Sustainable Development Update – 18 September 2014 – Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

      A compilation of items recently posted to the Sustainable Development Policy & Practice knowledgebase Notice: IISD Reporting Services invites you to complete a brief survey (by 30 September 2014) that we have designed to ensure that our knowledgebases are as useful and informative as possible.Click here to …

Energy Self-Reliant States: On the air talking solar ownership!

On the air talking solar ownership! Community solar gardens are now set to grow in Minnesota, but the PUC decision shows a few weeds that were planted in the original rules for solar adopted in 2013. And I’m on the air talking solar ownership with Arnie Arnesen on WNHN. If …

Welcome to Issue #8 of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) INSIGHT.

Welcome to Issue #8 of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) INSIGHT. In June, GISR held its first international events in London, including a briefing and Steering Committee and Technical Review Committee meetings. At the committee meetings, discussions focused on the new program plan, which creates a cohesive framework …

Empowering Women – For Progress and Profit

  Empowering Women – For Progress and Profit Impacting Companies, Changing the World In this plenary session, three dynamic women will explore how investors can mobilize our tools and influence to help corporations understand the importance of women’s empowerment, its relevance to the company’s value proposition, competitive advantage, and long-term …

Meet High-Level City Representatives from over 35 Major Cities at the 4th GIB Summit

Meet High-Level City Representatives from over 35 Major Cities at the 4th GIB Summit Join the 4th Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Summit and meet with senior city representatives from all around the globe, including city delegates from our partner networks such as the C40 City Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI Local …

Energy Self-Reliant States: The High Cost of the Solar Middleman

How much does a solar middleman cost?  A lot, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  My latest blog post explains why the state of Massachusetts expects to pay double the production incentive for 3rd party owned (solar leasing) projects compared to host owned projects. Sincerely, John The High …

The Advance of Democratic Energy

The #1 solar utility – in Iowa?  Check out the latest from our Local Energy Rules podcast, where we interview the general manager of a small cooperative utility that’s setting records for solar per customer, and customer participation in local clean energy.  Also, I was on KFAI radio in Minneapolis this morning …

Following Tradition: Top Examples of Indigenous Knowledge Preserving Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services

    UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services      Following Tradition:  Top Examples of Indigenous Knowledge Preserving Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services   IPBES experts cite importance of ‘co-production’ of information with indigenous people With the planet losing species 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, …

Footage, Photos, and Stories: the 2013 Conference

  April 2013 ·        Conference Report ·        The Conference in Nine Minutes (and One Second) ·        Plenary Footage: “Envisioning the Future” ·        Byron Bay Surf Club ·        Conference Photo Gallery ·        Conference Articles ·        Upcoming Community Screenings The Economics of Happiness Conference 2013 Report After months of preparation, the 2013 Economics of Happiness Conference, held in Byron …