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Florida’s First Community and Restaurant Supported Fishery Planned For Key West
Florida’s First Community and Restaurant Supported Fishery Planned For Key West

Collaboration / Dock to Dish, a New York-based community and restaurant supported fishery, has announced plans to open Florida’s first community supported fishery in Key West next month in conjunction with Key West restaurateur Chris Holland and the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association.The goal of the new enterprise is to bring the health benefits of locally harvested fish and seafood back to local consumers while helping to strengthen the in-state commercial fishing industry, Dock to Dish says. - 5 years ago

Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program
Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program

Waste Not / Grand & Toy, an affiliate of Office Depot, and TerraCycle Canada have announced the launch of a new, national retailer recycling program for office products.The program comes after a successful five month K-Cup® Pack pilot recycling partnership between Grand & Toy and TerraCycle for customers in Southern Ontario. The program will now be expanded nationally and will include coffee capsule recycling, as well as recycling for office supplies and computer accessories. - 5 years ago

Largest Tuna Supplier in Western Pacific Agrees to Provide MSC-certified Tuna
Largest Tuna Supplier in Western Pacific Agrees to Provide MSC-certified Tuna

Collaboration / FCF Fishery Company (FCF) has announced that its joint investment, Nambawan, and its associated fleet, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PNAO/Pacifical as a commitment to maintaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability standards while trading tuna harvested from Pacific Island Nations (PNA) waters.Under the agreement, FCF will work with the PNA and Pacifical on criteria for certification and ensuring traceability and reporting from fish harvested to transportation, and processing into its semi-finished and finished products. - 5 years ago

UK Project Develops New Process to Recycle Fuel Cell Components
UK Project Develops New Process to Recycle Fuel Cell Components

Cleantech / Recovery specialist Axion Consulting, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited and Technical Fibre Products (TFP) have developed a new recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells.Funded by Innovate UK, the UK government's innovation agency, the Recover project aims to establish the technical and economic feasibility of recovery and reuse of high value materials from fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies and ultimately to establish the potential for a new UK-based global recycling business. - 5 years ago

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Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar
Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar

Cleantech / Consumer products, manufacturing and heavy industry sectors are getting the best financial returns on solar power—the most popular renewable power technology for corporates—according to a new report by RE100, an initiative of The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. - 5 years ago

Al Gore, Pharrell Williams Talk Climate Change at WEF Annual Meeting
Al Gore, Pharrell Williams Talk Climate Change at WEF Annual Meeting

Collaboration / World leaders, activists and celebrities have descended on Davos, Switzerland this week to discuss everything from Ebola to climate change and the future shape of the world economy at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2015. - 5 years ago

Sonoma Winegrowers Create Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture for Next 100 Years
Sonoma Winegrowers Create Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture for Next 100 Years

Leadership / Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), has created a 100-year business plan to preserve agriculture in Sonoma County well into the 22nd century. The time period of 100 years was chosen because it represents two generations before and the next two future generations — spanning from grandparents to grandchildren. The plan addresses such issues as innovation and research, natural resources, the regulatory environment, community engagement and marketing while building coalitions throughout the community in support of sustaining agriculture in Sonoma County in the long term. - 5 years ago

New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction
New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Sustain:Green has created a new biodegradable MasterCard® rewards card, which provides carbon offsets for everyday purchases — specifically, helping to fund Nike’s Mata no Peito rainforest preservation projects in Brazil. - 5 years ago

Dutch Tech Reclaims Organic Fertilizer at Drinking Water Plants
Dutch Tech Reclaims Organic Fertilizer at Drinking Water Plants

Collaboration / Royal HaskoningDHV has partnered with Dutch water supply company Vitens to help other drinking water companies around the world recover humic acid, an organic fertilizer.Humic acid is often discharged as a waste product during the drinking water blanching process. However, it can now be reclaimed sustainably in its pure form, providing an organic soil improver. - 5 years ago

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White Paper: Growing Number of Companies Using Software Tools to Manage Sustainability Programs
White Paper: Growing Number of Companies Using Software Tools to Manage Sustainability Programs

