New Truck Efficiency Standards Are Great News for American Innovation

We've partnered with businesses, builders, and local communities to reduce the energy we consume.  When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars.  In the coming months, I'll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.” — President Obama. 2014 State of the Union

Global warming pollution from our nation’s heavy trucks is projected to increase by more than 130 million tons between now and 2040. This is expected to be the largest increase in emissions from any single end-use. Read more

EDF Climate Corps – Creating a New Generation of Leaders

Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Davis

In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama offered a new twist on the customary pronouncement on the nation’s health, saying “it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong.”

Seated in the gallery with the First Lady were some shining examples of those citizens.  One of them was former EDF Climate Corps fellow, Tyrone Davis.

Tyrone is from Winston-Salem, NC, and has been legally blind since the age of nine.  Despite his vision loss, he ran cross-country and track in high school, and received a political science degree and Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.  He developed an interest in environmental issues during his time as an undergraduate, which led him to apply for an EDF Climate Corps fellowship in 2010. Read more

Is there a ray of environmental optimism?

First there were the producers of “Years of Living Dangerously”, who wanted to end their ground-breaking documentary on an optimistic note. Next, President Obama and the First Lady invited former EDF Climate Corps fellow Tyrone Davis to the State of the Union address.

It seems like everyone is coming to EDF Climate Corps to find that one, important ray of hope when talking about climate change. Could we be onto something here?

The answer is yes. EDF Climate Corps does represent hope for a more environmentally secure future. Why? Because we are tapping into the country’s brightest and most passionate graduate students to create a ripple effect of environmental change in the corporate sector, in cities, and in universities. This is the generation that will change the planet with a new approach to leadership that balances profitability with sustainability. President Obama said it nice and loud, “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” The new generation of leaders understand that we need to find ways to provide goods, food and services for an exploding population without decimating our planet. They’ve got the passion. EDF gives them the tools. Now they’re getting the exposure they deserve.

Case in point:

Gina McCarthy and Tyrone Davis of EDF Climate Corps

We are all incredibly proud of Tyrone’s work and the well-earned attention he has brought to the next generation of leaders.

Look for “Years of Living Dangerously” to debut on April 13th at 10pm on Showtime.

In the News: What to do when climate change gets in the way of business – drink less Coke?

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It took a decade of drought in India to make Coca-Cola leaders directly associate climate change with a threat to the bottom-line. Over at Nike, floods in Thailand caused them to shut down four factories in 2008. According to a recent article in the New York Times, these and other examples show how economic self-interest is increasingly forcing the private sector to lean in where policy has stalled. Read more

EDF Expert Shares 4 Ways to Increase Profitability and Sustainability in 2014

Elizabeth Sturcken

Recently, EDF expert Elizabeth Sturcken wrote a post featured on Retailing Today about 4 ways to increase profitability in 2014. She highlights that “as the holiday dust clears and we settle into a new year, it’s only fitting that retailers take a moment to reflect on successes of 2013 and identify opportunities for 2014.”

Sturcken and her team put their heads together to identify the following opportunities to maximize efficiency and benefit the bottom line:

  1. Look at your waste
  2. Look at how you are transporting goods and products
  3. Look to source and sell better products
  4. Look at your buildings Read more

In the News: When it comes to climate change, do we take some economic pain now, or more later?

That’s a key question recently posed by the New York Times in response to a draft report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With business leaders feeling the economic risk to their operations, all eyes will turn toward next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where an entire day’s agenda will focus on addressing the rising costs of climate change. Read more

Along with new EDF Climate Corps hosts, new project offerings in 2014

CC-200x300Environmental Defense Fund unveiled today the first group of participating organizations to sign on for EDF Climate Corps 2014, along with a revamped list of smart energy management offerings the program will provide for them. New host organizations including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Dow Chemical Company and Jackson Family Wines join veteran participants like AT&T, Shorenstein Properties, PepsiCo, Caesars Entertainment and McDonald’s in choosing EDF Climate Corps as a cost-effective resource to advance organizational energy management. Read more