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GM on Track to Make Half of Mfg Plants Landfill-Free

General Motors (GM) is on track to meet its goal to make half of its major global manufacturing operations landfill-free by the end of 2010. John Bradburn, project manager for GM’s Design for Environment initiatives, told Forbes that 69 of the company’s plants worldwide are now landfill free up from 62, … Read more »

California Rejects Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags

California Rejects Ban on Plastic Shopping Bags

California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have been the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags in the nation, USA Today reports. The Democratic bill, AB 1998, which failed on a 14-21 vote late Tuesday, had drawn fierce opposition from the plastic bag manufacturing industry, which spent heavily on ads … Read more »

Alfred Music Launches Initiative to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Alfred Music Publishing, an educational music print publisher, has launched its “Alfred Cares” initiative, aimed at reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The program centers on decreasing the company’s natural resource consumption, recycling waste and reusing materials in the production processes. Spearheaded by Alfred’s CEO, Ron Manus, the company’s environmental push … Read more »

Citywide Textile Recycling Program Best Practices

When it comes to recycling programs, U.S. municipalities have come a long way over the last thirty years. City leaders have spearheaded major programs to implement systems for paper, plastic and aluminum, and local citizens are participating in record numbers. Innovative companies like RecycleBank, which partner with municipalities and haulers … Read more »

Can Green Business Make Big Change Fast Enough?

Over 70% of Fortune 500 companies have sustainability mandates, but do they go far enough? In a sea of corporate social responsibility programs, green “seals of approval” and eco claims, business really has not changed significantly. Seeking to enable a deep green business transformation, the Environmental Defense Fund is hosting … Read more »

Air Products to Pay $1.5M in Penalties for RCRA Violations

Air Products has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in civil penalties to resolve hazardous waste mismanagement violations at its Pasadena, Texas, chemical manufacturing facility, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice. The settlement resolves Air Products’ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations in … Read more »

Royal Caribbean Stewardship Report: Fuel Use Down 3.7%

Royal Caribbean Stewardship Report: Fuel Use Down 3.7%

Royal Caribbean’s ships reduced fuel consumption by 3.7 percent per available passenger cruise day (APCD) in 2009 over 2008 levels, exceeding its 2 percent reduction goal by 85 percent, according to the company’s 2009 Stewardship Report. Royal Caribbean consumed about 30,000 less metric tons of fuel than planned, which the … Read more »

Dell CR Report: Emissions Down 10%

Dell CR Report: Emissions Down 10%

Dell has reduced the indirect emissions associated with its energy use by 10 percent in fiscal year 2010, according to the company’s corporate responsibility report for fiscal year 2010. The PC maker also is working with its top suppliers to have them report their greenhouse gas emissions through the Carbon … Read more »

Mohawk Industries Sustainability Report: Targets 25% Cuts in Energy, Water Use

Mohawk Industries Sustainability Report: Targets 25% Cuts in Energy, Water Use

Mohawk Industries targets 25 percent reductions in energy use, water use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste to landfill by 2020, according to the company’s inaugural annual Sustainability report. Mohawk says it plans to reduce its overall energy intensity 25 percent compared to 2009 levels through energy use optimization that … Read more »

EPA Chief Cites E-Waste as a Top Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator Lisa Jackson said that the prevention and proper management of e-waste is one of the agency’s top six newly announced global priorities.  The other five priorities were reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, improving water quality, reducing toxics exposures and building stronger institutional frameworks.  Her comments … Read more »

Sunny Delight Sustainability Report: Cuts Carbon Emissions nearly 17% since 2007

Sunny Delight Sustainability Report: Cuts Carbon Emissions nearly 17% since 2007

The Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC) has decreased carbon emissions (from direct and indirect sources) nearly 17 percent since 2007, reducing the company’s annual emissions by more than 17 million pounds, according to the company’s 2009 Sustainability Report (PDF). SDBC’s sustainability goals include target reductions for water use, energy use, … Read more »

GAO Report Advises Federal Role to Manage e-Waste Exports

GAO Report Advises Federal Role to Manage e-Waste Exports

A growing number of states have enacted electronics recycling laws to address the lack of a national approach, raising concerns about a patchwork of state requirements, according to a new federal study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, 23 states have enacted some form of electronics recycling legislation. The … Read more »

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