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George Osborne will on Monday back Lord Heseltine’s call to overhaul support for business, heralding the transfer of billions from Whitehall to a new pot of money controlled by local people.
Local Nature Partnerships, DEFRA's answer to Local Enterprise Partnerships, are the Cinderella of Big Society implementation. Nature is taken for granted yet again.
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Nature is not getting a fair deal. 'LEPs will compete for funds, reflecting Lord Heseltine’s longstanding belief that the competitive process itself unleashes new ideas.'
Local Enterprise Partnerships get high level Whitehall support; Local Nature Partnerships don't.
At ANR we are deeply aware of the connection between healthy lifestyles, our pristine natural environment with easily accessible mountains, forests, lakes and streams, and a thriving local economy.
Vermont’s land-based economy and its promise of a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren did not happen by accident. Vermont’s land use planning laws help us to maintain our traditional settlement patterns of a village center surrounded by working lands and forests. Our commitment to meaningful environmental regulations ensures that our land, air and water remain clean for future generations (and it drives us to clean up areas that may have suffered from historic pollution.)
You Can't Eat Your Cake and Have the Forest Too -- or Can You?Huffington PostForests deliver valuable environmental services and also have huge potential for providing sustainable economic benefits.
"When buying products with heavy forest footprints, such as those containing palm oil, as well as coffee and chocolate, be attentive to labels such as the RSPO, Rainforest Alliance and others. If you can't find certified products, reach out to your store's manager and ask why they aren't sourcing from companies and brands that are doing the right thing. Keeping the pressure up will be good for you and better still for the planet."
Sustainability Report 2013 (44 pages, 2 tables) Sustainability Report 2013; Download PDF (2 MB) ; Interactive Chart Tool ; From our CEO ; Our approach; Our activities; Our performance (Our Sustainability Report for 2013 is now online: read about...
Famous for synchronicity, strategy and future casting, Royal Dutch Shell publications are something of a benchmark in forward thinking.
The move from linear business models to circular ones is an exciting development. More and more companies are rejecting the “business as usual” model by maximizing the value extracted from resources and reusing them to generate new products as well as … Continue reading →
A unique planet, finite resources, burgeoning population, economic growth; circular economics makes total sense as the new paradigm. There is no waste in nature, we need to think the same way.
See how you can adapt your business and ideas to the new business model. Others are already doing it: "new policies are being integrated into company strategies and promoted as benchmarking tools."
Lauren Mandel is one of rooftop agriculture’s more ardent cheerleaders, but also one of its most helpful handicappers. Her new book, Eat Up: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture is a complete gu...
Green spaces and food places; the built environment needs both.
Stepping into someone else's shoes and speaking your mind are Alexandra Palt's top tips for unlocking change Sponsored feature
Sustainability - Because it worth it
Interview with renowned environmental economist and global thought leader in sustainability, Pavan Sukhdev.
Sustainability and Natural Capital thought leader Pavan Sukdesh -
||Q. There is talk of a revolution taking place in how businesses and governments account for natural capital. Is this real? Are we seeing concrete change in the way decisions are being made in relation to the environment?
I wouldn’t call it a revolution quite as yet, but it is certainly a clarion call which is loud and clear and is being heard. We have seen the vanguard moving forward with the likes of Puma, Unilever, Infosys and so many others. I am hoping that as leaders demonstrate what’s possible in terms of accounting for natural capital and presenting a more holistic view of performance, not just for shareholders but for stakeholders, it will become more of a movement.||
Only when those in charge see the value of working with rather than against nature and the environment will things change.
Business leaders need to invest in sustainability and infrastructure in the built environment if they want to remain competitive on a global scale, writes Tim Broyd
With this in mind it's now crucial that big business start working together to ramp-up its board-level understanding of built environment issues. Senior executives need to grasp this isn't just about enhancing corporate social responsibility reputations – decisions about where and how you physically expand a business have a huge impact on profits for years to come.
"Researchers at Bournemouth University have shown that placing a monetary value on ecosystem services provides a mechanism for evaluating the costs and benefits of reforestation activity.
However no algorithm no matter how complex can yet accommodate the social, scientific and system worth of complex biodiversity heritage.
thebahamasweekly.comSustainable development is good for businessthebahamasweekly.com“What we really want is sustainable development, so that your children, your grandchildren will have the same opportunities to prosper to that you had.
Good for people, good for the planet and good for business; the three drivers of sustainability.
A major campaign to boost the sales of the Harris Tweed, the ancient Scottish cloth famously worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and former Dr Who Matt Smith, has been launched in the US.
Chic Sustainability - Harris Tweed 'The Sustainable fabric to the world' beloved of Matt Smith's Dr Who is now being promoted in a new international marketing campaign.
Computer simulations have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the computer model revealed that an array of 78,000 wind turbines off the coast of New Orleans would have significantly weakened the hurricane well before it made landfall.
Science and fiction are common bedfellows; what seems strange today may be commonplace in future years. The trick is to spot the signals and to separate the fatuous from the first signs of things to come.
Valuing Nature Network, An Interdisciplinary Network for Valuing Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Natural Resource Use
TEAM NEEDED TO COORDINATE NEW VALUING NATURE PROGRAMMEApplications are invited for up to £1.1milion over 5 years to form a Coordination Team for the Valuing Nature programme.This opportunity is open to individuals and organisations eligible for RCUK funding, i.e. applicants based in UK Higher Education Institutions, RCUK Research and Collaborative Centres, and Independent Research Organisations.
Note: members of the successful Programme Coordination Team will not be eligible to bid for research grant funding from the programme. The team will be led by a Principal Investigator, spending around 40% of their time leading the Programme and Network. They will be supported by a small team of named individuals.Deadline 20 March 2014.More information and to apply.
’Project Sunlight’ aims to motivate people to transition to more sustainable lifestyles.
Unilever aims to put sunshine into sustainability.
||Unilever is running its first consumer-facing brand campaign with the launch of Project Sunlight, an initiative aimed at motivating people to live more sustainable lifestyles.||
The automaker uses climate science predictions to project production levels that will help meet its fuel efficiency targets.
||The impact of Ford's investment in Big Data capabilities already has been far-reaching. The insights that this group is producing, for example, were used to project the right production levels for Ford vehicles of all power types, based on potential climate impact over the next 50 years. It was also used to determine that Ford is better off investing in several types of alternative engine power approaches, including all-electric, biodiesel, hybrid and plug-in electric, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG).||
There has never been a better time for senior decision makers to exercise leadership for the benefit of business and the planet
There has never been a better time for senior decision makers to exercise leadership for the benefit of business and the planet.