(3BL Media/Just Means) - The utility company National Grid has introduced a measure designed to help homeowners save electricity and emissions. The Virtual Home tool has been added to the Smart Energy Solutions Program (SES), with new features and functionality. The interactive tool empowers users to learn where and how they can reduce their energy usage.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – TripAdvisor found in a 2013 study conducted that 79 percent of travelers were inclined towards hotel properties that use eco-friendly practices. According to Steve Jennings, lead consultant for hotels and resorts at Deloitte, hotels are paying attention to conservation due to three reasons: corporate sustainability, better expense management, and consumer interest.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Today, there are seven billion people on the planet. By 2050, that number is projected to grow to nine billion. This rapid rise in the world’s population raises an obvious question: with one billion people already going hungry today, how are two billion more to be fed?
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Cheryl Heller is not naive. She knows that real social or environmental change will not happen overnight, nor will it be easy or perfect.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since April 1, mayors across the U.S. have been asking their residents to commit to conserving water and reducing pollution by participating in a national contest. The focus of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is reducing water and energy use. Participants have a chance to win prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In. The contest lasts through the month.
Who says a global food company has to send waste to landfills? Nestlé USA certainly doesn't think so. The company recently announced that all of its factories are landfill-free. All 23 of its factories in the U.S. do not send waste to landfills.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There’s an old saying that goes, “when you’re up to your neck in alligators, it’s a little late to think about draining the swamp.” It could certainly apply to farmers in California right now, who are up to their neck (so to speak) in a historic drought. They are struggling and making difficult choices as to which crops they can continue to raise, as homeowners and municipalities learn to change their habits and their landscaping.
But as we have learned about climate change, there will be many more droughts, even more severe than this one, if something isn’t done to address the root cause. Which is where the new announcement from USDA comes in. Farmers contribute roughly 9% to overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—though, when it comes to methane, a gas 25 times more potent than CO2 in its effect on the atmosphere—that number goes up to 40 per cent. This new plan is another piece of President Obama’s effort to address the problem in a comprehensive manner, in each major area that it presents itself.
Despite what detractors say, this can be done, in this segment as in others, while improving the economic bottom line. Some level of capital investment might be required to make the transition, which is where the government incentives come in.