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

How Tech Companies are Promoting Sustainability

Posted by Ben Wilde on Mar 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Tech companies realize that sustainability is a good investment. Sustainability ensures business continuity by conserving resources. A company cannot produce goods and services without sufficient raw materials (e.g., clean water, wood, minerals, etc.). This, in turn, means decreased revenue for the company. In 2014, Unilever CEO Paul Polman declared that climate change-related natural disasters are costing Unilever at least USD300 million a year.

Down to Size: How to Manage the Big Data Behind Your Environmental Sustainability Reporting

Posted by Greg Scandrett on Mar 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM


For organizations in industries from healthcare to marketing, big data has become both a powerful tool and a management challenge. This trend is no different in the infrastructure sector, where developers and utilities must get their arms around scattered environmental sustainability data to support reporting and compliance efforts.

Getting more renewables onto the grid – issues for developers

Posted by Mary Bean on Feb 16, 2016 11:18:40 AM


In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown set some of the nation’s most ambitious goals for production of electricity from renewable sources for his state. Given the costly impacts California is already facing from climate change, including the current drought, this aggressive position is hardly surprising.

Ten Tips on how to Survive a Winter Power Outage

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 9, 2016 11:16:30 AM


My heart goes out to the millions of residents in the Eastern United States who have been hit with a massive, high wind, winter blizzard and  extended power outages lasting more than a few hours.

7 Easy Sustainability Actions from COP21 Paris 2015 that will Make a Difference

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jan 27, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Nature crosses political borders and waits for no one. So it was wonderful to see world leaders gathered together in Paris at the COP21 event to seriously address climate change—finally!

Time is running out; the Earth’s climate is already changing all over the planet. It is an urgent matter for our own survival.

The Manufacturing Industry’s Role in the Circular Economy

Posted by Michele Carchman on Dec 29, 2015 11:05:39 AM


For two centuries, the linear model of production was the dominant, uncontested model in manufacturing. Manufacturers turned raw materials into finished products and then sold these to consumers. Consumers, in turn, bought these finished products and then discarded them afterwards. The model presented a process that had a starting point and an endpoint, and was self-contained in that it paid little attention to the status of or cost to the environment as resources were extracted and products were discarded. In a world of seemingly unlimited resources, it made sense for the maximization of profit to be the main, if not only driver, of businesses, with limited regard for social and environmental costs.

Why Your Business Needs a Sustainability Plan

Posted by Frank Coyle on Dec 22, 2015 12:55:02 PM


As the private and public sectors continue to develop their sustainability plans to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and the wellbeing of their communities, the private sector faces the challenge of ensuring the long-term viability of their operations and the wellbeing of their clients and consumers. A well-thought-out sustainability plan assists a company in operating its business responsibly while achieving a healthy bottom line.

5 Organizations with Leading Energy Innovations

Posted by Greg Scandrett on Dec 8, 2015 10:34:36 AM


Environmental problems such as global warming and the depletion of resources occur due to the rapid acceleration of global consumption. Energy consumption, in particular, continues to rise in direct proportion with rapid changes in standards of living. Given that many sources of energy are non-renewable, this trend may lead to irreversible consequences.

Energy Management: How to Reduce your Heating Consumption at Home

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 1, 2015 11:16:17 AM


Although scientists agree the planet is getting hotter, we will still need to keep warm in the immediate future since we will be experiencing extreme weather fluctuations causing events like power outages. Energy conservation makes sense because it means you can ride the unpredictability a little better. It also means you are spending less money on energy through energy management.

Easy Energy Management Tips to Save Money on Heating at Work

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Nov 17, 2015 12:13:26 PM


No point in paying for energy you're not using. Here are some energy management tips and easy ways to spend less money on heating at work.