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Greening News, Greening of Corporation, Greenwashing – Accountability Central

Every company seems to be going green, looking at the flow of “green” news from Corporate America.  Looking to the European Union, it appears that the trend may be more pronounced among continental and UK-based corporations.  A growing number of investors are interested in the greening practices, programs and policies of corporations; for an increasing number of investors these factors may be significant in their investment (or divestment) decision-making.

There is dramatically rising interest in corporate sector greening as well among important stakeholders – employees (and prospective employees), suppliers, business partners, customers, lenders, regulators, and others.  One of the key questions raised by stakeholders is:  Is this [greening] initiative by the company substantive or is it just PR?  The answers matter!  In this section of Accountability Central the editors bring you news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and identify key players and stakeholders to help you understand better the greening of corporations and the business sector.

News & Updates

April 16, 2014 Ikea is betting big on wind energy in the U.S.

Source: MarketWatch

The Swedish furniture and home-furnishings retailer Ikea said last week during a congressional task-force hearing on climate change that it’s making its first wind-energy investment in the U.S. through the purchase of a...

April 15, 2014 An Earth Day resolution

Source: The Hill

Earth Day was started in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.) in an effort to make the environment a major policy issue for the country and to get people, companies, and policymakers to start thinking about how we treat our...

April 15, 2014 Top Five Earth Day Presents

Source: Grist.org

What do you get Mother Earth on her big day (reminder: it’s April 22nd!)? She’s just so hard to shop for and, after all, she already has everything. She might appreciate one of those self-help books, although few moms want a gift...

Research & Insights

March 14, 2014 National Poll Finds American Homeowners Overwhelmingly Want Energy Choice

Clean Edge, Inc. and SolarCity (SCTY) today announced the results of an inaugural national poll of U.S. homeowners regarding clean-energy products and services. The poll found that a majority of homeowners, 69 percent, want more...

September 12, 2013 A Study Finds a 5 MPG Improvement in the Past Six Years

The Ledger - The improvements reflect broad changes across the industry in the size, weight and engines in new models, as well as an increase in the number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the market. "Consumers are interested...

July 15, 2013 Are Electric Vehicles Better for the Environment than Gas-Powered Ones?

Source: MIT Technology Review

Renault recently made public a report that provides a fair assessment by comparing an electric version of its Fluence sedan with gas and diesel-powered versions of the same car. And it makes clear that electric cars are, indeed,...

Commentary & Opinion

November 27, 2013 Jigar Shah on why hybrid cars are overrated

Fortune Tech - 1. What alternative energy projects are you most excited about' Originally my inspiration came from solar energy. While that is still near and dear to my heart, my work at the îCarbon War Roomî showed...

August 19, 2013 Global Warming: Who Can You Trust?

Source: Tulsa World

We are physical geographers with research backgrounds in climate and climate change. We want to share a few thoughts about some claims we hear made regularly about global warming. Some are typically made by my fellow...

July 30, 2013 Greening the city, one tree at a time

Source: Ottawa Citizen

We’re standing on little Bronson Place, about 20 metres from the parallel of the Bronson Avenue highway, roughly halfway between the bridge over the Rideau Canal and the entrance to Carleton University at Sunnyside. It’s...


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