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If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself: Ford and Toyota End Hybrid Partnership
If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself: Ford and Toyota End Hybrid Partnership

Collaboration / Ford and Toyota announced this week they are going their separate ways after teaming up in 2011 to develop a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain system for light-duty trucks. After completing a feasibility study of their collaboration, the companies have decided to proceed on development of individual hybrid systems, according to Toyota. - 10 years ago

UPS Travels Further, Emits Less Thanks to Alternative Fuels and Technologies
UPS Travels Further, Emits Less Thanks to Alternative Fuels and Technologies

UPS today released its 2012 Sustainability Report, which announces that, while the total number of packages shipped in 2012 increased, the company reduced its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Other achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increased investments in alternative fuel vehicles, and retooled routes that shaved 12.1 million miles from ground deliveries.“The report’s theme, More of What Matters, sharpens UPS’s focus on how to make the most measurable positive impact through sustainability business practices and logistics expertise,” said Scott Wicker, UPS’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Highlights of the 2012 report, which earned an A+ rating from GRI, include: - 10 years ago

Molson Coors Sustainability Report Details Successes, Failures, Next Steps in Improving Its 'Beer Print'
Molson Coors Sustainability Report Details Successes, Failures, Next Steps in Improving Its 'Beer Print'

Marketing and Comms / On Tuesday, Molson Coors Brewing Company released its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the company’s performance in five key areas: Governance and Ethics, Alcohol Responsibility, Environmental Stewardship, Employees and Community and Responsible Sourcing.The report highlights significant savings of energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water consumption and waste to landfill based on targets the company set in 2008. - 10 years ago

UK Paper Company Might Just Rid the World of Paper Cup Waste
UK Paper Company Might Just Rid the World of Paper Cup Waste

Waste Not / UK paper company James Cropper has developed technology that enables the recycling of disposable coffee cups into high-quality paper products. Last week, the company opened a £5m reclaimed fibre plant using this technology at its production mill in Kendal, Cumbria, which was inaugurated by the Queen and the Princess Royal, Kate Middleton.In the UK alone, an estimated 2.5 billion paper cups go to landfill. Until now, the plastic content of cups has made them unsuitable for use in papermaking — disposable cups are made of up to 95% high-strength paper with a 5% thin coating of polyethylene; James Cropper's recycling technology separates out the plastic, leaving paper pulp that can be used to make paper. - 10 years ago

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Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program in India
Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program in India

Marketing and Comms / Ford Motor Company announced today it is taking another major step toward helping stabilize carbon dioxide emissions globally, becoming the first automaker to join a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program recently established in India. The company already participates in similar programs in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. - 10 years ago

How Forward-Thinking Brands Are Disrupting and Delighting Through Innovation
How Forward-Thinking Brands Are Disrupting and Delighting Through Innovation

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Calling all innovators and implementers! Sustainable Brands and BBMG have launched a new Issues in Focus editorial channel examining the most creative, inspiring and disruptive cases of brand innovation.Guest editor Carola Beeney — joined by BBMG founders Raphael Bemporad and Mitch Baranowski and the SB editorial team — is curating a broad selection of articles to help illuminate this emerging paradigm, for publication throughout the year. - 10 years ago

Marriott International Reaches Key Milestone in Greening Its Global Supply Chain
Marriott International Reaches Key Milestone in Greening Its Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain / MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, announced Thursday that Marriott International is ahead of its sustainable sourcing goals for 2013. In 2012, Marriott committed to spend 75 percent of its 2013 furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) budget with suppliers who are part of the MindClick Hospitality Index for Sustainable Sourcing (HSP Index). As of June 15, 2013, Marriott has reached 60 percent of its goal. - 10 years ago

EPA Releases 'Turbo-Charged' Upgrade of Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Tool
EPA Releases 'Turbo-Charged' Upgrade of Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of an upgrade to its popular online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The upgraded tool can help businesses achieve President Obama’s call to make commercial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. - 10 years ago

Most Electronics Retailers Getting Failing Grade on Recycling Programs
Most Electronics Retailers Getting Failing Grade on Recycling Programs

Waste Not / Only three electronics retailers are making a serious effort to help consumers responsibly recycle their old electronic products, according to a new report card released Wednesday by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETB). The Coalition is calling on the other retailers to step up and do their part to make it as easy to recycle as it is to buy electronics from them.Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot earned high marks on the report card, which graded the top 16 consumer electronics retailers’ recycling programs in the U.S. But more than half of the retailers flunked. - 10 years ago

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Key Global Stakeholders Express Support for REDD+ Protocol in California's Climate Policy
Key Global Stakeholders Express Support for REDD+ Protocol in California's Climate Policy

Marketing and Comms / As the California Air Resources Board prepares to consider moving forward on international initiatives to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD+) within the state's climate policy, a large consortium of key stakeholders — from multinational corporations to global NGOs and indigenous community leaders — have rallied in support of REDD+. - 10 years ago

How Can Information Technology and Big Data Help Us Innovate for a More Sustainable Future?
How Can Information Technology and Big Data Help Us Innovate for a More Sustainable Future?

