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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.

Absolute vs Intensity: How Are You Setting Science-Based Targets?

Posted by Hunter Donovan on Mar 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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At the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, nearly 200 nations came together to sign a legally binding global climate deal to keep global temperature rise this century below 2°C. The agreement aims to keep global warming at well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, but that will not be possible without the dedicated, active participation of companies around the world.

Lowering the Costs of Auditing through Automation

Posted by Chris Haddock on Feb 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Audits are costly. Managing supply chain connections, conducting assessments, tracking corrective actions, and aggregating all this information into useful reports are necessary tasks that are both time-consuming and labor-intensive. However, an effective automated solution can greatly reduce these costs, taking on much of the labor of auditing.

Science on the Hill: Scientists in Congress

Posted by Joaquin Pacheco on Feb 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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The 2018 United States midterm elections occurred on November 6th, offering an exciting day of notable outcomes. The midterms saw a record voter turnout, with 50.3 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot, making it the highest turnout in a midterm election since 1914.

Electric Vehicles: A Solution to Air Pollution?

Posted by Megan Crawford on Feb 5, 2019 10:21:13 PM

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Air pollution is a major environmental issue in cities around the world. In October 2016, the firecrackers and fireworks lit for the Hindu festival of Diwali triggered toxic smog in Delhi, which left the city’s air pollution levels 42 times higher than the safe limit. In December 2016, Beijing was enveloped in smog for six days, forcing authorities to declare the highest level smog alert of 2016. In June 2017, Parisian Clotilde Nonnez filed a lawsuit against the French state—she alleged that the French government’s inaction on Paris’ severe air pollution led to her serious health problems.

Automating Chemical Management with CleanChain

Posted by Alex Donovan on Feb 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Chemical management is a crucial part of the operations of any modern textile brand. By consciously examining the chemicals used in their supply chains, companies can follow through on their values with real action, minimizing any negative impact their manufacturing might have on the environment or local communities.

ESG Solutions for Environmental Planning

Posted by Luis Navarro on Jan 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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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.

Getting Good at Doing Good: Sustainability Reporting and CSR

Posted by Patrick Schultz on Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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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 AM

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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.

Making Smarter, More Resilient Cities

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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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 AM

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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.