Cleantech / Many companies already use manual systems to collect data on and manage their sustainability programs, but a growing number are using software tools that were professionally-developed for this purpose, according to a new white paper by CSRHub and French software company Tennaxia. - 5 years ago

Mars, UC Davis Launch Innovation Institute for Food and Health
Mars, UC Davis Launch Innovation Institute for Food and Health

Collaboration / Mars, in partnership with UC Davis, launched the Innovation Institute for Food and Health, part of the university's World Food Center, at a day-long symposium on Wednesday. Laureates and other leading scientists discussed major challenges relating to improving global food security, sustainable agriculture and health for a growing world population.The Innovation Institute is being supported over the next 10 years with a pledge of $40 million from Mars and $20 million from UC Davis and aims to advance new discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health. - 5 years ago

New ROI Tool Helps Building Designers Make Biz Case for Triple Bottom Line
New ROI Tool Helps Building Designers Make Biz Case for Triple Bottom Line

Cleantech / Impact Infrastructure has unveiled AutoCASE, a new cloud-based tool that enables triple-bottom line business case analysis to become an integrated part of a Building Information Modeling (BIM) project design workflow.The analysis tool goes beyond exploring only the engineering aspects of a design to embrace an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial. This makes triple bottom line business case analysis more affordable, easier to produce and more accessible to infrastructure professionals around the world. - 5 years ago

UN Global Compact Expels 657 Companies in 2014
UN Global Compact Expels 657 Companies in 2014

Leadership / The UN Global Compact expelled 372 companies in the second half of 2014 for failure to communicate progress for at least two consecutive years, bringing the total number of expelled companies in 2014 to 657.These expelled companies represent 10 percent of the 3,760 participants due to submit a Communication on Progress (COP) within the second half of 2014. A total of 197 companies achieved the GC Advanced level, reflecting an increased commitment to transparency and accountability.The number of companies joining the UN Global Compact continues to exceed the number of expulsions, with 729 companies from around the world joining the initiative from July through December 2014. - 5 years ago

Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients
Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Pesticide manufacturers are pushing back against increasing consumer and environmental advocacy group demands for disclosure of the chemicals in pesticide formulations—claiming the information is proprietary.Of particular interest are the so-called inert ingredients such as chemicals in pesticides that perform functions other than controlling pests. Examples include emulsifiers, solvents, aerosols, fragrances, dyes and other chemicals that are not necessarily benign, according to those calling for mandatory labeling of inert ingredients in pesticides. - 5 years ago

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Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package
Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Finnish dairy producer Valio has become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland beginning this week. - 5 years ago

Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant
Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Honeywell has announced that it has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant.The diversified technology and manufacturing company says the material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La. - 5 years ago

Safeway, 99 Cents Only Fined for Improper Hazardous Waste Disposal
Safeway, 99 Cents Only Fined for Improper Hazardous Waste Disposal

Waste Not / Safeway has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle allegations that its grocery stores improperly disposed of hazardous waste and customers' medical information in California. In a separate settlement, Los Angeles-based 99 Cents Only Stores will pay more than $2 million to settle retail hazardous waste disposal violations in California. - 5 years ago

BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites
BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites

Collaboration / 57 companies, including BASF, Boeing and Ford, have joined the Department of Energy’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites. A consortium of companies, nonprofits and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are investing more than $250 million to launch the Institute, focused on cutting-edge research on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites, which combine strong fibers with tough plastics that are lighter and stronger than steel. - 5 years ago

CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking
CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking

Leadership / CH2M Hill and Tetra Tech lead the global environmental consultancy market for the second consecutive year, which saw a 0.8 percent decrease to stand at $28.7 billion in 2013, according to new research by Environment Analyst. - 5 years ago

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Columbia Developing Modeling Platform to Assess Water Risk in the Mining Industry
Columbia Developing Modeling Platform to Assess Water Risk in the Mining Industry

Cleantech / The Columbia Water Center, a center of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has received a 3-year grant from Norges Bank to develop a modeling platform to quantitatively assess mining-related water and environmental risks and their financial implications.For the initial phase of the project, the Center’s research team will focus on water-related exposure for the mining of copper and gold. - 5 years ago

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