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Benefits of Small Businesses Going Green

April 22, 2020
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There is a recent trend of small businesses focusing on decreasing their environmental impact. According to Nielsen, the largest consumer bases — millennials and Generation Z are very invested in supporting sustainable companies. Consumers want transparency, regardless of the product or service. 

Whether you are a small-town lawyer or an online podcaster, you can make some changes in your office to become more environmentally friendly. Many benefits are involved in a small business going green. Two of the main perks are customer loyalty and cost savings.

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7 Companies Facing Environmental Issues in 2020

April 13, 2020
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It is no secret that the global energy sector has the highest environmental impact. According to a 2019 report, the top 20 fossil fuel companies contribute over 35% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The top 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse emissions since 1998. 

But the fossil fuel industry isn’t the only one damaging the environment. Other large corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Apple and Ikea, also have a detrimental effect on the environment. In the past, companies across numerous industries — including manufacturing, food, fashion and electronics — have been wary of upholding transparency with how they mitigate their impact. 

We will look at seven companies facing environmental issues in 2020. The business identified encompass various industries, focusing on business to consumer models. In particular, we will spotlight companies that have a poor track record of environmental initiatives but are making a deliberate effort to be more sustainable. 

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10 Environmental Aspects of CSR Every Business Should Try

April 8, 2020
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the process of integrating social and ecological values into a business. Experts refer to this concept as the triple bottom line — people, planet and profit. These efforts divide into three groups, including social, environmental and economic. 

As businesses contend with their carbon footprint, emphasis on corporate responsibility grows. Fortunately, companies can incorporate the environmental aspects of CSR in a variety of ways. 

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What is a Chief Sustainability Officer and Why Should Companies Have One?

April 6, 2020
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Corporations are beginning to confront their carbon footprint. Some organizations are hiring Chief Sustainability Officers to help find actionable solutions.  A Chief Sustainability Officer, or CSO, is responsible for integrating and managing how environmental issues are factored into business decisions.

CSO’s go beyond setting up recycling bins in the office. In most cases, the work directly with the CEO and executive team to implement solutions that increase profitability while improving the overall sustainability of the organization. The Chief Sustainability Office is also responsible for interacting with employees across all departments, as well as engagement with key investors and consumers.

Chief Sustainability Officers are essential, regardless of the industry. The most common sectors that employ CSO’s are technical consulting services, government, manufacturing and healthcare.

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Top 10 Environmental Startups of 2020

April 1, 2020
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Staying tuned in with what’s happening concerning environmental startups can help you see what’s coming down the pipeline and feel hopeful about the future. Here are 10 environmental startups to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond. 

1. Arcadia

Arcadia is an environmental startup based in the District of Columbia. It offers software to help residential utility customers find their best clean energy options based on where they live and what’s available in those markets. It recently raised $30 million in Series C funding and reportedly has hundreds of thousands of customers even in these early stages. 

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Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise: What Can We Do About It?

March 16, 2020
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As extreme weather disrupts planting and trade wars shrink the market available to farmers, American agriculture is starting to struggle. One recent report from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that farm bankruptcies were up 24% from last year — one of the steepest rises in modern history. At the same time, farm debt is reaching levels close to those seen during the 1980s farming crisis.

All of this change means one thing — American farms are facing pressure that makes them more likely to declare bankruptcy than ever before. Here’s what’s driving the trend, how it’s affecting farmers and what we can do to turn the rise of farm bankruptcy around.

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What Poor Air Quality at Work Can Mean for Today’s Workforce

March 2, 2020
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Do your lungs almost hurt the minute you walk into your business? Poor air quality at work impacts productivity and workers’ health. Things such as carpeting, building materials and poor ventilation influence indoor air quality (IAQ). OSHA reports that IAQ not up to par can result in fatigue, headaches and irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and lungs. 

It seems as though everywhere you turn, people are talking about going green and improving sustainability. Today’s workforce is more environmentally conscious than ever before. They may even choose a company to work at based on how well the organization embraces eco-friendly practices. Improving poor air quality at work and green business go together like solar panels and sunshine. 

There are some simple things brands can do to better IAQ. Even small changes have a big impact on the health and well-being of workers.

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The Rise of Women in Agriculture

January 27, 2020
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The history of women in agriculture is one that not many people discuss. Research shows that since about 10,000 B.C., women have played a part in how we source and harvest our food. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much data on them – in some ways, they’re silent contributors. The number of female farmers surged during the 1940s, as men went off to fight in World War II. As of 2019, more than 1.2 million female producers were working on farms across America. 

Modern History

Women have helped maintain fields and crops since the turn of the 19th century. By the end of the Second World War, more than six million vacant farm jobs had been filled by young people and women alike. This happened across all industries in the United States. Almost every daughter, wife and friend jumped in where needed – some became engineers to work on radio transmission, while others found themselves in factories. Many of the women in agriculture during this time were apart of the Women’s Land Army of America, a program that provided training and uniforms. 

When men came back from overseas, they reclaimed their previous positions. This meant that most women returned to childcare, education or administrative support duties. That said, by the late 1990s, the number of female farmers began to grow drastically — and it still continues to do so even despite the upswing in autonomous technology on farms. This is due to both changes in the U.S. Census and the destigmatization of what employment means. Women in modern times are more likely to call themselves “farmers” than in years past for these reasons.

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The Top Alternative Agriculture Methods You Should Be Aware Of

January 24, 2020
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Agriculture or farming is something that might sound like it can only be accomplished on a massive industrial scale, but everyone can enjoy the benefits of growing their own food or raising their own livestock. However, for small-scale efforts, especially those that are concerned about the impact their farms will have on the environment, traditional agricultural methods aren’t going to be the best option. With that in mind, here are the top alternative agriculture methods you should be aware of. 

1. Organic Farming

The organic farming movement helps to prevent water pollution and other environmental damage while increasing yields. Some studies have shown that corn plants, grown organically, can produce up to 30% more corn than when grown traditionally. Not only are you getting more from your crop, but you’re accomplishing the same task without jeopardizing your local environment.  

Focus on truly organic farming methods rather than those that claim to be organic but rely on dangerous chemicals.  Many of the organic pesticides, such as pyrethrins, which are derived from dried chrysanthemum flowers, are just as toxic as the non-organic chemicals — and sometimes even more so.  

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What Is Agtech and Why Should Farmers Be Investing in It

January 20, 2020
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Agriculture is one of the main sectors where automation is becoming more prevalent. From driverless tractors to robotic strawberry harvesters, technology is changing farming. The debate over whether this new tech is good or bad wears on. One thing is certain, though — as the planet faces new challenges posed by extreme weather, climate change and a growing population, agtech will only continue to grow more popular. The best thing for farmers to do, then, is invest in it. 

What Is Agtech?

Agtech is a relatively new industry that applies modern technology to agriculture. It also encompasses diverse solutions to steps within the food production process. This industry can be broken down into three subcategories — tech-assisted farming, new farming and revolutionary farming. 

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