Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Industry Culture: Challenges to the Successful Implementation of Innovative Change A Weippert, SL KajewskiINTRODUCTIONOver the past decade, the word ‘culture’ has dominated the thinking of manymanagers and become an integral part of their everyday language.
If you have never sat in a premium seat in Yankee Stadium—well, turns out you’re in good company.
Controversy that started back in February culminated in Twittery goodness last week when #Ihaveneversatinapremiumlocation began trending.
The uproar started when New York Yankee COO Lonn Trost, in a misguided attempt to explain the newest front on his war with StubHub, indicated that those who buy premium seats should not be forced to sit next to StubHub-patronizing riff raff. If you’re unfamiliar with the subculture that surrounds America’s pastime, you’re likely wondering, “Is there really a wrong way to place your baseball-loving butt in an overpriced ballpark seat?” The answer, of course, would be yes. While this Red Sox fan would like to believe that Trost’s brand of snobbery is somehow unique to the Evil Empire, it’s not.
The appeal of such an arrangement is obvious: a homogeneous group is organic and easy to please. Sense and Sustainability is a podcast devoted to exploring the diversity of perspectives on issues of sustainable development. If you live in New York City, you’ve likely heard about the pending (and temporary) closure of the L-train.
This past Thursday, the Mass Transit Authority (MTA) held a public hearing in Manhattan, in the theater of an old Salvation Army building on 14th St (the week prior saw a public hearing in Brooklyn.) Perhaps due to the heightened media attention, the majority of the audience was from the press, journalists filing around the rows, asking residents what their thoughts were. However, Hakim explained that the longer the city waits to operate, the more likely it is that unplanned closures might occur.
But, as Hakim noted, “The best option is to connect you to a subway.” It is quite simply the only mode of transportation that can meet the commuting needs of New Yorkers.
For the majority of the public hearing, panelists responded to question cards from the audience regarding expectations and concerns. The city is expected to make its decision and sign a contract with an independent contractor in the next few months. That work has not come without significant local opposition, as a recent Atlantic profile detailed.  But while the discussion of local opposition to Tompkins is well fleshed out, the article glosses over the potential benefits that conservation could have for these communities, only mentioning the employment opportunities once. Trees will be the first of five major goals organizers are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. Located in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy, the city of Venice and its lagoon was founded in the 5th century AD and became a maritime power in the 10th century. Being spread over 118 small islands makes Venice a unique place, and probably what makes this city so attractive.
During the winter months, Venice faces an annual high water phenomenon as a result of convergence of high tides and a strong south wind (sirocco) in the Venetian Lagoon; this is known as high water or Acqua alta. High water is a phenomenon that the City of Venice’s Administration seems to understand very well, which allows it to implement the right strategies to mitigate the effects. Faced with the challenge of increasing sea levels, the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport entrusted Consorzio Venezia Nuova with the MOSE project. The MOSE project will install 78 mobile steel gates laid at the bottom of the seabed at the three inlets – Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia – which connect Venice and the Lagoon with the Adriatic Sea. When a tide of more than 110m height is expected, compressed air is pumped into the foundation structure, rising up the barriers (floodgates) to the surface of the water to block the flow of the tide preventing water from going into the lagoon. In terms of cost, the estimated total investment for this monumental project is around €7bn ($8.8bn USD), which will be financed during the three installments of €450m ($568m USD), €709m ($896m USD) and €380m ($480m USD). As the barriers will be located in the open water inlets to the Venetian Lagoon, a number of concerns were raised by activist group about the environmental impact of the project. As Jim Titus, sea level rise expert at EPA’s Global Change Information Branch noted, “As the sea level rises, they’ll have to close the gates more…but if they do that, they’ll mess up the estuary”. Developing and implementing infrastructure projects at a large scale is a complex system that has to take into account many variables.
April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in recognition of the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Today remote sensing from space is a cost-effective way of obtaining unbiased and essential data on the physical world. As the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space put it at the opening of its annual meeting in Vienna, “Space-based information technologies must be fully integrated into the international efforts to overcome such challenges to sustainable development as climate change and food insecurity. The context, and a key cause, for this crisis, is the legal doctrine that dominates western US water law.
In the face of this, the farmers are petitioning the government to adopt their local plan, devised with input from Australian economist Mike Young from the University of Adelaide.
