89% of investors have changed policy to be more attentive to ESG practices – The TreeZero News November 26 – December 2, 2018

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Thousand points of light – In memory of President George Herbert Walker Bush – June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018

 HONOR THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH BY PLEDGING YOUR TIME TO VOLUNTEER, BECOMING A POINT OF LIGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY. BY SERVING, YOU BRING TO LIFE HIS VISION OF ORDINARY CITIZENS FINDING A “SHINING PURPOSE,” UNLEASHING THEIR POWER TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE.

 More than 25 years ago, President George H.W. Bush gave voice and direction to a movement that has steadily grown ever since – changing countless lives, and building stronger, more resilient communities across this country and around the world. He inspired individuals to take voluntary action in their communities as points of light “spread throughout the nation, doing good.” https://beone.pointsoflight.org

President Bush’s Remarks on Clean Air Act – https://bit.ly/2Q5LE3X

In gratitude for your service to the nation, her citizens and the world. Thank you.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Rebates & Incentives – Many local utilities provide rebates and incentives to individuals and small businesses to help with purchase of energy efficient equipment. For example, any new or existing Georgia Power business customers can take advantage of rebates & incentives. Find money saving offers for your business at this link.  https://bit.ly/2ABcPsX

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help – https://bbc.in/2zB2VYO

2018 Global States and Regions Disclosure Report – 9% average emissions reduction compared to base year.     https://bit.ly/2QurMHk

 Bill Gates: It would be tragic if U.S. doesn’t lead in innovation for cutting emissions – “It’s very American to invent things to help the entire world. We’re always on the front of new science and new product development. So it would be tragic if this was the first time the U.S. didn’t play that role,”  https://cnb.cx/2At4LdC

Clean Energy 101 – What is renewable energy, and what are its benefits over fossil-fuel based sources? Time for an explainer!   https://bit.ly/2ScWIcg

Energy Impact of Smart Phones – Whereas Information Communications Tech represented 1% of the carbon footprint in 2007, it’s already about tripled, and is on its way to exceed 14% by 2040.  Mining the rare materials inside smart phones–represents 85% to 95% of the device’s total CO2 emissions for two years. That means buying one new phone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.  https://bit.ly/2B3B2cZ

Even Accelerated Energy Transition Can’t Keep Global Warming Below 2 Degrees – A new report by international energy market research firm Wood Mackenzie compares a base case and a “Carbon-constrained” scenario. Even in a world where 100% of new vehicles in the U.S., EU and China are all electric by 2040, WoodMac forecasts that 2 degrees is beyond reach.  https://bit.ly/2Q8qeDe

Atlanta Housing Board Approves Land Sale to Southface – The board of the Atlanta Housing authority Wednesday approved the sale of 1.8 acres of land near the Civic Center to Southface, the nonprofit that promotes sustainable and green building practices in the region.  The sale, which still needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ensures that Southface will be able to remain at the location where it has been since 1996. Atlanta Housing has agreed to sell the land to Southface for $3 million. “It is a great first step and an important step in the process,” said Andrea Pinabell, CEO of Southface. “It is a real estate transaction so there are some legal steps.” https://bit.ly/2zAbYZZ

Renewables May Prove Cheaper Than 96% of Coal Plants Worldwide by 2030 – A new global analysis of 6,685 coal plants finds that it is now cheaper to build new renewable generation than to run 35 percent of coal plants worldwide. https://bit.ly/2QbvxSM

How Google Keeps Its Power-Hungry Operations Carbon-Neutral – Google achieves this three ways: by reducing its demand, by buying renewables to match its use of non-renewable energy, and with other offsets, like capturing methane gas from animal waste. Google estimates that each search emits roughly 0.2 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere, due to the energy it takes to power the cables, routers, and servers that make Google work. That’s on par with the energy it takes to power a lightbulb for 17 seconds. https://bit.ly/2zEhBpY

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Developer to Invest $30 Billion in Green Energy – Orsted, which built the largest offshore wind farm on Earth, plans to invest 200 billion Danish crowns ($30.26 billion) in green energy between 2019 and 2025. https://bit.ly/2RoW2AF

The U.S. Could Cut Emissions By 80 Percent for Less Than The 2018 Federal Budget – It cost a projected $4.1 trillion to run the federal government in fiscal year 2018. Experts say it would take $1.3-$5.1 trillion to rein in emissions by mid-century.  https://bit.ly/2DTTeHz

