(3BL/JustMeans) The number of active landfills that receive municipal solid waste across the country have been decreasing. There were almost 8,000 of them in 1988, but less than 2,000 by the mid 2000s. What happens to landfills that are no longer active anymore?
FROM THE EDITOR
Market Boom for New Building Energy Management Systems
Residential and commercial buildings account for 39% of total US energy consumption and 38% of CO2 emissions. It makes sense that companies would buy in to new energy management systems to reduce use and emissions, reports Energy Management Today. Building energy management systems (BEMS) integrate software, hardware, ICT technologies and services to help monitor, control, and automate building functions, resulting in effective energy efficiency management. A new report from Global Market Insights projects that the global building energy management systems market will grow to more than $6 billion in the next six years. Notable BEMS players include Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, IBM, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Toshiba. Once again, business finds opportunity in innovation.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Vans, the clothing, shoes and accessories company, had to move headquarters—and it took the opportunity to get a new sustainability upgrade, as well. The company recently moved to Costa Mesa in Orange Country, California, into a 182,000 square foot building and 14 acre property.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Women make the majority of coffee producers. In fact, almost the totality of it, since they are responsible for up to 90 percent of the fieldwork of producing coffee. But here's the catch - they only own 15 percent of the harvest, which means they suffer from the greatest inequities in the market.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has published the seventh edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey report, which shows continued progress in the dynamic impact investing industry, officially established only 10 years ago. The survey sample size and reported assets under management are the largest ever, illustrating the growth and growing engagement of the impact investing market.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A study of the performance of companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list from 1984-2009 has found that stocks of these companies outperformed benchmarks by two to three percent per year. Therefore, ESG investors are increasingly seeking out sustainable companies, believing they will deliver better returns. The strategy is gaining in popularity: institutional funds’ total ESG assets doubled between 2012 and 2016.
(3BL/JustMeans) Sea level rise is affecting Florida. Most of Florida’s infrastructure was not built to accommodate major sea level rise, and much of the state’s current coastal infrastructure will need to be either improved or replaced as the sea level rises.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the time of writing this story, Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas with severe weather; it’s the first major hurricane to hit Texas in nine years and has been devastating—"an unprecedented" weather event. The storm puts the work of the Texas Trees Foundation into context, which has released findings from the 2017 Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect report, as a wake-up call for Dal