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First-Ever All “Green” Scores for Department of Transportation - The Minute

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While the daily news describes an apparently dysfunctional federal government, beneath those alarming headlines some federal agencies are working quite well, and making good progress on long-term sustainability goals. For example, the Department of Transportation has just earned all-green scores for the first time ever from the Office of Management and Budget’s Sustainability and Energy scorecard.

From Trend to Practice: CSR and Sustainability Become Business as Usual - The CSR Minute

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Not so long ago, corporate social responsibility and sustainability were talked about as trends. Today, those concepts are firmly embedded in the mainstream of business strategies and practices.

“America’s Pledge” Report Affirms US Commitment to Paris Accord on Climate Change - The Minute

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Last week saw the boldest example yet of business taking the lead to fight climate change since the Trump administration’s announced intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement earlier this year.

Renewable Energy Grows: By the Numbers - The Minute

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A new survey finds that renewable energy has hit a record high in popularity among the public in the UK, with an approval rating of 82 percent. The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker poll, conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has been taken every three months since 2012. This most recent survey marks a five percent increase in public approval since the previous one.

Classic Philanthropy Funds Good Causes, From Cancer to Disaster Relief - The Minute

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While some companies are expanding their definitions of corporate social responsibility, others are doubling down on traditional philanthropic practices to make big impacts for good causes. 

The MBA Degree: Going Out of Business? - The Minute

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One of the country’s oldest business schools, the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business, may shut down its M.B.A. program. The university is considering ending its full-time master’s of business administration and replacing it with shorter term, more specialized degrees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The school is offering part-time programs in finance and accounting, to meet demand for more niche certifications.

SRI Mega-Merger: Impax Asset Management Group Acquires Pax World Management - The Minute

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Two pioneers in sustainable investing have just made a big move together in response to the rapid growth in the SRI field. Pax World Management, a New Hampshire-based investment advisor to Pax World Funds, has agreed to be acquired by Impax Asset Management Group, a UK-based firm.

Offshore Wind Projects Total 50 Percent Drop in Subsidy Costs - CSR Minute

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The rap on renewable energy from its critics has been the high cost. A new technology such as offshore wind power has required an enormous initial investment in R&D, new turbines, and new methods of electricity storage and distribution. It has also needed equally large subsidies from governments to encourage that investment. But the economic argument has turned a corner after this week’s auction by the UK government for contracts to provide electricity from offshore wind farms.

The Renewable Energy of the Future is Here—Now! - The Minute

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The energy of the future appears to be here now, today, in full force, in our everyday lives. Ideas that once seemed fantastically futuristic, such as all-electric cars, wind and solar power, and decentralized energy storage are becoming part of our everyday life, according to Clean Technica.

Socially Responsible Investing Gets a Trump Bump - The Minute

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The socially responsible investment sector is recording unprecedented growth since the Trump administration took office. Since January, Morningstar, a fund-tracking firm, has logged a four-times increase in the use of ESG data in its cloud platform, a base for research by asset managers, advisory firms, and independent wealth managers.

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