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Wed 31/03/10
Signing up to become climate neutral, and starting with a 'green' global conference, is like learning to swim by diving in the deep end. But that didn't deter the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (...
Wed 31/03/10
Personal engagement at the top can be crucial in making an organization's policies, its staff behaviour and its whole ethos more sustainable. As Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) since February 2008, Flavia Pansieri has not...
Wed 31/03/10
When travel is by far your biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions, how much can be cut? At the UNAIDS programme the Executive Director has committed to reducing travel by 25% over the next biennium across the whole organization – where it...
Wed 31/03/10
Across the United Nations, agencies are finding that travel policies first introduced to control costs are a valuable tool for delivering environmental benefits too. That is certainly what is happening at the International Organization for Migration...
Wed 31/03/10
What could be more appropriate than a native tree planting programme, for offsetting the carbon emissions of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)? In fact the Montreal-based organization has been involved in two projects...
Wed 31/03/10
You would expect it to be green, and the International Environment House (IEH) doesn't disappoint. A recent USD 3.1 million retrofit has helped gain it the coveted MINERGIE certificate – a Swiss standard for building materials and energy efficiency...
Wed 31/03/10
After four years of preparation, in June 2008, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) moved into its new headquarters in Rome, uniting the formerly three IFAD locations to one. The aim was to reduce the organization’s impact on...
Wed 31/03/10
Turning its need to relocate to maximum advantage, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) now has a refurbished 'green' office suite it can be really proud of. Housed in an 11-storey building in...
Wed 31/03/10
The United Nations is getting a grip on the greenhouse gases (GHG) it generates. In an unprecedented joint effort, the whole UN system has compiled an inventory of its annual emissions. The total – the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon...
Wed 31/03/10
There's a lot to be said for distance working. It can unlock impressive carbon savings, at relatively little cost, and a range of other benefits too, both for staff and the organizations they work in. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)...
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