Why corporate CSR doesn’t go far enough to solve climate change

December 2, 2015

by David L Levy, University of Massachusetts Boston This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the run-up to the much-anticipated COP21 international climate summit in Paris, business leaders worldwide have shown substantial support for action on greenhouse gases (GHG). The White House launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with 81 […]

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Corporate Governance for Sustainability

April 30, 2011

The Boston University Pardee Center recently released this report on Governance for a Green Economy: Beyond Rio+20: Governance for a Green Economy. The report was released at a recent UN meeting preparing for the 2012 Rio+20 conference. Below is an edited version of my chapter in the report. by David L. Levy A global transition […]

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The Promise of Carbon Capitalism?

February 2, 2011

Review of Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy by Drs. Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson, Cambridge University Press (2010). Can capitalism effectively respond to climate change? This is the timely and critically important question posed by Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson at the beginning of their book, Climate Capitalism. It’s […]

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Smart grid faces implementation hurdles

March 11, 2010

Smart cities need smart buildings connected to a smart grid. The business opportunities associated with Demand Response, smart buildings, and smart grid have been gaining a lot of attention recently, with articles just last week in The Economist and Barron’s. Last summer a Cisco executive caused some ripples by forecasting that the convergence of IT […]

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SEC Guidance a Boost for Carbon Disclosure

February 10, 2010

This post is by my colleague Lucia Silva Gao, Assistant Professor of Finance, College of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on the relationship between environmental and financial performance. On January 27, 2010 the SEC voted to issue interpretive guidance on disclosure requirements of climate risks in SEC filings. The SEC stressed that […]


Beyond Brokenhagen

February 1, 2010

Business and Climate Change in the Post-Copenhagen Era By David L. Levy (This is an updated version of an earlier posting) President Obama’s decision to speak at the COP-15 climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 cannot have been easy. Obama surely did not want to invest his shrinking political capital in backing the doomed […]

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Kerry-Boxer Bloated with Methane Offsets

October 22, 2009

David L. O’Connor argued in the prior post, Carbon Offsets Reduce Compliance Costs, that offsets available under the proposed Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in the US would help reduce the cost of carbon allowances by about 70%, on average, between 2012 and 2050. The Kerry-Boxer version that emerged out of the Senate in early October has […]

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Carbon Counting Confusion

September 29, 2009

By David L. Levy Carbon comes in many forms: depending on how the atoms are arranged, carbon can be a tough brilliant diamond, a rigid bucky-ball, a super-strong nanotube, soft graphite, or a lump of coal. These forms have very different properties and uses – diamonds are not the best fuel for generating electric power. […]


Measuring Corporate Carbon Performance

September 17, 2009

This is a guest contribution by Drs. Timo Busch and Volker Hoffman, Professors at ETH Zurich, Group for Sustainability and Technology. It’s based on their recent article Corporate Carbon Performance Indicators in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. It moves toward a clear and operational definition of carbon intensity, dependency, exposure, and risk. The world faces […]


Training the “Green and White” Collar Workforce

September 12, 2009

by David L. Levy Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts announced September 1st nearly $1 million in  grants for educational programs that will enhance training for the state’s burgeoning clean energy industry. This is good news for climate change, for Massachusetts, and particularly for me, because a group I’m leading at the University of Massachusetts, Boston […]