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Six Steps for Managing Water Risks, Opportunities

In its 2014 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum identified water crises as one of the risks of highest concern. For businesses, it is important to understand operational and market contexts to manage water risk and leverage opportunity, according to The Guardian. Businesses can manage water resources with a … Read more »

IBM to Supply Big Data for Water Management in India

IBM will supply the Kerala Water Authority in India with its Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyze, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. KWA is looking to the system for help in equitably supplying water and to give it the ability to monitor and flag irregularities … Read more »

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency retrofits of 236 properties showed a combined water and energy savings of $4.3 million over a one-year period, according to research by Bright Power and the Stewards of Affordable Housing. Although retrofitting commercial buildings has previously been shown to be profitable, convincing affected parties of the value of multifamily … Read more »

Canadian Green Building to Increase by Half

Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, according to a report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction. The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, was commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council and shows that … Read more »

Bank of America to Cut Energy Use 25%, as Part of $50bn Environmental Initiative

Bank of America says it will reduce its energy consumption 25 percent by 2015, compared to 2004 levels, equal to eliminating 1.2 million MWh of annual energy use from its portfolio. Also by 2015, BoA plans to reduce its paper and water consumption by 20 percent, compared with 2010 consumption, … Read more »

Starbucks Sustainability Report: Water Consumption Up 5%, Energy Use Drops 4.5%

Starbucks Sustainability Report: Water Consumption Up 5%, Energy Use Drops 4.5%

Starbucks increased its water consumption by 5 percent year-on-year in 2011, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. The coffee giant has set a goal of reducing its water consumption by 25 percent in its company-owned stores by 2015, against a 2008 baseline. As of 2011, the company had cut … Read more »

Accor Lifecycle Analysis: Only 13% of Water Use Occurs On-Site

Accor Lifecycle Analysis: Only 13% of Water Use Occurs On-Site

Accor’s main water impacts come food production, in one surprising finding from the hotel company’s lifecycle analysis of its environmental footprint. The Earth Guest Research report, carried out together with PricewaterhouseCoopers, found that farms supplying the company with food account for about 86 percent of its water consumption. Direct consumption … Read more »

Steelcase CSR: On Track to Cut Environmental Footprint 25% by 2012

Steelcase CSR: On Track to Cut Environmental Footprint 25% by 2012

Steelcase is on track to meet its goal of reducing its environmental footprint 25 percent by 2012, the furniture manufacturer’s 100-year anniversary, according to the company’s 2010 Corporate Sustainability Report. From 2001 to 2009, Steelcase has globally reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 59 percent, water consumption by 71 … Read more »

Suncor Sustainability Report: Sets Four Environmental Goals for 2015

Suncor Sustainability Report: Sets Four Environmental Goals for 2015

Suncor Energy Inc. has set four environmental goals for water use, reclamation, energy efficiency and air emissions, according to the company’s 2010 Report on Sustainability report (PDF). These targets include reducing fresh water consumption 12 percent by 2015, increasing reclamation of disturbed land area 100 percent by 2015, improving energy … Read more »

Vancity Sustainability Report: Carbon Footprint Cut 7% since 2007

Vancity Sustainability Report: Carbon Footprint Cut 7% since 2007

Vancity achieved its goal to become carbon neutral in 2008, two years ahead of schedule, according to the company’s 2008-2009 accountability report. Since 2007, the credit union has reduced its carbon footprint by seven percent, and exceeded its 2009 target of a carbon footprint of 6,000 tonnes or less. Here … Read more »

Siemens Sustainability Report: Water Use Down 5%, Energy Efficiency Improves 4%

Siemens Sustainability Report: Water Use Down 5%, Energy Efficiency Improves 4%

Siemens has reduced its water consumption by about 5 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2009 compared to a year earlier, using approximately 14.1 million cubic meters of raw water worldwide, according to the company’s Sustainability Report 2009. This figure excludes approximately 15.7 million cubic meters of cooling water drawn from … Read more »

Boeing on Track to Meet Environmental Targets by 2012

Boeing is on track to reach its environmental targets by 2012 even though some improvements have been modest over the first few years of its environmental initiative, says Mary Armstrong, Boeing’s vice president of the corporate environment, health and safety team, reports HeraldNet. Boeing’s goals include reducing hazardous waste generation, … Read more »