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When corporations take credit for green deeds their lobbying may tell another story

Today most large companies like Exxon Mobil, Ford and GM issue slick reports extolling their efforts to conserve resources, use renewable energy or fund clean water supplies in developing countries. This emphasis on efforts to curb environmental harm while benefiting society is called corporate sustainability. Once uncommon but now mainstream, this show of support for a greener and […]

Pruitt Is Wrong on Burning Forests for Energy

By William H. Schlesinger, Beverly Law, John Sterman and William R. Moomaw Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, recently announced that his agency would classify the burning of wood from managed forests as “carbon neutral.”Alex Brandon/Associated Press As Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was preparing to defend himself before Congress last week against charges of extravagant spending […]

Green hush: Campaigns against sustainable businesses cause them to go silent, study finds

When nonprofit organizations target companies for environmental missteps, they often aim for industry leaders and household names — businesses likely to get attention from the press and the public. According to new research, that strategy may come with an unintended consequence: it could stop firms from communicating about their sustainability efforts. The paper, published recently […]

The Value of Green Building and its Spillover Effects

The Georgia Institute of Technology has begun construction on one of the first “Living Buildings” in the Southeast that seeks to transform the local building and construction industry. Living Buildings (similar to other green building programs) achieve certification by accruing credits across a number of criteria. Living Buildings must produce more energy than they use, […]

California and the Business Case for Environmental Regulation

The Trump Administration is working hard to roll back the nation’s environmental regulations on the grounds that they are an economic burden on business. But evidence from California challenges this linkage. Throughout its history, the state has been on the cutting edge of environmental innovation, leading the United States in nature  and coastal protection, restricting […]

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