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CVS Health Kicks Off 2nd Annual Fundraiser to Fight Lung Cancer
CVS Health  Kicks Off 2nd Annual Fundraiser to Fight Lung Cancer

Leadership / CVS Health today released its eighth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, outlining the company's progress against its CSR strategy, Prescription for a Better World. President and CEO Larry Menlo stated that changing its name to CVS Health and no longer selling tobacco products reflect how the company is working to change the way health care is delivered. Menlo added that the company’s ultimate goal is to lower the cost, improve the quality of, and increase access to health care for patients and customers so they can live healthier lives. - 5 years ago

Report: Some ‘Megacities’ Are More Sustainable Than Others
Report: Some ‘Megacities’ Are More Sustainable Than Others

Cleantech / New York consumes too much energy, London and Paris use relatively fewer resources and Tokyo conserves water well, according to a new study on "megacity metabolism," as reported by ScienceDaily.As the world's first comprehensive survey of resources used and removed in each of the world's 27 largest metropolitan areas, the findings could point the way toward strategies to make cities more sustainable. - 5 years ago

CFSI Launches New Reporting Template to Help Keep Conflict Minerals Out of Supply Chains
CFSI Launches New Reporting Template to Help Keep Conflict Minerals Out of Supply Chains

Cleantech / The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has published its new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT 4.0), a multi-industry tool designed to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing. It includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. - 5 years ago

Hershey Highlights Progress Towards Sustainable Sourcing & Environmental Goals
Hershey Highlights Progress Towards Sustainable Sourcing & Environmental Goals

Supply Chain / Hershey achieved 30 percent use of certified cocoa in 2014, putting the company ahead of schedule to hit its 2015 goal of 50 percent, according to Hershey’s 2014 Sustainability Report.The company has pledged to use 100 percent certified and sustainable cocoa in all chocolate products by 2020. - 5 years ago

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REPREVE Turns 60 Million Recycled Plastic Bottles into Graduation Caps and Gowns
REPREVE Turns 60 Million Recycled Plastic Bottles into Graduation Caps and Gowns

Waste Not / Just in time for graduation season, REPREVE recycled fibers will be used in Oak Hall graduation gowns at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Since the introduction of REPREVE, nearly 60 million plastic bottles have been recycled into Oak Hall GreenWeaver gowns worn by more than 2.2 million students, the brand says. REPREVE is made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles, and each graduation gown is made from around 27 bottles. During the spring 2015 graduation season alone, more than 300,000 students around the nation will graduate wearing Oak Hall REPREVE-based gowns, using more than 8 million recycled plastic bottles. Participating schools include Duke, Yale, University of Alabama and Notre Dame, to name a few. - 5 years ago

Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry
Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry

Waste Not / Preserve, producer of sustainable consumer goods with a focus on creating closed loop products using recycled plastic, today announced the launch of Preserve 2 Go — a durable, reusable clamshell container designed for use in food services.Developed to “transform the takeout food experience and to provide an avenue for a more sustainable, eco-friendly system”, Preserve 2 Go could help eliminate the unnecessary waste of millions of disposable to-go containers. - 5 years ago

Method Opens First LEED-Platinum Certified Factory in Chicago
Method Opens First LEED-Platinum Certified Factory in Chicago

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Method Products, maker of eco-friendly household, fabric and personal care products, has opened the doors of its 'South Side Soapbox' factory in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Designed by architects and sustainable designers, William McDonough + Partners, the Soapbox is the industry’s first LEED-platinum certified factory.The 150,000 square foot facility includes product manufacturing, bottle production, warehousing and distribution. - 5 years ago

Report: Cities to Invest $64 Billion in LED And ‘Smart’ Streetlights By 2025
Report: Cities to Invest $64 Billion in LED And ‘Smart’ Streetlights By 2025

Cleantech / Rapidly falling costs and clear benefits have led to a sharp increase in the number and scale of light-emitting diode (LED) and smart streetlight projects in the past year, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group.There currently are more than 2,000 LED and smart streetlight projects globally. By 2025, cities around the world will invest $64 billion in LED and “smart” streetlights. - 5 years ago

Chipotle Cuts Genetically Altered Food From Menu
Chipotle Cuts Genetically Altered Food From Menu

Behavior Change / Chipotle has become the first major restaurant chain to announce it will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients, The New York Times reports.Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle, said this is another step toward the company’s vision of changing the way people think about and eat fast food.“Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors,” he said. - 5 years ago

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Investors Push SEC to Require Stronger Climate Risk Disclosure by Fossil Fuel Companies
Investors Push SEC to Require Stronger Climate Risk Disclosure by Fossil Fuel Companies

Leadership / Sixty-two institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks that will “profoundly affect the economics of the industry.” - 5 years ago

