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General Mills: We Get 69% of Top 10 Priority Ingredients from Sustainable Sources

General Mills: We Get 69% of Top 10 Priority Ingredients from Sustainable Sources

General Mills now sources 69% of its top ten priority ingredients from sustainable sources, the company announced this week. The most significant process has been made toward palm oil (100%), fiber packaging (99%) and sugar beets, sugar cane and oats (50% or more). General Mills says it has taken several concrete … Read more »

Washington Winery Wastewater Permit to Affect Just 19% of State Wineries

Washington Winery Wastewater Permit to Affect Just 19% of State Wineries

A proposed winery wastewater permit system in Washington will affect just 19 percent of the wineries in the state, according to the Washington Department of Ecology’s draft permit documents, Great Northwest Wine reports. Wineries that make more than 7,500 cases a year will be required to get discharge permits and, … Read more »

Mountain Dew Tank Spills Thousands of Gallons of Syrup, Creates ‘Huge Foaming Event’

Mountain Dew Tank Spills Thousands of Gallons of Syrup, Creates ‘Huge Foaming Event’

More than 7,000 gallons of concentrated Mountain Dew syrup was spilled when a tank ruptured at a Pepsi bottling plant in Howell, Michigan, last month, and a Michigan Departmet of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said Pepsi did not follow proper procedures following the spill. When the tank ruptured, the syrup went … Read more »

ADM Plans Project to Capture & Store Carbon from Food Processing Plant

ADM Plans Project to Capture & Store Carbon from Food Processing Plant

Agricultural processors and food ingredient provider Archer Daniels Midland Company is embarking on a project to capture and store carbon from its Decatur corn processing facility. This is the second carbon capture and storage project that ADM has helped to lead. Previously, the company removed and stored approximately a million tons of … Read more »

Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme Upheld in CA

Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme Upheld in CA

California’s cap-and-trade system, which allows companies to purchase carbon credits through an auction or a secondary market, is not an illegal tax, a state appeals court has found. The system, because of voluntary participation and the purchase of a specific thing of value, preclude a finding that the auction system … Read more »

How to Find a Positive ROI in Waste Management, from Cox Enterprises

How to Find a Positive ROI in Waste Management, from Cox Enterprises

The Environmental Leader 2017 Conference has announced new details of a session in its Managing Resources track. The session, Managing Waste Streams across a Variety of Facilities, will take place on Day 2 of the conference, and will be led by Robert Fairey, senior director of energy procurement and waste diversion … Read more »

Safety Violations Lead to Hefty Fine for City of Spokane

Safety Violations Lead to Hefty Fine for City of Spokane

The city of Spokane, Washington, is required to pay a $59,400 fine for safety violations that led to serious injuries to two employees in October 2016, despite the fact that city officials say appropriate safety measures were in place and were followed both before and after the accident. The injuries … Read more »

Target Agrees to Phase Out Use of Polystyrene

Target Agrees to Phase Out Use of Polystyrene

Target announced this week it will begin to phase out use of polystyrene foam packing in its e-commerce operations. Previously, “As You Sow,” an organization that promotes corporate accountability, filed shareholder proposals with Target, asking the company to “assess the reputational, financial and operational risks associated with continued use of … Read more »

4 Sustainability Issues Facing European Executives

Four key issues facing European countries involve Brexit, sustainability driving revenue, sustainability as a source of competitive advantage and a tightening of sustainability budgets. The issues, part of a larger report issued by ethicalcorp.com, draws on responses from 2,500 business professionals operating in Europe. Many survey respondents noted that Brexit … Read more »

Millennials to Employers: ‘We’re Powerful & We Expect Sustainability’

Millennials to Employers: ‘We’re Powerful & We Expect Sustainability’

Companies have a new reason – if the business case for environmental management was not already strong enough – to continue their sustainability initiatives: the ability to hire and maintain top talent. Millennials, the generation that makes up the largest share of the US workforce, are willing to turn down … Read more »