Sustainability News from Treezero

FAO Launches Resources to Support Climate-Smart Agriculture

By Lauren Anderson
To help meet these needs, on the occasion of the climate summit’s ‘Agriculture Action Day,’ FAO launched a resource titled, ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook.’ A second edition, the online sourcebook provides information on how to make agriculture more sustainable and productive while also reducing its climate impacts. According to FAO, the second edition adds new modules addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, integrated production systems, knowledge-support systems for rural producers, the role of gender, and how to improve implementation.
FAO also launched a report titled, ‘Tracking adaptation in agriculture sectors: Climate change adaptation indicators.’ The publication presents a “framework and methodology for Tracking Adaptation in Agricultural Sectors (TAAS) at the national level.” Looking at adaptation processes across agricultural sub-sectors, the document analyzes the interrelationships between four categories of indicators: natural resources and ecosystems; agricultural production systems; socio-economics; and institutional and policy systems that drive adaptation processes and outcomes.

Office Depot Wins SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for GreenerOffice program

Office Depot is one of eleven companies awarded the first annual 2017 SEAL Business Sustainability Award, celebrating their leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices. Global brands such as Bridgestone, Herman Miller, and Office Depot, Inc. were among the organizations whose impact and initiatives recognized with a SEAL Award. “Companies have a unique opportunity and responsibility to drive environmental progress where politics cannot. Our corporate sustainability awards celebrate organizations that embrace the responsibility to effect positive change,” commented Matt Harney, founder of the SEAL Awards. “We believe recognition is a form of accountability. If we hold corporations accountable for bad environmental behavior, it is imperative that we also honor their positive actions. Most business sustainability initiatives are unglamorous and invisible to the general public despite having significant positive impacts – we hope our awards bring some much-needed recognition to both the activities and the leaders behind them.” This award honors specific environmental and sustainability initiatives. Key criteria for selection included: Impact Metrics, Innovation, Sharing of Insights, and Investment Levels. The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards launched in 2017 and is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization. Our core beliefs maintain that environmental progress requires true leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability.

Staples reveals remote working trend

According to a survey of full-time workers in the US and Canada, just 32% of employees spent all of their time in the office this year, while 43% of respondents said that flexibility to carry out duties at home was a ‘must-have’. Findings from the Workplace Survey include:

  • Only 27% of millennials spend all their time in a traditional office
  • Approximately 14.6 million employees in the US are using co-working spaces
  • 21% would take a 10% pay cut to work in a nicer workplace
  • 80% believe employers have a responsibility to keep employees mentally and physical well
  • Yet only 23% of workers say they have access to a dedicated wellness room in their place of work
  • 44% have taken a ‘mental health day’
  • 15% have opted for a vacation somewhere without phone or computer access

Read the full details of the report.
Interested in impact investing? Here’s everything you need to know – short video – Impact investing, a subset of socially responsible investing, doesn’t just focus on avoidance of harm to society and the environment, but actively seeks to make a positive impact. Here’s what you need to know to become an impact investor.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We’ve created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. This November 28th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and then share your idea.

Former Rep. Hinchey’s funeral will be Wednesday

The funeral for former Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who spent 38 years in public life, serving in both Congress and the New York state Assembly, will be Wednesday, the family announced Saturday in his obituary. Hinchey, who was 79, died Nov. 22 at his home on Old Powdermill Road in Saugerties. He was diagnosed this year with a progressive and fatal neurological disease. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years and 18 years in the state Assembly before that. In the obituary, the family spotlighted Hinchey’s work as “the environmental hero of the Hudson Valley.” The family noted that he sponsored state and national laws protecting water, air, land and food, as well as being an early advocate for sustainable agriculture. In the Assembly, where he was chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Hinchey became known for his landmark investigative work on toxic waste disposal in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls. He led a successful, 10-year investigation into organized crime’s illegal dumping of toxic waste that led to the conviction of more than 20 criminal figures. In Congress, he successfully led the fight to force General Electric to clean up the 1.3 million pounds of PCBs it dumped into the Hudson River between 1947 and 1977, and he was responsible for the creation of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.