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5 Simple Strategies to Build Eco Awareness Programs in your Small Business in 2011

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The past year has seen a significant shift in eco awareness and the debate on climate change.  In the world of business and finance, climate change has developed from a sidebar topic to a mainstream conversation.  Accompanying climate change discussions are questions as to how to increase eco awareness in business.  Fortunately, people are waking up to the idea that business sustainability is creating a bright spot of opportunity for businesses.

UPS Awards $1.9 Million to Environmental Groups

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The UPS Foundation today announced nine grants totaling nearly $2 million dedicated to environmental programs and organizations worldwide.

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The UPS Foundation today announced nine grants totaling nearly $2 million dedicated to environmental programs and organizations worldwide.

Ceres President Recognized as ‘Leader of Change’ by United Nations and Foundation for Social Change

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November 18, 2010 - Mindy S. Lubber, president of the non-profit group Ceres, was honored today by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into their core business strategies.

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November 18, 2010 - Mindy S. Lubber, president of the non-profit group Ceres, was honored today by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into their core business strategies.

Investors Representing Over $15 Trillion Call for U.S., International Action on Climate Change

Investors Say Weak U.S. Policies Causing Private Capital To Go Overseas; Strong Policies Needed to Close Widening Climate Investment Gap
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The world's largest global investors have a powerful message for climate negotiators in Cancun and the new U.S. Congress: take action now in the fight against global warming or risk economic disruptions far more severe than the recent financial crisis.

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The world's largest global investors have a powerful message for climate negotiators in Cancun and the new U.S. Congress: take action now in the fight against global warming or risk economic disruptions far more severe than the recent financial crisis.

Download the statement

ClimateCounts.org Smart Phone Directions

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To see ClimateCounts.org scores and follow us on Twitter, simply type http://m.climatecounts.org/ into your phone.

About Climate Counts
Climate Counts is a non-profit organization bringing consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change. Launched with financial support from organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, the Climate Counts Company Scorecard was developed with oversight from a panel of business and climate experts from leading non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. Criteria were chosen for their effectiveness at accomplishing a single goal – solving the global climate crisis. Since 2007, Climate Counts researchers have used these criteria to now rate the climate actions of nearly 150 companies (representing approximately 3,000 brands) in 16 industry sectors. Companies are given the opportunity to confirm or provide public data sources. Information on all scored companies is available at www.climatecounts.org .

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To see ClimateCounts.org scores and follow us on Twitter, simply type http://m.climatecounts.org/ into your phone.

About Climate Counts
Climate Counts is a non-profit organization bringing consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change. Launched with financial support from organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, the Climate Counts Company Scorecard was developed with oversight from a panel of business and climate experts from leading non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. Criteria were chosen for their effectiveness at accomplishing a single goal – solving the global climate crisis. Since 2007, Climate Counts researchers have used these criteria to now rate the climate actions of nearly 150 companies (representing approximately 3,000 brands) in 16 industry sectors. Companies are given the opportunity to confirm or provide public data sources. Information on all scored companies is available at www.climatecounts.org .

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Environment, Social and Governance Factors Merge in Climate Justice

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In what could be climate justice's first legal case to proceed to the circuit courts, the plaintiffs are using the same  argument that worked against the tobacco companies, conspiring to spread false scientific information, against some of the nation’s largest producers of oil, gas, and electric power.  The Native Alaskan Community Kivalina is built on melting permafrost and its 400 members and 107 buildings have to be relocated, at a cost of $95-400 million. The fact that the case has proceeded so far is yet another validation that that CSR factors — E, S and G — are inextricably linked.

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In what could be climate justice's first legal case to proceed to the circuit courts, the plaintiffs are using the same  argument that worked against the tobacco companies, conspiring to spread false scientific information, against some of the nation’s largest producers of oil, gas, and electric power.  The Native Alaskan Community Kivalina is built on melting permafrost and its 400 members and 107 buildings have to be relocated, at a cost of $95-400 million. The fact that the case has proceeded so far is yet another validation that that CSR factors — E, S and G — are inextricably linked.

What's Next for the Green Economy II - The Sequel

Why the Midterm Elections Cannot Stop the Green Economy
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Back when President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote a blog post about "What's Next for the Green Economy". At the time we were in the midst of economic turmoil, and expectations ran sky high for what Obama would achieve, including action on climate change and the growth of the green economy, as well as turning around the entire economy. Now it's time for the sequel--Revenge of the Republicans. Another election has come with power switching hands, and the economy is still in rough water--I can't help but wonder once again what this means for the green economy. The more I think about it the more I see there is more than one answer to this question. If you're looking for the U.S. Government to take sweeping action on climate change, odds are things don't look good. But in other ways the prognosis for the green economy remains strong. Here's why.
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Back when President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote a blog post about "What's Next for the Green Economy". At the time we were in the midst of economic turmoil, and expectations ran sky high for what Obama would achieve, including action on climate change and the growth of the green economy, as well as turning around the entire economy. Now it's time for the sequel--Revenge of the Republicans. Another election has come with power switching hands, and the economy is still in rough water--I can't help but wonder once again what this means for the green economy. The more I think about it the more I see there is more than one answer to this question. If you're looking for the U.S. Government to take sweeping action on climate change, odds are things don't look good. But in other ways the prognosis for the green economy remains strong. Here's why.

The Breeder's Dilemma

Can you call yourself an environmentalist and still have kids?
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Our decision to start a family didn’t come down to anything resembling the cold calculus of a greenhouse gas inventory (though we did make a spreadsheet with columns for pro and con). It was more a decision from our heart than our head about whether to bring another U.S. consumer into a world possibly dipping its toe into the sixth Great Extinction. And consume he will. Americans are some of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and compared to most of our brethren around the world we look like Gullivers in the land of the Lilliputian, emissions-wise. As much as my wife and I have done to reduce our daily impact on the planet, I just guaranteed the perpetuation of that impact for generations to come. Is this my parting gift?

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Our decision to start a family didn’t come down to anything resembling the cold calculus of a greenhouse gas inventory (though we did make a spreadsheet with columns for pro and con). It was more a decision from our heart than our head about whether to bring another U.S. consumer into a world possibly dipping its toe into the sixth Great Extinction. And consume he will. Americans are some of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and compared to most of our brethren around the world we look like Gullivers in the land of the Lilliputian, emissions-wise. As much as my wife and I have done to reduce our daily impact on the planet, I just guaranteed the perpetuation of that impact for generations to come. Is this my parting gift?

The Proposition 23 Jobs Battle: Choosing to Flight Climate Change or Create Jobs. Or Do Both.

Who says we can't create jobs and save the world at the same time?
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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

New Report: Growing Water Scarcity in US is 'Hidden' Financial Risk for Investors Owning Utility Bonds

Los Angeles, Atlanta utilities face increasing risks, according to report’s water risk assessment
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Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to a first-ever report on the issue released today by Ceres and Water Asset Management.

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Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to a first-ever report on the issue released today by Ceres and Water Asset Management.

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