Report: Construction & Demolition Recycling a $7.4 Billion Industry
Report: Construction & Demolition Recycling a $7.4 Billion Industry

Waste Not / Construction and demolition materials (C&D) recycling is a $7.4 billion industry, according to a new report by the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA). And when considering indirect and induced economic output, the industry could be worth over $17 billion.C&D materials are recognized as one of the largest components of the solid waste stream in the US. While much of this is recycled for purely economic reasons, avoidance of landfill disposal of materials such as concrete, wood, gypsum drywall and asphalt shingles has benefits well beyond financial ones, CDRA says. - 5 years ago

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. - 5 years ago

Coca-Cola Extends Funding for Replenish Africa Initiative By $35 Million
Coca-Cola Extends Funding for Replenish Africa Initiative By $35 Million

Leadership / Coca-Cola on Thursday pledged an additional $35 million to support sustainable safe water access and sanitation programs for 4 million more people across Africa by 2020.This new funding builds on an original Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) commitment of $30 million to bring safe water access to 2 million people across the African continent by the end of 2015 made at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul in 2009. Coca-Cola says this funding will help to improve the lives of more than a total of 6 million Africans through sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2020. - 5 years ago

Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort
Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort

Cleantech / Apple has announced plans to invest in a new Chinese solar power project and help preserve some 36,000 acres of forests in the eastern United States.The tech giant is partnering with solar company SunPower to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in China — more than the amount of energy consumed by Apple’s 19 corporate offices and 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong.The projects are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem. They will feature SunPower's "light-on-land" approach to solar photovoltaic power plant design and construction, which allows pasture farming to continue while power is generated. - 5 years ago

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B Lab's ‘Best for the World’ List Grows to 120 Companies
B Lab's ‘Best for the World’ List Grows to 120 Companies

Leadership / A total of 120 companies worldwide were recognized on Tuesday for “creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact” by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. - 5 years ago

European Commission Launches Scientific Debate On How to Feed the Planet
European Commission Launches Scientific Debate On How to Feed the Planet

Behavior Change / The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU “ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.”The consultation will underpin the debate on a future research agenda to help tackle global food and nutrition security challenges. It will focus on the areas where the EU's research efforts can have the strongest impact, including how to improve public health through nutrition; increase food safety and quality; reduce food loss and waste; make rural development more sustainable; increase agricultural yields through sustainable intensification; and how to better understand food markets and increase access to food for people around the world. - 5 years ago

Activists Petition Nestlé to Shut Down Water Bottling Operations in California
Activists Petition Nestlé to Shut Down Water Bottling Operations in California

Marketing and Comms / As California enters its fourth year of drought, more than 135,000 people have signed a petition to the California Water Resources Control Board to shut down Nestlé’s water bottling operations in the state.Created by the California-based Courage Campaign, the petition says Nestlé extracts water from California specifically for its Arrowhead and Pure Life brands, and bottles its product from at least a dozen natural springs. It says one such bottling plant is located on a Native American reservation “in one of California’s most drought-stricken areas that is exempt from oversight by local water agencies.” - 5 years ago

H&M's 2014 Sustainability Report Shows Progress With Garment Collection Program
H&M's 2014 Sustainability Report Shows Progress With Garment Collection Program

New Metrics / H&M more than doubled the amount of collected garments with its garment collective initiative in 2014, according to its new sustainability report. In total, more than 13,000 tons of textiles have been collected — as much fabric as in 65 million T-shirts.Now, the apparel company has established a new goal of increasing the amount of products made of recycled fibers by at least 300 percent by the end of 2015. - 5 years ago

Hershey Will Source Enough Sustainable Cocoa For Bars, Kisses and Kit Kats By 2016
Hershey Will Source Enough Sustainable Cocoa For Bars, Kisses and Kit Kats By 2016

Supply Chain / The Hershey Company announced on Tuesday that it will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa in 2016 to surpass the amount of cocoa required for the global production of four of its most popular chocolate brands: Hershey's, Kisses, Kit Kat and BrooksideThe chocolate company also has pledged that it will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa to add the global Reese’s brand and others to these first four brands in 2017.Reaching this responsible sourcing milestone was possible due to progress in sourcing cocoa from certified and sustainable cocoa farms, Hershey says. - 5 years ago

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General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals
General Mills Makes ‘Significant Progress’ Toward Sustainable Palm Oil Goals

New Metrics / General Mills made “significant progress” in 2014 toward its commitment to sustainably source 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020, according to the company’s annual Global Responsibility Report.It is furthest along towards the goal of sustainably sourcing 100 percent of two raw materials: palm oil (83 percent) and fiber packaging (99 percent).The 10 ingredients represent more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and cover a broad range of raw materials including oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets. - 5 years ago

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