Environment and Climate

The Sullivan Foundation is committed to promoting the efforts of our partner schools and the social enterprise sector to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Here we provide news coverage related to Goal No. 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal No. 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal No. 13: Climate Action; Goal No. 14: Life Below Water; and Goal No. 15: Life on Land.

photo of red bay coffee, a participant in the NextGen Cup pilot program

California Coffee Shops Test "Green" Cups as Solution to Single-Use Waste

The program, funded in part by McDonald's and Starbucks, involves reusable "smart" cups and to-go cups that can be recycled or home-composted.

Video: 10-Year-Old Ryan Hickman Leads Global Recycling Effort

After discovering a passion for recycling and protecting the environment at age 3, Ryan Hickman founded Ryan's Recycling Company and became a global ambassador for the cause.
this photo shows a group of collectors at a Plastic Bank collection centerPlastic Bank

The Plastic Bank Turns Plastic Waste into Currency for the Poor

Collectors make money or earn credit for essential services when they bring in plastic waste, which is then recycled for high-end Social Plastic products.
this photo shows a tiger, one of the many endangered species imperiled by the global extinction crisisSayantan Kundu

How to Solve the Global Extinction Crisis for Just $100 Billion

The Center for Biological Diversity proposes a U.S.-focused roadmap to help end the global extinction crisis and restore American leadership worldwide.
this photo shows crows that pick up litter at Puy du Fou theme park in France

Litter Police: Crew of Clean-Up Crows Roam Puy du Fou Theme Park

A falconer at Puy du Fou taught rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up litter and drop it in a specially designed box that rewards them with food.
this photo shows an airline dedicated to banning single-use plastic bottles

Some Airports Make Strides to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Bans on single-use plastic water bottles have been implemented or are in the works at various airports, but planes still pose a carbon-emissions threat.