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The Commercial Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM


CCS Background

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) involves securing carbon dioxide (CO2) at its emission source, storing, and isolating it, thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere and negating its global warming effects. CCS is not new – there are several different CCS technologies, and the CO2 can be stored underground or underwater.  One of the more recent breakthroughs is using reactive basalt, a volcanic rock found in abundance, to turn the liquefied CO2 into stable carbonate.

How Companies Can Ensure Responsible Sourcing

Posted by Ben Wilde on Mar 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM


‘Responsible sourcing’ refers to companies’ commitment to promote ethical standards and social responsibility when dealing with suppliers. When a product or service is considered responsibly sourced, it means that it was manufactured with attention to health and safety, human rights, and ethical and environmental principles. For instance, it is expected that the workers who manufacture a responsibly sourced product have been working under fair labor practices, and that the product was not made from conflict resources (natural resources that fund violence and armed conflict). 

Environmentally Friendly Practices for the Workplace

Posted by Amanda Kielian on Mar 13, 2017 6:26:53 PM


Today, there are many ways to live a more sustainable, eco-conscious life. But what about your time spent at work? Regardless if you work from a home office, satellite office, or a traditional office setting you will find that you spend the majority of your day there. Within the workplace, there are numerous ways you can implement sustainable practices into your organization’s business and work life all while saving money and having a positive economic impact. It turns out, most sustainable business practices will save your company money AND they can be easy and fun to do.

Building an Inclusive Workplace

Posted by Patrick Schultz on Mar 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The workplace is becoming more diverse. Immigrants and their children will constitute 83 percent of the US labor force in the next 40 years, and businesses must keep up with the times by building inclusive workplaces. An inclusive workplace is good for business. It promotes higher job satisfaction, productivity and employee morale, and reduces turnover. Employees are more motivated to work harder when their workplace respects class, gender and racial differences. Furthermore, diverse teams can be more productive than non-diverse ones, able to generate innovative ideas because of a wider talent pool. 

The Impact of Conflict Minerals on Business

Posted by Wendy Ye on Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Minerals are important ingredients in manufacturing. Gold and silver are used in jewelry, currency, computers, electronics and medicine. Copper is used in motors and electrical wiring. Cadmium is a main ingredient of batteries.

How Hotels Can Become More Sustainable Through Data

Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Feb 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The word “sustainable” is often used interchangeably with “eco-friendly.” For the hospitality industry, being eco-friendly may mean getting certified or meeting compliance requirements, and can be a point of differentiation that sets a hotel apart as unique, attracting a niche market. Though it has not yet proven enough reason to adopt sustainable practices industry-wide, increasingly, hotels are required by governments and customers to disclose their impact beyond branding. To meet these growing requirements, hotels must be able to accurately measure and disclose their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and resource consumption.

What Makes a Sustainable Beauty Product?

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Feb 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Sustainable beauty products are increasingly popular. The global demand for organic personal care products is expected to reach USD 13.2 billion by 2018. By 2020, this figure is predicted to rise to USD 15.98 billion. Labels such as “100% Natural,” “Organic” and “Environment-Friendly” are no longer enough to convince consumers of a beauty product’s sustainability. The growing popularity of sustainable beauty products, however, has prompted some beauty companies to resort to greenwashing, advertising of a product as sustainable even if it is not. Consumers must be aware of what makes a beauty product truly sustainable in order to make informed purchasing decisions. 

Case Studies in Water Sustainability

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Feb 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Water sustainability is vital. Water is essential for the production and maintenance of almost everything that people produce and consume, from food to machinery. Modern industries, though, tend to observe water-intensive production processes. For instance, producing a kilogram of cotton—the world’s primary clothing material—requires 7,000-29,000 liters of water.

Is a Carbon Tax the Same as Cap and Trade?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jan 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM


There is a lot of confusion between cap and trade (C&T) and a carbon tax. This is understandable because it is all newly mainstream since the Paris Agreement in 2015. Moreover, both terms are related to emissions reduction. This blog will clarify the difference.

The Millennials' Idea of a Sustainable Business

Posted by Megan Crawford on Jan 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Millennials (the demographic born between 1980 and 2000) are currently the largest generation of consumers in history. In 2014, Millennials aged between 17 and 34 were expected to spend at least USD 200 billion each year from 2017 onwards. This age demographic is also expected to spend around USD 10 trillion in their lifetimes.