This is a selection of my favourite news.
Via Radio New Zealand, 3 December 2013
The thing about building the most sustainable headquarters while applying for the next open cast coal mine never added up. The article by Radio NZ hold some hope however:
Not quite sure whether it is actually the world's first one, since Norway has done a similar thing:
Norway Mandates CSR Reporting
India is the first country to pass a corporate responsibility law requiring larger companies to spend 2% of each year's profit on those kinds of initiatives.
The law kicks in for companies with a profit of at least $80 million over the past three years.
It outlines 9 ‘pillars’ that can fulfil the requirement, one of which is ‘ensuring environmental sustainability’, under which installing solar systems falls. This likely will incentivise more solar development because it's an area that provides businesses with a return in investment.
Via Element Magazine, 2013-05-29
By Rob McEwen.
Rob McEwen is executive director of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV). Formerly, he was CEO of the NZ Clean Energy Centre in Taupo.
In 2010, the Centre for Advanced Engineering at Canterbury University studied the impact of various rates of electric vehicle (EV) uptake on New Zealand’s electricity grid. In their lowest uptake scenario, they projected 200,000 EVs on our roads by 2025, while a rapid-uptake scenario projected 390,000 EVs.
Via Southwest Farm Press, 2013-06-14
Square in the middle of three years of intense drought conditions, New Mexico is dealing with an escalating water problem that has now caused one town, Magdalena, to run out of water, forcing city officials to scramble for solutions to bring relief to local residents and businesses.
Via globalreporting.org, 2013-06-12
On 1 June, newly-passed regulation on sustainability reporting came into force in Norway. The Norwegian government passed the legislation in April, requiring large companies to provide information on how they integrate social responsibility into their business strategies. This represents an important milestone in the regulation of corporate transparency.
Via 350 Aotearoa team
Today WWF released a report exposing the fossil fuel investments of our two largest funds of public money, ACC and the NZ Super Fund.
Coinciding with this report, we’ve launched a campaign calling on the NZ Super Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Super Fund has over $440 million dollars invested in fossil fuel companies. The NZ Super Fund is a fund for our future, so it doesn’t make sense to be investing in an industry that’s destroying it.
Via Puget Sound Business Journal, May 10, 2013
When it rains hard, a stream of water gushes through a Seattle elementary classroom.
Teachers don’t mind. Nor do the students, who had a hand in designing the classroom, which is in the West Coast’s first certified “Living Building” at Bertschi School on Capitol Hill.
I just had to publish that in order to be able to share it.
(it came in via email)
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Via ecowatch, 2012-12-21
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final environmental assessment on the so-called “frankenfish,” a salmon that has been genetically engineered by Massachusetts-based AquaBountyTechnologies Inc. (ABTX:LSE). This would be the first-ever genetically engineered animal intended for human consumption to enter the marketplace despite widespread public outcry and a faulty assessment based on incomplete company data.