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Ann Calamai

Environmental Executive Moves: Watts, Plug Power, Optoro, Xylem

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Watts Water Technologies: The water efficiency products manufacturer has appointed Todd A. Trapp as chief financial officer. Trapp comes to Watts from Honeywell, where he most recently held the position of vice president of financial planning and analysis. … Read more »

Julie Hirigoyen

Environmental Executive Moves: Green Building Council, Nuverra, WRI, BioAmber

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. UK Green Building Council: The green building nonprofit has appointed Julie Hirigoyen (pictured) as its new chief executive. Hirigoyen is currently UK head of sustainability for international property consultants JLL. Nuverra Environmental Solutions: The environmental services company has … Read more »

Hyatt sustainable seafood

Hyatt Launches Sustainable Seafood Initiative

Hyatt Hotels has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly sourcing more than 50 percent of their inventory by 2018. As a part of this effort, Hyatt will also work toward purchasing more than 15 percent … Read more »

native products

Majority of Sustainable Foods Produced in Latin America is Exported

Latin America has become a major producer and exporter of sustainable foods, but its domestic market has lagged, according to research by Organic Monitor. The region has an 18 percent share, or 6.8 million hectares, of global organic farmland. More than $1 billion worth of organic products is exported from … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2, Mumbai Airport LEED, MSC

XTechnology Global of Danvers, Mass., has become the first company to achieve certification to the newly upgraded R2:2013 Standard. The 2013 version incorporates ISO 14001, ISO9001 and OHSAS 18001, according to standards organization R2 Solutions. Terminal 2 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, developed by GVK’s Mumbai International Pvt Ltd., has been certified as LEED … Read more »

Rio 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics to Serve Sustainable Seafood

All seafood served at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be certified as sustainably wild caught and responsibly farmed, according to an agreement signed yesterday. According to the memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Marine Stewardship Council … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 14001 Revision, LEED for Obama Poster Building

In a meeting in Bogota last week, a working group approved the ISO 14001 Committee Draft 2 (CD2) document for publication, in the latest step towards revision of that standard. The document is expected to be published next week, according to certification and testing company LRQA. Real estate firm Transwestern’s mixed-use building … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Birds Eye, GMOs, LG’s LCA, Building Commissioning

NSF International will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator in early 2014, offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another way to earn the Non-GMO label. The project’s verification process requires ongoing testing of major at-risk ingredients, an action threshold of 0.9 percent, traceability and segregation practices, and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance: Prop. 65, Ikea, Target, MSC, Laundry Standard

The California Legislature has passed AB 227, which would give business owners receiving a notice of Proposition 65 violation a two-week grace period, during which they could avoid a lawsuit by posting the required warning signs and paying a $500 fine. The bill now heads to governor Jerry Brown, who has 30 days to … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Sells Eco-Labeled Farmed Fish

Sainsbury’s has begun selling farmed catfish certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, The Grocer reports. In what it says is an industry first, the UK supermarket launched two own-label lines of river cobbler, a type of fast-growing catfish, in 150 stores. The Grocer says a third line of the farmed … Read more »

Sodexo to Serve Eco-Labeled Seafood, Improve Supply Chain Sustainability

Sodexo will serve Marine Stewardship Council-certified seafood at 11 Washington, DC-area locations and has agreed to use the Real Food Calculator to increase supply-chain sustainability on all Sodexo-contracted campuses. The food services company says the following locations will participate in the sustainable seafood program, which begins this month: National Geographic, … Read more »

McDonald’s to Serve Only Eco-Labeled Fish

McDonald’s USA says it will become the first national restaurant chain to serve fish bearing the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label at all of its US locations. McDonald’s, which uses MSC-certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock for its Filet-O-Fish sandwich, will begin displaying the MSC ecolabel on product packaging, in-restaurant communications and external … Read more »