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Sustainability Reporting Tool Introduced

Measurabl has launched a reporting tool for the annual Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Survey. GRESB, a sustainability reporting standard for commercial real estate, asset managers and developers, has an annual survey period from April 1 to June 30. More than 50,000 commercial properties were surveyed in 2013 and … Read more »

Fieldprint Calculator Updated

Field to Market updated its Fieldprint Calculator to include a metric to measure water quality. The new metric from the non-profit relies on a tool from the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS Water Quality Index for Agricultural runoff, or WQIag, enables farmers to input variables … Read more »

Ink Cartridge Recycling Hits 3 Million

Business supplies provider Quill.com says it has recycled nearly 3 million ink and toner cartridges since launching a national Ink and Toner Recycle Program in 2011. In 2013 alone, Quill.com collected 1.7 million cartridges. Year-over-year collections are increasing at a rate of 26 percent. Customers send used printer cartridges to … Read more »

Proterro Process Becoming Scalable

Four months of continuous operation at the pilot plant in Orlando has shown that photobioreactors produced results that Proterro’s patented sugar-making process scalable, the company reported. The company provided an update on its development of a clean sugar feedstock for biofuels and biobased chemicals. While sugar production has begun at … Read more »

LiquiGlide Coating Eliminates Paint Sticking in Cans

LiquiGlide said it has produced the world’s first commercially viable super-slippery coating for paint and paint colorants. The permanently wet coating prevents paint products from sticking to cans and manufacturing equipment. LiquiGlide’s paint coating allows for easy and complete evacuation, reducing waste. For paint manufacturers, the company said it mproves … Read more »

Biofuel Milestone Reached

Renewable Energy Group (REG) reached a milestone of having sold 1 billion gallons of advanced biofuel during its 17 year history. REG said it achieved this milestone through investments in a fully integrated value chain including its manufacturing, sales & marketing, and supply chain management. The company went from marketing … Read more »

Two-thirds of Mayors Can Quantify Carbon Emissions Cuts

Cities with a mayoral pledge or formal city council action to curb carbon emissions are making progress on their goals, with two-thirds reporting quantifiable reductions in emissions from city operations and one-third for citywide emissions.  So says the US Conference of Mayors climate survey released on Earth Day. The survey … Read more »

Whole Foods Deploys Harvester to Reduce Food Waste

Whole Foods Market will deploy technology that converts food scraps into organic fertilizer for sale to farmers and consumers. The WISErg Harvester unit will be installed at Whole Foods Market Bellevue in Washington State in May. The Harvester unit will enable the Bellevue store to reduce food waste sustainably, and … Read more »

Clariant Expanding Chinese Footprint

Specialty chemical company Clariant has committed to major investments in the Chinese plastics industry. The company identified supply- and service-related investments that respond to the megatrends affecting the region, and local needs for more innovative and sustainable products for end-markets such as packaging and electrical & electronics (E&E). Clariant’s established … Read more »

Software Functionality Addresses City-Specific Reporting

Locus Technologies has expanded its environmental information management (EIM) software to automate the generation of self-monitoring report forms (SMRFs). Locus says EIM solves the problem of expensive, labor-intensive manual SMRF generation by completely automating the process. SMRFs are required by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and are meant to … Read more »