The Inside View: 10 Minutes with Glenn Prickett

August 6, 2018 by  
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A major chemical company and a leading environmental NGO team up to value nature. Can this marriage really work?

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Rest up, the biggest challenge yet awaits you

August 6, 2018 by  
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Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals needs to ramp up quickly. That’s where business comes in.

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Community-designed Filipino orphanage rises in the wake of typhoon disaster

January 24, 2018 by  
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In November 2013, super-typhoon Haiyan battered the central Philippines and destroyed over four million households—including the NGO Streetlight’s orphanage, office, and study center. A collaborative community effort led by Eriksson Furunes Architecture and Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase sprang to life to redesign and build post-disaster structures for Streetlight that were better equipped to weather storms. The design process helped the community heal in the aftermath of Haiyan and took cues from locally available materials and construction techniques. Located on a four-hectare site in the center of Tagpuro, the new Streetlight Tagpuro is set 16 kilometers north of and further inland than their previous seaside site. The architects collaborated with the community through a series of workshops to develop the design, which was informed by community-chosen concepts of “open & light” and “closed & safe.” Heavy concrete volumes make up the structural base and provide refuge during typhoons . In contrast, lightweight timber frames installed on top promote natural ventilation and allow strong winds to pass through without damaging the building. The architects wrote: “The architecture explores the values of honest materiality, craftsmanship, expressive tectonics, and vernacular sensitivity. Through the deliberate selection of materials and construction methods based on their potential for adaptation by local workers, the construction process serves as a mode of capacity building and livelihood training. Finally, through a participatory and community-based design process that affords a framework for local expression, the project becomes opportunity not only to build architecture, but also to build a representation of shared values and shared meanings.” Related: Scientists Believe Typhoon Haiyan Released Massive Amounts of CO2 into the Atmosphere Streetlight Tagpuro currently consists of an office, study center, and orphanage . There are plans of adding a clinic in the future. Community members were employed and trained on the construction site and many became licensed carpenters and masons by the end of the project. Streetlight Tagpuro won the Civic and Community Category and the Small Project of The Year Award at the World Architecture Festival 2017 . + Eriksson Furunes Architecture Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes

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10 Minutes with Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund

December 11, 2017 by  
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The nonprofit leader reveals the secret to remaining innovative, 33 years in.

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How Canopy’s founder is winning converts with her gospel of deforestation

November 14, 2017 by  
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Australian-born Nicole Rycroft cultivates transformational, not transactional, relationships with the likes of H&M, VF Corp. and Levi Strauss & Co.

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How climate resilient is your company?

November 14, 2017 by  
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It’s time to go on the offense when it comes to climate risk. Here are three actions to take.

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Why moms (and the rest of us) must fight for EPA’s future

September 19, 2017 by  
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Women control 85 percent of spending power in the United States. Time to mobilize.

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Can activist investors encourage better carpet recycling?

July 20, 2017 by  
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Only 1 percent of carpet discards are turned back into new carpet. Here’s one formula for change.

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Why British coffee and tea maker Taylors prioritizes supplier resilience

July 20, 2017 by  
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For Taylors of Harrogate, the family-owned company behind the Yorkshire Tea brand, helping farmers source coffee and tea ethically and sustainably is a long-term business strategy.

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Exit Interview: Peter Seligmann, Conservation International

June 27, 2017 by  
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The co-founder of the global environmental nonprofit reflects on 30 years of growth and change as he prepares to step down.

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