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Ford, McDonald’s, IBM, Abbott, Time Inc. To Share Sustainability Strategies

corporateclimateresponse.jpgWith new sustainability initiatives being launched daily, U.S. companies are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their climate change credentials. Corporate Climate Response, a newly announced conference, is pulling together corporate sustainability leaders to talk about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to responding to global warming.

Big names like Ford, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Time Inc…

WM Acquires LampTracker, Expands Recycling Capabilities

lamptracker.jpgWaste Management has acquired the LampTracker business, a provider of mail-back recycling for fluorescent lighting, from shareholders of Mercury Waste Solutions.

This business, which will be operated through Waste Management’s WM LampTracker subsidiary…

Best Buy Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

bestbuy.jpgBest Buy has released its 2007 corporate responsibility report (PDF) and unveiled a new corporate responsibility Web site.

In total, through Best Buy’s combined programs, U.S. consumers recycled more than 30,000 tons of e-waste (appliances and consumer electronics) in fiscal 2007.

According to the report…

AH&LA Promotes ‘Going Green’ Hotel Program

goinggreen.jpgThe American Hotel & Lodging Association is teaming with the London-based International Tourism Partnership, a program of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, in its Going Green initiative. Going Green offers guidelines (PDF) for hotels to set minimum standards to improve sustainability and achieve goals for better environmental management.

A set of six defined standards have been established to assist hotel managers in designing a framework…

Toshiba Expands Recycling, Joins EPEAT

toshiba5.jpgToshiba has launched a free computer take-back program. The company also has joined the Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool by registering select notebook models…

Bush’s Budget Earmarks $24 Billion for Department of Energy

bushenergy.jpgPresident Bush’s $24.3-billion budget for the Department of Energy remains a tiny part of the overall $2.9-trillion budget plan for 2008. the Detroit Free Press reports.

The proposed budget for the Department of Energy includes $42 million for developing batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles, a modest increase from last year’s $31-million request.

The administration’s request for vehicle efficiency…

Marriott Cuts GHGs 2% per Guest Room

marriott.jpgMarriott International announced that it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 70,000 tons in one year. As a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program, Marriott has set a five-year goal…

Businesses Promote Eco-Friendly Stance with RecycleBank

recyclebank.jpgCompanies have a way to market eco-friendly attitudes by teaming up with RecycleBank, a company that tries to get households to recycle by offering coupons from businesses like Starbucks, Bed, Bath & beyond, and Staples, Forbes reports (via Triple Pundit). The goal is to increase municipalities’ recycling rates -and lower…

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Agrees 25% Water Cut with EPA

The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has agreed to reduce energy use by ten percent and water use by 25 percent under the EPA’s Sustainability Partnership program. DFW has agreed to make the improvements during its $1.9 billion, seven-year renovation, the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), the EPA said. … Read more »