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Climate Change journal focuses special issue on Indigenous peoples

Posted by: Jonny Bearcub Stiffarm
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This week, the Portland, Oregon based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), a technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin's four treaty tribes, is applauding the publication of the journal Climate Change. The October special issue is a collaboration of 50 authors focusing on the experiences and actions of Indigenous peoples as they cope with climate change today. 

Read More | Oct 7, 2013 |

World Water Week just passed. Did you notice?

Posted by: Tom Rawls
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Today, 780 million individuals still live without access to clean and safe water sources. Two and a half billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities. One billion people defecate in the open.  Is that too much information?

Read More | Sep 17, 2013 |

From the President: The Case For Supply Chain Sustainability Investments

Posted by: Jeff Bernicke

Recently members of NativeEnergy’s leadership team were in Berkeley, CA to convene a gathering of thought leaders from various organizations around a broad range of sustainability topics.  The event was a working session attended by food and beverage companies, retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and others.  The goal wasn’t to tout the successes of various sustainability programs.  Rather, the group came together to discuss their aspirations around sustainability, gaps in existing initiatives, and barriers that are preventing businesses from achieving their goals.  As we dove into the discussion, it was clear that while each segment has its own unique set of concerns, some issues are universal.

Read More | Jul 23, 2013 |

"Google" Google Green

Posted by: Tom Rawls

You might be surprised

Today a staff member at a major sustainability not-for-profit organization asked me what was happening in the voluntary carbon offset market.  One answer may be found in the recent report entitled State of the Voluntary Carbon Offset Market 2013.

Read More | Jul 10, 2013 |

5 Tips for a Green 4th of July

Posted by: Sandra Markowitz - Intern
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When I think of the 4th of July, I think of my family’s traditions: attend our local parade, go for a family canoe and pick strawberries. In recent years, my family has started to host 4th of July parties, and we strive to keep things as green as possible.

Read More | Jul 2, 2013 |

Greensburg: Exceeding Expectations

Posted by: Sandra Markowitz - Intern
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Six years after a catastrophic tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas, the town now stands as a leader in sustainable redevelopment. Called “the greenest town in America,” Greensburg meets 100% of its energy needs from a portion of the 12.5MW Greensburg Wind Farm. 

Read More | Jul 1, 2013 |

NativeEnergy Provides Carbon Offsets and Renewable Power for the Sustainable Brands Conference

Posted by: Sandra Markowitz - Intern

This month, the Sustainable Brands 2013 conference brought together more than 2000 attendees from around the world at the intersection of branding and sustainability.

Read More | Jun 28, 2013 |

Is Your Food Rich In C02?

Posted by: Tom Rawls

Michael Pollan, the author known for his thoughtful and lively writing on food, has a new book out, Cooked. Apparently we need to change the way we cook if we want to survive. Said differently, we need to cook for ourselves and not have others do it for us.

Read More | May 2, 2013 |

Will Marketing Save the World?

Posted by: Tom Rawls


In an interview in the guardian, a British newspaper, one of the co-founders of Method, an innovative manufacturer of sustainable cleaning products, says that it is marketers who are going to stop climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

Eric Ryan, who co-founded Method a dozen years ago and recently sold the company to the Ecover, a like-mind Dutch company, is quoted as saying you cannot count on governments to solve environmental problems.

Read More | Apr 29, 2013 |

Using the TRT to Reduce Emissions and Save Money

Posted by: Joe Tyson

Every spring, we help our Tracking and Reporting Tool (TRT) clients wrap up their annual emissions assessments. It’s a busy couple weeks of gathering final utility bills and double-checking previously entered data. It is also an exciting time for our team who works on the TRT and for our clients’ sustainability teams who have been tracking results throughout the year.

Read More | Apr 17, 2013 |