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States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

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States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul … Read more »

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First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program Launching in US

The state of Vermont yesterday approved Call2Recycle to implement the first mandated US primary (single-use) battery recycling program beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Vermont’s Primary Battery Law requires producers of single-use batteries to provide a stewardship plan to manage the proper recycling of those batteries sold in Vermont. Numerous battery producers … Read more »

Climate Pact Signed by 12 International States, Provinces

Twelve international states and provinces yesterday signed a first-of-its-kind climate agreement to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. The dozen-state agreement, called the Under 2 MOU, provides a template for the world’s nations to follow as work continues toward an international agreement to reduce … Read more »


Call2Recycle to Manage Nation’s First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program

Eleven initial companies have selected battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont. Vermont is the first state to require single-use manufacturers to develop a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries (including AA, C, D, and other household alkaline … Read more »

Green Mountain Power

First Utility Receives B Corp Certification

Green Mountain Power, a Vermont-based energy company, has become the first utility in the world to become a certified B Corp. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. There are 1165 B Corporations in 37 countries, including … Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vt., expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 12,900 metric tons over the next 10 years and save $30,000 annually as the result of a partnership with ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and NativeEnergy, a carbon offset and project development company. The … Read more »


$11M in Brownfields Cleanup Funds Awarded

Manufacturing redevelopment and urban agriculture are among the projects that will receive supplemental EPA funding — the agency has made available $11 million — to help clean up contaminated brownfields properties. The funds have been awarded to 31 grantees already working to clean up and redevelop brownfields. The agency expects … Read more »

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How to Build Sustainable Communities

Sustainable facilities, green building and infrastructure can help communities become more flood resilient and save billions of dollars, according to an EPA tool. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure … Read more »

Connecticut Prepares to Launch Battery EPR Bill

Connecticut is planning to introduce the nation’s first consensus-based extended producer responsibility bill for both rechargeable and single-use batteries during its 2015 legislative session. Released June 11 at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s national battery stewardship dialogue meeting, the model bill was drafted by a group of … Read more »

Battery Recycling Model Bill Proposed

Four of the nation’s battery interest groups – the Corporation for Battery Recycling, battery manufacturers from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, The Rechargeable Battery Association, and Call2Recycle – announced the creation of a model recycling bill for consumer batteries June 12 at the Product Stewardship Institute’s National Batteries Stewardship Dialogue … Read more »

States Pledge 3.3M Zero Emission Vehicles by 2025

Eight US states located on the East and West Coasts have released a plan to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. The Multi-State ZEV Action Plan, in which the states pledge to develop infrastructure, coordinated policies, codes and standards, is the first promised milestone … Read more »

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