July 2013

Growmore Biotech’s bamboo variety is promising to transform India’s renewable energy sector, provide environment-friendly wood for the paper industry and also help reclaim lost forest cover in two years. For companies with large campuses, this bamboo will help them become …

In a continuation of the educational partnership between India and the United States, the State Department announced eight institutional partnership projects for the second round of Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards. This initiative is meant to strengthen collaboration and …

Corporate Knights has launched CK Ranker, a mobile app that lets any company assess its sustainability performance and rank itself against the world’s biggest and best performing companies. CK Ranker, now available through Apple’s App Store and designed to work …

Marico Innovation Foundation has announced eight new finalists for its Social Innovation Acceleration Program, 2013. The finalists include Accion India, CLT India, Envirofit, Eram Scientific Solutions, Aglakadam, Safe Harvest, Sugha Vazhvu Healthcare and Society for Technology & Action for Rural …

Clean energy will overtake gas in the global electricity mix by 2016, making it the world’s second largest power source behind coal, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted. Renewables growth continues to “beat expectations” and by 2018 it will …

By H.S. Sudhira, co-founder of Namma Cycle and Gubbi Labs. Namma Cycle is a community bicycle sharing system. The name is inspired from ‘namma’, which means ‘ours’ in Kannada, and signifies the concept of shared ownership. Bicycle sharing is an …

It appears sustainability has got into Infosys’ skin. What it is embarking on is serious stuff and is driven by its belief that sustainability focus results in innovation. In his second piece for SustainabilityNext Rohan Parikh, Head of Green Initiatives …

Bankers are used to the phrase ‘deep in debt’ but YES BANK is attempting a full circle of influence surrounding sustainability and is immersed deeply in it to make a difference to all stakeholders. Namita Vikas takes Benedict Paramanand, Editor …

Many years ago, when Mother Teresa began her work in Pune, I saw her one day pick a beggar from the street and admit him in her Missionaries of Charity. That Mother Teresa did it is palpable but not when …

By Anne Rademacher | Hong Kong University Press, 2013 Ecologies of Urbanism in India explores how rapidly proliferating and resource-intensive urbanism affects every day lived environments and the ecological processes that undergird them in Indian cities. Case studies on nature …

By Jan Servaes (Editor) | Intellect Limited, 2013 At a time when sustainability is on everyone’s lips, this volume is one of the first to offer an overview of sustainability and communication issues—including community mobilization, information technologies, gender and social …

By Leslie Paul Thiele | Polity, 2013 The pursuit of sustainability has generated lifestyle changes for individuals across the globe, widespread initiatives within civil society and business, historic policies for municipal, regional, and national governments, and crucial protocols and agreements …

By Kevin Wilhelm | FT Press, 2013 This book highlights the risk of inaction for businesses when it comes to climate change, but also contains best practices to allow them to capitalize on the numerous business opportunities that climate change …

By Rob Dietz, Dan O’Neill, Herman Daly | Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013 We’re over using the earth’s finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill lay out a …

By Gilbert Silvius, Jennifer Tharp | Publisher, IGI Global, 2013 Although it remains one of the most significant challenges in recent years, companies are beginning to integrate the ideas of sustainability into organized projects such as marketing, corporate communications, and …

In late 2012, some energy efficiency data in New York City revealed that some old structures, such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, had higher Energy Star scores than some newer so-called “green” buildings. The energy efficiency …