ChargePoint, The World’s largest network of electric vehicle chargers just raised another $240 million – In September, the company announced that it planned to expand its network nearly 50-fold by 2025, building out 2.5 million charging points for the customers that buy the equipment, from Target stores to Google offices. https://bit.ly/2zyihx3

France to increase renewables budget, triple wind capacity by 2030 – The French Government has pledged to increase its renewables budget to €71bn from 2019 to 2028, and plans to triple onshore wind power capacity by 2030. https://bit.ly/2Pdb6iY

Climate report author: Facts aren’t optional – Katharine Hayhoe, one of the co-authors of the US National Climate Assessment speaks to Anderson Cooper on the White House claim that the report is “not based on facts.” Source: CNN  https://cnn.it/2KEa6n2

Meet the scholar crafting the ‘Green New Deal’ – Rhiana Gunn-Wright, a 29-year-old Yale graduate and Rhodes scholar who will serve as the group’s policy director working to flesh out details of the plan. She’s working alongside Demond Drummer, an organizer and tech guru slated to serve as New Consensus’ executive director. https://bit.ly/2zKCn7x

Most & Least Energy-Efficient States – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2018, the average consumer spent another $1,968 on motor fuel and oil, up $59 from last year. The Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25 percent. https://bit.ly/1VSGWO9

Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050 – Many US cities may resemble hotter, more southern parts of the country today.  By 2050, in Cleveland, Ohio, the average summer high is going to heat up by 5.4°F. The average winter low will rise by 5.3°F. That means Cleveland will have the climate of a St. Louis suburb more than 500 miles away. We’ve mapped a few of the most striking transitions here: https://bit.ly/2SnZUlu

A New Study Says We Could Counteract the Effects of Climate Change by Spraying Chemicals Into the Atmosphere – Stratospheric Aerosol Injection – In a new study authored by scientists from Harvard and Yale, researchers claimed that the technique, also called “solar engineering” or “solar dimming,” would not only be effective, but relatively cheap compared to state or even national budgets: it would cost roghly $3.5 billion to develop the technology over 15 years, then $2.25 billion to carry out the aerosol spraying each year. https://bit.ly/2DTQ4DU

SK Innovation announces $1.67 billion commitment of hybrid electric vehicle batteries in GA – The Jackson County plant is a phased development that will eventually yield 2,000 jobs within a 1 million-square-foot facility in Commerce, Ga., half them in advanced manufacturing, according to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. SK’s new factory will begin construction next year and is to start production in 2022. https://bit.ly/2PgVdI2

 

RECYCLING

GETTING A MEDAL FOR RECYCLING: HOW OLD DEVICES ARE TURNED INTO OLYMPIC MEDALS FOR TOKYO 2020 – old electronic devices, will be recycled, with the gold, silver and bronze recovered and turned into Olympic medals for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. https://bit.ly/2AsnbLs

Survey finds 94 percent of Americans waste food at home, but simple changes can help – The survey found the top reason for throwing away food at home is that it’s past its expiration date, while 60 percent have tossed food because they didn’t think it was safe to eat.  https://bit.ly/2TP7APd

Like to Jog? Hate Litter? Do Both! – Many athletes have been doing it for a long time without even knowing it is now a fitness trend. It’s called plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up. And what is being picked up is trash. The Swedes are credited with starting the trend and now it’s spreading in the United States. https://bit.ly/2Q1AtJx

How is litter affecting the UK’s animal population? – In a recent study, Keep Britain Tidy estimated that 2.9 million small mammals – like shrews, hedgehogs and voles – are dying each year getting stuck in bottles and cans thrown onto grassland and parks.  https://bbc.in/2PYZHs5

Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings – Corona will now be the first global beer brand to pilot the new plastic-free rings, beginning in small tests in Mexico & the U.K. next year. https://bit.ly/2PdxVTH

Denver Expands Recycling To Include Paper Cups– Customers in Denver will soon receive information about how to recycle those cups. The change is expected to help the city reach a goal of increasing its recycling rate from the current 22 percent to 34 percent. https://cbsloc.al/2BM8160

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced Kyle Syndergaard as the recipient of its 2018 national scholarshiphttps://bit.ly/2AAGXEM

New bioplastic packaging could help prevent food waste – Plasticor, reveals the quality of the food and changes colour when the content is not suitable for consumption. According to the researchers the packaging’s ability to change colour is a better way to manage food consumption by giving consumers the ability to prioritise foods that are closer to expiration. It is also ensures the reliability of expired foods that can still be consumed safely. While common plastics can take up to five centuries to degrade, students estimate that Plasticor degrades in six months.  https://bit.ly/2FUdDPp

