Sustainable tourism: valuing experiences, efficiencies and ecosystems

June 28, 2018 by  
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How do tourism industry stakeholders — hotels, business owners, airlines — define “sustainability” from an economic standpoint? How can leaders advance efficiency and conservation without compromising — even increasing — the experience for travelers?  What are the metrics that the industry can align on to demonstrate data-driven progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while creating new economic opportunities?

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Framing the sustainability policy opportunity in Hawaii

June 28, 2018 by  
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Building on a long history of systems thinking and sophisticated natural resource management, Hawaii’s leaders continue to advance the sustainability of communities, the environment, and economic prosperity. In 2016, Hawai’i passed legislation formally aligning the state with the Paris Agreement on climate change. The State legislature with elected official and public and private sector partners launched the Aloha+ Challenge, which serves as a local mechanism to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Senate Majority Leader J.

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These fish and meat options are the most environmentally costly

June 12, 2018 by  
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Farmed seafood, wild-caught fish , or livestock : which one is the most environmentally costly to produce? A University of Washington -led study probed that question by scrutinizing 148 life-cycle assessments for animal protein production. Lead author Ray Hilborn, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences professor, said in a statement , “If you’re an environmentalist, what you eat makes a difference. We found there are obvious good choices, and really obvious bad choices.” (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); The environmental costs of producing meat, seafood Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce — livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish? New research from the University of Washington takes a comprehensive look at the environmental impacts of different types of animal protein production. Read more: http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/06/11/choice-matters-the-environmental-costs-of-producing-meat-seafood/ Posted by University of Washington News on Monday, June 11, 2018 Scientists drew on four metrics to compare environmental impacts of different animal proteins: greenhouse gas emissions , energy use, potential to add excess nutrients like fertilizer into the environment, and potential to emit substances that help cause  acid rain . They used 40 grams of protein — around the size of an average burger patty — as their standard amount . Related: Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat Industrial beef production and farmed catfish were the most environmentally costly in general, according to the university. Farmed mollusks such as scallops, oysters, or mussels and small wild-caught fish were the least environmentally costly. The university said capture fish choices like pollock, the cod family, and hake also have relatively low impact, and farmed salmon performed well. But there were differences across animal proteins — for example, the researchers said livestock production consumed less power than most seafood aquaculture as continual water circulation uses up electricity. Farmed tilapia, shrimp, and catfish used the most energy. Beef and catfish aquaculture generated around 20 times more greenhouse gases than chicken , farmed salmon, farmed mollusks, and small capture fisheries. “When compared to other studies of vegetarian and vegan diets, a selective diet of aquaculture and wild capture fisheries has a lower environmental impact than either of the plant-based diets,” according to the university. The journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment published the study this week. Four University of Washington scientists and one scientist from company Avalerion Capital contributed. + University of Washington + Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Images via

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The New Metrics: Clues for making sense of sustainability ratings

September 27, 2013 by  
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How can you measure a sustainable business? These examples from Microsoft, Nike and SAP come from the latest Sustainable Brands event.

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California Wine Industry to Get Green Performance Metrics

December 21, 2011 by  
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The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) has introduced a set of new performance metrics to help wineries and grape growers measure and communicate their environmental impacts.

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When Policy Fails on Climate, What Can Business Do?

December 21, 2011 by  
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There is no option left but for business to take the mantle of leadership on climate in 2012. Here are the three areas that are most critical to creating world-changing levels of impact.

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Climate Corps 2011: Getting a Green Team Up and Running at CA

August 30, 2011 by  
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Even if you’ve got the most motivated employees on your corporate green team, many companies struggle to overcome the next biggest obstacle: How do you set the goals to measure success, and gather the metrics to show what’s working?

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Adura Drives Energy Waste Out of Parking Garage Lighting

August 30, 2011 by  
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 Lighting can account for more than 30 percent of a building’s energy use. In parking garages, the load can be even higher, making it a ripe opportunity for Adura Technologies and its latest pair of customers.

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Why Chevy is Dumping the Spare Tire & Other Tricks to Save Fuel

August 30, 2011 by  
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To boost fuel economy for the new Chevrolet Malibu, GM looked at everything from leaving out the spare tire to tiny tail light design tweaks.

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Green Grid Unveils New Metrics for Data Center Carbon, Water Use

December 6, 2010 by  
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The tech industry association is expanding on its ubiquitous PUE formula to help data center owners and operators get a fuller picture of their environmental impacts by measuring the carbon outputs and water use of data centers.

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