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December 24, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Former industrial city in France turned into an eco-metropolis
    The efforts of Nantes, France, to reshape itself with an eye toward climate change, transportation, water, and biodiversity have turned it from an industrial and port city into an eco-metropolis with a commitment to address challenges such as urban sprawl and carbon dioxide emissions, according to this article. The city has been designated by the European Union as its "Green Capital" for 2013. The Atlantic Cities (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Biological concrete absorbs atmosphere's CO2
    A Spanish research team has developed biological concrete that soaks up atmospheric carbon dioxide and speeds up the growth of mosses, microalgae and lichens. "The biological concrete acts not only as an insulating material and a thermal regulator, but also as an ornamental alternative," the team said. TG Daily (12/20) 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 
  • EPA releases final rules on industrial boiler emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized rules for greenhouse-gas emission limits at large industrial boilers. The rules require about 2,300 large sites in the U.S. to comply with the set limits within three years, with a one-year extension available to enable the installation of control equipment. EPA said the rule will reduce the industry's annual compliance expenses. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Don't bury your brand in green labels, experts warn
    Companies need to do more to ensure that they use eco-labels in ways that make sense for brand identity and consumer needs, rather than simply reflexively slapping every available label onto their products, experts say. "There's a lot of green noise," warns Paul Bates of certification organization UL. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Renewable energy to make slow but steady market gain in 2013
    Experts predict that renewable energy will make slow but steady growth in the U.S. next year despite continued reliance on fossil fuels. Wind power generation will increase by 15% in 2013, while solar energy consumption will go up 28%, according to forecasts by the Energy Information Administration. Rob Gramlich, the American Wind Energy Association's senior vice president for public policy, cautioned that while wind power could have a robust future, Congress' inaction on the wind-energy Production Tax Credit will cause the industry to "fall over its own fiscal cliff and America will lose most of its wind installations next year." The Christian Science Monitor (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Sustainability readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fashion is a logical place to start to raise awareness for sustainable causes."
--Jochen Zeitz, director of PPR, as quoted in The New York Times
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