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Top 100 Green Initiatives (2023)

In an ever-changing world, more of us are searching for ways to improve our planet or keep up with the latest green trends. For many, we might explore the internet or look for apps to stay in the loop, but it can take time to find reliable, easy-to-understand sources. To make it easier for everyone to find green energy and environmental info, we’ve gathered a list of the very best all in one place!

Our top 100 green initiatives list covers everything, from green energy news, environment research, green education and support for everyday green living. We’ve collected those we think are the best in 5 categories, so you can find what you need. We want to celebrate and congratulate everyone on our list for their fantastic contribution to a greener world.

Here are the categories:

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Category 1: Green News

1. Green News

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Green News focuses on environmental and climate news in Ireland. The organisation takes a step back from the daily news cycle and delves into issues within the environmental beat that tend to receive less coverage. Examples include an examination of how the housing crisis intersects with the climate crisis, the ramifications of biodiversity loss, the adaptations being made to an already human-heated planet, and the experiences of those on the frontlines of this emergency. The Green News team is dedicated to telling these stories through features, explainers, analysis, and op-eds.

2. GreenBiz

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GreenBiz Group is a media and events company that aims to accelerate the transition to a clean economy. They do this by organising events, telling stories that increase awareness, networking and conducting industry-leading analyses. On the media end, GreenBiz provides insightful, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from all industries and disciplines. Since 1991, GreenBiz content has helped catalyse thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.

3. Balkan Green Energy News

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"Balkan Green Energy News is a leading bilingual and free-of-charge online platform covering sustainable energy, climate action, environmental protection and urban mobility developments from a selection of accurate, reliable and straight-to-the-point news, policy actions and investment opportunities from the Balkan region countries: Serbia, Kosovo*, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.”
* Partially recognised state

4. Euro News Green

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Euronews Green is Euronews’ digital platform addressing environmental topics that drive positive change. Euronews is one of “Europe’s leading international news channels, providing global, multilingual news with a European perspective to over 400 million homes in 160 countries.” Euronews Team strives “to provide a variety of viewpoints while remaining grounded in factual reporting.”

5. BusinessGreen

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BusinessGreen is a brand by Incisive Media. Launched in 2008, BusinessGreen’s mission is “to inform, connect, and inspire businesses and organisations as they work to build a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous economy (...) BusinessGreen helps ambitious sustainability executives, green entrepreneurs, and policymakers access the up-to-date information, strategic analysis, and inspiring thought leadership they need to pioneer the next phase of global sustainable development and innovation.”

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6. Recharge News

Recharge defines itself as “the world’s leading business intelligence source for the renewable energy industries.” The organisation provides award-winning international coverage of breaking news, in-depth features and analysis across the wind and solar sectors.

7. Green Hydrogen EnergyNews.Biz

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“Green Hydrogen EnergyNews.Biz is an online publication covering developments in the green hydrogen energy sector.” It covers a wide range of fields, such as aviation, vehicles and pipelines. Moreover, the publication includes regional features from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

8. Environment 911

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“Environment911 originally launched by the Liski family as a website dedicated to reporting environmental issues caused by consumer consumption and the depletion of non-renewable resources. The focus was to inform, while encouraging readers to adopt a carbon-neutral lifestyle and a position of advocacy.

“Today, it's much more—examining topics ranging from low- and zero-waste household living, to sustainable cooking, to intersectional environmentalism and more—Environment911 is a one-stop content source for people interested in living their most sustainable lives.”

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9. Renews

“Renews Ltd was founded by journalists in 2002 to provide unflinching, news-focused coverage of the renewable energy sector. The pages of flagship publication reNEWS Premium Business Intelligence in addition to dedicated market reports, online news and live coverage from events offer an incisive reflection of this exciting and growing industry.”

10. Renewable Energy World

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“Renewable Energy World®️ was started in 1999 by a group of Renewable Energy professionals who wanted their work to relate to their passion for renewable energy. With this passion and the desire to create a long-term sustainable business, we have created perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

“At Renewable Energy World®️ we do our best to provide you with access to Renewable Energy-focused news, case studies, technology trends, markets, companies and so much more.”

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11. Renewable Energy Magazine

Energías Renovables (Renewable Energy) defines itself as the “leading clean energy publication in the Spanish language”. It has a print version and three online magazines updated on a daily basis. One of them is Renewable Energy Magazine (REM), edited in English. It offers different content prepared by journalists all over the world. REM also distributes four newsletters covering different technologies.

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12. Energy Voice

Energy Voice offers “the latest news across the global energy sector, covering the oil and gas industry, renewable energy, energy transition, and energy markets.”

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13. Clean Energy Wire

“Clean Energy Wire CLEW produces and facilitates top-quality journalism about the energy transition in Germany and beyond, and fosters cross-border cooperation among reporters covering the move towards a climate-friendly society.”

