All Together Now -- Industries, Sectors & Professional Groups See Collective Efforts As The Way Forward for Managing Sustainability Issues

All Together Now -- Industries, Sectors & Professional Groups See Collective Efforts As The Way Forward for Managing Sustainability Issues

There is encouraging news as corporate executives, managers and a range of professionals get together to address the risks and opportunities inherent in sustainability matters that could affect a particular industry, sector or profession.   And, how with collective industry effort these challenges might be addressed.

Example:  Landscape architects gathered in Los Angeles to discuss designing (the heart of their work) in the era of challenges posted by climate change and global warming.  Consider that perhaps 70% of the Year 2050 global population will be living in urban areas.  And so, urban landscapes will need to (1) accommodate and support the greatly expanded population and (2) addressing the changing climate conditions that will complicate their work. 

There is a video (2:29 minutes) posted with the report.  The graphic depictions of possible solutions with to climate change with experts' narratives about the challenges are interesting to view.  Thought provoking.

Other examples are in three stories below. The vinyl and apparel industries efforts are highlighted, and we also provide a link to the text of a speech by the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands on the global need for new business models and consumption cycle.

All together now...forward!

Top Stories This Week...

Architects shape future cities for sustainability at LA gathering   
(Monday - October 23, 2017) 
Source: - In Los Angeles, landscape architects have gathered to focus on sustainability and designing for an era of global warming and climate change at the 2017 American landscape architects conference.   with 3 minute video  materials (concrete) landscapes...

And Other Collective Industry Approaches to Sustainability of Interest

Partnership Towards Sustainable Business   
(Tuesday - October 24, 2017) 
Source: Singapore Management University - We cannot go on with the current production and consumption cycle so we have to rethink our business models. We have to work together. So we need some new alliances and the circular economy gives us hope for the future.” 

Apparel Brands, Organizations Create Supply Chain Sustainability Group   
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) 
Source: Promo Marketing - Companies and organizations in the apparel world, such as Gap Inc., Target, the Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, have established the Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will focus on helping...

3 Key Takeaways from Engaging an Industry in Sustainability   
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) 
Source: Sustainable Brands - The vinyl industry recently marked its first “sustainability community anniversary” — that moment where industry leaders came together to pledge to embark on our sustainability journey.


About Sustainability: Progress Is Being Made
- We See Forward Momentum!

Is America’s capital the blueprint for more sustainable cities?   
(Monday - October 23, 2017) 
Source: Real Views - With its focus on renewable energy sources and eco-friendly buildings, Washington D.C is setting new standards for cities not just in the U.S. but also globally. 

Transparency may lead to competitive pricing for sustainable seafood
(Tuesday - October 24, 2017) 
Source: Supermarket News - The demand for transparency in the information age has driven American shoppers to take a closer look at how their perimeter items, including seafood, are sourced.

Brazil to improve sustainability image   
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) 
Source: Global Meat News - Brazil’s reputation was tarnished by a tainted meat scandal, but the biggest country in South America is working hard to improve its status as a sustainable food giant.

Emerging sustainability leaders envision breakthroughs   
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) 
Source: GreenBiz - When entering the increasingly competitive job market, barriers exist for all young professionals, but some careers follow a clear progression: Get a degree in a discipline, apply that knowledge in an entry-level position, work...

Sustainability Push Builds Momentum   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) 
Source: Ag Web - Many producers already invest in farming practices that hold topsoil in place, limit nutrient runoff and ensure crops survive in harsh weather. Yet 98% of Americans lack a direct connection to agriculture, leaving them with..

Rethinking well-being and sustainability measurements from local to global scales   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) 
Source: National Science Foundation - A new study suggests that standard ways of measuring well-being and sustainability in communities used by global organizations may be missing critical information and could lead to missteps in management actions...

