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EPA’s Pollution Prevention Program Claims ‘Not Provable’

There is no proof that the EPA’s Design for the Environment program has cut use of hazardous chemicals, according to a report released by the agency’s inspector general, Bloomberg reports. In addition, the agency can’t claim the program is cost-effective because it has no controls in place to measure cost-effectiveness. … Read more »

Cost of Green Roofs, Walls to Drop by 28%

The cost of building-integrated vegetation will drop from $38/square foot to $23/square foot in 2017 as the result of an increase in innovation aimed at lowering costs and reducing return time on investment, according to Lux Research. BIV technology uses green roofs and green walls to improve air quality, manage storm … Read more »

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

In the past year, five companies – Dell, HP, Lenovo, Best Buy and Wal-Mart – have come together to ask their LCD panel suppliers to reduce the amount of potent fluorinated greenhouse gases used during their manufacturing process, according to the EPA. Specifically, the companies asked that suppliers 1) develop … Read more »

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Policy & Enforcement: Wal-Mart Safety, S. Korea Power Crunch, Calif. Offshore Fracking

Wal-Mart Stores has resolved two Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement actions by agreeing to improve worker safety and health conditions in nearly 2,900 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, following alleged repeat and serious violations at a store in Rochester, N.Y. The company also will pay a $190,000 fine, Bloomberg … Read more »

PepsiCo, Walmart Partner to Manage Ecosystem Risks

Anglo American, Grupo Andre Maggi, PepsiCo, Vale, Votorantim and Walmart have partnered to develop business strategies that protect the ecosystems in which they operate in Brazil. The newly formed Parceria Empresarial pelos Serviços Ecossistêmicos, or Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership, is an initiative to show how biodiversity and ecosystem … Read more »

Walmart Sustainability Report: Supplier Scorecards to Launch in 100 Categories this Year

Walmart Sustainability Report: Supplier Scorecards to Launch in 100 Categories this Year

Walmart expects to develop supplier scorecards in up to 100 major product categories by the end of this year, in the latest stage of development for its Sustainability Index, according to the company’s 2012 Global Responsibility Report. The move follows efforts last year to integrate the index into Walmart’s business. … Read more »

Walmart Accused of Greenwashing

Walmart’s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment, according to research by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Since Walmart unveiled its sustainability campaign in 2005, the number of Americans with an unfavorable view of the company has fallen by nearly half, … Read more »

Cargill, McDonald’s, Others Form Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef NPO

The 17 founding member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have formed an independent, non-profit organization to continue with their goal to realize environmental and industry-related improvements across the global beef industry, the group said. The founding members are representatives from industry, non-profit organizations, associations, academia and think tanks … Read more »

Wal-Mart ‘to Assess Crop Sustainability’

Wal-Mart is considering using sustainability measurement devices developed by the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, reports ThePacker.com. Wal-Mart officials have said that the retailer is looking into what types of data to collect within an expanded pilot program for measuring the sustainability of its produce, the website reports. The website … Read more »

Wal-Mart, Seventh Generation, Tetra Pak Test Drive Earthster LCA Tool

Wal-Mart, Seventh Generation, Tetra Pak Test Drive Earthster LCA Tool

Earthster is collaborating with Wal-Mart, Seventh Generation, and Tetra Pak to create an open, data commons and lifecycle assessment (LCA) tool for product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and sustainability experts looking for information on materials, energy, water, social and climate impacts throughout the product life cycle. The three sustainability leaders will … Read more »

Wal-Mart, Walgreens Tackle Energy Use

Retail chains like Wal-Mart and Walgreens are working to reduce energy use as part of their overall business strategy to cut operational costs. In these cases, Wal-Mart Puerto Rico has opted to transition its parking lot lighting to LED technology, while Walgreens has installed a geothermal system. The Food Marketing … Read more »

Coke, Del Monte, Kraft, Wal-Mart Get Failing Grades for Using BPA

Coke, Del Monte, Kraft, Wal-Mart Get Failing Grades for Using BPA

Major brands including Hain Celestial, H.J. Heinz, ConAgra, and General Mills received an “A” grade for working to eliminate the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food can linings, while others including Coca-Cola, Del Monte, Kraft and Wal-Mart, failed to keep pace with the industry leaders and received “F” scores, according … Read more »