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SmartWay Award Winners

EPA Freight Industry Award Winners Revealed

The EPA has announced the 2015 winners of the SmartWay Excellence Awards for retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies. The awards honors the top performing SmartWay partner companies that demonstrate how businesses can shrink their carbon footprints and contribute to healthier air all while saving on fuel costs as they move … Read more »

Walmart fleet efficiency

Walmart, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch Improve Freight Efficiency, Cut Emissions

Improving efficiency and environmental management in freight operations is becoming increasingly important to global brands including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey’s, according to an Environmental Defense Fund blog. Jason Mathers, a senior manager at EDF on supply chain logistics, writes that while some … Read more »

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Lowes to Phase Out Neonic Pesticides

Lowe’s announced in its 2014 Social Responsibility Report that it is phasing out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available. Some studies have indicated that neonics are damaging the health of honeybees and other pollinators.  According to a study … Read more »

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents

CES Roundup: Ford, Toyota, Internet of Things

The 2015 International CES wrapped up on Friday, with Ford, Toyota and other companies making major announcements about how technology innovation will advance efficiency and sustainability. Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO, announced Ford’s new Smart Mobility plan in his keynote, which he says will solve today’s global transportation challenges. … Read more »

International CES

Largest-Ever Internet of Things Showcase

The 2015 International CES will have the largest-ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the internet of things, with more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. CEA owns and … Read more »

EPA

Companies Pay $9.7bn in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in fiscal year 2014 required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion to curb pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement and compliance results. The EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Other … Read more »

Over 2M Kilograms of Batteries Diverted from Landfills

Call2Recycle Canada has collected and recycled more than 2 million kilograms of batteries across Canada. The organization, funded by battery and battery-powered product manufacturers, says Canadians have recycled more batteries in the first 10 months of this year than in all of 2013. Call2Recycle Canada is the approved battery stewardship … Read more »

2014 SmartWay Excellence Awards

EPA Awards SmartWay Shipping, Logistic Partners

Hewlett-Packard, Lowe’s and Home Depot are among the 2014 winners of the EPA’s SmartWay awards, which honors freight industry companies’ environmental leadership. Winners are in the top 5 percent of SmartWay performers in improving fuel efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing air pollution. The annual SmartWay Excellence Award honors … Read more »

Raley's

Raley’s Dumps Hazardous Waste, Pays $1.6M

Raley’s has agreed to pay about $1.6 million to settle a hazardous waste disposal lawsuit. The judgment is the result of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste, according to 26 California district attorneys … Read more »

AHAM, CSA, UL

Appliances Sustainability Standard Developed

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group and UL Environment have released AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for such appliances. This new standard is the third in a family of product sustainability standards under development … Read more »

Lowe’s Pays $500,000 for Lead Rule Violations

Lowe’s Home Centers will pay $500,000 after violating the EPA’s lead rules. The home improvement retailer has also agreed to implement a corporate-wide compliance program to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, … Read more »

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Lowe’s to Pay $18.1M in Illegal Dumping Settlement

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Home Centers will pay $18.1 million to settle claims that more than 100 of its stores in California illegally dumped hazardous waste in landfills. The civil environmental prosecution settlement with Lowe’s, approved in Alameda Superior Court, followed a joint investigation by the California Department of Toxic Substances … Read more »