Why we need to level the playing field for legal timber in Brazil. Brazil is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. What is less known is that the country is the fourth largest industrial roundwood (timber left as logs, not sawn into planks) and wood pulp producer and ninth largest paper producer (PDF, Portuguese) in the world. Brazil’s forest sector contributed 5 percent to the national gross domestic product in 2012. Read more at greenbiz.com.
If you want a green student residence, lose the fridge. How a building gets used is as important to its energy consumption as how it is designed, and often designers have no control over this. (Look at the Bank of America Building to see this writ large) Perkins + Will addressed this issue in Bridgewater State University’s George A. Weygand Hall and have made a radical move: They banned the personal mini-fridge and the microwave. It’s an important move. Read more at treehugger.com.
Marketing, Customer Experience, and Revenue. Walt Disney once said, “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” Disney’s wise words encapsulate the power and value of customer experience (CX). Read more at dmnews.com.
7 things to know about the new UN climate change report. On Friday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report — the fifth since the IPCC’s creation in 1988 — on the science of climate change. These reports, published every five to seven years, are the work of several hundred scientists from around the world who summarize the current understanding of all aspects of climate change research. Thousands of other scientists review the summary, after which the IPCC publishes a comprehensive report, which synthesize findings from thousands of research studies. Read more at greenbiz.com.