Responsible Consumption movement ?

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Hybrid cars. Energy-efficient lightbulbs. Fair trade coffee. There are all sorts of products nowadays that promise to solve environmental and social problems. We’re in an era of “responsible consumption” where companies sell us goods that do better by the planet and make us feel better about our place on it. But do they make any meaningful difference?

Not according to a new paper by Markus Giesler and Ela Veresiu, two researchers at York University’s Schulich School of Business, in Canada. They argue that responsible consumption subtly shifts responsibility for big problems to consumers, leaving corporations free to continue as usual. Meanwhile, the people who should be changing the game–government and regulators–are left to one side.

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The news is out today that AASHRAE 189.1, the USGBC, the International Green Building Code and the AIA will work together to merge aspects of green building and high performance standards.

One Code to Rule them all!!



August 3, 2014 For Immediate Release:
Contact: Dan Whittet, 702 755 0240 Dan@ADPSR.ORG or Franziska Amacher
Three organizations to be honored with ADPSR 2014 Lewis Mumford Awards
New England social activists to be recognized nationally for innovative work, Awards to be presented at Boston Green Fest Aug 16, 2014
“Designing a better world involves more than bricks and mortar”

Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) has announced the winners of its 20th annual Lewis Mumford Awards for outstanding contributions in areas that embrace ADPSR’s mission of world peace, protection of the environment, and socially responsible development: The awards this year will go to;
Peace: Ethan Zuckerman and the MIT Center for Civic Media
Environment: Bonnie Rukin and Slow Money
Development: Ken Smith and Youth Build

The interesting Spanish company ABEGNOA has, apparently, a research department doing investigations into the use of Nanoparticles in new materials.
There are of course difficulties working on the nano scale and also following the effects and changes, but the rewards are incredible. In Spanish.

Invasion of the MassDots

A little Starwars related satire on highway expansion near Boston



Walmart probably has more market and supply chain transformation potential than the USGBC. It’s worth paying attention to the “sustainability” and green marketing decisions they make.

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

In Marc Gunther’s recent article about Walmart and its efforts to make toy production more sustainable, he calls the Walmart supplier Sustainability Index “the biggest environmental initiative in the company’s history,” and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) agrees. He also questions whether “Walmart is taking this too far””and “how the world’s largest retailer is exercising its market power.”

With a 25-year track record challenging companies to make decisions that are good for the environment and the economy, we at EDF are used to asking such tough questions.

That’s precisely why we have an EDF office based in Bentonville, Ark., dedicated solely to working together with Walmart to advance sustainability. Because we don’t take money from the company, we can push hard to achieve the kinds of transformational change of which it is capable.

When it comes to the Sustainability Index, we’re on board. And here’s…

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March 31, 2013


Behavior change could be THE sustainability issue…

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Call for Abstracts: Due end of Monday, April 15th, 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
Submit online

Selection criteria
The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from a variety of fields engaged in energy and climate efforts to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research, best practices, and methodologies.

The BECC 2013 Organizing Committee is seeking abstract submissions from a wide variety of disciplines and sectors, including, but not limited to:


  • applied anthropology
  • social psychology
  • behavioral economics
  • organizational behavior
  • political science
  • communications
  • cognitive sciences.

Sectors / Issue Areas:

  • buildings (residential and commercial)
  • technology design and usage
  • transportation
  • urban design
  • sustainable consumption (e.g., food, water, and waste).

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and offer new research findings and/or documented examples of behavior change pilots, programs, or trials.

Abstracts should not be a discussion topic…

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