Author: Leon Kaye
Yesterday Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that he said is necessary in order to make California drought-resistant after the lowest snowpack on record. The executive order calls for increased water conservation, increased enforcement, a streamlined state government response and investment in new water technologies.
Union of Concerned Scientists released its 2nd annual palm oil report, which tracks 40 large companies sourcing huge amounts of palm oil within its supply chains.
Food and commodities giant ADM, which has reached over US$80 billion in revenues, says it will develop a no-deforestation policy in a move to source soy and palm oil more responsibly. The change occurred after a shareholder proposal, submitted by Green Century Capital Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, requested that ADM set quantitative goals for a reduction in supply chain impacts from deforestation.
REI has announced that it will support the National Park Service through a partnership with the National Park Foundation. No word on whether Sally Jewell, the Secretary of Interior who was previously the CEO of REI, had any involvement in this campaign, but the timing is excellent nonetheless.
The drought in California continues, so the state is targeting green lawns. Meanwhile, almond farms consume 9 percent of the state’s water.
Novelis evercycle products, 100 percent recycled food containers, are an important step in the overall sustainability of the aluminum industry.
Panasonic Eco Solutions, Clean Power Finance and Coronal Group launched a partnership that aims to make solar more to businesses and non-profits.
Wells Fargo, as disclosed in its most recent corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, has reached $37 billion in environmental loans and investments.
The CEO of SalesForce.com said the company will reduce its investments in Indiana after the state’s governor signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
By eliminating the demand for goods and services produced with slave labor, the Freedom Seal aims to end human trafficking and slavery.
Monsanto has launched an attack against the World Health Organization — accusing it of selective science and bias in research that linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to cancer.