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Building the cities of the future with green districts

May 2015—Better design can make sense aesthetically, environmentally—and economically.more

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Rethinking the water cycle

May 2015—How moving to a circular economy can preserve our most vital resource.more

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Business and society in the coming decades

April 2015—In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.more

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Short-termism and the threat from climate change

April 2015—By not acting now, we’re allowing the future costs of the greenhouse-gas crisis to compound. Eventually, the consequences will be irreversible.more

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth
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From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

March 2015—How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain social stability?more

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Manufacturing growth through resource productivity

March 2015—Resource productivity should be a top priority for manufacturers. This excerpt from a new book presents five core beliefs to drive growth by becoming leaner and greener.more

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Can bioenergy replace coal?

September 2014—Europe wants 27 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy has the potential to help the continent reach that goal, but it requires an industry comeback.more

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The opportunity in tackling the affordable housing challenge

March 2015—Experts in housing and urban development weigh in on ways that countries are addressing or plan to take on the $650 billion affordable housing gap.more

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Bringing discipline to your sustainability initiatives

August 2014—Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can possibly manage. Here’s how to get them under control.more

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Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results

July 2014—Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go.more

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Creating partnerships for sustainability

July 2014—Companies are increasingly expected to join with other organizations—both public and private—to address social and environmental problems. Here are seven ways to make such alliances successful.more

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Riding the resource wave: How extractive companies can succeed in the new resource era

August 2014—With economic and social expectations rising in resource-rich countries, extractive companies must re-think how they do business.more

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Myths and realities of clean technologies

April 2014—Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance.more

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