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Most Read Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

At the dawn of a new year, we’ve been looking at different aspects of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention in 2012. Today we look at the most popular sustainable business stories that didn’t fall into the previous categories of energy management, supply chain or finance and reporting.

The resulting lists shows your varied interests, from climate change and sustainability strategy, to green fleets, chemicals, recycling and corporate reputations. And as always, careers are on your mind, from what jobs are available (is the chief sustainability officer on the way out?) to what people are earning.

Here are the top 15 sustainable business stories, based on reader interest:

15. Climate Change, Pollution to Wipe 3.2% From Global GDP by 2030

Climate change is already stripping 1.6 percent annually from global GDP, amounting to $1.2 trillion, a figure that will double to 3.2 percent by 2030 as temperatures escalate and carbon-related pollution continues, according to a report from international aid organization DARA…

14. McDonald’s Unveils Sustainable Practices

Fast food chain McDonald’s has employed techniques including $500 staff incentives, 30 percent wind power requirements and lightweight tractor-trailers to help green up its operations, according to a report by the company. McDonald’s Global Best of Green 2012 details examples of company programs around the world aimed at energy saving, waste reduction and other environmental goals…

13. Walmart to Save $150m with Sustainability Initiatives in FY13

In October, the retail giant said it will add $150 million in benefits to its bottom line from sustainability initiatives such as solar and wind energy projects, fuel cell installations and its zero waste program in fiscal year 2013. The new goal, announced at Walmart’s annual meeting for investors, is in addition to the $231 million the company says it saved last year from waste reduction and recycling…

12. Tesla Model S Verified as Longest-Range Electric Vehicle, at 265 Miles

Tesla Motors’ Model S has received a rated range of 265 miles and a combined efficiency of 89 miles-per-gallon equivalent from the EPA, establishing the luxury sports sedan as the electric vehicle with the longest battery range on the market. In June Tesla began delivering the first Model S sedans, which started at $49,900 after applying the $7,500 federal tax credit…

11. Calvin Klein, Zara Among Worst Chemical Users, Greenpeace Says

A Greenpeace investigation found hazardous chemical residues in clothing made by Zara, Calvin Klein, Benetton, Giorgio Armani and the Gap. While all of the brands, which included Victoria Secret, H&M, Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger, had several items containing nonylphenol ethoxylates, Zara was the only retailer with items that had both NPEs and toxic amines…

10. Coca-Cola, will.i.am Launch Ekocycle Brand to Promote Recycling

The Coca-Cola Company and musical artist and producer will.i.am partnered to create Ekocycle, an initiative to brand recycled products and encourage sustainability among young consumers. Ekocycle is partnering with well-known brands that sell a variety of lifestyle products – including clothing, handbags, chairs and accessories – made at least partially from recycled materials…

9. Diageo Stops Heartland Donations in Wake of Unabomber Billboard

Drink giant Diageo says it will no longer fund the Heartland Institute, following a controversial ad campaign by the climate change-denying think tank. On May 3, a Heartland billboard appeared over the Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois showing a picture of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, with the slogan: “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” A day later it was withdrawn…

8. iPhone 5 Less Toxic than Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple’s iPhone 5 contains smaller amounts of toxic chemicals than its main smartphone rival the Samsung Galaxy S III, according to research conducted by the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center in conjunction with ifixit.com and HealthyStuff.org…

7. 6 Signs that Mark the Path to Sustainable Road Design

NeboWeb environmental specialist Emily McClendon describes how advocates are seeking to address the environmental impact of poorly planned roads through creation of a LEED-like rating system. Martina Soderfund suggests six categories for a proposed rating…

6. How Much Do Sustainability Consultants Make?

SSC President Jennifer Woofter breaks down the results from the consultancy’s annual salary survey, going behind the numbers to help you understand what to expect in that next salary negotiation…

5. Patagonia Pioneers Sustainability Legal Status

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia became the first company in California to elect to be a “benefit corporation.” The legal status affords a company’s directors legal cover to consider environmental and social benefits over financial returns…

4. Are Chief Sustainability Officers on their Way Out?

Some businesses are rejecting the chief sustainability officer model, in the fear that such a position prevents sustainability getting embedded throughout the company’s operations, according to a white paper from Accenture…

3. Six Surprising Sustainability Facts

Jim Harris, program director for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability and Innovation at York University’s Shulich Executive Education Centre, wrote that fuel-efficient cars would eliminate North American oil imports, and turning PCs off at night is saving Dell $1.8 million a year…

2. Walmart Accused of Greenwashing

The nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance charged that Walmart’s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment. The report says that since Walmart unveiled its sustainability campaign in 2005, the number of Americans with an unfavorable view of the company has fallen by nearly half, but its greenhouse gas emissions are increasing rapidly…

1. Four Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012

Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at Jones Lang LaSalle, predicted four key trends: transparency, global consistency, public/private collaboration and a focus on solar energy. “Today, it is easier to see the opportunity for dynamic progress by cities, property owners and corporate tenants that have laid the groundwork for growth and success,” he wrote.

Other “most read” lists:

2012
Most Read Supply Chain Stories of 2012
Most Read Environmental Reporting and Finance Stories of 2012
Most Read Energy Management Stories of 2012

2011
Most Read Sustainable Business Stories of 2011
Most Read Reporting and Finance Stories of 2011
Most Read Paper and Packaging Stories of 2011
Most Read Energy Management Stories of 2011

2010
Most Read Environmental Management and Sustainable Business Stories of 2010

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One thought on “Most Read Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

  1. “2. Walmart Accused of Greenwashing
    The nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance charged that Walmart’s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment.”

    Well, duh. You don’t actually think corporations spend tens of millions of dollars on environmental initiatives because they’re interested in helping the environment, do you?

    However, I never knew that this type of behavior was called “greenwashing” before.

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