Posts tagged ‘Business’

How Saving the Planet Adds Up

Despite the downturn, green has remained the new black for retailers.

Shopkeepers have thrust aside concern about consumer spending to continue to invest in making their businesses more sustainable.

According to Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium, the trade body for retailers: “If anything, the recession has focused the mind. It’s hard to tell whether [the emphasis on the environment] is due to the recession or the age we are living in. Whatever is driving it, what is clear is that investment is not slowing down.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), says: “Far from it being an agenda that is ‘nice to have’, it is considered by the food and grocery industry to be a ‘must have’ for the environment, for the consumer and for business success.”

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November 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM Leave a comment

IEA puts $500bn a year cost on Copenhagen failure

Each year of delay in cementing a global post-2012 climate deal will add $500 billion to the cost of the low-carbon energy revolution, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.

As international negotiators seek to manage expectations that the UN climate talks this December will result in a finalised Copenhagen protocol or treaty, the IEA said in its World Energy Outlook 2009 that the $10.5 trillion energy investment needed between 2010 and 2030 will increase by $500 billion for each year of delay “before moving to a more sustainable emissions path”.

A delay of “just a few years” would make it impossible to reach the IEA’s scenario for stabilising carbon dioxide equivalent in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million. Keeping greenhouse gas concentrations at this level will produce a 50% chance the global temperature rise can be kept below the crucial 2°C threshold.

Speakers at the Environment 09 conference in London on Monday were doubtful a comprehensive legally-binding deal would be reached in the Danish capital, however. Japan’s head negotiator Kuni Shimada said that the “most probable” outcome now is that Copenhagen will “agree on the elements for key issues which must be within the outcome. We can still negotiate the nitty gritty details next year.” A final protocol or treaty could be hashed out in 2010 or even 2011, he added.

“[Copenhagen] won’t solve all the issues,” agreed Chris Smith, chairman of the UK’s Environment Agency. “Some of the most significant emitting countries aren’t yet ready to conclude a deal – not least the US, where the Senate won’t have made its decisions until the New Year.”

“What we have to aim for, though, is a number of clear ‘in principle’ decisions, agreed by the participating nations, with a commitment to agree actions arising from those principles in the course of the following nine months,” he added.

But José Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, told delegates: “I’m absolutely certain we can still achieve a high quality agreement at Copenhagen.”

“If we can’t get the [key] elements by the end of this year, we can’t get these kind of elements ever,” Shimada said.

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November 12, 2009 at 12:16 PM Leave a comment

USF Net Impact Undergrad Launch Event: What is Social Entrepreneurship? An idea forum for conscious students

Come out tomorrow night to learn about the growing field of social entrepreneurship, 6-8pm, Fromm Chapel.

USF Net Impact Launch event

USF Net Impact Launch Event

Join the University of San Francisco’s Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter as they present a panel of young entrepreneurs at the forefront of socially responsible and sustainable business. As our generation moves into the workforce and familiarizes itself with the complexities of the business world a new frontier has emerged that looks to combine the energy and enthusiasm for a fulfilling life with the necessity of making a living. A plethora of new businesses and non-profits led by dynamic, passionate, and inspired young people with a vision for a better world have developed over the last couple of years and we hope to spark discussion around the opportunities that are possible in today’s environment.

Come to learn and explore. Be inspired to grow and succeed.


Hans Chung, Co-Founder of Mokugift (

Our mission is to foster environmental solidarity by making it easy and rewarding for anyone to fight climate change and by providing the tools to inspire others to do the same. Mokugift makes it possible for concerned citizens, even those lacking access to planting space, to plant real trees for $1 apiece, either for themselves or as gifts to others. Gifting a mokugift tree is similar to sending an e-card, and recipients can display their trees online at Facebook, MySpace, MyYahoo, iGoogle and other popular Web sites. Award-winning nonprofit organizations specializing in agroforestry project—which restore depleted lands and boost the agricultural productivity and incomes of indigenous peoples in some of the poorest parts of the world—plant the actual trees purchased via mokugift.

Mike Del Ponte, Founder and CEO of Sparkseed (

At a time when the economy, the environment, and global institutions are undergoing a massive shift, young social innovators are leading the way with creative approaches and dynamic business models. Sparkseed is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guidance, funding, and tools to this new generation of leaders.

Over the past two years, Sparkseed has launched 31 ventures throughout the country. These ventures are changing lives and protecting the environment. The students who lead these ventures are becoming effective social entrepreneurs.

Talis Apud-Martinez, Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Feel Good World (

FeelGood’s (FG) mission is to “unleash OUR potential for creating lasting social change.” We are an innovative social enterprise that empowers college students to become global citizens, socially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs while taking an active role in the sustainable end of poverty. Specifically, students create and run non-profit delis where they “give away” grilled cheese sandwiches for a voluntary donation. In addition to gaining critical business skills and inspiring their peers, they invest 100% of their profits in organizations sustainably ending poverty. We ensure their success as global citizens, entrepreneurs and changemakers through business consulting, investment capital and a formalized education curriculum

USF NEt Impact Undergraduate Chapter

USF NEt Impact Undergraduate Chapter

November 10, 2009 at 12:29 PM Leave a comment

Al Gore in Newsweek: The Plan That Saved The Planet

Not too many years from now, a new generation will look back at us in this hour of choosing and ask one of two questions. Either they will ask, “What were you thinking? Didn’t you see the entire North Polar ice cap melting before your eyes? Did you not care?”

Or they will ask instead, “How did you find the moral courage to rise up and solve a crisis so many said was impossible to solve?”

We must choose which of these questions we want to answer, and we must give our answer now—not in words but in actions.

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November 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM Leave a comment

US stimulus money boosts wind power

Wind Power

Wind Power

New York, 22 October: The US renewable energy grant programme has led to a surge in wind project development in recent months, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

But it warned that development in the fourth quarter of 2009 is unlikely to be as strong, because wind turbine manufacturing still lags below 2008 levels.

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October 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

Cradle to Cradle Products

C2C Certified

C2C Certified

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) products are becoming more and more popular (thank goodness) and incorporate using recycled materials, helping us to get one step closer to being waste free. McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC. (known as MBDC) are the folks currently issuing C2C certificates for manufacturers of everything from roofing materials to baby products. Certification criteria includes using safe and healthy materials; using water efficiently for production, and instituting socially responsible strategies. Hopefully, there will be thousands of products added to this list in the next 3-5 years.

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October 21, 2009 at 1:18 PM Leave a comment

A Look Inside Good Housekeeping’s Green Seal

A Look Inside Good Housekeeping’s Green Seal |


Last month, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute — the product-evaluation laboratory of the magazine, which itself is part of the media giant Hearst Communications — announced the first seven products to receive its new Green Good Housekeeping Seal, “developed to help consumers sift through the confusing clutter of ‘green’ claims on hundreds of products on store shelves today,” according to the seal’s website.

October 19, 2009 at 4:34 PM Leave a comment

University of San Francisco: unplugged

USFUNPLUGGED is brought to you by the Environmental Safety Community Outreach Liaison’s of USF. Here to educate, assist and encourage, we want you to get involved with the GREEN movement taking place on campus!

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