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March 15, 2011
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Setting the Example 
  • Is McDonald's becoming an environmental champion?
    Environmentalists criticize McDonald's for promoting intensive farming practices, but the quickservice giant's announcement that it would switch to using sustainable palm oil has met with grudging praise from critic Phil Covington. The company needs to do more, he says, but the policy is an important first step. "Once that process begins, it's hard to go back, and since companies like McDonald's can change whole food-production ecosystems single-handed[ly], incremental steps can nonetheless have a huge impact," he writes. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Creating Accountability 
  • Japanese nuclear disaster leads to price hikes in carbon markets
    The price of carbon on international exchanges climbed Monday as investors pondered the implications of Japan's nuclear crisis. It's thought Japan will turn to natural gas to replace capacity from shuttered nuclear plants, which would drive up gas prices and make coal an option for European energy producers. That, in turn, could drive up carbon prices as coal-fired plant operators buy extra carbon credits to account for increased output. BusinessGreen (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autodesk advances sustainability through its products
    Autodesk has spent nearly three decades developing its products with a focus on sustainable design across different industries. It recently partnered with CDP Cities in a project working to assimilate risk management with carbon reporting. "There's not one simple sustainability tool that you can put into a CAD system and solve everybody's problems," said Sarah Krasley, a product manager. "So we're doing a lot of exploration at where sustainable design comes up in the workflow, and where it's most meaningful." (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The Responsible Leader 
  • Want to help Japan's quake victims? Put away your checkbook
    Google jumped into action after the Japanese earthquake, setting up a Web application to help survivors track down missing friends and relatives -- a smart move that drew on the company's core strengths, writes Jim Nichols. Just as the U.S. Army is better off helping with logistics and distribution than with fundraising, Nichols argues, so, too, companies should donate time and expertise rather than only money. Forbes/Media Mixer blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In the short term, [sustainability] is the most pressing problem we face as a society, and I think it's important that we do things to help solve the problem."
--Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO, as quoted at
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