- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Director, Interface Inc., USA
Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist,Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
has for thirty years worked on issues of the environment and
sustainability, gender and CSR, both domestically and
internationally. Since 1997 she has been a director at
Interface, Inc., global manufacturer of modular carpet and
a leader in sustainable design. She was a director at Green
Mountain Energy for the first six years and still chairs the
Environmental Integrity Committee for the company.
She was appointed by the White House to the US delegation for the Earth Summit in Rio, UNGASS-'97 & WSSD in South Africa, making her the only person to serve on all three US delegations. She is founding chair-- emeritus of Plains Justice, an environmental law center for the Great Plains states in the US and is a trustee for CIEL,(the Center for International Environmental Law) Population Connection (National Chair), WNSF(the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future) the former national chair of River Network and president of ZPG. She was also CEO of WEDO and head of the Iowa Association of Human Rights Agencies, among others.
From 1999 through its tenure she was a member of the Oxford U. Commission on Sustainable Consumption and the first US member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm. Former President Clinton appointed her to the PCSD, his council on Sustainable Development. In the recent US election she worked for 18 months on the Obama campaign from its earliest days in Iowa and was part of the P-CAP: Presidential Climate Action Project). In 2000 she chaired the Millennium DPI conference at the UN, which first introduced the idea for the Millennium Development Goals.
She lives in Iowa City, Iowa and has two adult children, Dasal who graduated from Morehouse in Atlanta and Karima, who graduated from Harvard and recently married the sustainable design retailer Aaron Porvaznik-founder of "Olive and Myrtle".