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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.
FirstCarbon Solutions Gets Green Business Certified
Posted by Kathleen McCully on Oct 29, 2019 10:15:00 AMMORE
This summer, the Walnut Creek office of FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, decided that it was time that we pursue a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network (CGBN). The certification reinforces our sustainable values and signifies that our office has taken action to reduce our own personal and professional waste and pollution, save energy, support other green businesses, and promote environmental awareness in the office.
Recycling Electronics: How You Can Contribute to the Circular Economy
Posted by Robert Goldsand on Oct 22, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
The electronic devices we use to run our businesses, entertain ourselves, and interact with our social groups become obsolete quickly, but throwing them out creates unnecessary waste—the rare metals and refined plastics contained within them take considerable energy and resources to manufacture. Sadly, according to the EPA, less than 20% of the more than 2 million tons of electronic waste collected each year in the US is recycled. But if you want to give your old laptop, phone, tablet, or TV a new lease of life, it could end up doing incredible things.
Scenario Planning: Understanding Risk and Opportunity
Posted by George Lu on Oct 15, 2019 10:15:00 AMMORE
Scenario planning is a strategic planning tool that helps you account for the uncertainty of future conditions while developing your business strategy. Evaluating multiple factors involved in a range of future possibilities will help you better understand uncertainties and key areas of vulnerability.
Understanding Scenario Planning at the TCFD brought together ADEC Innovations ESG Solutions and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) for a co-hosted webinar. We presented an overview of scenario planning and introduce the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and how these directly affect how companies disclose environmental and financial information.
The Future of Clean Chemistry: ZDHC In-Person Focus Area Meetings
Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Sep 26, 2019 1:42:35 PMMORE
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program kicked off a series of in-person meetings in Amsterdam from September 17-19, shining a spotlight on Input and Output Focus Areas (FA). The ADEC Innovations team had a fantastic time meeting with ZDHC and our CleanChain™ brands—keep scrolling for a few of our highlights.
What Corporate Sustainability Rankings Should You Focus On?
Posted by George Lu on Sep 3, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
Measuring and managing corporate sustainability have become central parts of doing business for companies around the world. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ranking systems, which assess a company’s sustainability performance, are becoming increasingly valued as key decision-making indicators by consumers, investors, and other stakeholders. This demand has driven companies worldwide to take a proactive approach to disclosure for many reasons: answering investor requests, improving reputation, assessing risks and opportunities, and complying with regulations.
The Blue Economy was first introduced by Prof. Gunter Pauli in 2004 when he published his book, The Blue Economy, which featured a plan on how to connect seemingly disparate environmental concerns to turn “scarcity to abundance.”
Planting Seeds for Culture Change: Greek Life at UC Berkeley
Posted by Madelyn Dolan on Jul 23, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
As a member of a sorority at UC Berkeley, I notice that institutional barriers cause inaction across several issues that pervade the Greek* system, including the issue of sustainability. In an effort to disrupt this stagnation and attack issues of waste generation, food security, lack of sustainability education, etc., I revamped a long lost club called “Greening the Greeks.” Our mission is to make sweeping cultural, infrastructural, and educational change within fraternities and sororities at UC Berkeley in ways that improve our treatment of the environment.
What Is the Fallout When a Government Pulls the Plug on Its Cap and Trade?
Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jul 16, 2019 10:00:00 AMMORE
Months after the Ford government dismantled Ontario’s Cap and Trade (C&T) program, it seemed it would be a godsend to businesses that it had been killed. But, in fact, it was the opposite. At the packed two-day forum in Toronto on carbon pricing, there was no echo of the political rhetoric that the carbon tax/cap and trade was a job-killer. Instead, worried industry leaders lamented that without a price on carbon, jobs, and their competitive edge would be lost. So how did they adapt to the uncertainty in the new slash-and-burn political landscape in Ontario?