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14. Reuters

Founded in 1851, Reuters offers news coverage in over 16 languages, reaching billions of people worldwide every day. The news agency “has remained true to the Trust Principles of independence, integrity and freedom from bias, working relentlessly to bring news from the source and from every corner of the world.” It includes dedicated sections on Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Business.

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15. Renewables Now

Renewables Now is an independent оne-stop shop for business news and market intelligence for the renewable energy sector globally. Its real-time newswire provides readers with high-quality news coverage and dynamic, in-depth analysis of technology development, hot markets and asset management.

16. The Ecologist

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“The Ecologist an environmental news and analysis website with a focus on ecological, social and economic justice. We publish daily, bringing the latest news, comment, features and reviews to your screens - for free. You will find news about successful environmental campaigns, stories about advances in academic ecology and discursive articles touching on theoretical approaches that help us understand nature and the impact of our societies on the natural environment.”

Category 2: Green Living Advice

1. Green Living Tips

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“I invite you to join me on my journey of discovery in learning about living a more environmentally friendly life and how our activities impact the planet; and I hope you’ll also teach me along the way.

“I’ve published up a series of green living tips I hope you find useful. I fully realize that with some of the tips, I’ve only just scratched the surface and I look forward to building on them substantially, hopefully with your help ;).”, Michael Bloch, owner and editor of Green Living Tips.

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2. Green Choices

“Green Choices encourages everyone in Britain to make ecologically sound decisions in living their everyday lives. We aim to empower you with simple, direct information on green alternatives which make a real, lasting difference.”

3. Green Living Blog

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"The Green Living Blog is a leading eco-friendly lifestyle blog – managed by an experienced Eco Lifestyle Blogging Expert Team.

“The portal features hacks for all aspects of green lifestyle choices – right from green lifestyle management to important life hacks, technology, latest gadgets, home/living, latest innovations and many more relevant information about being environmentally friendly every day.”

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4. The Minimalist Vegan

“Since 2015, the Minimalist Vegan has been a space where you can be curious to go deeper and not only understand the “how” but the “why” behind the everyday decisions that we make.

“We share in-depth articles on minimalism, veganism, and sustainable living.”

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5. The Green Living Guy

“My name is Seth Leitman. I am a green living consultant, an electric car expert and also known as a green living guru (...) My green living guy website reports about electric car news, green living, green living companies and more”.

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6. Creative Green Living

“On Creative Green Living, you can find easy and delicious recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening tips and hacks as well as green product guides - all with a focus on healthier, more sustainable options!”

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7. (Green Living section of) Kitchen Counter Chronicles

“If you are anything like me, then your life lands on your kitchen counter.  A few years ago I decided to start sharing our adventures in parenting, crafting, baking, gardening and greening our lives right here on Kitchen Counter Chronicles.  Here’s how this all came about…”, Jen Farr, editor and owner.

8. Zero Waste Creative

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“There are not enough people writing about the real-life zero-waste lifestyle in Canada. I am experiencing that myself. I used to be misled by the beautiful zero-waste, minimalist aesthetic on Pinterest. It is not like that for your average household. My goal is to encourage you to live your best zero-waste life and share my experience in the process (...)

“I started making changes in my home and implementing sustainable products in my house. I started with using what I already had. I used the heck out of my plastic containers until they had holes in them, and I repurposed some for organizing things in the garage. Then I started finding sustainable alternatives I could replace them with.”, Claudia Wright, Owner of Zero Waste Creative 
Instagram: @zerowastepei

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9. (Green Living Tips section of) One Good Thing by Jillee

“Hi! I’m Jill Nystul, and here at you’ll find useful, practical solutions to the everyday challenges of running a household. Whether you’re a working mom, a stay-at-home dad, or an empty nester, the duties of homemaking can be demanding, expensive, and time-consuming. No household can function without a homemaker, but you shouldn’t have to figure it all out on your own!”
Instagram: @byjillee

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10. (Sustainable Life section of) Active Sustainability (by ACCIONA)

ACCIONA’s goal is to make a positive contribution to society and to the planet, providing sustainable solutions to the most urgent issues such as global warming and water scarcity.

“We want to encourage social awareness about sustainability in a way that resonates with the authorities, society and businesses — we want to lead, accelerate and complete the transition towards a decarbonised economic model.”

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11. (Sustainability section of) Hausvoneden

“Building a bridge between sustainable companies and conscious consumers is the core of our project. Many brands contribute to the preservation of our environment and we would like to highlight these commitments in order to create transparency. To us, sustainability does not mean to sacrifice on anything but to make the better choice.”
Instagram: @hausvoneden

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12. Blue and Green Tomorrow

“Blue & Green Tomorrow wants to help grow businesses that balance the needs of the planet, its people and prosperity. We aim to provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed choices without prejudice, scaremongering or Greenwash. On this site you’ll find insights into how to invest responsibly, travel sustainably, shop ethically and use cleaner sources of energy.”

