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Kirk Myers, Sr. Manager Sustainability – REI

Kirk Myers, Sr. Manager Sustainability – REI

“Especially for consumer facing brands, none of us can do enough ‘less bad’ to have a global impact at scale. We have to continue to focus on ‘less bad,’ but also on ‘more good.’ We all – especially mission based brands and organizations – need to be focused on creating…”

Microsoft, REI Among 100 Washington Firms Calling for Climate Change Action

More than 100 Washington businesses, including Microsoft, REI, Virginia Mason and Saltchuk, have launched an open declaration calling for action on climate change. The Washington Business Climate Declaration — a companion to the Climate Declaration launched in 2013 by Ceres — highlights the support of state business leaders for action … Read more »

Wegmans plastic bag

First Grocer Joins How2Recycle

Wegmans Food Markets has joined the How2Recycle Label program, making it the first grocer to use the voluntary recycling label developed by GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The addition of Wegmans also pushes How2Recycle past its goal of 20 participating companies including Kellogg’s, Best Buy, Clorox, Costco, Esteé Lauder Companies Aveda … Read more »

Co-ops: the Future of Sustainable Business?

Cooperatives are often seen as being green-minded, but are they really more sustainable than businesses with more traditional set-ups? The days a of a small hippie-run cooperative grocery store as the norm are long gone. Co-ops are now big business. Revenues for the 300 largest co-ops total more than $2 trillion … Read more »

REI data center

REI Saves 93% on Data Center Energy with Evaporative Cooling

Outdoor retailer REI retrofitted its Seattle data center, resulting in a 93 percent reduction in the cooling energy used to operate the facility. The retrofit uses “free cooling” via a rooftop evaporative cooling tower to keep servers at optimal temperatures. The system reduces the need for mechanical cooling nearly year-round, … Read more »

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Schneider Electric to Develop Web-Based Higg Index

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has selected Schneider Electric to develop a web-based version of the SAC’s sustainability assessment tool, the Higg Index 2.0, for the apparel and footwear industries. The web-based tool, which will use Schneider Electric’s sustainability and energy management software platform, StruxureWare Resource Advisor, will improve these … Read more »

Alchemy Goods messenger bag

Trek, REI Join Bike Tube Recycling Network

Trek and REI have partnered with Alchemy Goods to form a nationwide bike tube recycling network with the goal of collecting 1 million bike tubes by the end of 2014. This network includes more than 600 Trek bicycle dealers and 1,800 retailers — REI stores and independent bike shops — … Read more »

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Adds Materials Web Tool

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched the Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) web tool as a new component to the Higg Index suite of sustainability tools for the apparel and footwear industries. The interactive platform visualizes and compares the quantitative section of the MSI scores used in the Higg Index. … Read more »

REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI cut its absolute carbon emissions by 7.6 percent last year – to 111,982 tons, from 121,201 in 2011– even as it grew sales by 7.4 percent, according to the company’s 2012 stewardship report. Operational CO2 was down 7 percent, from 78,397 tons to 72,917. The $1.9 billion outdoor goods … Read more »

GreenEarth Cleaning

GreenEarth Cleaning Joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

GreenEarth Cleaning has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and says it will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, as a standard-setting mechanism to improve its environmentally friendly dry cleaning system. The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS on Logging, NV Energy ‘Phony’ Reports, Pfizer

The US Supreme Court has voted 7-1 to reverse a 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that active logging roads need Clean Water Act permits to help control their runoff, the Oregonian reports. SCOTUS ruled on a lawsuit by the Oregon-based Northwest Environmental Defense Center. Last year the EPA issued … Read more »

Kellogg’s Adopts How2Recycle Label

The Kellogg Company will use the How2Recycle Label as GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition begins the latest phase of its voluntary recycling label program. Starting in April, the label will appear on Kellogg’s and Kashi brand products. Kellogg’s joins 11 other major companies already using the How2Recycle Label, including Ampac, Best … Read more »