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ⓘ Economy and the environment




                                               

Alternative Bank Switzerland

Alternative Bank Switzerland is a sustainability-oriented bank based in Olten, Canton of Solothurn, in Switzerland. It is situated at the former location of the Walter Verlag.

                                               

Buy Quiet

Buy Quiet is an American health and safety initiative to select and purchase the lowest noise emitting power tools and machinery in order to reduce occupational and community noise exposure. Buy Quiet Programs are examples of noise control strategies. Buy Quiet is part of the larger Hearing Loss Prevention Program, and is an example of Prevention Through Design, which seeks to reduce occupational injury through prevention considerations in designs that impact workers. Organizations that have embarked upon the buy-quiet initiative are moving towards the creation of an environment and workpl ...

                                               

Calvert Social Index

The Calvert Social Index is a stock market index created by Calvert Investments as a benchmark of large companies that are considered socially responsible or ethical. It currently consists of 680 companies, weighted by market capitalization, selected from approximately 1.000 of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States using Calverts social criteria. These criteria relate to the environment, workplace issues, product safety, community relations, weapons contracting, international operations, and human rights. This index was created following the success of the Domini 400 S ...

                                               

Chief green officer

A Chief green officer, or Chief environmental commitment officer, is a corporate officer responsible for implementing and managing the corporations commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and protecting the environment. Typically, these functions are performed within the facility management group who has responsibilities for providing the basic resources necessary for the business operations. Defining a corporate officer reinforces the facility management efforts historically performed to reduce the corporations costs of ownership and operations. The CGO is the highest-ranking corporat ...

                                               

Chief sustainability officer

The chief sustainability officer, sometimes known by other titles, is the corporate title of an executive position within a corporation that is in charge of the corporations "environmental" programmes. Several companies have created such environmental manager positions in the 21st century to formalize their commitment to the environment. Normally these responsibilities rest with the facility manager, who has provided cost effective resource and environmental control as part of the basic services necessary for the company to function. However, as sustainability initiatives have expanded bey ...

                                               

Conservation development

Conservation development, also known as conservation design, is a controlled-growth land use development that adopts the principle for allowing limited sustainable development while protecting the areas natural environmental features in perpetuity, including preserving open space landscape and vista, protecting farmland or natural habitats for wildlife, and maintaining the character of rural communities. A conservation development is usually defined as a project that dedicates a minimum of 50 percent of the total development parcel as open space. The management and ownership of the land ar ...

                                               

Conservation economy

A conservation economy is an ideal, imagined economy in which economic wealth is harvested from a bioregions local natural resources in a way that meets local communities needs yet restores rather than depletes natural and social capital "In a conservation economy, economic arrangements of all kinds are gradually redesigned so that they restore, rather than deplete, natural capital and social capital.Even in a globalizing economy, diverse bioregional economies that are more self-sufficient in meeting their own needs will be more competitive and less vulnerable." The primary agents expected ...

                                               

Deposit-refund system

A deposit-refund system, also known as deposit-return system, advance deposit fee or deposit-return scheme, is a surcharge on a product when purchased and a rebate when it is returned. A well-known example is when container deposit legislation mandates that a refund is given when reusable packaging is returned. Deposit-refund system are a market-based instrument to address externalities. As with Pigovian taxes a DRS aims to limit pollution of various types by creating an incentive to return a product. While most commonly used with beverage containers it can be used on other materials inclu ...

                                               

Ecopreneurship

Ecopreneurship is a term coined to represent the process of principles of entrepreneurship being applied to create businesses that solve environmental problems or operate sustainably. The term began to be widely used in the 1990s, and it is otherwise referred to as "environmental entrepreneurship." In the book Merging Economic and Environmental Concerns Through Ecopreneurship, written by Gwyn Schuyler in 1998, ecopreneurs are defined as follows: Ecopreneurs are entrepreneurs whose business efforts are not only driven by profit, but also by a concern for the environment. Ecopreneurship, als ...

                                               

Ecosystem Marketplace

Ecosystem Marketplace, an initiative of Forest Trends, is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that focuses on increasing transparency and providing reliable information for ecosystem services and payment schemes. The idea of launching Ecosystem Marketplace was borne out of meeting by members of The Katoomba Group, an international working group composed of leading experts from forest and energy industries, research institutions, the financial world, and environmental NGOs dedicated to advancing markets for some of the ecosystem services provided by forests – such as watershed ...

                                               

Envirofit International

Envirofit International is an American non-profit organization that develops technology for reducing air pollution and enhancing energy efficiency in developing nations. Envirofits most significant products have been affordable clean burning stoves for poor consumers. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Envirofit was founded in 2003 by Tim Bauer, Nathan Lorenz, Paul Hudnut, and Bryan Willson.

                                               

Environmental enterprise

An environmental enterprise is an environmentally friendly/compatible business. Specifically, an environmental enterprise is a business that produces value in the same manner which an ecosystem does, neither producing waste nor consuming unsustainable resources. In addition, an environmental enterprise rather finds alternative ways to produce ones products instead of taking advantage of animals for the sake of human profits. To be closer to the goal of being an environmentally friendly company, some environmental enterprises invest their money to develop or improve their technologies which ...

                                               

Environmental impacts of tourism in the Caribbean

The economy in the Caribbean region is highly dependent on its tourism industry; in 2013, this industry constituted 14% of their total GDP. This region is largely appealing for the sun, sand, and sea scene. Despite the fact that tourism is very reliant on the natural environment of the region, it has negative environmental impacts. These impacts include marine pollution and degradation, as well as a high demand for water and energy resources. In particular, the degradation of coral reefs has a large impact on the environment of the Caribbean. Environmental damage affects the tourism indust ...

