Pollination celebration

Read the full story in Smile Politely. It is national pollinator week, and the University of Illinois is celebrating with some fantastic events this weekend! To get in the spirit, let’s talk about pollination. Pollination is how plants reproduce, and since many delicious plant-derived foods result from fertilized ovaries, this is important to us as …

When do energy auditors get to eat and sleep?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. The US faces a bit of a math problem when it comes to making its buildings more energy efficient. If every energy auditor worked around the clock, it would take 22 years to analyze all buildings. Of course, the audit is only step one. “At that point we wouldn’t …

Sustainability fatigue, disruptive innovation and the flourishing enterprise

Read the full story in GreenBiz. When a major company launches a sustainability journey, it normally starts with high expectations, says author Chris Laszlo, After these efforts yield early positive results, however, "sustainability fatigue" sets in. How can an organization find that original energy and push its goals forward? Laszlo, a corporate sustainability expert, offers …

New app helps smaller companies rank sustainability

Read the full story in GreenBiz. The powerful software that big businesses use to rank themselves on the sustainability ladder doesn't often apply to smaller companies. Now, however, a new mobile app targets small and midsize businesses seeking to measure their sustainability efforts. The CK Ranker app, released earlier in June, helps companies to assess and compare their own …

Why complexity matters when measuring sustainability

Read the full story at GreenBiz. This is part of a series examining the pitfalls of sustainability measurements, drawing on lessons from outside the business world. For more, see parts 1, 2 and 3. In the last two months, our atmosphere has passed the 400-ppm carbon threshold. Unlike the sound barrier, this number doesn’t mark …

How to invest in a sustainable food future

Read the full story in GreenBiz. The call to feed 9 billion people by 2050 is a common refrain among food industry leaders, held up as the ultimate, if elusive, goal of production and sustainability. Unfortunately, current approaches to address this challenge are unsustainable — from economic, ecological and social perspectives. Today’s investment dollars are …