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October 18, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Study: Urban population growth could mean greener, healthier cities
    The global urban population is projected to increase from more than 3.5 billion to 4.9 billion by 2030, creating opportunities for sustainable development, according to a study by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. "Sustainable urban development that supports valuable ecosystems presents a major opportunity for improving lives and livelihoods," said Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Lessons from the EU's carbon-trading program
    Climate policy was notable for its absence from the second presidential debate, writes Brad Plumer. Still, if U.S. policymakers ever get serious about reducing carbon emissions, they'll want to look closely at the EU's carbon-trading program, which has proved effective at curbing emissions despite early structural problems. The Washington Post/Ezra Klein's Wonkblog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Sustainability gives brands a chance to connect with customers
    International Flavors & Fragrances' manufacturing facility in Singapore boasts automated processes to reduce the use of energy, cleaning chemicals and water. It's a trend many companies are deploying as sustainability becomes more popular with consumers, corporate leaders and employees. "Expectations about large companies are becoming more demanding, with people believing [firms] should invest more in sustainability, share prosperity and create value for society as a whole," said Jean-Paul Agon, L'Oréal's chairman and CEO. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sustainability Update Powered by 3BL Media 
 
  • Where Is Climate Change in Energy Debate?
    The first presidential debate was supposed to showcase the differences between President Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney. But between Romney's radical move to the center and Obama's lackluster performance, the two seemed to agree more than they disagreed. In fact, both agreed to boost oil and gas production even though, according to Bloomberg, 70% of Americans now believe in climate change and, according to CSRHub ratings, safeguarding the environment is increasingly a priority for business. 3BL Media
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The Responsible Leader 
  • How PepsiCo integrates sustainability across its brands
    PepsiCo is striving to integrate its CSR operations across all 22 of its billion-dollar brands, says Beth Sauerhaft, the firm's director of global environmental sustainability. "We really view sustainability as the catalyst for business growth and innovation. We can only be financially successful if we're globally responsible," she says. GreenBiz.com (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Models show roofs' capacity for solar energy in Mass. city
    A new mapping tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Boston design firm can calculate rooftops' capacity for solar energy. The mapping tool has been used in Cambridge, Mass., which has 17,000 rooftops. The tool also can compute the cost of rooftop solar installation and the amount of carbon emissions reduced by adding solar panels. The Atlantic Cities (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Do your speeches do more to discourage than to motivate?
    If you're a leader, the way you talk to employees can significantly affect productivity and their attitudes toward the company. Mary Jo Asmus recounts a job she had where her CEO threatened layoffs unless productivity improved -- and the corresponding effect on morale. "The problem was that the CEO's speech never once made anyone feel inspired or motivated to work harder," she writes, with no thank-you for employee efforts or ideas for increasing productivity. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
It appears that Europe is starting to sever the traditional link between carbon emissions and economic growth."
--Brad Plumer, energy and environment reporter at The Washington Post
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