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Tide of Global Climate Agreements Produces a Wave of Products and Services

In the tide of global climate agreements, organizations of all sizes and in all industries are dutifully searching for products and services to increase their operational efficiency while simultaneously preparing for a more sustainable future. But this point is not merely conjecture; it is rooted in fact. A report published … Read more »

Collaboration Tools Enable Sustainable Building Design, Construction

Collaboration Tools Enable Sustainable Building Design, Construction

Flux Factory, a building industry technology company, has released Flux, a cloud-based software that enables architects, engineers and contractors to seamlessly exchange data, helping them to be more efficient, communicate more fluidly, reduce costs and create better buildings faster and more sustainably. Sharing and executing new ideas across the architecture, … Read more »

supply chain

Six Strategies for Cutting Supplier Risk

Nearly half of chief procurement officers say that vendor threats are their biggest concern, according to the results of the Global Procurement & Strategic Data Survey. A blog post on the Supply Management website from Altius Vendor Assessment provides six strategies for reducing supplier risk: Assess each potential supplier’s economic … Read more »

LCA Software Lets Manufacturers Upload EPDs for Comparison

Product manufacturers have a new tool to get their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in front of construction project design teams with a new functionality of life cycle assessment tool eToolLCD. The eToolLCD now allows users to enter their own EPDs listed in the software, allowing users and designers to compare … Read more »

Report: Insurance Companies Unprepared for Climate Change Risks

Report: Insurance Companies Unprepared for Climate Change Risks

Eighty-three percent of insurance companies responding to an industry survey are lacking preparedness in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities, according to a report released today by Ceres and the National Association of Insurance Companies. Only nine insurers, or 3 percent of the 330 responding companies, earned a “leading” rating, with the … Read more »

Spotlight on Award Winners: Caterpillar Inc. Cat 336E H Hybrid Excavator

Spotlight on Award Winners is a series of articles featuring winners from the 2014 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. Look for the 2015 Awards call for submissions in early September. Caterpillar won a Top Product of the Year award for its Cat 336E H hydraulic hybrid excavator because of … Read more »

Pollution Control Partners Team Up

Total Air Pollution Control (TAPC) and Anguil Environmental Systems (Anguil) have teamed up to meet emission control requirements of Australian companies. Both Anguil and TAPC specialize in technologies, products and services that destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from a broad range of applications. When released … Read more »

Five Resolutions for Transportation Managers

Controlling operating and transportation costs while using solutions to help lower fuel usage and improve carbon emissions, will bring a big impact to transportation and logistics industry professionals’ bottom line, says Paragon Software Systems. To this end, the company has written five resolutions for transportation managers. These are: 1.      Look at how you allocate your … Read more »

Electrocoagulation System Cleans Heavy Equipment Wastewater

After installing an ElectroPulse Electrocoagulation System to clean its wastewater, Ritchie Bros. Heavy Equipment Auctioneers has achieved successful contaminant separation and exceeded its own water quality specifications, according to an OilTrap Environmental case study. The EP3-WR OilTrap ElectroPulse Electrocoagulation System has a 15 gallon per minute capacity. The Olympia, Wash.-based … Read more »

Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth

Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth

Private sector sourcing commitments from companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot and Unilever are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014. Once thought of as instruments primarily tailored for niche markets, voluntary sustainability standards such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Republic Services

Toyota says cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million unit mark as of Dec. 31, 2013, reaching 6.072 million units. The latest million-unit milestone took just nine months — the fastest time yet for Toyota. Electric sports car manufacturer Tesla’s sales in the fourth quarter of … Read more »

Teijin, Onward, Fuji Xerox Launch Uniform Recycling Project

Teijin, Onward, Fuji Xerox Launch Uniform Recycling Project

Teijin Limited, Onward Holdings and Fuji Xerox are launching a closed-loop uniform recycling system in China. The system is based on Teijin’s Eco Circle process that the company says incorporates the world’s first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester. The closed-loop system works like this: Nantong Teijin, the Teijin … Read more »