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13. Green Ecofriend

“It’s easy to be more eco-friendly at home, at work and when you’re out and about. If you need some inspiration or tips on how to be more eco-friendly check out the blog. I share tips for living a more sustainable and green life.
I also share my thoughts on issues I think are important, while hopefully offering solutions at the same time.”

14. (Green Living Section of) Conserve Energy Future

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“I started Conserve Energy Future in August 2009 in order to educate others so that they would hopefully join in the conservation effort. If we all do our part, we can benefit ourselves and this great planet we are blessed to live in.”, Rinkesh Kukreja, owner and editor.

On Conserve Energy Future you will find posts related to Solar energy, Wind energy, Geothermal energy, Global warming, Recycling, Fossil Fuels, Hydrogen energy, Nuclear energy, Pollution and many more.

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15. (Sustainable Living section of) The Eco Hub

“If you’re looking for smart ideas for healthy, green living that fit into an already full life, you’re in the right place.”

The Eco Hub’s Sustainable Living section includes several tips to help you live a more sustainable life. Whether that be in the kitchen or bedroom or bathroom. Get tips and advice plus ethical shopping guides to help you make your whole home more sustainable.
Instagram: @candicebatista

16. Energy Systems

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“You are not alone in wanting to take action on climate change. We are here to help you make the best choices for your home, community, and world!

“We believe that clean energy is the future. As a result, we provide our visitors with the latest information and resources needed to make an informed decision about their next energy system. Our goal is to help you understand how clean energy sources can impact your life and the lives of those around you.”

17. Green Global Travel

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“Green Global Travel is the world’s #1 independently owned ecotourism website encouraging others to embrace sustainable travel, wildlife conservation, cultural preservation, and going green tips for more sustainable living.”

“We believe that Ecotourism– responsible travel that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people– is the future of travel. Our mission is to share our deep love for Ecotourism adventures, inspire people to travel and live more sustainably, and encourage everyone to do their part to make the world a better place.”

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18. MindsetEco

“I’m Johanna Rigby, and I’m here to help you be more eco-friendly.

“Look around you; the planet’s a mess right now, and there’s so much going on. At times, you can feel powerless (just like I did), or you can do something about it.”

19. Brightly

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“Sustainable living is a journey. We’re here to help (...) Brightly’s goal is to empower conscious consumers around the world. We recognize that small, daily actions add up to a huge impact on the world around us.

“Brightly combines content, community, and sustainable product recommendations to provide a positive, judgment-free space for change. Our goal is simple: to help you #LiveBrightly through small daily actions that add up to a huge impact on the world around us.”

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20. Treading My Own Path

“Want to take action to live with less waste and less stuff? Keen to lessen your plastic use, lower your carbon footprint and reduce your rubbish, and need to know what steps to take? You're in exactly the right place.”

21. Zerowaste

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“We’re a waste + recycling management company.

“That’s right.

“And we are built to think about waste differently. Our success isn’t dependent on landfill dumping. This provides us the freedom to evaluate our waste impact and deliver real solutions, have real conversations, and make real contributions to reducing waste.”

Category 3: Eco-enthusiast Small Blogger

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1. Sustainably Chic

“Sustainably Chic is the ultimate online destination for sustainable fashion, green beauty & eco lifestyle. It's a place where fashion can exist responsibly, so we can enjoy the art and love behind the things we wear & use everyday. This blog was established in the summer of 2014 by a gal who just couldn't keep her mouth shut... ”
Instagram: @sustainablychic

2. Going Zero Waste

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“Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of Going Zero Waste a lifestyle website dedicated to helping others live a healthier and more sustainable life.

“She’s a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic, Chief Sustainability Officer at the One Movement, and author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste which breaks eco-friendly, sustainable living down into an easy step by step process with lots of positivity and love.”

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3. Reading My Tea Leaves

“Reading My Tea Leaves is a lifestyle blog, written by Erin Boyle, celebrating a practical and purposeful approach to a simple, sustainable life.”

4. Gypsy Soul

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“Hello! I’m so happy that you have found my blog. My name is Georgina Caro. Since 2013, my family and I have been on a mission to drastically change our lives. Our ultimate aim was to minimize, simplify and just enjoy life more. It has been a hard and long process but we finally feel like we’ve got to where we want to be. Now I want to help others with their sustainable & simple lifestyle journey.”

5. Aim Plastic Free

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“Hello and welcome!  My name is Mia. I created Aim as a discussion place for people who want to quit single use plastic, to provide moral support, inspiration and ideas. Here I share my experiences and collaborate with others at different stages of their sustainability or plastic free journey (...)

