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‘Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa’

Under the theme 'Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa', the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) opened today at the Olive Convention Centre in the coastal city of Durban in South Africa. The Conference focuses on greening the economy in Africa; advancing the circular economy; the development

2019-11-15T02:57:50-06:00Tags: |

Democratizing Economic Power to Break the Cycle of American Inequality

The US democracy crisis is not only a matter of voting; it is also a deeply economic crisis. The sharp and growing imbalance between the wealthy and the rest of Americans dramatically alters how public policy itself is formulated—and what those policies ultimately look like. American politicians and policymakers are consistently more responsive to the

WATCH | Turning plastic waste into buildings

Plastic litters the streets of the coastal city of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. UNICEF says that more than 280 tonnes of plastic waste (approximately the weight of 150 cars) is produced each day in the capital, with only about 5 percent recycled. An innovative project now seems to give a new life to the enormous amount

Can China Balance Consumerism With Sustainability

While the West focuses on the faltering Paris climate agreements, China is on track to beat its emissions targets and leapfrog into a more sustainable future through the use of advanced technology. Already in its 11th year, the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, also known as “Double 11” or “Single’s Day,” is the largest e-commerce day in

First sustainability standard for professional services is now a reality

Sustainability differs sector by sector, often requiring companies to self-tailor sustainability recommendations to account for an industry’s specific needs. Until just recently, the professional services industry was no exception. Now, professional service firms can set themselves apart from their competition by achieving certification for their sustainability performance. This past October, I was a speaker at

2019-11-13T18:48:42-06:00Tags: |

Why US Inequality Is Higher Than Europe’s

Since 1980, income inequality has exploded in the United States, while remaining much less extreme in Europe. Yet each side of the Atlantic could learn from the other in tackling the problem, which is as much about predistribution policies as it is about redistribution. Europe’s political forces are divided between those who regard the European

Labs push for sustainability

Scientific labs produce a ton of waste: plastic pipette tips and the plastic racks that hold them, plastic foam coolers that house chemicals and cells, surplus solvents that expire in storage. They also rack up big energy bills: special freezers keep experiments cold, high-tech vents keep air clean, and dedicated machines keep equipment sterile. But

2019-11-13T18:33:30-06:00Tags: |

Community Health Workers Fill Gaps in Rural Healthcare

Transportation is one of the biggest challenges to rural healthcare. Often, the most remote areas of the country do not have robust public transportation networks; and for those with access to transportation, they might have to travel for hours before reaching high-quality healthcare facilities. Patients managing a variety of health conditions are more likely to

2019-11-12T14:55:45-06:00Tags: |

Silicon Valley Slumps in Sustainability Supremacy

The world’s largest concentration of tech companies sees limited leadership in the sustainability realm, according to a new report from the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE). Excepting certain large multinationals, companies in Silicon Valley have a ways to go before catching up with the national average in terms of sustainable strategy and reporting. For

2019-11-12T14:51:20-06:00Tags: |

Could The 30-Year Mortgage Be Detrimental To Your Financial Wellness?

Which mortgage loan is best: the 15-year or the 30-year? It’s one of the most common questions we receive in this business. Like many financial questions, it really depends on the circumstances of the individual. Why 30 years? Prior to the Great Depression, mortgages were shorter. To stimulate home buying, the government agreed to back

The Finance 202: Why income inequality is such a huge topic

The reason inequality is emerging as a key flash point in the 2020 presidential election may be as simple as this: The gap between the haves and have nots has been growing for three decades and looks to be approaching a tipping point. The situation, and the political debate swirling around it, has grown so acute that Torsten

Social Impact Investing: Benefits and Recommendations for Investors

On August 19, 2019, nearly 200 chief executives met to redefine the purpose and role of businesses in society. The outcome of this meeting was a paradigm shift from the long-held corporate orthodoxy that shareholders’ interests are supreme to a standard that promotes “an economy that serves all Americans.”  Although not entirely a new phenomenon,

Employee Stock Ownership Plan at Immel Construction

At Immel Construction, 100 percent of the company’s stock has been sold to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan – the next step in the firm’s evolution in ownership – but Immel will continue to operate under the same business model and structure. “We are excited to usher in this new era at Immel Construction

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new benchmark in the field of solar fuels, after

2019-11-11T18:45:42-06:00Tags: |

Are sustainability and climate action the same thing?

There isn't really a day that goes by where we don’t hear something mentioned about either how we can live more sustainably, how the climate is changing or that we need to do something about it. The fact that we are bombarded with so much information tells us that these things are important, but the

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Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If more people took up running -- and they wouldn't have to run far or fast -- there would likely be substantial

2019-11-11T18:36:47-06:00Tags: |

Creating sustainable capitalism

Responsible investing has long been a term in investment vocabulary. Until recently, however, it was on the periphery: a feel-good activity for ethically minded investors, but not a mainstream concern. However, this is changing. Responsible investment strategies are now becoming mainstream. The Principles for Responsible Investment membership now represent assets under management (AUM) in excess of

Lack of cooling threatens public health and food security..

As temperatures hit record highs globally, significant populations are at increasing risk from lack of cooling access threatening a spike in global energy demand and profound climate impacts. This is according to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) research– Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2019. This year’s report finds that the public safety, health,

2019-11-10T07:47:50-06:00Tags: |

Central Ohio energy company goes employee-owned

Utility Technologies International Corp., a Groveport-based company that works in management, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of natural gas pipelines and infrastructure, has completed a transition to employee ownership. The company, founded by CEO Richard "Dick" Dickerson in 1992, is now controlled by the 69 people who work there. Several of UTI's former shareholders will