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NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

The state of New York managed to save $40 million since 2011 simply by reducing its use of copy paper, and will continue to save about $7 million per year, according to a new report from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Various entities (a total of 66) within the state’s government … Read more »

Automation Improves Efficiency, Cuts Waste

Process improvement and operational efficiency lead to waste reduction — which is the crux of sustainability, a SustainablePlant article says. Automation is key to improving performance speed, which is also a major driver in improving operational efficiency, writes author Jordan Berkley, director of product management at manufacturing software provider Apriso. … Read more »

Regency Centers Ups Annual Energy Savings 75%, Triples Recycled Materials

Regency Centers, a grocery-anchored shopping center chain, has increased its annual energy savings by 75 percent, achieved LEED certification for three projects and tripled the amount of construction and demolition material recycled in 2012. These sustainability improvements are part of the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of developing … Read more »

GM Shares Zero-Waste Best Practices

GM Shares Zero-Waste Best Practices

General Motors is sharing details about how it has turned more than half of its manufacturing plants into landfill-free facilities and which best practices helped the automaker turned its own waste byproducts into a $1 billion-a-year revenue generator. GM released a downloadable blueprint “The Business Case for Zero Waste” in … Read more »

Waitrose Sends Zero Food Waste to Landfill

Waitrose has achieved its target of sending zero food waste to landfill two months ahead of schedule. Originally, the supermarket chain had said all 280 of its UK branches would recycle or donate food waste that is unfit for consumption by the end of 2012; it has done so this … Read more »

Office Depot Aims to Save 20,000 Trees With Paper Bag Roll-Out

Office Depot will offer delivery service customers the option to receive supplies in paper bags rather than cardboard boxes, in an effort it hopes will reduce waste by 3.5 million pounds. The initiative, called the GreenerOffice Delivery Service, is being rolled out nationwide following a pilot in which over 90 … Read more »

Food and Drink Companies Expect to Cut Packaging 19%

Food, beverage and consumer product makers expect that they will have eliminated four billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide between 2005 and 2020, according to two surveys conducted for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). GMA said the reduction represents a 19 percent cut in the reporting companies’ average U.S. packaging … Read more »

Del Monte Commits to Cut Waste 75% by 2016

Del Monte Foods has formalized its environmental sustainability goals, which builds on the company’s sustainable agricultural practices and strategies at its manufacturing facilities to reduce the environmental impact at its cannery operations, and its supply chain to reduce its impact from the sourcing and distribution of goods. Del Monte’s cross-functional … Read more »

MillerCoors Sustainability Report: Beats Waste Reduction Goal, Misses Water Use Target

MillerCoors Sustainability Report: Beats Waste Reduction Goal, Misses Water Use Target

MillerCoors has exceeded its 2015 goal for waste reduction by eliminating 20 percent of the amount of waste sent to landfill, according to the company’s 2010 Sustainable Development report. In total, the company reuses or recycles nearly 100 percent of all brewery waste, up from 98 percent in 2008, and … Read more »

Motorola Struggles to Meet CO2 Emissions, Waste Reduction Goals

Motorola Struggles to Meet CO2 Emissions, Waste Reduction Goals

Motorola has reduced its CO2 emissions by 35 percent since 2005 thanks to energy-efficiency efforts, buying renewable energy and consolidating facilities, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report. Despite reducing total emissions of CO2e since 2005, Motorola said normalized emissions increased slightly due to weaker sales in 2009. As … Read more »