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UN Assembly Links Environment, Global Economy

Delegates at this week’s first-ever UN Environmental Assembly in Kenya will discuss ways to advance the “green economy,” including alternative energies, smart grids and new transportation options, the Associated Press reports. Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environmental Program, tells the news agency that the climate change, pollution, land … Read more »

Lipton

Unilever to Grow Sustainable Tea

Unilever, whose brands include Lipton Tea, says it will begin a tea research and development program that uses plant breeding methods to ensure sustainable tea. By broadening the natural diversity of tea plants to enhance their productivity, quality and overall sustainability, the project will help “future proof” tea, the company … Read more »

microsoft carbon offset program

Microsoft’s Carbon Fee Funds 15 Offset Projects

Microsoft has used funds raised over the past year from its internal carbon offset fee to invest in 15 resource conservation and renewable energy projects throughout the world including Brazil, India, Kenya, Mongolia, China and the United States. Funds raised through the fee also have been used for internal efficiency … Read more »

Recyclebank

Recyclebank Cuts Emissions 27%

Recycling incentive company Recyclebank has lowered its carbon emissions by 27 percent, from 830 tons in 2011 to 602 tons in 2012, with the help of NativeEnergy, which calculated the company’s greenhouse gas emissions. Becoming aware of the impact of its operations helped Recyclebank reduce its emissions, CEO Jonathon K. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Utility-Scale Solar, Renewable Subsidies, GHG Targets, Nuclear Plants

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Utility-Scale Solar, Renewable Subsidies, GHG Targets, Nuclear Plants

The Department of the Interior announced a new program for utility-scale development of solar energy on public lands in six western states. The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) outlines permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah with an initial set of 17 Solar Energy Zones. If fully … Read more »