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October 24, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Researchers learn to pull gasoline from the air
    A British research team has a working prototype that creates synthetic gasoline and other hydrocarbon fuels from thin air. The system and the resultant fuel are "carbon-neutral" because the carbon released when the fuel burns was originally sucked out of the air around us. So far, researchers have produced a little more than a gallon of air-derived gasoline, but the technology could be in commercial refineries within a few years. The Independent (London) (10/19), blog (10/23) 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 
  • Survey: Europe needs a more aggressive carbon-reduction rate
    In a Bloomberg survey about how to improve Europe's policy on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, 15 traders, analysts and lobbyists were most in favor of increasing the current annual rate of 1.74%. The anonymous survey -- which asked participants to rank their top three policy options from 13 listed by the International Emissions Trading Association -- was led by a higher reduction factor at 25.6% of the survey points, with an end to carbon allowances in auctions placing second at 18.6%. Europe is trying to stay on track for emission reductions through 2050. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • The 2012 C's of green brands
    In 2010, green-brand specialist Marc Stoiber published what he called the 5 C's of Sustainability Branding based on a perception study conducted by his team. Since then, Stoiber writes, he has observed "several shifts in the way brands are talking about (or not talking about) their sustainability achievements." His updated list reflects those shifts with a few additional C's, including collaboration and certification. (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • What CSR means for businesses today
    CSR has taken off in recent years as businesses seek to market themselves as compassionately caring for their communities and the environment. The concept has not been unanimously accepted, but Mark Wakefield, who directs corporate citizenship for IBM in the U.K., said CSR is about the need for "collective responsibility," not about following trends. "Fundamentally, IBM has been doing this stuff pretty much since its inception, before it was ever conceptualized as CSR," Wakefield said. BBC (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't divorce sustainability from emotion, expert says
    When planning a presentation this year on the importance of sustainability in business, British-based environmental charity Global Action Plan asked more than 50 companies what would appeal to them. Almost all of them asked that the presentation focus on the financial side of sustainability rather than show the "devastating impact of global floods, drought and intense storms," writes Global Action Plan CEO Trewin Restorick. While making the business case for sustainability has led to great improvements, he writes, "I have a nagging concern that the removal of emotion could create complacency." The Guardian (London) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Private sector must take lead on clean energy, says Romney adviser
    Government investment helped double the size of the U.S. renewable-energy industry, but federal stimulus funding from 2009 on has now almost all been spent. That leaves the ball firmly in the private sector's court, says Romney campaign adviser Oren Cass. "The way to promote innovation is to rely on free enterprise and competition to spur innovation in the private sector, while providing some government support for basic and applied research," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Lessons in management from the Boston Red Sox
    If your top employees are underperforming, it's up to you to step in and put things right, argues S. Chris Edmonds, who examines the woes of the 2012 Boston Red Sox. "Don't assume the issues will go away; they don't. Address them proactively and engage team members in solutions they believe in," he advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
We're swinging for the fences. We're going to strike out a lot, but we'll hit a few grand slams."
--Steven Chu, U.S. energy secretary, as quoted in The New York Times
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