Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Doing the right thing” versus the bottom line

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Meaghan Farrell
Strategic Consulting

Where does the intersection occur between “doing the right thing” and making a positive impact on a company’s bottom line? It can be very challenging to attain senior leadership support without proving that a sustainability program will have significant cost savings and/or increased revenue, especially in an economic downturn.

But what about doing the right thing for the… Read More

Categories: Sustainability.

Rio+20 – Cities as Major Sustainability Players

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Dana Galiyeva, Consultant
Upstream Sustainability Services

One of the most successful events at Rio+20 was the side event on Leadership in Green Buildings, where Japan announced its initiative Future Cities We Want– an international platform for linking and spreading sustainable cities around the world to provide mutual support including capacity building for city leaders and technical assistance from advanced cities… Read More

Categories: EMEA, Sustainability.

BASE London 2012

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Matthew Tippett, Director
EMEA Upstream Sustainability Services

I was on the panel for a session entitled “Commercial Property – shape the debate – engagement, value and risk” at the conference BASE London on Thursday 21 June. The interactive session included delegate voting – where it emerged that 75% thought that building owners had the prime responsibility for engagement and co-ordination between owner-occupier… Read More

Categories: EMEA, Sustainability.

Rio+20 – Greening the Real Estate Market through Policy

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Marion Boulicault
Research Associate at the Envionmental Law Institute

“The real estate market has a very significant role to play in sustainability” according to Paola Deda, Chief of the Forestry and Timber Section at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). On June 21, she spoke at a Rio+20 side event titled Greening the Real Estate Market: The Development of… Read More

Categories: EMEA, Sustainability.

Rio+20 – Cities Play Key Role in Sustainable Development

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Posted by:
Marion Boulicault
Research Associate at the Envionmental Law Institute

Cities are the cradle of innovation and discovery,” announced Professor Nick Robinson ofPaceUniversity’sSchoolofLaw, speaking at the Rio+20 Colloquium on Environmental Law & Justice. He emphasized the increasing importance of the urban environment in sustainable development.  By 2025, it is projected that 70% of the world population will be living in urban areas. As such,… Read More

Categories: EMEA, Sustainability.