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(3BL Media/Just Means) - These days we all have far too many items of clothing, which represent a major environmental challenge, from the water and pesticides needed to grow cotton crops to the waste that piles up on landfills.


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Methane is a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times greater than carbon dioxide. Methane emissions in the U.S., which contribute to climate change, increased three percent in 2013 over 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA.


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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Around five years ago I visited the Amazon by invitation of the Brazilian government, who at the time were doing a much better job of protecting the world’s most important rainforest than it is now.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Hillary Clinton has just rolled out her climate change plan, which would rapidly expand our use of renewables, tripling the number of installed solar panels to half a billion by the end of her first term. That’s certain an ambitious goal. In her statement she indicated her intention to rely heavily on tax credits to accomplish this. Whether or not that will be sufficient remains to be seen, but another announcement made yesterday by SolarCity, should certainly help.

The California-based company announced a new plan that would target small and medium sized businesses (SMB) as a huge untapped for solar energy systems. Focusing initially on owner-occupied businesses in California, the rollout contains a new pricing model that will allow these businesses to pay anywhere from 5-25% less for electricity than they currently pay, depending on usage and current cost, with no upfront charges. Twenty-year fixed rate financing will lock in savings, even if utility prices go up.

There are currently 28 million small and medium businesses in the US, which account for 99% of all businesses. It’s difficult to get a breakdown on what portion of energy use that amounts to, though this report from EERE suggests that this segment accounts for roughly 40% of all commercial building square footage (including government offices, but not malls). The report also highlights the substantial opportunities in energy efficiency while noting that California has been far more successful in reducing energy use than the rest of the country. This falls in line with the conventional wisdom that suggests that improving efficiency first, before installing renewables, is the more efficient path.


2 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For many companies around the world, corporate sustainability primarily means making a conscious effort to support local environmental protection, employee welfare and community programs. However, a few companies such as IBM are driven by a mission to make a pervasive impact across the global environmental, social and economic landscape and transform the planet.


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(3BL Media/Just Means) - ​Keen Footwear ​is about to hit the road to raise awareness of the great outdoors. It starts on July 29th, when​ ​a yellow, revamped '70s RV will start a two-month cross-country trip to raise awareness ​of the importance of​ preserving public lands​.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investments that have a social or environmental benefit have grown substantially in the last few years. A recent report from the Washington-based Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment said that socially responsible investment assets in the U.S. stood at $7 trillion in 2014, registering an increase of 76 percent over 2012. A significant portion of these investments are aimed at helping developing countries.


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