In the past, holiday lights were incandescent bulbs encased in painted glass. They were large, fragile, and their colors would fade with age. Luckily, today there is a safer and more efficient lighting option to brighten your holidays — LED lights. LED lights are quickly replacing incandescent bulbs due to the numerous benefits they offer consumers with regard to electricity usage, durability, safety, versatility, and environmental footprint. Now you can decorate for the holidays using sustainable, energy-efficient LED lighting.
When you’re leasing a property for use as a retail space, office, or other business purpose, you have selected the property for a strategic reason, such as the property being located in a hot market for sales opportunities, or being close to the workforce for a call center. Accordingly, your business’ property department is charged with finding a good location to meet your needs at a reasonable price. However, it is often possible that you and your property department fail to closely examine a variable expense that is part of the lease — your utility expenses and how you pay them. Essentially, closely monitoring your utility expenses should be a part of your energy management program. As such, this blog will discuss where to look for opportunities to reduce utility costs, thereby ensuring that you only pay for what you really use and at the right rate.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently published an updated Scoping Plan for Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32 or The California Global Warming Solutions Act), which reports on the State’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since passage of the law in 2006. The Scoping Plan also presents an updated set of strategies to ensure that the state can meet the goal of 33% reduction in emissions by 2020, and sets the stage for meeting the more ambitious 80% reduction target by 2050. Clearly there is a lot of work to do to meet the ambitious emissions reduction targets set by the state. Transportation emissions are by far the largest source of GHGs, representing 38 percent of statewide emissions. Reducing vehicle miles traveled—by commuters, by businesses, and by industry—will be critical to achieving the AB 32 targets.
Water has innumerable purposes in people’s daily lives. Water is not only for drinking, but is also an important component of the economy, supporting industries such as real estate, fisheries, tourism, and agriculture. Protecting the integrity of water bodies is fundamental to people’s safety and to sustaining biodiversity. By protecting headwater streams for example, people are kept safe from floods as they collect rainfall. Safeguarding waters also preserves the habitat of waterfowl along with those of aquatic plants and animals.
The world is heating up, and according to a UN climate change report, it is "likely" that human activity accounts for at least half of the global warming that has been observed since the 1950s. Industrial development catalyzes economic and social changes around the globe, creating environmental consequences. With smokestacks, large machinery, and extensive sourcing of supplies and transportation of products, global greenhouse gas (GHG) levels rise, trapping more heat in our atmosphere, causing global warming and climate change. Mankind is being exposed to the risks brought on by the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and global temperatures.
After 30 years of unparalleled environmental planning services, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), a leader in global sustainability solutions, is formally re-entering the LA market with the opening of its new office in West Los Angeles, located at 11755 Wilshire Blvd., in Suite 1660. The new location will allow FCS to better serve our existing LA clients, in addition to helping organizations, private companies and governmental institutions of all sorts to responsibly grow, operate, and navigate environmental and regulatory processes and advance their sustainability performance.
For 30 years, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) has helped organizations, including private companies and governmental institutions, responsibly grow, operate, and navigate environmental and regulatory processes and improve their sustainability performance. With our newly opened San Jose office, we are able to offer our clients expanded client services and technical expertise.
As a global company, FCS has the breadth of experience around the world while maintaining local awareness and responsiveness that is typical of smaller firms. We know the City of San Jose is dedicated to providing a sustainable environment for its residents and businesses while preserving its beautiful and unique natural habitats. Accordingly, FCS has and will continue to enable clients in San Jose and throughout the south bay and peninsula to respond quickly to new requirements, regulations and initiatives, while successfully helping them with their environmental, regulatory, and sustainability needs.
The following article is part of the ongoing Sustainability Matters series on the FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) blog, which focuses on those who share a commitment to sustainability, the environment and our planet. The series concentrates on companies and organizations that conduct routine, everyday business in an exceptional, sustainable manner, as well as those offering unique products and services in a sustainable fashion. FCS hopes that the Sustainability Matters series can open eyes to those striving to make a difference. Click here to find previous articles from the Sustainability Matters series.
The past 20 years for Pearl Jam has been a steady wave of chart-topping albums, critically applauded music, and sold-out concerts. Two decades of success has its price, however, the seemingly endless recording, touring, and press interviews can take its toll, not only on the members of the band, but also on the environment. Realizing their environmental impact has encouraged Pearl Jam to help protect the environment through a committment to offset their significant carbon footprint left in wake of their world tours since 2003.
According to the 2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study, there is a clear indication that consumers place a great deal of their decisions based on a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR initiatives). Around 31% of consumers who participated in the study said they believe that businesses should change the way they operate and align with greater social and environmental needs.
In this age where corporate sustainability has been moving to the core of the business realm and several macro trends shift the nature of global economic activity, organizations and managers must recognize the need to include sustainability and environmental engagement (disclosure for instance) in their decision-making process.
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