As populations grow and emerging markets industrialize, companies face the long-term challenge of meeting surging consumer demand while minimizing environmental damage. A first step toward solving this dilemma is for each business to evaluate its own unique risks at a time when unchecked consumption is unsustainable.
When WRI's recent global office renovation earned LEED Silver certification, it joined more than 38,000 LEED projects that are reducing carbon emissions and improving building efficiency worldwide. As standards for greener construction are incorporated into national and local building codes, they are raising the bar for the future.
As they struggle to care for farms and families in a changing climate, women in the developing world face unfair burdens related to their gender. A shift in approaches could increase agricultural yields and advance equal rights.