Sustainable Industries Daily Update
- Water is looking to be the next bottom line in most environmental calculations so Carbon Disclosure Project is trying to get companies to report risks they face related to water. It asked more than 300 of the largest global companies to report for the first time on water use and other water-related issues, to increase the availability of high quality business information and raise awareness of water-related risk. So far, 137 financial institutions globally with a combined $16 trillion in assets, including Allianz Group, CalSTRS and HSBC. The effort is going to be as difficult, if not more so, to get emissions data/
- The Bay Area is going to have a bigger footprint of energy-related startups. Brighter Planet is planning to expand its San Francisco offices and reduces its presence in Vermont. The company aims to clients reduce their carbon footprints.
- Organizations in Europe, Japan and the United States agreed to create a "global metric" to measure data center efficiency.
- A study of the economic impact of farmers markets in Mississippi found that each dollar of direct sales at one of the state's 54 active farmers markets added 41.33 cents in secondary sales to the local economy. Overall, farmers markets added $1.6 million to local economies in Mississippi.
- Portland is the where New York City-based TapIt is expending next. The company offers online and mobile users information about nearby businesses that will allow them to fill up re-usable water bottles. The two-year old company works with 475 businesses in 10 states.
- Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood talked about his plan to give "alternative" modes of transportation equal weight to cars and highways in the future.