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Cream Cheese Plant Uses ‘Unsustainable & Disruptive’ Amounts of Water

Cream Cheese Plant Uses ‘Unsustainable & Disruptive’ Amounts of Water

A Philadelphia Cream Cheese plant in the Village of Lowville, NY, has been issued a mandatory water conservation order. The plant recently used more than a million gallons of water in a day, when the village’s water filtration plant can only filter 1.3 million gallons in a 24-hour period, according … Read more »

Finance Folks Finally Focusing on Sustainability? You Bet

Finance Folks Finally Focusing on Sustainability? You Bet

Could it be that finance folks at big corporations are waking up to the fact that sustainability can be a business driver? An article in the Journal of Accountancy – a publication for accounting and finance professionals from corporations, public accounting firms, government agencies and nonprofits – indicates that the … Read more »

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

The world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, Arcos Dorados, acknowledged in its just-published sustainability report that its large footprint across Latin America and the Caribbean means that it must “take a leadership role” in terms of implementing programs that will improve its environmental impact. The company said, for example, that “many” of … Read more »

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Editor’s note: As sustainable business operations go from “nice to have” to “must have,” companies seem to be more willing to talk about the business side of sustainability. How are their investments in environmental management paying off? At our Environmental Leader 2017 Conference earlier this summer, one of the major take-aways … Read more »

Chase Economic Stability or ‘Save the Planet?’ The Question May Now Be Moot

Chase Economic Stability or ‘Save the Planet?’ The Question May Now Be Moot

Companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Google are increasingly excited about the use of renewable energy to power their data centers, and renewables account for more than half of new power sources going on line. With these evolvements in the renewable energy industry, argument like whether we should “save the planet” … Read more »

Want to Retain Top Employees? Improve CSR Efforts, Survey Says

Want to Retain Top Employees? Improve CSR Efforts, Survey Says

Most businesses are aware today that studies show improved relationships between companies and their customers – leading to increased revenue – when the company engages in at least some level of CSR. But a new study from the ECA and the Considerate Constructors Scheme indicates that engagement with corporate social … Read more »

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because … Read more »

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Seventeen businesses in the Pittsburgh area believe sustainable practices will improve their bottom lines and attract more businesses to the area, to the extent that they have launched CEOs for Sustainability, an initiative meant to “heighten awareness that sustainable business practices are a must thing to do, not just a … Read more »

Cautionary Tale: New ‘Sustainable’ Olympic Medals Decaying

Cautionary Tale: New ‘Sustainable’ Olympic Medals Decaying

A big deal was made about the sustainability factor of the Rio Olympics, with Dow, for example, working with partner companies and nonprofits to implement a host of energy- and resource-efficiency initiatives and technologies in the sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, packaging and construction. But one sustainability move may not have been … Read more »

Millennials to Employers: ‘We’re Powerful & We Expect Sustainability’

Millennials to Employers: ‘We’re Powerful & We Expect Sustainability’

Companies have a new reason – if the business case for environmental management was not already strong enough – to continue their sustainability initiatives: the ability to hire and maintain top talent. Millennials, the generation that makes up the largest share of the US workforce, are willing to turn down … Read more »

Survey: Majority of Businesses Will Continue Commitment to Sustainability Under Trump

Survey: Majority of Businesses Will Continue Commitment to Sustainability Under Trump

Even with the current US administration attempting to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations, 71% of respondents to a survey conducted by Lucid and Urjanet continue to be committed to sustainability, reducing energy use, and improving overall performance of the built environment. The survey of sustainability professionals, facilities managers, and building operators also found that almost one-quarter (24%) of organizations increased their commitment to sustainability in the face of new federal administration.