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The 2014 Peer Awards for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Conference

CSRwire - 6 hours 37 min ago

The Peer Awards provide exposure and recognition for innovative CSR initiatives. All finalists present their entries at the conference, which means they also hear one another's entries and have a chance to inspire one another.

The judging process is entirely transparent because the winners are determined by the votes of everyone at the conference, and not in secret by the usual "panel of experts." All finalists appear in the Independent newspaper.

We are open for additional entries until just before the conference.

[UK] Leicester project The Carbon Tree aims to help businesses become greener

REDD Monitor - 7 hours 37 min ago
By Isobel Frodsham, Leicester Mercury, 20 October 2014 | Last December, East Midlands Airport became the first UK airport to announce that its entire ground services were carbon neutral. One way of achieving this is by a process known as “offsetting” carbon emissions by funding trees to be planted in forest locations. The Carbon Tree, based in Leicester, provides such a service. Founded by Tom Riley and Dennis Marshall-Hasdell in January, the Carbon Tree offers the opportunity for businesses to purchase woodland carbon capture units in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Scotland.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Blue chips call for ambitious EU climate package, as concerns mount over lack of CCS support

Business Green - 8 hours 12 min ago

Corporate giants demand emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent, as leaked letter reveals UK concerns over lack of focus on carbon capture and storage


Categories: Climate Change News

Ex-Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

Business Green - 9 hours 39 min ago

Lord Chris Smith appointed to lead two year study into 'good and bad' impacts of shale gas exploration


Categories: Climate Change News

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Business Green - 11 hours 8 min ago

Green champion’s push to funnel car emissions into the emissions trading system seen as attempt to bend rules


Categories: Climate Change News

Liz Truss accused of trying to woo UKIP voters with 'minute' solar subsidy cuts

Business Green - 11 hours 33 min ago

Solar and farming industries slam Environment Secretary for 'misguided' attack on solar farm developments


Categories: Climate Change News

Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests

Mongabay Rainforest News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:15pm
A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, warns a new report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Arcadia Power Becomes First Nationwide Clean Energy B Corporation

CSRwire - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:15pm

B Lab is recognizing Arcadia Power’s rigorous social and environmental standards by awarding the company its prestigious B Corp Certification. The DC-based company partners with wind and solar projects around the country to give every American an easy and affordable choice of 100% pollution-free energy for their home or business.

“We’re thrilled to join so many great companies who share our values of social responsibility and sustainability,” said Arcadia Power CEO and co-founder, Kiran Bhatraju. “We all have to step up to combat climate change and build a better future, and B Corporations are helping lead the way.”

Driven by a mission to make clean energy available and attainable for everyone who wants to do their part to help the environment, Arcadia Power allows individuals to upgrade their homes (even apartments) to 100% clean energy without any additional equipment, for just a 1.5 cents per kWh premium. The company’s proprietary software connects online utility accounts with a clean energy purchasing platform, imports all the energy data, and displays it in a beautiful web dashboard with information on rewards, savings, and impact.

For small and medium-sized businesses, this is a welcome opportunity to uphold their values by taking responsibility for their energy use. Recently, twelve Northern Virginia businesses began running on clean energy through Arcadia Power, and the company is partnering with businesses of all sizes (including a growing number of B Corps) to promote and expand the use of renewable power.

“They aren’t just living their strong values, Arcadia Power is helping other businesses live by those values as well,” said Cyndi Sladics, founder of Simply Straws. “At Simply Straws, we have always been committed to battling climate change through our product and partnerships with NPO’s like Protect our Winters, but we were only able to do so much. Arcadia Power has helped us shrink our carbon footprint to almost nothing, and we are celebrating.”

Launched in 2014, Arcadia Power has grown quickly with clean energy customers in 25 states. In addition to offering renewable energy nationwide, Arcadia Power also helps innovative, new clean energy projects get off the ground. More information can be found at www.arcadiapower.com

 

About Arcadia Power
Arcadia Power is the first nationwide Clean Energy utility option for individuals and businesses. Their technology platform makes purchasing 100% clean energy from wind and solar projects nationwide simple, without equipment or the need to change local utilities. Members of the Arcadia Power community support their values through their monthly electricity bills, decreasing demand for fossil fuels, and helping to grow American jobs. The company works with mission-driven companies and organizations to expand clean energy production, combat climate change, and secure a better future for the planet. 

About B Corp
Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of January 2012, there are over 515 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion marketplace.

A business plea for a strong 2030 energy and climate deal

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Chief executive of Rockwool calls for European Council to show leadership and approve on an ambitious energy savings target this week


Categories: Climate Change News

UK hails best ever quarter for electric car sales as demand revs up

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Government figure show 5,000 cars were registered under the plug-in grant scheme from July to September, doubling sales compared to the previous quarter


Categories: Climate Change News

Insurers tell Osborne £500m extra needed for flood defences

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Companies and NGOs write to Chancellor George Osborne warning millions of homes could be left at risk without greater investment


Categories: Climate Change News
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