Lebanon (Illinois) Public Library begins lending seeds

From the Illinois Heartland Library System member newsletter. The Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL also has a seed library program. The Lebanon Public Library is pleased to offer an exciting new lending program in spring 2014. They now offer their library patrons the opportunity to ‘borrow’ heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for free! Their goal …

Collaboration helps higher ed graduate to a greener future

Read the full story at GreenBiz. "The future ain't what it used to be," Yogi Berra once declared. He wasn't talking about climate disruption, but he could have been. And few institutions are better positioned to provide the leadership required to avoid runaway climate change than higher education. Indeed, it is hard to see where …

5 top reporting frameworks: A crash course

Read the full story at GreenBiz. CDP, DJSI, GRI, GRESB, SASB. It's confusing enough to know these acronyms, let alone understand how these sustainability reporting standards actually work. CDP and DJSI are considered to be the most credible and familiar reporting frameworks by sustainability experts, according to a recent GlobeScan/SustainAbility survey. GRESB is one of the fastest growing, industry-specific …

EPA Awards $860,000 to Communities to Reduce Water Pollution, Build Resilience to Climate Change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced $860,000 to help 14 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change. The funding supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directs federal agencies to support community-based preparedness and resilience efforts across the country. “Investing …

Are Special Fees For Driving Green a Penalty?

Read the full story on Stateline.org. A tax on virtue or a matter of fairness? The question ripples through states trying to prop up their ever-shrinking highway funds while eyeing the “free ride” enjoyed by green vehicle owners. The fast-growing cohort of people who drive zero- and low-emission cars and trucks can take satisfaction in …

Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Download the report (free registration required). This report, Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems and decision-making. The report— a collaboration between Ceres and Sustainalytics—assesses corporate progress across the four strategic areas first outlined …

Change Is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and Reduce Pollution

Download the document. This study evaluates the implications of using end-use energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. It does so by quantifying the energy, economic, and pollution-reduction impacts of selected energy-saving policies on a state-by-state basis. We evaluate four of the most common and effective energy efficiency policy options available …