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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

January 23, 2015 U.S. Wind-Power Installations Rose Sixfold in 2014: BNEF

Source: Bloomberg

Installations of wind power in the U.S. surged sixfold last year, making it the largest market for the technology worldwide after China. The U.S. added 4.7 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in 2014 compared with 764...

January 23, 2015 Greening the Harvard Art Museums

Source: Harvard Gazette

Driven by Harvard’s commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, green building techniques, ranging from super-efficient LED lightbulbs to innovative water-conservation technology, were considered at every...

January 19, 2015 U.S. Solar Jobs Climb 22% as Clean Power Aids Economic Recovery

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. solar companies boosted their employee rolls by 22 percent last year, and now employ 86 percent more workers than they did in 2010, driven by rising demand in the world’s third-largest market.

Research & Insights

January 15, 2015 Oceana report: Offshore wind would reap twice the energy, jobs as offshore drilling

Source: Daily Press

As factions face off over how best to generate energy and jobs in the coming decades, the Washington-based global conservation group Oceana released a new report Wednesday that claims harnessing offshore wind in the Atlantic...

January 14, 2015 New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

Sustainable Cities Collective - At present, according to the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC), urban areas consume between 67% and 76% of global energy and generate about three quarters of global...

January 13, 2015 Environment, not cash, encourages L.A. residents to save electricity

Source: LA Times

According to UCLA researchers, the least effective way to get a Los Angeles family to save electricity is by telling them how much they'll save in the process -- mostly because it's not a whole lot. Instead, researchers said it...

Commentary & Opinion

November 28, 2014 Good News on Energy

Source: NY Times

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the...

November 13, 2014 Changing climate creates huge risks and opportunities for the UK

Source: Click Green.org

Climate change will increasingly pose serious challenges to Britain and British interests, but addressing the issue will bring significant opportunities for the nation’s business, according to a panel of leading experts

October 23, 2014 The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

Source: GreenTech Media

We need to ride the waves already our way and do our best to start new waves...


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