Eureka’s key innovation, which is inspired by Australia’s well-developed water markets, is to ‘unbundle’ the use of the water, from the entitlement to the water. But the extent of the crisis and the Diamond Valley irrigators’ enthusiasm present an opportunity for bold reform. If it goes well, this reform could spread to other basins ­– places with many more policy and environmental complexities. In response to the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh 2013,  Fashion Revolution was formed in hopes of educating the public about their individual clothing consumption. Organisations like Greenpeace focus on the environmental and health implications of the fashion industry, running simultaneous campaigns targeting companies that engage in environmentally unsafe practices. Since 2011 the Berlin fashion label Aluc, has hosted the very successful Upcycling Fashion Store monthly ‘stammtisch’ where they bring together the sustainable fashion community of Berlin. Since 2011, the Greenpeace detox campaign has encouraged brands such as H&M, Zara, Puma, and Nike to commit to eliminating the discharge of hazardous chemicals throughout the entire supply chain by 2020. Does this non-compliance from brands indicate that a significant proportion of the population care very little about the ecological and social issues surrounding the fashion industry? McNeill and Moore address the topic of sustainable consumption at the consumer level by investigating attitudes around sustainable fashion. Social Consumers’ claim to have a level of awareness regarding the environmental and social implications of their clothing choices, and thus could be deemed as ‘emergent’ sustainable fashion consumers. These three identified categories reinforce that consumers understanding and attitudes towards sustainable fashion differs greatly. Be realistic about taking the leap towards a more sustainable wardrobe: take one small step at a time. As with any industry, there are businesses that are working towards a more sustainable model and those that unfortunately prioritise profits. There was a subtle irony to an event on electronic consumption and waste taking place at The New School’s location on 5th Avenue. On Friday, March 11, students and community members gathered in a small auditorium for one of The New School’s thousands of events. The discussion opened with Prasad Boradkar, professor of industrial design at Arizona State University. Boradkar examined the notion of “conspicuous waste,” the flipped side of conspicuous consumption, which is manifested in all industries–from cars to washing machines to electronics. Throughout the discussion were questions of ‘responsibility.’ Who is responsible for ensuring that developing nations don’t shoulder the burden of getting rid of our waste? Despite the harmful effects, co-author of the installation Shaun Fynn was quick to say that, while consumers may think they are throwing away their devices, in truth, “nothing goes to waste.” Much of the electronics are recycled and refurbished to some extent, the materials melted down and sold back to the mineral markets, but the difference is that this process may not be as efficient or sustainable as it could be.
Outside in the lobby hung larger-than-life photographs of brown-skinned workers, processing heaps of rejected plastic and metal. While the disposal of e-waste can certainly improve and enhanced corporate sustainability is needed, the root of the issue is the fact that we are often ignore the side effects of our consumption. We are seeing extraordinary shifts across virtually every technology arena even though, in areas of large-fixed infrastructure (buildings, energy systems, etc.), it can sometimes be hard to see the change. With the breadth and pace of change in the energy market, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it is hard even for those pushing innovation to keep up with that pace of change.
Innovation is certainly a strong thematic in government energy policy discussions around the world. Building on this, four major ‘names’ (Arjun Majumdar (Stanford, first head of ARPA-E), John Deutch (MIT), George Shultz (former Secretary of State), and Norm Augustine (former Lockheed Martin CEO) have called for a major private-sector push for energy innovation.
Each Energy Innovation Entity would be supported by roughly 10 companies, each committing about $10 million a year for 10 years — a “10-10-10” mechanism. Embedded within the discussion, however, is an example of just how hard it can be for innovators to keep up with the pace of change.
A battery that costs less than $100 per kilowatt-hour with a lifetime of more than 1,000 cycles would be a game changer for offering affordable and reliable renewable electricity across the world. The Chevy Bolt, being built today, has batteries that General Motors is buying at $145 per kilowatt-hour capacity. With the rapid advances in battery density and rapidly lowering costs, the GM graphic above is likely pessimistic about what we will actually see in the market place.
