Lockheed Martin, Staples, McDonald’s win accolades from EPA

Lockheed Martin, Staples, McDonald's win accolades from EPA

In most cities, the single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is electricity usage. Businesses and communities can play a huge role in reducing emissions, improving public health and boosting local job markets by using sustainable energy.

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored such businesses and communities with its 12th annual Green Power Sigue leyendo

How going green saves Kaiser $26 million annually

How going green saves Kaiser $26 million annually

U.S. health care facilities produce more than 5.9 million tons of waste every year, according to one estimate; another suggests hospitals account for about 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity.

Fortunately, the healthcare industry in four countries is paying increasing attention to sustainable products and best practices, a new study commissioned by Johnson & Johnson shows. The non-blind research study conducted by SK&A surveyed «key decision-makers» within institutional delivery networks and hospitals Sigue leyendo

5 ways to double your odds of inspiring culture change

5 ways to double your odds of inspiring culture change

It is often said that existing technology is sufficient to foster sustainable business and society. But all the technology in the world won’t help us reduce resource and energy consumption if we don’t directly confront the innate human aversion to change. A major external force (a.k.a. the proverbial burning platform) is often required for people to change. Yet, sustainability requires companies— organized groups of humans — to proactively change. How do we do it? Sigue leyendo

White House energy efficiency plan will up output, curb emissions

White House energy efficiency plan will up output, curb emissions

Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a national goal of deploying 40 gigawatts (GW) of new industrial combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat recovery (WHR) by the end of 2020, a 56 percent increase from 2010 levels.

The actions outlined by the order will help spur investment in U.S. industrial energy efficiency, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and strengthen manufacturing competitiveness by decreasing energy bills. Sigue leyendo

College campuses’ climate lessons for companies

College campuses' climate lessons for companies
 For the past five years, a quiet efficiency revolution has been taking place on more than 600 college campuses. It offers potential lessons for companies on how a sector can simultaneously compete and collaborate to achieve ever higher levels of environmental success.

A group called the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which began in 2007 with a dozen schools, now boasts 675 institutions representing a third of the entire U.S. college and university student population. Each has signed a commitment to take specific steps “in pursuit of climate neutrality.” Those actions include completing a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, developing an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral and choosing other tangible actions from a menu, from sustainable purchasing to waste minimization. Sigue leyendo