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.
Taking Care of Business
By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor
You'd think that with the near collapse of global climate talks, the lack of political pressure in most countries to take on tough climate challenges, and the relative laissez-faire attitude of much of the public, that corporate action on climate change would be modest to nonexistent.
Quite the contrary. As we've reported on all year, companies are taking action far beyond what their customers and other stakeholders are demanding. The driver: risk reduction.
That theme is evident in Heather Clancy's piece on how more than a dozen energy companies, plus global brands like Walmart and Disney, are setting an internal price on their carbon pollution as a means of preparing for the eventuality of a mandated carbon tax or other mechanism. Microsoft's TJ DiCaprio spells out how and why her company is supporting conservation efforts as a way to offset carbon pollution.
It's an encouraging trend, even if done largely behind the scenes. And it might, just might, create a climate where the locus of action on climate change moves from the public sector to the private sector — a "unified voice" among business as the climate world shifts its gaze to a global deal in Paris in 2015.
Also This Week: Tom McKeag looks at how nature-inspired design was on display at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show ... Marin LaMonica tells how Tesla batteries are now being rolled out as storage for renewable energy in homes and businesses ... David Wigder provides a look at the win-win proposition of distributed energy systems fueling "buy local" campaigns ... and Andy Goodman offers up a fascinating case study of what motivated customers of a leading utility to engage on energy efficiency.
Potential vs. reality: Sustainability's value when investing in technology
We need to talk -- and talk the same language.
That’s the overriding directive for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) executives and sustainability leaders in research recently conducted by GreenBiz Group and AT&T.
There is good news, as a wide range of opportunities exists where the combined efforts of ICT and sustainability professionals can make a significant impact. Download your copy of the report.
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