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Nestle Waters’ CEO Counters Bottled Water Criticism

nestle_kim_jeffery.jpgKim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America, has written an opinion piece for Hearst Newspapers countering recent criticism of the bottled water industry.

“Those who propose bans on bottled water don’t acknowledge that bottled water represents less than one percent of the municipal solid waste that ends up in landfills,” Jeffery writes. “Bottled water is only one beverage among hundreds that come in plastic containers.”

“We believe…

Reckitt Benckiser Ads Detail Green Advantages Of Dishwashers

finish_dishwashing.jpgAds for Reckitt Benckiser’s automatic dishwasher detergent brands contend that consumers could save water and energy by using a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand, The New York Times reports.

A German TV ad says that consumers can reduce water use 85 percent with a dishwasher, according to…

Coke Lightens Up PET Bottles

new_coke_bottle.jpgOn the heels of releasing its corporate responsibility review, Coca-Cola has announced a newly designed 20-ounce polyethylene terephthalate contour bottle for all of its Coca-Cola brands. The new bottle has added texture, a shorter cap, and an embossed Coca-Cola logo.

The bottle’s…

Coca-Cola Releases Corporate Responsibility Review

coca-cola_bottles.jpgCoca-Cola has released the online version of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Review entitled “The mark we make today shapes the future.”

According to an environmental report issued in July, water use efficiency increased three percent while total…

Citigroup Plans $232 Million LEED Data Center

citigroup_logo.jpgCitigroup plans to build a $232 million LEED-certified data center in Frankfurt, Greener Computing reports. The data center, which the company said would cost no more to build than a traditional facility, will go online in March 2008. Citigroup estimates that the facility will save…

Could Cap-And-Trade Work For Water?

water_drop.jpgJohn Regan, founder of Environmental Credit Corp., a carbon-credit supplier on the Chicago Climate Exchange, thinks a model similar to CCX could work for companies that need to deal with water pollution and water shortages, Sustainable Industries reports.

Under a cap-and-trade system, water polluters would have the option to reduce pollution in their own…

BP Backs Down On Higher Lake Michigan Discharge Limits

bp_whiting_refinery1.jpgBP says it will not invoke provisions of a new permit that allows it to release significantly more ammonia and suspended solids into Lake Michigan, The Chicago Tribune reports. The move is a response to criticism from politicians and the public

BP said it would abide by more stringent limits in its previous permit as the company moves forward with a $3.8 billion expansion…

Multinationals Accused of Violating China’s Water Pollution Regs

china1.jpgMultinational companies are operating in a far more environmentally damaging fashion in China than they do at home, according to the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affair, which says 90 multinationals that have been found by the environmental protection authorities to have violated water pollution regulations since 2004, Forbes reports.

General Motors, Samsung, Unilever, Pepsi and Yum Brands…

Fujitsu Powers Sunnyvale Campus With Hydrogen Fuel Cell

fujitsu_going_green.jpgFujitsu America has announced that it is using a hydrogen fuel cell on its Sunnyvale campus. It will provide 50 percent of the power needed to cool the data center and labs, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to Fujitsu.

The move comes at a time when power consumption at data centers has received increased attention. According to the EPA, data centers across the U.S. consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours…

Best Buy To Build Only Eco-Friendly Stores

best_buy_logo.jpgBeginning in early to mid-2008, Best Buy intends to build only eco-friendly stores, certified by the USGBC through LEED Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports. Best Buy announced the plan in its recently released corporate responsibility report. According to the USGBC, if all Best Buy stores were LEED certified, the retailer would cut its energy use by approximately one-third…

Greensboro Makes Coliseum More Energy Efficient

greensboro_coliseum.jpgOver the next few months, the Greensboro Coliseum – one of the largest arenas on the East Coast – will implement energy-efficient lighting system retrofits, water conserving plumbing fixtures and major upgrades to its heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The measures are expected to…

EPA Wants BP To Finance Lake Michigan Cleanup

bp_whiting_refinery.jpgInsisting that they cannot stop BP from dumping more toxic waste into Lake Michigan, federal officials are trying to persuade the oil company to finance other projects to help clean up the lake, The Chicago Tribune reports.

The move is a response…

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