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October 10, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Concrete recycling with a zap of lightning
    A research group in Holzkirchen, Germany, has discovered a faster and more sustainable way to recycle concrete -- with a zap of lightning. The potential amount of concrete a plant such as this could recycle would affect concrete recycling on a global scale, writes Will Shanklin. Gizmag (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • New standards-setting group takes on green accounting
    A nonprofit group backed by Bloomberg LP aims to standardize social and environmental corporate reporting performance for publicly traded companies. The first goal of the group, called the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, is to develop a materiality map that weights the priority of sustainability issues. Environmental Leader (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Has PETA gone off track with its new anti-Pokémon campaign?
    PETA is launching a campaign targeting Pokémon, the Japanese video game, for causing a generation of young people to grow up "believing that Pokémon exist for no other reason than to be used and abused by humans." That's a clever publicity stunt, but it risks distracting from the group's real mission, writes Sam Grobart. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Why an eco-pioneer is taking on "seed slavery"
    Big business should keep its hands off crop seeds, says sustainability pioneer Vandana Shiva. The rise of genetically modified crops and proprietary seeds will lead to a dangerous reduction in diversity, and is a sign that companies are over-reaching, Shiva says. "Leave the seeds in the hands of women and small farmers. They have done a far better job," she advises. The Guardian (London) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Report: Global clean-energy spending declined in Q3
    Global clean-energy spending fell to $56.6 billion in the third quarter, down 5% from the previous three months and 20% from the same period in 2011, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That trend suggests investment in the sector could post an annual decline for the first time since 2004, BNEF said. "The location of some of the biggest projects financed in quarter three this year highlight the geographical shift that is taking place in clean energy, with established markets such as the U.S., Europe and China losing momentum while newer markets in South America, Asia and Africa pick up steam," said BNEF CEO Michael Liebreich. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • PTC delays in Congress causing job losses, wind industry says
    Frustrations are mounting among wind-industry executives over congressional inaction on the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. The PTC -- which offers a 2.2-cent credit per kilowatt-hour for electricity produced by wind energy -- must be renewed to stem the job losses already spreading across the sector as companies fear its expiration at the end of the year, executives said. "The turbines are staying, the wind service jobs are staying, but ... tens of thousands of other [wind energy-related] jobs are being lost," said Greg Wortham, executive director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas)/Scripps Texas Newspapers (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How to blow your own horn
    It's critically important for aspiring leaders to be able to talk about their successes without sounding like they're bragging or over-hyping their achievements, writes Dana Theus. "Everyone benefits from learning to do this well, but research shows that these skills can be particularly helpful to women in developing their careers," she notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
As long as the superstition that unjust laws must be obeyed exists, so will slavery exist."
--Mohandas Gandhi, civil rights campaigner, as quoted in The Guardian
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