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Fairmount Santrol 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.
Crowdfunding is inspiring business as an agent of world benefit...By utilizing a proprietary and programmable blend of advanced purification media, along with the next generation of germicidal technology, this startup is promising to be able to deliver pure, inexpensive water from any source. What an exciting time to be in business. Entrepreneurs like this are changing the great game of business.
Unlimited Clean Water and Clean Energy

Unlimited Clean Water and Clean Energy

“Showing The World How To Purify Toxic Water Supplies, Create Hydroelectricity, And Save Lives (Endless clean water and clean energy using existing technology. Purifying wastewater and agriculture run off to...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
It's no longer a question whether we can but if we will. The endless supply of clean, renewable energy we have at our fingertips is a gift of enormous economic importance--this is the mindset of appreciative intelligence, and Michael Brune, has it.

""Humanity has been given a gift..."~Michael Brune

“"Humanity has been given a gift..."~Michael Brune, @sierraclub |time to invest in clean energy ~technology is there x http://t.co/cnMw1ljNpP”;
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Renewable energy has become more efficient, technologically sophisticated, and cheaper — the price of solar power in relation to the energy it generates has plummeted astonishingly over the past three decades and wind technology keeps getting better. A Stanford University scientist has proposed a plan to allow each of the 50 states to run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.
The Wheel Turns, The Boat Rocks, The Sea Rises: Change In A Time Of Climate Change

The Wheel Turns, The Boat Rocks, The Sea Rises: Change In A Time Of Climate Change

“ When we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a stable system.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
One by one cities and towns around the world are demonstrating 100% is possible, economically sound, and long term profitable. Praised by Jury member Fiona Harvey due to its variety of technologies,Poland's Kisielice continues on the path towards energy independence. RenewEconomy reports: “A third wind farm of 24 MW is currently under construction and already partly in operation. Later this year, the town will announce a tender for the purchase and installation of the region’s first solar photovoltaic plant.”
One More To Prove 100% is Happening: Polish Town Gets 100% Renewable Electricity

One More To Prove 100% is Happening: Polish Town Gets 100% Renewable Electricity

“The Polish town of Kisielice has received the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014 for its clean energy leadership. It is 100% powered by renewable energy (wind and biomass, to be specific).”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
A recent article in Clean Technia shows a miracle in the making-- both sides of the aisle wanting renewables. There’s no getting around the fact that clean energy took a popularity hit, particularly among Republicans, with the fossil lobby’s 2011 subterfuge: the phony Solyndra non-”scandal.” We can now say with confidence that there was never any “there there” (“hat tip” to normally pro-fossil fuels Joe Nocera, who wrote that the entire “scandal” was “phony”). But the constant drumbeat by the iron triangle of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Daryl Issa, Fox News and the fossil lobby pushed clean energy into the culture wars. The effect was to cut into clean energy’s previously sky-high support among Republicans. The result was upwards of 80% of negative ads in the 2012 presidential cycle focused on attacking clean energy, and the clown show of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Koch Industries) introducing bills to cut energy “subsidies” that left the fossil lobby’s vast welfare check largely in place. Perhaps the apex of the anti-cleantech stupidity was Mitt Romney campaigning by mocking “wind turbines on a car,” (note that Romney lost wind-rich Iowa). Romney also falsely claimed that “about half” of the clean energy companies that received DOE loans had gone “out of business,” while ridiculing President Obama for trying “to heal the planet” by supporting clean energy. But 2014 might be the year when we turned a corner on this madness, because politicians see that clean energy is a political winner. Here is another example. A shift is happening.

Bobby Jindal's Shift on Climate-Change Skepticism - and how clean tech Is overcoming partisan politics

“ThinkProgress Bobby Jindal's Soft Climate-Change Skepticism National Journal If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to be the next president, he faces a delicate political task in articulating his position on climate change.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) is booming, leading clean energy records that are being set worldwide: in the period between 2000 and 2011, it was “the fastest‐growing renewable power technology worldwide”, according to the International Energy Agency. And the trend is set to continue, as the report states “under extreme assumptions solar energy could provide up to one-third of the world’s final energy demand after 2060”. WHY SOLAR? The figures are unequivocal. The amount of solar energy that falls on the earth’s surface in just 40 minutes equals the total annual energy consumption of all the world’s people, says Nature’s chief editor Oliver Morton. That also means that in one day Earth is hit by as much energy as we consume in 27 years.
These smart new 'solar islands' could keep solar markets booming

