States take the wheel in drive for cleaner vehicles

February 19, 2019 by  
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From California to the Carolinas, states are implementing smart policies to rev up the marketplace for low- and zero-emission vehicles.

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What investors need to know from companies about sustainability

February 19, 2019 by  
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When companies don’t engage effectively with investors on their sustainability efforts they miss opportunities to differentiate themselves from peers.

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Here’s why only 1% of U.S. cropland is farmed organically despite voracious demand

July 29, 2016 by  
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Only around one percent of U.S. cropland is dedicated to organic farming even though consumer appetite for organic foods reached an estimated $13.4 billion last year. The reason more farmers haven’t converted to organic farming has to do with the high costs of getting certified , a process that takes three years before the U.S. Department of Agriculture can stamp a farm as meeting the requirements of being free of products such as certain synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. “When you look at the percentage of the marketplace, what consumers are buying versus what farmers are producing, farmers aren’t producing as much organic as consumers are consuming,” Alexis-Badden Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, an organics advocacy group, told The Guardian. Related: Benefits of organic food go far beyond vitamins and minerals, despite study results Food companies such as General Mills and Kashi are starting to help organic farmers financially during the three year transitional period. For example, General Mills recently teamed with dairy cooperative Organic Valley on a plan to pay a higher-than-market price for organic milk during the three year transition, with the extra money going into a fund to pay for the expenses accumulated. There are also efforts going on to create a transitional organic certification that would enable farmers to raise their prices in the second and third years of the transition before obtaining the official USDA seal of approval. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), California is the top state in organic sales. The 2014 Organic Survey found that the Golden State accounted for $2.2 billion in organic sales. According to the survey, the top commodity sold by U.S. farms was milk with $1.08 billion in organic sales. + USDA Organic Agriculture Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia

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6 Michigan state workers charged with misconduct over the Flint Water Crisis

July 29, 2016 by  
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Residents of Flint, Michigan are one step closer to justice in the aftermath of the Flint Water Crisis . Today Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed misconduct charges against six state workers. Three employees are from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services , and three employees are from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality . The workers (including one former employee) are charged with misconduct for a variety of reasons, including allegedly misinterpreting federal regulations, manipulating reports, and conspiring to misconduct. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services employees charged are Nancy Peeler, Robert Scott, and Corrine Miller. In addition to misconduct, their charges include ” willful neglect of duty related to allegedly concealing or disregarding test results ” after tests revealed high levels of lead in the blood of Flint residents. Peeler and Scott both work in a “childhood lead poisoning prevention program” for Michigan. Miller is the Michigan Director and State Epidemiologist. Related: 33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead The sole state employee fired so far over the Flint Water Crisis has been Liane Shekter Smith, who was the chief of Michigan’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. She is among the charged employees. The other two employees to receive charges are water regulators Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook of the Department of Environmental Quality. Emails show Rosenthal manipulated reports about the lead levels in Flint water, and other emails show Cook wanted to quiet EPA expert Miguel Del Toral who asked about the corrosion control chemicals Flint lacked. According to The Detroit News , it is still considered unsafe to drink Flint water. In a statement, Schuette said “The families of Flint will not be forgotten. We will provide the justice they deserve. And in Michigan, the justice system is not rigged. There is one system of justice. The laws apply to everyone, equally, no matter who you are. Period.” Via The Detroit News Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons

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5 ways that NGOs stunt sustainability

April 25, 2016 by  
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When do nonprofits and activist groups go astray? Lack of reality about the the marketplace is just one sign.

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Big hires at UPS, Facebook, SolarCity; ex-NRG boss David Crane’s new gig

April 25, 2016 by  
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Here’s this month’s roundup of the biggest career moves in green business.

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Clean tech and innovation: Solar Impulse’s view from 10,000 feet

April 25, 2016 by  
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Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to have a midair conversation with Bertrand Piccard who, at the time, was on the home stretch of a solo flight across the Pacific in a plane powered entirely by 17,248 solar cells.

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Studying sustainable business strategies: Fiona Wilson

August 21, 2012 by  
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Listen to a researcher reflect on what she has discovered about creating social value through the marketplace.

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Solyndra Could Be The Biggest VC Loss in History

September 2, 2011 by  
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Earlier this week, Solyndra announced bankruptcy. The announcement is a blow not only for the solar technology we hoped the company could send flowing into the marketplace, but also for VCs who invested. Earth2Tech has a good post outlining just what a loss it could mean. “When hip cell phone startup Amp’d Mobile went bankrupt back in 2007, the company lost its venture capital investors about $360 million. When solar maker Solyndra files for bankruptcy (they’re aiming for next week) it could lose close to three times that amount, or a… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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As Roundup Causes Health Problems Around the World, U.S. Researchers Find Glyphosate in Air & Water

September 2, 2011 by  
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Image: IRRI Images via flickr Mississippi and Iowa, two big farm states, were recently tested for glyphosate levels in the air and water. Researchers found the key ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in every stream sample tested, Scien… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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