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

Planting Seeds for Culture Change: Greek Life at UC Berkeley

Posted by Madelyn Dolan on Jul 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM


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 AM


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?

What Are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, and Why Are They in Our Oceans?

Posted by Ashley Chin on Jul 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Sunscreens are amazing. They shield us from harmful UV rays, keep us from getting sunburned, and help prevent skin cancer. So why, in summer of last year, did the state of Hawaii ban more than 3,500 sunscreens from even entering the islands?

CDP 2019 Spring Workshop: Improving Approaches to Risk Strategy

Posted by Jacki Fricke on Jun 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM


CDP’s 2019 North America Spring Workshop brought together participants from a host of CDP-reporting companies and other stakeholders to discuss the latest trends in environmental disclosure. In his opening remarks, CDP North America President Bruno Sarda made clear the urgency around climate change: “There is no Plan B. We have to figure this out”.

Better Data Management for Smarter Decision Making

Posted by George Lu on Jun 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Decision making is driven by data. Quality data gives a company the knowledge required to make smart decisions and to back up those decisions with meaningful supporting evidence.

Career Journeys: Urban Planning and Sustainability

Posted by Chinmay Damle on May 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM


My journey to the field of urban planning has been a circuitous one. From a very young age, I always imagined myself helping society, especially the underprivileged, and improving their quality of life. Growing up in India, I witnessed overcrowded streets teeming with litter and extreme poverty daily. I remember meandering through gridlocked traffic on foot to school after a heavy rain with public pathways flooded up to my shins—which, at the time, I thought was standard.

Reaching and Exceeding CDP Management Level

Posted by Philip Vuong on May 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM


In the 2018 CDP reporting season, did your company’s performance exceed expectations? Or have you yet to meet your targets? Either way, there is plenty of potential for improvement in 2019.

Preparing for Success with New Assessment Software

Posted by Chris Haddock on May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM


One of the most important steps for any company initiating or reviewing their audit processes is finding the right software for the job. If your company is looking to roll out new assessment software, there are a number of questions you should ask before choosing your software solution, during the roll out of the new software, and into the long-term.

Improve Your CDP Response

Posted by Philip Vuong on May 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM


You have started responding to CDP’s disclosure questionnaire but have consistently received a Disclosure (D-/D) or Awareness (C-/C). You have aspirations to improve your reporting practices and to become more transparent in your disclosure environmental impact. You are working to take firmer action towards reducing emissions, and to achieve Management (B-/B) level or above from CDP in recognition of these improvements.

CDP China Launch: Green Development Through Environmental Disclosure

Posted by Ella Li on Apr 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM


In March, representatives from ADEC ESG Solutions attended CDP’s 2018 China Report Launch, “Facilitating Green Development Through Environmental Disclosure.” The meeting brought together voices from CDP, Chinese government agencies, climate NGOs such as IPE and the Carbon Trust, and other participating companies. Keep reading to find out what we learned from the event.