Should sustainability be top-down or bottom-up?

Workers need strong leadership if they're to take sustainability seriously, but they also need the freedom to formulate their own sustainability goals in relation to their work, says Kathleen Shaver, Cisco Systems' director of supply chain sustainability. "It's a top-down, bottom-up approach," she said.

US colleges implement programs to prevent sexual assault
U.S. News & World Report

Colleges and universities in the US are increasing efforts to prevent campus sexual assault by requiring students to take in-depth courses, as well as implementing other intervention and prevention programs. Schools such as the University of Virginia and the University of Dayton in Ohio also are offering bystander education programs to teach students to recognize and defuse risky situations.

Fears about Fed action, China drive down European stocks

European stock markets are set to record their worst month since 2011, hurt by volatility triggered by stock drops in China and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates. Markets in Germany and France lost more than 0.5% today. The UK market was closed for a holiday.

Craft beer, wine and spirits win over Gen Y

Millennials on a mission to find new local, authentic and artisan products are fueling annual increases in craft beer sales and encouraging the rise of indie distillers and wine makers, said NPD Group's Warren Solochek. "If you ask me if I think it's a trend or a fad, I think it's a trend. I do think it will continue into the foreseeable future, because people love to try something new," he said.

Research explores heart attack treatment, mortality differences by gender
The Guardian (London)

Women are less likely to undergo angioplasty after a heart attack, and when they are treated, they are more likely to die than men, according to research to be presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. Women may be at higher risk, but the researchers said physician attitudes likely also play a role. Survival among female patients was 18%, compared with 26% among male patients, while 26% of women were treated with angioplasty, compared with 36% of men.

Brands went social to tap into VMA buzz

Brands including Taco Bell, Verizon and Pepsi used Twitter's Amplify program to blend real-time tweets and Periscope content into the online chatter surrounding Sunday's Video Music Awards. "These platforms are hugely embraced by our target audience, and [it's] a great way for the brand to reach out to them," Taco Bell's Juliet Corsinita said.

Staples, Office Depot move closer to merging

Staples and Office Depot have certified substantial compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's request for additional information on Staples' planned $6.3 billion acquisition of its rival, the companies said. The deal has won approval from regulators in Australia, China and New Zealand, and it still needs OKs from Canada and the European Union.

Razer's next Xbox One controller targets pro gamers

Razer is bringing a "pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade" Xbox One controller to market next month to compete with Microsoft's $150 "Elite" controller, the company confirmed. The "Wildcat" will tout two extra bumpers and two extra removable triggers, and each button can be configured by the player.

Biotech potato from J.R. Simplot gets USDA nod
The Washington Times

J.R. Simplot's Russet Burbank biotech potato variety, which is resistant to late blight, generates less potentially cancer-causing chemicals and can be kept at colder temperatures for an extended period, has been cleared by the US Department of Agriculture. Approvals from the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are expected within a year. The firm intends to start commercial planting by 2017.

T-Mobile's Legere issues unlimited data plan abuse warning

T-Mobile US will pursue subscribers who are circumventing unlimited data plans by downloading applications that allow them to escape the carrier's 7-gigabyte limit on tethering their phones to other devices, CEO John Legere wrote in a blog post Sunday. He said the "small group" of customers are using up to 2 terabytes a month of data.

Gas-tax hike to fund $494M Wash. highway expansion

A six-year, $494 million project to widen seven miles of Washington's Interstate 5 highway between Olympia and Tacoma will be funded by an 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase. Population in the area has doubled since the last time the highway was widened, and plans include new lanes and widened bridges to accommodate the 120,000 cars a day that use I-5.

Obama argues for approval of Shell's Chukchi oil drilling

President Barack Obama last week defended the federal authorization of Royal Dutch Shell's oil drilling program in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. The activity is conducted "at the highest standards possible with requirements specifically tailored to the risks of drilling off Alaska. We don't rubber-stamp permits," Obama said. He added that domestic oil and natural gas production is vital to the U.S. economy, as the nation reduces its reliance on imports and moves toward realizing climate change goals.

United Airlines aims to bolster on-time performance

United Airlines plans to take steps to improve its on-time performance through investing in technology and training.

Hotels highlight food-truck partnerships
Hotel Management online

Some hotels are partnering with food trucks to offer cuisine. These trucks can supplement a hotel's limited offerings for big events and also provide extra income for hotels through beverage sales. Food trucks can "certainly enhance the guest experience," says Starwood Hotels' Jeremy Cooper.