Samantha is a graduate of Boston University with concentrations in English, Biology and Environmental Policy. After working in higher education textbook publishing for some time, she turned to the freelance writing world and now reports on corporate social responsibility, green technology and policy, and conservation for TriplePundit.

Raytheon missiles on display at the Paris Air Show in 2005.

Defense Contractor Raytheon Salutes Sustainability

It feels like every morning the news is discussing a brand new technological advance – e-readers and tablets and apps, oh my! (Also–Google’s driverless car, anyone?) And that’s really just the beginning of it all. Luckily for us, not only are technology researchers and conglomerates making the some of the most cutting-edge gizmos available to … Continued

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of several cities benefiting from Marriott's heightened involvement with the Youth Career Initiative.

Marriott International Spotlights Planet and Youth Unemployment

Here’s one hotel chain, or rather, family of hotel chains, you can feel proud to support while on your future travels. Marriott International, Inc., where the Ritz-Carltons, Fairfield Inns, and Courtyards of the world call home, released its second annual full scale Sustainability Report for 2011-2012 (using  the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines no less) … Continued


General Motors Installs 8.15 MW Solar Array in Germany

GM’s newest success is the installment of an 8.15 MW solar array on the rooftop of one of its Adam Opel AG plants in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The array is one of the largest installations in Europe with an area equivalent to 32 soccer fields and will produce up to 7.3 million kWH of energy annually.


Aramark and Humane Society Move to Eliminate Gestation Crates

ARAMARK, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), announced on August 21st its plans to eliminate all pork from animals bred using gestation crates in its U.S. supply chain. The food service company has asked its primary pork suppliers to develop plans for reducing, and then eliminating, gestation crates by 2017.


Sierra Magazine Releases 6th Annual “Cool Schools” Ranking

The Sierra Club’s planet-friendly mission has integrated itself into the current growth of green college campus initiatives nationwide, especially with the release of its sixth annual “Cool Schools” list in SIERRA magazine.


Sustainability at Red Lobster and the Olive Garden

Last week, Darden Restaurants, Inc., the umbrella corporation for restaurant chains such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and LongHorn Steakhouse, released its 2012 sustainability report, hitting another benchmark in its CSR efforts. The report highlights the progress Darden has made in all areas of sustainability within its over 1,900 restaurants, 180,000 employees, and global supply … Continued


Cornell Establishes Sustainable Seafood in the Ivy League

In recent years, several food businesses like Costco, Shaw’s, Walmart, and Safeway have been knuckling down on sustainable seafood programs and product labeling in order to provide more (accurate) Earth-conscious options for consumers. In fact, a recent study conducted by non-profit Oceana suggested that seafood may be mislabeled as often as 31-58 percent of the … Continued


Starbucks’ Extra Shot of Energy (Efficiency)

Starbucks is hosting an energy efficiency competition among ten of its own stores to see who can cut electricity use the most in 30 days. The competition, sponsored by the coffee company and Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington State, is part of a one-year project to utilize energy data to influence behaviors and reduce energy consumption.


Unilever Reaches Sustainable Palm Oil Goal Three Years Early

Unilever has announced it will reach its target of 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil covered by GreenPalm Certificates by the end of 2012, three years ahead of its original schedule. This success is in step with the company’s previous Good Agricultural Practice Guidelines for oil palm established in the mid-1990s as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Agriculture Program.

Gestation Crates

Oscar Mayer Confirms Plan to Eliminate Pig Gestation Crates

This past weekend, Oscar Mayer, one of the biggest names in pork products, announced its plan to eliminate the gestation crate system that confines female pigs in cages. The transition is planned to reach completion by 2022. “At Oscar Mayer, we believe quality meat begins with quality animal care.  We are committed to finding better … Continued