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Green growth: the transition to a sustainable economy

Speaker: Chris Huhne MP Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer This event was recorded on 2 November 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building In this keynote talk Chris Huhne will set out the economic need for low-carbon growth as an essential path out of recession. He will argue that the need to urgently renew and decarbonise our energy supply, and to upgrade our ageing and inefficient buildings, will not just provide an economic boost but also help to create a more balanced, resilient and sustainable British economy. Chris Huhne is Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastleigh since 2005.
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Dr David Suzuki speaks at the Green Party Sustainable Economic Conference (part 1/4)

Dr David Suzuki gave the keynote speech to a Sustainable Economic Conference hosted by the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand at Parliament. This speech set the whole tone for the conference; smart economic solutions that can improve quality of life and move the focus away from growth. This speech set the whole tone for the conference; smart economic solutions that can improve quality of life and move the focus away from growth.
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Ray Anderson – Sustainable Development Expert & Entrepreneur

You’ve heard from the politicians about the importance of ‘greening’ your company. Ray Anderson, one of the world’s most environmentally progressive business leaders on sustainable commerce, has proven that being green and still being in the green is feasible. The founder and chairman of Interface, the largest modular carpet manufacturer in the world proves that meeting both objectives is not only possible, but profitable and necessary for today’s businesses. www.speakers.ca This video is brought to you by Speaker’s Spotlight – www.speakers.ca – Canada’s leading speakers’ bureau. Book Ray Anderson as a keynote speaker for your next event by contacting info@speakers.ca.

Water For People Announces Investment from Case Foundation to Expand Sustainable Safe Water Solutions in Africa

Denver, CO (Vocus) October 28, 2009

Water For People today announced a transformative investment from the Case Foundation to accelerate and expand its efforts to provide innovative, sustainable water solutions in Africa. This investment will be used to support a dramatic expansion of Water For People’s programs, harnessing the power of local entrepreneurs to provide sustainable operations and maintenance support for a portfolio of community water solutions in Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda.

“Water For People views social entrepreneurship and innovation as a critical but underutilized element of sustainable water solutions,” said Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. “We are honored to be associated with the Case Foundation, which has been a leader in social entrepreneurship and is committed to bringing sustainable water solutions to those who need it most. This alliance will help unleash the power of the local private sector as a resource for development. Our shared goal is to dramatically improve the sustainability of a variety of rural water technologies, leading to a world where safe, sustainable water supplies are the norm not the exception.”

Water For People’s expansion efforts will be focused first in Malawi, then in Rwanda and Uganda, to stimulate and scale up innovative models using the local private sector’s capacity to provide on-going operation, maintenance and repair services for an array of community water technologies. This will include an expansion of Water For People’s successful “circuit rider” program, where communities hire local entrepreneurs for effective operations and maintenance services that enhance water source sustainability.

As part of these efforts, PlayPumps International will be contributing its inventory of manufactured pumps to Water For People, broadening the technology options to be offered to communities. The combined, new resources announced today by Water For People total roughly $ 2M of funds, assets, and in-kind support, complementing almost $ 2M of direct funding from Water For People’s program base in Africa.

“We and others in the water sector have become increasingly aware that bringing safe water to those who need it most requires new and innovative approaches to give communities a choice of solutions and to ensure truly sustainable supplies,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. “Water For People is a passionate leader in this effort. These investments will allow Water For People to expand its offerings and leverage the power of the local private sector to end water poverty and transform lives.”

In the developing world, sustainability of community water supplies remains elusive largely due to limited technology options and poor on-going operation and maintenance results. Water For People aims to transform the rural water sector by demonstrating alternative models that place social entrepreneurs at the forefront of water sector development to significantly reduce community water project failure and scale efforts in new ways. Successful safe water system implementation requires a vibrant private sector that can help ensure access to affordable and reliable services that keep systems operational, spare parts available, and technical support for challenges beyond the community’s capacity accessible — all built around a sound understanding of water sector policies, practices, and strategies.

Within this framework, Water For People will use the resources announced today to accelerate and expand its programs around the following core elements:

Engagement of the private sector — A key goal of the program is to unleash the power of the local private sector as a resource for community development. Initially focused on Water For People’s existing program in Malawi, and then expanding to Rwanda, Uganda and elsewhere over time, Water For People will offer proven entrepreneurial approaches, training and capacity building of local private sector partners to service a market for the ongoing operation, maintenance, and repair of community water systems. The program will also demonstrate ways that the local private sector can play a key role in eradicating water poverty.