That doesn’t take away from the author’s argument about the need for more investment in energy research however. On Thursday, 25 February 2016, GreenBuzz Berlin organized a panel discussion on ‘Germany’s Energy Transition’ under their Sustainability Panel event series. As a response to multiple demands, including the Fukishima nuclear reactor disaster of 2011, and a desire and need to be more environmentally friendly, Germany has made impressive strides in its energy transition. Across Germany, individuals, house hold owners, small businesses are increasingly installing solar systems in order to generate their own electricity and reduce their reliance on the national electricity grid. This model holds particular relevance for other countries of different geographic size, population or GDP, as a lack of energy generation continues to be a significant challenge for the entire African continent. The increased uptake and usage of various renewable energy solutions has, overall, resulted in the price of such solutions decreasing.
Increased uptake of such solutions will also inspire further innovations in the field which will likely result in added benefits for the user. Although great progress has been made in Germany and beyond, an opportunity still exists for further innovation at all stages of the energy value chain, to take place. Though many organisations can still find a way to innovate, operate and supply products or services to a market in economies despite an instable political environment, the establishment of a stable policy and regulatory environment is likely to generate more support for the transition to a more energy efficient economy.
While the government is not immune to policy criticisms, policy makers and regulators in Germany are actively encouraging citizens to generate their energy needs through renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels (although these still do represent a large component of Germany’s overall energy mix).
It is evident that both Germany and the rest of the world have a long way to go to fully transition to a more energy efficient economy. Leading financial firm JP Morgan has issued a new Environmental and Social Policy Framework document.
This 23 page document has 16 uses of the words “climate change.” And, reflecting this, the document lays out explicitly that how a firm once one of leading financiers of coal projects will accelerate its move beyond coal.
With this, JP Morgan has joined Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in creating ‘no go’ zones for coal as part of a shift toward climate aware financing.
To be clear, these financiers haven’t renounced coal entirely — but have created significant restrictions and guidance as to what is and isn’t acceptable coal-related investing (see pages 8-9).
JPMorgan Chase believes that balancing environmental and human rights issues with financial priorities is fundamental to sound risk management and a core part of corporate responsibility. Moving the financial markets and financial firms toward climate-sensible policies is critical to fostering a climate-friendly and prosperous future. This document is an interesting read, from the high-level objectives to the wording to enable their desired flexibility for financing that might conflict, in some manner, with those objectives.
As a global provider of financial advisory and lending services for clients in various sectors and geographies around the world, we recognize that our business decisions have the potential to impact surrounding communities and the environment. Protecting the natural systems which all life depends on while lifting people out of poverty and advancing economic development are among the greatest challenges confronting humanity. Obviously the leaders of global finance are not going to solve climate change on their own – especially without explicit financial incentive to do so. While the program is undeniably generous and while it will almost certainly help many of Starbucks’s employees, a number of commentators have pointed out that the program is actually less generous than it appears.  The tuition payments come primarily in the form of a significant initial discount (or scholarship) from ASU. As a response to this crisis, oil and gas companies have decided to reorganize their corporate structures and have started to cut down jobs. Fossil fuels contribute to the increase of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, one of the key greenhouse gases causing climate change. Last year, at the Convention of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), more than 150 heads of state and government gathered in Paris and proposed a global agreement to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions levels, promoting the transition to low-carbon economies and strategies that promote a global sustained development. Climate Change Action, in collaboration with the Climate Action Network, released an analysis report in 2015 showing that leading countries are spending 40 times more in fossil fuels subsidies than on clean energies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has also measured fossil fuel subsidies with the objective “to demonstrate the positive impacts that their removal would have in energy markets, climate change and distribution of government budgets.” In the IEA’s World Energy Outlook, the agency estimated that fossil fuel subsidies worldwide amounted to $439 billion USD in 2014. With the world in Paris, the attention was drawn to the imperative need to provide solutions to climate change from social, economic and environmental perspectives.
The positive impacts of cutting subsidies to fossil fuels are not limited to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The International Institute for Sustainable Development hosted a side event at COP21 where it provided examples of successful cases where economic resources from fossil fuel subsidy-budgets have been reallocated. Rather, it provides an overview based on acomprehensive literature review of ‘general’ industry organisation experiences,characteristics and cultural attributes towards implementing a cultural andtechnological driven change.


If you haven’t checked this out yet, you’re wasting your Internet life on cat memes and inspirational quotes superimposed over sunsets. Traditionalist fans tend to prioritize values that celebrate grudges and forgo showmanship. You could substitute “fog machine” for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume,” and you’d almost have an argument about the generational rift within the American church.
