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How Environmental Reading Is Beneficial for All Ages

April 15, 2020
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Everyone grows up understanding the importance of education. Whether you graduate from a public or private school or head to a university, everyone knows new knowledge changes who you are. It informs you and shows you the world so that you become a more well-rounded person.

Much of that change comes from reading, especially when kids start at a young age. Children may get books about making friends or sharing with their siblings, but they can grasp more essential topics as well. That’s why so many authors have published books for all ages that discuss the environment.

Check out how environmental reading is beneficial for all ages. It may make you more curious to pick up a book for yourself or bring some home to your family. 

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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 Homesteading Blogs to Inspire You During Social Distancing

April 3, 2020
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Whether you are sitting in your urban apartment contemplating what life in the country would look like or chasing your chickens around on your farm, social distancing provides the perfect opportunity to look for homesteading inspiration. Wherever you are in your homesteading journey, there are so many resources out there to help answer all of your self-sufficiency questions. 

You may be new to the world of homesteading, and want to explore some basic homesteading skills include gardening, frugality and cooking meals from scratch. Or maybe you are in the process of building an off-grid home and searching for some details on new renewable technology, like solar panels, are playing an important role in transitioning to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 

Wherever you find yourself right now, being stuck at home is the ideal time to check out some top homesteading blogs. There are so many wonderful activities to engage in while you practice social distancing, such as preparing your garden beds or foraging wild plants on a family hike. Here are our top homesteading blogs to inspire you during social distancing. 

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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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Digital Sustainability Becoming More Key in Our Society

March 23, 2020
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Digital sustainability was initially frequently associated with the corporate world. It refers to the holistic approach businesses can take to become more environmentally friendly through technology investments. 

Many national leaders urge business executives to move toward improved sustainability, and some countries impose penalties on companies that fall short in areas like pollution. However, it’s becoming more apparent than ever that it must be a long-term goal. Technology can help companies get closer to their aspirations. This is where digital sustainability comes into play. 

However, as you’ll see, digital sustainability is not just for companies. Individuals who are committed to the future of the planet can benefit from it, too

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Buying a CSA vs. Organic Food: Which One Is Better?

March 20, 2020
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You don’t have a lot of information about most of the food you buy at the grocery store — how the farmers grew it, what sorts of pesticides and herbicides they used and so on. As a result, many are turning to organic foods and farmers’ markets to have a better idea of what they’re eating, and to avoid chemicals and environmentally unfriendly farming practices. 

However, you have more options than just organic food. You may have heard of community-supported agriculture (or CSA) programs, which can provide you with weekly deliveries of fresh produce from local farmers.

Below, we’ll break down which choice is better — buying from a CSA vs. organic food.

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How Crop Genetics Will Shape the Future of Agriculture

March 13, 2020
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People who study human genetics can explain why some pregnancies result in triplets or what determines someone’s hair color. Crop genetics deals with similar queries, except that field of study is specifically for plants. Experts in crop genetics study how to increase yields, make crops more resilient to adverse weather and more. Here’s a look at why crop genetics seems poised to impact agriculture significantly. 

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What Are the Most Sustainable Foods for Those Looking to Eat Sustainably?

March 4, 2020
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Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years as the movement has transformed from a niche interest to a major revolution. This concept recognizes that everything is connected, and we must be willing to consider and respect those connections. Those wishing to eat sustainably realize that this concept also applies to food on a profound level. Adopting a sustainable diet, a diet filled with the most sustainable foods, reduces human impact on the earth while maintaining — and even improving — an individual’s health. 

There are no hard-and-fast rules that define a sustainable diet. However, some foods may be more sustainable than others. Before considering which foods are best, you must first understand the connection between where food comes from and how eating it affects both the environment and future generations. 

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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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