Small Businesses Learn from Big Businesses’ Sustainability

Big-box retail and sustainability might sound like mutually exclusive business endeavors, but some major players are going to great lengths to change that perception. In 2009, Walmart set aside initial funding for The Sustainability Consortium, an organization tasked with creating a comprehensive resource for credible information about the sustainability (both environmental and social) of everyday…

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Many people believe that Hurricane Sandy made the consequences of climate change painfully clear, so it might be tempting to think that stricter emissions standards and renewable-energy investments could lead to a less stormy future. However, while these high-level policy initiatives are very important, changes on the home front matter, too. “Residential housing accounts for…

US Carbon Emissions Lowest since 1994

America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new report. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy. The reduction in climate pollution brings America more than halfway towards Barack…

Tattoos on the Heart Lecture

Environmental and Social Conditions That Make Young People Gravitate Towards Gangs Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, has spent the last 25 years working with gang involved and at-risk youth.  Through compassion and Homeboy Industries, the nation’s largest gang intervention program, Father Boyle has inspired and led young men and women away from the…

COP18 Wraps Up in Qatar

International climate talks between some 200 nations, ended last week after closing with a marathon 36 hour session.  Nations from around the world met to discuss carbon emissions and global warming.  What came out of the talks?  First of all, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which places limits on some greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries,…