Category: Sustainability

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What is environmental security?

A country runs out of drinkable water. What's its next move? And how will its actions affect neighboring countries? The national security community has developed data, expertise, and plans for responding to threats caused by environmental problems.
Q & A
Sustainability Public Policy

Should the government subsidize alternative energy?

When solar panel manufacturer Solyndra went bankrupt after receiving millions in federal loan guarantees, some said that the government should stop interfering in energy markets. Nancy Pfund and Ben Healey show that the U.S. government has a long history of subsidizing emerging forms of energy, dating back to the 19th century.
Opinion
Sustainability

Where should our trash go?

There's a recycling bin on every doorstep, as cities push to recycle as much solid waste as possible. But Lanny Hickman, the former executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America, says that we should think of recycling as just one more way to remove solid waste, with its own costs and benefits. He argues that we waste an opportunity by not converting more of our garbage into electricity.
Q & A
Sustainability

What does sustainability mean at Yale?

Yale University is striving to integrate sustainability into the institution's operations, as well as its educational and research functions. Julie Newman, the director of Yale's office of sustainability, discusses the efforts at Yale and across higher education.
Q & A
Sustainability

What's the science of sustainability?

The field of industrial ecology seeks to provide definite answers to such questions as whether it's better to read a book in paper or electronic form or whether garbage dumps might become more efficient sources of some metals than mines. By tracking energy and material flows and producing product life-cycle assessments, researchers in the field attempt to take a systems perspective on environmental concerns.
Video
Sustainability

Can solar bring power to India’s rural poor?

Harish Hande is the founder of SELCO, a social enterprise established in 1995. The company provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under-served households and businesses in rural parts of Karnataka and Gujarat. Can this "open-source organization" provide a model for powering economic development without devastating the environment?
Q & A
Sustainability Social Enterprise

So you want to work in sustainability?

As more and more companies integrate environmental concerns in their business functions, the role for sustainability professionals has grown. The founder of Sustainability Recruiting comments on this developing field and provides advice for people interested in working in the area.
Q & A
Sustainability

How does sustainability work at Dow Chemical?

The Dow Chemical Company provides raw materials for almost every industry, making the international giant part of the supply chain for countless products. The company's chief sustainability officer talks about its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.
Q & A
Sustainability

Where are the opportunities and risks in sustainability?

How does increasing attention to the long-term environmental impact of our actions create opportunities for innovative businesses? Does it impose new constraints? The Yale SOM Office of Alumni Relations and Qn magazine hosted a discussion on June 17 with four SOM alumni about lessons they’ve learned in advancing the business of sustainability.
Q & A
Sustainability