Deployment of safe water system technologies coupled with innovative operation and maintenance approaches — Rural villages will be offered a portfolio of safe water system technologies (e.g. hand pumps, rope pumps, PlayPumps, etc.) in order to “road test” opportunities for scale. Private sector approaches for operation and maintenance of these systems — a key element of sustainability — will also be implemented. The emphasis will be on proven models, such as the use of local, independent contractors, or “circuit riders,” to service water infrastructure and ensure sustainable supply chains.

Long-Term Monitoring — Water For People is incorporating its long-term, 10-year community monitoring initiative into this program, utilizing the World Water Corps® volunteer program. World Water Corps volunteers will offer professional and technical support including mapping, baseline data for development, capacity building for local stakeholders, and monitoring and evaluation of past and current projects.

About Water For People

Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries. The nongovernmental organization is distinguished by its focus on local private sector development, inter-organization collaboration, social entrepreneurship, and the engagement of stakeholders, which combine together to achieve sustainability. The organization has active water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Water For People is a charity of choice of the American water and wastewater community. For more information, visit http://www.waterforpeople.org.

About the Case Foundation

Jean and Steve Case established the Case Foundation in 1997 to reflect their family’s commitment to finding lasting solutions for complex social challenges. The Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Case Foundation is committed to solving the global safe water challenge and to championing new methods of social entrepreneurship in the water sector. In 2006, the Foundation made a three-year investment in PlayPumps International, a fundraising and awareness organization dedicated to providing African communities with safe water. The Foundation will continue to champion new models for social entrepreneurship and seeks to broaden the use of new technologies to make giving more informed, efficient, and effective. For more information, visit http://www.casefoundation.org.


White Paper from Advance: Why Green Cleaning Makes ?Cents? For Sustainable Facilities

White Paper from Advance: Why Green Cleaning Makes “Cents” For Sustainable Facilities

Green cleaning can help meet dueling facility management goals – improving sustainability and controlling operating costs.

Plymoth, MN (Vocus) December 2, 2010

There are many reasons why distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing plants and processing facilities can benefit from a green floor-cleaning program. From a cleaning-only perspective, green cleaning reduces the use of water and chemicals and improves the effectiveness of cleaning programs. It also directly impacts a facility’s sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption, improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and contributing to certification programs such as LEED-EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance).

Certainly, stewardship of the environment is in itself a worthy objective, and it’s a goal of many companies small and large. But green cleaning can also reduce the cost of operating a facility and even help extend the life of a building. The ultimate benefits for most green cleaning practitioners are environmental stewardship and economic return.

Who is cleaning green?

According to a recent survey by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), 79 percent of material handling and logistics managers have or are planning to institute sustainability goals for their operations1. And, at the close of 2009, 39 of the 4,286 LEED-certified projects were in food manufacturing facilities2. Green initiative programs are the norm in many Fortune 500 companies, including Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Carrier Corp. and others.

The green movement for manufacturing and industrial sites is a natural outgrowth of what is already established in the “front office.” All warehouses have office space; over 2,000 commercial developments are certified as “sustainable” through the LEED® program (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Now the focus is on what’s “out back”: the warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and processing facilities that are integral to operations.

What is green cleaning?

In practice, green cleaning aims to reduce the use of chemicals, water and energy. The goal of green cleaning is to minimize environmental and human-health impacts, while maintaining or even improving the effectiveness of cleaning programs. From an organizational standpoint, green cleaning can be a certifiable standard, a frame of reference, a best practice — and just plain common sense.

If certification is an objective, the USGBC’s Green Building Rating System is a leading standard for defining, measuring and certifying a building’s sustainability. The standard that specifically addresses green cleaning is “LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM).” According to LEED, its goal is “to help building owners and managers solve building problems, improve building performance and maintain and improve this performance over time.” The 100-point LEED-EBOM rating system addresses seven specific areas: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; innovation in operations; and regional priority. Green cleaning is addressed in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) section, where six of the 15 points in that section pertain to green cleaning equipment, chemicals and policies — that’s 40 percent of the entire section and therefore an important source of points.

