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

What are Mangrove Forests?

Posted by Megan Crawford on Nov 19, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Credit: Joel Vodell / Unsplash


Mangrove forests play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems both locally and globally, and they are coming more and more into the international spotlight. Threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and human expansion, mangroves need our protection to survive. But why are these forests under threat, and why are so many organizations now prioritizing their preservation?


7 Facts About Recycling You May Not Know

Posted by Hunter Donovan on Nov 12, 2019 10:15:00 AM


Friday, November 15th is America Recycles Day! This nationwide event is part of the Keep America Beautiful organization, which aims to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities. In the spirit of the day, here are seven facts and tips about recycling you may not have known.

FirstCarbon Solutions Gets Green Business Certified

Posted by Kathleen McCully on Oct 29, 2019 10:15:00 AM


This summer, the Walnut Creek office of FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, decided that it was time that we pursue a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network (CGBN). The certification reinforces our sustainable values and signifies that our office has taken action to reduce our own personal and professional waste and pollution, save energy, support other green businesses, and promote environmental awareness in the office.

Recycling Electronics: How You Can Contribute to the Circular Economy

Posted by Robert Goldsand on Oct 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM


The electronic devices we use to run our businesses, entertain ourselves, and interact with our social groups become obsolete quickly, but throwing them out creates unnecessary waste—the rare metals and refined plastics contained within them take considerable energy and resources to manufacture. Sadly, according to the EPA, less than 20% of the more than 2 million tons of electronic waste collected each year in the US is recycled. But if you want to give your old laptop, phone, tablet, or TV a new lease of life, it could end up doing incredible things.

Scenario Planning: Understanding Risk and Opportunity

Posted by George Lu on Oct 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM


Scenario planning is a strategic planning tool that helps you account for the uncertainty of future conditions while developing your business strategy. Evaluating multiple factors involved in a range of future possibilities will help you better understand uncertainties and key areas of vulnerability.

Understanding Scenario Planning and the TCFD

Posted by George Lu on Oct 1, 2019 10:15:00 AM


Understanding Scenario Planning at the TCFD brought together ADEC Innovations ESG Solutions and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) for a co-hosted webinar. We presented an overview of scenario planning and introduce the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and how these directly affect how companies disclose environmental and financial information.

The Future of Clean Chemistry: ZDHC In-Person Focus Area Meetings

Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Sep 26, 2019 1:42:35 PM


The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program kicked off a series of in-person meetings in Amsterdam from September 17-19, shining a spotlight on Input and Output Focus Areas (FA). The ADEC Innovations team had a fantastic time meeting with ZDHC and our CleanChain™ brands—keep scrolling for a few of our highlights.

What Corporate Sustainability Rankings Should You Focus On?

Posted by George Lu on Sep 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Measuring and managing corporate sustainability have become central parts of doing business for companies around the world. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ranking systems, which assess a company’s sustainability performance, are becoming increasingly valued as key decision-making indicators by consumers, investors, and other stakeholders. This demand has driven companies worldwide to take a proactive approach to disclosure for many reasons: answering investor requests, improving reputation, assessing risks and opportunities, and complying with regulations.

What is the Blue Economy?

Posted by Hunter Donovan on Aug 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM


The Blue Economy was first introduced by Prof. Gunter Pauli in 2004 when he published his book, The Blue Economy, which featured a plan on how to connect seemingly disparate environmental concerns to turn “scarcity to abundance.”

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.