Sustainability Matters 14th December 2017

In this final 2017 edition of Sustainability Matters;
•    Sustainability Group Events
•    15 Tips for Commercial-free, Fun-filled Family Holidays
•    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prize
•    500 Clean-ups – Milestone!
•    Children’s Clothes for Hire
•    Otaki Summer Camp: 3 Days of Ideas, Politics, Comedy, Music and Nature
•    Green Star – Performance
•    Young Champions of the Earth – Prize
•    Moody’s Warns Cities, Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades
•    Biggest Corporate Polluters Revealed
•    Targeting Value: Setting, Tracking & Integrating High-Impact Sustainability Goals
•    Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
•    European Air Quality is Improving Slowly
•    An Investor Guide on Agricultural Supply Chain Risk
•    On Our Radar: Winter Reading List
•    Lancet Report says Environmental Pollution is Killing More People than Violence or War, or Even Smoking and Major Diseases
•    ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil? New Investigation Shows Rampant Abuse
•    A Team Effort: Manukau RFC’s Massive Water [and Power] Savings
•    The Living House at Beachlands [Auckland]
•    ‘People Seem Happier’: How Planting Trees Changed Lives in a Former Coal Community
•    The Paradise Papers Show Accountancy Firms are Engaged in Wilful and Organised Hypocrisy

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  • Sustainability Matters 7th December 2017

    In this edition;
    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    Extending Generosity Through Social Enterprise
    •    SBN’s Awards Night – A Prime Example of Changing Times
    •    Climate Connection: Unraveling the Surprising Ecology of Dust
    •    Summer Scorcher: Tasman Sea a ‘Bath with the Hot Tap on’
    •    Dairy Farming is Polluting New Zealand’s Water: Cows and Seep
    •    2018 Investment Statement: Investing for Wellbeing
    •    National Sustainability in Business Conference
    •    Cut Carbon, Cut Costs: Accounting Firm Staples Rodway Counts the Benefits of New Certification
    •    Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains
    •    The Someday Challenge 2017 Winners
    •    2017 Sustainability Review Westpac NZ
    •    Charities – Reporting Stars
    •    Rising Seas Caused by Climate Change are Seeping Inside a Remote Island Nuclear Waste Dump
    •    NZ’s Prosperity – The Very Very Good and the Not So Good
    •    Tread Lightly Caravan’s Growing Influence

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  • Sustainability Matters 23rd November 2017

    In this edition;

    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    1000 Profitable Solutions Sought to Solve Climate Change
    •    What You Should Know About The Paradise Papers
    •    How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge
    •    Tallest Wooden Office Building – Wellington
    •    New ISO Standard to Combat Land Degradation
    •    Is Well Being Economics Coming to New Zealand?
    •    Chocolate Industry Drives Rainforest Disaster in Ivory Coast
    •    Unlocking the Circular Economy
    •    How SDGs and Materiality Assessment Complement Each Other
    •    The Answer to the Rise of Synthetic Food?
    •    What we Know – and Need to Know – About Sustainable Fashion
    •    The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2017
    •    Tourism Holdings Signals Plans for EV’s
    •    Electric Rental Cars Available for Hire in NZ
    •    World-Wide Achievements of a Small NGO
    •    The Evolution of Communicating Environmental Reporting
    •    Shopping Refits, with Much Less Waste
    •    How Change Happens

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  • Sustainability Matters 8th November 2017

    In this ‘supa extra-large’ 8 page celebratory edition**;

    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    Climate Change and the Human Mind: A Noted Psychiatrist Weighs In
    •    A Win for Clean, Green, GE-free New Zealand
    •    ISO14004 – Review
    •    New Zealand: Polluted Paradise
    •    A Lesson from Hurricane Irma: Capitalism Can’t Save the Planet – It Can Only Destroy It
    •    WBCSD and COSO Sign Memorandum of Understanding
    •    Internal Controls and Sustainability Data: Closing the Confidence Gap
    •    Pull Together: Activate Help From the Crowd
    •    Could Disclosing Climate-related Financial Information Become the New Normal?
    •    Net-Zero Homes Built in Seattle
    •    Denver Building Owners Could Be Required to Install Green Roofs
    •    2nd Pacific Climate Change Conference
    •    New Zealand’s Water Systems Particularly Vulnerable to Climate Change

