Lake Warrior - Arun Krishnamurthy
At 31, Arun Krishnamurthy has already quit a job at Google, set up Environmental Foundation of India (EFI), an NGO. In 10 years EFI has cleaned 83 lakes and the list of lakes to be cleaned is long
How Farm Taaza Is Revolutionizing Fruits & Vegetable Sourcing
The South Indian fruits and vegetable market size is more than $3 billion. Less than five percent is currently sourced by big retailers directly from farmers. The opportunity is immense. The next wave of sourcing will use advanced technology and analytics, says Kumar Ramachandran, CEO of GS Farm Taaza, a leader in the B2B sourcing segment
Lake Warrior - Sahithi Pingali
Behind the starry luminescence which Sahithi Pingali finds herself in today is a heart made of green gold. Her success can be attributed to her innate ability to amalgamate science, technology, civic concern and a collaborative mindset. Yet, it is apparent that all these are driven largely by her love for lakes
Google Wins C K Prahalad Award For Taking 1.2 Million Cars Off The Road
The Corporate Ecoforum has honored three winners at its 10th Anniversary Leadership Retreat for exemplifying the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world
The 'Middle-Out' Approach to Climate Change
It’s fashionable today to push for bottom-up approaches for addressing all major problems. However, authors of a new book argue for a middle-out approach that takes advantages of learnings and experience of leadership from the top and blend it with ground realities. Here’s a peek into the idea:
Where Wastepickers Become Entrepreneurs
Bengaluru’s Citizens have looked at waste pickers, popularly called rag pickers, with disdain. Even if some acknowledge their constribution to the city’s cleanliness they don’t think waste pickers have or need an identity of their own.
We Can Reverse Global Warming In 30 Years
Yes, says Paul Hawken, author of 'Drawdown - The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming' if most of the 100 solutions suggested in the book are implemented by 2050. The good news is, most of the solutions already exist
Greater Malabar Initiative To Promote Local Innovation For Local Problems
Kappad, 12 kilometers from Kozhikode a quiet place that witnessed the historical event that changed the history of India forever - the place Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498.
Government School Teachers Absenteeism Only 2.5%
Contrary to popular perception and even that of the central and state government officials, a study finds Indian government school teachers as highly committed and that their absenteeism rate is highly exaggerated.
Carbon Masters To Set Up First Bio-CNG Unit In Malur Soon
Carbon Masters, a Bangalore based energy start-up, has raised an undisclosed amount from Indian Angel Network and Sangam Ventures, a pure play clean tech venture fund.
In Eco-Tourism Customer Is Not The King
The debate about whether the customer is the king or an ass goes on. Steve Jobs was one of the early disruptors of the ‘customer is the king’ belief – he gave customers something they didn’t know they wanted. Today, Apple is the most valuable company on Planet Earth. Jose Dominic stumbled upon this idea in 1988, even before Steve Jobs did, and has become wildly successful since then.
Eco-Tourism Beyond Tigers?
India’s eco-tourism policies are too heavily tilted towards managing tiger reserves.
Lessons Learnt From Six Years Of Organising Wipro Earthian
Wipro Earthian is India’s largest effort in imbibing sustainability mindset among students in schools and colleges. In a conversation with Benedict Paramanand, Editor of Sustainability Next, P S Narayan, a spearhead of this initiative, shares his learnings and the way forward to make a bigger impact. Mr. Narayan is VP, and Head, Sustainability and Social Initiatives, Wipro Limited. He is the visiting faculty at the Azim Premji University and Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.
Is There a Vision for a Healthy India?
This is the story of India in almost all fields – pockets of excellence but rank callousness in everything else. Perhaps primary health is one of the worst, followed by education, sanitation, pollution. The list is long.
Rural BPOs' Growth Slows Down Due to Apathy
Rapid growth of rural business process outsourcing (RBPOs) or ISSPs (Impact Sourcing Service Provider), a new term coined by Nasscom, is hit, like most entrepreneurs in India, as supporting environment on the ground is falling way short of promise.
There's More Demand Than Supply for Green Bonds
During a GreenBiz 17 program mid February 2017, Dmitri Sedov, vice president of innovation and digital strategy at S&P Global, said the acquisition of Trucost would help solve a gap between the demand for sustainable investing and the supply of these investments.
‘Environment' Missing from Budget and Economic Survey
It’s taken the sharp ears and eyes of senior staff at Centre for Science & Environment to notice that the word ‘environment’ was missing from this year’s Economic Survey as well as the 2017 Budget. What does one make of it? Does it mean this government is callous towards the environment or is it that other related words like renewable energy, climate change, sanitation, and cleaning rivers have replaced the mother word?
diesel cars are 10 times more toxic than trucks and buses
a recent article in the guardian quotes a report which shows that modern diesel cars produce 10 times more toxic air pollution than heavy trucks and buses.
one third of consumers prefer sustainable brands
a study by accenture and havas media group also found that consumers in emerging economies are more engaged on sustainabilty and expect companies' good purpose efforts to benefit them directly.
any takers for coconut-shelled homes?
jayneel trivedi is an architect who works in the sustainable living space. he has worked with govardhan eco village project (mumbai), a 100 acre sustainable farm community and retreat center. this project has won national and international awards like iaa olive crown award, skoch platinum award, green apple award (uk), asian leadership csr award (dubai), aqua excellence award. jayneel is also associated with indian green building council (igbc) that spearheads the green building movement in india.
grounded in communities: people-powered alternatives spark hope in kachchh
the ancient roots of kachchh trace to the bronze age, where ruins of a harappan city were found in dholavira. kachchh is considered as the cradle of craftsmanship, where an old world meets the new in a tenuous grasp to preserve ancient arts and traditional livelihoods.
Two Pilots Show Big Promise
Plastic Menace in ocean
Ola and Uber Could Jumpstart Electric Car Boom in India
India’s snail-paced growth of its electric car market is all set to get a massive surge in the next five years going by Ola’s investor Softbank’s Masayashi Son’s surprise statement at the recent HT Leadership Summit.
Is Lumiere at an Inflection Point?
It has taken Lumiere Organic, one of India’s pioneers in seed-to-table organic food business, 14 years to feel confident that the business could be sustained and grown in the coming years. Founder Manjunath Pankkaparambill’s dogged perseverance and uncanny faith could now set his enterprise for take off.
Fish Food Using Plastic Waste
During her school, one day, Miranda Wang was distraught at seeing a huge landfill with plastic contributing to most of the urban waste.
Yale Report Ranks India 141 in EPI
A July 2016 Yale University, US, report has ranked India 141st among 180 countries worldwide in Environmental Performance Index (EPI), worse than all the “competing” BRICS countries. The report ranks Brazil 46th, Russia 32nd, China 109th, and South Africa 81st.
Message on a Shell
The humble coconut is one of Nature’s biggest wonders.
Will Trump Renege on US' Climate Deal?
The jubilation lasted only 5 days before turning nightmarish.
Amazon Tower To Study Impact of Climate Change
The Amazon, a region nearly the size of the U.S., is by far the largest rainforest on earth. Biologists have warned for decades that its prodigious biodiversity was threatened by logging.
10 Easy Steps To Bring Bangalore's Mojo Back
The city has a last chance to rejuvenate itself. If it loses this one, it will be good bye to the dreams of a million people and that of the founders and the entrepreneurs who have made this city what it is today.