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Top 10 Steps for a Successful EMIS Project: New Report

Leaders at large enterprises know that gathering and disseminating information about EHS performance can lead directly to improved financial performance, says Dorney Douglass, a senior director at Sphera. In a new report from Environmental Leader, sponsored by Sphera, Douglass discusses how enterprises are publicly setting performance goals and reporting business sustainability, ranging from water … Read more »

Electro Chemical Activation: Giving Green Cleaning A Jolt

It sounds too good to be true – technology that can produce highly effective, non-toxic cleaners and disinfectants using only tap water, salt, and electricity? For less than a penny per gallon? Technology based on science that is hundreds of years old? Look, I’m an unabashed tree-hugger.  I’ve dedicated my … Read more »

Wake Forest Scientists Working On FIPEL Lighting

Ever walk into a convenience store and notice the bright, flickering, harsh lighting and buzzing noise created by those lights above your head? Everyone knows what I’m referring to – fluorescent bulbs. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a large scale lighting alternative that neither flickers nor shatters that … Read more »

FTC Finalizes ‘Rules of the Road’ for Environmental Marketers in Update to Green Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized the latest version of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (Green Guides). Effective October 11, 2012, the Green Guides provide marketers with insight regarding when environmental marketing claims are unfair or deceptive and therefore subject to enforcement under Section 5 … Read more »

Green Processing: The Cosmetics Industry’s Best-Kept Sustainability Secret

Consumers are increasingly demanding “greener” products. Today more than ever, buyers care not only about the ingredients inside their favorite products, but also about the impact manufacturing these products has on the environment. When it comes to the cosmetics industry in particular, “natural” and “green” offer distinct marketing advantages. In … Read more »

Top Corporate Sustainability Trends in 2013

In years past, companies would provide recycling receptacles and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and consider themselves “green.” But with pressing forces of climate change, strained resources and transparency, corporate sustainability has evolved and become embedded deeper in business decisions. It now defines company culture and corporate reputation. A … Read more »

How to Turn Blighted Property into Community Assets through Re-powering

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking recycling to a new level with its RE-Powering America’s Contaminated Lands and Mines initiative. Cities, businesses, developers, and investors stand to benefit greatly if they are prepared. Since its establishment in the 1990s, EPA’s “Brownfields” land revitalization program has enabled states, communities, and … Read more »

New Guidelines for Analyzing Air Quality Impacts Could Thwart Bay Area Infill Development

New Guidelines for Analyzing Air Quality Impacts Could Thwart Bay Area Infill Development

Over the years, our society has developed the habit of confronting each newly perceived threat to health and welfare with legislation addressed to that issue alone, to be administered by a new bureaucratic agency with regulatory power focused on that issue without regard to other issues its action might implicate. … Read more »

LEED as the Seed: Sustainability Beyond Certification

Congratulations. You’ve been LEED certified.  Now what? That is the question facing the owners and operators of over one billion square feet of commercial space that have obtained LEED status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Building Rating System. What they (and you) decide will make a big … Read more »

EPA Says 19 New Chemicals Require Testing

EPA Says 19 New Chemicals Require Testing

On January 7, 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA announced a new rule for manufacturers of 19 additional high production volume (HPV) chemicals: manufacturers of these chemicals must conduct testing on the health and environmental effects of these chemicals and submit the data to EPA. EPA had previously requested … Read more »

Raising the Level of Sustainability: Stakeholder Alignment and Cultural Change

One of the major challenges in making a sustainability program truly sustainable is stakeholder engagement, both internal and external. As public and employee expectations rise for greener operations and services, organizations face new opportunities and risks.  Green workplaces consistently rank higher in productivity and employee engagement, and are able to … Read more »

Environmental Lessons Learned from 2010

As we enter 2011, we join much of the Western world in reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the New Year. First, we celebrate our clients’ increased awareness of issues pertaining to environmental sustainability. Their raised attentiveness to environmental concerns leaves us optimistic for their actions in … Read more »