It’s important to note that LEED points do not judge specific products; rather, they judge how a practice meets a specific point in the program. Individual sections and points work together to make up a complete sustainable building. Even if LEED-EBOM certification is not a goal, it can be a guide toward establishing best practices for a green cleaning program.

”Greening” the bottom line

The underlying goal of a green floor-cleaning program, whether LEED-certified or a best practices initiative, is to clean with less while improving cleaning effectiveness: fewer chemicals and pollutants and lower water and energy usage. In addition to reducing the impact of floor cleaning on the environment, cleaning with less also reduces utility costs and energy costs. Green cleaning and a larger sustainability program also help maintain and extend the life of a building. A floor that is kept consistently clean minimizes resource consumption and waste stream contributions by extending the life of flooring and reducing time in between intensive, restorative cleaning.

Improving cleaning effectiveness generally means cleaning more efficiently, which drives down the cost to clean. Labor is generally regarded as the most significant cost factor in any floor-cleaning program. The temptation to purchase inferior chemicals and equipment can yield short-term cost-savings, but the ineffectiveness of such products can actually cost a facility more in the long run. Floor scrubbers that don’t allow the operator to make quick adjustments to the flow rate, detergent strength and scrubbing pressure, for example, will require more downtime to make adjustments for variable soil loads, spills and high-traffic areas. The importance of having the right tools for the job cannot be overstated, as the impact on the cost of labor certainly reinforces the old saying, “time is money.”

The rest of this article can be viewed by downloading the full PDF version available at http://www.ecoflexsystem.com/makingcents .

About Advance:

Advance floor-cleaning equipment is designed to increase cleaning productivity and reduce the cost to clean — while also minimizing environmental impact and meeting today’s newest green cleaning standards. From vacuums and carpet extractors to sweepers, scrubbers and outdoor cleaning machines, Advance delivers efficient, easy-to-use equipment backed by professional, local maintenance and service support.

For an up-to-date list of the green certifications that Advance equipment has earned, contact a local Advance equipment dealer or visit http://www.advance-us.com/solutions/greencleaning.aspx.



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Sustainable Development, Environment Friendly?

Question by Sindi182: Sustainable Development, Environment Friendly?
How can a company produce products, make industry or agriculture while being green and safe to environment, but still making successful business please add as much detail as possible, for a geography project.

Best answer:

Answer by mystery
One way is the development of alternate manufacturing methods that pollute less, and which hopefully cost less than the method it’s intended to replace. It is difficult because the first responsibility of a business is to make a profit, to keep and hire workers, not to be safe for the environment. That’s why there are branches of govt such as the EPA, to prevent certain practices. The money spent doing what the EPA requires would just be considered wasteful in many cases if the EPA wasn’t there to force them to do it.

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World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism Triples Membership After Only Two Years

World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism Triples Membership After Only Two Years

New York, NY (Vocus) November 28, 2007

Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) and the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) announced today the addition of 36 new members to the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA). WHA, an industry-leading initiative formed by Expedia® and the UN Foundation in 2005 to promote sustainable tourism around the 851 UNESCO World Heritage sites, celebrates its 2nd anniversary this week, and also announced the expansion of its programs into three new regions: Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

The addition of new members and partners brings total WHA membership to 50. Of the new members, 20 are from the travel industry, including lodging providers, tour operators, cruise lines and airlines. Each of these new members has committed to sustainable business practices, supporting local communities, and educating travelers on the importance of World Heritage conservation and sustainable tourism.

Together with returning industry members, the World Heritage Alliance’s 27 industry members. New WHA members are: Black Orchid Resort; California State Automobile Association; Casona de la China Poblana Hotel Boutique; Copamarina Beach Resort;Estrella de Belem Bed & Breakfast & Spa; Exotica Cottage Resort; Green Hotels of Costa Rica; Grupo Islita; Grupo Plan; Hawaii Forest & Trail; Hotel Antigua Alquería de Carrión; Hotel La Quinta Luna; Jungle Bay Resort & Spa; Lodge at Chaa Creek; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; Mesones Sacristia; NatureAir; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Sheraton Old San Juan; and Whipray Caye Lodge.

Returning WHA members are: El Sueño Hotel and Spa; Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Maroma Resort and Spa (Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises); Mayaland Resorts Group; Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso; Radar Tours; and Solimar Travel.

