Posted on February 8, 2017
The last time you applied for a job, did you ask about the ventilation, lighting and thermal comfort of the office environment? Probably not, but here’s why you should.
Scientific evidence is emerging that proves the connection between the office building environment and how well you think and sleep long after you leave the building. If you’re a job seeker who spends considerable time studying the traditional compensation, benefits and organizational…
Posted on January 4, 2017
With the busy holiday travel season, my thoughts turned to the large numbers of people who took to the skies to visit friends and family these past weeks. Advancements in green aviation technologies and new international agreements like the ICAO measure to curb carbon dioxide emissions have brought us a long way in making air travel more sustainable. Most of us think about how the planes and engines are becoming…
Posted on December 6, 2016
I recently helped host 300 green buildings leaders in London and Dubai. These are quite different environments but the discussions were remarkably similar. Green buildings save energy and water and will help the world urbanize more sustainably. Another recurring theme may surprise you. Green buildings add economic value for three distinct stakeholders:
Investors. In my conversations with some pension fund managers, traditionally big real estate investors, they told me they would…
Posted on November 17, 2016
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me and the 88% of Americans celebrating with friends and family this year, you might already be loosening your belt in anticipation of a holiday feast. This remarkable day is famous for celebrating the bounty of our food.
As someone who focuses on food waste – and food waste solutions – every day, these numbers got me thinking. Nationally, we waste up to…
Posted on October 17, 2016
Yesterday, on October 16, we celebrated World Food Day, which reminds us of some hard truths. Although we find many ways to celebrate food throughout the year, we waste 40% of it. Nearly 1 billion people around the world go to bed hungry every night. Food security is a major issue around the globe.
The amount of food we waste around the world is certainly foolish given the millions of people…
Posted on October 11, 2016
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As incomes rise with the global middle class growing from 25% today to 60% in 2030, the remaining 82% of the world that has yet to step foot on an airplane will start flying in big numbers. So big, the number of commercial airplanes is expected to double to around 44,000 in the next 20 years. More air travel means an increase in carbon dioxide emissions from airplanes. But does…
Posted on October 5, 2016
In my last blog post, I talked about sustainable urbanization and the fact that by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of sustainability go hand in hand.
So how do we accelerate energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, green building? We make it about people.…
Posted on September 8, 2016
Sustainable urbanization isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue. Say it three times fast and you’ll see what I mean. But if you care about food waste like I do, it’s definitely a term you should know.
Sustainable urbanization is so intimately tied to food waste that you can’t talk about one without the other. If we don’t get it right, we might miss the most sustainable opportunity to feed…
Posted on August 29, 2016
Imagine receiving just 60% of your pay. Or when you send email, 40% are never delivered. We don’t tolerate 40% inefficiency in anything, yet we’ve come to accept it with the major resource that sustains the human race: our food.
One-third or more of food never makes it from the farm to our fork. The food is lost to waste or spoilage. At the same time nearly one billion people go…
Posted on August 2, 2016
Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)
This post originally appeared on my new blog on The Huffington Post. Check it out here, and look for more blog posts soon!
One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its…