Day: October 8, 2018

California’s largest proposed water storage project hits regulatory hurdles

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Regulators warnings that the Sites Reservoir may have to cut its stated water storage goals have thrown the future of the ambitious project into doubt.

Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast

Read the full story in the Miami Herald.

Dozens of dead fish littered a Palm Beach County beach Wednesday as a toxic red tide appeared to spread along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

An Inside Look at How Trump Turned the EPA into an Industry Subsidiary

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, former EPA official Elizabeth Southerland discusses the hostile takeover of the EPA by the Trump administration and industry interests and explains why she is hopeful that the recent damage can be undone.

Communication 101: Fostering Dialogue, Trust & Accountability With Key Stakeholders

Read the full post at the CEO Water Mandate.

The Water Stewardship Journey framework maps the various activities that companies generally implement as part of their water stewardship strategies. While the Journey is illustrated as a sequence, with some activities typically coming before others, there is one core activity that is ongoing throughout: Communication.

Here I guide you through the basics of any comprehensive communication process as pertains to water stewardship.

Webinar: Benchmarking Water: New Approaches and Opportunities for Buildings

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
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Accurate and consistent data is a key ingredient in an effective water management strategy, but many organizations struggle with water data collection and analysis. In this webinar, hear from partners that have enacted innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods that allow them to draw greater insights from their data. Additionally, find out more about a new opportunity to gain recognition from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) for benchmarking your buildings’ water and waste data.

Speakers: Rock Ridolfi Jr., Rivion; Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA International; Jonathan Bauer, The Tower Companies.

Sustainability and Resiliency Master Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

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This Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan was developed to harness the various strengths within the Forest Preserves to address the pressing environmental issues of our time. Climate change, pollution, invasive species, and habitat loss and fragmentation are threatening the health of our natural spaces, as well as global ecosystems, and the Forest Preserves is dedicated to implementing responsible practices to mitigate these environmental stressors.

To make sustainability real, make it personal

Read the full story in Green Biz.

From the perspective of business, engaging employees is critical to developing and advancing a company’s sustainability goals. The feeling is mutual from the perspective of current, not to mention future employees: A company’s sustainability goals are important to the process of attracting and retaining the top talent.

But meaningful engagement across the entire spectrum of a company’s operations can be challenging. Many employees are often unsure how their job roles connect with a company’s sustainability programs and strategies, and many companies find it challenging to integrate — and inspire — leadership on sustainability in the day-to-day activities in their workforce. The net result: Employees often end up being an underused and undermotivated resource in a company’s sustainability journey.

When adaptation is no longer the answer…

Read the full story at NDCI.Global.

In a report a couple of years ago for a Hong Kong brokerage house on how climate change could affect the prospects of large companies  Asia Pacific region, my late colleague Tessa Tennant and I speculated on the curious “upsides” that might emerge from drastic climate change. These included, we suggested,  the commercial opportunities arising from the need to move coastal communities inland, requiring all sorts of new infrastructure and services.  (We also picked out airports as especially vulnerable – 50 of the world’s most trafficked are less than 30 feet above sea level – a prediction that seems to be coming true, to judge by a recent report from Reuters.)

As this piece by Dr Luciana Esteves of Bournemouth University makes clear, such relocations of coastal communities are, in fact, already quite a common reality, with many often unforeseen complexities, but also, with proper handling, especially of community concerns and interests, some potential benefits.  An additional issue for developing countries would, of course, be: who pays for it all?

Human beings have dramatically reduced mammal populations in the Atlantic forest

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

South America’s Atlantic Forest was once home to an “exuberant … megadiverse” swath of animal and plant life, according to ecologist Juliano Bogoni. But in a paper published in the journal PLoS One on September 25th, Bogoni and his colleagues report that the forest’s collision with humans over the past 500 years has dramatically cut through its mammal populations.

Call for Submissions: Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Today Awards Now Open for Entries

The seventh annual Environmental Leader (EL) and Energy Manager Today (EMT) Awards programs have announced their call for submissions for the 2019 Awards. Entries for both awards programs will be accepted through the end of December, with an Early Bird deadline of November 16, 2018.

The EL Awards and EMT Awards from Business Sector Media recognize the year’s most innovative and successful products, projects and companies in the energy, environmental and sustainability industry. Judged by an independent panel of unbiased industry experts, winners are selected based on the success of their project, capabilities of their product, or by the entry’s overall impact on the industry.

Judges are experts and practitioners who are active in the space. Scores are determined by the judging panel with no input from the Environmental Leader or Energy Manager Today staff, and winners are named based solely on those scores. One Judges’ Choice Award is also given in each of the categories.

Read more here.

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