Environmental Leader https://www.environmentalleader.com Environmental Leader Conference, Energy Manager Today Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:16:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016 https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/owens-corning-sinks-water-use-emissions-2016/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/owens-corning-sinks-water-use-emissions-2016/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:16:52 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172260 Owens Corning has reduced water use by 37% in 2016 from 2010 levels, exceeding its 2020 goals; the company also decreased particulate matter emissions by 23% from 2010, according to its just-released 2016 sustainability report. For a company of Owens Corning’s size – Owens Corning does about $6 billion in ... Read more »

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So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/wasting-40-food-not-study-says-dont-really-know/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/wasting-40-food-not-study-says-dont-really-know/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:33:20 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172256 Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because ... Read more »

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Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/groundwater-fees-prompt-farmers-slash-water-use-third/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/groundwater-fees-prompt-farmers-slash-water-use-third/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:22:21 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172253 When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use ... Read more »

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Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance) https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/investors-may-increase-emphasis-csr-reporting-beware-overstating-performance/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/investors-may-increase-emphasis-csr-reporting-beware-overstating-performance/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:29:42 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172231 In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue ... Read more »

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IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/ikea-saves-nearly-1m-since-december-smart-scale-solution-curb-food-waste/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/ikea-saves-nearly-1m-since-december-smart-scale-solution-curb-food-waste/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:57:56 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172226 Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA ... Read more »

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Ballast Point Brewing Conjures Beer with Water from Thin Air https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/ballast-point-brewing-conjures-beer-water-thin-air/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/ballast-point-brewing-conjures-beer-water-thin-air/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:21:13 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172217 Just as the water intensive nature of brewing beer has become a hot topic in the sustainability world – beer is made up of 90% to 95% water – Ballast Point Brewing Co. announced that it has completed its first two batches of beer made with water extracted literally from thin air. That ... Read more »

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How Firm Is Big Oil’s Backing of a Republican-led Carbon Tax? https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/firm-big-oils-backing-republican-led-carbon-tax/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/firm-big-oils-backing-republican-led-carbon-tax/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:07:34 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172216 Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total S.A. backed a Republican-led plan to tax carbon emissions on Tuesday.

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Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/steel-city-businesses-say-sustainability-performance-jacks-financial-performance-launch-ceos-sustainability/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/steel-city-businesses-say-sustainability-performance-jacks-financial-performance-launch-ceos-sustainability/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:34:05 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172211 Seventeen businesses in the Pittsburgh area believe sustainable practices will improve their bottom lines and attract more businesses to the area, to the extent that they have launched CEOs for Sustainability, an initiative meant to “heighten awareness that sustainable business practices are a must thing to do, not just a ... Read more »

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Breweries, Wineries Chase Water Reduction Goals https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/breweries-wineries-chase-water-reduction-goals/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/breweries-wineries-chase-water-reduction-goals/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:03:47 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172178 Breweries and wineries are intensive users of water, but have been making strides in water reduction goals in recent years. Fetzer Vineyards, for example, installed a filtration system that uses microbes and red worms to naturally remove up to 99% of contaminants from its wastewater. Clean water from this regenerative ... Read more »

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Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/dell-says-ocean-plastic-packaging-cost-effective-scalable/ https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/06/dell-says-ocean-plastic-packaging-cost-effective-scalable/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:35:45 +0000 https://www.environmentalleader.com/?p=172175 Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook ... Read more »

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