Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Free Greenhouse Gas Calculator, Webinar

President-Elect Barack Obama said he pledged to begin "a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change." He was speaking in a prepared video Nov. 18 at the Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles.

Obama reaffirmed a campaign commitment he made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 80% by 2050 with a national cap and trade initiative. This program would run concurrently with his pledged $15 billion annual investment "to catalyze private sector efforts to build a clean energy future."

So, it looks like our country will finally get serious about CO2 emissions but we can do more than just hope we're not too late.

Sun Microsystems offers a free GHG calculator

Sun Microsystems just launched, an online community assisting organizations calculate, compare and reduce GHG emission. The only cost is in sharing date, transparently or anonymously, with other participants.

Sun contends GHG analysis is increasingly done with home-grown or proprietary tools that can may require major internal resources or pricey consultants. Using the new site, Sun hopes to see carbon accounting data--which usually remains private information--will be shared using the site's GHG tools. The program lets organization benchmark against each other; set reduction goals and share best practices to meet them. Already Ceres and Natural Logic are participating.

"Working together drives progress faster than working alone," said Dave Douglas, Vice President of Eco Responsibility at Sun Microsystems. "Sun was built on the philosophy of openness and building communities to solve problems, which we're now applying to the environment. When we share, sustainable business can be more attainable - and prosperous - for everyone."

A video demo of OpenEco V. 2 is at:

Free Webinar on GHGs Dec. 9

How do you manage GHG emissions in a complex regulatory environment? If you want to feel more confident in the data you are collecting--reporting GHG emissions to shareholders, regulators and other external organizations, here's a free web seminar called "GHG Data Confidence: How Do You Stack Up."

This December 9 seminar will cover:

 GHG and Sustainability market trends
 How and why companies are managing GHG today
 Plans for managing GHG in the next few years
 What you need to get started on your GHG program
 How to simplify GHG reporting complexity

Hurry, registration is limited:


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