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Goodwill: Saving the Waste in Men and Things

WASTE NOT - At Goodwill, we were excited to be invited to co-edit this issue dedicated to highlighting innovative solutions for eliminating and reutilizing waste streams in operations. As individuals continue to consume products and companies continue to expand, finding waste stream solutions that keep these products from stacking up in landfills has become an urgent priority.The companies we’re highlighting this month demonstrate the opportunities organizations have taken at every step of the product life cycle to limit the negative impact they have on the environment. From innovations in how products are packaged to post-use recovery efforts to partnerships that maximize both environmental and financial impact, these agencies are truly leading the way in achieving net positivity.

NSF International and Wilsonart LLC Developing Science–Based Product Category Rule (PCR) for Residential Countertops to Enable Reporting and Comparison of Environmental Attributes

PRESS RELEASE - ANN ARBOR, Mich. (January 21, 2013) – NSF International, in cooperation with Texas-based decorative surfacing product producer Wilsonart LLC, is developing a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops.

Heinz, Colgate Divulge Forest Footprints, But Many Firms Falling Behind, Report Says

NEW METRICS - Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Gucci and Heinz reported their forest impacts for the first time this year, but the gap between leading companies and laggards is growing, according to the fourth annual Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Report.Every year FFD asks the world’s biggest firms to reveal their impact on forests based on the use of five chief commodities — soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, cattle products and biofuels. According to FFD, last year 100 companies disclosed their forest footprints, a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

Design Matters, for the Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A team from Seymourpowell, one of the UK’s most established design and innovation consultancies, were thrilled to spend an evening in the company of a select group of motivated Design & Technology teachers, at the recent Tunbridge Wells Teardown Lab led by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. It proved a fascinating evening of new insight and practical hands-on learning.

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Circular Economy Not 'Silver Bullet' for Resource Crunch, Paper Says

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This article first appeared on edie.net on January 28, 2013.Industrial systems based on circular economy models will be constrained by end-of-life material availability, limiting future improvements in process efficiency, scientists claim. A wider materials efficiency framework is required, they argue — one which encompasses not just circular resource flow systems but mitigation options for industrial carbon emissions and consumer demand.

Circular Economy Promises $700 Billion in Savings for Consumer Goods Industry, Report Says

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The consumer goods industry could save $700 billion in materials alone through the adoption of a circular economy, according to a new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report also details how land productivity and supply chain stabilitydesigning products so they can be recycled or reabsorbed into the biosphere without toxic residuals.

Driving Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Shifting to a sustainable economy requires a new kind of brand-consumer partnership. As consumers begin to vote with their dollars for more innovative products and services that both delight the purchaser and support the long-term health of society, they help create competitive advantage for those brands that best deliver. Getting there requires convincing less conscious consumers that they can have their cake and eat it, too (drive positive change and indulge their needs), and helping them learn how to choice-edit for the best personal, planetary and societal impact.

In Nature, Myriad Lessons for Effective Sustainability Leadership

LEADERSHIP - Sustainability leaders in large service-based organizations know it is important to promote grassroots leadership to engage employees with their organizations’ sustainability goals and brand promise. What happens when we explore the deepest roots of sustainable practices by letting nature guide us?Applying Biomimicry

In Nature, A Myriad Lessons for Effective Sustainability Leadership

LEADERSHIP - Sustainability leaders in large service-based organizations know it is important to promote grassroots leadership to engage employees with their organizations’ sustainability goals and brand promise. What happens when we explore the deepest roots of sustainable practices by letting nature guide us?Applying Biomimicry

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Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harvey's Lake Tahoe Recognized for Sustainability Efforts by Travelife and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber

PRESS RELEASE - As the world's most diverse casino-entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment Corporation continues to lead the way in environmental stewardship with its properties.

Kendall-Jackson Joins Green-e Marketplace with 100% Renewable Energy Commitment

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced Wednesday that Kendall-Jackson and parent company Jackson Family Wines, based in Santa Rosa, CA, have joined Green-e® Marketplace after purchasing 36,000 megawatt-hours of Green‑e Energy-Certified renewable energy certificates from NativeEnergy. The purchase covers 100 percent of the total annual electricity needs for Kendall-Jackson's U.S.-based operations. By participating in Green‑e Marketplace, Kendall-Jackson can now display the Green‑e logo to inform its customers of its commitment to clean, renewable energy.

Umicore Named Most Sustainable Company for Investment

LEADERSHIP - Belgium‐based materials technology and recycling company Umicore topped the annual list of sustainable companies produced by Toronto-based investment research firm Corporate Knights. The Global 100 list was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. Natura Cosmeticos, Statoil, Neste Oil and Novo Nordisk rounded out the top five. (Novo Nordisk held the top spot on the 2012 list.)

Life Technologies Named #33 Among Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

PRESS RELEASE - Life Technologies Corporation announced today it is #33 among the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations.” The Global 100 2013 list was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier today.

NativeEnergy Offsets the 2012 New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference

PRESS RELEASE - The 2012 New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference explored how companies are defining, measuring, and managing value for the future.

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The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announces new corporate members to Board of Directors

PRESS RELEASE - ARIZONA, USA, – January 7th, 2012 – The membership of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has recently elected new corporate members to our Board of Directors.

Cleantech

CLEANTECH - The cleantech sector — including, but not limited to, alternative energy generation — is growing by the minute and holds the answers to many sustainability questions. This channel highlights the diverse set of cleantech applications and the latest breakthroughs tackling problems around energy, water, waste, transportation, ecosystem monitoring, population dynamics, social tensions and behavior change worldwide.

Business Model Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This channel will examine business model innovation.

The Next Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This channel will examine the next economy.

A Socially Sustainable Water Solution Could End Largest Mass Poisoning in History

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nearly 60 million people in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India have to rely on arsenic-contaminated groundwater for their basic needs. This has been described as the largest case of mass poisoning in human history.[1] Arsenic slowly builds up in the body and causes cancers, painful lesions and skin burns.

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