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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.
’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.
The Prince of Wales told the Islamic Economic Forum that big businesses need to take more responsibilty for the natural world as it is not a limitless resource
Come on business world; face up to the big challenge of continuing economic health on a finite planet. So far you have not even begun to glimmer with bright ideas let alone deliver sustainable economic growth,
It is time for the business world to accept fully the one planet principle; we have this earth, its geological resources and our fragile biosphere - that's it. The Prince of Wales is spot on when he calls for the business world to become main players in planetary stewardship.
||"The time then has surely come for our financial institutions to recognise that the Earth is not a limitless resource that can be plundered at will, and to integrate that principle of stewardship into our financial structures."||
Last month saw the launch of the US National Science Foundation funded Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation.
||VIRI is a part of an NSF initiative called “Science Across Virtual Institutes”. Virtual institutes are designed to facilitate worldwide collaboration among scientists and engineers on topics of common interest. Funding for this particular project is in the region of half a million dollars, and its founders state that it will a wide reaching and interdisciplinary institute. The project has a host of Institutional Partners and Affiliates, including the Bassetti Foundation, the institute that I myself work for.||
Next year, a brand new Motorway Services opens just outside Gloucester on the M5, and the buyers are searching for the Southwest’s best food producers to supply its farm shops and kitchens
The new Gloucester Motorway Services, under construction alongside the north-bound M5 near Gloucester, is looking for local suppliers for its shops and kitchens. This green roofed building faced with local stone has drawn on local expertise over the last half dozen years to help shape it into what will be the UK's standout motorway facility.
Meet the team on November 5th at The Mill Brimscombe or at four other local events.
The energy production of the city’s new solar array can be viewed on an online graph. Additional hardware has recently been installed to the solar panel at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.
The E-guage graph is a dynamic and informative record of the outputs of the Mercer Island community facility.
||The panels feed power directly to the Mercer Room at the Community Center, and also earn approximately $2,500 in state production incentives each year.||
Installing solar arrays requires capital investment; the Mercer Island facility is benefitting from State solar production incentives.
When it comes to the sun, for Rosa Mayorga and her family, everything that glitters is indeed gold.
Crowd funding, equity co-investment or no-cost shared profit scheme are all models for stimulating solar panel installation for low income households. The falling cost of panels is also a powerful stimulus for encouraging uptake of this low carbon solar energy harvesting technique.
||When it comes to the sun, for Rosa Mayorga and her family, everything that glitters is indeed gold.
A few months ago, this Irvine, California, resident had solar panels installed on her rooftop, and ever since then, the sun shines on her home with special intensity.
Mrs. Mayorga is one of the beneficiaries of the tremendous growth solar energy has experienced in California, whose assistance and development programs are the standard for the rest of the nation.
"This is fabulous. Since I had them installed, we pay half of what we used to for our electricity," she proudly says. "Now we can use that money for things we could not afford before."||
Many major food companies are slowly improving their sustainability policies but all still have a long way to go, according to an updated ‘Behind the Brands’ sustainability report from Oxfam.
Customers and consumers have a powerful voice and could accelerate the sustainability change process that is already underway if they were better informed about the benefits of more sustainable food supply chain and manufacturing processes.
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.
Berkeley, Calif.-based company Climate Earth unveiled a cloud-based system in October to help companies strategically manage natural capital impacts.
Is this more than a data-driven four part sustainability audit cycle model?
Commit / Plan / Do / Review has been around for a long while and lies at the heart of the EMAS system. Shared visibility / insight / Action / Feedback has a very famiar ring to it .
What is your view?
Record numbers of onshore wind farms have been approved for construction this year as power companies cash in on hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies.
There is a clear change in the direction of wind energy market from large wind farms to smaller community owned facilities:-
||The wind farm industry claimed that the number of new large wind farms being build was “pretty steady”.
Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, the wind industry's trade body, suggested the rise was largely due to an increasing demand for smaller turbines.
He said: "Onshore wind is a successful UK industry enjoying widespread support amongst the UK public.
“Our figures show an industry which continues to deliver new projects, and the amount of capacity being built each year is pretty steady.
“What is happening, though, is a change of emphasis, with more small businesses, farms and community groups looking to install wind energy for themselves.
“This is leading to a growth of a market for smaller turbines, with more and more people wanting to share in the benefit of wind energy.”||
The planners blight, the NIMBYs horror but in reality the price that we must pay for our energy-based society. We can only live on fossil sunlight for so long and both the economic and environmental price will rise inexorably - unless the politicians start to look at energy conservation rather than utility bills that is.
Resilient Energy is the renewable energy partnership focus of The Resilience Centre Ltd, a social purpose business helping to build resilience in society, in response to climate change and depleting resources.
Gloucestershire is quietly leading in the community energy partnership coinvestment project field:-
||We are currently have 8 partnership projects, with our first consented project, a Community Scale wind turbine installed in September 2012,and located just a few minutes from our office in the Forest of Dean
We are also working on a number of field scale solar partnership projects which we will offer for community investment/crowd funding at the development stage.||
Walmart exerts buyer power in its supply chain to reduce fossil carbon consumption and catalyze long term change.