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McDonald’s Scolded Again, This Time for Straws

McDonald’s Scolded Again, This Time for Straws

  Just weeks after McDonald’s came under fire from As You Sow for bringing back the use of foam cups in some Chicago-area stores, the fast-food chain is being targeted by another watchdog organization, this time for its use of plastic straws. A petition from SumOfUs, signed by 110,000, claims that … Read more »

Water Supply May Be in Danger for Colorado Agribusiness as Population Booms

Water Supply May Be in Danger for Colorado Agribusiness as Population Booms

With Colorado’s population expected to grow from about 5.5 million now to as many as 10 million by 2050, water concerns are increasing in the semi-arid state. More than 85% of water used in Colorado is by agriculture, the state’s second-highest economic driver, but the statewide water plan released in 2015 … Read more »

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Two California-based plastic product manufacturers have agreed to pay penalties for Clean Water Act violations, including failing to operate with the proper stormwater permit, that likely resulted in plastic pellets being washed into the Tujunga Wash and ultimately into the Los Angeles River. The EPA found these violations after inspections … Read more »

Biz Must Work with Gov’t for Successful, Sustainable Growth

Biz Must Work with Gov’t for Successful, Sustainable Growth

Businesses large and small must work with city government to help make cities more sustainable in order to accommodate population growth, withstand extreme weather, and fortify aging infrastructure, according to an article from Politico. In a discussion with mayors, policy, and funding experts, one of the topics that came up … Read more »

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stories for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee. It is the … Read more »

Dry Cleaning Chemical Violations Lead to Fines, Delayed Construction Projects

Dry Cleaning Chemical Violations Lead to Fines, Delayed Construction Projects

An Ontario-based dry cleaning company has been fined several thousands of dollars for violations of tetrachloroethylene regulations. The chemical, a chemical used in dry cleaning that has been linked to cancer, can enter the soil and eventually into groundwater. Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners has been fined a total of $10,000; the … Read more »

As City Infrastructure Ages, Property Owners Seek New Ways to Manage Storm Water Runoff

As City Infrastructure Ages, Property Owners Seek New Ways to Manage Storm Water Runoff

As environmental regulations on how storm water runoff is handled tighten, property owners are increasingly becoming pressed to manage runoff in innovative ways – or face higher fees from cities and municipalities. Developers are charged by some local governments when stormwater runoff significantly increases the amount of water in storm … Read more »

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Industry Gets Reprieve on ‘Burdensome’ RMP Amendment

Chemical facilities and other industries were given a reprieve last month on complying with the amendment to the Obama-era federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements requiring additional public notice, reporting, accident prevention and emergency response planning obligations for facilities that use or store certain high-risk substances. The 20-month extension means … Read more »

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Background For clothing manufacturer and retailer Timberland, creating outdoor products with environmental benefits is a business necessity. “We’ve done a lot of consumer research, and we know that if we put two products side by side, one from our brand and one from a competitor’s, and if they’re comparable in … Read more »

IKEA and ‘Stop Wasting Food’ to Monitor Progress, Celebrate Food Waste Reduction with Champions 12.3

IKEA and ‘Stop Wasting Food’ to Monitor Progress, Celebrate Food Waste Reduction with Champions 12.3

 Home furnishings giant IKEA and nonprofit Stop Wasting Food have joined the ranks of Champions 12.3, the coalition of nearly 40 CEOs, ministers and other leaders committed to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Target 12.3 on food waste. Food loss and waste amounts to economic losses of $940 billion per year, … Read more »

MillerCoors Reduces Water Use by 17%, Battles Risk with These 3 Strategies

MillerCoors Reduces Water Use by 17%, Battles Risk with These 3 Strategies

MillerCoors used new tools and irrigation initiatives, along with increased brewing efficiencies, that helped the brewing giant reduce its water consumption by 15 billion gallons in 2016, the company announced today. Wet weather also contributed to the 2016 reduction, the company acknowledged. MillerCoors used 16.9% less water compared to 2015 – … Read more »

‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’ Helps Track Environmental Initiatives, Including Improved Economic Outcomes

‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’ Helps Track Environmental Initiatives, Including Improved Economic Outcomes

A new certification, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, has been launched to help businesses and investors measure, report and track the full range of benefits they have contributed to by funding climate and development projects around the world. The Gold Standard certification, supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) … Read more »