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Commitment to sustainability: Nothing new for ranchers - Beef Magazine

By Sara Place

You’ve heard it before – we have a growing world population that will reach over 9 billion by 2050, but we don’t have an ever-expanding amount of land. As a result, we need to do more with less. This core issue is at the heart of current concerns about “sustainability,” but sustainability is nothing new in American agriculture.

Related: 7 ranching operations awarded top honors for stewardship, sustainability

In November 1909, Henry P. Armsby, a father of modern animal nutrition and member of the National Academies of Sciences, delivered an address in Chicago as the president of the newly formed “American Society of Animal Nutrition,” the current American Society of Animal Science. Armsby began his address outlining the prevailing predictions of a growing human population, stating “…it would be foolish in the extreme to close our eyes to the fact that the intensity of...


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France leads on food sustainability, Australia lags - Gourmet Traveller Magazine Australia

The Economist releases their annual index focused on the future of food.

This week The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), with France taking out the top spot and Australia coming in at number 14. The FSI - now in its second year - paints a picture of how many people have access to good food, the environmental cost of that access, and how that's expected to change in the future.

Thirty-four countries were assessed on 58 food sustainability criteria falling under three main categories: nutritional health, how sustainably agricultural land is managed and the steps being taken to reduce food waste.

Australia's place towards the middle of the list reflects our struggles as a nation with obesity and poor diet, inaction on climate change and a lack of crop diversity in farming. These were balanced by positive scores for overall quality of life, a...


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Electric vehicles dominate sustainability awards - Australasian Transport News


European Transport Prize for Sustainability see MAN and Mercedes-Benz take major gongs as Volkswagen takes van title

Electric vehicles dominate sustainability awards

MAN Truck & Bus receives its award (left to right): Susanne Stephan, media consultant at Transport; Felix Kybart, head of alternative drives, MAN Truck & Bus AG; Christopher Kunstmann, CFO, MAN Truck & Bus Germany; and Bert Brandenburg, director of Huss-Verlag.

Electric propulsion was to the fore in the latest European Transport Award for Sustainability.

MAN’s conventional-looking eTruck, Mercedes-Benz’s futuristic eTruck rigid and Volkswagen’s e-Crafter took out the major awards, while BPW Group also got into the act with its eTransport electrically driven axle.

The European Transport Prize for Sustainability is awarded every two years by German media enterprise Huss-Verlag and industry publication Transport, and is aimed at strengthening...


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Revisiting EY Centre: A sustainable sandstone tower on the Sydney shoreline - Architecture and Design

It’s been over a month since the Sustainability Awards winners were announced, but our winning projects – selected from a competition jury of some of the industry’s most knowledgeable voices – are still receiving accolades the world over.

A few weeks ago, the 2017 Sustainability Awards Commercial winner was chosen to represent the country within one of the world’s most revered architecture awards programs, the World Architecture Festival (WAF). EY Centre at 200 George Street, Sydney received a highly commended prize within the festival’s Office category. Designed by FJMT and developed by Mirvac, the 37-storey skyscraper was recognised for its twin achievements of design quality and sustainability merit.

FJMT’s design for the multi-million-dollar office project consisted of two overlapped round towers with a timber and glass façade. Completed in 2016, the EY Centre represented the...


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Avid embraces EnviroDevelopment as consumers switch onto sustainability - The Fifth Estate

Rising energy and water bills are making home buyers more interested in sustainability, according to Avid Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper.

“The latest bills concentrate people’s minds on energy and water,” he says.

It might not always be the primary decision driver when purchasing property, but it is an important part of many people’s decision-making now, he says.

Bruce Harper

The developer, previously Investa Land, has made sustainability a focus across all its communities, recently achieving UDIA EnviroDevelopment certification across its entire portfolio of masterplanned residential projects.

UDIA Queensland chief executive Marina Vit says it is the first developer to have its entire active project portfolio rated with the tool.

“It is a significant achievement for a single developer to receive EnviroDevelopment certifications across its current portfolio...


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The Future Economy Project: Advice from Sustainability Experts - Harvard Business Review

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Harvard Business Review interviewed the CEOs and other business leaders who signed up to the Future Economy Project, our initiative spotlighting businesses’ sustainability agendas. We then virtually convened the project’s advisers for a roundtable discussion about what they viewed as the major issues raised in the interviews, and their own counsel for executives wishing to create long-term value through a sustainable business agenda. The discussion with Michael Toffel and Rebecca Henderson of Harvard Business School, Tensie Whelan of NYU’s Stern School of Business, and Andrew Winston of Winston Eco-Strategies has been condensed and edited for clarity.

