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Report: U.S. No. 1 in Clean Tech Innovation, But Lags in Reducing GHGs
Report: U.S. No. 1 in Clean Tech Innovation, But Lags in Reducing GHGs

CLEANTECH - The United States leads the world in cleantech investments, patents, renewable energy generation and electric vehicle (EV) adoption, but still is slow to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new ranking by Next 10.Over the last two decades, however, the U.S. has become more energy productive, using less energy per dollar of GDP generated.

San Diego, Aurora Among ‘Most Water Wise' Cities
San Diego, Aurora Among ‘Most Water Wise' Cities

LEADERSHIP - San Diego, Calif., Aurora, Colo., Torrance, Calif., Poway Calif. and Hermosa Beach, Calif. are the cities with the highest percentage of residents that made pledges during a monthlong campaign in April to promote water efficiency.The 2015 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, organized by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, involved residents from more than 3,900 cities making 391,325 pledges online to reduce their water use at home, around the yard and in their lives. The challenge addressed the growing importance of educating consumers about the many ways they use water, the organizers say.

White House Sets Sights on Climate Change’s Public Health Impacts
White House Sets Sights on Climate Change’s Public Health Impacts

MARKETING AND COMMS - Climate change is literally killing us, according to some of the nation’s leading medical practitioners, who have found direct and indirect links between it and an increase in respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease and heat-related deaths. Americans also face increased risks to their health and well-being from injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events.

In the Wake of Tragedy: Brands Come Together to Aid Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort
In the Wake of Tragedy: Brands Come Together to Aid Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

COLLABORATION - The 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake that hit on April 25th has yielded a death toll of over 6,000, with thousands still reported missing. Villages throughout the country have been destroyed as well as a large portion of the capital Kathmandu. The Guardian reports that 90 percent of clinics and schools in some districts have become completely unusable. “There are still injured there who have not been treated. Whole villages are flattened. They need tents very badly,” Kempo Chimed Tsering, a local religious leader, told the Guardian.

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EPA: US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 9% Since 2005
EPA: US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 9% Since 2005

NEW METRICS - Total greenhouse gas emissions generated in the United States increased by 2 percent from 2012 to 2013, but emission levels in 2013 were 9 percent below 2005 levels, according to a new annual report by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The EPA’s 20th Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks tracks total annual US emissions and removals by source, economic sector and greenhouse gas going back to 1990. The agency uses national energy data, information on national agricultural activities and other national statistics to provide a comprehensive accounting of total greenhouse gas emissions for all man-made sources in the United States.

Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis
Food Companies Have Opportunity to Show More Responsibility During California’s Drought Crisis

WASTE NOT - With California suffering one of its most dire water shortages on record, the Golden State’s political leaders are scrambling to find solutions to shore up an ever-diminishing supply of this precious resource. Some analysts suggest California only has about one year’s reserve of water left within its reservoirs.

As UN Climate Conference Approaches, Renewable Energy Makes Major Global Gains
As UN Climate Conference Approaches, Renewable Energy Makes Major Global Gains

CLEANTECH - Clean energy is “key” to climate action, according to a senior advisor to President Obama in a blog post published last week, which discussed the United States’ official greenhouse gas emissions-cutting target to the United Nations. The proposal formalizes a U.S. commitment to reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Rhode Island Considering Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging
Rhode Island Considering Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced two bills that could put end-of-life product management duties onto the shoulders of packaging producers. If passed, Rhode Island will become the first state to enact legislation for extended producer responsibility (EPR) for printed paper and packaging (PPP).

More Brands Than Ever Encouraging People Across the World to Use #YourPower for Earth Hour
More Brands Than Ever Encouraging People Across the World to Use #YourPower for Earth Hour

MARKETING AND COMMS - 2015 marks the ninth year of Earth Hour, the WWF-led global event at which people and businesses turn off the lights to illuminate climate change awareness. Businesses, communities and individuals in nearly 170 countries will flip their switches for an hour this Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm local time.

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Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws
Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws

NEW METRICS - Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, called on Congress last week to strengthen the country's outdated chemical policy.

