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Strong, Flexible Leadership Drives Sustainability at Caesars Entertainment

LEADERSHIP - Amidst the wanton extravagance of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Entertainment is making notable strides in reducing its environmental impact. Estimates find that for every $10 million in revenue earned, Caesars produces fewer than 1,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which monetize at less than $28,000 in environment costs (compared to an average 3,800 metric tons for S&P 500 companies, which monetize at over $80,000 in environmental costs).

PUMA Introduces C2C-Certified, Recyclable Track Jacket, Backpack as Part of InCycle Collection

WASTE NOT - Did you know that 31 waste-disposal trucks are needed to clear the waste that 100,000 pairs of conventional sneakers create during the production process and consumer life (until their owners throw them away and they end up in landfills or incinerators)?

Solazyme and Mitsui Enter into Multi-Year Agreement to Jointly Develop a New Suite of Tailored Algal Oils

PRESS RELEASE -  New suite of sustainable, highly functional oils brings significant breakthroughs to the oleochemicals and functional fluids industries

Dell Reconnect: Turning E-Waste into a Community Resource

WASTE NOT - Irresponsible destruction of electronic waste can be a nasty business. Dell recognized many years ago that our customers wanted a convenient, safe and secure program for disposing their used electronics. We also recognized that our responsibility to our communities and the environment extends beyond simply building a product with the Dell name on it.

Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says

LEADERSHIP - Fewer than 20 percent of consumers believe business leaders tell the truth when confronted with difficult issues, and they are twice as likely to trust academics, technical experts or even their peers, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer.This may come as no surprise following several high-profile scandals in 2012 involving CEOs and government officials, including former McKinsey managing partner Rajat Gupta, Chinese government official Bo Xilai and Lance Armstrong, former chairman of the Livestrong Foundation.

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Sears Automotive on Its Way to Zero Waste with Multiple Recycling, Recovery, Reuse Programs

WASTE NOT - Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC), which operates over 2,600 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada under the Sears and Kmart brand formats, is taking significant steps to reduce its waste stream in specific areas of its enterprise. The company’s commitment is reflected in its participation in the EPA’s WasteWise program, which started in 2010.

How Are Circular Economic Models Driving Innovation and Social Good?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Calling all innovators and implementers! In March 2013, Sustainable Brands will launch a new “Issues in Focus” editorial package, including daily features, interviews and case studies on the circular economy as a driver of business model innovation and social good.The Issue in FocusYou can't get a soy latte these days without hearing the words collaborative consumption, the circular economy, crade-to-cradle or the sharing economy. But how are these quasi-utopian concepts becoming real? What implications could they have for the future of business and the economy?

UK Retailer John Lewis Closing Loop on Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - This post first appeared on 2degrees on January 21, 2013.The John Lewis Partnership has committed to developing a 'closed loop' waste plastics strategy in what is claimed to be a first for a UK retailer.

Dell named as a top company for executive women

PRESS RELEASE - By Lisa Mink, executive director of global diversity and inclusion, Dell I’m thrilled to announce that Dell has made its debut among the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives, which recognizes U.S. companies for commitment to female leadership.

Kendall-Jackson Goes Green with Renewable Energy Purchase

PRESS RELEASE - January 25, 2013 - 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.

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Oregon's New '2050 Vision' Plan Goes Beyond Managing Waste to Managing Materials

WASTE NOT - In December 2012, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, which is the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) policy and rulemaking board, voted unanimously to adopt Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

Power Down: How Competition Drove Energy Savings at the University of Pennsylvania

WASTE NOT - Higher education can play a leadership role in advancing environmental sustainability. Through its research, teaching, and operational practices, The University of Pennsylvania is dedicated to promoting a sustainable culture. This is not surprising given the current trend in higher education to adopt climate action plans and examine campus footprints.

Social entrepreneurship for students, by students

PRESS RELEASE - By Deb Bauer, director of giving, Dell

Herman Miller Ups the Sustainable Ante with Design for Environment 2.0

WASTE NOT - When Herman Miller engineers began using Cradle to Cradle thinking as part of their Design for Environment (DfE) process in 2001, the world of green design was less complicated than today.

Greenhouse Gas Regulations: Reframing Risk Management as Opportunity Realization

BUSINESS CASE - With a number of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations emerging — including California’s AB32 — many companies are beginning to develop internal departments and strategies to manage the risk of impending climate regulation. Looking at emissions reductions solely from a risk-management perspective, however, can cost companies the opportunity to realize additional business value from their investments. Emerging compliance markets

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation Aims To Create $10B of Value by 2015 With New Global Business Alliance

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launched the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a three-year program aimed at bringing together a network of 100 leading companies globally to facilitate development and commitment to new circular economy projects. The CE100 will provide executive education on key themes and emerging trends, share knowledge and new learnings, and identify and develop solutions to common challenges. The objective is that by 2015 participating companies will have triggered circular initiatives that will result in an aggregated economic benefit of $10bn for the businesses involved.

BASF Corporation named to ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list by Corporate Knights

PRESS RELEASE - BASF Corporation named to ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list by Corporate Knights

Extended Producer Responsibility: A Win-Win for Business and Governments

WASTE NOT - As both a natural resources and packaged goods company, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is always looking for ways to reduce our footprint while producing superior products that meet consumer demand. When it comes to our packaging, we are constantly seeking methods to increase our use of recycled PET (rPET) in our bottles.

Aspirational Consumers Unite Style, Sustainability To Shape Market Trends

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Is there such a thing as sustainable consumption? A new study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility finds that a majority of consumers across six international markets are seeking to reconcile their desire for shopping and style with responsibility to the environment and society through their purchases.

EPR in Healthcare: Yesterday’s Waste Is Today’s Business Opportunity

WASTE NOT - Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is gaining notoriety as a smart production and marketing strategy, as product take-back programs emerge as a major consumer trend.

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