Coca-Cola to continue investing in 2019 and advising on DRS – CCEP said it had achieved a 54% reduction in carbon footprint since 2010, and was continuing to trial bottles using 50% recycled plastic material. Nick Brown, head of sustainability at CCEP, said the UK needs a workable DRS system and was glad both the Scottish parliament as well as Westminster were looking at that, as well how to reform the waste collection system. https://bit.ly/2Q1kk6Z

Where Does NYU’s Recycling Go? – While a majority of NYU’s waste is sent to Action Carting Environmental Services’ Material Recovery Facility the company’s facility in New Jersey, the non-paper recycling is sent to the Bronx for more precise sorting, which decreases the amount of waste that goes to landfills.  https://bit.ly/2UaCotY

China: More Materials Banned at Year’s End – The April announcement described a phased-in ban, noting that starting next year, post-industrial plastic and a variety of scrap metals and slag would be prohibited, and the following year the ban would cover scrap stainless steel, a handful of other metals and scrap wood. But in last week’s announcement, the government said it will ban those materials all at once beginning Dec. 31, 2018.   https://bit.ly/2QoOm4b

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Enters a Supply Agreement With Loop Industries to Purchase 100% Recycled PET– CCEP is making a new strategic investment to purchase from Loop Industries a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles.  https://bit.ly/2RnLpOh

Dockless scooters are the litter of future – While scooter companies provide guidance about where their scooters should be left, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of penalties for leaving them elsewhere. https://bit.ly/2Q850FA

The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) ranks 67 countries on food system sustainability.

http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/country-ranking/

 

DEFORESTATION

Corruption, Poor Enforcement Hamper Global Efforts to End Deforestation – deforestation rates have risen 42 percent since 2014, which is the year that nearly 200 governments, corporations, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which is a pledge to end forest loss by 2030 – with an interim target of cutting it in half by 2020.  https://bit.ly/2SmTVgF

Paper industry around famous Chinese lake to be shut down by 2019 -The paper industry around one of China’s largest and most famous freshwater lakes will be shut down and removed by 2019. In 2006, a plan to control the water pollution was initiated, leading to the closure of over 200 waste paper pulping manufacturers and 30 pulp and paper-making manufacturers. https://bit.ly/2RoxOGx

The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partner and The Coca-Cola Foundation – The Coca-Cola Foundation today pledged $400,000 and The Coca-Cola Company pledged an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide emergency food, shelter and comfort to thousands of people who have been forced to evacuate their homes across Northern and Southern California.  https://bit.ly/2zxmlh9

Take Your Personal Palm Oil Audit – 3 steps and 3 minutes to make your first swap to sustainable palm oil or palm oil free. https://gikibadges.com/palm-oil/

Deforestation In Brazil: The Equivalent Of A Million Soccer Fields Cleared Out Within A Year – The biggest part of the Amazon Forest is on Brazilian territory, where the deforestation has risen by 13,72% between August 2017 and July 2018 according to official numbers. It is the equivalent of a million soccer fields says Greenpeace Brazil. https://bit.ly/2TV58GL

Protecting Earth’s Forests ‘Just As Urgent’ As Reducing Emissions, Scientists Say – Radio – Trees and soils play a pivotal role in locking up and storing carbon, says Ruth DeFries, an environmental geographer at Columbia University. https://bit.ly/2E3uJsl

RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under new standards – Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the ban at the group’s annual general assembly in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. https://bit.ly/2RtXgL0

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Sea level rise 3mm higher in 2018 than last year: report – A recent report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that the Global Mean Sea Level from January to July 2018 was around 2 to 3 mm higher than for the same period in 2017. https://bit.ly/2PfqivJ

The Race to Dam the Himalayas – More than 400 dams are under construction, or planned for the coming decades, in Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.  An estimated 660 square miles of forest will be submerged or damaged by the planned dam projects.  https://nyti.ms/2roDk0J

World Bank Begins Issuing $660M in Sustainable Development Bonds for Water Management – The bonds will be used to fund the protection of water resources in developing countries. https://bit.ly/2Ay9vyV

Litter on Britain’s beaches falls as public finally wakes up to scourge of plastic – The amount of litter on Britain’s beaches has fallen because of the plastic bag tax and an upswell of public activism inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet II, new figures show. https://bit.ly/2Q3Hl9u

Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool – In a new study, published Nov. 30 in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers at Stanford and the University of Oregon discovered that VR can be a powerful tool for improving environmental learning gains and attitudes.  https://bit.ly/2FW2aPm

EPA sued over ocean acidification – The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration for refusing to recognize that ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel pollution is impairing the quality of Oregon’s coastal waters.   https://bit.ly/2Q58CIs

A French-American plastic pollution campaigner has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organisers have said. Ben Lecomte had completed about 2,780km (1,500 nautical miles) of the 9,260km (5,000-nautical mile) journey. The trip was to take him through 1,600km of the “Great Pacific garbage patch”, in an attempt to raise awareness of plastic pollution. The 51-year-old called the premature end to the swim a deep disappointment. “We’ve faced treacherous winds, rain and ocean swells that have forced us to alter our course, and the irreparable damage to the sail is an insurmountable blow,” he said in a news release. https://bit.ly/2BEw2vu

El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought – https://cnn.it/2FN6kcp

 

SUSTAINABILITY

WWF Living Planet Report 2018 – Over the past 50 years our Ecological Footprint has increased by about 190%.  Wetlands are the most impacted category, having lost 87% of their extent in the modern ERA.  https://bit.ly/2Q7hh9d

The Plan for a Green New Deal: Plan includes: 100% of national power generation from renewable sources; upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety; decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries; decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure; funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases. https://ocasio2018.com/green-new-deal

Stella McCartney UN charter for sustainable fashion – will be launched at climate talks in Poland.  https://bit.ly/2E3jEaO

Patagonia Donates $10 Million Tax Break To Green Groups –  https://bit.ly/2BHOuDB

You are not gluten intolerant, you are glyphosate intolerant – “Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,”. https://bit.ly/2FMKq9d

Paul Polman, a ‘Crucial Voice’ for Corporate Responsibility, Steps Down as Unilever C.E.O. – He rolled out a long-term strategy to make Unilever a better steward of the environment and a more socially responsible business, known as the Sustainable Living Plan.  https://nyti.ms/2E6rHno

Oprah Winfrey SUPER SOUL Conversation with John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism – Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO – https://bit.ly/2RnIi93

Unlocking Endowments: Foundations Are Stepping Up Impact Investing – Podcast:Today, foundations across the U.S. and globally are increasingly looking to use their endowments to achieve social or environmental goals. https://whr.tn/2BFloVp

Swell Investing Review 2018 – For investors seeking to align their investment strategy with their values, Swell presents a compelling choice. Investors can choose from seven SRI-themed portfolios, with limited customization available.  Management fee:0.75%; account minimum:$50; Promotion: $300 bonus for every three friends who sign up and fund an account.  https://nerd.me/2KLpjmu

KICKSTARTER: A guide to reducing the environmental impact of your product.  https://www.kickstarter.com/environment

Textile industry joins hands with WWF to promote sustainable energy, water use – The Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association and conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature launched two flagship products and an initiative designed to promote improved river basin governance, improve water quality and develop sustainable energy use in the textile and garment sector.  https://bit.ly/2U42fDS

Global supermarkets’ corporate social responsibility commitments to public health: a content analysis – The aim of this study was to investigate the world’s largest and most powerful supermarkets’ publically available CSR commitments to determine their potential impact on public health. https://bit.ly/2U7VuB1

Download the Free Ebook: Advanced Technology for Energy and Water Conservation – This free Ebook also delves into the role of occupant behavior on the efficiency of a house, and how technology can help people live more efficiently in their homes without undue sacrifice. https://bit.ly/2ADksPChttps://bit.ly/2Q5x78w

ESG fixed income products exceeded supply – according to new research by Cerulli Associates.   https://bit.ly/2PcELbH

Eight-out-of-10 corporate leaders believe companies now have an obligation to speak out on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to new research on brand advocacy conducted by GlobeScan and 3BL Media.  https://bit.ly/2G4VAq7

The Internet of Disposable Things Will Be Made of Paper and Plastic Sensors https://bit.ly/2zFO27B

 Companies must address ESG issues to be deemed trustworthy by investors — Results of the second annual Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors show that 89% of investors have changed their voting and/or engagement policy to be more attentive to ESG practices, with 63% reporting that this change has taken place in the past year.  https://bit.ly/2zAiIXE

The Insect Apocalypse is Here – What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?  https://nyti.ms/2DU1jw5