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Survey: 80% of Real Estate Investors, Managers Have Sustainability Strategy

Survey: 80% of Real Estate Investors, Managers Have Sustainability Strategy

Real estate investors and managers are sharpening their focus on sustainability issues with 60 percent collecting and reporting energy consumption data in 2012, nearly double from last year, according to results from the 2012 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark survey. The 2012 GRESB Survey, which includes data from 450 property … Read more »

Oracle: Smart Grids Increase Utility Data Collection 180 Times

Oracle: Smart Grids Increase Utility Data Collection 180 Times

The average utility with at least one smart meter program in place has increased the frequency of its data collection by 180 times from just once a month to every four hours, according to a report from Oracle. The Big Data, Bigger Opportunities: Plans and Preparedness for the Data Deluge … Read more »

Consultants and Software Firms Can’t Help Us, Energy Managers Say

Consultants and Software Firms Can’t Help Us, Energy Managers Say

Fewer than 20 percent of energy managers believe consultants, software firms, technology services providers and automation and controls suppliers have strong capabilities to help improve energy management, according to a study conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix. The study found the majority of companies in those four market segments had low … Read more »

Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices

Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices

Seventy-two percent of US companies say sustainability influences their purchasing decisions and is an important factor when selecting a service provider, according to a survey by cloud computing firm Rackspace Hosting. Outside of the US, 91 percent of companies that participated in the survey said sustainability has been built into … Read more »

Consumer Support for Green Energy Drops

Consumer support for clean energy declined significantly between 2009 and 2011, according to a report by Pike Research. The cleantech market intelligence firm’s annual Energy & Environment Consumer Survey found that the average percentage of consumers with an “extremely” or “very” favorable view of 13 clean energy concepts, ranging from renewable … Read more »

More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive

More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive

Two-thirds of corporate leaders say management attention to and investment in sustainability rose from 2010 to 2011, according to a global study by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. In the third annual Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study, sponsored by SAP and Shell, two-thirds of companies … Read more »

More Firms Appointing Lead Corporate Responsibility Role

More Firms Appointing Lead Corporate Responsibility Role

The proportion of organizations with a lead role overseeing corporate responsibility shot up to 62 percent in 2011, versus 42 percent in 2010, according to a survey by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the Corporate Responsibility Officer Association and NYSE Euronext. Corporate Responsibility Best Practices: CR Practices Among Global Corporations found that senior-level … Read more »

90% of Manufacturers Think Their Sustainability is Better than Average

90% of Manufacturers Think Their Sustainability is Better than Average

Three-quarters of consumers think manufacturers have not taken enough steps to ensure that their production follows environmental procedures, according to a study from UL, and 70 percent feel companies do not conduct thorough testing before launching new products. But the study also found that more than 90 percent of manufacturers … Read more »

Employee Engagement Less Effective than in 2009, Survey Finds

More than half of organizations engage employees on sustainability frequently, up five percent on 2009, but the percent of engagement programs deemed effective or somewhat effective fell by eight percent in that time to 58 percent, according to a survey by sustainability technology company Brighter Planet.  Greening the Workplace 2011, … Read more »

Consumers Value Environment Less than Economic Development

The environment is only the second-most important issue for companies to address, chosen by 21 percent of adults in the ten-nation 2011 Cone/Echo Global CR Opportunity Study. In the survey released today by Cone Communications and Echo Research, economic development was the most widely chosen issue, ranked most important by … Read more »

Execs Getting Complacent about Environmental Problems

Execs Getting Complacent about Environmental Problems

A worrying trend is emerging, according to a new survey by SustainAbility and GlobeScan: sustainability experts and practitioners are not feeling the sense of urgency they once did. In the survey of experts from 64 countries, the five most urgent issues on the sustainability agenda – climate change, water scarcity, … Read more »

Fewer than 25% of Local Governments Use Alternative Energy, Says Report

Fewer than 25% of Local Governments Use Alternative Energy, Says Report

Fewer than a quarter of US local governments employ any form of alternative energy generation, according to survey results. Just 23.4 percent of the more than 2,100 local governments surveyed for Breaking New Ground: Promoting Environmental and Energy Programs in Local Government reported using any kind of renewable or alternative … Read more »