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December 27, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Calif. "net-zero" building to be America's biggest, developer says
    The 13-floor La Jolla Commons II office tower in San Diego will be the biggest "net-zero" energy building in the U.S. when it's completed in 2014, according to real estate firm Hines, which is developing the project along with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Bloom Energy cells will be used and will convert methane from wastewater plants and landfills into electricity. "Our next step is to adapt what we have learned and apply it" in a less temperate environment, said Gary Holtzer, Hines' global sustainability officer. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Tech deal could take buildings' energy efficiency to next level
    The acquisition of Melon Power, a software company, by building analytics firm WegoWise will provide building managers and owners a "simple, user-friendly platform for analyzing the energy use of their property." Because buildings use about 40% of the energy consumed in the U.S., this move could also become important on a national scale. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • E-commerce site helps consumers find ethical deals
    Fashioning Change, a California-based e-commerce and online-recommendation engine, helps consumers find ethical and eco-friendly alternatives to the products sold by major retailers. "We believe people want to do good, and given the opportunity, they will. That's why we've done all the homework," founder and CEO Adriana Herrera said. Entrepreneur magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sustainability Update Powered by 3BL Media 
  • The State of Corporate Citizenship in 2012
    With the new year just around the corner, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has just released its annual "State of Corporate Citizenship Report." Using data collected from 749 medium and large U.S. companies across a variety of industries, the results from the survey reveal how U.S. executives view corporate citizenship and their firms' performance in the environmental, social and governance dimensions of business -- and about how corporate citizenship contributes to business objectives such as increasing market share and improving financial performance. 3BL Media
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The Responsible Leader 
  • 8 business leaders give their highlights of 2012
    It's been a good year for corporate sustainability, business leaders say. AT&T's vice president for sustainability touts the company's new eco-rating system, Sprint Nextel's CSR chief says the firm is advancing all its sustainability priorities, and Dow Chemical's top green executive says the company has forged external partnerships to advance its eco-agenda. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Renewables production fell in first 9 months of 2012, EIA says
    Americans consumed 3% less energy in the first nine months of this year than in the same period last year, data from the Energy Information Administration showed. Residential and industrial energy consumption fell 5.2% during the period. Renewable energy production slipped 2.8%, while fossil fuel production grew 3.14%, the data showed. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Editorial: GOP stance on energy hurts PTC
    Some Republican leaders are jeopardizing the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which has generated jobs and promoted energy security, according to the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times. The PTC "supports not just developers of wind farms but companies that make turbines and other parts to supply them, accounting for an estimated 37,000 jobs," the editorial states. "The argument that the credit doesn't benefit taxpayers reflects a gaping blind spot many Republicans suffer when it comes to environmentally beneficial policies." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Why bosses should join the culture club
    Many bosses neglect culture in favor of agonizing over products and services, writes S. Chris Edmonds. That's a mistake: Culture, after all, is the driver of all company activity. "Because of this fact, corporate culture may be your company's most important asset," Edmonds argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Business solutions are a key driver in advancing sustainability, and direct value creation through business process innovations is a critical factor for success."
--Terry Yosie, CEO of the World Environment Center, as quoted by GreenBiz
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