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Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning has reduced water use by 37% in 2016 from 2010 levels, exceeding its 2020 goals; the company also decreased particulate matter emissions by 23% from 2010, according to its just-released 2016 sustainability report. For a company of Owens Corning’s size – Owens Corning does about $6 billion in … Read more »

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use … Read more »

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue … Read more »

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Seventeen businesses in the Pittsburgh area believe sustainable practices will improve their bottom lines and attract more businesses to the area, to the extent that they have launched CEOs for Sustainability, an initiative meant to “heighten awareness that sustainable business practices are a must thing to do, not just a … Read more »

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook … Read more »

Spurred by Consumer Demand, Carlsberg Pledges to Reduce Water Use by 50%, Reach Zero Emissions

Spurred by Consumer Demand, Carlsberg Pledges to Reduce Water Use by 50%, Reach Zero Emissions

Beer brewer Carlsberg Group conducted an analysis of water risk in conjunction with WWF and has set a new goal of reducing water usage at its breweries by 50% by 2030. Reaching the goal will require “technological breakthroughs at brewery level” as well as collaborations with partners in high-risk catchment … Read more »

Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Motor Co. is the second major automaker in recent weeks to make the news for focusing on sustainably sourced materials for use in manufacturing. Ford is evaluating plastics made stronger by bamboo fiber for interior car parts like storage bins or side panels, writes Plastics News. The company is … Read more »

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

Notes from the Editor If you made it to this year’s Environmental Leader Conference, you know that it overflowed with energy, excitement, and a mountain of inspiration. But if not, you’re in luck: Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today have published nearly a dozen articles based on content from our … Read more »

Consumers (Especially Millennials) Still Significantly Suspicious of CSR Motives: Harris Poll

Consumers (Especially Millennials) Still Significantly Suspicious of CSR Motives: Harris Poll

  With reputation a top concern among companies in terms of maintaining and increasing market share, it may come as an unpleasant surprise to find that a large portion of consumers say that when companies develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, they only do so to bolster their image. According … Read more »

How to Craft a Winning Sustainability Report

How to Craft a Winning Sustainability Report

It seems that the most successful sustainability reports are creative, educational, engaging, easy to read, and include elements like colorful infographics, based on the winners of the Corporate Register Reporting Awards. The Corporate Register reviewed 160 corporate responsibility and sustainability reports from 76 different global organizations, evaluating factors such as creativity, whether … Read more »

1200 US Leaders Tell the World ‘We Are Still In’

1200 US Leaders Tell the World ‘We Are Still In’

In an “open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement,” more than 1,200 businesses, universities & colleges, investors, governors and mayors officially declared that “We are still in” on the Paris Climate Agreement. The declaration represents $6.2 trillion of the US economy and 120 million Americans. … Read more »

Top CEOs Quit Trump Biz Council following Paris Accord Abandonment

Top CEOs Quit Trump Biz Council following Paris Accord Abandonment

Following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will quit the Paris climate agreement, the CEOs of Disney, Tesla, Apple and many others quit Trump’s business advisory council, and others continued to speak up in favor of sustainability. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, for example, told CNBC that he has … Read more »