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Agricultural waste from food crops is traditionally left either to rot or is burned, contributing to GHG emissions and air pollution. 270 million tons of banana waste are left to […] Posted on 12 July 2020 | 9:22 pm

Across the planet, our food system has become focused on producing quantity over quality. The way we’ve been farming since the Green Revolution has depleted over 30% of our planet’s […] Posted on 29 May 2020 | 10:45 am

The fast fashion industry has long been critiqued for unsustainable practices and unethical working conditions. From global cotton supply chains to pollution from textile factories, the need to improve the […] Posted on 22 May 2020 | 12:35 pm

This Sunday, April 19th, Earth Week kicks off with a virtual stage of speakers, activists, scientists and performers. To celebrate the event’s 50th anniversary, the Earth Day Initiative has gathered […] Posted on 17 April 2020 | 8:07 am

To Billy Shore, co-founder of Share Our Strength, childhood hunger in America has always seemed like a solvable problem. He understands the statistics: that over 11 million US children live […] Posted on 11 March 2020 | 7:21 am

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds have recently been called out for including holdings of oil and gas companies in their portfolios. ESG funds, often referred to as sustainable funds, […] Posted on 3 March 2020 | 7:54 pm

215 of the world’s largest companies value the climate risks to their businesses at $1 trillion, and almost all of them report that they integrate climate risk into their business […] Posted on 26 February 2020 | 12:42 pm

16 leagues. 194 teams. 195 venues. Members of the Green Sports Alliance embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices—and they inspire millions […] Posted on 7 February 2020 | 6:12 am

When Amanda Wilson, Joshua Hughes and Sara Czarniecki founded Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management in 2015, they committed to honoring their customers, communities, workers, shareholders and the land. Based on 178 […] Posted on 6 December 2019 | 7:15 am

Statistica predicts that the number of smart home households will double by 2023 to 70.6 million, from 34.8 million in 2018. With the proliferation of devices comes many batteries, either […] Posted on 15 November 2019 | 9:28 am

Nasdaq has promoted corporate responsibility for over a decade, playing its part in creating a more efficient and sustainable capital market system. Today, Nasdaq Global Head of Sustainability Evan Harvey […] Posted on 1 November 2019 | 1:09 pm

Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager of Sustainable Energy, Supply and Reliability for General Motors, began his career at the automaker as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at […] Posted on 18 October 2019 | 10:23 am

Starting in the 1980s, McDonald’s was repeatedly challenged on hot-button social and environmental issues by powerful NGOs. It spent over a decade in defensive mode, as groups like Greenpeace and […] Posted on 4 October 2019 | 7:55 am

Unless you have school-age children, you may not realize that we’ve just come through the second biggest shopping season of the year. According to Deloitte’s July 2019 Back-to-School Survey, US […] Posted on 20 September 2019 | 2:28 pm

A full five years ago, the CAPROCK Group surpassed $1 billion in impact-oriented assets under management. In the process, the firm committed its own resources to field building. It seeded […] Posted on 9 September 2019 | 10:16 am

Dr. Gale TC Rigobert made history in 2014 by becoming the youngest and first female Leader of the Opposition in St. Lucia. Then in 2016, when her United Workers Party […] Posted on 1 September 2019 | 8:33 pm

“There’s no point supporting environmental causes that don’t support standards of living to help people.” Adventure rock climber Alex Honnold came to that realization in 2010, when he traveled to […] Posted on 16 August 2019 | 8:27 am

Legendary leader and honored pioneer of the sustainability movement Hunter Lovins fights for “a finer future” Hunter Lovins is a force of nature. A lawyer, professor, author, policy advisor, activist, […] Posted on 5 August 2019 | 3:13 am

In 1988, a handful of Midwest family farmers fed up with the state of American agriculture gathered at the Viroqua, WI courthouse to talk about doing farming differently. Thirty years […] Posted on 5 July 2019 | 1:13 pm

Canvas began with a single central problem: that over 20% of the US population suffers from digestive health issues. It tackled the problem with an ingredient that promotes planetary health: […] Posted on 7 June 2019 | 10:17 am

