Chefs and restaurant owners who try to maintain sustainable practices and use locally sourced beef or poultry in Santa Barbara County, Calif., say their farm-to-table efforts are increasingly difficult. Tough government slaughter guidelines are one factor resulting in limited availability.
Shoppers with an ethical mindset are a growing sector of the market, especially as millennials mature, according to Alexander Gillett, CEO of the sustainability ratings company HowGood. Products that earn the company's top rating of "Best" get a sales boost of 230% on average, and it's even stronger in certain categories such as baby food, Gillett said.
A vast accumulation of evidence is finally giving traction to the soft sciences of psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics in the business world, writes neuroscience expert Elad Levinson. The evidence shows the importance of things such as mindfulness and group process dynamics to productivity and the overall health of the enterprise.
General Motors has signed two 100-megawatt power purchase agreements, one with Starwood Energy's Northwest Ohio project in Ohio, and another with Swift Current Energy's HillTopper wind farm in Illinois, according to the company. GM said that once the projects become operational, 20% of its global electricity needs will be sourced from renewables.
Large corporations such as Walmart and Mars strive to be Earth-friendly while also growing their businesses, seemingly putting them at odds with their in-house sustainability missions. "We're expanding our footprint, but we believe that our model ... actually optimizes and lowers the footprint to deliver the same amount of product to people," said Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart's chief sustainability officer.
Shoe brand company Vans has built its first global headquarters office in Southern California with a focus on sustainability. Kim Matsoukas, Vans' senior manager of sustainability and social responsibility, talks about the quest for LEED certification and some of the sustainability aspects of the office.
Clothing retailer Eileen Fisher has opened a two-week gallery display in Brooklyn to market its Renew line of recycled, high-end clothing and zero-waste practices. It also promotes the upcoming opening of an adjacent store.
The Missouri Public Service Commission will not reconsider Clean Line Energy Partners' proposed 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission line after rejecting the project in August. Clean Line said it's preparing to appeal the decision and has added former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as a legal adviser.
Developers must take care when bidding to build offshore wind farms in Germany and other countries that don't offer government support because if they fail to deliver the industry's reputation will suffer, said Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's summit in London on Tuesday. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Senior Vice President Thomas Karst also cautioned against the model, adding that Germany may not have the right regulations in place to ensure developers follow through on their bids.
Alterra Power has purchased Jawbone Wind Energy's 40-megawatt Jawbone project in Kern County, Calif., which is on track to quality for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, according to the companies. "We're extremely pleased to acquire Jawbone, representing one of the few viable opportunities to build new wind generation in California," said CEO John Carson.