But while generational divisions are sometimes necessary and can be healthy, they don’t make us whole. That work is kingdom building, and it yields is diversity—an intentional communion that makes better, less comfortable, more devoted people—in life, in church, and yes, even in the stands. Though she's originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she currently lives in Blacksburg, VA with her husband, Matt, and son, Declan. Since January, when Gothamist leaked a report about the potential shutdown, the news spread like wildfire and New Yorkers vocalized widespread concerns over access and commuting availability. The panel event, entitled “Fix and Fortify: Sandy Recovery Work,” was aimed at helping affected residents understand the reasons for the shutdown, showing the proposed plans, and opening a dialogue surrounding potential solutions and asks on behalf of citizens. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe flooding in much of New York, including the underwater subway tunnels. In this scenario, trains would run between Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, as well as between Lorimer St. In this scenario, the L-train would not run in Manhattan or in the Canarsie tunnel at all, although there would be sustained service from Bedford Avenue to Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Commute times will surely go up, and as a result businesses in areas like Williamsburg may be affected. The MTA will be adding three new subway stations along the L-line, and some stations will receive upgrades to become more ADA-accessible. These questions dealt with everything from making certain stations more handicap-accessible, to the cost of taking a ferry, to what might become of the flower vendor in one of the stations.
The benefits are not limited to the small subset of individuals able to get jobs in the conservation projects. Today, the hard cider industry is exploding, but only as global temperatures and the threats climate change rise with profits. Organizers of Earth Day set up ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary. These initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage city, Venice treasures an infinite amount of culture and history and the city’s architectural masterpieces are simply extraordinary, not to forget the iconic gondolas strolling around the canals and the magnificent Piazza San Marco with its Basilica. But there is also the other side of Venice, the one exposing the high maintenance costs associated with the city being built over water: the cleaning of the canals, replacing construction materials disintegrating due to continuous exposure to the water, coping with the number of visitors per year, and of course the high tides.
High water typically affects the lowest parts of the town, such as Piazza San Marco, for usually 3 to 4 hours with exceptionally high tides (when the water-line is equal to or more than 140 centimeters) occurring once every 3 years.
However, as the sea levels rise due to climate change, Venice is under serious threat from being submerged by the Adriatic Sea. MOSE is an acronym for Experimental Electromechanical Module (in English), and its name in Italian alludes to the story of Moses parting the Red Sea.
The construction work began in 2003 with building and completing the 23,000 tonne concrete foundations and putting them into the lagoon.
Italy’s Green Party said that 453,000 meters cubed of the lagoon bed will be cleaned out and replaced with 8 million tons of brick and 700,000 tons of concrete, which would threaten the ecology of the lagoon, one of the Mediterranean’s most important wetlands. The environmentalists tried to address this with the Consorzio Venezia Nuova but a press release from their spokesperson Francesca De Pol, did not address the environmental assessment and consequences from the MOSE project and only referred that the city has endured high sea levels and this will not last for that long; therefore, the MOSE project was the right solution to this problem.
Projects such as MOSE, with a strong impact in the short and long terms must embed sustainable strategies that address challenges and provide solutions that bring about economic, social and environmental benefits. However, the construction of the MOSE project is a demonstration of the unavoidable changes that societies will have to make to adapt to a changed climate and the consequences associated with one. Decision makers use this information to understand trends, evaluate needs, and create sustainable development policies and programs in the best interest of all populations.
Located over 200 miles from Reno, down a stretch of highway known to travelers as the ‘loneliest road in America,’ it’s a quiet place. But what’s happening in this town could change the way communities and governments manage water throughout the American West. But as droughts and population growth continue to squeeze rivers and groundwater basins, these laws are getting in the way of much needed efficiency. For decades, groundwater consumption has dramatically outstripped the rate of recharge: the groundwater has essentially been mined. Traditionally, a farmer has a permit stating how much water can be extracted in absolute terms, what can be done with it, and where it can be used. In line with the need to reduce extraction, the total is slowly decreased over time until the lower, sustainable target is reached. There are plenty of problems to be ironed out: all farmers will need expensive new water meters, just to start. If Eureka can show that that ‘unbundled rights’ can drive economic efficiency and improved environmental outcomes, and that the rigid system imposed by the current, century-old, laws should be overturned, then farmers in in Diamond Valley will be growing much more than hay. More and more companies are choosing to modify their practices to comply with specific sustainable guidelines. The organization’s aim is to encourage consumers to be curious and develop a better understanding of who actually makes the clothes on our backs. They aim to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals through the production process and ultimately make the clothing safer to wear.
