Day: July 10, 2013

The Future Of Water In New “Sustainability”

Read the full story in Water Efficiency.

NBC News’ educational arm, NBC Learn, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have teamed up to produce a new informative video series that examines the long-term health of one of America’s most important resources: water.

“Sustainability: Water,” an original seven-part collection consists of detailed stories explaining significant challenges to managing the water supply in selected regions and cities across the United States. As climate rapidly changes and population grows, providing a sufficient supply and quality of water will be a critical challenge to people everywhere. These videos aim to help advance public understanding of the effects human activity and climate variability have on water and its distribution system.

From Top-down Environmental Law To Bottom-up Land Use Strategies

Read the full post at GreenLaw.

The advent, beginning roughly in 1992, of local environmental law is adding expansive bottom-up land use strategies to top-down environmental law: local strategies that now constitute an accepted area of practice and scholarship.[1]

Critics of any attempt to solve the problems of sea level rise and climate change at the local level have a point: this is a global matter with national implications and should be addressed through top-down national strategies, not left to the vagaries of local initiatives. The last two decades, nonetheless, demonstrate the wisdom of enabling, encouraging, and guiding local governments to solve environmental problems at the ground level, through their delegated zoning, land use, home rule, and police power authority.

This issue is further explored in my article, In Praise of Parochialism: The Advent of Local Environmental Law, as well as in Shifting Paradigms Transform Environmental and Land Use Law: The Emergence of the Law of Sustainable Development.

New materials could bring more natural lighting from LEDs

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

This story is republished with permission from Txchnologist, a digital magazine that follows innovation in science and technology.

We’re at the beginning of a new lighting revolution — the world is slowly switching over from the energy hogs of the last century to efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

But the goal of making a LED bulb that produces warm, white light is still the subject of intense research. It turns out that creating materials that can emit a broad spectrum of wavelengths mimicking natural light is a tricky business.

Can Biochar Help Save the World?

Read the full post at Huffington Post.

On Earth Day, we looked back on a year in which James Cameron’s Avatar, a film about environmental crisis and restoration, swept box offices around the globe. What if there were a real-life answer to help solve the real world problems of climate change, peak oil, and global food security? Would you want the leaders of the G8 and the G20 to know about it and endorse it? This Earth Day, The Huntsville Project launched to inform the global public about biochar, one of the most promising developments in our fight against climate change. At the new website, http://www.newcarboneconomy.info, you can find out about biochar and sign the petition.

The Huntsville Project is asking global leaders to support this important new clean technology.
On June 25. the G8 will meet in Huntsville Ontario. Then the G20 will meet in Toronto on June 26 and 27. Sign the Huntsville Petition and help put biochar on the global agenda!

Should supply or demand drive sustainable products?

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Given the lack of momentum on the global sustainability agenda in recent years, an atmosphere of mutual frustration between various levels of society is understandable. If nothing else, it inclines some to ask: Who do we turn to in order to drive the agenda forward?

When our panel of sustainability experts at GlobeScan is asked whether we need more supply of or demand for sustainability solutions, it tends to place the onus on pressure from consumers. We find that 41 percent believe that more consumer demand is required to accelerate progress on sustainability, while only 22 percent cite the need for more sustainable options from companies.

Massachusetts Uses Popularity of Environmental Stewardship to Pad Its Bottom Line

Read the full story at Governing.

Massachusetts was the first state this year to ever offer so-called green bonds to fund environmentally friendly projects. The only thing new about the bonds, though, is the word ‘green’ — a small addition that may be making the Bay State a lot of money.

7 keys to foster sustainability teaching at business schools

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Many strategies exist for teaching students about sustainable business. Depending upon resource availability and institutional receptivity, centers can offer activities including student clubs, course development and re-training faculty.

Below are seven activities, for educators, including tips for implementation. Activities are ordered according to “magnitude of change” required for implementation, beginning with those requiring the least amount of institutional change.