Posts Categorized ‘Environmental Impact’

Bees. Even More Helpful Than You Might Think!
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Bee pollination is a vital planet-wide ecological service that is often overlooked and underappreciated. Honey bees influence the economy, agriculture, and biodiversity—they are an important part of maintaining agricultural strength. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more apparent that human activities are putting bees at risk. But despite worrying signs of bee disappearance, there are actions Read more »

Posted: August 7, 2015

Great Pacific Garbage Patch
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

"It seemed unbelievable, but I never found a clear spot. In the week it took to cross the subtropical high [between Hawaii and the continental U.S.], no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments.” Since Captain Charles Moore’s discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Read more »

Posted: July 22, 2015

The Pope and the Politics of Climate Change
By Rebecca Jackson, Contributor

Climate change has long been a polarizing issue in the United States. With a Presidential election on the horizon, this issue will likely become even more divisive as candidates duke it out for funding and votes. However, the usual lines of demarcation between left-and-right are blurring-thanks, in part, to Pope Francis.   In June, the Pope Read more »

Posted: July 17, 2015

Promising Growth in the Organic Food Sector
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

  According to a national survey, 71% of Americans are worried about pesticides in their food, and 74% would like to eat food on which fewer pesticides are used. Given these preferences, it is no surprise to see strong growth and market share gains in the organic food industry. In 2014, organics captured nearly 5% Read more »

Posted: June 19, 2015

International Biodiversity Day
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day for Biological Diversity  in order to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is traditionally defined as the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem, but this definition only scratches the surface.  There are two types Read more »

Posted: May 22, 2015

What if We Biked to Work Every Day?
By Dan Sherman

This month is national Bike Month. Hopefully, you’ve been able to strap on a helmet, make the ride to the office, and remind yourself just how long it has been since you did a leg day at the gym. Biking for one day, week or month a year is great, but it doesn’t have a Read more »

Posted: May 20, 2015

New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fracking Standards
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The first independent social and environmental standards for shale oil and gas fracking operations have been published and the developers are looking for public feedback. Equitable Origin is a non-partisan organization. Founded in 2009, Equitable Origin is currently the only independent standards and certification program exclusively focused on fossil fuels. The organization’s mission is “to Read more »

Posted: April 17, 2015

What the Frack! Investor Coalition Seeks Environmental Impact Disclosures from Oil and Gas Companies
By James Griffitts, Contributor

An investors coalition representing members of the Investor Environmental Health Network, including Green Century Capital Management, As You Sow, Mercy Investment Services, Calvert Investments, and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia has filed shareholder proposals at six large oil and gas companies which engage in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Many investors are dissatisfied with an Read more »

Posted: March 16, 2015

Shareowners Press for ALEC Exodus
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Why do progressive companies that have heavy investments in renewable energy, forward-looking environmental policies, and publicly acknowledge the need to tackle climate change still belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? Shareowners, including First Affirmative, have been asking this question of companies in their portfolios through letters, dialogue, and resolutions. The good news is Read more »

Posted: December 17, 2014

Frozen Treasures Begin to Thaw
By Michael Schweibinz

My last blog offered a synopsis of the 2014 Climate Change report from the United States military. The Pentagon’s Adaptation Roadmap illustrates how climate change will affect the military’s plans, operations, training, testing, infrastructure, and supply chain management. In prior publications about the U.S. government’s response to climate change, we addressed the following: Rising global Read more »

Posted: November 28, 2014