Category: Climate

Join Ann at Jigar Shah’s Climate Wealth Preview

Please join me at my friend Jigar Shah’s exclusive preview of his new book. Creating Climate Wealth October 8 in New York City.
“Everything Jigar has done proves that profits in energy aren’t just made in dirty fuels. Thanks to entrepreneurs like Jigar, climate change solutions are attracting investors, greener jobs are being created, and industries are saving big money on energy
costs.” – SIR RICHARD BRANSON – Founder, Virgin Group

“Jigar Shah is a force of nature! Here he recounts his unique journey–as entrepreneur, investor and nature’s defender. His outlook: a fast–changing world where enterprise places greater value on our climate and society. A timely book from a Thinker and Doer, both!” –ANN GOODMAN, President, telesis, Co-Founder, WNSF

For details and to RSVP: Continue reading “Join Ann at Jigar Shah’s Climate Wealth Preview”

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NASDAQ’s Sandy Frucher takes stock of sustainability reporting

©2013 Ann Goodman

Meyer “Sandy” Frucher

NASDAQ’s Vice Chair Meyer “Sandy” Frucher was a big hit during the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) spring conference in New York City, reminding fellow panelists of common-sense wisdom during an arcane debate on sustainability reporting that pitted accounting standards against regulatory guidelines — and baffled most of the audience.

After a series of nonstop trips spanning four continents in his role as “roving ambassador without a portfolio” — and freshly returned from a board meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) in Tokyo— Frucher sat down with me to talk what makes sense for companies, investors and the public as business embraces sustainability reporting.

Ann Goodman: Why did NASDAQ publish an integrated report last December?

Sandy Frucher: We’re a for-profit company. We used to be a boutique stock exchange in one place trading equities in the U.S. The world changed. We’ve become a global company, a multinational and multi-modal company — that is, Continue reading “NASDAQ’s Sandy Frucher takes stock of sustainability reporting”

Late Winter Roundup: ‘tis the season to welcome Spring…and a changing climate

© 2013 Ann Goodman

While Spring officially arrived a week ago, the weather took a cold, dreary turn in New York and elsewhere, auguring more climate change to come.

Nonetheless, it’s been an exciting Winter for my sustainability activities.

Over the winter season, I’ve been active in a number of high-level sustainability events

US-China Green Consumption Forum, Washington, DC, March
US-China Green Consumption Forum, Washington, DC, March

and other projects, including the five spotlighted here:

1)Most recently, I learned  Continue reading “Late Winter Roundup: ‘tis the season to welcome Spring…and a changing climate”

Prof. Shi Qi Qing: In Memory of a Green Chinese Heroine

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As the time fast approaches for women in the US and China to meet on green consumption in Washington, D.C. (see previous post), I fondly remember my dear colleague Prof. Shi Qi Qing, who skillfully formed international alliances in this field–notably with me while I led WNSF–during her inspirational tenure as Secretary General of CAWE, the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

She will be missed–for her wide knowledge, calm and warm personality, sound judgment and her passion for a sustainable world that women could help lead.

At Hong Kong’s World Green Forum in summer 2011, she said with usual aplomb that “the shift in the focus of a global economy toward investments in clean technologies and natural infrastructures like forest and soil is an optimal choice for economic growth in a real sense, a combat against climate change and [an aid to] adequate employment in the 21st century.”

Prof. Shi was truly an inspiring global green partner–across continents, languages and cultures.

Professor Shi QI Qing, 6th from right, in red jacket

“Sustainaibility-Social Netorking Nexus”: Goodman & Colleagues on the Ever-More Urgent Link (see Sustainability: The Journal of Record)

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Sustainability: The Journal of Record publishes :

Goodman & Colleagues on:

The Sustainability-Social Networking Nexus:

“We believe that with a conscious focus on the goals of sustainability and resilience, social networking can facilitate a more adaptive response to stresses that are likely to arise from climate change and resource depletion…

“and are researching how social media might help with resilience in disaster cases, particularly as connected with climate change.”

Growing weather-related disasters around the world are a vivid example (see current and upcoming pieces on anngoodman.com and R2sustainability.com).

From Sustainability: The Journal of Record:

“On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy rolled over the most populated metropolis in the United States, killing more than a hundred people, cutting power to millions of homes and businesses, devastating coastal communities, and causing upward of $70 billion in damages…”

“While there are many approaches to integrating such principles, we believe that one of the most potentially beneficial opportunities lies in the still-emerging social networking, media, and data revolution, mainly because of its promise of new ways to
communicate, collaborate, cooperate, share, and distribute things like work, power, ideas, goods, and services within and across communitiesRead more at:

http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/sus/6/1 (complete article and interview free to our readers from February 18)

Improving Communications in Environmental Disasters: A conversation with the UN’s Margareta Wahlstrom

margareta_wahlstrom© 2013 Ann Goodman

At the National Council for Science and the Environment’s timely conference on Disasters and Environment, focusing on science, preparedness and resilience, in Washington, D.C. in mid-January, one of the most seasoned and sensible, yet cautionary voices was keynote speaker Margareta Wahlstrom, of the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.

One warning: Functional communications will be key to resilience in disasters, likely to accelerate in the future.

With the population growing two to three times more in most vulnerable areas of the world, largely coastal, we should now know, with the wealth of scientific and other data available, how to plan for the future, she said.

In planning for future resilience, she named three challenges:

1.Planning and developing resilience, especially for agricultural and urban issues.

2. Governance

3.Communications. “Research is rich, and the volume of information enormous–so it’s not as accessible to decision makers as it should be.”

After her keynote, Ms. Wahlstrom sat down with me to elaborate on her ideas, based on wide experience, on improving communications during environmental disasters, especially in an age of amplifying communications through electronic and wide-spreading social networking tools… Continue reading “Improving Communications in Environmental Disasters: A conversation with the UN’s Margareta Wahlstrom”