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 3 months ago

Timberland, one of the most recognized socially responsible companies, has unveiled a set of ambitious sustainability and social enterprise goals for 2015. It aims to reduce its carbon emissions by half and increase its use of green power by thirty-nine percent. These goals are ambitious by any standards, considering the projected growth of business over the next five years, which will make these goals even more challenging.

Timberland’s manager for CSR Strategy, Beth Holzman says, “Setting aggressive goals challenges us to go to place we never...


6 years 3 months ago

CafeGive, the Portland-based social enterprise has announced the launch of its innovative online platform “Giving by CafeGive”. This marketing platform allows socially responsible companies to showcase their giving strategies, generate support for their venture philanthropy activities, and communicate with their consumers in an interesting way.

The Giving by CafeGive platform includes creative applications that can run on Facebook and other websites, enabling businesses to create awareness for their social giving strategies and encourage consumer...


6 years 3 months ago

Social Venture Exchange (SVX) is a highly innovative concept designed in Toronto, Canada to tackle the perennial problem of financial constraints faced by social and environmental groups around the world. Poverty alleviation and climate change are the most pressing global issues at a time when governments around the world are struggling with public debt and growing fiscal deficits. 

SVX is a social enterprise designed to connect social entrepreneurs with financial investors who are keen to invest in social innovation projects. Socially conscious investors are usually interested in sound...


6 years 7 months ago

Governments at all levels in the United States have made a significant contribution to the green building movement in recent years. Many governments have clear policies that mandate LEED certification for public buildings. One out of every four building projects in the LEED pipeline is a governmental project.

It is important to maintain this momentum because a very large number of existing government-owned buildings still need a serious improvement in their energy efficiencies. At the same time, new construction continues to grow a rapid pace in the...


6 years 7 months ago

Owens Corning headquarters in Toledo, Ohio has earned the coveted LEED Gold certification under its Existing Building program. This makes it the third existing building in the state to have achieved this status. The building had already been awarded with a silver certification in 2007 under the LEED-EB program.

The building has met with strict standards in its design and operation as an environmentally responsible and energy-efficient structure. The building has already earned an Energy Star rating, which makes one of the top 25 percent energy-efficient...


6 years 7 months ago

A handful of McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. are seeking LEED certification for green building and operations. The latest one to join ranks is a McDonald’s restaurant in Riverside, California. The restaurant expects to be awarded a LEED Gold rating within a year’s time. Tom Spiel, the owner and operator of the restaurant believes that by following green building standards it is possible to lead by example and educate and encourage the customers in the matters of environmental sustainability.

"For us, this is a way to give back to our community," says...


6 years 7 months ago

Tata Steel Europe, in collaboration with the Welsh Government and the Low Carbon Research Institute has set up the Sustainable Building Envelope Center, which will develop and promote green technologies for building projects. The center’s team of technologists and researchers is developing special types of steel sheets that can turn a building from an energy consumer into an energy generator.

Tata Steel has set a tough benchmark to create zero carbon emission buildings that generate their own power at a cost that will be on par with...


6 years 8 months ago

The new headquarters for Amazon.com in South Lake Union in Seattle marks a new era of creating sustainable work environments in the region. Vulcan Real Estate, the company that is building the project completed the fourth phase of the 1.7 million square feet headquarters for Amazon.com. Nine out of ten buildings that are a part of the complex are now ready. The fourth phase of the project includes two 12-storey, 160-feet high buildings which are the tallest structures of the complex.

Three years ago Seattle had given a special approval to Vulcan...


6 years 8 months ago

Asia is all set for an era of environmentally friendly construction in the commercial building sector. The trends are increasingly in favor of green building spaces in countries such as China and India that are witnessing a major construction boom. Many multinational companies are keen to be viewed as ecologically friendly and responsible organizations in Asia. This has led to a new demand for green office and industrial spaces.

CoreNet, a leading real estate association with a prominent presence in Asia, in conjuction with Jones Lang...


6 years 8 months ago

IBM’s announcement to purchase TRIRIGA, a Las Vegas-based software maker specializing in energy efficiency and smart building solutions, marks the first major move towards consolidation in the carbon management software segment. IBM has set its sights on developing smart building solutions as a part of its Smarter Planet mission. The Tririga takeover is aimed at seizing the initiative from other software developers working in the same applications category.

Tririga’s software products are designed to introduce superior efficiencies to real...


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