(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.
FROM THE EDITOR
Renewables on the Rise: An Update
Despite some spectacular bankruptcies, startup-challenged technologies, opposition by traditional utilities, and uncertain governmental policies, renewable energy continues on its upward trend. Consider these facts, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. Global investment in renewables now beats that in fossil fuels two to one. Batteries to store power sourced from renewables are becoming cheaper, bigger in capacity, and more reliable. More EV models are being introduced by more automakers. And, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, producers of wind and solar power in Mexico and Morocco are planning to supply electricity at the lowest cost yet. Even Big Oil has noticed: Shell has created a unit for renewables. With climate change as a driver, renewables look to own the future.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Groundwater is the source of up to 60% of water supply in California. The state suffers from poor groundwater management, which has led to severe drops in groundwater levels, dry wells, gradual sinking of land in some locations, ecosystem die-outs and reduced stream flows. Inefficient data collection by local and state agencies about groundwater use is one of the factors contributing to this situation.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Kerala is a lush part of southern India, famous for its backwaters along fertile paddy fields. It is the country’s most literate and richest region, with a low poverty rate. Yet there are still places here that are battling severe poverty. One such place is Kizhakkambalam village, with a population of around 40,000 spread across 8,000 households.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – CEOs have the ultimate responsibility to lead, inform and manage the implementation of their company’s strategic goals and business plans. To make a transition to a more sustainable world, CEOs must play a crucial role by integrating ESG factors into corporate decision-making, and commit to structure their governance processes and business practices in line with a vision to improve global sustainability.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There has always been a controversy around the ethanol in relation to its environmental credentials. Detractors say it could actually be worse than fossil fuel while supporters claim that, by and large, it can help clean up transportation, a major source of emissions that cause global warming.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry, where the time is ripe for banks to reimagine their role in society and recognise their potential to create change to generate business value by creating social value. One such financial institution that is being noted for its commitment and innovative approach to facilitating solutions to pressing issues is JPMorgan Chase & Co.