HBR: Of the interviews, what jumped out at you?

mike-toffel-answer2Toffel:  I thought Paul Polman was spot-on when he was breaking down the challenge of corporate sustainability into tactical and systemic issues....


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The unlikely new mascot for travel sustainability - Travel Weekly


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France named Europe's top country for food sustainability thanks to ... - The Independent

A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability.

Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five in an index published the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which graded 34 nations based on food waste, environment-friendly agriculture and quality nutrition.

It is “unethical and immoral” to waste resources when hundreds of millions go hungry across the world, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said at the launch of the Food Sustainability Index 2017 on Tuesday.

“We are all responsible, every person and every country,” he said in the Italian city of Milan, according to a statement.

One third of all food produced worldwide, 1.3 billion tons per year, is...


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How does IKEA Australia approach sustainability? - Business Review Australia

Almost 1% of all commercially harvested wood goes into IKEA products. But it’s trying to change this with an impressive 2020 goal of 100% renewable energy, producing as much as it consumes in operations, and that its wood, paper and cardboard will be sourced 100% sustainably.

Leading the its Australian stores into the future is Dr Kate Ringvall, IKEA Australia’s Country Manager Sustainability, who has had an esteemed environmental career for more than 20 years, including at Local and Federal Government levels.

“Having come from outside of IKEA, I've had a really good insight into what makes us different,” says Dr Ringvall, who relocated from Perth to Sydney in February for the role. “And the key is that sustainability has been at the very kernel and DNA of IKEA since its inception.”

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Sustainable clothing: A simple success story - The Sydney Morning Herald

Dave Fraser, owner and founder of men's clothing label Mr Simple, thinks all clothing brands "should just be sustainable".

"I definitely don't want to bang the drum that we are some sort of hippie label from Byron Bay," he says.

David Fraser started Mr Simple out of his store on Brunswick Street in Melbourne. David Fraser started Mr Simple out of his store on Brunswick Street in Melbourne. Photo: Supplied

"It shouldn't be something you have to make as a big sale pitch – it potentially should be taken for granted even though there are a lot of brands out there making questionable products."

Mr Simple considers itself a "responsible company", with around 80 per cent of its range using organic and recycled fabrics – namely organic cotton and swim shorts made from recycled water bottles.

The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay is a 200-square-metre Mr Simple concept store with a barber shop inside. The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay is a 200-square-metre Mr Simple concept store with a barber shop inside. Photo: Supplied

Perhaps Fraser's focus on sustainability is...


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LINC Housing Honored with the 2017 Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability - GlobeNewswire (press release)

ET | Source: LINC Housing

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last night, LINC Housing was honored with the fourth annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability from the Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood. The award, with its $25,000 grant, recognizes community-based and non-profit organizations working to advance sustainability and environmental awareness. LINC's work is highlighted in the December issue of Hanley Wood's Builder magazine.

LINC Housing, one of California’s most productive nonprofit developers of affordable housing, is grounded in the realization that with the escalating price of land, certain segments of the population would be left behind with no hope to own or even rent a place to live: retired teachers and service sector personnel and young working families in both California’s urban and rural...


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LINC Housing Honored with the 2017 Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability - GlobeNewswire (press release)

ET | Source: LINC Housing

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last night, LINC Housing was honored with the fourth annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability from the Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood. The award, with its $25,000 grant, recognizes community-based and non-profit organizations working to advance sustainability and environmental awareness. LINC's work is highlighted in the December issue of Hanley Wood's Builder magazine.

LINC Housing, one of California’s most productive nonprofit developers of affordable housing, is grounded in the realization that with the escalating price of land, certain segments of the population would be left behind with no hope to own or even rent a place to live: retired teachers and service sector personnel and young working families in both California’s urban and rural...


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LINC Housing Honored with the 2017 Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability - GlobeNewswire (press release)

ET | Source: LINC Housing

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last night, LINC Housing was honored with the fourth annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability from the Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood. The award, with its $25,000 grant, recognizes community-based and non-profit organizations working to advance sustainability and environmental awareness. LINC's work is highlighted in the December issue of Hanley Wood's Builder magazine.

LINC Housing, one of California’s most productive nonprofit developers of affordable housing, is grounded in the realization that with the escalating price of land, certain segments of the population would be left behind with no hope to own or even rent a place to live: retired teachers and service sector personnel and young working families in both California’s urban and rural...


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APP Sinar Mas wins SBA award for its sustainability efforts - Jakarta Post

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas recently won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Energy Management.

The award was handed over directly by National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. During the awards ceremony, the minister said the company had fulfilled the standards of sustainable business practices thanks to its use of sustainable energy resources.

