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Winning Cleantech by Design

Guest post by Chris SherwinBeing able to get across a green product’s essence to consumers and investors is a key that can turn it from a fringe interest to mass market success. Design can connect consumers with a cleantech product’s functions,...

Posted January 8, 2013    

Green R&D: Companies Betting Big On Green Innovation

Guest post by Hazel Henderson and Tim NashThe Green Transition Scoreboard reports that $241 billion was recently invested in green R&D by large multinationals like Samsung, General Electric, and Nissan and smaller companies like Owens Corning,...

Posted September 14, 2012    

Carbon Disclosure Project Canada 2011 Report: Key Highlights

Carbon Disclosure Project releases its Canada 2011 report today at the Toronto Stock Exchange. More Canadian companies than ever publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions. Contrary to the common belief that going green slows growth, businesses...

Posted October 13, 2011    

Will Canada's Election Reshape Its Climate Policy Landscape?

History was made in Canada’s federal election. Conservative gets majority government while New Democrat serves as Opposition for the first time. How will this alter federal policies on energy, environment, and climate change? Let’s examine the...

Posted May 4, 2011    

New Environmental Disclosure Guidance From Canadian Regulators

A new environmental reporting guidance was released by the Canadian Securities Administrators for companies listed on Canadian stock exchanges, including the Toronto Stock Exchange which ranks third in North America and eighth in the world. What is...

Posted November 10, 2010    

Canada’s Largest Solar Rooftop, Case Study Part Four

The final part of this case study on Canada’s largest solar rooftop focuses on the Ontario Feed-In Tariff program application. We look at how LoyaltyOne got their FIT program approval to become the first system to feed the Ontario power...

Posted October 25, 2010    

Investors Increasingly Concerned With Climate Change Risks

Would a BP style disaster happen to a company you invest in? That’s a question increasingly asked by Canadian investors. A range of proposals and resolutions has been filed in the past two years by shareholders to management of Canadian...

Posted September 14, 2010    

Canada’s Largest Solar Rooftop, Case Study Part Three

Operational since early 2010, the huge 800-panel solar rooftop system costs $1.85 million to build. The third part of this case study focuses on financial details. We look at the startup costs, operating costs, income from the high profile Ontario...

Posted August 24, 2010    

Fairmont Hotels Save Energy, Costs, and Environment

Canadian luxury hotel giant Fairmont partners with World Wildlife Fund Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In this post, we will look at how Fairmont Waterfront, Chateau Lake Louise, Château Laurier, and Château Montebello implement their...

Posted August 7, 2010    

Sustainability A Top Supply Chain Challenge: Capgemini

Guest Post by George Kneisel According to a survey of Canadian and global supply chain managers by Capgemini, a leading international consulting firm, sustainability has moved up from no. 3 in 2009 to no. 2 in 2010 as the top business challenges. 56...

Posted May 20, 2010    

Green To Gold, Part 5: Thirteen Pitfalls Of Environmental Initiatives To Avoid

In the previous post of this series on the book Green to Gold, I explained how the downside and upside of environmental (or climate change) initiatives may be managed. In this final installment, I will talk about thirteen pitfalls to avoid. One of...

Posted May 13, 2010    

Sustainability Is The Next Business Megatrend: Harvard Business Review

The May 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review has an interesting feature article called ‘The Sustainability Imperative’. The authors of the Big Idea feature, David Lubin from the Sustainability Network and Daniel Esty from Yale University, argue...

Posted May 4, 2010