A manufacturer of custom wood products that was started in 2012 says it is on pace to hit $10 million in revenue for 2018. How? In part, by investing more than 50% of profits on efforts that will help to ensure the future supply of the #Materials it needs for its products.
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Manufacturers see shortages of the plastics they need, and prices are increasing, to boot.
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British consumers may be willing to pay more for products that are packaged in recyclable or recycled materials. Research shows that 51% of respondents would choose a drink in a recyclable bottle rather than their normal drink, if the new drink was
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The global real estate sector has shown tangible improvements in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, according to the 2017 GRESB Real Estate Assessment. In 2017; in North America, reductions were higher than average.
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"Especially for consumer facing brands, none of us can do enough 'less bad' to have a global #Impact at scale. We have to continue to focus on 'less bad,' but also on 'more good.' We all - especially mission based brands and organizations - need to be focused on creating..."
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The EPA may rewrite the rules governing the disposal for #coal ash, which is used in such things a cement and drywall.
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When the United States pulled out of the Paris Accord earlier this month, it changed the environmental #climate in this country—and the world—profoundly. While many pundits, advocates and talking heads have decried how much this will set the U.S. and the rest of the world back in terms of environmental ... Read more »
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Walmart CEO announces new, more efficient headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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Kim Matsoukas, senior manager of #Sustainability and social responsibility for Vans, discusses the process for incorporating #Sustainability into to its new global headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.
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The auto #Industry has mixed feelings about how the Trump administration is approaching the fuel #economy standards enacted under the Obama administration, with at least the parts makers saying that they need such certainty to remain economically viable.
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The EPA "resets the clock" for #power plants working to comply with rules that limit toxic metals in wastewater. Compliance dates for the rules, which were issued in Nov. 2015, have been pushed back by two years, the EPA says.
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Water is currently one of the biggest risks to the $5 trillion #Food industry. In fact, the global #Food sector uses 70% of the world’s freshwater. A new report from Ceres ranks the top 42 largest global #Food and beverage companies, and shows who's doing the best. And the worst.
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Samsung IT says its subsidiary will not pursue any #Business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, a company linked to rainforest destruction practices. A petition, launched by SumOfUs.org and delivered by Mighty Earth directly to Samsung’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, was part of an extensive two-month campaign, calling on Samsung to drop the joint #venture or any #Business partnership with Korindo. But Samsung IT still needs to clean up its palm #oil practices, the ...
Millennials make up the largest population group and they're defined in part by their increased expertise with communications, media and #digital technologies - and by their #Commitment to #Community and sustainability. To attract top talent, tout successful CSR initiatives.
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The European Union is now trying to prevent a mass sell-off of #carbon permits in the wake of Brexit -- Great Britain's systematic departure from the bloc in two years.
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Organizations in the #agriculture#Industry may have a new reason for going organic: a new study indicates that soils on #Organic farms store away "appreciably" larger amounts of carbons, and for longer periods, than typical agricultural soils. The study is proof that not only do #Organic agricultural practices help fight ... Read more »
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Tyson Foods says #Sustainability will play a key role in the company's strategy and will be one element that will help the company reach an expected sales #growth of about 6% next year. Blockchain technology, which allows the company to track its supply chain each step of the way and pinpoint any unsustainable practices, is already in use.
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to delay the Risk Management Plan rule to ensure #Safety provisions at chemical plants is under sharp critique in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
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Two important notes before you head off for the weekend: Check out our Leaders Leading section to learn more about the "shaker-uppers" in #Sustainability management. And we've opened up the nomination process for the 2018 EL50 Honorees! These are the folks with the ideas, the ones making things happen, so make sure you get your nomination in by...
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Uber drivers in London must use #electric or hybrid vehicles in coming years. The company will give financial assistance to its drivers to get new cars, but customers will also be asked to pay.
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Emergency generators and additional back-up systems at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, are now known to have both failed during flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey last week, and the first lawsuit over the #Event has been filed. In all, a million pounds of #Air pollutants were released in storm-tossed Texas from refineries and petrochemical operations; Bloomberg warns that effects from Irma could be worse.