A world where conflict-affected children thrive. The vision of the Blossom Hill Foundation drives its mission to invest in solution-driven initiatives for refugees and internally displaced communities. Over the last […] Posted on 17 May 2019 | 9:37 am

  The Food Corridor is a custom software (software as a service (SaaS)) designed to help shared-use underutilized commercial kitchens to manage their operations, booking, and food business as a […] Posted on 15 May 2019 | 3:09 pm

The amount of food that is wasted and discarded in the United States each year amounts to roughly a quarter of all food produced. Two-thirds of that amount comes from […] Posted on 12 May 2019 | 12:33 pm

According to Forbes, the sports industry’s projected worth will grow to over $70 billion this year. Encouraged by its fans, the industry’s sustainability initiatives are keeping pace. In the NFL, […] Posted on 10 May 2019 | 11:12 am

Government and business are the two solutions most often referenced with respect to transforming our society, to drive sustainability. Institutions have become the framework by which we envision change, and […] Posted on 8 May 2019 | 10:23 pm

Photo Source   United States (U.S.) households impacted by food insecurity have improved by roughly 0.5 percent from 2016 to 2017 leaving only an estimated 11.8 percent of households affected. […] Posted on 7 May 2019 | 2:29 pm

We share our data on public platforms every day. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram dominate the avenues by which we communicate our lifestyles to our peers. Most Americans’ perceptions of themselves […] Posted on 2 May 2019 | 2:38 am

With the recent EAT-Lancet report it is imperative now, more than ever, to better understand how to feed 10 billion people healthy diets by 2050 while considering our planetary boundaries. […] Posted on 23 April 2019 | 2:27 pm

“There is nothing more beautiful and healthy than leaving your comfort zone and opening yourself to new and unpredictable experiences.” – Gabriela Shel, Medium Steady growth in consumers traveling independently […] Posted on 22 April 2019 | 1:21 pm

Imagine checking out a takeout container like you would a library book. Instead of a Styrofoam clamshell that you have to throw out, you’d get a reusable box that you’d […] Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:33 am

Scott Tew’s sustainability journey began on his family’s produce farm in Alabama. There, he learned that “natural resources are precious gifts that need to be nurtured, protected, and never squandered.” […] Posted on 5 April 2019 | 7:11 am

Keeley Tillotson started Wild Friends out of her dorm room with her co-founder and roommate, Erika Welsh. Seven years later, their women-run company distributes their unique, healthy nut butters nationally. […] Posted on 15 March 2019 | 1:27 pm

For over a decade, the Mahindra Group has been leveraging its size and stature for maximum sustainability impact. Mahindra’s companies span 22 industries, operate in over 100 countries, and employ […] Posted on 1 March 2019 | 3:20 pm

Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, with the goal of providing his customers with the kind of beer he liked to drink—hoppy, dark and flavorful. His background […] Posted on 15 February 2019 | 10:41 am

Shaped by growing up in Oakland, CA during the 80s—the city’s crack years, she says—Vien Truong has dedicated her career to fundamentally ending poverty. Truong is the President of the […] Posted on 1 February 2019 | 5:22 pm

The benefits of sustainability cannot be an elite luxury only big companies enjoy—it has to be for everyone. The business case for sustainability is well proven across a multitude of […] Posted on 3 January 2019 | 10:49 am

The history of travel dates back as far as we do, whether we’re thinking about our ancestors migrating across continents, explorers discovering lands and seas unknown to them, or the […] Posted on 23 December 2018 | 12:38 pm

How does a small architectural firm end up fielding calls from Tesla? By designing the largest residential microgrid on earth. The project, a recent home renovation in Tuxedo Park, NY, […] Posted on 21 December 2018 | 5:00 am

Brewing is an inherently inefficient process. But it can be made better. A few weeks back, at a B Corporation informational meeting, I asked the speaker, “Why aren’t more breweries […] Posted on 19 December 2018 | 10:18 am

To date, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions has delivered 3.64 million tons of CO2e reductions, and it’s on track to exceed 6 million tons by 2026. This unique partnership between […] Posted on 7 December 2018 | 8:40 am

