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Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship David Cooperrider provides his insight on current articles relating to Business as an Agent of World Benefit.
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The value of green bonds issued in 2014 passed the US$20 billion mark earlier this month, according to not-for-profit NGO the Climate Bonds Initiative. While this is only a fraction of the estimated US$45 trillion that the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis predicted would be needed by 2050 to prevent dangerous climate change, the market is growing rapidly. Institutional investors increasingly look for financial products that are resilient to climate change. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/07/16/german-development-bank-issues-e1-5bn-green-bond/#sthash.B0o1USBL.dpuf
€1.5bn green bond signals big trend in the making

€1.5bn green bond signals big trend in the making

“NEWS: In a sign of the growing popularity of green bonds, KfW's first offering was oversubscribed (RT @tom_burke_47: #German development #bank KfW has issued a €1.5 billion (US$2 billion) #green #bond http://t.co/FaQ5P8FEno...”;
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Wendell Pierce is a native of New Orleans and strives to rebuild the neighborhood in which he was raised. Ponchartrain Park Development Corp, a non-profit corporation he created to build 500 affordable and environmentally friendly homes, is committed to honoring the community’s character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. His work was featured on CNN in the documentary film “New Orleans Rising” with Soledad OʼBrien. He has also been a featured guest on CBS Morning News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Money Matters, as well as on a host of other national outlets. Wendell Pierce is recognized by film audiences for his work with directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Wim Wenders and Taylor Hackford, and universally hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically acclaimed seasons of HBO’s “The Wire.” He currently stars as Antoine Baptiste on the HBO series “Treme,” reuniting him with “The Wire’s" core creative team and HBO, recurs on the USA hit series “Suits” and concurrently stars opposite Michael J. Fox on his new NBC series “The Henrys.”
Wendell Pierce Accepts Presidents Award

Wendell Pierce Accepts Presidents Award

“missiewalker's photo on Instagram (Wendell Pierce accepts the presidents award for environmental stewardship and sustainability http://t.co/wQSD0Q2nz3)...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
I love this mini trend of sustainability awards popping up all over. Imagine if they had a combined, magnified voice--we need to get better and better at seeing the future not in the abstract but in actuality. The new award category, Product Sustainability through Design, Manufacture and Use Award recognises outstanding achievement in improving sustainability through the design, manufacture and commercial application of a product. In addition to new products, improvements in process or design that increase the sustainability of existing products will also be considered for the award. Read more at http://www.infolink.com.au/c/good-environmental-choice-australia-241907/geca-and-banksia-foundation-create-new-award-for-product-sustainability-n2507466#BAdtO6wJ7y2aFRfq.99
GECA and Banksia Foundation create new award for product sustainability

GECA and Banksia Foundation create new award for product sustainability

“Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) has partnered with the Banksia Foundation to introduce a new award category in 2014.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN, said the world had committed itself to limit warming to below 2°C, but not to practical ways of achieving that goal. He said: "This report is all about the practicalities. Success will be tough — the needed transformation is enormous — but is feasible, and is needed to keep the world safe for us and for future generations." Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, said: "The issue is to convince the world that the future is as important as the present. Paris 2015 may well be our last hope."
Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change: the world can respond

Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change: the world can respond

“ABC Online Efficiency, renewables, biofuels key to stopping climate change ABC Online The positive message from a scientific report for the UN Climate Summit is that the tough task of cutting greenhosue gas emissions to limit global temperature...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
I am gathering lists of cities and business working together. My favorite is Cleveland's "Creating an Economic Engine to Create a Green City on a Blue Lake" with its urban farming, sustainability mobility, wind energy research, and 80% carbon reduction goals. Mayor Jackson is using the large group Ai Summit process to bring business and society leaders every year for ten years. Other cities on the move include: Green buildings in Chicago. This features the city working in conjunction with the Chicago Center for Green Technology. The city currently has 295 LEED certified projects. Wind energy in Corpus Christi, Texas. The city has partnered with the Port of Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University to establish America’s Wind Power Port. Xeriscaping in Denver. The city has partnered with Denver Water to make plans and design information for this water-conserving type of landscaping available to every resident. Organic food in La Farge, Wis. Organic farming co-op Organic Valley has used state, village, federal and private funding to turn the area in a sustainable dream town. There is the Kickapoo County Fair hosting sustainability workshops and more organic farms than any other area in the country. Solar in Long Beach, Calif. Both the convention center and the airport are examples of how the local government has made it easy for businesses and individuals to install solar PV systems, going so far as to provide a manual to help residents to apply for government tax credits. Landfill Rehabilitation in New York. The former site of the world’s largest landfill, is being converted into a park with remediation measures that will exceed all public health and safety regulations. At 2200 acres, Freshkills park, which will be situated on the west shore of Staten Island, will be almost three times the size of Central Park. Climate Positive Community in Oberlin, Ohio. The city and the college are working together to achieve a goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2015, and utilizing local food to meet 70 percent of demand. Sustainable engagement in Philadelphia. The cities Greenworks initiative has set sustainability goals for energy, equity, environment, economy and engagement. They have taken actions including enhanced recycling, increased use of renewables, home weatherization and tree planting.
How Cities Like Cleveland and Businesses Are Working Together to Address Climate Change

