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Got green game? Local companies cut costs, impacts in Better Business Challenge

Charlottesville’s second Better Business Challenge, a year-long sustainability competition for local companies, wraps up in May, but founder Teri Kent wants business owners to know there’s still plenty of time to get onboard—and save a lot. Kent, creator of local environmental blog Better World Betty, kicked off the first challenge in 2012 as a way […]

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Nike blends sustainability and business intelligence

The importance of sustainable product sourcing among corporations is quickly becoming a subject past debate. The effects of climate change continue to be felt, consumers are growing more in tune with environmental issues and government regulations prohibiting practices that have negative impacts on the ecosystem have become increasingly stringent. The question, then, is not whether […]

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Microsoft’s five sustainability predictions for 2014

2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental reporting continued to spread to more companies. At Microsoft we made progress as well – from signing our very […]

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The UK remains on course to retain its throwaway culture

As a new government report on waste fails to make a splash, the UK’s unsustainable economy looks likely to continue to generate excessive waste, writes Tim Cooper Issuing a waste prevention programme at the peak of the Christmas shopping period might have been a master stroke by the coalition government. What better time to highlight […]

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The Pakistani women becoming textile entrepreneurs from their own homes

Elisabeth Braw visits Karachi to see how sewing groups are creating a sustainable economy at grassroots level and providing opportunities for women. As she travels around her Karachi – Pakistan’s largest city – negotiating deals with buyers, Salma seems like the pinnacle of female achievement. Indeed, she is: the mother of three is her family’s […]

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Volkswagen to Receive Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development

The World Environment Center (WEC) is announcing that its 30th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to the Volkswagen Group. The company is being recognized for its comprehensive commitments to environmental sustainability operations, most notably through its holistic sustainable business model, Think Blue. Volkswagen will accept the Gold […]

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Gov. Snyder eyes natural gas, renewable sources for ‘no regrets’ energy policy

Michigan needs an energy policy with an emphasis on eliminating energy waste, and replacing coal with natural gas and renewable sources, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday. Snyder released several goals for the state’s energy policy, which his office said should amount to a “no regrets” energy future by 2025. The Republican governor said in a […]

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Teijin, Onward and Fuji Xerox to Launch Closed-loop Recycling System for Uniforms in China

Teijin Limited, Onward Holdings Co., Ltd. and Fuji Xerox Co,. Ltd. announced today that they will launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China. The system is based on Teijin’s ECO CIRCLE that incorporates the world’s first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester. Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd., the Teijin group’s polyester textile manufacturing […]

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The Abbott (Australian) Government Pledges more than $800m on Green Army

The Abbott government has revealed it will be investing more than $800 million in its so-called Green Army – so far the only tangible aspect of its Direct Action scheme – despite earlier estimates that it would cost only $50 million in the first year and a maximum $300 million. In its budget update released […]

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US Rep Earl Blumenauer Introduces Bill to Promote Environmental Accountability Through Trade

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) introduced HR 3733, the Trade and Environment Enforcement Act, also known as the Green 301 Act. Green 301 expands the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act of 1974 to encompass environmental effects. It provides tools to help prevent practices by other countries that cause negative environmental impacts to human, animal, […]

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Legacy Health’s Office of Philanthropy adds Judy Rooks as Senior Director of Philanthropy Operations

Legacy Health’s Office of Philanthropy has added Judy Rooks as senior director of philanthropy operations. She will provide leadership and vision for developing a comprehensive donor relations marketing plan, as well as oversee events, communications, prospect research, database management and the granting process. Most recently, she worked as the marketing communications manager at Stoel Rives. […]

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General Mills’ Big Sustainable Sourcing Commitment

In keeping with the growing focus on sustainable harvesting and production, General Mills (GM) announced yesterday that it will be making changes to how it harvests and packages 10 of the top ingredients it uses in its cereals and other products. — Full story at TriplePundit —

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AT&T Soon to Release Eco-Rating for Cell Phones

Wireless Shoppers Soon to Have Information on Device Materials, Energy Efficiency and Other Sustainability Attributes People eager to check out the newest, fastest and coolest mobile handset devices will soon be able to learn about its environmental features too. That’s because a new eco-rating system is planned for launch later this year by AT&T-, which […]

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Coca-Cola Company Releases First-Ever GRI Report

The Coca-Cola Company released its eighth systemwide Sustainability Report, titled Reasons to Believe. In the Company’s effort to increase transparency across its broad sustainability platform, this year’s Report was created using stakeholder feedback and, for the first time, follows the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to achieve a self-declared grade […]

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Enhancing Southwest Airlines into a Greener Fleet

Southwest Airlines introduces new era of customer comfort and sustainability with evolution of the cabins interior design. Southwest Airlines introduced a new sleek cabin experience to enhance Customer comfort, improve fleet efficiency, and give back to the environment. Dubbed Evolve: The New Spirit Experience, the cabin update utilizes durable and environmentally responsible products to reduce […]

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Mazda Publishes Sustainability Report 2011

Mazda Motor Corporation issued the Mazda Sustainability Report 2011 in Japanese. The English version of the Sustainability Report 2011 will be published in early October. The Sustainability Report 2011 outlines Mazda’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and achievements for the fiscal year ended (FYE) March 2011 (April 2010 to March 2011).

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Cummins Sustainability Report Focus On Global Initiatives and Greener Products $CMI

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the release of its 2010-11 Sustainability Report, which focuses on the Company’s efforts to build cleaner products and reduce the size of its own environmental footprint. In addition, the Company has updated its Sustainability Web site with all new stories on everything from Cummins’ environmental and community involvement efforts to […]

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Gap Inc. Details Global Commitments to Sustainability and Supply Chain $GPS

Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today released its fifth Social and Environmental Responsibility report, a comprehensive update on its supply chain operations, environmental programs and community investment efforts from 2009 to 2010. “Gap Inc. takes seriously the importance of being a responsible company,” Gap Inc. Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy said today. “For nearly 20 years, we’ve […]

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Briggs & Stratton Second Annual Sustainability Report

Briggs & Stratton Corporation today announced the publication of the company’s second annual Sustainability Report. This report outlines Briggs & Stratton’s commitment to sustainability efforts and initiatives, which build on its 103-year legacy of environmental stewardship, community involvement, social responsibility, and economic performance. Furthermore, it highlights the progress Briggs & Stratton has made in the […]

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Domtar Expands Range of FSC Paper Products $UFS

Already a Leader in Offering Environmentally and Socially Responsible Products, Domtar Will Increase Its Annual Sales of FSC-Certified Paper by More Than 150,000 Tons Marking a new milestone in environmental responsibility, Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced today a broad expansion of its paper products that are certified to the standards of the Forest […]

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