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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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 840 U.S. colleges and universities have endowments to the tune of $415 billion, according to Bloomberg News. Making investments in sustainability must be a priority for the universities, not just to support a more sustainable world, but also to live up to the values that most of the universities themselves espouse.

The University of California set up a task force earlier this year to look at the best approaches to uphold its commitment to global sustainability. The task force concluded that the most effective way to address critical issues such as climate change over the long term would be to align investment practices with...


1 day 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) follow a best-in-class approach to measure the performance of the world’s sustainability leaders. Only companies that lead their industries based on a comprehensive assessment of long-term economic, environmental and social criteria are included in the indices. The indices provide a transparent system to enable global investors and other stakeholders to learn about the sustainability performance of leading companies.

DJSI celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Launched in 1999, the DJSI World has continued to provide insightful information on global corporate...


4 days 8 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – NASA is popularly associated with exploratory missions into space to probe the solar system and beyond. However, in a role reversal of sorts, now the space agency has announced that it is setting up a system to monitor planet earth from space. Using a cutting edge technology called lidar (“light plus radar”), NASA is developing a Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) device that will help map earth’s forests in 3D and improve understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and the shaping of earth’s climate.

Lidar technology allows the beaming of laser pulses from space on to earth’s surface, which are then bounced back...


6 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According the World Health Organization (WHO), global health security faces an ongoing danger from emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases. WHO calls for the reduction of the devastation resulting from epidemics through key imperatives, including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities. The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is the worst in the history of the virus, and emergency response needs to be stepped up to prevent it from becoming a global crisis.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a commitment of $50 million to support emergency efforts to contain the threat caused by the Ebola...


1 week 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17 million adults in the United States in the age group of 18 years and above suffered from an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2012. This translates to 7.2 percent of the adult population in the country. Out of these, 5.7 million were women. These figures reveal a dire need to create more awareness about responsible drinking to improve public health and safety.

Global alcoholic beverage manufacturers such as Heineken are keen to participate in the efforts to address this widespread problem of alcohol abuse. Heineken believes that alcohol abuse only causes...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The primary efforts to develop biofuels around the world have traditionally involved conversion of sugars in plants into ethanol. However, to produce biofuels on a mass scale, sugar cannot be a viable raw material because of its alternative use as food. This is where cellulose becomes a promising alternative, provided it can be converted economically into ethanol.

A breakthrough in this area has been achieved by POET, an innovative biofuels company in the U.S. and Dutch-based Royal DSM. The POET-DSM joint venture has just launched the country’s first commercial-scale plant with 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol capacity. This was...


1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Relentless pursuit of a more sustainable future is bound to produce credible results at the end of the day. Recyclebank is an outstanding example of an organization that has inspired businesses, communities and individuals across the United States for a decade to build a greener planet. Its achievements have set a high standard for new organizations aspiring to make a significant impact through innovative sustainability strategies.

As Recyclebank celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014, it reflects on the inspiring and rewarding journey that has brought millions of people together, with more than 2...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The aggregate energy footprint of the global electronics industry continues to rise, posing a serious challenge to the environment. Electronics manufacturers around the world, as a category, have not yet addressed this urgent issue in a comprehensive manner. In its present form, the consumer electronics industry, with its global, subcontracted supply chain, remains generally unsustainable, and its products generate high amounts of hazardous e-waste.

However, Apple is demonstrating a renewed commitment to putting transformational energy goals and strategies in place. Apple has shown an increasing willingness to invest in green...


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The solution to the world’s biggest sustainability challenges of climate change, poverty, hunger and disease begins with global awareness, education and a strong analytical foundation. Delivering free online education and engaging with millions of students around the world through innovative online platforms may be one of the most cost-effective, practical and democratic ways to achieve this goal.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an organization comprised of hundreds of universities and think tanks created by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is leveraging his position to deal with sustainable development...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Amazing leaps forward in innovation in medical technology have increasingly made it possible for people with severe medical conditions to lead a more typical life. Even long distance running is possible for these people who combine their grit and determination with the effective support they receive from medical devices. Medtronic calls them “Global Heroes” – people who are runners from around the world and have a medical device to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and spinal and neurological disorders.

Medtronic “Global Heroes” is a cooperative effort between Medtronic Philanthropy and Twin Cities In Motion that recognizes such...


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