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Jacob Anderson

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Why California’s Drought is a Global Issue

Posted by Jacob Anderson on Aug 14, 2015 1:18:00 PM

California is experiencing a historic drought , which is now in its fourth year. In Northern Cali fornia, ski resorts have very little snow covering their hills while other states in the Eastern part of the country have faced record-breaking blizzards. According to a report from the University of California, Davis, the economic impact of this unprecedented drought is nearing $2 billion. In response, the state has been taking bold actions to conserve water.

At a meet-the-press event, California Governor Jerry Brown criticized political leaders who continue to disregard climate change and its consequences. He pointed to their opposition to President Obama’s efforts in curbing climate change as one of the reasons why the United States’ climate change initiatives have yet to achieve their intended level of effectiveness. With the drought expected to continue, state leaders like Gov. Brown have taken steps to cut back on water usage, letting the grass go brown in their backyards as a symbolic act of support for climate change initiatives.

The Importance of Sustainability Reporting

Posted by Jacob Anderson on May 21, 2015 9:28:00 AM

Many investors recognize that sustainability is a long-term goal that will define the business model and advance from limited practice among eco-friendly business leaders. In a report published by Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), 80% of the C-level executives interviewed believe sustainability is a way to gain competitive advantage in today’s global market. Reporting sustainability data has become a crucial part of achieving certifications and gaining investors.

Sustainability reporting in the corporate setting is an important factor to improve a company’s green initiatives and its relationship with investors and clients, inline with stakeholders’ demand for transparency and accountability. Ernst & Young upholds that sustainability reporting is “a best practice employed by companies worldwide,” as it can help improve practices already in place.

Plastic Bags: A Dangerous Convenience

Posted by Jacob Anderson on Nov 19, 2014 10:49:00 AM


Plastic bags are convenient and free to use, but their harmful impacts are finally being acknowledged.  The use of plastic bags had been standard in many grocery and retail stores since the 1970s, but receiving a plastic bag for your purchased items is becoming increasingly rare in many cities.  In fact, it might become impossible in the coming decades to get plastic bags from the grocery store as more bans and stricter laws are set in place around the globe.