“Aim Plastic Free is here to talk about the challenges and contradictions and navigate these things together.  Like many of you, I am an urban girl just trying to do my best while making the transition.”
Instagram: @aimplasticfree

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6. Moral Fibres

“My name’s Wendy, and I aim to make sustainability simple. As a sustainability expert, I research and write on all things sustainability here on Moral Fibres, so you don’t have to spend hours trawling the internet (...)

“In 2020 I was named one of Forbes 100 Leading UK Environmentalists. In the same year, Moral Fibres was also ranked by Vulio as the UK’s top green blog.”

7. Old World New

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“Hello, everyone!  My name is Addie Fisher and I am a sustainable living enthusiast (...) Once I got to college I teeter-tottered between architecture and interior design, where I discovered and fell in love with learning more about the principles of sustainability. It started with sustainable building design and reuse, moved on to include sustainable fashion, and now the concepts of sustainability have infiltrated my entire life. I have pursued a more sustainable lifestyle ever since. Being sustainable is a journey, and I want to share my eco-friendly journey with you.”

8. Curiously Conscious

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“HI, I’M BESMA. Curiously Conscious is my journal where I document kinder ways to live and dress. This covers sustainable fashion, clean beauty, low-impact lifestyle, and more.

“My blog started in 2014, when I was living in Paris. During my time nestled in the tiniest sixth-floor flat in Montparnasse, I began to explore the French way of doing things; buying fresh food from the organic market next door, bringing my own bags to the shop, and buying investment pieces over fast-changing trends.”

9. Ethical Unicorn

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“Ethical Unicorn aims to take a holistic, fact-based approach to sustainable living and social justice. As well as the larger problems that are obvious to us, the blog aims to thoughtfully discuss systemic and hidden cycles that also need to be broken. I believe that true change requires a combination of consumer choice, intersectional collective action and policy change, and this corner of the internet aims to be a constantly evolving guide to approaching these things and getting involved where we can. I hope to equip and inspire you to live a more conscious, informed lifestyle, bring some clarity to the pretty confusing world that ethical living can sometimes be, and tell stories that you’ll enjoy reading.”

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10. Mindful Momma

“Hi there! I’m Micaela. I started the Mindful Momma blog because I want to help YOU make lifestyle and product choices that are better for your health and for the planet too. And I believe that YOU can create a flexible, green & healthy lifestyle that fits your budget and does not add stress to your life.”

11. Tiny Eco Home Life

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“Hi, my name is Ben and I’m the creator of Tiny Eco Home Life. I have a passion for simple, sustainable living, as well as doing what I can to protect the environment and act in a climate positive way. I actually spoke on this very topic for BBC Radio 1’s Minute of Me Environment Special (...) At its heart, this website is an eco blog. I aim to cover my journey and publish information to help you (and me) to live a more environmentally friendly, ethically minded life.” 
Instagram: @tinyecohomelife

12. Rob Greenfield

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“Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. Rob is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger in the U.S. He has dove into more than two thousand dumpsters across the United States to demonstrate how nearly half of all food in the U.S. is wasted while 50 million (1 in 7) US Americans are food insecure.”

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13. Urban Gardens

“Welcome to Urban Gardens, where I share my love affair with urban style, design, sustainable living and travel (...) Urban Gardens is a lifestyle story told from the ground up. It’s about the whole circle: from planting a seed to cultivating a garden; to harvesting, cooking and then serving it all up in style with family and friends in outdoor rooms and indoor gardens.”, Robin Plaskoff Horton, founder.

14. Eco Thrifty Living

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“Hi there, welcome to my blog! My name is Zoë Morrison and I am the author of Eco Thrifty Living the blog and Eco Thrifty Living the book! In 2011 I wanted to quit my job and become a stay at home mum. I didn’t know how I was going to afford it, but I was determined that spending less wasn’t going to be at the expense of the environment or my families quality of life. I became passionate about learning ways to save money and the environment. I decided to document my experiences along the way and Eco Thrifty Living, the blog was born! In 2012 I walked away from my day job feeling confident that we could thrive on one salary instead of two and I haven’t had a day job since!”

15. Sustainable(ish)

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Sustainable(ish) “began life as a simple blog when I (Jen) spent a year buying nothing new with my family and was forced to really think, possibly for the first time, about what we were buying and the impact it was having on both people and planet. Sound the cliche klaxon, but it totally changed my life, changing not only how and where we shop, but how I see my place in the world as well. I realised that even though I was 'only one person', and we were 'only one family' that by taking responsibility for the impact of our choices, we really could make a difference.”

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16. Vicky Myers Creations

“A passion for sewing, upcycling and caring for the environment - the perfect excuse to haunt charity shops for bargains! (...)

“As an introvert blogging creates a perfect platform where I hope to inspire and encourage you. My motto is that crafting and creating does not need to cost the earth or your wallet!”

