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‚Äôs 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…