Trade events like the Green Fashion showroom and Ethical Fashion showroom, which take part in association with Berlin Fashion Week, highlight that, to some extent, sustainable fashion is being recognised. However, in the 2014 ‘Rank a Brand’ report they found that there is a discrepancy between companies’ formal agreements and their sustainable actions. This group typically gives little consideration or thought to any ethical or environmental problems involved in the fashion industry. Yet this group also believes that there are many barriers in fully accessing sustainable fashion, which could explain why their attitudes sometimes did not align with their purchasing choices. This group is aware of sustainable fashion practices and makes informed decisions dependent upon this information.
Even though some consumers can see the worth in moving away from current fast fashion practices, the perceived barriers towards a more sustainable wardrobe tend to dictate the lack of action by many consumers.
For one, big and small businesses alike might read into these findings and begin by enhancing transparency via social media and other avenues. Before buying new items, find out whether the brands are forthcoming with information about their clothing production. With the fashion industry being one of the biggest polluters in the world, our behaviour needs to change. After making a joke about the dedication of an audience willing to talk about electronic waste (or “e-waste”) on a Friday night, he projected a photo of Apple’s flagship store on 5th Avenue, its glass spiral staircase ascending towards the light in an almost cosmic fashion. Who is responsible for directing our ‘obsolete’ electronics towards recycling facilities, rather than trash heaps? Technology products become waste when deemed unusable by the consumers, but their actual lifespan extends far beyond this timeline. Singh characterized the e-waste supply chain as a “delicate ecosystem,” involving many participants.
One photo showed a pile of old desktop monitors stacked against a wall, their shapes wedged together like an M.C. With an ever-growing global population, mitigating waste in the first place is crucial in improving social and environmental sustainability. Whether solar PV or wind pricing, the ability to squeeze out efficiency in systems or battery capacity per pound, the pace of change in systems commercially available is often hard to comprehend. The announcement of the “billionaires’ club” Breakthrough Energy Initiative provided one of the major side elements of the COP21 in Paris. It is heavily focused on developing tomorrow’s options without mentioning today’s and it is not clear how combining corporations would sit with the existing firm’s corporate governance. The authors use, as their major example of where large-scale private business investment is required, battery technology. Guests from many sectors participated, including: Andreas Brabeck, Head of Politics for Grid and Distribution at RWE, Florian Simon, Key Account Manager at Naturstrom, Fabian Zuber, former Managing Director at Bundnis Burgerenergie and Senior Consultant in New Energy Markets at Bu?ro F, Dr. Although challenges still exist, many important lessons can be taken from the German case study and applied to other countries, both developed and developing. Typically, excess energy that the user generates can be sold to the national supplier by being fed back into the local or national electricity grid for an agreed price.
Many countries have also struggled to reliably transmit power to rural and remote locations at an affordable price. The more users that switch to renewable energy solutions, the cheaper the costs will become. Innovation could lead to improvements in many different areas including generation efficiency, life span of systems, energy storage and system protection against surges (from lots of wind or sunshine) as well as in energy payment techniques and systems. Start-ups in particular, are playing an increasingly important role in the German business environment and economy. Different solutions, products, distribution channels, funding and payment mechanisms will have to be invented or adapted to meet the needs of local markets. A stable environment can help attract new investment, organisations (including start-ups) and innovation while it can also generate ‘trust’ for the government. Different incentives, whether direct from the government or through renewable energy companies and operators, have been developed and provided to speed up the transition. One exception has been the creation of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPP) implemented by the South African government. Great progress has been made, more is expected, and innovation in the sector will continue with pace. Most notably, ‘green field’ coal mining is now to be treated like projects using child labor and those that endanger world heritage sites.
We recognize that the policies and practices we adopt today will shape not only our lives but also those of future generations. However, this report is just more evidence that makes it clear that even Wall Street is taking the threat of climate change seriously. The only requirement to receive the funding is that they complete the degree.  Remaining at Starbucks once the degree is finished is not necessary.
Starbucks has commented publicly that they are relying on their workers qualifying for, and receiving, federal Pell grants.
