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 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...


6 years 9 months ago

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included Office Depot in its list of Energy Star Leaders for having cut down its energy consumption and carbon emission levels by 27.5% across 1,123 sites. Office Depot becomes the first general retailer to earn this recognition for achieving more than 20 percent reduction in energy usage. The company is committed to the cause of environmental sustainability through its buildings and aims to reduce it energy costs at the same time. The recognition as an Energy Star Leader comes befittingly at a time when the company...


6 years 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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...


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