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17. Kate on Conservation

“Hi, Kate on Conservation here. I am a conservationist, and a campaigner for animal rights. As a mum to a daughter and a son, I believe passionately in the education of future generations and am determined that my children will see a future filled with wildlife and wonder.”

18. A Considered Life

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“This is a space to inspire and encourage you to embrace life in a way that is more purposeful, sustainable, and compassionate—however that looks for you. Whether that's through easy-to-adopt eco-friendly habits and switching to a cruelty-free beauty routine. Perhaps you want to learn how to create a capsule wardrobe by thrifting. Or maybe you want to simplify your life or slow down your travel plans. I write in a way that is inclusive and realistic in the hope that what I share will inspire you to make changes that are sustainable for both you and the planet, no matter what your life looks like.”

19. Emma Reed

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“My blog (...) began as a place for me to share my thoughts and parenting experiences (...) It does still hold a lot of these values but in the last couple of years, I have taken a more eco-focused route not only in my writing but also within my life by making a lot of swaps to reusable products, reducing our waste, growing our own, becoming a vegetarian and so on. With my main message that anybody can be eco and small sustainable steps are the way forward, I want to show my readers that living more eco-friendly shouldn’t be hard, that it is achievable and that it is simple to fit in with your lifestyle.”, Emma Reed, founder.

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20. Faust Island

“Our little blog is evolving, because people grow and change. We will always be crazy Disney blog nerds and beach bums,  but we are on a quest to become better humans and I’d like this little family blog to go more sustainable and healthy.  So Faust Island will be an Eco-Friendly Green Parenting Blog in 2020.”

Category 4: Green Education Programs

1. University of Surrey - Environment and Sustainability BSc

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“Can multinational businesses combine long-term sustainability with profitability? Will the transition to clean energy be defeated by a lack of suitable infrastructure and the policy to implement it?

“Addressing the challenges facing sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective is a key focus of this BSc. You’ll be studying at our acclaimed Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES). First established in 1992, it boasts an international reputation as a hub for interdisciplinary research in sustainability.”

2. Keele University - Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology Msc

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“Faced with urgent demand for clean energy, loss of natural habitats and species, and the impact of climate change, there’s a growing demand for insight and solutions to improve the relationship between the earth and its inhabitants. Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), our MSc explores a wide range of complex environmental problems and the new technologies designed to solve them. Studying within Keele’s Energy Campus environment, you'll see renewable energy sources and smart solutions in action, developing the specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills to tackle environmental problems and help establish a sustainable environment.”

3. Bournemouth University - MSc Green Economy

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“As the Conservation Director for a national charity, having a good understanding of ecological principles is no longer enough. It is also essential that you have an understanding of what makes your country tick. This course combines a good grounding in economic principles with the consideration of alternative ways of valuing growth and nature, and all from your own home!”, ​Andy Lester, Conservation Director, A Rocha UK.

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4. Cardiff University - Environmental Sustainability Science (BSc)

“A distinctively-focused course based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. You will explore three key areas: clean water, land degradation, and climate action.”

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5. University of York - MSc Environmental Science and Management

“You'll develop knowledge, critical analysis and skills in environmental science, and learn about its application to the management of natural resources. Prepare for a wide range of careers in environmental consultancy and business, in government and non-governmental organisations, and in environmental research.”

6. King's College of London - Environmental Science for Sustainability MSc

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“Our MSc Environmental Science for Sustainability is a skills-based programme that focuses on giving you the practical and technical skills that are widely used by the environmental science and sustainability sectors. The teaching covers the theoretical background to environmental science, environmental impact assessment, cost benefit analysis as well as practical training in computer, field and laboratory technical skills for the collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data to evaluate environmental change.”

7. University of Birmingham - BSc Global Environmental Change and Sustainability

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“This programme aims to prepare a new generation of environmentally aware students for graduate employment in a range of industries positioned to tackle these global grand challenges. In a world that is increasingly affected by environmental change, it is of paramount importance that we are able to develop sustainable management of energy and natural resources, food security, biodiversity, ecology, and natural hazards. Tackling these themes requires a broad and interdisciplinary approach, based on a sound understanding of Earth and environmental processes, and of the intersection of human pressures and ecological systems.”

8. Birkbeck University of London - Environment and Sustainability BSc

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“Birkbeck's BSc Environment and Sustainability gives you a deep understanding of what drives environmental change and how to manage natural systems under unprecedented pressure. Led by internationally recognised researchers, you will discover the core scientific principles you need to understand key environmental challenges, including climate change, pollution and waste management, biodiversity loss and biosecurity.

“You will become familiar with fundamental dimensions of environment and sustainability, including adaptation, mitigation and corporate responsibility. You will learn to collect, analyse and interpret environmental data to improve management practices.”

9. University of Plymouth - MSc Sustainable Environmental Management

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“This IEMA accredited programme provides an outstanding foundation for a career in environmental management by providing diverse perspectives and practical training on the scientific, economic, ethical and political challenges of sustainability and environmental protection.

