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Stakeholders Collaborating for a More Sustainable Bioeconomy
Stakeholders Collaborating for a More Sustainable Bioeconomy

COLLABORATION - Over the last few years, the bioeconomy — a global economy that uses biological resources and waste from the land and sea as inputs to food, industrial and energy production — has been a major point of discussion for scientists and policymakers alike. According to the World Economic Forum, our bioeconomy is far from sustainable as it presently exists, as companies across many industries continue to rely on environmentally damaging practices.

FoodShot Global Looking to Fund Innovators Taking 'Moonshots for Better Food'
FoodShot Global Looking to Fund Innovators Taking 'Moonshots for Better Food'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - FoodShot Global today launches a new investment platform aimed at accelerating food system transformation through an annual challenge — a call for “Moonshots for Better Food” that will create a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable food system worldwide. FoodShot is a nonprofit, global consortium of mission-aligned venture funds, banks, corporations, universities and foundations. A combination of equity and debt funding will be awarded to innovative businesses, while a GroundBreaker Prize of more than $500,000 in philanthropic capital will be awarded to researchers, social entrepreneurs and advocates.

How One E-Waste Recycler Uses Education to Incentivize the Right Behaviors
How One E-Waste Recycler Uses Education to Incentivize the Right Behaviors

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In the early days of my career, more years ago than I care to admit, I spent a good part of my time explaining to people what e-waste was, that it was hazardous and that it shouldn’t be landfilled. I’m pleased to report that those days are over. Most of us today are well aware of the tide of electronics washing up in China, Africa and elsewhere. The vast majority of us want to ensure our discarded electronic paperweights are properly recycled. We are moving in the right direction.

US Consumers, Experts Give Businesses a 'C' for Water Conservation
US Consumers, Experts Give Businesses a 'C' for Water Conservation

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In Nestlé Waters North America's second annual survey of 6,142 US consumers and experts on water-related topics, released this week, respondents ranked clean water higher than getting enough sleep (25 percent of consumers and 22 percent of experts) and eating healthy foods (23 percent of consumers and 25 percent of experts) as factors important to living a healthy life.

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Study Reveals How Tax Havens Are Subsidizing Environmental Destruction
Study Reveals How Tax Havens Are Subsidizing Environmental Destruction

WALKING THE TALK - The release of classified documents such as the so-called Panama and Paradise papers in recent years has provided a glimpse into the opaque world of tax havens and their role in the global economy.

Global Investors Urge RSPO for Stronger Standards
Global Investors Urge RSPO for Stronger Standards

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7 trillion in assets under management have called on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft standards for certifying the sustainable production of palm oil, a key ingredient found in nearly 50 percent of all packaged goods, from cosmetics to cleaning products to candy.

From Alternative to Mainstream: An Honest Look at Doing Good Business
From Alternative to Mainstream: An Honest Look at Doing Good Business

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - For many, the sustainable choice is the alternative choice: alternative lightbulbs, alternative cars, alternative shopping bags, alternative business models. But there’s no longer a need for the sustainability community to present itself this way — especially in relation to business. Every day, businesses face new and emerging risks related to environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related issues. In a world more connected than ever, these risks can be felt more directly and more immediately than they used to be.

Nestlé, Coca-Cola Among 60 Orgs Stepping Up to Address Pressures on UK Water
Nestlé, Coca-Cola Among 60 Orgs Stepping Up to Address Pressures on UK Water

COLLABORATION - Over 60 organizations including businesses such as Nestlé, Coca-Cola and M&S have signed a Catchment Management Declaration agreeing to step up action to address the increasing pressures to UK water through improved catchment management.

Following the Paper Trail: APP’s Ongoing Quest to Restore Indonesia’s Rainforests
Following the Paper Trail: APP’s Ongoing Quest to Restore Indonesia’s Rainforests

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Since 1990, Indonesia has lost half of its rainforests. What’s worse, the rate of deforestation, currently at roughly two million hectares per year, is still accelerating. Heart of the issue being that ecological values remain difficult to measure in monetary terms. Such is the tragedy of the commons for a country with the world’s fourth-largest population: Its eagerness for economic development driven by the global market has made one of the planet’s most diverse natural habitats subject to exploitation for fast cash, rather than being protected as a crucial part of the global ecosystem.

