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October 8, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Why the U.S. needs a carbon tax
    America needs a carbon tax to ensure that a given product's pricing fairly reflects its true environmental cost, says law professor David Weisbach. That would mean consumers would foot the bill for product emissions rather than spreading the cost more broadly. "Without a tax, it is as if we subsidize pollution relative to its price in a complete market," Weisbach explains. The Wall Street Journal (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sustainability summit focuses on food waste
    Speakers with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance discussed ways for the grocery industry to cut food waste during the Food Marketing Institute/Grocery Manufacturers Association Sustainability Summit. "There's still much more work to be done; that's what the alliance is focused on," said Michael Hewett, director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs at Publix, who said 80 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year. Supermarket News (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • How SOX made companies more responsible
    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as SOX, introduced new disclosure mandates for American firms, and that's had a knock-on impact on corporate responsibility, supporters say. "If there is concern about bad judgment, it can rise safely to the top," explains Jones Lang LaSalle executive Laralee Martin. (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Can the EU make clean energy inspirational?
    The EU is seeking to rebrand clean energy in an upbeat exercise that will focus on low-carbon technologies' ability to improve quality of life. "It's perhaps been a bit too much doom and gloom in the past on climate," one official explained. "We are now emphasizing the need to inspire people." BBC (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • There's more to sustainability than tackling climate change, says WWF chief
    It's time to stop worrying exclusively about climate change and refocus on the broader problem of the depletion of natural resources, says Yolanda Kakabadse, global president of the World Wildlife Fund. "There is no way any business can survive if it depletes the resources it depends upon," she warns. The Australian (tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Whatever happened to America's clean-energy revolution?
    When it comes to clean energy, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney appear happy to let domestic gas and oil rigs feed America's thirst for fuel, The Economist reports. "Both candidates seem to have one simple environmental policy: keep out of the way," it notes. "That is doubtless good for business and the trade balance, but not very good for the battle against global warming." The Economist (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

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

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Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Hire executives who treat employees how you'd like to be treated
    Some job candidates for executive positions have the credentials and know how to act around higher-ups, but treat everyone else poorly, says John Baldoni. "Certainly those in line for senior-level positions have demonstrated competence. ... But it's not enough to look at a resume, of course. You need to interview individuals -- not just one on one, but maybe in group situations, too." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
I would rather have a robust economy and declining emissions, and that is why I believe pricing carbon should be the cornerstone of our effort."
--Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal
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