Environmental planning is crucial to business sustainability. It ensures that organizations comply with existing local, state, and regional environmental regulations and minimizes the environmental impact of doing business. Through compliance, organizations also protect the health and safety of staff and local communities by eliminating or reducing their exposure to potential hazards.
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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.
Getting Good at Doing Good: Sustainability Reporting and CSR
Posted by Patrick Schultz on Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
In 2016, the UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study revealed that 80% of CEOs believe that demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and societal purpose is a differentiator in their industry.
For several years, a majority of investors have recognized that sustainability is a major factor in ensuring long-term returns. Ernst & Young upholds that sustainability reporting is “a best practice employed by companies worldwide”, as it can help improve practices already in place. In short, there is no doubt that reporting sustainability data has become a crucial part of success for every large business, providing an avenue to improve their relationships with investors and clients while doing some good in the world.
Going Zero-Plastic for a Week: Lessons in Conscious Consumption
Posted by Joaquin Pacheco on Jan 10, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
In early December of 2018, the Royal Statistical Society announced their international statistic of the year: 90.5%. This number stood for the portion of plastic waste that has never been recycled, totaling roughly 6,300 million metric tons. While a part of that staggering number comes from industrial and commercial development, the vast majority is from small, everyday single-use plastic that can easily be avoided. From shopping bags to water bottles, plastic has become ingrained in our daily lives.
In August 2018, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, helped sponsor the Sister Cities International (SCI) Annual Conference held in Aurora, Colorado. Since 1956, SCI has fostered global relationships between communities around the world based on the exchange of culture, education, information, and trade. SCI’s 62nd Annual Conference celebrated “Cities Leading the Way”, fostering discussion around how the Sister Cities initiative can help modernize local communities.
Three Ways to Responsibly Dispose of (or Reuse) Your Holiday Tree
Posted by Adrienne Garcia on Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AMMORE
Every year in the United States, approximately 25-30 million Christmas or holiday trees are bought and sold. Of these, many millions are thrown away and sent to the landfill. If you purchased a real tree this year, think twice before throwing it out—and wasting all that potential.
There are a whole host of other ways you can dispose of—or reuse—your tree to create real value in your home or your community.
How Impact Coalitions are Using Technology to Drive Growth
Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Dec 18, 2018 10:00:00 AMMORE
In response to the effects of climate change and the need for sustainable practices, organizations across industries have come together to form coalitions with the aim of creating long-term, forward-thinking solutions. These international coalitions are improving knowledge sharing for efficiency, global impact, and sustainability by developing innovative tools and technologies.
The holidays are fast approaching, and in many cultures, this is the season for spending time with loved ones—and the season for giving. What better way to spread the holiday cheer in your community than by giving back?
Is Ontario Better Off with the Federal Carbon Tax, or Reinstating Its Cap and Trade?
Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 4, 2018 10:00:00 AMMORE
When the Canadian government announced its carbon tax (CT) for the four provinces that had not implemented their own approved equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reducing programs, this included Ontario. The newly elected Ford government of Ontario had recently dismantled its transparent, accountable, and effective cap and trade (C&T), but had no replacement plan.
Few industries are as complexly intertwined with the causes and effects of climate change as tourism. Tourism is a resource-intensive industry, and its components, including transportation and hospitality, contribute to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which are driving climate change.
Transparency and accountability are a key part of achieving high environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. Regular supplier auditing is the most common way for many organizations to manage risk and gain visibility into their supply chains. But are current methods really fit for this purpose?