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

Making Smarter, More Resilient Cities

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


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


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 AM


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.

How and Why to Give Back This Holiday Season

Posted by Ashley Chin on Dec 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM


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 AM


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.

Taking Action: Climate Change and Tourism

Posted by Barbara Nelson on Nov 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM


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.

Supply Chains: How to Combat Audit Fatigue

Posted by Chris Haddock on Nov 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM


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?

5 Easy Changes That Reduced My Plastic Consumption—with Big Impacts

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Nov 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM


When the G7 Ministers of the Environment recently met in Halifax, Nova Scotia to specifically discuss the big problem of plastic garbage clogging our oceans around the world, it was mainly because scientists found that it finds its way into our own food chain. Plastics break down into small particles that look like food to fish. They ingest it and digest it, and they, in turn are eaten by us, or more importantly, our children. The ministers were told a plastic bag takes 500 years to break down, and the use of plastics is increasing, not decreasing, which means the problem will only get bigger if nothing is done.

7 Ways to Build a Sense of Sustainability in the Workplace

Posted by Rae Steinbach on Nov 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Sustainability is not just a buzzword. It is a driving force behind the future success of virtually any organization. A recent report indicates that consumers, especially millennials, have expressed a growing desire to support brands that prioritize sustainability. Clearly, you should identify ways your company can meet these standards.