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Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

A new report aims to help manufacturers calculate the land and water footprints of the products they sell. The Mind Your Step report, from Friends of the Earth and Trucost, estimates how much land and water brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year to produce a … Read more »

Unilever

Unilever ‘Sustainable Brands’ Growing Twice as Fast as its Other Brands

Unilever’s “sustainable living brands” — brands that Unilever says contribute to environmental and social sustainability — accounted for half the company’s growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, according to CEO Paul Polman. The company says it is on track to meet … Read more »

George Nunnally Chevrolet

Sustainability Provides Competitive Edge, GM Dealers Say

Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the US are showing their environmental credentials as part of General Motors’ new Green Dealer Recognition program. Participating dealers have proven track records in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, on-site nature habitats and community outreach, … Read more »

chemical guide

Chemical Giants Publish Environmental Footprint Guide

Major chemical companies including AkzoNobel, BASF and Eastman Chemical, working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have published a guide to help chemical industry customers and stakeholders use more sustainable products. The guide, Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products, is the result of a collaboration between leading chemical … Read more »

Nespresso

Nespresso Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020

Nestle’s Nespresso coffee brand has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020. The commitment is one of several new sustainability initiatives, part of a 500 million Swiss francs ($547 million) program called The Positive Cup. Nespresso says it will invest the money over the next six years to shrink its … Read more »

Phone Book Publishers Lag in Environmental Responsibility, PSI Says

Fifteen of the nation’s largest publishers of Yellow Pages telephone directories have earned either failing or poor grades for their efforts to be more environmentally responsible, while a 16th received a mediocre grade, according to a new report card issued by the nonprofit Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). The Sustainability Report … Read more »

Ford Beats Water Reduction Goal Two Years Early

Ford will later this year begin asking high water-use suppliers and those working in water-stressed regions to voluntarily report water consumption. The automaker says it will then work with the suppliers to achieve reductions in an effort to reduce its overall environmental footprint. Ford’s latest water initiative comes as the … Read more »

supply chain management

Sedex, WBI Develop Open Supply Chain Platform

Responsible supply chain specialists Sedex Global has partnered with the World Bank Institute to develop Open Supply Chain Platform, a free, global online platform for companies to upload, share and track core information in areas of business ethics, labor standards, environmental footprints and governance practices. Developed as part of the … Read more »

shopping center

ICSC Launches Green Scorecard for Shopping Centers

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) will next month offer shopping centers a way to benchmark energy, water, waste and recycling, and green operations. With consumer expectations trending toward sustainable technology and products, retailers are also looking for sustainable locations and property owners are leading by focusing on how … Read more »

Eco-Efficiency Strategies ‘Cut Costs, Mitigate Risk’

Eco-Efficiency Strategies ‘Cut Costs, Mitigate Risk’

More than half (52 percent) of businesses rank eco-efficiency as a high or growing priority, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest survey, released today. The poll of more than 600 business professionals shows that firms are putting greater emphasis on efforts to drive financial savings and build a competitive advantage in the … Read more »

Online Tool Calculates Dairies’ Environmental Footprint

An online tool to help dairies calculate their environmental footprint is being tested by producers, the Innovation Center for US Dairy says. Farm Smart currently focuses on voluntary self-assessment in four areas: energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and water use. But future versions of the tool will help … Read more »

NBA to Offset More Than 10m Pounds CO2

The NBA, partnering with Sprint and the Natural Resources Defense Council, has pledged to offset more than 10 million pounds of CO2 as it tips off NBA Green Week, which runs through April 12. NBA Green Week presented by Sprint includes community environmental projects, recycling programs and energy efficiency initiatives … Read more »