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How to Reduce Water Management Expenses with Green Infrastructure

Utilizing green infrastructure in water management and water treatment systems can help companies achieve economic and environmental benefits. And yet these ecosystem-based management approaches haven’t gone mainstream. Green infrastructure employs elements of natural systems such as reed beds that treat industrial wastewater, green roofs and permeable pavements that allow water … Read more »

Energy Service Company Selects CRedit360 Software

Swiss energy service company ewz has selected CRedit360’s sustainability software to improve its environmental performance management capabilities. By using the software, ewz is introducing a consistent, standardized process for collecting and reporting environmental data, pulling together scattered sustainability information from across the organization, Credit360 says. Ewz selected Credit360 after evaluating … Read more »

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Starbucks, Unilever Urge White House ‘Prepare for Climate Change’

One year after Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in $70 billion in economic losses, 20 major companies including Starbucks, Unilever and Mars have called on President Obama and the White House to follow through on climate change preparedness efforts outlined in the president’s Climate Action Plan. The corporate signatories of the … Read more »

IPCC Report: Rising Temps, Oceans Increase Firms’ Risks

IPCC Report: Rising Temps, Oceans Increase Firms’ Risks

Global warming is “unequivocal” and humans are turning up the heat — but more slowly since 1998, according to a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released today. Each of the last three decades has been warmer at the Earth’s surface than any previous decade since … Read more »

Emerging Market Pioneers ‘Need Environmental Risk Awareness’

Businesses need to be increasingly aware of environmental exposures as they expand their global operations into emerging markets, according to a white paper by environmental insurer ACE Group. Many firms will benefit from the potential for growth in new markets, but a pollution incident, for example, can seriously damage a company’s … Read more »

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Dow, Shell Build Green Infrastructure Case

Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, says it saved energy and reduced capital and operational expenses by using constructed wetlands to treat wastewater near Seadrift, Texas — one example of how companies are using green infrastructure solutions to achieve economic and environmental benefits, according to a whitepaper. The Case … Read more »

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Climate-Change Related Weather Pounds Insurers

The US insurance industry expects climate-change related storms and weather occurrences to worsen — but isn’t doing much to combat global warming, the New York Times reports. Peter Höppe, who heads Geo Risks Research at the reinsurance giant Munich Re, cites studies that forecast a rise in future summer droughts, … Read more »

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Nike, Starbucks: Climate Change Policy is ‘Economic Opportunity’

Nike, Starbucks, Ikea and 30 other companies have signed a statement urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions. Climate change policy is an economic opportunity, says Anne Kelly, director of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy … Read more »

‘Sustainability Leaders’ Revealed – But Most Firms Fall Short

‘Sustainability Leaders’ Revealed – But Most Firms Fall Short

While most large companies fall short of sustainability leadership, 10 including Ford, GE and Panasonic present best practices for other businesses to emulate, according to sustainability advisor Two Tomorrows. Less than a third of the largest companies scored over 70 percent, the threshold for “sustainability leadership” in the 2012 Tomorrow’s … Read more »