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M&S Plans Eco-Factories, Will Charge For Plastic Bags

ms.jpgThe UK’s Marks & Spencer is planning its first eco factories, one in Sri Lanka and two in Wales, that will harness the latest renewable-energy and recycling technology to act as a blueprint for other firms, The Times Online reports.

Mike Barry, the head of corporate social responsibility…

Tourism Groups Look For Sustainable Travel Solutions

cruise.jpgEcotourism may be just as environmentally damaging as traditional tourism because of airplane emissions in reaching remote and pristine areas, say industry experts at the Global Ecotourism Conference in Oslo, CDNN reports.

Ecotourism is…

EPA Wants Help Encouraging Self-Disclosed Environmental Violations

epa5-15-07.jpgThe EPA is seeking comments on how a policy that offers reduced penalties to companies for self-disclosing environmental violations should apply to the new owners of recently acquired facilities. The audit policy offers reduced penalties to companies that self-police their programs, promptly disclose and correct any violations discovered, and take steps to prevent future violations.

Companies with newly…

Abbott Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

abbottgroup.jpgAbbott has released its 2006 Global Citizenship Report.

As part of its efforts to protect the environment, Abbott has set five-year performance goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous waste and water usage, and improve workplace safety by 2010. The company says it is on track to meet those goals and has reached several milestones in 2006, including…

Kmart Reports Environmental Violations To EPA, Pays Fine

kmart.jpgKmart will pay a $102,422 fine to settle self-disclosed violations of federal environmental regulations discovered at 17 distribution centers in 13 states. The company reported violations of clean water, hazardous waste, and emergency planning and preparedness regulations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If EPA had discovered Kmart’s violations through an inspection, the company would have faced a fine of more than…

Fairmont Publishes Green Guide

fairmont.jpgFairmont Hotels & Resorts has released the third edition of its Green Partnership Guide, a how-to text for companies looking to “green� their operations.

The guide, which is available for purchase, focuses on areas such as energy management, water conservation, and community outreach programs, while also providing insights on how to start, maintain and grow an environmental program, including case studies on reducing operating costs…p>

Hotels Go Eco-Friendly

doubletree.jpgDoubleTree Guest Suites in Times Square has two floors of eco-friendly rooms that include wastebaskets marked “recycling,” energy-saving light bulbs in all fixtures, water-saving showerheads, and on-the-shower-wall containers filled with shampoo and conditioner, as well as many other environmental efforts, Hotel Chatter reports.

Some Kimpton Hotels…

Groups Say Walt Disney Can Do More Green Cleaning

Environmental Groups, including The Center for Health, Environment and Justice and the Florida Alliance for Healthy Indoor Environments, has begun a campaign to persuade The Walt Disney Co. to use only environmentally safe cleaning products at its Walt Disney World theme parks, restaurants and hotels near Orlando, Florida Today reports. Walt … Read more »

Vancouver’s Harbor Dues Based on Emission Levels

portvancouver.jpgThe Port of Vancouver’s new harbor dues program rewards ships that take steps to cut pollution by charging them lower tolls for running on more eco-friendly, lower-sulphur fuel, versus higher rates for ships with higher emission levels, Edie reports.

Ships that meet a gold standard of emission controls will pay…

Green Resort Opens, Two More in Works

p>gaianapa.jpgWen-I Chang hopes to build a series of resorts that will blend environmental consciousness with the creature comforts consumers have come to expect, CNET reports. Introductory rates at his new hotel, the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa are $99 a night.

The 133-room hotel consumes 26 percent less electricity and 45 percent less water than a similarly…

Bosch Launches Green Rebate Promo with Utilities

bosch.jpgAppliance maker Bosch, which has both Energy Star EPA and DEP ratings for all of its appliances, has launched a green push that includes deals with several regional utility companies to time its rebate with theirs and promote them both…

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