Paul Hawken, noted American environmentalist, entrepreneur, activist, and author, has just released his latest book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In Drawdown, Hawken argues that […] Posted on 26 November 2018 | 10:09 am

The Bard MBA in Sustainability has announced a new Opportunity Scholarship for students who are first-generation college graduates. “Bard’s MBA is one of the top programs globally that fully integrates a focus […] Posted on 20 November 2018 | 10:07 am

In 10 years of business, Elytus has aided its clients in saving 175,000 admin hours, 20 million trees, and over $11 million dollars—all through its innovative technology and passion for […] Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:07 am

Source: Kickstarter Early-stage entrepreneurs, such as those who use Kickstarter, should consider not only how to fund their venture, but also how to reduce their impact on the environment. Making […] Posted on 7 November 2018 | 1:52 pm

L. Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem solving force on […] Posted on 2 November 2018 | 12:46 pm

The Bard MBA in Sustainability’s innovative graduate degree has been recognized in two major new reports, one focused on education to advance a “circular economy”, and the second on business […] Posted on 30 October 2018 | 10:52 am

                    Bard MBA Professor Jennifer Russell has co-authored a major new UN report on the Circular Economy in manufacturing. Entitled, “Re-defining […] Posted on 24 October 2018 | 11:07 am

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), a Pratt Institute initiative, is a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the […] Posted on 19 October 2018 | 10:02 am

Danone North America—maker of Dannon, Silk, So Delicious, Horizon Organic and Vega, among others—recently became the largest certified B Corp™ in the world for its commitment to social and environmental […] Posted on 5 October 2018 | 6:00 am

Lyft was one of the first U.S. companies to join former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “We Are Still In” movement to declare its continuing commitment to the Paris […] Posted on 21 September 2018 | 6:30 am

Sarah Kauss launched S’well in 2010 with the belief that a crave-worthy bottle that combined fashion with function would make people stop buying disposable water bottles, thus reducing single-use plastic […] Posted on 7 September 2018 | 6:00 am

-Speakers include Blacklist Star Megan Boone- At the end of another summer of record-breaking heat worldwide, the MBA in Sustainability at Bard College is sponsoring a lunch-time rally just off […] Posted on 20 August 2018 | 4:29 pm

Ever since Patagonia began making fleeces out of used soda bottles in the early 90s, the apparel industry has been slowly increasing its use of recycled polyester or rPET (recycled […] Posted on 5 June 2018 | 11:25 pm

Fair Trade is commonly associated with safe working conditions, better labor practices, and fair prices for farmers. An overlooked benefit of Fair Trade, however, is protection of the environment. Usually […] Posted on 5 June 2018 | 3:45 pm

Today’s shopping experience is radically different than it was ten years ago. Empowered by limitless access to information, consumers conduct extensive research of products and services before interacting with any […] Posted on 21 May 2018 | 6:00 am

 HCM leaders are key partners in sustainable organizations We live in world of ecological constraints, and this acknowledgement has led to the rise of the sustainable organization: companies that embrace […] Posted on 20 May 2018 | 7:25 am

Solar: not just for homeowners anymore Oftentimes the phrase “going solar” conjures up images of solar panels on homes around a neighborhood. But what if you’re among the 49% of […] Posted on 20 May 2018 | 7:02 am

Republished from GreenBiz. It’s almost impossible to upcycle used snowboards. Because their components—metal, wood, plastic, resin—are tightly fused during manufacturing, the best end-of-life outcome is usually chopped scrap that can […] Posted on 18 May 2018 | 7:00 am

The real estate market is rapidly changing. Technology and business innovations in the real estate sector offer new leverage points to influence the real estate transaction, increase sales of high-performance […] Posted on 7 May 2018 | 6:00 am

Republished from GreenBiz They embrace sustainability as an innovation challenge. They combat presentism. They develop integrative thinking. They expand the values that drive their business decisions. They collaborate with competitors. […] Posted on 4 May 2018 | 8:00 am