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Survey: Majority of Americans Concerned About Contaminants in Tap Water
Survey: Majority of Americans Concerned About Contaminants in Tap Water

MARKETING AND COMMS - It’s National Drinking Water Week, but new survey results suggest Americans may have more concerns on their minds than reasons to celebrate. Most Americans feel unknowledgeable about what is in their drinking water and are concerned about contaminants.

SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment
SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

The Environment Is Under Threat, But Not in the Way You May Think
The Environment Is Under Threat, But Not in the Way You May Think

MARKETING AND COMMS - Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. passed legislation to ensure the air we breathe and water we drink is clean, and that endangered animals and federal lands are protected. For 20 years, enforcement of these laws ranged from full swing or lapsed, depending on the political winds. And then something remarkable occurred: The American people took over and started a movement, spurring action to protect the environment.

‘Urban Mining’ of E-Waste 13x Cheaper Than Mining Virgin Metals
‘Urban Mining’ of E-Waste 13x Cheaper Than Mining Virgin Metals

BUSINESS CASE - Recovering gold, copper and other metals from electronic waste – a practice called “urban mining” – is not only more environmentally friendly than extracting virgin materials, but can also be more cost effective. Newly published research shows that the revenue from selling metals recovered through recycling television sets far outweighs the recyclers’ expenses. With these offsets, it costs 13 times more to obtain these metals from ore than from urban mining.

Enel Report Highlights 100 Innovators Shaping Italy’s Circular Economy
Enel Report Highlights 100 Innovators Shaping Italy’s Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Italy is quickly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the circular economy, as evidenced by a new report from Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas.

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What We Can Learn from The Dutch City Of Nijmegen, This Year’s European Green Capital
What We Can Learn from The Dutch City Of Nijmegen, This Year’s European Green Capital

LEADERSHIP - Right now, almost four billion people live in a city somewhere in the world. By the middle of this century, that number is set to jump by a staggering 2.5 billion, with 90 percent of that growth happening in cities located in Asia and Africa. However, with many cities doubling in size every 15 to 20 years, our urban environments currently lack the resources necessary to adapt to the forces of urbanization. Our cities will need to accommodate spiraling numbers of people, servicing their needs and stimulating trade and investment to create jobs, all within the constraints imposed by mega-challenges, such as climate change, poverty and employment. In Europe, two-thirds of people already live in cities.

Clean Energy Jobs Now Outnumber Coal, Gas Jobs in 30 US States
Clean Energy Jobs Now Outnumber Coal, Gas Jobs in 30 US States

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In case there was still any doubt that fossil fuels are on the decline, new analysis from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) confirms it: Wind and solar energy jobs now outnumber coal and gas jobs in 30 states.

The Hershey Company Commits To Protect Forests In Cocoa-growing Regions
The Hershey Company Commits To Protect Forests In Cocoa-growing Regions

PRESS RELEASE - The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) announced today it has made a commitment to no new deforestation in its global cocoa supply chain. This commitment is aimed at stopping ongoing deforestation and protecting forests in the cocoa-growing regions where the company sources its cocoa. The commitment includes two fundamental components:

FoodBytes! San Francisco to Showcase 20 Pioneering Ideas to Feed the World Sustainably
FoodBytes! San Francisco to Showcase 20 Pioneering Ideas to Feed the World Sustainably

CLEANTECH - Dutch financial firm Rabobank has shared the names of the 20 startups to participate in the FoodBytes! event in San Francisco on 1 March 2018.

Trending: Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat to Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives
Trending: Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat to Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Though the normalization of single-use plastic packaging has made plastic pollution out to be an insurmountable problem, consumers’ and brands’ growing awareness of the implications of take-make-dispose models is helping drive the development of recyclable and renewable packaging alternatives. Ellen MacArthur Circular Design Challenge winners TrioCup and Evoware are two examples of packaging innovators leading the charge towards a more circular economy.

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Carlsberg Partners with Young Scientists to Brew Up Solutions for a Better Tomorrow
Carlsberg Partners with Young Scientists to Brew Up Solutions for a Better Tomorrow

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Carlsberg Group launched the Carlsberg Young Scientists Community in an effort to address some of the world’s biggest challenges surrounding climate change and water scarcity. The Community offers an opportunity for budding scientists to build on achievements made at the Carlsberg Research Laboratory and develop cutting-edge sustainability projects that set new standards for science-based and partnership-driven sustainability research, creating solutions for a low-carbon, circular future.

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