Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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6 years 1 month ago

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked Los Angeles at number one in its list of American cities with the highest number of Energy Star labeled buildings. LA has earned the top ranking for the third consecutive year. Washington D.C. ranks second with 301 Energy Star buildings, and San Francisco is at the third place with 248 Energy Star buildings in 2010. Both these cities have retained their positions for the second year in a row. The list of top 10 cities has seen two new entrants, Detroit and Sacramento that have moved up from 15th...


6 years 1 month ago

Japan is reeling under the threat of radiation leak from the Fukoshima nuclear power plant damaged in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. Nuclear experts have launched a scathing attack on the Japanese government for building nuclear power plants in earthquake-prone regions. The damage to the Fukoshima plant has exposed the dangers of building nuclear plants as a part of rampant commercialization that tends to overlook the sustainability issues.

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, and...


6 years 1 month ago

Milford-based Potterhill Homes is offering an innovative green homebuilding program in the region where the homeowners can effectively bring down their monthly energy bills to zero. Each “Net Zero Energy” home will produce renewable energy using solar and geothermal systems that can be used to heat and cool homes.

Under the program, homeowners will use the conventional sources of energy, and will pay their bills in normal course. But these costs will be offset by the money they will receive from the local energy supplier Duke Energy in Milford...


6 years 1 month ago

Merck & Co. tops the Justmeans’ list of Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders. This includes its environmentally conscious efforts to create greener buildings that leave a minimal carbon footprint. The company has adopted a comprehensive approach to combine energy conservation with the use of renewable energy resources as a part of its commitment to minimize its impact on climate change. Merck says that efficient energy management is a part of its core values as a responsible health care company.

One of the exceptional landmarks achieved by Merck in...


6 years 1 month ago

GE is working closely with a number of home developers and builders across the United States that are committed to the cause of eco-friendly construction. GE has a set a high standard for itself by aiming to achieve a minimum of 20 percent reduction in household energy consumption, indoor water usage and carbon emissions as compared to the current industry-accepted standards for new homes. GE’s efforts in association with its building partners are not only helping to reduce the overall environmental impact, but also ensuring lower utility costs and resource usage...


6 years 1 month ago

Starbucks has positioned itself as one of the most planet-friendly retailers by building and operating stores that minimize impact on the environment. Its new store designs emphasize on everything from green building materials and interior decor to water and energy conservation ideas to create highly environment-friendly stores. Starbucks has opted for LEED certification as a company-wide standard for all its new constructions. The company has been working closely with USGBC for several years to create a process that will pre-certify its green stores at the...


6 years 1 month ago

FedEx has shown an exemplary commitment to the cause of greening the environment in different ways. As a shipping giant with large needs for building facilities, FedEx realizes the importance of green construction and how significantly it can contribute to the cause of environment conservation. The company has decided to follow the highest green construction standards for all its new buildings, and pursue LEED certification for its new building projects. 

FedEx global headquarters in Memphis, TN has just achieved the LEED Gold certification. This...


6 years 1 month ago

Procter & Gamble has announced its plans to pursue LEED certification for all new sites, which include offices, plants, distribution centers, and research and development centers. This commitment will reinforce P&G’s efforts to achieve excellence in sustainable design and eco-design processes. The company’s long-term vision of sustainability includes powering its manufacturing centers with 100 percent renewable energy and achieving zero manufacturing waste to landfill.

LEED is a global program for the design, construction and operation...


6 years 2 months ago

The growing disconnect between the masses and the rich and powerful class of Americans has come to the fore with the labor protests that have sparked off in Wisconsin. The shocking plans of the state to strip the public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights, have brought out the deep-seated dissatisfaction of common Americans against the economic policies of the country. The Wisconsin plan has also inspired other states to adopt similar measures to promote the cause of the employers rather than the employees.

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6 years 2 months ago

China is working hard to change its image as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and one of the most polluted nations on this planet. The country has been escalating its investments in the areas of green energy production year after year. The Chinese green crusade appears to be motivated not so much by its concerns about climate change, but by its desire to consolidate its national energy security.

If one looks beyond the smokescreen of black soot that rises from China’s coal factories, there are gigantic investments being...


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