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U.S. and Mexico sign new Colorado River water pact

Relations between the U.S. and Mexico may be at the lowest point in decades, but the two countries nevertheless managed to strike a nine-year conservation agreement in September regarding joint management of the Colorado River.

The agreement, an amendment to a 1944 transnational water treaty that dictates how the 2,250-kilometre-long river is managed, builds on a 2012 amendment that was set to expire at the end of 2017.

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2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada index

By CK Staff
A look at which universities across the country are leading the way on campus sustainability

The University of Calgary was ranked as the nation’s top campus when it comes to sustainability, according to a new index released by Corporate Knights in October. It received high scores on a number of key performance indicators, including water management, sustainable investing and green certified building space.

Following closely behind in second place was McGill University, bolstered by green purchasing policies, effective waste management and sustainable commuting practices. Wilfrid Laurier University, MacEwan University and Dalhousie University rounded out the top five.

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Meet the 2017 Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability

By CK Staff
Taking stock of emerging leadership across Canada

The youth of today are lazy, entitled brats who don’t understand the value of a hard day’s work.

Or so we’ve been told.

Blaming the youngsters of today for ruining society is a tale as old as time, as assistant English professor Eric Weiskott explained earlier this year in an article for The Conversation. Dipping back into medieval England, Weiskott found the youth of the day being blamed for ruining poetry, storytelling, the notion of truth and even increased promiscuity.

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The 2017 Better World MBA ranking

By CK Staff
Education with purpose

When it comes to advancing environmental, social and economic goals, we already know that business plays a crucial role. But what we often don’t fully recognize is that business schools play an equally and perhaps even more important one. They are training the current and future generations of leaders in not just the business sector but also NGOs and government to be able to recognize and act on sustainability risks and opportunities. They produce research that heavily influences the way managers make decisions, and they are shaping, reinforcing and spreading business culture, both the positive and the negative.

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Civic bond

By CK Staff
How to build up social capital

A more sustainable future will only come about through the dedication of an informed and active citizenry. Those listed on this year’s Top 30 under 30 are excellent examples of this, pushing for changes in the private sector, from governments and through civil society alike.

But the wholesale reimagining of society requires a common civic bond, described by Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam in his book Bowling Alone as social capital – referring to “connections among individuals, social networks and norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them.”

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