The US BCSD is headquartered in beautiful Austin, TX, and we’re happy to have some wonderful friends and colleagues around the city. If you’re in Central Texas, join Net Impact Austin for their June Green Drinks – Summer Celebration! Several community leaders will be in attendance at the event, including the US BCSD, which will take place from 6-8pm on Tuesday June 25th at Treehouse.
Net Impact Austin will be providing complimentary beer and cocktails, thanks to sponsors Full Sail Brewing and Treaty Oak Distilling. Several local sustainability and community leaders will be in attendance, giving you an opportunity to learn about their organizations, talk to them one on one, and celebrate their contributions to our community. This happy hour will also provide an opportunity to get to know Net Impact Austin and Austin Green Drinks board members. Honored guests include:
Lucia Athens – Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin Office of Sustainability
Sarah Forbes – President, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
Susan Fernandes – Director of Operations, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
John King – Executive Director of the Clean TX Foundation
Abbey Cunningham – Coordinating Chair – Emerging Professionals, U.S. Green Building Council
Janet Hale – Texas State University Net Impact Faculty
This project methodology is being introduced around the world. In May 2012, the US BCSD and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development initiated a BPS project in Hebei Province in northeast China. The Hebei BPS project is modeled after the US BCSD’s network of successful projects in regions across the United States and will address several objectives of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. Those include a 16 percent reduction in energy use per unit of GDP, a 17 percent reduction of CO2 emissions per unit of GDP, and an 8 percent absolute reduction in sulfur dioxide and organic water pollutants. Three to four dozen Chinese companies will be invited to join this network and are expected to produce synergies valued at US$5 million to $10 million in new revenues, savings and investments in 2013.
A message from Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development:
Let me start by wishing you a successful, inspiring and healthy 2013! It has been a year since I assumed the role of President at the WBCSD – a year that seems to have passed too quickly. I had the chance to meet many of you during my visits last year. I would like to thank those who participated in our Council Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, where we were honoured by the attendance of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Prime Minister of South Korea, Kim Hwang Sik and other senior officials from the host nation.
I concluded the meeting more convinced than ever that business has a leading role to play in tackling the issues that will define the future of humanity and this planet. I felt very encouraged that many of you share that sense of responsibility and that your companies are actively engaged in shaping our work programs. More
The US BCSD’s work in scaling up solutions to Vision 2050 was recently featured in the December 2012 issue of Business World Magazine. The article goes into detail on both trends and actions happening in each of our four focus areas that “build bridges between companies, sectors and with the public to establish alignment on this path to sustainability.”
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) $100,000 to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. This area in the northern Gulf of Mexico is known as the ‘dead zone.’ The funds will be used to develop a statewide nutrient reduction strategy for Louisiana which adopts strategic elements identified in action plans of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.
Hypoxia means low oxygen and is primarily a problem in coastal waters. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is an area of hypoxic waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Its area varies in size, but can cover up to 6,000 to 7,000 square miles. The zone occurs between the inner and mid-continental shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico, beginning at the Mississippi River delta and extending westward to the upper Texas coast. The dead zone is caused by nutrient enrichment from the Mississippi River, particularly nitrogen and phosphorous.
Because of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Louisiana Legislature restructured the state’s Wetland Conservation and Restoration Authority to form the CPRA. The CPRA is the single state entity with authority to articulate a clear statement of priorities and to focus development and implementation efforts to achieve comprehensive coastal protection for Louisiana.
What’s helping us achieve a sustainable world and how do we scale it, brought close to 100 US BCSD and WBCSD members, government, academic and NGO colleagues, and other sustainability thought leaders to Yale University’s Center for Business and the Environment on June 27-28, 2012. The working agenda stressed collaboration first and foremost in defining directions to reach a sustainable world in which nine billion people can live well and within the planet’s resources by 2050.
Meeting attendees worked on partnerships, synergies and productive work outcomes that combined US BCSD regional implementation strategies with the WBCSD’s global Vision 2050 sustainability pathway. Over two days, attendees discussed examples of successful activities already under way to achieve Vision 2050 “must haves” and sought out ways to help articulate, acknowledge and scale those activities. They then joined forces in an innovation workshop aimed at seeking out and encouraging step changes towards the Vision 2050 in the US. Interspersed in this engaging group discussion were presentations and panels from sustainability thought leaders focusing on new financing mechanisms, organizational design, new collaboration opportunities, and examples of groundbreaking innovations highlighted in the breakout group pages below.
Thanks to everyone who made it to Yale University for our joint US BCSD and WBCSD-US Spring Meeting 2012. The meeting was a resounding success; and we’re excited about the new innovations, connections, and momentum we’ll be able to carry into our regional sustainability efforts going forward. Look for a full meeting summary, video content, photos and stories to be posted shortly.
Joseph Fiksel (Ohio State University) leads an Ecosystems breakout group with Claude Griffin (Shell), Ted Lawson (Veolia), and others.
The US BCSD and the WBCSD-US invite you to join us at Yale University in New Haven, CT on June 27th and 28th for our Spring Meeting 2012.
This highly interactive meeting has been designed to catalyze collaboration to advance the WBCSD’s Vision 2050, a framework to enable a sustainable world in which nine billion people can live well, and within the planet’s resources by 2050.
The meeting agenda is designed around tackling four foundational elements of the WBCSD’s Vision 2050 pathway: Sustainable Consumption, Energy, Water, and Ecosystem Services. Engage with your peers in interactive discussions to define pathways to accelerate scaling and implementation of proven solutions; and develop breakthrough, innovative approaches. And find out from experts how to address common barriers to operationalizing sustainability including: organizational design, financing, innovation and disruption, and collaboration.