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October 31, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • City in Denmark aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2029
    Sønderborg, Denmark, aims to be carbon-neutral by 2029. It aims to do this by generating power and heat from renewable sources and making its buildings more energy-efficient. "[W]e’ve adopted a holistic approach that’s bottom-up. It’s not just top-down, about planning and coming up with business and new technology to drive this forward," said project director Christian Eriksen. "It’s also very much about participation, about learning, and empowerment of our citizens and local companies." Forbes (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Cities need technology applications to deliver a sustainable future
    Cities will need to better apply computer, sensor and networking technology to help deliver a sustainable future, writes Michael Dixon of IBM. A 1,000-mile wastewater system in San Francisco, for instance, has been retrofitted with sensors as a cost-effective solution to ensure that leaks are found and fixed so that it operates in good condition. "To make cities work well, they have to be made more intelligent," Dixon notes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • Column: 4 tips to ensure sustainability of green building
    To keep the green-building movement sustainable in the long term, architects and contractors should design structures for the future, taking into consideration how they will be used, writes Paul Krumrich, founder and president of Spyeglass. In this article, he describes four best practices that can help contractors ensure that a green building will be sustainable for years to come. Sustainable Industries (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Are you guilty of short-term eco-marketing?
    Green marketing should be driven by eco-innovation and real changes in the way your company does business, not by mere communications initiatives, writes Seymourpowell's Chris Sherwin. "Communication campaigns are often short-lived or seasonal, linked to brand planning cycles; while sustainable behavioural issues, like high carbon diets, simply can't be cracked by a single campaign," he writes. (U.K) (free content) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Ford's sustainability chief: Automakers can't do it alone
    Climate change is a big deal, and companies must do their part to put things right, says Ford sustainability chief John Viera. Still, there's a limit to what automakers can do, Viera says. Drumming up consumer demand for fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles will require government intervention, Viera says. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Report: State-funded clean-energy projects hit record in 2011
    The number of state-funded clean-energy projects that went online in 2011 was the most the U.S. has seen in a single year, according to a report from the Clean Energy States Alliance. States invested in 32,734 clean-energy projects last year, up 18% from 2010 and nearly double the number in 2009, the alliance said. State funds have helped drive renewable-energy development across the U.S., supporting nearly 130,000 ventures and accounting for almost 4.8 gigawatts of installed capacity since 1998, the report showed. SNL Financial (free content) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Do you have a fatal flaw?
    More than a quarter of bosses have at least one "fatal flaw," defined as a core competency at which they're ranked as worse than 90% of their peers, Joe Folkman writes. Flawed leaders must act swiftly to address their failings, or else their careers will suffer, Folkman warns. "Fatal flaws are not easy to change, but improvement is possible," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
We believe gas prices will eventually keep rising. People are going to be more and more interested in fuel-efficient vehicles."
--John Viera, Ford sustainability chief, as quoted at
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