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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Small businesses are driving economic growth in part through adoption of green energy

Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth through Renewable Energy

Economic growth is often a result of small businesses pushing the adoption of technological advancement coupled with the drive for efficient operations. Small businesses in America are the powerhouses that drive the economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, they make up over 99 percent of all employer firms and account for 64 percent of all new private…

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SC Latest Southeast State to Scale Back Solar PV Barriers

Looking to reproduce the experiences of neighboring Southeast U.S. states such as North Carolina and Georgia, South Carolina’s House voted to ease regulatory restrictions restaining solar PV growth. They don’t go very far, but they are a definitive step in the right direction.

AWEA meet amid soaring growth in wind installation and continued uncertainty regarding leadership in Congress

U.S. Wind Industry Gathers Amid Record-Setting Construction, Market Uncertainty

More wind power capacity is under construction today than at any time in industry history, the AWEA highlights in its Q1 2014 market report, but the outlook is being dimmed by ongoing uncertainty over US energy policy. Upon completion, they’ll generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 4 million average U.S. homes.

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DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar

Some 360,000-plus solar PV systems have been installed by U.S. households, The Dept. of Energy aims to keep the momentum going with the launch of the $15 million Solar Market Pathways funding opportunity, which seeks to spur shared, community solar PV installations across residential and commercial rooftops.

The future depends on leaders taking the journey of business sustainability

Get Inspired to Start your Business Sustainability Journey in 2014

Featured guest post by James Lewis –  Stay ahead of the curve in the new year by being environmentally conscious, building a greener business, and producing lasting benefits for your business and employees. The motivation to act is integral to getting started and comes in a variety of forms, broadly: environmental, cultural and business. To provide inspiration, we have listed three…

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Sustainable human development requires a transformative new trajectory that allows all people to prosper while respecting planetary boundaries

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

An end to poverty – In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in an age of great promise and yet terrifying peril. On the one hand, Sachs asserts that we have the…

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