Author: Gina-Marie Cheeseman
The EPA’s Green Power Partnership includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power each year. Beyond reducing carbon impact, joining the partnership makes financial sense. We talked to the EPA and Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, a partner company that uses more than 2.4 billion kWh of green power a year, to find out more.
The divestment movement just gained a big victory. The French insurer, Axa, one of the largest insurance companies on the planet, announced that it will sell $559 million of its coal investments.
The Department of the Interior announced last week that it will invest almost $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in 12 western states, including California.
Walmart, the largest food retailer in the U.S., recently announced a new animal welfare policy. It’s a policy animal rights groups are calling groundbreaking as it engages the company’s entire supply chain and covers a wide range of issues from antibiotic use to housing systems.
A few weeks ago, Mother Jones published an investigation into Starbucks’ bottled water brand, Ethos Water, revealing that it is bottled in Merced, California, ranked as being in “exceptional drought.” This week, the company announced it would move bottling operations from California to Pennsylvania, but the new location also poses problems.
California’s cap-and-trade program has $832 million earmarked for energy efficiency, public transit, affordable housing and other projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At least 25 percent of the funds are required to be invested in the state’s most disadvantaged communities, such as Fresno’s Roosevelt neighborhood.
Aditya Birla, global maker of rayon fibers, has a new fiber sourcing policy that seeks to embed sustainable sourcing into company’s supply chain. The main aim of the new policy is to stop sourcing from ancient and endangered forests.
Panera Bread shares progress on meeting its commitment to remove artificial ingredients from its U.S. Panera Bread and St. Louis Bread Co. menus. The company’s “No No List” is bans more than 150 ingredients, including artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.
Californians are responding to their state’s environmental record, as the results of DDB’s Life Style Study show. The study compared California adults to Americans from other states and found that Californians are much more likely to engage in behaviors indicating they care about the environment.
On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown set a new greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent by 2030, using 1990 as a baseline. It isn’t just the most ambitious state-imposed emissions goal in the U.S. but within North America.
On Monday, Tyson Foods announced it will phase out the use of antibiotics in its U.S. broiler chicken flocks, chickens raised for meat, by September 2017. The Natural Resources Defense Council called Tyson’s decision a “tipping point” for removing antibiotics from the nation’s chicken supply chain.
The Detroit Zoological Society and Michigan Economic Development Corp. launched a crowdfunding campaign for a biodigester that will produce energy from animal manure at the Detroit Zoo.