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Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

Shareholders to Amazon, McDonald’s, Target, Walmart: Phase Out Polystyrene Foam

The resolutions come as dozens of leading global brands endorsed a plan to ensure 70 percent of plastic packaging is reused and recycled globally, up from today’s recycling rate of 14 percent.

White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

A big data partnership — a collaboration between the White House, the World Resources Institute, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and other public and private entities — will provide a tool to help corporations make long-term infrastructure decisions by improving their climate resilience planning.

Will This Amazon-CIA Mapping Project Revolutionize Waste Management?

It sounds like space-age technology and in many ways it is: satellite mapping that could track waste from space. Amazon, satellite operator DigitalGlobe, the CIA’s venture arm In-Q-Tel and computer chip maker Nvidia and Amazon have teamed up on a satellite imagery and data project called SpaceNet. The project’s data … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan ‘Good for Business,’ Say Major US Brands

Clean Power Plan supporters came out en masse to defend the carbon pollution rule on Friday with major brand companies filing amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan requires existing coal-burning power plants to cut … Read more »

Google, Amazon Underestimate Data Centers’ Carbon Footprints

Google, Amazon Underestimate Data Centers’ Carbon Footprints

Google and Amazon are among the companies using an obsolete tool to calculate their data center emissions from the electricity they purchase from the power grid, according to Lux Research. The research firm has developed a new analytical tool that finds data centers underestimate coal usage by 30 percent or … Read more »


Is Amazon Getting a Sustainability Makeover?

Amazon, which has never published a sustainability report, has recently hired sustainability executives that may change the online retail giant’s strategy — and reputation — according to the Guardian. The publication reports Amazon has grown its sustainability team by hiring global supply chain expert Dara O’Rourke. O’Rourke co-founded Underwriters Laboratories’s product-rating … Read more »

Cash Gets Customers to Recycle Mobile Phones

When it comes to mobile phone recycling programs, consumers want cash, according to a Compass Intelligence report. “Mobile Phone Reuse and Recycling Survey: Understanding Consumer Behavior” finds cash is the biggest incentive in recycling phones, but very few recycling programs offer cash. In 2011, less than 11 percent of respondents … Read more »


Google Buys Smart Home Startup Nest Labs for $3.2bn

Google says it has acquired Nest Labs, the smart home startup company behind the Apple designed-inspired learning thermostat and the talking smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The Internet search engine giant, an early investor in Nest Labs, says it has purchased the company for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging

Amazon Sustainable Packaging Initiative Alleviates ‘Wrap Rage’

Amazon says it’s winning the battle against plastic clamshell cases and wire ties — part of the company’s “Frustration-Free” sustainable packaging initiative. The initiative, which began five years ago with 19 products, now has more than 200,000 in easy-to-open, recyclable packaging designed to alleviate “wrap rage,” the company says. Amazon … Read more »