ICT and Big Data / Calling all technologists and data-heads! Beginning in August, Sustainable Brands will launch a new Issues in Focus editorial channel examining how information technology and data are being used as platforms for innovation in sustainability.Guest editor Bart King of New Growth Communications and the SB editorial team are seeking articles, interviews and case studies for publication throughout the year. - 10 years ago

Unilever's 'Green Express' Train Is Latest Way to Cut Its Supply Chain Footprint
Unilever's 'Green Express' Train Is Latest Way to Cut Its Supply Chain Footprint

Supply Chain / Unilever has launched a new rail service in Italy called Green Express, as part of a wider eco-efficiency programme within its supply chain to support the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.The service delivers Unilever’s Algida brand ice cream from its factory near Naples, 700km to the logistics hub in Parma.The direct connection, linking three lines, means that 3,500 trucks will be taken off the road each year, saving 40 million mega-joules of energy per year. - 10 years ago

New 'I Want to Be Recycled' Campaign Targeting 62% of Americans Who Are Not Avid Recyclers
New 'I Want to Be Recycled' Campaign Targeting 62% of Americans Who Are Not Avid Recyclers

Marketing and Comms / The average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash a day, and on the whole the United States produces over 250 million tons of trash a year. However, only about 35 percent is currently recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To address this national concern, the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) today launched a public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling with the goal to make recycling a daily social norm. - 10 years ago

Retailers, Manufacturers Launching Consumer Water Efficiency Label for Bathroom Products
Retailers, Manufacturers Launching Consumer Water Efficiency Label for Bathroom Products

Marketing and Comms / A group of leading DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers in the UK – including Argos, B&Q, Chandlers’ Building Supplies, Homebase, Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, Wolseley UK and Southern Water — are joining forces to launch a voluntary labelling scheme to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, toilets and baths, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). - 10 years ago

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Pepsi to Phase Out Cancer-Causing Caramel Coloring
Pepsi to Phase Out Cancer-Causing Caramel Coloring

More than a year after pledging to reformulate its products to eliminate a cancer-causing chemical, Pepsi purchased from ten states still contains high levels of carcinogenic caramel coloring, according to independent testing commissioned by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) released last week. - 10 years ago

United Church of Christ Becomes First Major Religious Body to Vote to Divest from Fossil Fuels
United Church of Christ Becomes First Major Religious Body to Vote to Divest from Fossil Fuels

A set of strategies to attack climate change — which includes a path to divestment from fossil fuel companies — was passed by the United Church of Christ last week at the denomination’s national gathering in Long Beach, Calif. This action makes the UCC the first major religious body in the U.S. to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies.The resolution, brought by the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC and backed by 10 of the denomination's other conferences, calls for enhanced shareholder engagement in fossil fuel companies, an intensive search for fossil fuel-free investment vehicles, and the identification of “best in class” fossil fuel companies by 2015. - 10 years ago

Nike Unveils New App to Help Designers Create More Sustainable Apparel
Nike Unveils New App to Help Designers Create More Sustainable Apparel

Supply Chain / As part of its commitment to helping design a better, more sustainable future, Nike this week launched a new app called MAKING, to help designers and product creators make informed decisions about the environmental impacts of the materials they choose. - 10 years ago

Carbon Trust Announces New Waste Standard
Carbon Trust Announces New Waste Standard

Waste Not / On Wednesday, the Carbon Trust announced plans to launch the world’s first international standard for organisations to certify that they are managing and reducing waste.The Carbon Trust Waste Standard, to be launched later this year, will require organisations to measure, manage and reduce their solid and hazardous waste. To achieve the standard organisations will need to demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced every year or disposed of more effectively, through increased reuse, recycling or energy recovery. - 10 years ago

New Multi-Stakeholder Council To Accelerate Sustainable Purchasing Launching in July
New Multi-Stakeholder Council To Accelerate Sustainable Purchasing Launching in July

Supply Chain / A group of leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs are joining forces to solve the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded.The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council will launch with a free, live webcast from Washington, DC on July 23 at 1pm EST. - 10 years ago

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Celtic Renewables Proving That Whisky Can Actually Help You Drive
Celtic Renewables Proving That Whisky Can Actually Help You Drive

Waste Not / Edinburgh-based start-up Celtic Renewables is turning waste matter from whisky production into a “next-generation biofuel” — biobutanol. The whisky distillation process is tremendously wasteful; only ten percent of what comes from a distillery is consumed. The majority of the by-products — known as draff (a residue of grains: barley, rye, wheat and sometimes corn) and pot ale (residue leftover in casks) — are generally discarded, wasting a valuable resource and affecting the distillery’s bottom line. If the new process proves effective, using this renewed resource could result in a $90 million dollar value for the biofuel industry. - 10 years ago