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January 24, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Compost to boost growth of some green roofs on NYC buildings
    Food waste from buildings owned by the Durst Organization in New York City will be turned into compost to feed green roofs installed by the real estate property company. The firm will spend between $750,000 and $1 million to install about an acre of vegetated roofs on eight of its buildings in Manhattan. "Green roofs are an increasingly important part of our urban ecosystem," said Helena Durst, who launched the plan. The Wall Street Journal (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 7 buildings around the world offer sustainable solutions
    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is one of seven buildings from around the world that gives "us a glimpse of what our future holds," writes Emma Sloley. In this compilation, modern structures -- from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the Galaxy Soho Building in Beijing -- provide an idea of how construction and design innovation could solve a number of sustainability issues, according to Sloley. The Huffington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Report: Wind power is good for Ore.'s air, water resources
    The environmental benefits of Oregon's wind power industry are equal to eliminating 550,000 vehicles from the streets annually, according to a report from Environment Oregon. Aside from being less polluting than fossil fuel-burning power plants, wind farms consume virtually no water, the report showed. In 2011, wind power production in Oregon cut more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and saved more than a billion gallons of water, the report found. SustainableBusinessOregon.com (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • How SMBs can turn CSR into a PR coup
    Small and medium-sized businesses don't typically have the time to set up a dedicated green-marketing program, but it's still possible to communicate sustainable successes to customers, writes Shannan Hodgson. Simply be transparent about your successes and failures, and customers will reward your honesty. "When you're on the way to reaching your goals, communicate this with the consumer so that they can feel good about using your service," Hodgson advises. Real Business (U.K.) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Meet the EPA's new environmental-justice chief
    Matthew Tejada, the incoming director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice, spent the past five years fighting Texas air pollution as director of Air Alliance Houston. He says he wants to bring that experience to bear on the administration's environmental efforts. "Environmental justice has had a very ambiguous place within the huge federal bureaucracy. ... It's really going to take somebody that's hopefully going to be given the room to advocate for environmental justice," he says. ScientificAmerican.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Powering Tomorrow 
  • Why America should start exporting natural gas
    America's natural-gas boom is eroding domestic coal consumption, but that's having the knock-on effect of stoking coal exports, increasing total global carbon emissions, writes solar-energy CEO Arno Harris. For better results, America should encourage gas exports, reducing net emissions while increasing domestic gas prices and boosting demand for even cleaner energy sources. CNNMoney/Fortune/Business Green blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Congratulations, new CEO: Time to get your team on board
    Leadership transitions can be tense and unsettling times for all concerned, writes Molding Box CEO Jordan Guernsey. It's important for new CEOs to communicate effectively and to stay focused on institutional priorities during the handover period, Guernsey writes. "Ultimately, it is up to the new leader to plant the seeds and cultivate the continued growth of the organization," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
It's obvious that there is still environmental racism that exists in the United States. Acknowledging that is the first step."
--Matthew Tejada, new director of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice, as quoted in Scientific American
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