to accomplish five actions. The country will offer incentives and issue requirements for suppliers, in addition to investing in research and development and other initiatives that will move it closer to its goals. It will also replace single-use products with innovations like cellulose acetate-based materials. Via Costa Rica News Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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Big Soda goes to war against proposed Soda Tax in San Francisco

September 26, 2016 by  
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A proposed soda tax is officially on the ballet this November for the city of San Francisco . Proponents of the tax hope they can make up for lost ground after a similar measure failed two years ago, but the soda industry isn’t going down without a fight. In 2014, the soda tax received 54.5 percent of the vote, yet did not achieve the required two-third supermajority to pass. According to KQED News , such a significant percentage was needed because the revenue from the tax was earmarked for public health programs. This time around, the measure proposes creating a 16-person advisory panel to make recommendations to city officials as to how the money should be spent. Related: Berkeley passes the first soda tax in the United States If it passes, San Francisco will join Philadelphia and Berkeley in the fight against sugary beverages and the health risks they pose to the public and pave the way for future state and federal actions. Since the city of Berkeley passed its own Soda Tax in 2014, consumption of sugary beverages like soda has fallen by 25 %. Oakland and Albany will also have the opportunity to pass their own soda taxes this fall, yet the initiatives aren’t without opposition. “Big Soda” spent $10 million on attack ads in San Francisco two years ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle , and have already started their crusade again this year, with attack ads against what they are deceptively calling the “Grocery Tax” , featuring mournful-looking minority children and grocery store owners, in print mailings, TV commercials and posters. Huffington Post calls these misleading commercials “unethical” because they are deceptive and designed to manipulate the fears of low-income communities, who are disproportionately effected by rising diabetes and obesity rates in children. It will be up to the voters to decide if they want soda industries to maintain their suffocating grasp on public health, or not. Images via Flick r, Wikipedia

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GOOD Acquires Jumo and Makes Better News

August 18, 2011 by  
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GOOD has acquired  Jumo , a social network that helps people find high-quality non-profits and take meaningful action. Ben Goldhirsh, founder of GOOD, addressed members and wrote, “This is a big step combining forces to complement media with community, and content with action. This is the beginning of a big effort, and we’re confident with their human capital, our human capital, and a shared objective of connecting likeminds to drive progress that much good stuff is to come”. Jumo is a social network with impact that enables people to find organizations and similarly minded people working on important causes here in the United States and across the world. Nearly 15,000 organizations from across the globe have signed up for Jumo to share their work and the stories of the people they serve. GOOD’s acquisition of Jumo is another step forward that emphasizes their portfolio is not restricted to just good content (if you will excuse the pun) geared towards today’s challenges but includes a variety of different projects and initiatives. Other recent initiatives inlcude- GOOD Finder –  This experiment from GOOD provides a way for anyone in the GOOD community to share news, ideas, or happenings, and to start discussions. Find good stuff across the web and quickly post it here — anything that is inspirational, thought-provoking, mind-blowing, or otherwise “good to share” with the rest of the GOOD community. The most popular submissions and conversations may even inspire new stories on the main site and in the magazine. GOOD Maker -  a new web platform that will allow the GOOD community to take action and bring good ideas to life. The platform aims to provide users’ ideas or projects with opportunities for funding via sponsored challenges as well as through peer-to-peer contributions, and then serve as the hub for each project’s life-cycle, from idea to launch to reporting and feedback. GOOD CORPS - GOOD/CORPS helps brands and organizations align business strategy with social impact, and win through highly participatory and profitable relationships with their audiences. GOOD CORPS uncovers the original positive purpose that gave birth to the brand, re-contextualizes this purpose within the needs of the world today, and then celebrates it in a brand platform that invigorates the audience through action and communication. Sound great!? Sure does. With such a variety of social good platforms and projects- what will call GOOD? A special interest group for reasonable people? A content and engagement platform? A company trying to respond to the needs of its members? Ben Goldhirsh says we can call it whatever we want-it’s ever evolving! Just stay on for the ride!

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Green IT Initiatives Move Up the Corporate Agenda

April 19, 2011 by  
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Green IT initiatives have tended to be middle-range priorities for companies, but that’s changing, especially with IT’s growing role in helping businesses manage energy use in their buildings and facilities, according to a recent survey of executives in the U.S., U.K. and Germany.

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Algae Producers Strike Back, Dispute Poor Enviro-Performance Study

January 27, 2010 by  
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photo: Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust via flickr. At the end of last week researchers from the University of Virginia dropped a bombshell on the algae biofuel industry, producing an algae life-cycle analysis which had it not faring so well against first generation biofuels, being more water intensive and producing more greenhouses gases. Well, the algae industry has come back swinging (as one might expect)

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7 Short and Senseless Flights We’d Love to Ban

January 27, 2010 by  
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Image via Earth Island Institute . Sometimes it’s better to drive. Whether that means you carpool , rent a car , or take public transportation the fact of the matter is that you’d blow more carbon emissions if you traveled by airplane.

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