We’ve been busy here at the Bard MBA in Sustainability this past fall and winter, and we’re excited to share the news of recent and upcoming happenings with the Bard […] Posted on 1 May 2018 | 3:43 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     April 25, 2018 Media Contacts: Susanne Harm (512) 974-9087 Austin Resource Recovery Media Line (512) 974-1800   The Future of Fashion is Circular Sustainable fashion […] Posted on 26 April 2018 | 3:17 pm

Climate-related disasters are costing us dearly The US had a record-setting 2017 for climate-related disasters, racking up more than $305 billion in costs from hurricanes and wildfires. While weather events […] Posted on 25 April 2018 | 9:09 pm

Bard MBA students made productive use of the spring, reaching the finals in three different international sustainable business competitions. On April 19th, team “Lead the Change” earned silver at the […] Posted on 25 April 2018 | 10:34 am

Republished from GreenBiz  Michael Vandenbergh points out that 70% of us think that companies should be doing more on climate change. The good news, as he also points in his […] Posted on 20 April 2018 | 11:18 am

In some sectors, innovation happens quickly. In these industries, a handful of powerful companies not only have the funding to build new technology but have the ability to influence both […] Posted on 8 April 2018 | 2:31 pm

        April 6, 2018 Clif Bar and Bard MBA Launch Academic Partnership New York, NY–Who will lead the businesses of the future?  Clif Bar & Company, a […] Posted on 6 April 2018 | 4:34 pm

Republished from GreenBiz Casey Grey argues that you may not be able to build or renovate a home 100 percent sustainably, but that you can do it 100 percent consciously. […] Posted on 6 April 2018 | 1:57 pm

The fashion industry is the world’s second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. In fact, 20% of global production waste comes from the textile and apparel sectors. Plus, the […] Posted on 18 March 2018 | 3:05 pm

Republished from GreenBiz The grain is just one way it’s closing the loop. Portland’s Allagash Brewing Company has committed to purchasing a million pounds of Maine-grown and -processed grain by […] Posted on 16 March 2018 | 10:10 am

The new Trump solar tariffs mean that a majority of the solar panels installed in this country are now 30% more expensive.  Lots has been written already on how the […] Posted on 12 March 2018 | 2:49 pm

“I wish to illuminate the damage, the breakage, the fragmentation. Somehow, if I can make it beautiful, I can make it one again.”   Anne de Carbuccia is a French-American […] Posted on 6 March 2018 | 11:52 am

In his book “The Great Derangement,” the writer Amitav Ghosh seeks to understand the failure of the arts to adequately address the climate crisis, commenting, “Indeed, this is perhaps the […] Posted on 6 March 2018 | 11:37 am

Is rethinking human consumption going mainstream? Driving down the 10 Freeway last week, I came across a billboard advertising the Matt Damon film, Downsizing. The ad provided few visual cues, […] Posted on 19 February 2018 | 5:00 am

Republished from GreenBiz “Why does waste even exist?”—that’s the question at the heart of TerraCycle’s own existence. Since 2001, the company has been taking hard-to-recycle waste and turning it into […] Posted on 16 February 2018 | 11:54 am

The term “Black Friday” was never intended as a positive. Coined by the Philadelphia Police Department in response to the “massive traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks” caused by post-Thanksgiving shoppers, […] Posted on 15 February 2018 | 5:00 am

  It’s almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing a piece of plastic. From your bedroom, to your workplace, vacation home, or even the beach, plastic consumes our lives. Researchers […] Posted on 12 February 2018 | 5:00 am

When people hear the words “Peace Corps,” many think of former President Kennedy calling out to a bunch of hippies to live in huts and dig wells in developing countries. […] Posted on 5 February 2018 | 5:00 am

Republished from GreenBiz  On January 10th, New York City announced a goal to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel interests within five years. Currently, the city’s five pension funds […] Posted on 2 February 2018 | 1:21 pm

  What do you imagine when someone says “seafood”? Often, the word evokes images of succulent shrimp, decadent lobster, or a buttery salmon. In the past decade, however, lionfish has […] Posted on 1 February 2018 | 5:00 am