There are now also a total of 21 associate partners, including five returning associate partners. Associate partners are governmental bodies, civil society groups, trade associations or other private sector partners who provide services to advance the WHA mission such as consumer education, community development and technical training on sustainability issues.

The new WHA associate partners are: Belize Tourism Board; Belize Tourism Industry Association; Big Island Visitors Bureau; Instituto Costarricense de Turismo; Discover Dominica Tourism Authority; Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; International Tourism Partnership; International Community Foundation; San Juan National Historic Site; Mexico Boutique Hotels; Ministry of Antiquities & Tourism of Jordan; Municipality of San Juan; Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association; Solimar International; USAID/Jordan Tourism Development Project (Siyaha); and the U.S. National Park Service.

Returning WHA associate partners are: Academex Digital Publishing; Destination Ventures; Mexico Tourism Board; Rainforest Alliance; and the Secretary of Tourism for Mexico (SECTUR).

“As the number of international tourist arrivals continues to grow, travel can play a tremendous role in positively impacting the cultural, economic and environmental well being of the world’s most treasured destinations. We are excited about the achievements of the World Heritage Alliance in the regions we’ve worked with thus far,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, Inc. “The success of WHA is dependent upon industry involvement, and the commitment of our 36 new members will help us in achieving greater results.”

“Sustainable travel is among the fastest growing tourism markets in the world,” said Timothy E. Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation. “The incredible growth of the sustainable tourism market shows the tremendous potential for the travel industry and traveling public to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage while promoting sustainable development. The World Heritage Alliance members and partners are leaders in a growing movement toward sustainable travel.”

All members were recognized this week at a series of events in New York, including a dinner and symposium discussing major issues related to World Heritage and sustainable tourism. This growth triples the membership base of the WHA, and is fueling the expansion of the programs to reach seven countries and support the protection of more than 20 World Heritage sites.

“Heritage protection and a healthy tourism industry have much in common,” said Francesco Bandarin, director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. “When managed well, tourism contributes to site conservation and helps create the right conditions for economic development that benefits local people. The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, with its focus on the tourism industry, plays an important role in supporting UNESCO’s work on building site management capacity for conserving the world’s most outstanding protected places. We want to continue to reinforce and develop partnerships with the industry to develop innovative solutions to tourism issues facing the sites.”

Expedia and the UN Foundation also announced several new initiatives for 2008:

    WHA will carry out two additional Expedia Employee Service Program (EESP) engagements in 2008, for which a select group of Expedia staff volunteers and UN Foundation representatives will travel to two separate locations near World Heritage sites to work with local tourism enterprises. The Expedia Employee Service Program leverages Expedia’s deep knowledge of travel to help local community tourism groups develop build sustainable tourism-based economies while preserving the communities’ cultural, physical and environmental integrity.
    A partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for Jordan, UNESCO, and United States Agency for International Development’s Jordan Tourism Development Project (Siyaha) to strengthen the management of Jordan’s World Heritage sites. Efforts will include the launch of a public awareness campaign around Jordan’s three World Heritage sites in Petra, as well as a combination of grants to community-based organizations and local businesses, training, and development of local tourism projects and activities consistent with World Heritage and sustainable tourism principles.
    A series of new awareness-raising campaigns on Friends of World Heritage (http://www.friendsofworldheritage.org), the sister initiative of the World Heritage Alliance aimed at the traveling public, devoted to World Heritage sites in Danger, World Heritage in the United States, and the role of local communities in World Heritage conservation. These campaigns will also provide a way for individuals around the world to donate in support of World Heritage sites in need.

Also in 2008, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre will launch a major new initiative on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, specifically targeted toward fostering a closer working relationship between the conservation community and the travel and tourism industry. Broad consultation among stakeholders will be used to develop policy guidance and a charter of good practices on the premise that when well managed, tourism can contribute to the conservation of sites and promote sustainable development of local communities.

In addition to the rapid expansion of the WHA, the partnership also celebrated the completion of three major initiatives in 2007:

    Expedia® Employee Service Program: WHA carried out its first EESP deployment in 2006, working with a Mayan-owned community tour group in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve World Heritage site. In 2007, the EESP completed two additional project trips – one to El Senor, Mexico (also in near Sian Ka’an), and a second on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. According to an independent evaluation conducted in late 2007, “Expedia’s programs to strengthen Sian Ka’an [community tourism] have already had very positive, and in some cases, remarkable incremental impacts on the local Maya partner communities,” including a more than 100% increase in tour sales.

