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By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor

I'm writing to you this week from New York, where my colleagues and I are preparing for tomorrow's VERGE Salon on "next-gen buildings and cities." It's a daylong event, the first in our Salon series, which focus in on one of the many areas where technology meets sustainability — the focus of our global VERGE series. We'll be doing another Salon in the spring, in London, focusing on supply-chain transparency and traceability.

We're especially excited about tomorrow's Salon, with a stellar line-up of building developers and owners, city officials and planners, technology companies, service providers, foundations, NGOs and thought leaders of all stripes. Among them is a rare conversation with architects César and Rafael Pelli, the famed father-son team responsible for some of the world's most iconic buildings, and some of the most sustainably designed.

You can partake of the event virtually by tuning into the free livestream of the plenary session — more than 30 speakers in all — which begins at 8:30 am Eastern Time. (Yes, that's early for you West Coasters, but the livestream will be viewable on demand any time afterwards.)

Next week, I'll be back in New York for Climate Week, a flurry of events, many of them focusing on the challenges and opportunities for business. I hope to see you there, too.


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Here's the 2014 update to the world's oldest financial index that overlays sustainability strategy with financial performance. Who's in and who's out?

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IT giant reveals $145 million equity commitment to new 82MW solar farm in California, completing its 17th renewable energy investment since 2010.

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State of the Profession

Can't HR and sustainability just get along?
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Some view engagement as volunteering, while others view it as a relationship to the company. The results are in from our new study with NEEF....Read More



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Technology glitters, but it's also green. Which careers will build a sustainable future in our companies and cities?...Read More



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