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How to Track Materials, Redesign and Reach Zero Waste with TRUE Certification

How to Track Materials, Redesign and Reach Zero Waste with TRUE Certification

Leaders in sustainability continually work to understand and track how materials flow through their facilities, how to redesign products for a minimum of wasted material, and how to ultimately reach zero waste. TRUE zero waste rating system from GBCI says it that helps companies do just that.

As In-house Sustainable Sourcing Schemes Soar, Will Fairtrade Fade?

As In-house Sustainable Sourcing Schemes Soar, Will Fairtrade Fade?

In-house sustainable sourcing programs may offer benefits to companies over third-party certifications like Fairtrade. And such in-house programs are proliferating. The question some have is, will they undermine Fairtrade? And are they to be trusted?

Green Globes: Gunning for LEED

For many sustainability professionals, “green building certification” equals “LEED.” Green Globes wants to change that. The online assessment and rating tool has undergone several transformations in its lifetime, starting as the BREEAM Canada for Existing Buildings standard and moving to something more like its current form in 2000. Green Globes now … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Globes, Stormwater, NASA

The Green Building Initiative has released what it calls the most significant upgrade to the Green Globes for New Construction program since its US launch in 2006.  Green Globes NC is now based on an ANSI standard, ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, and the GBI says … Read more »

Environmental Logos and Certifications for Paper, Part II

In yesterday’s post I wrote about the rationale behind eco-logos and illustrated the difference between self-generated claims and certifications. Now let’s take a closer look at claims for paper. Here’s an example of a self-declaration regarding the environmental attributes of paper:  Paper is made from renewable resources with high levels … Read more »

Understanding Eco-logos: Certifications vs. Self-Declarations

This article is Part I of a two-part series. The second article, coming tomorrow, will offer more examples of self-declarations, specific to the paper industry, and information on certifications. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental attributes of products and packaging. If you are in business today, whether selling … Read more »

DNV, KEMA Combine Forces on Energy Consulting and Certification

Risk management firm DNV has acquired a 74.3 percent share in KEMA, creating a combined consulting, testing and certification company targeting the clean energy, sustainability, power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. The companies say they will combine services to form one service offering for the global energy sector, covering the … Read more »

UL Launches Enterprise-Wide Sustainability Standard

UL Environment has launched the Sustainability Quotient Program, which it describes as a comprehensive system of assessing, rating, and certifying sustainability at the enterprise level. LG Electronics, Intuit and Igefa, a German provider of janitorial and food service supplies, are all early adopters of the program, which is based on … Read more »


Kroger Progressing on Sustainable Fish Goal

Kroger has announced that 65 percent of its top 20 wild-caught seafood species are sourced from fisheries meeting its sustainability standards, on its way to a goal of 100 percent by 2015. The commitment calls for all such fish to come from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council-certified, in MSC … Read more »

International Paper Cuts Energy Use, Increases Landfilling

International Paper Cuts Energy Use, Increases Landfilling

International Paper reduced its global energy use from 2007 to 2010, but increased its landfilled solid waste from 2006 to 2010, according to the company’s 2010 Sustainability Report. Since 2006, IP’s solid waste landfilled has increased by 2 percent per metric ton of production. “This increase resulted from fewer outlets … Read more »

Scholastic Raises FSC Paper Goal

Scholastic Raises FSC Paper Goal

Scholastic Inc. is increasing its targeted percentage of certified paper from 30 to 35 percent after making “significant gains” towards the goal, the company announced yesterday. The publishing firm announced in January 2008 that it would increase its purchase of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper to 30 percent by 2012. The … Read more »

WWF Allows Companies to Destroy Forests, Report Charges

A World Wildlife Fund industry partnership to protect forests is failing in its duties, according to a human rights group. In Pandering to the Loggers (pdf) a report out yesterday, Global Witness charged that companies are destroying forests and trading in illegally sourced timber while basking in the glow of … Read more »

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