For businesses dependent on high foot traffic, location is everything. It’s much the same out on the water, where finding the right spot can make all the difference for commercial and recreational fishermen alike.
Institute to Drive Capital Toward Investments Supporting Global Sustainability and Advance Innovation and Scholarship to Broaden Market-Based Approach
Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman announced the establishment of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The Institute will build on Morgan Stanley’s ongoing work to advance market-based solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges, operating from the foundational principle that sustainable investment can only achieve significant scale by attracting a broad range of private sector capital. Through product innovation, thought leadership and scholarship aimed at expanding opportunities for sustainable investing, the Institute will seek to drive capital toward investments promoting sustainable economic growth.
For World Food Day, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank Shares Six Ways in Which Family Farmers Contribute to the Health of People and the Planet
On October 16th, World Food Day will call attention to the crucial role that family farmers play in creating a more sustainable global food system – and it couldn’t come at a more opportune time. As the global population approaches nine billion by the year 2050, nourishing the world and preserving diminishing environmental resources presents a daunting challenge.
Recently, I wrapped up co-producing and hosting a Mountainfilm on Tour stop in Atlanta. It was a great event that spanned two nights of film screening for adults and a family matinee entitled “Kidz Kino.” The tour stop offered us an opportunity to introduce Morgan Stanley’s Investing with Impact platform to attendees. The response has been overwhelming and we are looking forward to packing the Plaza Theater next year.
Several companies are doing everything they can to get your business. They will use all sorts of tactics, so it is important that you decide what traits matter most to you. Hopefully, one business characteristic that you care about is whether a company is eco-friendly or not. But how can you find out if a company is doing what’s best for the environment? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you decipher if your favorite brand is helping our earth be a better place.
Natural resource conservation is paramount to the ongoing strength of our nation. Healthy soil contributes to agricultural productivity. Healthy forests clean our water and air. Vibrant waterways are critical for our health, for transportation and for trade. Investments into conservation spur job growth and community development, particularly in rural areas.
These days, it seems like everyone agrees that humanity's dependence on fossil fuels isn't a very good thing. In addition to the harmful gases that the act of burning of fossil fuels regularly releases into the atmosphere, there is also the pressing issue of sustainability. After all, earth's oil reserves aren't going to last forever, and when they start to run dry, we're going to need an alternative energy source that is sustainable, renewable, and above all, clean.
Editor's Note: This op-ed was shared with Southeast Green through the British Consulate-General in the Southeast US.
The UK Met Office is a key contributor to the IPCC Assessment Reports
We are living in a changing world. 2012 was among the ten warmest years on record – continuing the long-term trends we have seen in our changing and varying climate. As carbon dioxide levels continue to climb, these changes are not just confined to global temperatures. Keeping sight of the bigger picture shows evidence of a changing world in rising sea levels, melting Arctic sea ice, and shrinking ice sheets.
And this evidence is indisputable. Observations across the climate system, from land-based stations and ocean buoys to international satellites, show a warming planet. The fundamental physics is clear; carbon dioxide traps radiation and warms the planet. If we increase carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, temperatures will rise and a warmer world will be a more challenging place for us to live.
Electricity is generated using a variety of methods, some of which are sustainable and some which are not. Historically, electricity has powered homes, businesses, municipal power grids, vehicles, and more using fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. When these fossil fuels are burned to create electricity, carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, causing pollution that can lead to a variety of environmental problems. Because fossil fuels are formed from the remains of once living organisms, their supply will one day be depleted. Acting on this, developing technologies in alternative energy are becoming more readily available for electricity generation. Solar, wind, and water are just a few of these renewable resources. Renewable sources are able to restore themselves quickly and have little to no impact on the environment, making them more sustainable solutions.
Ever since the advent of large-scale electricity generation scientists and engineers have been looking for cleaner and more efficient methods of power generation. A century ago, coal-fired power plants were the most prevalent source of electricity, and are still a major source of energy for countries all around the world. But modern day concerns for the environment, as well as tightening budgets, have forced cities and energy companies alike to pursue alternative sources of energy.