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This Restaurant’s Growth Booms while Sustainability Stays Strong – Here’s How

This Restaurant’s Growth Booms while Sustainability Stays Strong – Here’s How

Asian Box, a Vietnamese-influenced food chain, serves its food in eco-friendly and compostable containers, uses locally-sourced and never frozen ingredients, and is rapidly expanding. How does the chain stay strong with its sustainability mission while meeting the needs (and taste buds) of its customers?

Microsoft’s Brian Janous Shares Thoughts on the Effects of Federal Policy

Microsoft’s Brian Janous Shares Thoughts on the Effects of Federal Policy

Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft, is an expert on evolving federal policy and how they impact energy markets. We spoke with Brian about his upcoming session at the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference. Here’s what he had to share

Clean Air Act Policy Change: How the End of the ‘Once In, Always In’ Policy Could Impact Major Source Emitters

On January 25, 2018, the EPA announced that it was withdrawing the “Once in, Always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. With the new guidance, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classified as “major sources” may … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Renewable Auctions, Oil Sands Protests, Canada Coal Rules

The California Public Utilities Commission has given unanimous approval to the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), a program under which developers will bid on the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) that they can afford, Greentech Media reports.. The program is designed to support small to mid-sized renewable energy development and … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: $3m for Hazmat Spill, Offshore Wind, Carrier and Trane Warning on HCFC-22

Klaus Genssler, chief operating officer of U.S. Oil Recovery L.P., has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a Harris County, Texas, lawsuit. The county claimed the company spilled hazardous materials into the area’s bayou system, an Associated Press article says. The COO also was permanently barred from being involved … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Electric Vehicles, Smart Energy, Green Grade Homes

The American National Standards Institute submitted to the Department of Energy a report (pdf) outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities are needed to facilitate the safe, effective, and large-scale deployment of electric drive vehicles in the United States. Safety and consumer confidence are key priorities for their widespread … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Port Emissions, Lake Tahoe, PA Bans Clean Energy Contracts

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris settled with seven companies operating terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over alleged diesel emission standards violations, the Los Angeles Times said. The operators will be paying for projects related to testing solar electric panels in saltwater and capturing exhaust from idling … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: UN Insurance Principles, WEEE, Tesco Fuel

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative held its fourth of seven meetings last week in Auckland in an effort to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry. The final principles, which are scheduled for launch in June 2012, are expected to serve as the global framework for insurance companies … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drillers Win Exemption Case, Smog Rule on the Way

A rule revising the Land Disposal Restriction treatment standard for carbamate wastes went into effect on Aug. 12, 2011, the EPA said. Industries should use Best Demonstrated Available Technology as an alternative treatment standard for the carbamate wastes. Federal judge Nancy Freudenthal on Friday said Interior Department and U.S. Forest … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DuPont Order, E-Waste Ban Expanded, Fracking Report Issued

The Energy Department’s natural gas advisory subcommittee has released its report on hydrofracking, saying that the industry might win public trust by overhauling water management, updating rules that protect water sources, releasing more information on the impacts of the process, and measuring methane from shale gas operations before and during … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Vehicle Disposal, E-Waste Strategy, Utility Calculating EPA Costs

The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association is calling for an industry-led environmental management system for recycling and disposing of old vehicles, the Record said. According to the group, more than half a million vehicles in the province are decommissioned but most are not managed to any environmental standard. City Utilities of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Imperial Sugar, Wetlands Fill, Gas Storage

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division says Imperial Sugar will pay $80,000 to settle charges that the company violated state clean water standards, Georgia Public Broadcasting reported. The company self-reported the incidents of sugar wastewater discharged to the Savannah River, which occurred two years following a refinery explosion that killed 14 people. … Read more »

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