Sustainability – Inspiring TED talk

“We can help create a sustainable world and make sustainability affordable for the many people not just a luxury for the few.”
– Steve Howard is Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group

Steve Quote
– His inspiring talk on TED https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_howard_let_s_go_all_in_on_selling_sustainability

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Employee Engagement: Sustainability Strategy

SONY

For example, Sony Electronics has launched a green workplace certification and recently added it to its overall Road to Zero environmental goal. The certification encourages employees to take steps ranging from eliminating their in-office trashcan to turning on the energy-saving settings on their computer. Based on steps they complete, they earn one of four badges: seed, leaf, tree and forest, and can earn “Sony Bucks” along the way.

☛ In the pilot phase of the program, the company says it made an average saving per participant of $85, with less than a $20 investment, making that a four times return on investment in year one. At scale, the program could lead to approximately $300,000 in savings among office employees just in direct, measurable resource costs. Eric Johnson, who runs the program for Sony Electronics, stated: “small behavior changes add up to big savings, especially when multiplied across a large organization. Building a story about why each action is important and packaging it in a way that is approachable, scalable and most of all fun encourages people to ‘own’ the actions they choose to take on”.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/employee-engagement-sustainability-strategy

Different approach to fight malnutrition

Similar initiative - INDIA

Source:

India: http://www.thebetterindia.com/46267/tricolour-india-nutrition-food-good-health-jharkhand/

Srilanka Initiative: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/05/01/smartphones-for-smarter-nutrition-in-sri-lanka?cid=ECR_E_NewsletterWeekly_EN_EXT&utm_source=World+Bank+Group+Weekly+Update&utm_campaign=ef00838770-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fdb041ef28-ef00838770-44048293

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H & M view on consumption

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Like other industries today, the fashion industry, however, is too dependent on natural resources and we need to change the way fashion is made. This is why we are so committed to our mission to reuse garments and close the loop on textiles. By collecting old clothes and turning them into new updated styles instead of letting them go to waste and by investing in new innovation and technology, we are taking important steps towards a circular economy.

Source: http://sustainability.hm.com/en/sustainability/about/hm-conscious/ceo-message.html

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint From Driving

Tire inflation and other tuning. Properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to 3%. It also helps to use the correct grade of motor oil, and to keep your engine tuned, because

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint From Driving

  • Alternatives to driving. When possible, walk or ride your bike in order to avoid carbon emissions completely. Carpooling and public transportation drastically reduce CO2 emissions by spreading them out over many riders.
  • Drive a low carbon vehicle. High mileage doesn’t always mean low CO2 emissions. All vehicles have an estimated miles-per-gallon rating. Electric cars emit no CO2 if they’re charged with clean electricity. If you don’t charge it with your home’s solar panels AND live somewhere like WY, MO, MO, WV, or KY you’re BETTER OFF with a hybrid or high-mileage gas/diesel car. Here’s why. After incentives and gas savings, it essentially costs nothing to switch to an electric car like the the Nissan Leaf.
  • Get a hitch-mounted cargo rack. Don’t buy a minivan or SUV if you don’t need 4WD and/or will only occasionally need the extra space. A receiver hitch and a rack like this one only cost a few hundred bucks. Avoid roof-top boxes, which cost much more, increase aerodynamic drag, and decrease fuel economy.
  • Driving style. Speeding and unnecessary acceleration reduce mileage by up to 33%, waste gas and money, and increase your carbon footprint.
  • Tire inflation and other tuning. Properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to 3%. It also helps to use the correct grade of motor oil, and to keep your engine tuned, because some maintenance fixes, like fixing faulty oxygen sensors, can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40%.
  • Avoid traffic. Being stuck in traffic wastes gas and unneccessarily creates CO2. Use traffic websites and apps and go a different way or wait.
  • Misc. Combine errands to make fewer trips. Remove excess weight from your car. Use cruise control.

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