Hopefully other companies are inspired by Starbucks and make similar commitments to educating their staff. For instance, Royal Dutch Shell recently announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs including staff and contractor positions in 2015-2016. On the other, the oil crisis has deeper and more complex entanglements at national and international levels.
The 2014 report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have increased by 90% since 1970. The international attention that the climate change agenda received before and during COP21 put the oil and gas industry in the spotlight, in particular, attention was brought to the large national subsidies that it receives. However, in 2015 there was a decrease by $39 billion USD mainly impacted by the drop in oil prices. During COP21, the New Zealand Primer, Minister John Key, presented the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform to Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary. It would also release financial resources that could be allocated to social topics like education, health, infrastructure, air pollution reduction programs, and would also provide fair competition grounds for investments in renewable energy sources. KajewskiQueensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.ABSTRACTResearch indicates, one of the last available ‘mechanisms’ left for organisations toimprove their competitive position within an industry, is by considering its people(culture) along with its technology (Schein E. It is also part of an ongoing PhD investigation –identifying and analysing AEC industry organisation and project team membervalues, attitudes and beliefs, etc.
It’s the same attitude that criticizes players like Yasiel Puig  and Bryce Harper for bringing a style that emphasizes the entertainment aspects of sport. Nailing a guy with a ninety mile per hour fastball is fine, but flipping your bat on the heels of a homer is obviously crossing the line. Meanwhile, traditionalists will slap you with their baseball scorecards for introducing hashtags and Left Shark to their beloved, two-hundred-plus-year-old game. In her free time, Val enjoys writing, watching any and every Boston sporting event, and volunteering at Cambria Baptist Church.
However, although there has been plenty of speculation and misinformation, there has been little conversation about the proposed plans until recently.
Lines such as Greenpoint and Montague were severely flooded, but the flooding in the L-line’s Canarsie Tunnel was “hit especially hard,” as was articulated in the video.
In re-installing the cables, the plan is to use water-resistant submarine cables in the underwater tunnels, in order to be more resident to flooding in the future.
Residents had clearly done their homework, and officials took pains to explain exactly how necessary the closures would be, despite the huge inconvenience, and exactly how the city planned to use this opportunity to create a better transportation network.


What are the results of climate change on the apple and cider business and food production in general? Throughout its history, Venice has experienced high water, dating back to November 1927 and most recently in November 2012. Besides rising sea levels, the city also risks sinking because of the extraction of ground water and methane gas within the surroundings of the Venetian Lagoon.
The objective of the project is to protect the Venetian Lagoon from being submerged by the Adriatic Sea and to protect Venice from being flooded.
If there is no risk of flooding, the barriers will be filled with water and lowered into the seabed. Meanwhile, anodes protecting the gates from corrosion will release more than 10 tons of toxic zinc per year.
It is tough to find an equilibrium but with climate change altering the natural state of our ecosystems, there is no question that integrating sustainability is a must-go and must-do. The project also exposes an undeniable truth: that climate change is real and it seems to be catching up sooner than we thought.
The economic mainstay is the growing of hay, which takes place on the irrigated plains of the Diamond Valley surrounding the town. Secondly, they want set up an exchange that will allow them to trade unused portions of their own allocations, much like a cap-and-trade system for pollution control. This rigid, ‘bundled rights’ arrangement doesn’t leave much room for creativity or efficiency. Farmers would be free to apply all of their share to their fields, as per usual, or to save a portion of it – either for their own future use or to trade with their neighbors.
And older rights holders, who don’t want to face any cuts to their water entitlement, are going to grumble. Bodies such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) & Fair Wear give businesses the opportunity to attain certain environmental and social standards. Designers are also taking a stand, forming local communities of designers and sustainable fashion enthusiasts who meet regularly to discuss how they can contribute at the local level. It was reported that “a large number of the fashion brands researched create the impression that they are doing the right thing for sustainability, but then fail to produce relevant and tangible information about the action they are taking.” With only 10% of the brands investigated complying with agreements to a high level, why are brands not choosing to follow through with their commitments?
Inadvertently, these consumers’ nonchalant attitude toward the ethics in fashion could reinforce the big brands behaviour and lack of action. This group seemed to be concerned with how they were perceived by their peers and may be the most prone to being influenced by social media.