Greater Cincinnati ranked #1 in sustainability   
(Friday - October 27, 2017) 
Source: Clermont Sun - Greater Cincinnati has exceeded yet another environmental sustainability goal by being recognized as the nation’s top metro area in sustainability. 

National Campus Sustainability Day participants discuss what it means to be sustainability  
(Friday - October 27, 2017) 
Source: Iowa State Daily - Sustainability means something different to everyone whether they decide to practice smalls eco-conscious habits in their daily life or if they live with environmental decisions at the forefront of everything they do. 

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Corporate Sustainability Journey -- It's Not Always Easy at the Top

Why CEOs who lead socially responsible companies see an increased risk of getting fired   
(Monday - October 23, 2017) 
Source: AOL Finance - As a consumer, you may feel a little better knowing that stores where you shop pay their workers a fair wage, hire a diverse workforce and avoid polluting the environment. But if you're a CEO trying to run your business in this...

Company boards are rife with drama and discontent as directors grapple with social issues   
(Monday - October 23, 2017) 
Source: Chicago Tribune - Increasingly, directors are being challenged by shareholder activists and mutual fund powerhouses — companies that manage millions of 401(k) accounts — to deal with controversial social issues. Topping the list is climate change...

And more news...

Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists   
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) 
Source: Reuters - Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.

Measuring corporate accountability in an era of audacious bots   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) 
Source: Venture Beat - RPA, AI, and cognitive machine learning technologies are in the hands of business leaders as they command a new digital workforce. But as we cut costs and focus on error-free transactions and new service models, there are human... 

EPA to review how clean air, water laws affect energy sector jobs   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) 
Source: Reuters - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it will review how bedrock laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act affect energy industry job losses, one of several measures U.S. agencies will take... 

News for You From the Corporate Sector -Both Positive & Negative

Volkswagen diesel-emissions fixes approved   
(Tuesday - October 24, 2017) Source: MarketWatch 

The massive food-safety recall that hit Walmart and Trader Joe’s is actually good news  
(Wednesday - October 25, 2017) Source: Quartz 

Kellogg's to replace racially insensitive Corn Pops boxes following Twitter call out   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) Source: USA Today

Tesla Muzzling Model 3 Buyers   
(Thursday - October 26, 2017) Source: Seeking Alpha

These baby foods and formulas tested positive for arsenic, lead and BPA in new study   
(Friday - October 27, 2017) Source: USA Today

Subaru Chief Says Inspections Were Flawed, Like Nissan's   
(Friday - October 27, 2017) Source: US News 


News & Opinion: Asset Managers, US Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds

Fee war between private equity firms and pension funds is heating up
Friday - October 27, 2017 - Source: The Real Deal 

pension fund manager PGGM divests from Israeli banks over occupied territories">Dutch pension fund manager PGGM divests from Israeli banks over occupied territories   
(Friday - October 27, 2017 - Source: FOX News

BP, Shell Put Oil Ahead of Earth, ESG Group Warns Investors   
Thursday - October 26, 2017 - Source: Institutional Investor

Wall Street wins big as Senate votes to roll back regulation allowing consumers to sue their banks   
Wednesday - October 25, 2017 - Source: Washington Post


Roundtup: Hurricanes - Climate Change & Economic Upheavel

Apple unlocked a secret iPhone feature to give hurricane-hit Puerto Rico cellular service   
Monday - October 23, 2017 - Source: Phone Arena

Five ex-presidents call for unity — and donations — at hurricane benefit concert   
Monday - October 23, 2017 - Source: Washington Post

Senate gives preliminary ok to new hurricane relief package   
Tuesday - October 24, 2017 - Source: Houston Chronicle

Tesla starts energy storage at hospital to help Puerto Rico   
Wednesday - October 25, 2017 - Source: The Verge

A Look At The Health Crisis In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria   
Wednesday - October 25, 2017 - Source: NPR

Puerto Rico residents fleeing to Florida after Hurricane Maria   
Friday - October 27, 2017 - Source: CNN



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