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NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

Individual farms in central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley regions are receiving grants to assist them on initiatives  geared toward reducing methane emissions and improving water efficiency, according to the Associated Press. The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants for the state, … Read more »

Maximizing Water Efficiency

Upgrading old fixtures and altering occupant behavior are two key strategies to improve building water efficiency, reports FacilitiesNet.com. Depending on their age, older faucets, toilets and urinals could be using 70 to 80 percent more water than newer equivalents. Newer toilets offer the greatest savings: older models typically use between 3.5 and … Read more »

Coke bottles

Coke Pledges 25% CO2 Reduction Across Value Chain

The Coca-Cola Company has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of “the drink in your hand” by 25 percent, compared to 2010 levels, by 2020. The company says this is the first-ever goal targeting the entire Coca-Cola end-to-end value chain, cutting CO2 across its manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, … Read more »

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Bathroom Retailers, Manufacturers Launch Water Efficiency Label

European Union DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers have launched a voluntary labeling program to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom taps, showers, toilets and baths. Companies that have agreed to label all of their bathroom appliances are: Argos, B&Q, Chandlers’ Building Supplies, Homebase, Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, … Read more »

AkzoNobel Pledges to Cut Carbon Emissions 25-30%

AkzoNobel has set new sustainability targets that include reducing carbon emissions by 25 to 30 percent per ton of product by 2020, compared to 2012 levels. The Dutch paint and specialty chemical company also says that by 2020, its downstream eco-premium products will account for 20 percent of revenue. The environmental … Read more »

More than 3.7 Million Sustainable Water Jobs by 2020, Pacific Predicts

More than 3.7 Million Sustainable Water Jobs by 2020, Pacific Predicts

Investing in water efficiency and re-use projects will address growing problems associated with drought, flooding and contamination, and create thousands of jobs in a wide range of professions by 2020, according to the Pacific Institute. The study, Sustainable Water Jobs: A National Assessment of Water-Related Green Job Opportunities identifies 136 … Read more »

Lowe’s, Kohler, KB Home Win EPA Water Awards

Lowe’s helped its customers save about 4 billion gallons of water last year, and Kohler introduced 40 new water-efficient toilet models to the North American market in 2011, earning both companies EPA awards. Colorado Springs Utilities, American Standard Brands and KB Home also received 2012 WaterSense partners of the year … Read more »

Intel, Dow Cut Water Use, Spend Millions on Public Infrastructure

Intel, Dow Cut Water Use, Spend Millions on Public Infrastructure

Intel is spending more than $200 million on public infrastructure, including water and wastewater facilities, at its operations in Ocotillo, Ariz., and has partnered with the nearby City of Chandler to implement water usage technologies that benefit both the company and the local community, according to a report by CH2M … Read more »

Rio+20: Pepsi, Coke, Levi Strauss to Set Water Efficiency Goals; Other Summit Business News

CEOs from The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Levi Strauss & Co., Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and 40 other international companies have agreed to set targets on their own water efficiency and wastewater management in factories and operations, and have called on governments attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit to make global water … Read more »

Frito-Lay Asks Town for $600k to Aid Water Efficiency, Automation

Frito-Lay is asking the town of Vancouver, Wash., for $585,000 in water bill credits over three years, to enable its local plant to make $15 million to $25 million in investments, The (Clark County, Wash.) Columbian reports. The company says the investments will include water efficiency projects as well as … Read more »

World Bank Cuts U.S. GHG Emissions 7%, Paper Use 15%

World Bank Cuts U.S. GHG Emissions 7%, Paper Use 15%

The World Bank has cut its overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the financial institution’s U.S. buildings by seven percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the company’s new corporate responsibility Website. The same facilities also cut their water use by four percent, waste to landfill by eight percent and paper … Read more »

ASHRAE, DOE Update Green Building Guides, Software

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released the third edition of its GreenGuide for sustainable buildings, while the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available updated versions of its energy efficiency modeling software programs The “ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable … Read more »