McNeill and Moore suggest that businesses would find this group the least appealing in terms of profits as they are the least likely to buy garments regularly. In the Rank a Brand report, they found that 63% of the researched brands had included information about sustainability on their websites, however according to the report it seems that only a small percentage of these companies are acting on their commitments. This change can happen and with the help of organisations such as Fashion Revolution and Greenpeace, we can continue to challenge the fast fashion model to move towards a more sustainable future. Inside, photos depicting piles of ‘obsolete’ electronics, being picked and sorted by the urban poor in the outskirts of Delhi, India. The panel was moderated by Rama Chorpash, director of the MFA Industrial Design at Parsons School Of Design. He spoke of the idea of object obsolescence–technological, planned, or simply psychological.
The problem is growing especially exponentially in India and China, where in the last seven years, e-waste has grown eight-fold. That fee goes from the place of purchase to the state budget, and helps fund efforts directed towards responsible disposal of electronics.
Singh argued that trying to force individuals and families out of the informal labor market of “waste picking” for the sake of their health would have serious economic effects. If designers and consumers both can lengthen their time horizons past the “use” phase of a product, the environment and its inhabitants will benefit.
And getting from there to $100 will be a challenge that we do not appear to be on the road to solving. But it is a good reminder that there are reasons to be optimistic about our ability to combat climate change. Commenting on this, Ulrike Hinz, a founding member of GreenBuzz Berlin and organiser of the panel discussion, says “Collaboration is key to a successful energy transition.
The use of decentralised systems – from basic models that can power a few lights and a charger to high tech models able to generate power for entire households and energy intensive devices like fridges and TVs – are a realistic and viable alternative option. A dramatic reduction in costs (at all levels from manufacturing to installation to maintenance) has already occurred in recent years and this is set to continue.
The greater the cost reduction, the more likely it is that other countries (in particular developing ones) and their citizens will have the opportunity to benefit from all of these factors.
In acknowledging the high level of entrepreneurship across many developing countries, there is the potential that these entrepreneurs could be a driving force for innovations, similar to start-ups in Germany.
A major reason as to why Germany has embarked on such a large scale transition to renewable energy is due to its stable policy and regulatory environment. Through this programme, independent power providers enter into a public private partnership with the government, and are licensed to develop renewable energy that can be fed into the national grid for an agreed price.
Therefore, we have designed policies that ensure environmental and human rights impacts are identified early, carefully evaluated and managed responsibly. Starbucks will then cover the difference in tuition after the ASU discount and federal aid are applied. Meanwhile, the UK oil company British Petroleum – which at the end of 2014 had 84,500 employees worldwide – made public their plans to lay off 7,000 employees; of which 4,000 will be reduced in its upstream business in 2016 and 3,000 jobs will be cut in 2017 from its downstream segment. This Reform is a coalition of approximately 40 governments, businesses and influential organizations calling for accelerating actions to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. And quite frankly,” he continued, “the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. But thanks to comedian John Oliver, all of these costumes could be seen in the premium seats directly behind home plate during the Yankees’ home opening series.
Emphatic home run celebrations or a slow trot around the bases—touches of flair that would likely be tolerated, if not openly admired, in the NFL or NBA—are frowned upon in baseball. We are crafted in the image of an unchanging God, but placed in an ever-changing, inherently temporal earth. The hard work of communion might mean violating the comfort that homogeneity provides and teasing out the tensions between conservation and progress—and that’s hard.
This would allow residents to travel on the L-train between Manhattan and Brooklyn, but the frequency of trains would be far lower, carrying approximately ? of the current capacity. In this interview with host Aroop Mukharji, David Dolginow, co-founder of Shacksbury Cider in Shoreham, Vermont, explores the cider industry’s deep-seeded history and looks towards the future of industries dependent on both climate and innovation for success.
During the last century Venice has sunk by 11 inches and according to Yehuda Bock, a research geodesist with Scripps, “Venice appears to be continuing to subside at a rate of about 2mm a year”. The movable gates lay at the bottom of each inlet channel supported by 38m long steel and concrete foundations, which measure 500mm in diameter and 20m in length. Additionally, when the gates close they will trap industrial and agricultural pollution, and the city’s untreated sewage. The farmer whose water right is the oldest gets the water first, while the most recent purchaser must wait. Prior appropriation means that the remaining water will be allocated only to the oldest of water rights, those issued prior to 1960. This market-based approach won’t refill the aquifer, but it may incentivize the improvements in water efficiency needed to get Diamond Valley irrigation on a sustainable footing. Legal uncertainty about changes to water rights could lead to lawsuits, stopping the plan in its tracks. The water in question is not troubled by state boundaries or by conflicts with urban users. Various organisations such as Fashion Revolution and Greenpeace continue to put pressure on the industry by advocating for additional widespread changes in the fashion industry. The Sacrifice consumers feel that brands need to be more transparent and offer more information to their customers.
