Category: September 2016 – Achieving Zero in the Built Environment

by Edward Mazria, founder and CEO of Architecture 2030

Without a dramatic change in the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated, the world has no chance of adequately addressing climate change. Architecture 2030 has spent over ten years working with architects, designers and policy-makers on programs and initiatives that will lead to zero emissions in the built environment by 2050.

Architecture 2030 received an invitation in March 2014 to attend meetings leading up to the December 2015 COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris. At these meetings, read more

by Laura Altomare, Director of Communications and Resource Development, Homewise

Homewise is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 with a mission to help create successful homeowners so that they improve their financial wellbeing and contribute to the vitality of our communities. Homewise offers a full range of homeownership services to empower and support clients on their path to successful homeownership. Each service is designed to bolster the other services, maximizing the benefits and achieving the ultimate goal of financial security for the client and the community. read more

by Steve Glenn, CEO of Plant Prefab and founder of LivingHomes

There has been a dramatic increase in the construction of homes that feature healthy and sustainable design over the last ten years in the United States. Increased consciousness from consumers, businesses, and governments about the impact buildings have on climate change as well as a greater concern for healthy indoor environments have driven and are driving this demand. Fortunately, new materials and technologies make the design and construction of these homes far more cost effective.

Some Background on the Problem

Climate Change/Sustainability

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New List Shows 22% Simulated Annualized Returns on Companies Invested in Climate Solutions

As You Sow and Corporate Knights today recently the inaugural version of the Carbon Clean 200TM (Clean200TM), a list of 200 clean energy companies showing a simulated annualized return of 21.82% over the past decade.

The list will be updated quarterly to serve as the inverse of the Carbon Underground 200TM, a list of fossil fuel companies being targeted for divestment, which generated a 7.84% annualized return over the same time period.

?The Clean200 nearly tripled the performance of its fossil fuel reserve-heavy counterpart over the past ten years, showing that clean energy read more

ESG Research Platform and Product Innovation Garner New Recognition for Calvert

Calvert Investments Inc., a leading responsible investment manager, is pleased to announce that the Calvert Responsible Index Series was awarded “Indexing Product of the Year,” a main category within the William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Awards, at the recent 20th Annual Global Indexing and ETF conference. The winners of the awards were selected by a panel of the world’s leading practitioners and researchers in the field of indexing.

“We are honored to receive this recognition that highlights the manner in which innovation and research have fueled the evolution read more

by Ulrich Spiesshofer, president and CEO, ABB

Solar Impulse has made history by completing the first flight around the world in a plane powered only by energy from the sun. Its achievement is a tremendous success for clean technologies and a triumph of technology innovation to change the world.

When Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard first had the idea of flying a solar-powered plane around the world, most people said it would be impossible. There was no way, they said, that an aircraft could get off the ground on solar power alone, much less remain in flight after the sun read more

A former Colorado governor, experts from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the World Bank, Patagonia, and the investment world will address the 27th annual SRI Conference November 9–11, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. They will share their information and insights about climate change and renewable energy development to help guide investment decision-making in the months and years to come.

For more information about The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, go to –

“Climate change and renewable energy go right to the read more

President Obama is committed to ensuring that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change.

Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased 30 fold and solar jobs are growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy. Last year, we announced a set of actions to increase access to solar and create a more inclusive workforce, but there is still more work to do. That is why, in July 2016, the Obama Administration read more

Green Century Capital Management announced in July 2016 a new five-year program, The RISC (Risk In Supply Chains) project. The new global project will inform and engage global investors about the growing business and environmental risks of deforestation as part of Green Century Capital Management’s overall efforts to curb global warming.

Tropical deforestation is a major source of global carbon emissions. In the last several years, investors have played a key role in protecting rainforests by pressuring companies to adopt zero-deforestation agreements in their palm oil supply chains. read more

Latest Evaluation Adds AMD, HP, VF Corporation, and Wells Fargo

Clean Edge recently released the latest version of its Corporate Clean Energy Leaders Universe, recognizing corporations that are leading the way in establishing renewable electricity commitments, deploying clean energy, and investing in clean-tech deployment. As more companies transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, the Corporate Clean Energy Leaders Universe provides a key barometer of innovation, best practices, and leadership.

During this latest evaluation period four new companies were added: AMD, HP, VF Corporation, read more

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The 7th Social Business Days
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

Zirabo, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This event is hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Social Business Day is an annual conference organized by the Yunus Centre to celebrate the groundbreaking idea of social business and to highlight new developments. Social Business Day showcases the concept of social business with leading experts in the field. The annual event attracts the participation of international and local actors, corporate and social leaders, NGOs, students, and innovators, and connects them with the social business network. It also creates an opportunity for participants read more