(3BL Media/Just Means) - Renewable energy, investment in communities, human rights and donations to philanthropic non-profits. These are some of the actions that banking company KeyCorp, a provider of services to the payments and retail industries, is taking to promote sustainability and social responsibility.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 840 U.S. colleges and universities have endowments to the tune of $415 billion, according to Bloomberg News. Making investments in sustainability must be a priority for the universities, not just to support a more sustainable world, but also to live up to the values that most of the universities themselves espouse.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When we think of the positive images of India, words like colour, food, landscape, architecture, art, and Bollywood may spring to mind. The word “science” probably does not pop up. Yet, India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research and Indian science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Urban housing needs are overstretched worldwide, with 54 percent of the global population of 7.2 billion now living in cities, says the United Nation’s World’s Urbanisation Prospects 2014 report. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 6.33 billion of a predicted world population of 9.6 billion.
Talk about flying under the radar! While the White House and Congress are in gridlock, with the legislative body doing everything they can to ensure that nothing is being done about climate change, a number of provisions that were included in the 2007 Energy and Security Act that was passed during the Bush administration are quietly being used to produce enormous energy savings for the American people.
According to a white paper by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), actions that have already been taken, are planned, or that are now underway, could have a net present value, through 2040, of $2.6 trillion. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire US government tax revenue for the year 2013. It also equates to 34 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide and a reduction of energy consumption equivalent to 3.4 million barrels a day. For comparison purposes, the US has been emitting somewhere between 5 and 6 billion metric tons per year since 1990 and imports roughly 9 million barrels of oil per day. That works out to an annual reduction in emissions exceeding 20%.
These actions are being taken through various Federal agencies including DOE, EPA, Dept. of Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These include appliance standards (both existing and proposed), vehicle standards (existing and proposed), power plant standard (proposed), and housing policies (existing and proposed). Results are shown for the cumulative estimated savings by 2040 in the table below.