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Delta Air Lines Joins Oil Industry Groups to Fight EPA Biofuel Mandates

Delta Air Lines recently joined other oil industry trade groups to fight the U.S. biofuel mandate that requires refiners to meet an annual biofuel quota, either through production or through the purchase of credits.

The airline filed a lawsuit through its year-old refiner, Monroe Energy, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that challenges the EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel requirements, according to FuelFix.

Under the EPA policy, refiners generate renewable identification numbers (basically, compliance credits) for every gallon of biofuel they incorporate. Monroe’s status as a “merchant refiner” that sells unblended products to wholesale marketers means it must always purchase credits. The refiner, in its Oct. 4 federal court petition, claimed this forces it to spend millions of dollars to acquire compliance credits at what it says are “artificially inflated” prices.


Marks & Spencer Invests in Bangladeshi Clean Cookstoves

Environmental initiatives and humanitarian needs often go together, as retail giant Marks and Spencer is proving more and more these days. Its latest project will help curb deforestation, fund jobs and save lives due to poverty and pollution. Oh, and its a nice financial kickoff for the UN’s aspiring carbon offsetting program.


Enzymes: Unsung Heroes of Sustainability

Enzymes may be the key to designing cleaning products that are truly sustainable – using less water, less energy, and less toxicity.

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640,000+ Favorable Comments on SEC Petition for Greater Corporate Political Transparency

In 2011, ten professors of law sent a petition to the SEC, urging it to require corporations to disclose all significant political spending so shareholders can hold their companies accountable. As of last month, the petition already had garnered more than 640,000 comments – 99.7 percent of which were in support of greater transparency.

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Grand Rapids Publishes Climate Resiliency Report

Using the system-wide approach to understanding climate change and concrete impacts on the local community, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, developed the first of its kind, Climate Resiliency Report.


Is Innovation a Material Issue?

There does not appear to be a material Aspect in GRI G4 which is a good home for innovation. So, where should it go?


Success in Emerging Markets Requires a Values-First Approach

Smart investments in the nexus of technology, sustainability, and skills-building pay off big returns – financial and social – for both Arison Investments and the countries where they work. It invites other companies to explore similar sustainability-oriented solutions and partnerships in some of the fastest growing markets in the world.

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It’s #GivingTuesday—Is Your Employee Giving Program Up to Par?

Whether they are inspired by the holiday season or by the end of the tax year, now is a time when many employees are seeking opportunities to give. Giving Tuesday provides us with a welcome reminder that we need to ensure that our employees find the giving opportunities that are right for them.