Today marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week remembering the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which many deem the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry. The tragedy, which took place on April 24, 2013, brought the fashion industry’s supply chain issues to light and sparked a global conversation between companies, consumers and workers.
For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric distribution networks; focusing primarily on generation and transmission infrastructure. As such, the traditional electric distribution system—comprised of a passive network of poles, wires, transformers and capacitors— delivered power to commercial, industrial and residential customers in largely the same manner for decades.
Answering the call for increasing energy self-reliance, a grassroots electricity-sharing model is emerging. “Community microgrids,” comprising community-owned or subscribed solar PV and other renewable energy sources, offer participants and surrounding consumers the security of energy resilience in times of grid failure and protection from energy price increases driven by volatile energy markets. They also give energy producers/consumers (aka “prosumers”) more control over the renewable energy they generate.
We are at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by its velocity and volume, scope and scale, and systems impact. The foundation of this new era is squarely built upon the success of the "digital grid." The first three revolutions—defined by the introduction of steam and mechanization, electricity and computing, respectively—all had profound societal impacts, but they lacked the exponential rate of technological breakthroughs and complexity that define the fourth.
In March, Sands Bethlehem hosted its first Sustainable Foods Workshop in conjunction with Las Vegas Sands’ Global Sustainability Program. Six major food and beverage suppliers participated by discussing their company sustainability practices, while providing insight during a roundtable discussion on a myriad of sustainability topics, including trends they’re seeing and challenges they are experiencing. The suppliers were challenged to provide potential sustainable food options and to showcase them at the workshop.
Supporting policy development and pilots that strengthen land rights to improve land and natural resource management
Matt Sommerville, Chief of Party of the USAID TGCC Project, recently attended the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, leading a team of Tetra Tech staff and beneficiaries working on activities in Zambia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Ghana, and Paraguay. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
Originally posted on GreenBiz 350 Podcast, Episode 69
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GreenBiz editor in chief Joel Makower spoke with Tam Nguyen, the global head of sustainability for Bechtel. Tam describes efforts to advance Bechtel's sustainability through newly announced 2030 goals and targets plus a unique partnership with Conservation International to build resilience in the Philippines.
March 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ - AkzoNobel and leading global container shipping company Maersk Line have signed a strategic sustainability partnership to reduce carbon emissions per container shipped by 10%.
The aim of the partnership - which reflects the mutual ambition of both companies to jointly elevate sustainability in the maritime industry - is to drive positive change in a number of areas, including: