Smart Catch is a James Beard Foundation program that focuses on sustainable seafood at the restaurant level, with member eateries ranked based on the species they serve and how they are sourced. Smart Catch's approximately 400 "leaders" must offer menus that are at least 80% sustainable.
Retrofits to install green roofs on shopping centers are difficult, which invites a better path to investing in surrounding land to create enticing green and open space, Dialog Chairman Jim Anderson argues. "Imagine a mall that operates as a complete community, one where seniors take their morning walks and receive care in the same place as youth play and learn, entrepreneurs collaborate and network, vulnerable groups can access support systems and feel welcome, and busy families drop off the kids for extra-curricular activities while running errands in the same place," he writes.
Officials in Charlotte, N.C., announced plans to invest in a facility to support sustainable startups with the goal of reducing waste as the city works to develop a circular economy. Charlotte, which currently produces approximately 400,000 tons of waste annually, aims to get "as close to zero waste as possible," says Solid Waste Services Director Victoria Johnson.
Closed Loop Partners, a multimillion-dollar waste management fund, will receive an investment of $10 million from Amazon. The effort calls for preventing 1 million tons of recyclables from reaching landfills and expanding curbside recycling programs to roughly 3 million US homes, all by 2028.
California's Van Nuys Airport will on Jan. 17 host the "Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability" event, designed to educate general aviation pilots on sustainable alternative jet fuel. All four of the airport's fixed-based operators will offer a Jet A biofuel blend during the event.
RE100 member companies sourced 20% of their electricity needs from renewable energy power purchase agreements in 2016, up from 1% in 2015 -- a figure that underscores the rapid growth of nonutility PPAs, says consultancy ScottMadden. The report says PPAs are attractive for companies because they offer pricing stability and encourage sustainability through renewables.
Employees who are eager to please often take on too much work, which is all the more reason for CEOs and other leaders to establish clear goals for their teams, writes Joel Trammell, CEO of Black Box Network Services. "Once an employee truly understands the mission and strategy, he or she has a powerful sorting tool for incoming requests," he writes.