What You Need to Know About the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Corporate reporters rejoice: in a move aimed at making it easier for companies to report on their sustainability initiatives and progress, the Global Reporting Initiative today launched the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Why Your Firm Should Consider Products’ Total Cost of Ownership

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

As corporations look to cut their environmental costs, evaluating total cost of ownership — or the total direct and indirect costs of owning a product or service — provides a way to achieve greater environmental accountability and better resource management.

The World’s Largest Purchasers Are Asking Suppliers To Reveal Total Environmental Impact

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The first step to reducing our footprint is understanding how large it is. Large buyers, like the U.S. military and Walmart, are now helping to do that.

How Ford, PepsiCo Plan to Slash Manufacturing Water Use

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Manufacturing facilities are often water utilities’ largest customers. They require massive amounts of water for multiple uses including cooling, processes, cleaning, employee sanitation, steam generation and, in some cases, to produce their products.

Within the past week, two corporations in two different sectors, Ford and PepsiCo, have committed to drastically reducing their water use in manufacturing.

Why Sustainable Business Leaders Must ‘Think Exponentially’

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As corporations increasingly embed sustainability into their long-term plans and decision-making processes, new business models are emerging that promise to deliver financial and non-financial (such as environmental and societal) values while working toward a net-zero emissions economy.

A new paper by Volans, commissioned by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, calls these “Breakthrough Business Models.” As Volans chairman John Elkington writes in an article on Medium: “As leaders learn to ‘Think Sustainably,’ they will also need to learn to ‘Think X,’ shorthand for ‘Think Exponential’ … And in Thinking X, business leaders need to focus on four key domains where the X agenda is already playing out.”

Does A Phone That Lasts Forever Have A Future?

Read the full story at Fast Company.

When Google abandoned its modular phone project, the idea seemed dead. But a few of designers are still dreaming of a phone that is easily upgraded and repaired.

Funding opportunity: DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Program Begins Accepting Applications

The Energy Department’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program is accepting Requests for Assistance (RFA) from U.S. small businesses interested in working with a national laboratory to address a range of commercialization challenges within the following technical areas: advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water power, and wind. Vouchers totaling $12 million, which range from $50,000 to $300,000 in value, are available for rounds three and four of the program.

RFAs are due on November 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. To learn more about the program, please visit www.SBV.org.