Marks & Spencer to receive 2008 World Environment Center Gold Medal

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The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Twenty-Fourth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Marks & Spencer for linking sustainability extensively with its supply chain, operations, and customers. Marks & Spencer’s signature contribution, known as “Plan A”, was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as an extraordinary and successful model of sustainability practice. Plan A is a magnificent commitment from such a large UK retailer.

Following the success of their 2005, “Look behind the label” campaign, leading UK retailer, Marks and Spencer launched a £200m ethical campaign in 2006, entitled Plan A. The 100-point, five year sustainable development program, covers all aspects of Marks & Spencer’s business. Through it, the UK retailer aims to become carbon neutral and send no waste to landfill from its own operations; extend sustainable sourcing; set new standards in ethical trading and help its customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading

The Rainforest Foundation – Action Alert

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The first-ever law in Africa guarding against the discrimination, exploitation and violence endured by indigenous peoples could be passed in the Republic of Congo by the end of 2007.

The Rainforest Foundation need our help now to safeguard the basic human rights of indigenous peoples who play a crucial role in protecting Congo’s rainforests. Please sign the Rainforest petition urging Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to support this vital legislation affecting the lives of tens of thousands of indigenous peoples.

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[10.10.07] GreenAwards

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Pittsburgh Zoo Joins the Climate Campaign

Pittsburgh Zoo has started a new program called One Degree of Change, which is aimed at the local people of Pittsburgh or any community – to give them hints and tips on how they can help climate change in their every day lives. 

Dr Peter Fashing is the founder of this initiative, following a trip to Ethiopia, where he saw the devastating effect of global warming on the native populations of Gelada Baboons. The program is run through workshops at the Zoo and a website, which gives excellent, easy tips for every household.

  • Walk, ride a bike or take public transport
  • Change the light bulbs in your home to energy efficient
  • Buy local produce from farmers markets
  • Don’t waste paper or plastic
  • Compost your food to make home-made fertilizer

[18.10.07] MSNBC

WWF Paper Dispenser

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The World Wildlife Federation ad campaigns consistently utilize their existing surroundings very well. Here we have a paper dispenser with South America cut out, and green foil to tint your view… “clearly conveying that with every piece of paper you take, you’re taking away from the greenness of south america. How multisensory and engaging beyond a simple sticker/poster. By Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark.”

Via. NotCot.com

Sustainability: More than a Slogan

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The Sustainable Furniture Council is a non-profit industry association founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike.

The SFC recognizes the overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change. SFC members acknowledge the tremendous urgency, and will take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under our control. Continue reading

Thinking & Acting Sustainably: Profile of a 21st Century Professional

A one day workshop for professionals from PP4SD and The Institution of Environmental Sciences will be held in London, on 5th December, 2007.

The majority of professionals in the environmental field need sustainable development knowledge and skills in their employment but most undergraduate programmes provide insufficient knowledge and skills for professionals to cope with the sustainable development aspects of their jobs. Continue reading

London: MSc Evolutionary Psychology

Brunel University have recently informed me of an exciting postgraduate course they are running, providing an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology.

In very basic terms, Evolutionary Psychology, is the study of how evolution has shaped mind and behaviour, and in this instance it is very relevant to look at the broader view inclusive of species that share common ancestry, for example humans and primates. The course is running at Brunel University London, taught in association with the Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology (CCEP), and the Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging (CCNI).

For more information contact Nicholas Pound by email (Nicholas.Pound@brunel.ac.uk) or read more about the course from The Evolution & Behaviour Group at Brunel University.