Countries with More Women Leaders Pass More Climate Laws, New Research

Women may be better equipped to fight climate change. New research has found that the more gender-equal a country’s government is the more likely it is to pass climate laws. Using the Climate Change Laws of the World database, managed by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (2020), and the United…

Creating Green Communities Leads to Better Health

Creating Green Neighborhoods Leads to Better Health Whether you are an environmentalist, or simply enjoy walking outside amongst the trees, you probably already know being outdoors makes you feel better.  But did you know it is not just a feeling – it is science: green space and tree coverage have a proven and positive association…

The Origins of the Global Awareness of Sustainability

Looking back: The Origins of the Global Awareness of Sustainability This blog post originally appears on Greenisms.com.  Kevin Bolland is the Founder of Greenisms and is an amazing storyteller, environmentalist, and lives in sunny Orange, California.  This the first of 2 posts on the history of environmental action in America.   If I had asked you…

5 Pandemic-Smart Ways to Celebrate Earth Day this Weekend

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While usual community and volunteer activities will have to wait, here are 5 pandemic-smart actions you can take for the Earth from your home. 1. Plant a tree. If digging a hole in your yard  is not feasible, donate to One Tree Planted. One-dollar plants one tree -it doesn’t…

Sustainable Business 101: What is Materiality?

395 of S&P 500 companies (78%) issue sustainability reports each year and organizational leaders are often looking for ways to encourage employees to participate in environmentally friendly practices.  One way to link organizational goals to employee behaviors is to focus on materiality.  What is Materiality? Materiality goes beyond listing company values and compliance statements, but…

Plastics: The Good and the Ban

On December 9, 2019, the Honolulu City Council voted 7-2 to ban plastic straws and polystyrene foam food containers. Is it time to ban single-use plastics for good?  This working paper takes a look at trends in regulations. Plastics are used in a number of products that help generate renewable energy through solar panels and…

Incorporating transportation justice and climate action.

Renewable energy and decreasing vehicle reliance on fossil fuels will play a large part in reducing Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions. While the overall reduction in greenhouse gases will benefit all Coloradans, increasing access to public transportation also increases upward social mobility.  Transportation justice and climate action go hand-in-hand.  

Gluten-free sustainable food choices.

Eating habits have an environmental cost associated with crop cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, preparation, and waste.  One eating habit that has changed significantly in the past decade is the growth of gluten-free diets. While Thanksgiving would not be completed without mashed potatoes and gravy, perhaps it is time to add a side of quinoa? 

Should we be eating microplastic?

Microplastics are present in the air, water, and soil, and they infiltrate the food we eat every day.   However, the health impacts of inadvertently consuming plastic are still largely unknown. This paper explores two questions: First, where is microplastic present in food and water supplies.  Second, what studies have linked health concerns and the microplastics…