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Have We Reached the Point of "Peak Cars"?

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We've all heard a lot about Peak Oil, the point at which global oil production begins to decline because the accessible supply is simply not as big as it was the year before. Whether it has been passed or is looming in the near future, is still being debated, especially in the light of the recent boom in U.S. production. But it is highly likely that it is imminent, which is really a good thing, given the carbon emissions entailed, which has not been reason enough for many people, institutions and governments to press for alternatives.

Train to Win: The 1, 2, 3 of Sustainability Best Practice

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Guest Blog by Matt Ellis, Founder and CEO, Measurabl

We all know the jargon: Sustainability. CSR. Shared value. Triple bottom line. Green. They all land somewhere between ephemeral concepts and a color. How did we manage to detach something so important from its twin value propositions of risk mitigation and cost reduction? More puzzling still is how the value of sustainability got so turned around at a time when regulation, investor pressure and consumer demand for accountability and transparency are more real and impactful than ever.

Doing Business in Afghanistan the B Corp Way

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Based in Afghanistan, Roshan is changing the world's outlook on the country, changing the nation’s reputation from 'post-conflict' to innovation, security and equality: A Benefit Corporation ranking in the top 10% for Community and Workers among other B Corps. ISO certified for technology, customer care and sales.  2013 Award Recipient as the Most Innovative Company of the Year, the CSR Program of the Year, Customer Service Department of the Year for the International Business Awards for Middle East & Africa. And the list could go on and on.

Canadian Business and Water Leaders Talk Innovation

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The sustainability challenges facing Canadian business leaders and water experts are unsurprisingly similar:

“How can companies design resilient sustainability programs that can survive leadership changes, economic downturns, political shifts and other setbacks?”

How can Canadian municipalities become ideal water sustainable cities--soon?

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don’t Forget the Suburbs

Posted by Daniel Kammen of University of California, Berkeley
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Our cities have the potential to be a key climate change solution. Already they are hot-beds of innovation in local and global approaches to the nexus of sustainability and quality of life.  People who live in cities drive less, use less energy to heat, cool, and light their homes, and even their water and sewer lines are shorter and require fewer resources. But all of those advantages – and the ability to save more land for nature and agriculture – will be cancelled out if our cities are ringed with suburbs that are profligate in their use of energy and resources.

TD Economics: Environmental Policy Creates Economic Benefits for Cities

Incorporating environmental elements into urban development strategies fosters economic growth and strong environmental performance
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CHERRY HILL, N.J., December 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Local cities and municipalities play a crucial role in greening the economy, according to a report released today by TD Economics (www.td.com/economics), an affiliate of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. By creating a bottom-up framework for consumers, businesses and government to improve environmental performance cities are also able to create jobs, improve living conditions and foster economic growth.

Guest Post: In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time for a Clean Slate?

Guest blog by Michael Townsend, Founder and CEO of Earthshine Solutions, and author of The Robust Guide to Sustainable Business (forthcoming)
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Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our economies, it is widely acclaimed for having delivered an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity.

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