Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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10 hours 30 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2014, jobs in the U.S. economy grew by 1.3 percent over the previous year. This has been hailed as the strongest year for job growth since 2009. Interestingly, during the same period, jobs in the solar industry grew nearly 20 times that of the economy as a whole.

According to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published recently by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University’s GW Solar Institute, last year the solar industry added 31,000 jobs, representing a growth rate of 21.8 percent over the previous year. One out of every 78 new jobs in the U.S. in 2014 was a solar job.

In comparison to the oil and gas pipeline construction and drilling...

3 days 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Favorable trends in corporate sustainability are transforming the world and creating a significant impact on the companies’ top and bottom lines. Global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and demographic shifts are creating new opportunities and risks that businesses must address today to stay competitive tomorrow.

Toronto-based media organization Corporate Knights has released its 2015 Global 100 report, which identifies companies around the world that are utilizing resources in a sustainable manner and optimizing employee performance. Companies are assessed across 12 “key performance indicators” (KPIs) and the data-driven rankings are released...

3 days 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – President Obama’s recent State of the Union address made an appeal to every CEO in America to hire veterans. The push was not without reason. As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of unemployment for veterans in 2013 was over 6.5 percent, and the number shot up to more than nine percent for post-9/11 veterans.

CSX Corporation has long recognized the need to hire veterans as a part of its commitment to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. CSX makes focused efforts to employ skilled veterans and current enlistees in armed forces. Year after year, the company has earned accolades for being a top employer for service men and women in the United States...

4 days 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Fuel cell technology involves clean and efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical power in an electrochemical process that is virtually free of pollutants. Due to absence of combustion, almost no harmful emission is generated by the fuel cells.

Bloom Energy Inc. is among the most well-capitalized venture-backed clean-tech companies, which employs fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity. Bloom’s power-producing units are placed in office buildings, data centers and other client locations. The company enters into long-term contracts with clients to supply clean power.

While Bloom Energy appears ripe for raising funds through...

1 week 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Each year professionals donate more than $15 billion in pro bono services. This is about four times the amount that corporate foundations donate every year. Pro bono services can help nonprofits realize their full potential. The Taproot Foundation is at the forefront of the endeavor to provide nonprofits with access to high quality pro bono services to meet their unique needs.

To mark Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, the Taproot Foundation, in partnership with the Project Management Institute, provided nearly a hundred local nonprofits with over $200,000 of project management consulting at a one-day ScopeAthon. U.S. Secretary of...

1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Education is the single most potent tool to empower children and adults alike to participate actively in societal transformation. According to Global Partnership for Education, if all students in low income countries acquired just basic reading skills, it would lift 171 million people out of poverty.

A recent study released by the Varkey Foundation says that Fortune 500 companies spent $2.6 billion a year from 2011 to 2013 on education. On average, these companies spent 13 percent of their CSR contributions and 10.4 percent of their grants on education. The Varkey Foundation study identified top 10 companies that are spending a...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The impact of venture capital in the US cleantech market in 2014 and the previous few years has been nothing short of monumental. Innovation and entrepreneurship of VC-backed firms such as SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sunrun, Sungevity, Enphase and Clean Power Finance have triggered financial investments worth tens of billions of dollars in the US residential solar market, and helped establish solar as a secure asset class for investment.

In absence of support from venture capitalists, the solar market in the US might have taken another five years to reach its current levels, if it took off at all. Enphase, a successful VC-funded...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 98 percent of the water on earth is saline, and about two-thirds of the remaining fresh water is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves less than one percent of total water resources on earth for human use. The problem of water scarcity has grown to a point where about one billion people in the developing world do not have access to safe drinking water. Water conservation has become a pressing need of the hour, and a few global corporations are leading the way in this endeavor.

Dow Chemical has managed to save over a billion gallons of water at its site in Freeport, Texas by implementing innovative solutions. The company is employing a Six Sigma-...

1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the early 1980s, India became the world’s first country to set up a ministry of non-conventional energy resources. India’s grid interactive renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydropower projects, has reached 30 GW. The country’s award-winning Solar Loan Program, run with the support of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), provides consumer financing for solar home power systems. With governmental support for wind power, India is now among the top five countries in the world in terms of installed wind power capacity.

The government of India has now announced a plan to create a corpus of $25 billion to promote green energy as a part of the...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Bank Group is currently driven by the twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity. It is promoting environmental and social sustainability while pursuing a development path of fiscal responsibility to achieve these goals. With its extensive experience in what works for development and what does not, the World Bank views itself as a “Solutions Bank” that can help solve developmental and sustainability problems in real time.

In its endeavor to create a better solution to disseminating information related to sustainability, the Bank has supplemented its online sustainability report for 2014 with an innovative...