The 2014 GreenBiz Forum defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium, along with ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.
VERGE, as we often say, is what sustainable business should be about: systems thinking, radical efficiency, innovation, busting through silos and, ultimately, moving the needle on challenges like energy and climate.
It should also be about improving lives — a metric that’s admittedly elusive. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
I was reminded of this yesterday, Human Rights Day, which commemorates the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It got me thinking about the whole “improving lives” part of VERGE. How do we ensure that this is part of the conversation, central to our actions and not merely a happy outcome? How do we make sure that VERGE is not just about technology for technology’s sake, and that we’re effectively addressing some of the world’s most pressing social challenges as well as its environmental ones?
Take sustainable mobility — hyper-efficient vehicles, alternative fuels, smarter roads, the data layer and the apps that allow so many new products and services. How much is all this actually expanding access to mobility for those who don’t have it? For example, is access to reliable public transit really improving, or do we merely reliably know that “the bus is late”?
The people piece needs to be core to VERGE, not lost in the celebration of the coolest, latest tech. Indeed, it is at the heart of why our work has not just profits, but purpose.
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