How Cities Like Cleveland and Businesses Are Working Together to Address Climate Change

“A total of 757 public-private carbon reduction drivers from around thr world were cited in a new report released by the Carbon Disclosure Project.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves. That was nearly five times as many disasters as the 743 catastrophes reported during the 1970s – and all of those weather events are influenced by climate change.
how climate change is making the world more dangerous

how climate change is making the world more dangerous

“Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds (8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous http://t.co/8iBT9d0SAT)...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
As many of you know, Apple was hounded by Greenpeace for years because it lagged behind tech colleagues in transitioning to a clean energy future. But then it started announcing solar farms to cover 75% its electricity use, it hired former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson to act as Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, it announced plans to become 100% powered by renewables, and it became known as more of a clean energy leader than a clean energy laggard. That trend continues.
3rd Apple Solar Farm shows Apple Leadership and Vision

3rd Apple Solar Farm shows Apple Leadership and Vision

“Apple, the electronics wizard, has permission to establish its third solar farm in North Carolina. Apple plans to spend $55 million, to create this 17.5 MW new solar farm.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
zero waste at the supermarket isn't such a crazy dream; a new store in Germany is promising exactly that. The Original Unverpackt, in the Friedrichshain Kreuzberg district of Berlin, is a project of two university drop-outs, Sara Wolf and Miena Glimbovski, who have spent two years putting the concept together. They crowdfunded the project, and the idea proved so popular they are more than doubly funded. The store will source food locally, as to reduce transportation costs and energy use, and will offer many items from gravity bins (like those pictured above, which let gravity do the work of dispensing food). Containers that can be reused will be available, or better yet, bring your own. They'll also carry non-food stuff like cleaning products and personal care items. Read more: http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/is-a-zero-waste-grocery-store-possible#ixzz37M5KK1lp
Is a zero waste grocery store possible?

Is a zero waste grocery store possible?

“Food packaging is wasteful and mostly unnecessary; sound crazy? It's not. (Is a zero waste grocery store possible?”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Data from Bank of America show that oil and gas investment in the U.S. has soared to $200 billion a year. It has reached 20 percent of total U.S. private fixed investment, the same share as home building. This has never happened before in U.S. history, even during the Second World War when oil production was a strategic imperative.
Is the carbon bubble about to bust?

Is the carbon bubble about to bust?

“As Grist readers, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “carbon bubble” — the idea that the oil, gas, and coal industries are overvalued in the market because that value is calculated using energy reserves that they won’t be able to sell in any future that...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The debate over climate change in the Pentagon doesn't revolve around whether it's happening, but what its consequences are — and what can be done about them. In fact, military leaders have been warning of climate change threats to national security since at least 2003. The authors of a report in 2007 told the Times the biggest change from 2007 to present was the increase in scientific certainty. (97% of climate scientists now agree climate-warming trends are very likely due to human activity). "We have to be concerned about all of the global impacts [of climate change], including here at home, where the Defense Department does have a mission in supporting civil authorities in the event of natural disasters," Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs told Defense One in May. "We have to be concerned about all of it. We have to be pragmatic about it." Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/climate-change-military-2014-7#ixzz36yQjOSde
Some May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't

Some May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't

“Business Insider You May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't Business Insider Climate change affects military readiness, strains base resilience, creates missions in new regions of the world and increases the likelihood that our...”