                                               

Environmental management system

An environmental management system is "a system and database which integrates procedures and processes for training of personnel, monitoring, summarizing, and reporting of specialized environmental performance information to internal and external stakeholders of a firm". The most widely used standard on which an EMS is based is International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001. Alternatives include the EMAS. An environmental management information system EMIS or Environmental Data Management System EDMS is an information technology solution for tracking environmental data for a comp ...

                                               

Environmental mitigation

Environmental mitigation, compensatory mitigation, or mitigation banking, are terms used primarily by the United States government and the related environmental industry to describe projects or programs intended to offset known impacts to an existing historic or natural resource such as a stream, wetland, endangered species, archeological site, paleontological site or historic structure. To "mitigate" means to make less harsh or hostile. Environmental mitigation is typically a part of an environmental crediting system established by governing bodies which involves allocating debits and cre ...

                                               

Environmental pricing reform

Environmental pricing reform is the process of adjusting market prices to include environmental costs and benefits. An externality a type of market failure exists where a market price omits environmental costs and/or benefits. In such a situation, rational self-interested economic decisions can lead to environmental harm, as well as to economic distortions and inefficiencies. Environmental pricing reform can be economy-wide, or more focused e.g. specific to a sector such as electric power generation or mining or a particular environmental issue such as climate change. A "market based instr ...

                                               

Ethical job

In 2005, The Guardian newspaper polled 2.000 undergraduates in the UK, and found that "over 70% of students said that a companys ethical track record is a crucial factor when choosing their employer". A 2005 poll by High Fliers Research of 6.227 final-year students at universities in Australia and New Zealand found that 40% said it was "very important" that their first employer be socially responsible, and 30% said it was "very important" that their first employer be environmentally responsible. In 2007, Harris Interactive published the results of an opinion poll of 1.741 workers in the Un ...

                                               

Fair trade

Fair trade is an institutional arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Members of the fair trade movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. The movement focuses in particular on commodities, or products which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries, but also consumed in domestic markets most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold. The movement seeks to promote greater equity in ...

                                               

Green Investment Group

Green Investment Group Limited is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. The business was launched initially by the UK government in 2012 as the first institution of its type in the world. The organisation was acquired by the diversified financial group Macquarie Group Limited in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors, and now operates under the name Green Investment Group. It is structured as a public limited company and is owned by the Macqu ...

                                               

Green-collar worker

A green-collar worker is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy. Environmental green-collar workers satisfy the demand for green development. Generally, they implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability. Formal environmental regulations as well as informal social expectations are pushing many firms to seek professionals with expertise with environmental, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy issues. They often seek to make their output more sustainable, and thus more favorable to public o ...

                                               

Impact investing

Impact investing refers to investments "made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return". Impact investments provide capital to address social and/or environmental issues. Impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses, nonprofits, and funds in industries such as renewable energy, basic services including housing, healthcare, and education, micro-finance, and sustainable agriculture. Institutional investors, notably North American and European development finance ...

                                               

ISO 14031

The ISO 14031:2013 Environmental management - Environmental Performance Evaluation – Guidelines gives guidance on the design and use of environmental performance evaluation, and on identification and selection of environmental performance indicators, for use by all organizations, regardless of type, size, location and complexity.

                                               

The Lacassane Company

The Lacassane Company is a land management company, with a goal of sustainable land management using an environmental management scheme that involves a host of tools including holistic management. Located primarily in Jefferson Davis and Cameron parish, with property in Ragley, Louisiana, the company headquarters is in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

                                               

Malaysia LED Champions

Malaysia LED Champions is a part of a Malaysian Government initiative on "Green Economy" toward eco-friendly green products. This Malaysian LED Champions programs consist of 7 major LED lighting manufacturing companies at Malaysia to lead in innovation and production capacity to lead the export drive. These 7 light-emitting diodes Lighting manufacturing companies are selected by Malaysian Government for this program. They are taken into task to generate and excel on "Green Economy" ambitions by the Malaysian Government. SME Corp as Malaysian Government Agency tasked to conduct various acti ...

                                               

Socially responsible investing

Socially responsible investing, or social investment, also known as sustainable, socially conscious, green or ethical investing, is any investment strategy which seeks to consider both financial return and social/environmental good to bring about social change regarded as positive by proponents. Recently, it has also become known as "sustainable investing" or "responsible investing". There is also a subset of SRI known as "impact investing", devoted to the conscious creation of social impact through investment. In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that t ...

                                               

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting somewhere as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. Tourism can involve primary transportation to the general location, local transportation, accommodations, entertainment, recreation, nourishment and shopping. It can be related to travel for leisure, business and what is called VFR. There is now broad consensus that tourism development should be sustainable; however, the question of how to achieve this remains an object of debate. Without travel there is no tourism, so the concept of sustainab ...

                                     

ⓘ Economy and the environment

  • 2019, the OEH supported the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy within
  • reports to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy In the first Dewar Government, the environment brief was the responsibility of the Minister for
  • degrading the environment It is closely related with ecological economics, but has a more politically applied focus. The 2011 UNEP Green Economy Report
  • A circular economy often referred to simply as circularity is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular
  • A low - carbon economy LCE low - fossil - fuel economy LFFE or decarbonised economy is an economy based on low carbon power sources that therefore has
  • the incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 112th Congress announced his intention to establish the Environment and Economy Subcommittee
  • The economy of Mongolia has traditionally been based on agriculture and livestock. Mongolia also has extensive mineral deposits: copper, coal, molybdenum
  • policy area of the environment In February 2010, departments relating to climate change were split off from the environment industry and external relations
  • Mongolia. The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day was Green Economy The theme aimed to invite people to examine their activities and lifestyle and see

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