(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Data centers have emerged as one of the largest and fastest growing consumers of electricity in the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2013, data centers located in the U.S. consumed 91 billion KWH of electricity, which was enough to power all the households in New York City twice over. Over the next five years, the annual consumption of electricity by the U.S. data centers is estimated to reach 140 billion KWH.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For conscious customers, the key barriers in acting on sustainability include knowing what sustainability really means, and determining which companies are doing better than others on this front. To overcome this hurdle, Walmart has launched a unique Sustainability Leaders shop. This online portal is designed to make it easier for customers to identify products made by companies that have scored as best in class in Walmart’s Sustainability Index.
The Hershey Company recently announced that it is transitioning to simpler ingredients, and that this transition builds on its commitment to responsible ingredient sourcing. The details are still a bit vague, but the company stated that it plans to introduce new snacking products in the U.S. in 2015 that have simple ingredients.
(3BL Media/Just Means) – If you are passionate about forests, their beauty and the amazing environmental services they offer, here’s some news to raise a glass to. American Forests and Bacardi have joined forces to press ahead with reforestation initiatives in Idaho, which is good news for wildlife, ecosystems and the climate.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to a 2012 Internet Society survey, 83 percent of people consider Internet access a basic human right. The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) has now approved the net neutrality rules, which classify broadband Internet service as a utility. The objective behind this landmark move is to preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles,” according to the commission chairman, Tom Wheeler.
(3BL Media/Just Means) – Working in the social good segment requires passion, good will and sanguine dedication, but the impacts that social entrepreneurs can have on society can be more far reaching when they develop sound business skills. This is what Shana Dressler, founder of the Social Innovators Collective, found out the hard way when in 2009 she saw her project Global Giving Circle rise and fall in the same year.
(3BL Media/Just Means) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership has awarded Chevrolet a Climate Leadership for Innovative Partnerships award, thanks to the results of its Clean Energy Campus Campaign. The initiative is designed to help campuses become more energy efficient and sustainable.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The obesity crisis in the West has been described by some experts in the U.K. as a larger health catastrophe than Ebola, as nearly now one in five British secondary school pupils and a quarter of adults are obese, according to official figures.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The future of education is about access, learning anywhere and being able to collaborate, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning has become social where schools of the future could have a traditional cohort of students, including online-only students who live across the country or even the world.