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Three green ratings options, volunteerism by industry leaders and apparent savings are resulting in very rapid growth in green-rated buildings in India. Hariharan Chandrashekar, Co-Chairman, CII-IGBC Bangalore, Chairperson of the National Green Building Congress, and Chairman of BCIL, India’s pioneering …

After the age of democratization of knowledge and information, the next big trend is democratization of data. Small firms and the so far unbankable people can now hope to use their data to raise loans. Excerpts from Nandan Nilekani’s talk …

India needs to invest much more on research if it is to make notable contribution to finding solutions for complex sustainability related problems. The current investments in Indian research are inadequate and stagnating resulting in a corresponding stagnation of India’s …

1st Row (L-R) Aaron Tartakovsky, Camille Fabre, Jarami Bond, Catherine Queen, Komal Ahmad 2nd Row (L-R) Nikki Fraser, David Harary, Niels Fibaek-Jensen, Julia Pyper, Paula Tomasini Ramos 3rd Row (L-R) Sarah Robinson, John R. Seydel III, Allie Janoch, Kavickumar Muruganathan …

In a landmark judgment in March 2017, the Uttarakhand High Court declared the Ganga and Yamuna rivers as living entities, bestowing on them same legal rights as a person. The judges were inspired by another, but first of its kind …

India has a third of world’s cattle population with nearly one livestock for three Indians. In contrast, only 20 Indians among 1000 own a car. Globally, cattle contribute to between 14% and 18% of harmful gases while automobile contribution is …

Integrating sustainability into finance and risk management strategies will help companies capture growth in the face of shifting customer, capital market and regulatory demands, says  Lucy Nottingham, Director, Global Risk Center, Marsh & McLennan Companies, in a new report titled …

The promise of the Indian start-up ecosystem is still holding, says Nasscom, India’s prominent body for promoting information technology. With 1400 new start-ups expected to register in 2016, 8 to 10% higher than in 2015, it appears the eco-system for …

M R Rangaswami, co-founder of Sand Hill Group was one of the senior organizers at the recent annual Nasscom Product Council conference in Bengaluru. Apart from mentoring and funding several tech start-ups, he runs a vibrant forum called the Corporate …

The 2017 SAN Standard is now available at www.san.ag and will come into force from July 2017 The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Rainforest Alliance have announced a newly revised certification standard, which encompasses existing best practices and recent …

Finance secretary Ashok Lavasa says his previous stints as aviation secretary and environment secretary has helped him form a sharp perspective about the on-going dialogue on India’s sustainable development future. Speaking at the World Sustainability Development Summit 2016 organized by …

Indians are good at finding a scapegoat for all their problems. Sugarcane seems to be the latest for severe drought in Maharashtra and northern Karnataka. Here are two scenarios – one that blames the sugar barons for drought and the …

A new report finds that applying circular-economy principles could dramatically reshape the economics of making of plastics and help the environment Plastics are the workhorse material of the modern economy. Their popularity has kept the industry growing for 50 years, with …

The Barefoot College has trained 250 illiterate rural grandmothers in 12 States to become solar engineers. With only six month’s training they have so far solar-electrified more than 20,000 houses. The college is doing the same in a few African countries …

The Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development is setting out to articulate and quantify the compelling economic case for business to engage in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 The initiative aims to explore current and future …

Manoj Bhargava, 62, is an all action, no talk man. He doesn’t believe in doing what’s cool if it doesn’t add significant value. Looking at the variety and scale of what he is venturing into, he’s easily a philanthropist on …

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