Copenhagen ‘Big Data’ Marketplace Set to Spur Sustainability Innovation
Copenhagen ‘Big Data’ Marketplace Set to Spur Sustainability Innovation

CLEANTECH - Global IT firm Hitachi Consulting has been selected to construct a first-of-its-kind Big Data platform for Denmark’s capital Copenhagen to help achieve its sustainability goals.To develop the platform, the firm will work with the City of Copenhagen, Capital Region, the Danish cluster organization, CLEAN and a consortium of partners.The Copenhagen Big Data project will enable advanced analytics to support city functions such as green infrastructure planning, traffic management and energy usage. It will integrate data from multiple sources, including demographics, crime statistics, sensor-based sources — such as energy consumption meters, air quality sensors and traffic sensors, among others — and information submitted by citizens and businesses.

New York Startup Wants to Clean Up the Hudson River One Pool at a Time
New York Startup Wants to Clean Up the Hudson River One Pool at a Time

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Taking a dip in the Hudson River typically is not something New Yorkers would advise — centuries of city sewage discharges have left the river toxic and harmful to human health. Although public policies aimed at cleaning up the Hudson have improved conditions over the past several decades, leftovers from past pollution remain, and new problems are becoming evident.

London Assembly Calls on Mayor to Divest City from Fossil Fuels
London Assembly Calls on Mayor to Divest City from Fossil Fuels

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last week, the London assembly told mayor Boris Johnson to pull City Hall’s £4.8bn pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on a motion to support the fossil fuel divestment movement.The motion calls on the mayor to publicly support the principle of divestment and to begin the process of ridding the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) of its fossil fuel portfolio. But the vote is non-binding, meaning the mayor is bound only to consider its proposals and write a response.The Green Party’s Jenny Jones proposed the motion, which was unanimously supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Six of the Conservative’s nine members were absent. Those who were present voted against.

Global Stewardship Required to Avoid Silent Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall
Global Stewardship Required to Avoid Silent Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - It’s been 53 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a shocking exposé of chemical pollutants and their impact on the Earth's ecosystems.

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General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water
General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water

COLLABORATION - As California’s devastating drought enters its fourth year and local organizations are appealing to residents to rein in their water use, a diverse coalition of companies with skin in the game — food and beverage giants General Mills, Driscoll’s and Coca-Cola North America, Gap Inc., Symantec and home builder KB Home — are coming together to launch a new campaign urging companies to enact more aggressive measures to maximize California's local and state water resources.

Eat 'Green,' U.S. Dietary Panel Recommends – and That Doesn’t Mean Just Vegetables
Eat 'Green,' U.S. Dietary Panel Recommends – and That Doesn’t Mean Just Vegetables

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A draft of the official new U.S. recommendations for Americans’ diets is out, and for the first time the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has advocated for strong consideration of environmental sustainability in our consumption patterns. Not surprisingly, the “green” aspects of their recommendations are controversial.The committee’s guidance will weigh heavily in the final guidelines issued later this year, after public comment, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will use them to guide spending on government food programs and to educate the American public on the latest thinking about nutrition.

National Pass It On Week Encourages Scots to Get Swapping, Sharing and Donating
National Pass It On Week Encourages Scots to Get Swapping, Sharing and Donating

WASTE NOT - This March, Scotland will promote a national week of swapping, sharing and donating, encouraging citizens to join in a reuse revolution. Pass it on Week begins on the 7th and continues through the 15th of March. The event is backed by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) in an effort to get people to pass on things they no longer want to someone else, rather than throwing them away.

Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies
Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies

SUPPLY CHAIN - Only six major companies and one investor — Danone, Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Kao Corp., Reckitt Benckiser Group, and financial services giant HSBC — have comprehensive policies in place to protect tropical forests, according to a new ranking by Global Canopy Programme (GCP).

California Utilities to Offer Clean Energy Options to Residents and Businesses
California Utilities to Offer Clean Energy Options to Residents and Businesses

CLEANTECH - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the "Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program," a measure that will give millions of California residents and businesses the chance to participate in a utility clean energy program for the first time.The decision, which benefits the majority of the state's businesses and over 38 million residents, directs the three largest investor-owned utilities—Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company, which together cover nearly 80 percent of the state—to offer a Green-e Energy certified 100 percent renewable energy option to their customers.

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Closing the Loop on Recycling: Unilever, P&G Aim to Give Communities Greater Access to Recycling Programs
Closing the Loop on Recycling: Unilever, P&G Aim to Give Communities Greater Access to Recycling Programs

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Regardless of where we live, we’re neighbors — sharing this grand global space, and thus all of its sustainability challenges and opportunities.Therefore, we believe we also share in the responsibility to develop solutions, and to work together when our combined resources can have a positive impact that none of us could achieve on our own.

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