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Hundreds of Companies Tell Trump ‘Don’t Dump Paris Climate Agreement’

Hundreds of major companies yesterday urged president-elect Donald Trump to implement the Paris climate agreement, which he has vowed to “cancel” once he’s in the White House.

Microsoft

Meet Microsoft’s New Data Center Sustainability Chief

Microsoft has big plans for cloud computing. It wants to build “the most hyperscale public cloud that operates around the world in more regions than anyone else,” which involves big investments in data centers — and has the potential to exponentially grow Microsoft’s carbon and water footprints. In addition to … Read more »

Paris

Road to COP21 Climate Talks: US Feds Pledge Emissions Cuts, CEOs Unite on Climate Deal

The COP21 climate talks are less than a week away and we’re seeing a flurry of low-carbon commitments from governments and industry as both groups gear up for Paris. US federal agencies will cut emissions to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025. The White House made the commitment on … Read more »

68 Major Companies Join Climate Action Pledge

As the UN climate talks in Paris near, 68 additional companies have joined the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Companies making the pledge have set greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing. … Read more »

Starbucks

Starbucks Moves Bottled Water Production out of California

Starbucks has announced it will stop sourcing and manufacturing its Ethos Water in California due to the drought. The company says starting this month and over the next six months, it will move production to its Pennsylvania supplier, while also exploring alternatives to transition to a new source and supplier … Read more »

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green … Read more »

Kellogg's

Kellogg’s Joins BICEP Coalition

Kellogg Company has joined Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition to advocate for innovative climate and clean energy policies. BICEP, a project of Ceres, was launched in 2008 with a core group of five companies, including Starbucks, Nike and Timberland. It has since expanded to 32 leading … Read more »

GE, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike Cut from DJSI World

GE, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike Cut from DJSI World

Amgen, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and GlaxoSmithKline are among the new additions to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World. Meanwhile Bank of America, General Electric, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Nike are among the companies to get cut from the DJSI World this year. These companies did, however, make the North American … Read more »

How CSR Can Improve Employee Performance

Employee engagement in corporate social responsibility activities including environmental initiatives can demonstrably improve job performance, according to research from ESMT European School of Management and Technology. Citing programs at companies such as Cisco, Starbucks and SAP, the study recommends two simple steps that managers can take to engage staff with … Read more »

Starbucks Recycles Coffee to Make Milk

Starbucks Recycles Coffee to Make Milk

Starbucks is recycling coffee beans to make milk for its coffee. The coffee giant is using Menincon’s fermentation technology that allows the used grounds from Starbucks stores in the Tokyo area to be converted into feed for the diary cows that produce the milk that goes into Starbucks stores’ specialty … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chrysler’s ISO 50001, GM’s LEED, Prop. 65

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard with certification by TÜV, Plant reports. Investments in automated heating and ventilation management are projected to save about $2 million a year in electricity and natural gas costs, and lighting control projects are projected to save $110,000 a year. … Read more »