Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council (SPLC) has released a set of five principles that organizations can follow to demonstrate leadership in green buying. The SPLC developed these principles to help all types of organizations within the institutional purchasing marketplace align and benchmark their sustainable purchasing efforts.

The SPLC was formed nearly a year ago with support from Office Depot, World Resources Institute, Goodyear, American University, certification and consulting company DEKRA, the National Association of State Procurement Officials, and UL Environment, among others. Its five green buying principles...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Airbus has taken an important step forward in the field of green aviation. Last week, it successfully launched a test flight of its carbon-fiber electric-powered plane called E-Fan. The plane flew over the vineyards of Bordeaux, France, cruising at 185 kilometers per hour. It was powered by two 65-kg lithium battery packs hidden in its wings, each driving a 30 KW electric motor. The flight has heralded the future possibilities of a new class of cleaner, greener hybrid airliners.

According to Airbus, E-Fan is more than just a research project. It is the first step in a development program that could lead to much...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched an innovative project that aims to develop sustainable tourism at destinations along the world’s major migratory bird routes. The organization will bring the project into spotlight on the World Migratory Bird Day 2014 – celebrated in more than 70 countries on 10-11 May.

The project focuses on the role sustainable tourism can perform in conserving the spectacular movements of migratory birds along their flyways. The World Migratory Bird Day will be commemorated under the theme “Destination Flyways – Migratory Birds and Tourism.” The project will aim at promotion of...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The new contemporary packaging for Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment is designed to appeal to consumers, with its bolder presence on the retail shelves as well as in the candy bowl. However, there’s much more than an attractive presentation: Hershey has focused on improving environmental sustainability as well with the new packaging.

Each new wrapper underwent a weight reduction of 0.05 grams. This may appear to be a minuscule figure, but it is equivalent to over 271,800 pounds of wrappers saved every year. This quantity is enough to fill 11 tractor trailers. The innovation helps Hershey cut down its paper use and save 1,957...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) –The 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference,to be held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) Showcase on May 12-15, will bring together researchers, developers, engineers and academics from MIT as well as from around the world to brainstorm ideas for civic advancements. The goal is to promote innovation in infrastructure in urban areas, starting with the world’s most popular building material: concrete.

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction resources in the world. However, when produced in mass quantities, it leads to a considerable impact on the environment. MIT plans to find...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Citigroup [C-NYSE] is actively addressing the risks of climate change with an ambitious three-pronged climate resilience plan. With its business spread across 160 countries, Citi clearly has a global stake in tackling the challenge of climate change.

Citi has exceeded its 10-year goal of directing $50 billion towards efforts to mitigate climate change, including providing finances for renewable energy and energy efficiency, and improving the sustainability of Citi’s operations. The bank has managed to reduce its emissions by 25 percent, and met its 2015 operational environmental goals for GHG and waste two years ahead of time....


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations marked World Press Freedom Day, observed each year on May 3, by urging governments, societies and individuals to actively defend free media. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that freedom of expression, independent media and universal access to knowledge, are vital to achieving sustainable development for the people and the planet.

Freedom of both traditional and new media is indispensable for development, democracy and good governance. The UN has opened a briefing at its headquarters on “Media freedom for a better future: shaping...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Schapiro have taken up leadership positions with the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Bloomberg has been named as board chair and Schapiro as vice-chair of the organization.

SASB, a relative new entrant in the field of corporate reporting, was launched publicly less than two years ago. With the enlisting of powerful allies in the area of finance such as Bloomberg and Schapiro, the San Francisco-based nonprofit is set to extend its impact within the business and investment communities.

SASB...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Walmart’s inaugural Sustainable Product Expo has brought together more than a dozen global corporations to sign new pledges that push innovation in sustainable food production and recycling. Eight of the largest food companies have announced commitments to help ensure that future supply of food in the world becomes affordable and sustainable through collaboration and efficiency across the food system by 2050.

The joint pledges aim to bring eight million acres of farmland into sustainable agriculture programs and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by six million metric tons. The companies also joined Walmart in announcing plans to...


3 years 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – MetLife Foundation has donated $25,000 to Kramden Institute, an organization in the U.S. making computers available to disadvantaged students at no cost. The donation will help refurbish computers for schools in low-income communities in North Carolina. This is part of MetLife’s continued efforts to support education initiatives and promote the mission of refurbishing computers for local schools and students in need.

MetLife has traditionally been committed to encouraging employee participation in volunteer events that further the well being of the community. The Foundation first came to know about Kramden from one of their own employees, Don Rowe, who has...


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