Large companies like Walmart can truly move the needle when they declare sustainability. But even more impactful changes can be made when an entire industry declares sustainability. Today, the American Forest and Paper Association (AF & PA) declared the following sustainability goals in their Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 plan: 1. Increase the paper recovery … Continued
Month: March 2011
With state and local governments in a budget squeeze, product stewardship is starting to look more attractive as a means to save taxpayers money, aside from any environmental benefits. That could also result in some new opportunities for commercial recyclers. Though e-waste has gotten the most attention by far, states like Rhode Island are beginning … Continued
On March 17, 2011, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced bipartisan legislation to accelerate hydropower projects and development across the country. The Hydropower Improvement Act has a total of nine co-sponsors, including Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The bill seeks to substantially increase U.S. hydropower capacity and … Continued
The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40″. By Carol Pierson Holding BMW, a … Continued
Last August I wrote a piece on why nonprofits (used interchangeably here with NGOs) should publish sustainability reports, similar to those produced by most large corporations. I had just returned from my GRI certification course and was disappointed to learn that very few nonprofits embraced the standards. Despite the availability of NGO specific sector supplements … Continued
by Donna Montgomery, Ph. D. In working with hundreds of clients & students over several decades, it never ceases to amaze me how frequently we assume that others think and feel exactly as we do (and you know what they say about assumptions!) Even if we “know” it, we rarely use this awareness as we … Continued
The transition of the global economy to renewable energy is the big story of the day, but there is another, related transition that is just as significant. The nature of environmental remediation is also undergoing a sea change. Scoop-and-dump is giving way to “green remediation,” a remediation technique which employs sophisticated recycling and resource reclamation … Continued
Among the many business lessons to emerge from the nuclear disaster in Japan is the need to have an energy conservation plan that can help their operations continue, or at least restart quickly, in the event of power shortages. The actions of the tire and rubber company Bridgestone, which is based in Japan, offer some … Continued
Last week General Mills released its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report. Highly dependent on agriculture, the company acknowledges the challenges it faces in minimizing its operations’ impact on people and the planet. The report covers multiple projects it undertakes on the environmental, social, and governance fronts, and is full of anecdotes that detail the firm’s sustainability-related work.
I received an invitation last week from Marilyn Weiner, the co-producer of the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth (and several other series that she co-produced with her husband Hal), to attend the premiere screening of the film, Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, based on the book Plan B 4.0 by Lester Brown, author … Continued
By Alison I. Somilleda Feelgoodz™, an environmentally and socially conscious flip-flop company based in New Orleans, LA, is redefining the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). From materials, production and distribution to giving back to the community on a global scale, Feelgoodz™ has created a business model that paves the way for a future of … Continued
This semester I am working with a colleague, Lindsey Herrema, to analyze the Wetland Mitigation Banking industry. In our study, we identified a barrier to effective Mitigation Banking that we believe an innovative foundation like Hewlett could help address.
Many of us at one point in time have been looking for a job. Readers of this site may be looking specifically for a “green” or sustainability-oriented job. But what are the secrets to landing that ever alluring position? Last Wednesday, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA) in conjunction with the Graziadio School … Continued
In celebration of Earth Month, Whole Foods announced last week that they will be presenting a traveling Do Something Reel Film Festival, which will touch down in 70 cities across the U.S. during April. Launching this upcoming Friday, the collection of six films will focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision … Continued