Day: June 12, 2013

Successful Sustainability Strategy Leans on Innovation, ‘Gamification’

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

To survive and prosper in a rapidly shifting business landscape, companies must constantly evolve. One example of this evolution is seen when forward thinking leaders incorporate sustainability into their business strategy. A successful sustainability strategy depends upon embracing a fundamental shift in an organization’s way of doing business, an eagerness to find new ways of identifying challenges and seizing opportunities. Effective leaders recognize that their organizations will thrive through creativity and innovation. But it’s one thing to decide to be innovative; it’s another entirely to make innovation an integral part of your corporate culture.

Cash Doesn’t Follow Sustainability Commitments

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Large US corporations’ spending on energy, environmental and sustainability initiatives will grow at just 5 percent per year until 2017, from $34.6 billion in 2012 to $43.6 billion in 2017, according to a Verdantix study.

Oldest record of human-caused lead pollution detected

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

Humans began contributing to environmental lead pollution as early as 8,000 years ago, according to a Univ. of Pittsburgh research report.

The Pitt research team detected the oldest-discovered remains of human-derived lead pollution in the world in the northernmost region of Michigan, suggesting metal pollution from mining and other human activities appeared far earlier in North America than in Europe, Asia and South America. Their findings are highlighted in Environmental Science & Technology.

Manufacturers Hide Environmental Success

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Manufacturers and retailers may be holding back on communicating their sustainability successes to customers, new research suggests.

More than three-quarters of industry executives from brand manufacturing and retail have concerns about “greenwashing” backlash and half mentioned a lack of consistency in sustainability measurements. These companies are struggling to find the right level of communication with consumers about their sustainability programs, Ryan Partnership said in a whitepaper.