How developing countries put forests on the climate agenda

As a child of rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon, Chico Mendes saw how quickly the life-sustaining forest could disappear if soy farmers and cattle ranchers wanted the land for themselves. They didn’t harvest the trees for rubber or nuts, but chopped them down, burned them and scraped them away. Cattle ranching and soy farming,…

Can There Be Harmony Between Plastics and Sustainability? Greiner Says Yes.

Plastics companies are key to solving our plastics problem. We spoke with Stefan Grafenhorst, Head of Sustainability at Greiner, to find out more about the path toward making plastic a sustainable material.   With plastics companies being somewhat critical players when it comes to solving our plastics problem, so it’s great to see them beginning…

Nestlé Releases Strategy for Reaching 2050 Zero Net Emissions Goal

This week Nestlé publicly committed to reaching zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The food company, which had previously aligned its environmental objectives with science-based targets, specified strategies for reaching the goal. “Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face as a society. It is also one of the greatest risks to…

Report Report: Timber, trends and TCFD

2019 Timber Scorecard (WWF) scores 122 U.K. brands on their sustainable timber sourcing policies and performance. The report finds that 48 percent of the companies evaluated did not disclose their policies or performance on sustainable timber. However, 35 percent of companies evaluated received high scores on their sustainable timber sourcing policies and performance, including IKEA, Kimberly-Clark…

Here are the winners and losers on climate policy in 2019

State lawmakers across the country either have wrapped up their legislative sessions or are on the verge of what they refer to as sine die. The result is a panoply of policy that’s mostly good, but also bad and ugly when it comes to our nation’s economy, environment and sustainability. For the most part, states continue…

Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions

If we are to really shift the textile industry from one that is harming workers, local communities and the environment to one that is circular and sustainable, scalable solutions will be necessary. A new investment fund, the Good Fashion Fund, aims to address a real need in the garment industry by promoting scalable solutions around key…

Advanced traffic management is the next big thing for smart cities

Traffic congestion is rising in cities around the world. Contributing factors include expanding urban populations, aging infrastructure, inefficient and uncoordinated traffic signal timing and a lack of real-time data. The impacts are significant. Traffic data and analytics company INRIX estimates that traffic congestion cost U.S. commuters $305 billion in 2017 due to wasted fuel, lost time and…