Such a web, made up of companies and organizations of all sizes, helps to keep items in use – and to create projects that benefit communities and the environment
A more sustainable future means advancing a circular economy – one that keeps material in use and creates jobs along the way. The way to get there lies in the collaboration of organizations of all sizes, in what we’re calling supply webs.
Big companies become role models when they turn food scraps into compost, use it in their corporate garden, serve that produce to employees – and then compost scraps from those meals, beginning the cycle anew
Here’s some food for thought: about 31% of food in the US goes to waste and a shocking 97% of that ends up in landfills. No wonder that in 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture set a goal to cut food waste in half by 2030, by partnering with charities, faith-based organizations, local governments and the private sector.
Dr Huei Peng is a university administrator who keeps a packed schedule. His days are a jumble of meetings that often cross departments; his job also requires him to facilitate introductions between his team and outside interests, sit for media interviews, meet with government officials, and otherwise champion the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), where he serves as director.
When the gavel came down on the historic Paris Agreement for climate action on 12 December 2015, the international community delivered a statement of intent for a different and better future. One year on – after months of quiet diplomacy, business calls for action and civil society efforts – the agreement has been ratified, and the statement of intent is now set to drive government, business and investment decisions for decades.
By 2025, millennials will represent 75% of the global workforce – and that means three-quarters of employees will likely seek opportunities to make an impact on people and the environment through their personal lives and the companies where they work.
In northern Norway, the hydropower station Øvre Forsland “sits on a riverbed at the edge of a forest, with an exterior that aims to reflect the irregular shapes of the spruce trees forming its backdrop,” the Guardian reported last month. While the sleek design attracts tourists and complements the scenery, its purpose is much more remarkable.
Reports of birds burning while flying over a heat-intensive batch of solar concentrating mirrors and migratory bats colliding with wind turbines have raised concerns among environmentalists about the impact that new renewable energy systems may have on US wildlife.
Many people probably don’t think their local landfills are more than a final resting place for waste. But companies like Apple and General Motors are using them as a source of renewable energy that reduces their costs and impact on the environment.
Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has always been fascinated by public spaces. That’s why, as automakers dedicate more resources to the production of smarter, environmentally friendly vehicles, he’s on a related mission: to reimagine the roads on which those cars of the future will drive.