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Help Have general questions about Stanford Online? Redefining Progress - Welcome. Foundation for Global Community - Home. Foundation for Global Community - The Wombat. WWF Footprint Calculator. Triumph of the City: Edward Glaeser: 9780330458078: Books. Okay, you live in a rural area and are involved with agriculture, or work in the fishery industry, this book will not be of much use or interest to you in general, but if you live in a city, are interested in city planning, or how cities work, then this book will be of much interest.

Triumph of the City: Edward Glaeser: 9780330458078: Books

I must admit that I spent most of last night laying awake reading this as I became so absorbed. Edward Glaeser takes us on a trip through what makes a great booming city that brings in much needed capital to a country, and why they work, with examples of badly run cities that either struggle, or are in decline. Also he shows that those in decline can make dramatic comebacks. Some of the stuff in this book you will already know, some of it is just common sense, but some of it could end up blowing your mind.

Some things may seem counter-intuitive, but when you look into them more deeply you see that they are correct. International Home. Triumph of the City: Edward Glaeser: 9780330458078: Books. Earth_Summit. The Earth Summit The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was unprecedented for a UN conference, in terms of both its size and the scope of its concerns.


Twenty years after the first global environment conference, the UN sought to help Governments rethink economic development and find ways to halt the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources and pollution of the planet. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life were drawn into the Rio process. They persuaded their leaders to go to Rio and join other nations in making the difficult decisions needed to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. The Summit’s message — that nothing less than a transformation of our attitudes and behaviour would bring about the necessary changes — was transmitted by almost 10,000 on-site journalists and heard by millions around the world.

Previous Page | Next Page Briefing Notes Home | Introduction | Child Summit | Women How to Order. Titled. United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20-22 June 2012.


Earth_Summit. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future - A/42/427 Annex. - OECD. Human Development Index (HDI) The HDI was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone.

Human Development Index (HDI)

The HDI can also be used to question national policy choices, asking how two countries with the same level of GNI per capita can end up with different human development outcomes. These contrasts can stimulate debate about government policy priorities. Greenhouse Gas Protocol. William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design. Creating Shared Value. The capitalist system is under siege.

Creating Shared Value

In recent years business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems. Companies are widely perceived to be prospering at the expense of the broader community. Even worse, the more business has begun to embrace corporate responsibility, the more it has been blamed for society’s failures. The legitimacy of business has fallen to levels not seen in recent history. This diminished trust in business leads political leaders to set policies that undermine competitiveness and sap economic growth.

A big part of the problem lies with companies themselves, which remain trapped in an outdated approach to value creation that has emerged over the past few decades. Sustainability Strategies: When Does it Pay to be Green? (INSEAD Business Press): Dr Renato J. Orsato: 9780230212985: Books. IEA - International Energy Agency - affordable clean energy for all. Disruptive Innovation. Some examples of disruptive innovation include: As companies tend to innovate faster than their customers’ needs evolve, most organizations eventually end up producing products or services that are actually too sophisticated, too expensive, and too complicated for many customers in their market.

Disruptive Innovation

Companies pursue these “sustaining innovations” at the higher tiers of their markets because this is what has historically helped them succeed: by charging the highest prices to their most demanding and sophisticated customers at the top of the market, companies will achieve the greatest profitability. However, by doing so, companies unwittingly open the door to “disruptive innovations” at the bottom of the market. An innovation that is disruptive allows a whole new population of consumers at the bottom of a market access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or a lot of skill.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Setting the Standard for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development - AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES) Setting the Standard for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development - Homepage. Rainforest Alliance. Home - Ecolabel - EUROPA. Rainforest Alliance. Social Accountability International. Organizations can now measure how well they manage sustainable development with revised standard. Press release - 7 August 2013.

Organizations can now measure how well they manage sustainable development with revised standard

About BSI. Home - EMAS - EUROPA. Interest in the environmental performance of organisations is continually increasing.


Taking a proactive approach to environmental challenges is now the hallmark of successful organisations. The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every type of organisation eager to improve its environmental performance. Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability. Sustainability Indices. 4Good.

The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.


Transparent management and clearly-defined ESG criteria make FTSE4Good indices suitable tools to be used by a wide variety of market participants when creating or assessing responsible investment products. FTSE4Good indices can be used in four main ways: Financial products - as tools in the creation of index-tracking investments, financial instruments or fund products focused on responsible investment. Research - to identify environmentally and socially responsible companies. Reference - as a transparent and evolving global ESG standard against which companies can assess their progress and achievement. Other ESG-focused indices FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index FTSE4Good IBEX Index FTSE Group has partnered with Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) to create the FTSE4Good IBEX Index.

Sustainability Indices. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) The EU ETS: operates in 31 countries (all 28 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) limits emissions from more than 11,000 heavy energy-using installations (power stations & industrial plants) and airlines operating between these countries covers around 45% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. Bribery Act 2010. Electrical waste: retailer and distributor responsibilities. Changing the way we live. Globally, people are using about 25% more natural resources than the planet can replace. In the UK, we’re consuming three times our fair share of the planet’s natural resources. We face an ‘ecological overshoot’ that will have severe consequences for both people and nature unless we humans change the way we live. Although advances in technology have helped people to produce things more efficiently, the benefits have been swamped by ever-higher levels of consumption by affluent Western economies and the growing middle classes in the developing world.

Some 70% of humanity’s global footprint arises from carbon emissions; other pressures are linked to commodities such as crops, meat, fish and wood, and the freshwater we take from rivers and lakes. A/CONF.151/26 (Vol. I) REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. Inter-governmental .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. My Account Since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment the reach of sustainable development governance has expanded considerably at local, national, regional and international levels. World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Home .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Home page. World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Tragedy of the Commons.

Garrett Hardin + Author Affiliations Abstract The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality. Stockholm 1972. Sierra Club Home Page: Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future - A/42/427 Annex.