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3 Easy Steps Toward a Zero-Waste Home – Part Two

Posted by Ashley Chin on Aug 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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When last we spoke, we covered three simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of waste produced in the home: starting a home garden, using an eco-bag, and shopping at farmers’ markets and co-ops. Though small, these actions can help reduce methane emissions, plastic waste, and pollution. Because trash that makes its way into the environment can do so much harm—and a startling 79% of all plastics are not recycled and end up in landfills or in the natural environment—one of the simplest ways to do your part is to avoid creating waste in the first place.

California’s Emissions Target Success - A Global Context

Posted by Frank Coyle on Aug 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced on July 11, 2018, that the state has met its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets four years before the target year of 2020. This reduction target was established by AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the goal for reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

3 Easy Steps Toward a Zero-Waste Home

Posted by Ashley Chin on Jul 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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The world has a waste problem. And of the 1.3 billion tons of waste produced globally each year, the United States is responsible for 254 million tons of it—nearly 20%, despite making up only about 5% of the global population. The World Bank estimates this to be about 5.6 pounds per person per day, or just over 2000 pounds per person per year.

4 Ways Sister Cities are Connecting Global Communities

Posted by Mary Bean on Jul 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Chances are, you have seen signs around your city declaring a relationship with a ‘Sister City’ on the other side of the globe. It sounds important, but what is a Sister City, and how do these relationships work in practice?

Pension Plans Are Driving Sustainability Reporting

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jul 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Kinder Morgan, a publicly-traded company known for its controversial Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline through British Columbia, recently made another news headline: Shareholders voted against the Board of Directors’ recommendation to reject a shareholder’s resolution to adopt GRIS reporting guidelines for its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. How did this shareholder revolt happen?

Setting Science-Based Targets

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In our previous blog post, we discussed what science-based targets are.  Now we explore how to set science-based targets. 

In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

What are Science-Based Targets?

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

Better Seafood Choices for Sustainable Fishing

Posted by Spencer Pignotti on May 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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When you pass through your local grocery store and go to the seafood counter, it is often easy to disregard the source of your seafood choice. However, choosing a seafood that is sourced from a sustainable catch method can affect demand and improve depleted fishery stocks.

Fine-tuning the Thermostat Saved 25% in Heating Costs

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on May 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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After too many complaints about an overheated sleep under a duvet, especially in a hotel where the duvet guarantees the worst sleep ever from being too hot with it and then too cold without it, this became an opportunity to conserve energy. I saved more than 25% on heating costs from the same time last February by fine-tuning the programmable thermostat using the duvet as a guide.

Turning Renewable Energy Into Sustainable Energy

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Renewable energy is a growing component of the world’s energy mix. Increasing and expanding the use of that renewable capacity can decrease our reliance on natural resources and fossil fuels, creating a sustainable energy model. How then can we meet this challenge of turning renewable energy into sustainable energy?