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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

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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

How To Turn Sustainability Into A Winning Strategy

As a recent global CEO study by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture Strategy shows, business contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are far from being on track. At the time of formulating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, 90% of CEOs said they were personally committed to ensuring that their companies lead on the sustainable

How sustainable is the fourth industrial revolution

To be sustainable implies that our actions are in balance with the environment in which we live. It is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future. Sustainability, in its broadest context, comprises not only the environment but it also embraces social and economic factors. There is a delusion that we can simply

Scientists identify key knowledge gaps in sustainability research

The loss of biodiversity continues at an alarming rate despite decades of research and international policies setting out clear goals in the area. In an article published this week in Nature Sustainability, an international team of scientists including researchers from McGill identified seven key areas for future research in order to tackle, effectively, the root causes

Sustainability “just makes good business sense”..

Brianne West is in her laboratory creating new beauty bars which she hopes will add to her goal of washing the world of plastic cosmetic bottles. Winner of the Women of Influence Business Enterprise Award, the 32-year-old scientist and beauty entrepeneur started her brand, Ethique, in her kitchen seven years ago when she made four

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Fool-Proofing Sustainability with the ‘Biosphere Rules’

My first job out of college was as an environmental consultant in Silicon Valley. This was the 1980s and a time before “sustainability” had emerged as a business imperative. Our approach to environmental sustainability was called “remediation,” which may sound sophisticated, but in truth was technical janitorial work. We would go to contaminated industrial sites and

Can laboratories get smarter when it comes to sustainability?

Think of a research laboratory and pristine bare rooms lit by fluorescent lights come to mind. What doesn’t is that a lab can consume up to 100 times as much as energy as a similar sized office. Behind this mind-boggling figure are power guzzling laboratory equipment and, more critically, the need for high-end ventilation systems.

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

Back in 2009 when I was completing my book Sustainability Management and preparing it for publication by Columbia University Press in 2010, I was also working with colleagues at Columbia’s Earth Institute and School of Continuing Education (now Professional Studies) to develop a new master’s program in Sustainability Management. I remember struggling to provide a

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6 things brands should consider on sustainability

"People are looking to brands for leadership on sustainability – and what they want is not being met so far. Brands should leverage this moment of increased attention and awareness." Michael Horn, chief data officer at Huge was speaking at a Campaign-Huge hosted dinner discussion for senior marketers in Orlando, Florida. The conversation explored how marketers

Sustainability’s Moment of Truth

When it comes to sustainability, 2015 was a landmark year. The international community signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adopted the Paris climate agreement, under which more than 190 countries have committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs). In that year and the next, there were complementary agreements on finance, cities, and biodiversity.

4 reasons it’s hard to become a sustainable business

Ask business executives, environmental activists and academics what it means for a business to be sustainable, and you will get an array of answers. Also, one company’s “sustainable” move could hurt the environment in other ways. Add to that the fact that making any change to an existing business practice is expensive, and it is

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Sustainability Is The New Green: Making Money Amidst A Climate Crisis

From last week’s Climate Strikes, to this week’s U.N. Climate Summit, the conversation about climate change is growing louder. Across the globe, the heat is on governments and businesses to make large strides in increasing sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. Even Amazon, whose inaction had been the subject of mounting employee criticism, unveiled a “climate

Beyond Climate: The Crisis of Environmental Sustainability

Last week and this week many of us are correctly focused on the existential threat of climate change but we must not lose sight of the other deep problems of environmental sustainability that also require action. The good news about climate change is we know a great deal about what causes it and how to

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new UN-backed climate, sustainability principles

Banks collectively with more than $47 trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, signed up on Sunday to new United Nations-backed responsible banking principles in a massive boost for climate action and the shift from “brown to green” models of economic growth. In the Principles, launched one day ahead of the UN Climate Action

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

In August last year, the Trump administration proposed the weakening of vehicle emission regulations, causing concern for climate advocates. This follows its decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, signed in 2015, which sets specific goals to combat climate change and lower carbon emissions globally. The central aim of this agreement is to restrict global temperature increases to

Can Technology Drive Sustainability?

Over recent decades, it’s become clear that humans are simply using more unclean energy and resources than can be sustained over the long term This fact becomes even more apparent when looking at the remarkable growth of China and India, among other countries, which will lead to far greater demand for energy over the coming

How Supply Chains Bridge The Gap Between Sustainability Desires And Reality

I first learned about global warming while still in college in the early 1990s. I had enrolled in “Our Home, the Solar System,” a class taught by the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan. Enrollment was limited to just 15 students, and to get in I had to write an essay. My rationale was that as a

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,