Those of you that attended out last Annual Meeting earlier this month heard a great presentation by Mandar Apte, Global Partnerships Director at Media Rise, on the power of storytelling and meaningful media to accelerate social change. For those that are interested, Media Rise is putting on two events in the near future, Early Rise DC on February 27th and Early Rise Austin on March 7th.
- Media Rise is excited to launch “Early Rise 2014,” a worldwide series of morning mixers for people committed to inspiring media for social good. Our first event will be held in Washington, D.C.
- Join us for an inspiring talk, meditation and networking over healthy breakfast & coffee.
- Mix & mingle with storytellers, designers, activists, business leaders & educators who share your passion & energy for meaningful media.
- Get inspired by changemakers who use media effectively to accelerate social transformation at the individual & community level.
Visit their website at http://www.mediarisenow.com/early-rise-2014/ for more information and to register.
A huge thanks goes out to all our members, colleagues and friends who braved the chilly weather to join us at our Annual Meeting last week. The two-day event was a resounding success, thanks in large part to your enthusiastic participation. Keep an eye out for our post-meeting report!
This panel of global thought leaders, who met at the Yale School of Management’s Business + Society Conference on January 10th, explored the private sector’s role in protecting and enhancing the human and natural systems that provide the energy, water, food, land, and wide range of other goods and services upon which we all rely. Read more.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) are working together to create a new Nutrient Management Strategy for the state of Louisiana. Their purpose is to manage nitrogen and phosphorous to protect and restore water quality in Louisiana’s inland and coastal waters – using incentives and voluntary action to get there.
The task force released a review draft of the strategy in December 2013, calling on numerous state and federal agencies and stakeholders from the watershed to play a part in implementing the strategy.
The US BCSD’s Water Synergy Project is highlighted for proactively addressing nutrient management issues and is cited for providing input to the Louisiana Statewide Nutrient Management Strategy. The project’s focus on stakeholder engagement, voluntary action, and cross-sector collaboration provided examples of nutrient management efforts already at work.
Implementation of the multi-component strategy includes creating river diversions, using best management practices and conservation practices at non-point sources, promoting wetland assimilation at point sources, providing incentives to practice stewardship, taking advantage of opportunities to leverage current efforts, and utilizing new science-based technologies and applications.
The state of Louisiana is currently accepting comment on the review draft of the strategy through January 31, 2014. To view the draft yourself, visit http://www.lanutrientmanagement.org/. For more information on the Louisiana Water Synergy Project, visit http://water-synergy.org/.
US BCSD Member General Motors’ 110th Landfill-free property is a big one: 5.5 million square-feet, 12,000 office workers, 3,000 daily visitors, with a 73-floor hotel. The Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan is no longer sending any waste to the dump. The Detroit Free Press reports,
“From our CEO all the way across the organization, every single person plays a role in this project,” said John Bradburn, GM’s waste reduction manager and US BCSD Chairman. Purging waste from the RenCen bedeviled GM’s environmental sustainability officials for a time. For example, the hotel needed to find a way to address mattresses. The automaker collaborated with 11 other RenCen corporate tenants — including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan — as well as 27 retailers and 20 restaurants. “It’s a very, very diverse site,” Bradburn said. “For us to get this done, we needed to get everybody’s buy-in — and we were very pleased to know when we sat down with the various retailers and businesses in there, they were very enthused about doing this.” (Source)
Our colleagues at the WBCSD produced this short video on why your business should account for Natural Capital. Learn more at http://www.pitchfornature.com/. Want to take action on Natural Capital? Attend our Business Ecosystems Training on December 4th in Columbus, Ohio. Visit bet-us.org for more information and to register.