Leading consumers to feel like they are doing the right thing, when in actual fact very little has changed. As we waited for the panel discussion to begin, audience members reached for their phones; the extent to which technology has permeated our lives is astounding at times. While connectivity can be an asset in the developing world, little work has been done towards mitigating the harmful effects of chemicals and materials that often end up being shipped to the backyards of the world’s poorest. From the photos, it is clear that the existence of these waste-pickers is also infiltrated by machinery and technology, albeit in a very different way from the consumers. Not least of which is that innovation is moving so fast that even innovators can sometimes fail to keep up. An awareness of available alternative solutions and knowledge of the benefits of such solutions is also essential. To facilitate innovations, innovators and start-ups should not be restricted and held back by bureaucracies. Panel discussions like these enable progress, findings, learnings as well as challenges to be shared. Such policies not only promote positive environmental stewardship, but also highlight business opportunities to support investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable water management, sustainable forestry and sustainable supply chains. In protest of Trost’s February comments, the Last Week Tonight host sold the worthiest fans premium seats for twenty-five cents per ticket. Such criticism highlights the fault lines in the widening fracture between traditionalist fans and fans ushering in a new age of the sport—one that discards many of the unwritten rules of America’s pastime. We are bent toward conservatism, but we also crave novelty—a disparity that is exacerbated when multiple generations of people commune with one another. Thus, the technology and infrastructure were outdated and unprepared to deal with the damage that occurred.
The MTA also expects a higher risk of unplanned closures due to the conditions of the tube. David discusses some of these innovations, and explains how food and beverage industries like his can draw upon history and local resources for answers to building a business model rooted in sustainability.
They can accept the drastic cutbacks to groundwater use mandated by the state government, or they can devise their own policy to conserve and share the resource, and convince the government that their policy will work. The majority of farmers will be left with nothing, and as they leave their farms for jobs elsewhere, the town’s vitality will dry up too. Water shares will shrink in quantity as the total amount of water available decreases, but will increase in value as water became scarcer.
Simply put, Eureka’s Diamond Valley is a policy test-lab, where the problem is contained and the impact of the treatment is easily measured. While the exhibition is rooted in data surrounding e-waste, the visceral imagery of the photography allows for greater recognition of the scope of the problem than one might ascertain from statistics, alone. Incentives such as tax breaks and a stable policy environment would certainly help enable entrepreneurs to drive further developing of the renewable sector. Although focused on the German case study many such findings, learning and lessons can be applied to other countries and continents. Attention to environmental and social (E&S) issues helps us to better manage risk, attract and retain critical talent, develop expertise and provide clients with suggested solutions to pressing sustainability issues in their businesses.
In other words, if one wants tomake Architectural, Engineering, and Contractor (AEC) industry organisations,groups and project teams more efficient and effective, then one must betterunderstand the role that culture plays within them.
The seemingly natural response to such a conundrum is to camp on different sides of the same lake, mutually enjoying a common resource without much need or desire to break bread together.
Second, the doctrine of beneficial use says that water must be put to an economically productive endeavor, or it will be confiscated by the government.
Relative to the existing approach, trading should see water move to the most water efficient farmers, those who can make the most profits from each drop (and thus are prepared to pay the most for it on the new exchange). Furthermore, culture inevitably isdifficult to change and manage, as it essentially represents the accumulative beliefs,attitudes and values that individuals within an organisation, group or team possess,which must ultimately be changed if the overall culture is to be changed. These cable ducts are also, incidentally, what riders would need to step on in the event of an evacuation.
This efficiency keeps production higher than it otherwise would be, lessening the total economic pain caused by the water cuts. Leaders of achange process need to realise that most changes within an organisation will usuallycause and expect some change in its existing culture and sub-cultures – i.e. The success of technological developments, in terms of uptake andusage, can be improved if the conditions of innovation diffusion within projectorganisations, parent organisations, and the broader AEC industry are betterunderstood and brought into play.



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