What if there were a bulletproof argument for never again digging another hole in the ground to extract the ancient muck we burn to make things move?   I’ve recently begun […] Posted on 29 January 2018 | 5:00 am

Making your office or workspace more sustainable is beneficial for your company’s bottom line. Simple changes can cut costs, improve employee productivity and retention, and enhance company reputation. Whether you’re […] Posted on 24 January 2018 | 2:00 pm

  Feeling perpetually sick with winter colds is common for many living in the Northeast. To cure these illnesses, herbal remedies have become commonplace. The proliferation of these products on […] Posted on 22 January 2018 | 5:00 am

    Imagine looking out at your local waterway and being able to distinguish the fashion industry’s color of the season by the hue of the water. In China and […] Posted on 18 January 2018 | 5:00 am

At the corner of Timberline and Blackbird Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado sits the Jessup Farm Artisan Village. Once home to the Jessup family’s farm equipment, the idyllic, century-old buildings […] Posted on 15 January 2018 | 5:00 am

  The Prison Policy Initiative creates a yearly pie chart that details the makeup of the U.S. prison system. In 2017, 2.3 million U.S. citizens were imprisoned in 5,961 facilities […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 10:30 am

  Sports Might be the Most Undervalued Industry in Promoting Climate Action Sports is a widely overlooked opportunity in the fight against climate change. “Sustainability” typically implies nonprofits protecting wildlife […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 9:04 am

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to have clothes that fit and are in good shape”–that’s the philosophy of Michelle Ooley, founder of Mobile Menders, a volunteer group providing free sewing and mending services to […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 8:35 am

Republished from GreenBiz Vermont’s Green Mountain Power obsesses on its customers. Under the leadership of CEO Mary Powell, it has radically restructured, positioning itself as an energy transformation company focused […] Posted on 15 December 2017 | 3:56 pm

Republished from GreenBiz Thomas Singer felt that there was already plenty of good writing about the theory behind the circular economy. So, when he and his Conference Board colleagues thought […] Posted on 1 December 2017 | 11:10 am

Bard MBA Fall Newsletter We’ve been busy here at the Bard MBA in Sustainability this past summer and fall, and we’re excited to share the news of recent and upcoming […] Posted on 28 November 2017 | 11:50 am

Republished from GreenBiz Currently, fewer than 2% of shoes worn in the United States are made here. Most are manufactured overseas by a labor force that works in conditions that […] Posted on 17 November 2017 | 10:28 am

Republished from GreenBiz Nick Silver—actuary, economist, and onetime mainstream finance professional—understands the consequences of the financial system continuing in its current form. Which is why his new book argues that, […] Posted on 3 November 2017 | 12:28 pm

Republished from GreenBiz As of January 2017, there were 1000 certified B Corps in the U.S. alone. This number is even more impressive when you realize that fewer than two […] Posted on 20 October 2017 | 11:56 am

Republished from GreenBiz This September, Mars unveiled its Sustainable in a Generation plan, which sets a new standard for its responsible growth as a business. Mars believes that transformational, cross-industry […] Posted on 6 October 2017 | 11:45 am

What do you think when you hear the word refugee? Alice Bosley and Patricia Letayf, co-founders of Five One Labs, think of innovation, passion, creativity and grit. Five One Labs […] Posted on 22 September 2017 | 10:56 am

Republished from GreenBiz By 2030, the target date for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the number of youth aged 15-24 years will reach nearly 1.3 billion globally, up 7% from […] Posted on 8 September 2017 | 1:01 pm

The recent election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, along with his divisive agenda, has ignited a wave of new entries into the political process by those who might […] Posted on 18 July 2017 | 1:30 pm

By Reagan Richmond, Cindy Wasser and Stephen Williams In March, Bard MBA students spoke with Rebekah Moses, the sustainability and agriculture manager of Impossible Foods, to learn about the company’s […] Posted on 19 May 2017 | 6:00 am

By Meghan Altman and Katie Ellman On average, New York City’s Recycle-A-Bicycle salvages 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from […] Posted on 5 May 2017 | 6:00 am