    Education and training about World Heritage and sustainable tourism: In its second year, WHA further engaged the travel industry in its efforts through the WHA Industry Training Program on Responsible Tourism, which educates hospitality and tourism employees in highly visited tourism destinations on responsible tourism practices. To date, more than 450 hospitality workers in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Caribbean and Hawaii have participated in the program.

    Support for local communities in and around World Heritage sites: In addition to the many WHA members who have developed initiatives to purchase food and products directly from local communities, WHA members responded quickly to support communities in and around the World Heritage site of Sian Ka’an in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula after the area was struck by a category 5 hurricane in August. In conjunction with the online community http://www.FriendsofWorldHeritage.org, more than $ 65,000 was raised to aid communities, many of which earned their livelihoods through sustainable agriculture or forestry projects.

About the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism:

The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA) works to support World Heritage conservation, sustainable tourism, and local economic development for communities in and around World Heritage sites. The WHA for sustainable tourism was founded by the UN Foundation and Expedia in the fall of 2005 to support UNESCO’s goal of promoting and protecting World Heritage sites. For more information, visit: http://www.worldheritagealliance.org.

About World Heritage Alliance Membership:

The WHA offers two levels of partnership, each being committed to advancing the WHA mission: WHA members and WHA associate partners. WHA members consist of travel industry companies, such as hotels, tour operators, travel agents, airlines and cruises, among others. WHA associate partners are NGOs, civil society groups, government bodies and other organizations not exclusively devoted to tourism.

Each WHA member is committed to:

    Implementing the World Heritage Alliance principles, a set of guidelines developed in consultation between the UN Foundation, Expedia, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and National Geographic that foster greater attention to social, cultural and environmental sustainability within their business.
    Participating in staff training programs by enrolling their staff in occasional in-person or online training courses organized by the WHA that educate about the key issues related to World Heritage and sustainable tourism.
    Educating customers about World Heritage by providing informational materials, exclusive packages to World Heritage destinations, volunteer opportunities with local communities, and the ability for customers to purchase goods and services that are rooted in local cultures and environments.
    Supporting community development around World Heritage sites by working with local communities to build and enhance sustainable tourism opportunities for travelers and to provide markets for locally produced sustainable goods and services.
    Engaging employees to support the local community through WHA volunteer programs that allow employees to work side-by-side with community-based initiatives.
    Supporting the United Nations in its efforts to encourage sustainable tourism and the protection of World Heritage sites through the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

About Expedia, Inc.:

Expedia, Inc. is the world’s leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents and in-destination concierge service and activity desks for travelers. The Expedia, Inc. portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor®, Expedia Local Expert™, Classic Vacations® and eLong™. Expedia, Inc.’s companies operate more than 50 global points of sale with sites in North America, South America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Expedia, Inc. was recently added to the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/ (NASDAQ: EXPE).

About the UN Foundation:

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and also works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org

About the World Heritage Centre

The World Heritage Centre is the focal point and coordinator within the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for all matters related to World Heritage. It acts as the Secretariat of the World Heritage Committee, organizing its statutory meetings, developing and proposing policy on its behalf and actively ensuring the implementation of activities in accordance with its decisions and in co-operation with the States Parties and the Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN). It provides advice to States Parties on the preparation of Tentative Lists and nominations to the World Heritage List and assures their receipt, registration, archiving and transmission to ICOMOS and/or IUCN. It also coordinates studies and activities in support of the Global Strategy for a balanced, representative and credible World Heritage List. The Centre organizes International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund, coordinates the Periodic Reporting exercise and reactive monitoring on the state of conservation of World Heritage properties as well as the emergency action undertaken when a property is threatened. It organizes technical seminars and workshops, and updates the World Heritage List and database, and promotes the World Heritage Convention to the general public.

The World Heritage Centre coordinates its activities with those of other multilateral cultural and environmental agreements, UNESCO cultural and natural heritage conventions and recommendations, to ensure complementarity and synergy. The Centre also identifies and implements regional and thematic programmes, and mobilizes additional financial and technical resources to ensure the conservation and management of World Heritage properties in partnership with other UN agencies, development banks, conservation NGOs, research institutions, foundations and the corporate sector. For more information, visit http://whc.unesco.org.