These smart new 'solar islands' could keep solar markets booming

“A new concept for a floating solar plant in Switzerland promises to generate more energy than other systems, an innovation which could keep momentum going on the world's fast-growing solar industry for years to come.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Hospitals are awakening to a Walmart idea: sustainability pays. And there is more than ROI. It's also, in the health setting, an agent of healing. “You can’t afford not to [have sustainable facilities],” says Mark Webb, senior vice president of facilities administration, University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. Last year, the health system opened a six-story clinical pavilion on its Robert B. Green Campus in San Antonio, earning a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. The clinical pavilion includes efficient equipment and building operating systems designed to use 33 percent less energy than required by code, reflective paving and roofing materials that reduce the heat-island effect and a system for harvesting condensate from the central energy plant for power generation and landscape irrigation, among other sustainability features. The health system expects to receive LEED Gold as well for similar measures taken in the design of the 10-story, 420-bed Sky Tower at University Hospital, which opened this April. For either project, “we didn’t do anything with a payback over three years,” says Webb. MaineGeneral Health anticipates a similar payback period for sustainable features of the Alfond Center for Health, a 640,000-square-foot, 192-bed replacement hospital in Augusta, a LEED Gold project that was completed under budget. The hospital’s heat-recovery system is expected to pay for itself in a year and the high-performance exterior, which Stein says was designed to be “as efficient as possible,” within three years. The geothermal heat pump system at Methodist Olive Branch (Miss.) Hospital, a 210,000-square-foot, 100-bed facility, was “a big cost” for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn., says Richard Kelley, PE, LEED AP BD+C, project manager, corporate facilities management. The system, which involved drilling 200 bore holes 300 feet deep, has a life-cycle cost estimated at upward of $600,000. But with energy savings projected to result in a five-year return on investment, “we could do it with a clear conscience,” Kelley says. Through a combination of conservation and renewable energy production, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., is working to become energy-independent by the end of 2014, a project that “saves the organization millions and millions of dollars every year,” says Kari Houser, director of facility planning, construction and project management. The system’s new hospital, the Legacy Building, opened in January in La Crosse. The 430,000-square-foot, 325-bed hospital is designed to operate at 115 kBtu per square foot per year, which the hospital calculates will save about $660,000 annually at today’s energy rates; this is compared with benchmark median hospitals in the region, which require 250 kBtu per square foot per year. The Legacy Building’s energy savings are due in large part to a geothermal heat pump system that comprises 150 wells each 400 feet deep. Over the 50- to 100-year life of the Legacy Building, energy, water and labor costs will only go up, making the hospital’s efficiency measures even more valuable, Houser notes. “We’re making decisions that will help reduce the cost of care,” she says.
Sustainable design saving money, creating health.

Sustainable design saving money, creating health.

“How sustainable health care facilities are providing bottom-line benefits for health care organizations (Sustainable performance | Hospitals size up the value proposition of going green.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
The ozone hole is healing. That's according to the latest assessment by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme. The ozone hole had been growing for decades over Antarctica. But the world recognized the problem and took cooperative "systemic" action more than a quarter-century ago. The 1987 Montreal Protocol phased out the use of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, responsible. With the ozone-damaging compounds gone, the layer had a chance to recover and the hole is no longer growing. A bonus: the phase-out also helped slow global warming. Because CFCs are also powerful greenhouse gases. In fact, the agreement to address the ozone hole has actually cut five times the greenhouse gas emissions as has the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming. The Montreal Protocol, just as the global eradication of smallpox did, shows that the world can come together to deal with global change collaborations. The protocol also illustrates that actions may require decades to yield results. Which drives home the need to address our climate action now.
Some Good Global Change News for a Change: Ozone Hole Closing Up Thanks to Human Cooperation and Global Action

Some Good Global Change News for a Change: Ozone Hole Closing Up Thanks to Human Cooperation and Global Action

“The world united to combat the ozone hole, can we do the same for climate change? David Biello reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
I call it "sustainability as enchanting enrichment." This forest, right in the heart of one of europe's most polluted cities is more than a statement. It will be an economic positive. The living bio-canopy also absorbs CO2, oxygenates the air, moderates extreme temperatures and lowers noise pollution, providing aesthetic beauty and lowering living costs. This is an example of flourishing imagination. ...it's an idea we are advancing at: http://globalforumbawb.com/ Come join us and 100s of amazing CEOs, authors, innovators--and a Nobel Prize winner.
Milan’s Vertical Forest

Milan’s Vertical Forest

“The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) will be the greenest building in Milan when completed, which is one of Europe’s most polluted cities.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Tennant is the kind of industry leading star that will be featured at our Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit October 15-17th. This article by Chis Laszlo demonstrates the business case for something beyond sustainability as "less bad"-- it's about what's next. It's about aiming higher. It's about the flourishing enterprise, and the ranks are growing. How to get started on a new path It is time to recognize that narrow short-term ROI calculations for environmental performance and social responsibility are no longer enough. We must change who leaders are being, not only what they are doing. Not surprisingly, companies already are demonstrating that being an agent of world benefit can give a big boost to the bottom line. Google, General Mills, Fairmount Santrol, Clarke and GOJO Industries are among the new breed proving the business value of full-spectrum flourishing, starting with the inner well-being of their people. Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management will host its third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit from Oct. 15 to 17. H. Chris Killingstad from Tennant will be there. Top image of flourishing tree by Porojnicu Stelian courtesy of Shutterstock.
How Tennant sought to flourish through innovation

How Tennant sought to flourish through innovation

"Sustaining" isn't enough. Businesses need to thrive. Here's the mindset to understand and embrace.