Reynard Loki

Reynard Loki
Reynard Loki covers sustainability, sustainable finance and social innovation. He has written consumer-oriented features, exclusive interviews with CEOs, scholars and social entrepreneurs, and editorials across a wide array of environment- and sustainability-related topics. He is also a co-founder of MomenTech, an experimental production studio based in New York and Prague, whose projects have been presented around the world, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa, China and the Philippines. Reynard is also the Environment Editor at AlterNet.org and a contributing author to "Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia" (Salem Press, 2013), a reference encyclopedia that illustrates the biology, geography, history and ecological importance of the world’s various biomes and ecosystems. He is a member of Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd, Global Ethics Network and New York Pigeon Rescue Central.
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Posts by This Writer

6 years 6 months ago

What I learned, who I talked to and why we need to rethink the idea of a "quantum leap" to get to a sustainable future

In 2012, the world's biggest and most important meeting on sustainable development was Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which was meant to establish the global sustainability agenda for the next decade. Sadly, it's become clear that leaders of the world can't lead when it comes to making any...


6 years 7 months ago

Here's a fashion trend we can all get behind

The average American throws away an estimated 68 pounds of clothing every year, but 99 percent of that trash can be recycled. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, an estimated 1.3 million tons of clothing textiles—fabrics like cotton, wool, leather, nylon, rayon and polyester—were recovered for recycling in 2009. It may seem like a lot, but that's just a fraction of the more than 13 million tons of textile trash that was generated in 2010, representing about 5.3 percent of total municipal solid waste...


6 years 7 months ago

The recent Social Innovation Summit demonstrated the power of values-led creation

In the past, pediatrician William Kennedy would get in his car and drive for two hours to see some of his young patients. But now, thanks to so-called "telehealth" technology, Dr. Kennedy, who is the chief of pediatric urology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, can consult with out-of-area patients in a clinical setting using video communication and collaboration technologies.

He and his patients both benefit from Cisco's...


6 years 7 months ago

The signatories of Caring for Climate, the UN climate action platform for business, met in Doha. Now the real work begins

Since 1997, every four years following the United States presidential election, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) has published the Global Trends Report, a document that provides policymakers with information to aid in "long term planning on key issues of worldwide importance."

One of the "overarching megatrends" that will define the world in the year 2030, the latest ...


6 years 7 months ago

NASDAQ becomes the first North American Exchange to join the United Nations Global Compact

Moving from purely profit-driven investment strategies to ones that take into consideration environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is a paradigm shift that can be seen not only in the behavior of individual investors and fund managers, but also in the creation of sustainable funds, investment vehicles and indices.

The shift can also be seen in the fundamental ideological transformation of the world's stock markets into leaders of sustainability and corporate...


6 years 7 months ago

A new public-private collaboration unleashes the power of universities and social entrepreneurship to solve the world's most pressing developmental problems

"A core part of my global development strategy is harnessing the creativity and innovation of all sectors of our society to make progress that none of us can achieve alone," said President Obama in a statement released in February that promoted his "all-hands-on-deck" approach to addressing today's global challenges. "The new...


6 years 7 months ago

Armed with a new green financing program, America's 14th largest city makes a bid to become the home of the nation's most energy efficient buildings

Buildings are power hogs, accounting for 40 percent of the world’s energy and causing 40 percent of global carbon emissions. In fact, in the United States, they consume more energy than the transportation and industry sectors combined.

In 2009, America's estimated 4.9 million commercial buildings—more than 71 billion square feet of floorspace—accounted for 19 percent of...


6 years 7 months ago

The new education initiative HERfinance targets female factory workers across global supply chains to increase financial inclusion In just three years, over 2,000 female factory workers in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Pakistan and Vietnam were trained as peer health educators. In addition, health surveys were filled out by 7,000 of them. This progress was the result of HERproject, a women's health education initiative launched in 2007 by BSR, a global network of nearly 300 companies working to develop, promote and implement sustainable...


6 years 8 months ago

A new discussion paper by the Principles for Responsible Investing Initiative seeks to apply the tenets of responsible investing to the high-flying world of hedge funds

In July, Robin Greenwood, an associate professor of business administration, and David Scharfstein, a professor of finance and banking, both at Harvard Business School, published a compelling research paper that examines the explosive growth of the financial services industry as fueled by the shadow banking system (i.e., short-term, loosely-regulated funding activities involved in the purchase of...


6 years 8 months ago

The global IT giant, which is helping thousands of companies execute sustainability strategies, has released its third quarter sustainability report card. Outside of one niggling area, they are at the top of the class

When the French food giant Danone—a €19 billion global leader in water and fresh dairy products (known in the United States for the yogurt marketed under its Dannon brand)—decided to cut emissions 30 percent across its operations and supply chain, it turned to another corporate giant: SAP (NYSE:...


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