Kids in the Outdoors – Our Future Depends on It

A program intended to insure that American Children have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, builds on a Forest Service tradition of conservation and education.   “The challenges associated with climate change and water will not be resolved in a few years. It will take generations. Kids must understand why…

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Free “State of Green Business” Report Lists Water Risk as a Top Trend

“State of Green Business” is Greenbiz.com’s seventh annual assessment of corporate sustainability trends and metrics. In the free report (download here), Greenbiz identifies the 10 Top Sustainable Business Trends of 2014. Toppping the list in the 108-page document is “Collaboration Becomes an Accelerator.” Rather than reinventing the wheel on every…

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Greenwashing Takes “Green” Industries to the Cleaners

They used to mean something. Words like “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “green,” “low-impact,” and “natural” set apart products and services that were better for our environment.  But once these terms became trendy, the practice of “greenwashing” (so rampant now it has its own Wikipedia page) has rendered these words virtually meaningless. First…

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Sustainability Jargon Buster – 10 Essential Terms for CEOs

from naturalcapitalforum.com Steve Jobs once said: “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” The World Forum on Natural Capital aims to…

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None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

by David Roberts for Grist The statistics are staggering.  According to a  recent report by environmental consultancy Trucost on behalf of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) program sponsored by United Nations Environmental Program report, if the top 20 region-sectors ranked by environmental impacts, none would be profitable if…

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Impact Investment on the Rise

Heather Connon reports for Green Futures Magazine on the rise of socially responsible funds. (http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/about-us) There can rarely have been a better time for proponents of sustainable investment to make their case. This year started with the scandal of horsemeat being passed off as beef, exposing fraud and a lack…

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20 Years! World Water Day 2013 Focuses on Water Cooperation

World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific…

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Washington Post: Nutrient Trading has “Promise”

The Washington Post Editorial Board published a commentary Sept. 30, 2012 in support of nutrient trading as a strategy for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The approach, which has environmental groups split, is meant to reduce the 250 pounds of nitrogen and 20 million pounds of phosphorus entering the…

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Rare Conservation Campaign for Sustainable Fisheries Management – Onon River, Mongolia

Rare Conservation Fellow Gankhuyag “Gaana” Balbar helped facilitate the construction of three fishermen clubhouses where the fishing clubs (established during his Pride campaign with Rare) will operate from and where locals and visitors will need to go to purchase fishing permits, confirm a fishing guide, and receive information on catch-and-release techniques…

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Washington Post Reports “Little Substance” at Rio+20 Earth Summit

The Washington Post reports on the Rio+20 EarthSummit in Rio de Janeiro, “The actual negotiations in Rio have produced little of substance, beyond an abstract commitment to craft ‘sustainable development goals’ in the future.  The Brazilian government, which is hosting the meeting, took out language which would have committed countries…

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