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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
Corporate secretaries and the power of being a positive gatekeeper
Jan 09, 2017
The idea is straightforward, but crucial. The most effective corporate secretaries are those who act as a filter for the critical sustainability issues that should be raised to the board, but who also apply the filter with a strategic lens
Is Your Mutual Fund Company Taking Climate Change Seriously?
Jan 06, 2017
We examined how the nation’s largest mutual fund companies voted on climate-related shareholder resolutions in 2015 and 2016. The results are revealing.
10 Reasons to Be Optimistic for a Low-Carbon Future
Dec 29, 2016
Here are 10 shining lights for the irresistibility and inevitability of the low-carbon future. It's here—and there is no turning back.
Businesses and States Are United on Clean Energy
Dec 21, 2016
You may not know it from the headlines, but Washington is not the only energy game that matters these days. Companies that buy massive amounts of energy and states that set the policies that shape the energy mix of their economies – whether with clean energy or climate-warming fossil fuels – also play a major role.
Fuel economy rules a bogeyman for long-term trends in auto industry
Dec 21, 2016
The debate over the future of fuel efficiency policies is generating a lot of noise. But for consumers, these policies generate savings at the pump.
Companies Set A Higher Bar For Climate Risk Disclosure
Dec 16, 2016
Under the leadership of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a global industry initiative just released its much-anticipated guidelines for voluntary climate risk disclosure by companies and investors in financial filings.
Squeezing Water from Wine: Constellation Brands Takes on the Drought
Nov 22, 2016
In the face of California’s ongoing drought, Clos du Bois - owned by Constellation Brands, a Connect the Drops signatory - has taken strong steps over the last few years to reduce the amount of water it takes to produce and bottle its premier wines.
Marrakech climate talks show there is no turning back on clean energy transition
Nov 22, 2016
As the tremendous economic and social costs of climate change continue to mount, and as the window of opportunity for stabilizing the climate shrinks fast, talks among country delegations, cities, states, companies, investors, labor leaders and civil society took on a renewed sense of urgency in accelerating forward.
How Big Food Companies Are Committing to Sustainable Water
Nov 16, 2016
The AgWater Challenge, a project of Ceres and the World Wildlife Fund, is helping food companies become leaders on water sustainability, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.
Businesses Renew Their Call to Increase Clean Energy Standards in Michigan
Nov 14, 2016
Last week, while many were focused on the election, the Michigan Senate passed an energy package that has the potential to move clean energy forward in the state.
It's All About Building A Clean Energy Economy
Nov 10, 2016
While this week’s U.S. election is creating legitimate distress, we should refrain from thinking it will completely thwart climate action and the clean energy economy in the U.S. and around the world.
Major Companies Are The Engines of Climate Progress
Nov 03, 2016
As we approach the next round of climate talks in Morocco, one question looms large; having reached a milestone agreement in Paris, and having surpassed the thresholds necessary for that agreement to enter into force, will the business community respond with decisive on-the-ground action to realize a low-carbon future?
Seven Key Actions in Steering the Oil and Gas Sector to a Low-Carbon Future
Nov 02, 2016
Achieving the agreement’s target of limiting global average temperature rise to well below two-degrees requires nothing less than a transformation of our energy systems, markets and industry towards low-carbon energy and away from high-carbon fossil fuels. With that in mind, it is encouraging to see how much has changed – especially in the massive oil and gas sector – in the last year.
Cutting the Carbon Cord: A Tale Of Two Utilities
Oct 31, 2016
On the cusp of official “entry into force” of the groundbreaking Paris Agreement on climate change, it’s a great time to take a look at how the United States is positioned to drive the Agreement’s objectives forward.
Iconic Businesses Call for Swift Action on Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania
Oct 27, 2016
Last week, major companies, including Philadelphia-based IKEA North America, the Adidas Group, Eileen Fisher, JLL, and Nestlé USA, sent letters to state lawmakers urging Pennsylvania to submit a timely strategy outlining how it will implement the Clean Power Plan.
A Trickle of Hope: Bringing Clean Water to Ghana’s Poorest
Oct 18, 2016
Access to safe drinking water is a colossal challenge globally and no place more than in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among the many problem areas is northern Ghana, a remote savannah dotted with small villages, tin-roofed mud huts and 800,000 people who drink bacteria-laden water. Most of the villages get their water from murky-brown surface water sources known as dugouts.
Living in a Material World
Oct 17, 2016
Sustainability is a broad term, and not every environmental or social issue belongs on the board agenda. But when an environmental or social issue has the potential to affect corporate revenue and earnings in the short and long term, sustainability absolutely should be on the table.
Rethinking ‘Infrastructure’ to Protect California’s Water Future
Oct 17, 2016
The California Water Commission’s draft regulations for water storage projects is nearly complete but it looks like the commission may miss an important opportunity to allow groundwater basins to play a role in water resilience, writes Kirsten James of Ceres.
Q&A With Monika Freyman: 'This Market Will Continue To Evolve Quickly'
Oct 14, 2016
Ceres is launching a new Q&A series as part of its Clean Trillion campaign aimed at elevating clean energy investments globally by an additional $1 trillion a year in order to minimize damaging climate change impacts. The series will focus on investment thought leaders who are paving the way in this fast-growing space. Today’s interview is with Monika Freyman, director of Investor Initiatives, Ceres’ Water Program about the launch of a new ‘green’ standard for water bonds.
California’s New Water Data Law Will Have Far-Reaching Benefits
Oct 11, 2016
California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill in September that will help collect and share water data, which will aid the water transfer market and implementation of groundwater law.