U.S. manufacturers large and small are looking for ways to demonstrate their social and environmental responsibility, as well as boost their bottom lines. Zero-waste-to-landfill may be just the ticket.
Category: Climate & Environment
This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.
Despite the long-standing environmental justice movement, the misconception that people of color don’t care about environmental issues remains. But a new poll commissioned by the nonprofit Green For All reveals what we should have known all along: Communities of color are not only concerned about the environment, but also view climate change as an imminent threat. According to the survey, 68 percent of African American, Latino and Asian likely voters think climate change is an issue that Americans need to be worried about right now – not a problem we can put off in the future.
The World Resources Institute reported in 2011 that 75 percent of the world’s coral beds were in jeopardy of extinction — a gloomy prediction for the oceans’ essential ‘rainforest trees.’ Well, Israeli scientists have found an answer by reforesting the coral beds using hand-planted “coral carpets.”
It might seem like a strange partnership between a nonprofit and a huge nation, but it might work. TNC’s Conservation Blueprint project identified 32 regions that the organization and the Chinese government believe are most vital to the country’s environmental future.
Growth in 2013 was modest, but the U.S. continues to be a world leader in installed wind power capacity. Prospects for 2014-2015 remain cloudy, however, given the expiration of the federal PTC and policy uncertainty, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.
The case against the Peanut Corporation of America for its role in a 2009 Salmonella outbreak illustrates gaping regulatory holes on food safety.
Green Impact had the opportunity to speak with Dan Henroid to reflect on UCSF’s successes and challenges as they move the needle on sustainable food. Based on our discussion, this post offers three tips for other hospitals and institutions seeking to improve the sustainability of the food they serve:
Reduce conventional meat consumption in order to purchase more sustainable meat;
Collaborate to promote sustainable food practices; and
Get your local team on board.
ConAgra Foods is now the latest large food company to adopt a more sustainable palm oil policy, thanks to pressure from the state of New York.
Thread, a Pittsburgh-based B Corp, is employing hundreds of people living in impoverished regions to pick up discarded plastic bottles, which they then turn into recycled polyester fabric. Their mission is clear: to create dignified jobs, and to market their process. Don’t you want to know how your t-shirt is making a difference?
California’s historic drought is no laughing matter. But the State of California and Natural Resources Defense Council are trying to inject some humor into their efforts to encourage Californians to conserve water, teaming up with Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter on a series of public service announcement (PSA) videos that feature water-saving tips.
Germany’s Munich City Utilities and Sweden’s Vattenfall announced they will invest $1.6 billion in building Sandbank, an offshore wind farm capable of producing 1.6 terawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity.
Whole Foods’ GMO policy, and the company’s promise to have its products completely GMO-free by 2018, is having consequences on artisan food makers.
Fourteen percent of carpet was recycled into new products or used to produce energy last year – rather than buried in landfills – according to a new report from the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a nonprofit initiated by both the carpet industry and government agencies to boost carpet recycling nationwide. This figure may seem like a drop in the bucket against the 3.7 billion pounds of carpet discarded in 2013, but it actually represents a significant improvement over previous years: Diversion of carpet from the landfill rose 52 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Hyatt Hotels Corp. recently announced a new initiative to add more responsibly-sourced seafood at its hotels. The first goal of the initiative is for responsibly-sourced seafood to comprise 50 percent of the company’s inventory by 2018.