1. In U.S News: President Obama announced a commitment to cut U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025 further promoting strategies outlined in January’s State of the Union address: boosting domestic oil production, increasing the use of biofuels and natural gas, and making vehicles more energy efficient. Read full story at TimesUnion.com
2. In World News: The 8.9-magnitude earthquake (the fourth-largest recorded since 1900) and 30-foot tsunami wave that hit Japan’s northern coast once again reminds us that Mother Nature is the most awesome power and man-made technologies sometimes fail. View photographs of this natural tragedy from National Geographic
3. In World News: Civilian rebel uprisings against tyrannical powers in the Middle East continue as the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution that authorized “all necessary measures” to protect Libyans from dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi’s forces. The mounting unrest in the region has petroleum prices soaring as Libya’output dropped 72 percent, lowest output in 49 years. Read full story at Bloomberg.com
4. In Business: Proving that sustainability pays off in business: there’s increasing evidence that companies taking such factors as ESG into account are heralded as forward-thinking and well managed…and the portfolio manager says, “a good investment”. Read full story at Fast Company.com
5. In Green Product Launches: Seventh Generation and Ecologic Brands stole the show at Natural Products Expo in Anaheim with the debut of the new anti-bottle bottled laundry detergent – Natural 4x – proving that with smart design companies can do more than just worry about what’s on the inside of the bottle. Read full story at Opportunity Green Insights
6. In Tech: The near meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Power Plant sent a nuclear concern ripple around the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately shut down seven of Germany’s oldest nuclear plants for inspection (reversing her recent defense of doing so) and President Barack Obama requested a review of U.S. nuclear plants while maintaining his support for atomic energy (which supplies about 20 percent of U.S electricity). Will this latest crisis slow the growth of nuclear power, maybe even reverse it, and bring rise to popular opinion of alternative energy sources among the masses? Read the full story from The Economist
7. World Water Day: March 22nd was World Water Day. With the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflict and natural disaster on urban water; World Water Day was created to call attention and raise awareness of the urban water crisis. Listen to a UN Radio interview of United Nations Environment Programme’s Tim Kasten here. And use this interactive map created by Harvard Graduate School of Design students Joseph Bergen and Nickie Huang to evaluate and compare each country’s water footprint.
8. In OG News: Opportunity Green 2011 (November 9-11 at LA Center Studios) has officially opened our Call for Speakers. Want to recommend a speaker for OG11? Click here to submit.
9. In OG Partner News: BBMG announced the release of “Unleashed: How New Consumers Will Revolutionize Brands and Scale Sustainability”, an in-depth and interactive report featuring insights from New Consumers and some of the world’s most powerful and forward-thinking brands. Download the report from BBMG
10. From the OG Archive: In honor of International Women’s Day that took place on March 8th, we share one of our favorite interviews from the OG Archive. “A pragmatist’s Approach to Sustainability: An Interview with Gensler’s Nellie Reid”. Read interview at Opportunity Green Insights. Congratulations Gensler!! AEG announced that Gensler has been chosen to the design LA Farmers Field, bringing NFL football back to Los Angeles. Read full story from The Hollywood Reporter