Sustainability Corner

Articles and commentary regarding our path to greater sustainability

Earth Day at 44: Confessions of a climate accepter and community builder

Earth Day turns 44 years old today. From the first celebration in the United States on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has grown into one of the largest observed holidays in the world, as organizers estimate more than 1 billion people participate in nearly 200 countries each year. Suzanne Burnes, executive director of GCN member Sustainable Atlanta, celebrates Earth Day 2014 by taking stock of how the environmental landscape has changed in 44 years and by noting that transformative environmental change for our planet can be strengthened by building community based on positive behavior rather than driven by guilt. Read more >>

Sustainable Economic Growth Initiative

Early in 2011, the Metro Atlanta Chamber convened a task force of business leaders and community partners to identify sustainability-related economic development opportunities in metro Atlanta. With the pro-bono assistance of McKinsey and Company, the Sustainable Economic Growth Initiative (SEGI) has produced a report recommending strategies for growing jobs in the clean tech and sustainability sectors over the next five years. Read more >>

The Future of Cities (and why marketers should care)

If you ask demographers, they’ll tell you we’re at an exciting tipping point. For the first time ever, more people live in cities than not. In the last century, cities’ populations grew ten-fold, from about 250 million to more than 2.8 billion. By 2050, when the world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion, more than 6 billion of those people will live in cities. Think about that: in the next 30 years, two of every three people born will live in cities.

ARC State of the Region Breakfast

Nearly 1,000 participants gathered for the 2010 ARC State of the Region breakfast on November 5 to take stock in our Atlanta region and look ahead to new opportunities. Please check out the link above to videos of all the speeches, as well as the printed materials made available at the breakfast.

How Greener Shipping Can Make You More Green

Sustainable Atlanta Advisory Board President, Scott Wicker-VP of Sustainability and Corporate Plant Engineering for UPS, describes four simple things you can do to make your shipping operations truly green, earning more profit at the same time.

Legacy on the Land

Audrey and Frank Peterman have been pioneers in the green and conservation movement since 1995. They are among the leading experts on America's publicly-owned lands system. They are tenacious advocates for breaking the color barrier and integration of our natural treasures as a way for all Americans, including children, youth, adults and seniors regardless of ethnic heritage to better appreciate our collective history and achieve a truly democratic society. Audrey's journalistic abilities are apparent in Legacy on the Land as she so vividly describes their adventures from the east to the west coast in the national parks.

UPS Among Top 10 on Climate Innovation Index

UPS has been ranked No. 9 among the Top 100 global companies selected for the first-ever Climate Innovation Index by Maplecroft, a UK-based research and consulting company that reports on sustainability-related risks