"We welcome this award and are grateful for it. The appreciation and external evaluation we have received is part of our Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target that aims at economic growth while still prioritizing sustainable business practices," said Elim Sritaba, APP Sinar Mas' director of sustainability.

.. (Photo: Courtesy of Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas/.)

APP Sinar Mas has also won similar awards in previous years. It won an SBA in the category of Strategy and...


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APP Sinar Mas wins SBA award for its sustainability efforts - Jakarta Post

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas recently won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Energy Management.

The award was handed over directly by National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. During the awards ceremony, the minister said the company had fulfilled the standards of sustainable business practices thanks to its use of sustainable energy resources.

"We welcome this award and are grateful for it. The appreciation and external evaluation we have received is part of our Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target that aims at economic growth while still prioritizing sustainable business practices," said Elim Sritaba, APP Sinar Mas' director of sustainability.

.. (Photo: Courtesy of Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas/.)

APP Sinar Mas has also won similar awards in previous years. It won an SBA in the category of Strategy and...


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APP Sinar Mas wins SBA award for its sustainability efforts - Jakarta Post

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas recently won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Energy Management.

The award was handed over directly by National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. During the awards ceremony, the minister said the company had fulfilled the standards of sustainable business practices thanks to its use of sustainable energy resources.

"We welcome this award and are grateful for it. The appreciation and external evaluation we have received is part of our Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target that aims at economic growth while still prioritizing sustainable business practices," said Elim Sritaba, APP Sinar Mas' director of sustainability.

.. (Photo: Courtesy of Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas/.)

APP Sinar Mas has also won similar awards in previous years. It won an SBA in the category of Strategy and...


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This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

Remember this time last year, when we couldn’t wait for 2016 to end and half-joked that it was the worst year ever? Let’s just say we spoke too soon. This was arguably a worse year across the board, but here’s the silver lining: 2017 also became a stage for certain causes to shine, including sustainability in fashion, which is the second-most polluting industry in the world. Maybe it’s the looming threat of climate change, which seems bleaker by the day, or the fact that people, in general, are demanding more information in every part of their lives, from the crackpot administration to the stuff they’re spending money on.

Until a few years ago, sustainability rarely came up in the greater fashion conversation, but in 2017, you’d be an outlier if you weren’t paying attention. Some designers have given their production cycles a rethink, others are reducing their carbon footprint, and...


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Read more: This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

Remember this time last year, when we couldn’t wait for 2016 to end and half-joked that it was the worst year ever? Let’s just say we spoke too soon. This was arguably a worse year across the board, but here’s the silver lining: 2017 also became a stage for certain causes to shine, including sustainability in fashion, which is the second-most polluting industry in the world. Maybe it’s the looming threat of climate change, which seems bleaker by the day, or the fact that people, in general, are demanding more information in every part of their lives, from the crackpot administration to the stuff they’re spending money on.

Until a few years ago, sustainability rarely came up in the greater fashion conversation, but in 2017, you’d be an outlier if you weren’t paying attention. Some designers have given their production cycles a rethink, others are reducing their carbon footprint, and...


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Read more: This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

Remember this time last year, when we couldn’t wait for 2016 to end and half-joked that it was the worst year ever? Let’s just say we spoke too soon. This was arguably a worse year across the board, but here’s the silver lining: 2017 also became a stage for certain causes to shine, including sustainability in fashion, which is the second-most polluting industry in the world. Maybe it’s the looming threat of climate change, which seems bleaker by the day, or the fact that people, in general, are demanding more information in every part of their lives, from the crackpot administration to the stuff they’re spending money on.

Until a few years ago, sustainability rarely came up in the greater fashion conversation, but in 2017, you’d be an outlier if you weren’t paying attention. Some designers have given their production cycles a rethink, others are reducing their carbon footprint, and...


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Read more: This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights Here - Vogue.com

The Future Economy Project: Advice from Sustainability Experts - Harvard Business Review

fep-advisor-roundtable-main
Mint Images – Art Wolfe/Getty Images

Harvard Business Review interviewed the CEOs and other business leaders who signed up to the Future Economy Project, our initiative spotlighting businesses’ sustainability agendas. We then virtually convened the project’s advisers for a roundtable discussion about what they viewed as the major issues raised in the interviews, and their own counsel for executives wishing to create long-term value through a sustainable business agenda. The discussion with Michael Toffel and Rebecca Henderson of Harvard Business School, Tensie Whelan of NYU’s Stern School of Business, and Andrew Winston of Winston Eco-Strategies has been condensed and edited for clarity.

HBR: Of the interviews, what jumped out at you?

mike-toffel-answer2Toffel:  I thought Paul Polman was spot-on when he was breaking down the challenge of corporate sustainability into tactical and systemic issues....


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