Major corporations are planning to spend more than 30x what they are putting in the wallets of employees on buying back their own stock, benefiting wealthy shareholders

Washington Post By Rick Wartzman and William Lazonick, February 6, 2018  Rick Wartzman, director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, is author of “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.” William Lazonick is an economics professor at UMass Lowell and president of the Academic-Industry Research Network. Don’t …

RE100 electricity purchases going up: Corporations purchased a record 5.4 gigawatts of clean power in 2017 through PPAs

January 23rd, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica  Corporations around the world signed a record volume of Power Purchase Agreements in 2017, amounting to 5.4 gigawatts of clean energy by 43 companies across 10 different countries, which is an impressive 25% increase over 2016. A new comprehensive analysis of corporate clean energy procurement published this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) found …

Road diet bridges a barrier, boosts safety

A breakthrough design on La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego cuts crashes by 90 percent and gives local business a shot in the arm.  This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors, funded by the Federal Highway Administration. By ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JAN. 10, 2018 CNU The reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard …

On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …

The Ohio Employee Ownership Center has retained or created 15K jobs at a cost of just $772 per job.  Other states have similar centers.  Every state ought to have one!

At Fifty by Fifty, we just published an op-ed about employee ownership in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel as well as Madison’s Capital Times. The fact that Madison is the capital matters, because it means the piece probably floated around the halls of the Capitol building the Monday after it ran. I wanted to share the story of how we at The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) pulled …

Greenlighting new mobility approaches goes much faster with permitting over RFP approach says SDOT

Faster than RFP process, permitting allows SDOT to be more nimble and adaptive to changing technologies. That’s one of the goals of SDOT’s New Mobility Playbook, an outline of the agency’s plans to incorporate innovative technology into Seattle’s transportation network.  The Playbook details how SDOT will respond to new technologies, like autonomous vehicles, sensors on traffic lights, transportation networks and ridesharing, …

Businesses involved in making the transition

By Bianca Nogrady, The Guardian, 29 June 2017 When the US president, Donald Trump, announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, one might have anticipated a hearty cheer from industry around the world relieved that business as usual could continue. Instead the opposite has happened. Across the United States, the business community is taking it upon itself …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …

More jobs, more equality among wages, better community life and strength with local businesses

Key Studies: Why Local Matters by the Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Written by Stacy Mitchell The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/key-studies-why-local-matters/  Last update: Jan. 8, 2016 In recent decades, policy across the country has privileged the biggest corporations. Yet a growing body of research is proving something that many citizens already …