    •    Small is Resilient | Big is Brittle
    •    Game-changing Lamp Powered by Gravity Could Provide Light to Billions
    •    KPMG’s Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017
    •    Why Roman Concrete Still Stands Strong While Modern Version Decays
    •    ‘This is Very Alarming!’: Flying Insects Vanish From Nature Preserves
    •    Student Welcome’s Decision in Landmark Climate Lawsuit
    •    Insurance: The Canary in the Coalmine of Climate Change?
    •    A Circular Economy for Auckland?
    •    Integrated Reporting – The Future of Accounting
    •    Climate Change Puts Cambodians at Risk of Mental Health Disorders
    •    Do You Need Expert In-depth to Help Make Your Business More Sustainable?
    •    Fewer Poor Means More Climate Work for the Rich
    •    European Social Innovation Tournament Winner
    •    Disclosure of Environmental and Social Information – New EU Guidelines
    •    A Thank You to Jan Wright, Out Going Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
    •    New PCE Sworn In
    •    NZGBC Announces New Chair
    •   Trump Nixes Environmental Regulations
    •    Around the World in an Electric Car
    •    Is Uber Stopping Us from Walking
    •    For The Love of Earth, Stop Traveling
    •    It Must be Important
    •    Scotland Plans Publicly Owned, NFP Renewable Energy Company
    •    The Science, Business and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World

    Note: ** Even at 8 pages the material selected is merely a drop in the bucket of that which is available.

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  • Sustainability Matters 26th October 2017

    In this edition;

    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    Like Final Result or not, NZ Democracy Leads World
    •    Labouratory
    •    Nudging the World Toward Smarter Public Policy
    •    GRI Facts and Figures at Age 20 Years
    •    NZ’s Slow-moving Disaster as Sea Level Rises
    •    Seniors Contribution to the Workforce
    •    Twelve Questions with Ian Short, Former Lehman Brothers Investment Banker
    •    The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval
    •    Bread Top of the Heap for Wasted Food
    •    What’s up with the [N.Z.] EPA?
    •    Numbers – Correct, Misleading or Wrong?
    •    Beyond Biodiversity: A New Way of Looking at How Species Interconnect
    •    A Guide to the Top Social Enterprises in NZ Right Now
    •    Brian Fallow: Rising Sea Level Will Cost Us All
    •    ‘Those Who Do Not Learn History are Doomed to Repeat It’ – Are You Ready for the Next Crash?
    •    How NZ Could Be a World Leader in Sustainability
    •    Global Study of Children: More Trees, Less Disease

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  • Sustainability Matters 12th October 2017

    In this ‘standard’ length edition you can read about;

    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    The Quest for Prosperity: How can New Zealand Keep Living Standards Rising for All?
    •    The Crisis of Democracy
    •    Right Under Your Feet: Soil Health and the Climate Crisis
    •    Rod Oram: In Search of Unconventional Solutions
    •    The Bentley Effect
    •    Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services: How Far Have we Come and How Far Do we Still Need to Go?
    •    Solar Thermal Power Plant Another ‘World First’ for South Australia
    •    Whitewash: The Accountancy Sector is Trying to Gloss Over its Role in Tax Avoidance
    •    The UK has Endorsed Recommendations for Financial Reporting of Climate Risks – But Are Voluntary Guidelines Enough?
    •    Got It Figured?
    •    Save the Children – 2016 Annual Report
    •    PRI-coordinated Engagement on Corporate Tax Responsibility
    •    State of Our Atmosphere and Climate
    •    Meet the 25-year-old Entrepreneur Whose Winning Business Idea is so Simple You’ll Wish YOU Thought of it First
    •    Six Things to Remember While Working Towards the Global Sustainable Development Goals
    •    Future-proofing the New Zealand Economy.

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  • Sustainability Matters 17th August 2017

    This is the fourth in a series of four six page editions.

    There will be no edition of Sustainability Matters on 31st August, or 14th and 28th September – hence the expanded recent editions.
    From the date of this message until Sunday 1st October inclusive I will be ‘out of office’, mainly out of NZ visiting family.

    In this edition you can read about;

    •    Sustainability Group Events
    •    How Can New Zealand Transition To a Low Emissions Economy?
    •    ESG Reporting – Six Reasons Why
    •    Fraud – a [NZ] Perspective
    •    Extracting and Processing Iron Sand within the South Taranaki Bight: Marine Consent Application
    •    A New New Zealand First
    •    GRI Rises to Sustainability Standards Challenge
    •    How A Surge in Visitors is Overwhelming America’s National Parks
    •    Carbon Offset Schemes in NZ
    •    Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible
    •    ‘World-first’ Lawsuit Against Bank Over Climate Change Risks
    •    Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third
    •    Company Wants 10,000 Electric Bikes on Auckland Streets
    •    Technology and Morality in the Age of Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Biodiversity Loss
    •    How an Urban School’s Garden Project Healed a Community
    •    Air on Board Cruise Ships ‘is Twice as Bad as at Piccadilly Circus’
    •    Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
    •    How the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can Quietly Change Global Business
    •    Mayors of 7,400 Cities Vow to Meet Obama’s Climate commitments
    •    The Carbon Majors Database
    •    The Three Skills Kids Need Most in the Age of Climate Change
    •    The Rise of the Food Barons
    •    The Status of Climate Change Litigation – A Global Review
    •    Why Can’t New Zealand Quit Supermarket Plastic Bags?
    •    A Message of Hope
    •    Net Zero New Zealand – Conclusion.

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