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Adele Waugaman

UN Foundation

Tel: (+1) 202-887-9040

Katie Deines

Expedia, Inc.

Tel: (+1) 425-679-4317


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BPI: Blazing the trail for sustainable energy financing

BPI: Blazing the trail for sustainable energy financing
Recent events in the Philippines and around the world have showed the growing impact of climate change on the lives of ordinary Filipinos and their communities, showing that sustainability is not just a buzzword but an urgent need.
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HolidayLEDs.com Sponsors Green Halloween Pledge Event to Support Sustainable Halloween

HolidayLEDs.com Sponsors Green Halloween Pledge Event to Support Sustainable Halloween

Jackson, MI (Vocus) October 6, 2010

HolidayLEDs.com, a Michigan-based internet retail company specializing in LED Christmas lights and energy-efficient decorative lighting, announced today that it has partnered with GreenHalloween.org to support their initiative to minimize the environmental impact of Halloween celebrations. The companies have developed a Green Halloween pledge that interested participants can make at HolidayLEDs.com. Each participant will be entered to win a $ 150 gift certificate to HolidayLEDs.com.

“We are big fans of GreenHalloween.org,” said Philip C. Curtis of HolidayLEDs.com, “Corey Colwell-Lipson and the rest of the Green Halloween team are the leaders in promoting a more sustainable Halloween celebration.” Green Halloween® is a program of EcoMom® alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which seeks to empower woman to reduce global warming and promote an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future. The Green Halloween movement began in 2007 as a grass roots movement in Bellevue, Washington and with the support of businesses like Whole Foods Markets quickly became a national success with Green Halloween programs in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tampa, Daytona Beach, and New York City by 2009.

“We’ve been following the Green Halloween initiative for the last two years now and have been really impressed with what they are doing,” said Curtis. “One of the great new programs they are running is the National Costume Swap Day where people can trade Halloween costumes rather than buying a new one,” Curtis explained. “We’ve done some things in the past for promoting a sustainable Christmas but never for Halloween so we decided to get together with the folks at GreenHalloween.org and see what we could do together and we came up with the Green Halloween Pledge,” Curtis explained.

The Green Halloween Pledge is a simple initiative where anyone can make a pledge to take a least 5 specific actions to reduce the environmental impact of their Halloween celebration. Green Halloween developed a list of 20 specific actions people can take. People who want to participate simply have to select 5 actions to take and make their pledge submission on the HolidayLEDs.com website. Each person who makes the pledge will be entered into a drawing to win a $ 150 gift certificate from HolidayLEDs.com. “There are a lot of really small things that people can do to minimize the impact of their Halloween celebrations that can have a big impact and we hope that this program will educate and encourage people to take action,” said Corey Colwell-Lipson of GreenHalloween.org.

The Green Halloween pledge initiative is underway now and pledge submissions will be accepted through October 29, 2010. Please visit the Green Halloween Pledge page at HolidayLEDs.com for more detailed information on how to participate.


Contact: Philip C. Curtis

Phone: 1-866-492-4330

Email: phil(at)holidayleds(dot)com


Contact: Corey Colwell-Lipson

Email: corey(at)greenhalloween(dot)org

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Related Green Business Development Press Releases

The Heller School Programs in Sustainable International Development Admissions – Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill, the Admissions Officer for the Programs in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University discusses the application process for the MA in Sustainable International Development and the MS in International Health Policy and Management degrees.
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Sub-Saharan Africa has received tens of billions of dollars in foreign aid over the last fifty years yet economic development has remained elusive. In many countries absolute poverty has increased and life expectancy has declined. Karol Boudreaux and Paul Aligica argue that the results of traditional approaches to development policy have been disappointing. Instead, the focus needs to be on the adoption of sound political and legal institutions. In particular, clearly defined and enforced private property rights are needed to encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth. However, institutional environments in Africa are both complex and challenging, and the creation of secure property rights is far from a straightforward process. The authors examine several case studies of property rights reform in the developing world and suggest that universal policies applied regardless of local culture and tradition tend to fail. Reforms are more likely to succeed when they evolve gradually and are tailored to local norms and values rather than imposed from above by governments, aid agencies and supranational institutions. For full monograph in pdf go to www.iea.org.uk Or for more IEA books and essays & video in general visit www.iea.org.uk