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 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A group of 140 companies operating in California, including General Motors, Apple, eBay, Intel, Gap, Levi Strauss, Nestle, Symantec, The North Face and Acer, have placed their weight behind an ambitious Climate Declaration that exhorts policymakers in the United States to address the challenges of climate change with a sense of urgency.

The declaration says that the U.S. needs to undertake a comprehensive and coordinated effort to combat climate change in order to retain its global economic competitiveness and maintain the American way of life. The group of companies has called upon lawmakers to deliver ambitious action on climate...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a global project aimed at showcasing the health and productivity benefits of green commercial buildings around the world. The project will help put forward a compelling business case for greener buildings and promote greater investments in sustainable office building construction. The Green Building Councils of the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Colombia are partnering on the WorldGBC project.

The project will make its case on the basis of scientific studies that have shown up to 23 percent gains in productivity from improved lighting design and up to 11 percent gains in...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – General Electric Co. has set aside an additional $10 billion through 2020 for the development of clean energy technologies, which will generate revenues and create a positive environmental impact. GE’s chief executive Jeff Immelt is set to announce this new investment, which will help intensify research in complex energy projects such as gas turbine efficiency and waterless fracking.

GE’s ‘ecomagination’ research budget reveals the company’s strong focus on energy, which has emerged as its fastest growth area. The company is aiming to become a dominant equipment and services supplier to oil, natural gas and alternative power...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online global monitoring platform backed by Google, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 other partners, has been launched to provide near real-time information on worldwide deforestation. The goal of GFW is to draw attention to the loss of forests around the world that is contributing to climate change.

GFW brings together advanced satellite technologies, open data and crowdsourcing to deliver near real-time, reliable and actionable data about what is going on in the forests across the globe. The development of GFW was spearheaded by the WRI’s employmentof millions of high-resolution photographs from NASA’s Landsat program....


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tesla Motors is set to make an announcement about its plans to build the world’s largest lithium battery factory in the US. Tesla founder Elon Musk has called it the “Gigafactory,” and claims that it will potentially transform the company’s future.

The massive plant is critical to Tesla’s goal to produce an affordable long-range electric car in numbers that are large enough to put the company in the league of major automakers. Market analysts believe that Tesla needs to cut the cost of the battery in half in order to produce half a million cars. The company plans to achieve this aim with the building of the Gigafactory.

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3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The demand for CSR news and data continues to grow among shareholders, institutional investors, media and industry analysts, and consumers. As the environmental, social, and governance impacts of companies become more material to the bottom line, this information increasingly figures in judgments about a company’s performance—and its value.

A 2013 survey by Ernst & Young revealed that this interest among shareholders and investors in the CSR efforts of businesses is on the rise. Half of the respondents in the survey reported that they are receiving an increase in the number of sustainability-related inquiries from shareholders...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Lego A/S is looking for a sustainable replacement for ABS, its signature bricks material. The company has set a target to find and use a sustainable alternative to replace ABS by 2030. The company says that the challenge is to identify a new resin that will be sustainable and yet be able to meet the same characteristics as the material of its current locking building blocks.

Lego’s toys are passed down from one generation to the next because of the high durability of the material. Therefore, the company’s goal is to find a sustainable alternative that is just as durable as the existing material. While the search is still in its...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The State of Hawaii has created an innovative $100 million outdoor demonstration site for emerging technologies that includes ocean energy, solar energy, algae biofuels and sea-based food technologies. The facility, the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park, is inviting companies to pilot their pre-commercial technologies at the site.

The HOST site is managed by the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), a strategic partnership between the State and County of Hawaii, and Hawaii Electric Light Company. It is designed to drive innovation and economic growth for the region. HOST is a unique model of sustainable...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – IHG Green Engage, the online sustainability program employed by over 2,600 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) branded hotels worldwide, has received recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for providing a streamlined approach to achieving important sustainability certifications.

IHG is the first hotel company to provide an approach to pre-certification for new-build hotels under the LEED 2009 for New Construction rating system. IHG was also the first hotel company to provide LEED pre-certification for existing hotels. Green certifications such as LEED allow the company to showcase its sustainability achievements to...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Communities across California are faced with one of the worst droughts in the state in over a century. Last week, farmers in California made plans to leave about half a million acres out of production in an area that provides 50 percent of America’s fruits and vegetables. The Obama administration is extending support to the farmers, ranchers, small businesses and communities in California that are being impacted by the drought.

A series of new actions are being put in place to help the state recover from this historic drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and other federal agencies are...


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