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Solar Cookers International

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Biomimicry Institute

Biomimicry 3.8

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Wiser Earth


WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

Our mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world's leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That's why we take an integrated approach to our work.


Tax vote brings good news for green building On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee took an important move in advancing draft legislation that would renew a series of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. The “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;” passed the committee on a voice vote.

U.S. Green Building Council

U.S. Green Building Council
TURI (Toxics Use Reduction Institute) TURI (Toxics Use Reduction Institute) Making Massachusetts a Safer Place to Live and Work Greg Morose, Rachel Massey and Liz Harriman The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work.Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect public health and the environment, and increase competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses. TURI Programs

BALLE ( Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)

Changing the way our economy operates starts with a single person. It starts with you. We believe that real national prosperity — even global prosperity — begins at the local level and that by connecting entrepreneurs who are re-thinking their industries, funders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who can mobilize on a broad scale, we can — and will — create a stronger, more resilient, and fair economy. BALLE is the fastest growing business alliance of values aligned entrepreneurs, business networks, and local economy funders in North America. BALLE ( Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)
SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative)
Stockholm Convention (POPs) Schedule and registration Objectives Increasing Parties’ knowledge on existing guidance to update NIPs, Parties’ understanding of HBCD and other POP-PBDEs listed, and Parties’ capacity to make inventories of POP-PBDEs, as part of the NIP update. Contents Introduction - 5 min Presentations Understanding HBCD and POPs-PBDEs - 10 min. (by Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions) Establishing inventory of HBCD and POPs-PBDEs - 10 min. Stockholm Convention (POPs)


(SAI) Social Accountability International
SoL Sustainability Consortium
Natural Capitalism Solutions

No Dirty Gold
LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability)
INCR (Investor Network on Climate Risk (Ceres)) The Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) is a network of 100 institutional investors representing more than $11 trillion in assets committed to addressing the risks and seizing the opportunities resulting from climate change and other sustainability challenges. In 2013, INCR turned 10 years old, celebrating a decade of investor action on climate risk. Watch the video below to hear from founding members, Ceres staff and other financial leaders about the impact that investors have had over the past 10 years on corporate responses to climate change, policy advances addressing climate risk and the global movement to mobilize investors to reduce climate change risks from their portfolios. INCR’s mission is to mobilize investor leaders to address climate and other key sustainability risks, while building low-carbon investment opportunities. INCR (Investor Network on Climate Risk (Ceres))
IHRB (Institute for Human Rights and Business) Join IHRB in Geneva at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights29 November 2013 The first United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights was held in Geneva on 3-5 December 2012 and attracted around 1,000 participants from more than 80 countries. This first Forum focused on taking stock of implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights to date, highlighting challenges to implementation for States, business, and civil society, and identifying and discussing good practices. The second Forum will be held in Geneva on 2-4 December 2013. IHRB (Institute for Human Rights and Business)
UN CC gateway (Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change)

IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report was approved, and the full report accepted, by the IPCC on 27 September 2013. The finalized version of the Summary for Policymakers was published on 11 November 2013 and is available for download below. For more on how the Working Group I report was prepared click here. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
IIGCC (Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change)
IGCC (Investor Group on Climate Change) IGCC (Investor Group on Climate Change) The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) today said that investors needed a climate policy framework that could stand the test of time and that repealing the carbon price without a clear alternative policy would only create uncertainty. “We should not pretend that repealing the carbon price before an alternative climate policy framework is resolved would provide certainty to business or investors, Mr. Frank Pegan, Chair of the IGCC said. The Government’s soon to be released Direct Action policy should be examined and compared to carbon pricing to ensure that it could provide a lasting policy framework. Such an examination is in the interest of all those seeking an efficient, effective and lasting climate change policy outcome inAustralia.
Ceres Blogs and Columns From Greening Hotels to Supporting a Leading Sustainability NGO 11/19/2013: Ceres harnesses the power of leading investors and mainstream companies to drive the sustainability agenda in groundbreaking ways. Ceres


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