“Classroom and field-based teaching and a short placement enables you to investigate your specific interests and to gain first-hand experience and skills in developing practical solutions to environmental management issues and 21st century global challenges.”

10. Imperial College London - Green Chemistry, Energy and the Environment (MRes)

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“Acquire the skills and experience required to thrive in the field of green chemistry. Explore how green technologies are helping future innovations to be built on more sustainable foundations. Apply your expertise to a unique research project examining an area of green, sustainable or environmental science.”

11. University of Winchester - BSc (Hons) Animal Science and Conservation

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“Are you passionate about protecting animals and the environment? If you want to make a difference and aim to end animal suffering then our progressive animal science degree is for you.

“This multidisciplinary programme, led by animal welfare experts, follows the Planetary Health and One Welfare philosophies, where welfare of both captive and wild animals is considered alongside ecosystem health and biodiversity conservation. This is one of the broadest and most inclusive animal welfare programmes in the UK, seeing all animals and ecosystems as equal.”

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12. Durham University - Engineering (Renewable Energy)

“The MEng Renewable Energy degree is a four-year first degree that delivers the breadth and depth that you will need in the world of engineering. It is designed to produce graduates who will go on and lead engineering teams. Your first two years offer you a broad-based engineering education. You then specialise into Renewable Energy in your third and fourth years.”

13. University of Leeds - Sustainability and Environmental Management BSc

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“Our Sustainability and Environmental Management degree explores the environmental, economic and social implications of our decisions and attempts to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

“Drawing on environmental science and ecology, you will develop your knowledge and skills in the science underpinning environmental issues. At the same time, learning opportunities in politics, economics, policy and law help you to evaluate societies' role in, and interaction with, changes in the natural world.”

14. University of Oxford - MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment

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“The MSc Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment addresses two pervasive and unmet challenges of our time: making the transition to a zero-carbon and environmentally sustainable economic model, whilst simultaneously enabling sustainable development for everyone, poor and rich alike. The course views these challenges through the lenses of finance, economics and enterprise – both public and private – whilst also leveraging the environmental, systems, and data sciences.”

15. University of Manchester - MA Education for a Sustainable Environment

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“Join the world number one for societal and environmental impact (THE Impact Rankings 2021) and a top ten UK university for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

“Study on an innovative course to help address local and global environmental and sustainability challenges in and through education.”

16. University of Bath - Sustainability and Management MSc

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“This course is for graduates with a degree in any subject who want to develop key managerial skills with an emphasis on sustainability. Sustainability is an increasingly essential part of corporate policy and strategy. Companies must consider the ethical, social, environmental, and economic impact of their activities (...)

“You’ll gain a deep understanding of corporate sustainability alongside core business topics. You’ll graduate prepared for a career in sustainability across a variety of industries.”

17. Solent University - MSc Sustainable Building Design

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“Solent’s MSc Sustainable Building Design course is the ideal way for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in this exciting and important sector. By providing you with a thorough understanding of both theory based and practical skills, you’ll graduate from this course as a specialist designer with the education and vision required to help create a sustainable future for the construction industry.”

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18. The London School of Economics and Political Science - MSc Environment and Development

“The study of environment and development is multi-disciplinary by nature, and the programme seeks to integrate key concepts and perspectives from core social science disciplines. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the issues involved in sustainable development, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.”

19. Liverpool John Moores University - MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

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“This forward-thinking Masters provides a unique opportunity to study climate change looking at innovative and positive strategies for monitoring and managing the impacts from a geography and engineering perspective (...)

“This Masters will produce graduates who not only understand the physical and societal impacts of climate change and ideas around sustainability, but also have a technical understanding of what is required to solve the problems of the future from an engineering perspective.”

20. University of Sussex - Ecology and Conservation BSc

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“Ecology and Conservation is for you if you’re curious and care about the natural world. On your course, you’ll learn about the past, present and future of life on Earth. You’ll work towards finding solutions to some of the most important ecological problems facing humanity – from managing environmental change to conserving rare animals and plants. You’ll join a friendly community of scientists in the School of Life Sciences. You’ll learn from ecologists who are influencing global debates on topics including evolutionary biology, species conservation and environmental sustainability.”

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21. University of Central Lancashire - Building Services & Sustainable Engineering (BEng)

“Apply modern, sustainable and energy-efficient engineering systems to built environments on a Building Services and Sustainable Engineering course that’s well-respected by the global industry.”

22. University of Cumbria - Woodland Ecology and Conservation (BSc)

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“The Woodland Ecology and Conservation programme has been designed to prepare you to be a new kind of graduate, one that the world desperately needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This degree will provide you with the ecological knowledge that underpins modern sustainable forest management. Graduates are able to manage trees, woods and forests to project biodiversity and optimise the delivery of benefits to human society directly through timber production and space for recreation, but also to apply knowledge of essential ecosystem services; carbon, nutrient and water cycling, flood and erosion control amongst other. Graduates in Woodland Ecology and Conservation are equipped to contribute solutions to the twin environmental challenges of our times: climate change and biodiversity loss.”