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Leaders in #Sustainability continually work to understand and track how #Materials flow through their facilities, how to redesign products for a minimum of wasted material, and how to ultimately reach zero waste. TRUE zero #Waste rating system from GBCI says it that helps companies do just that.
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In situations where the revenues of public companies are larger than the GDPs of the countries in which they operate, these companies may exert tremendous influence over the local political and legislative process. This creates risks and opportunities which are critical inputs into investment decisions...
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Global investors are exploring ways to integrate ESG factors into their investments, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices help investors evaluate the world's largest companies in terms of their sustainability. Additions to this year's list include Samsung and British American Tobacco, while companies dropped from the list include...
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In an effort to appeal to its customers and to help maintain the objectives of the Paris #climate accord, candy company Mars Inc. says that it will enforce its own greenhouse gas emissions goals across its supply chain.
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Water and #Waste Management remain a mess in southeast Texas. As of Sunday, more than 800 wastewater treatment facilities in southeast Texas were still not fully operational as a result of the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, officials have become aware of the release of wastewater from sanitary sewers, according to ... Read more »
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Some state attorney generals are taking issue with the legal advice that EPA Administrator has given to states, which is that while the Clean Power Plan is being litigated, they do not have to meet the ruling's timetables.
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Our editor summarizes Hurricane Harvey-related news from the week. Read on for logistics impacts, predictions on price increases for #Transportation (and oil), an update on #Transportation snarls, and a personal note...
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At a recent supply chain summit, attendees identified associations as highly valued groups in the drive toward supply chain transparency: they're well positioned to help normalize new expectations across their #Industry and can also assist small and mid-sized companies, who might be lagging the larger players in their industry, by gathering #Industry best practices and creating #Sustainability roadmaps. Check out these examples.
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Companies overwhelmed with storm debris can easily find #Waste haulers, equipment providers, and service providers on Wastebits' updated website.
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Many sports venues are striving toward zero-waste, but that kind of thinking may not be the best way to achieve their goals. A new study from Mizzou suggests focusing on just these two areas of #Waste reduction.
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Hurricane Harvey has disrupted #oil and operations throughout Texas, which is expected to at least temporarily hurt chemical companies and manufacturing enterprises that will pay higher prices.
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Projjal Dutta Director, Sustainability Initiatives NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/projjal-dutta-13891012/ Twitter: @projjal Website: www.mtahq.info/sustainability Company Twitter: @MTA Please tell us your job responsibilities and day-to-day activities. Projjal K. Dutta, is the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first-ever director of sustainability. Projjal has pioneered “Transit Avoided Carbon” – a verifiably- measurable ...
Haiti had a bumper crop of cotton 30 years ago, but a combination of politics and policy buried it. Now, Timberland is working on an experiment to bring cotton back to the country and - if it's successful - will purchase as much as 30% of the cotton from this new supply chain.
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From #Waste Management disruptions to logistics nightmares, from employees unable to get to work to outright closures, Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters batter businesses.
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Home improvement stores in Texas's storm zone may actually benefit from Hurricane Harvey. Though as many as 56 Home Depot and Lowe's stores in southeast Texas were closed as of Sunday amid widespread flooding, those chains are likely well-prepped for the disaster, having ensured they would have plenty of building ... Read more »
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"Listen to your customers. Everybody is looking to cut costs, remove inefficiencies, and do the right thing. They’re pursuing #Sustainability initiatives and they have ideas." Bob Winskowicz and Jeff Bell from the medical #Waste processing device company Sterilis discuss product design for the circular economy.
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Mining companies in Arizona say they can make more money if the boundaries for Ironwood Forest National Monument and others are reduced. They urge Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to consider their request.
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The Northeast is proposing to increase its greenhouse gas reduction goals by 30% from 2020 levels. The effect on business? Analysts say it is improving grid reliability and wholesale prices.
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Our editor ponders an article that generated some heat and requests feedback from readers: Let's talk about the #Business case of #Paper vs. electronic communication. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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