Tag Archive for sustainability

Maybe saying the words “Climate Change” should be avoided. Say “Economics” instead.

It is heartening to read an article that shows that people can embrace environmentally conscious ways of running a business without being labeled an environmentalist. A farmer in Kansas has, “embraced an (sic) environmentally conscious way of farming that guards against soil erosion and conserves precious water.”

climate change economicsWhat was that? A farmer in the heartland of America? Yes. The key throughout this article is not that he is doing this, it is that he is doing this because it makes economic sense. In the same breath, he will not use the words “Climate Change.” And he is right.

I really don’t care about the argument for or against climate change any more (well I do from an intellectual exercise standpoint), but I do care that we all take actions that encourage sustainability. I have tried to make this point to people for many years.

Sustainability is not about terms, it is about Environmental, Economic and Social responsibility that in the end causes the economy to grow and to continue to be able to grow.

Well, it makes sense that a farmer would understand that concept!

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In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’
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The Attempted Destruction of Five Decades of Progress

I think that this quote from the recent New Yorker Article sums it up best…”…It’s clear that we’re about to witness the steady demolition, or attempted demolition, of the environmental protections that have been put in place over the past five decades.”

In a recently leaked memo, Trump’s priorities have been made clear….Stop the Clean Power Plan, allow wetlands destruction, stop cleaning up Chesapeake Bay. To further this position, he is placing a person who clearly dislikes the EPA and has sued it 14 times.

clean power plan

But let’s not stop there. Let’s issue gag orders on to prevent factual information from being released…

This article is rife with what could at best be described as frightening information.

What is saddest of all is the fact that environmental protections have been economically shown to benefit profits, jobs and overall expenditures. A clean environment means lower respiratory illness rates, cleaner and more easily treated water and better long term economic sustainability.

Of course, if you are a short term profit monger, then protecting the environment makes no sense.

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A BAD DAY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, WITH MANY MORE TO COME

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Green Travel…Are we there yet?

Although it is not that overwhelming, only 25% of hotels have a sustainability program and it is becoming more commonplace to see such hotels. Even more promising, there are more tour groups that try and run socially and sustainably oriented travel programs.

I think that it is equally promising that cruise lines, long notorious polluters of the air and water, are, pardon the pun, getting on board and becoming more environmentally conscious.

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Why? As I have pointed out in prior posts on many topics, it is both doing good and doing well at the same time. Companies are beginning to realize that they need to both protect the resources that their tours and programs rely on, and that being more environmentally responsible means that they can increase their profit margins.

It is a small effort to make when looking for environmentally responsible travel.

So, why not get onto the trend and commit to such travel?

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Where Sustainable Travel Is Headed in 2017
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Apple Becomes a Green Energy Supplier

When she still worked in New Jersey, I had the pleasure of working with Lisa Jackson of Apple from time to time. Lisa was, and remains, a person who can take complex environmental issues and turn them into ideas that make sense.

Green Energy SupplierNow we see that Apple, where Lisa ended up after her stint at EPA…has implemented a solar and renewable energy program where they not only generate electrical power that they need, but buy it as well. To my mind, that has always been one of the potential beauties of solar power. Become your own power producer.

The most impressive element of this program is not that Apple is actually listening to an expert in sustainability from within, but that they have taken this concept and made it in the context of a business decision. Specifically, by becoming a green energy supplier, they are going to save money as well as generate clean power.

The decision means that they can continue to do well while doing some good.

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Apple Becomes a Green Energy Supplier, With Itself as Customer
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