Sustainable Industries Daily Update
- We found a nice wrap-up of what COP15 might mean for business.
- Of course, the word out of Copenhagen and the COP15 summit is not much at all (Many are saying that COP15 is not good we won't be taking a position here.) However, some things did get started including an agreement to form a working group to find ways to reduce emissions from agriculture. This is good news. "Agriculture itself is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, generating about 14 percent of the global total. (If logging and the conversion of forests and grasslands for crops and pasture are included, this rises to 31 percent of emissions)," according to the New York Times.
- Finally, Microsoft recently hired a chief environmental strategist and has made some pretty notable efforts to promote sustainability and make products that help reduce energy use. Find out how Microsoft was received in Copenhagen and what else is being done there.
- In British Columbia, some home owners selling their property are taking part in a pilot project to add energy efficiency scores to MLS listings. The program is to test to see if homes with higher efficiency scores command higher prices. A recent survey conducted by the B.C. Real Estate Association suggests 65 percent of people there would be willing to pay more for an energy-efficient home.
- U.S. growers of organic cotton increased plantings of organic cotton acreage by 26 percent in 2009 over that planted the previous year, according to preliminary data collected by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The 2009 plantings are the highest since 2001, when 11,586 acres were planted by U.S. cotton growers.
- Greentech firms are getting back into the IPO waters. Check out which three green firms look most likely to IPO in 2010, according to Earth2Tech.