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January 21, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • D.C. chef heads to Harvard to work for sustainable-food program
    Washington, D.C., chef Barton Seaver will lead the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment within the Harvard School of Public Health. His new gig will help hospitals, universities and other large organizations move away from unsustainable and mercury-laden seafood. "Hospitals, like other large institutions, can shift food systems away from conventional methods by leveraging their enormous purchasing power and increasing demand for more sustainably managed produce, meat and seafood," Seaver says. The Washington Post/Going Out Guide blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Analysis: Why 2013 could be a pivotal year for algae-based fuel
    Several companies are close to reaching commercial-scale production of algae-based fuel this year, writes Katie Fehrenbacher. Solazyme is eyeing commercial-scale output through an Archer Daniels Midland facility in Clinton, Iowa. Sapphire Energy began churning out algae oil last summer and is aiming to produce up to 1.5 million gallons annually by 2014, while Synthetic Genomics acquired an 81-acre site in California's Imperial Valley to further test its technology, Fehrenbacher writes. GigaOm (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • EU glut makes carbon permits "worthless," bankers say
    Europe has flooded the marketplace with carbon-emission permits, making them essentially "worthless" in the absence of rule changes, according to UBS. "With the current emissions cap ... it will take until 2045 before the current 1.5 billion tons surplus inventory has been eliminated," said analyst Per Lekander. Bloomberg (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
The Responsible Leader 
  • Why the EDF opened an office near Wal-Mart
    As the Environmental Defense Fund's head of supply-chain initiatives, Andrew Hutson works with business chiefs to find eco-friendly supply-chain efficiencies. Among his successful projects: opening an office in Bentonville, Ark., where Wal-Mart is headquartered. "You have to be there if you want to have the influence that you want to have," he explains. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Report: U.S. added a record 13.2 GW of wind capacity in 2012
    The U.S. added a record 13.2 gigawatts of wind generation capacity in 2012, including a single-month record of 5.5 GW in December, as developers scrambled to complete projects ahead of the possible Dec. 31 expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "Capacity was built without any near-term state mandated demand. This means that in most areas, utilities are buying wind power because they want to, not because they have to," said Amy Grace of BNEF. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

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--Bob Adams, business partnerships director at Sustainable Conservation, as quoted in the Financial Times
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