Category 5: Green Projects

1. Unilever - Taking a stand

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We’re reducing materials right from the start, and making them easier to recycle or reuse. We’re developing entirely new business models to reach our consumers, such as product refill stations. We recycle or reuse almost all the non-hazardous waste from our own operations and we’re working to halve our operational food waste. Our Nutrition and Ice Cream brands are also helping to educate consumers and inspire them to waste less food too.”

2. Panasonic - Panasonic Eco Relay for Sustainable Earth

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“In order to encourage employees and their families to actively engage in environmental activities at home and in their local communities, Panasonic has been promoting Love the Earth Citizens' Campaign (LE Campaign) in Japan since 1998, believing that only truly green-minded employees can manufacture truly green products. In 2008 we introduced Panasonic Eco Relay, where business sites around the world plan local environmental activities and implement them with their employees, along with adults and children from the community. These activities have expanded on a global basis and developed in many different ways. We strive to contribute to establishing a sustainable global environment and society as global citizens through activities under Panasonic Eco Relay for Sustainable Earth, which was named in October 2010 to reflect our desire to make a connection across the generations.”

3. Ceres - Protecting and Restoring Life on Land

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“The global economy depends on nature. Ceres works with the most influential capital markets leaders to decouple business growth from the destruction of land-based ecosystems. We work across economic sectors with the largest impacts on nature to protect and restore forests and other natural ecosystems and improve the management of agricultural lands—all in a way that advances justice and equity for vulnerable communities. By doing so, we safeguard biodiversity and the stability of our climate, in turn ensuring the continued viability of the natural systems that underpin life on earth.”

4. Pela

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We are not ones to sit idle and wait for the next best thing to come along. We continually research, develop and test new materials, products, and design principles to advance the science, push the envelope on what is possible, find or create the next best thing and lead the way in the shift toward sustainability and a waste free future. Our team of Material Engineers and Environmental Scientists relentlessly work with our Sustainability Studio, Internal Testing Equipment and University and Government Partnerships to make things better. It’s who we are and the foundation of our mission as a company.”

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5. Nike - Move to Zero

“Move to Zero is Nike’s journey toward zero carbon and zero waste to help protect the future of sport. Follow each step in our journey and discover new ways we can Move to Zero together.”

6. IBM - Solar-projects platform on IBM Cloud

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“Raise Green has combined equity crowdfunding with community solar to make impact investing accessible to everyone. Lower socioeconomic status communities can directly profit from a clean energy project, and investors can buy in for as little as USD 100 to get started.

“As a startup in a regulated industry, Raise Green couldn’t afford to make mistakes. To take its concept to the next level, the company chose to work with IBM because of its reputation as an established and trusted technology and solutions partner with experience in sustainability projects, climate data and the energy sector.”

7. IKEA - Transforming production waste into renewable energy

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We aim to become climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than our value chain emits, while still growing our business, by 2030. In our commitment towards 100% renewable energy, we will phase out fossil fuels to save energy in both our operations and supply chain.

“One of the first suppliers to support this ambition is our Lithuanian supplier Vilniaus Baldai AB. By turning wood waste from production into a source for renewable energy, Vilniaus Baldai is not only self-sufficient in renewable energy, but is also able to sell the excess heating to the city of Vilnius’ grid. This is estimated to reach 7,000 households with renewable heating.”

8. Starbucks - Becoming Resource Positive

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We are committed to becoming resource positive – to give more than we take from the planet. We will store more carbon than we emit, eliminate waste and conserve and replenish more freshwater than we use.

“ We’re driving innovation at scale to achieve our 2030 targets through these five focus areas:

  • Expanding plant-based menu options
  • Shifting away from single-use to reusable packaging
  • Investing in regenerative agriculture, reforestation, forest conservation and water replenishment in our supply chain
  • Working on better ways to manage our waste
  • Innovating with more responsible stores, operations, manufacturing and delivery”

9. GM - Recycling for a sustainable future

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“As we drive toward a fully electric future, GM remains committed to a circular economy model -  a system where old materials find new life through recycling and reuse. Battery recycling is one way to help create a sustainable future to protect our ecosystems, improve quality of life and preserve our natural resources.

“Batteries make their way to almost every aspect of our lives.  If not recycled or reused, these batteries end up in landfills where the metals inside can take more than 100 years1 to decompose, further polluting Earth. Additionally, lithium batteries can cause landfill fires that smolder for many years, releasing toxic chemicals into the air we breathe and the atmosphere.”

