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Green Steps has delivered the first two of its 2014 Green Steps @ Uni program, aimed at equipping young leaders with the knowledge and skills to be effective change agents for a sustainable future once they enter the workforce. With over 170 students applying to get into the program, 30 were selected from a rigorous interview process to take part in the 2014 programs. Read on to see what the students thought about the program so far...

Annie Leonard has just been appointed as the new Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. We take a look at what the move means, both for Greenpeace and for those of us working as change agents for sustainability. There are three key messages that Leonard shares about her new role at Greenpeace. 

Green Steps has launched a series of new courses designed to help staff maximise their skills to make the workplace more sustainable. Check out the changes we have made and how to get involved in the courses in 2014. 

Good intentions and a room full of volunteers may not quite be enough to shake up sustainability in a business. Read our top tips on making your Green Team a success and don't forget to download our tip sheet on Green Teams that Work. 

It’s not rocket science, the more efficient your car is, the cheaper it is to run. Research has shown that three-quarters of all new cars sold globally each year are regulated under some form of CO2 emissions standards, yet Australia seems to be falling behind, having no light vehicle emissions standards in place.

The Monash Sustainability Institute's Anna Skarbek, Executive Director at ClimateWorks Australia, outlines three options that would deliver significant emissions reductions and economic benefits for Australia. These are consistent with either a carbon price or an Emissions Reduction Fund and, she argues, should be used to further drive domestic emissions reductions.

Bucking the idea that environmentalism hurts economic performance, a new UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are 16 percent more productive than the average. Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Sanja Pekovic from France's University Paris–Dauphine are the first to study how a firm's environmental commitment affects its productivity. Their findings are published online Sept. 10 in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. 

 

The results of a year-long research study examining the underlying factors and processes shaping the adaptive capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to climate change and associated sea level rise have just been published.

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