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10. World Cocoa Foundation - Cocoa & Forests Initiative

“The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 36 leading cocoa and chocolate companies have joined together in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative to end deforestation and restore forest areas. In Colombia, the government and cocoa and chocolate companies signed the Cocoa, Forest & Peace Initiative to eliminate cocoa-related deforestation.”

11. Amazon - Nature-Based Solutions

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“Amazon uses nature-based solutions to mitigate carbon emissions outside of our value chain and supplement the carbon-reduction efforts we’re driving across our operations. Nature-based solutions are conservation, restoration and improved land management activities that increase carbon storage in areas such as forests, wetlands, peatlands and grasslands. They have the additional benefit of helping to preserve the natural world by conserving wildlife habitats, protecting biodiversity, improving water quality and reducing flood risk.”

12. McDonald’s - Packaging, Toys & Waste

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We are accelerating solutions that reduce waste while also transitioning to more sustainable packaging and toy materials (...)

“As of 2021, approximately 82.7% of our primary packaging materials, and 96.8%1 of our primary fiber packaging comes from recycled or certified sources, aiming for 100% certified, recycled or renewable materials by the end of 2025.”

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13. P&G - Projects and partnerships to reduce environmental footprint

The company runs several projects “that are reducing our environmental footprint, conserving precious resources, and helping ensure a healthy planet for present and future generations.”

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

14. Walmart - Project Gigaton

“In the retail sector, most emissions exist in product supply chains rather than stores and distribution centers. That’s why Walmart created Project Gigaton™ in 2017 to engage suppliers in climate action, along with NGOs and other stakeholders. Through Project Gigaton™, we aim to reduce or avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the global value chain by 2030”.

15. PepsiCo - Green Bond

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“In October 2022, we published our third and final annual Green Bond Report on our 2019 Green Bond, describing our use of proceeds. As of December 31, 2021, PepsiCo had allocated $974 million in proceeds from the issuance of its first Green Bond to Eligible Green Projects. This represents 100% of the net proceeds and includes investments in all three eligible categories of packaging, decarbonization, and water. Over 250 individual investments have ranged from nearly $60,000 to over $98 million, and spanned six continents. While projects focused on a wide breadth of solutions, they all shared the common goal of supporting PepsiCo’s vision for a sustainable food system and our pep+ ambition.”

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16. Global Fishing Watch

“Our purpose is to create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean.

We use cutting-edge technology to turn big data into actionable information. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean for the good of all.”

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

17. KFC - No Non-Reusable Plastic-Based Packaging by 2025

“KFC announces global pledge to eliminate non-recoverable or non-reusable plastic-based packaging by 2025. KFC’s all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The goal supports KFC's long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants – by both developing and using sustainable packaging options – and builds on progress already made in some markets to eliminate plastic packaging items.”

18. Honda - Triple Action to ZERO

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“Honda had established a concept (Triple ZERO) for its environmental initiatives toward the pursuit of “zero environmental impact” that enables people to live sustainably on this planet. In 2021, we established “Triple Action to ZERO,” which specifies target years and required actions.

“Our environmental initiatives will now center around “Triple Action to ZERO,” which is a concept that combines three focus areas: 

  • Carbon neutrality
  • Clean energy
  • Resource circulation

“Not only with our products but throughout the entire product lifecycle including all corporate activities, Honda will strive to realize a circular/resource-recycling society which aims for “zero environmental impact” by 2050.”

19. Patagonia - Tin Shed Ventures

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“At Patagonia, we believe making great products, earning a profit and protecting our planet are not mutually exclusive objectives. That’s why, in 2013, we launched an investment fund to help like-minded start-ups on a similar mission.

“Today, we’re announcing a new name for the fund: Tin Shed Ventures (formally $20 Million & Change). We will continue our history of funding, mentoring and connecting entrepreneurs that use business to address environmental problems, just under a new name.

“Our fund has far surpassed the $20 million mark and has provided critical capital to 12 companies that are generating environmental and social good.”

20. Johnson & Johnson - Delivering Sustainable Products and Solutions

Top 100 Green Initiatives 2023

“We are committed to delivering the highest quality products for patients, doctors and consumers, while continually improving our environmental footprint (...)

“Each of our business segments—Consumer Health, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals—is taking action and driving improvements. Whether it’s making our packaging easier for consumers to recycle or reuse, piloting and scaling recycling and reuse programs to help minimize waste in hospitals, or integrating principles of green chemistry and engineering into our product development process for pharmaceuticals, we are committed to developing more sustainable products and solutions to support a healthier planet.”

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21. Ford - Global Sustainability Leader in Water and Climate Change Efforts 

“Ford is one of fewer than 30 companies globally to be awarded an A for water security, in recognition of its efforts to manage water sustainably. Since 2000, the company has worked to conserve water through its global water initiative and has reduced operational water use by 62.5 percent, saving 10.4 billion gallons of water.”

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