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Greening the Corporate Sector

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about greening the corporate sector.

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Kathy Gilbeaux mdmcdonald

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Business Facilities: 2015 State Rankings Report

Posted by:  Albert Gomez

By Business Facilities Staff
from the July/August 2015 Issue annual-rankings-report

We’ve revamped our Metro and Global rankings this year to include some new technology oriented benchmarks. The new Metro category entries include Advanced Manufacturing (Specialization), Tech Jobs Leaders, Fastest Broadband and STEM Leaders. Our Global Rankings this year also include a new ranking for Leading ICT Hubs (European Cities).

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Don't Fall Behind as More Climate Legislation Rules the World

           

London School of Economics

greenbiz.com - by Michael Mathres - June 4, 2015

CLICK HERE - REPORT - 2015 Global Climate legislation Study

A lot of times businesses look to or blame,  governments for a lack of a national strategic economical direction for tackling climate change. This often leads to climate inertia where each party looks to the other for leadership and action.

However, according to a new report from the London School of Economics, this is no longer the case, and business have plenty of climate laws and policies from which to be inspired or adapt.

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Why We Need a Carbon Tax

huffingtonpost.com - by Sen. Bernie Sanders - July 9, 2014

. . . Global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing the planet and averting a planetary disaster will require a major reduction in the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry for too long has shifted these enormous costs of carbon pollution onto the public, walking away with billions in profits while their emissions help destroy the planet. . .

. . . A carbon tax must be a central part of our strategy for dramatically reducing carbon pollution, a view shared by economists on both ends of the political spectrum . . .

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U.S. Loan for Huge Brazilian Landfill Gas Project Pays Dividends

submitted by Albert Gomez

waste-management-world.com - May 31,2012

A $48.6 million loan by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) supporting exports of equipment and services for the development of the Novo Gramacho biogas project in Brazil has generated 165 new jobs.

The transaction is Ex-Im Bank's first financing for biogas reclamation and development.

Among the beneficiaries is Newport Beach, California based renewable energy specialist, FirmGreen, which estimated that the project directly generated 165 new jobs at its facilities and at other companies in seven states.

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Maine Regulators Pave Way for US Tidal Power

      

FILE - In this June 13, 2011 file photo, the Energy Tide 2, the largest tidal energy turbine ever deployed in the U.S., appears on a barge in Portland, Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, set contract terms and directed three utilities to negotiate with the company, Ocean Renewable Power Co., to put electricity onto the grid this summer.  Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

by David Sharp - Associated Press - miamiherald.com - April 24, 2012

Maine regulators on Tuesday put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation's eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the natural rise and fall of ocean levels into power.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission set terms for a contract that would be in place for 20 years. The regulators also directed the three utilities to negotiate with Ocean Renewable Power Co. to put electricity onto the grid this summer, the first long-term power purchase agreements for tidal energy in the United States.

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How Much of a Difference Can Walmart Really Make?

by Marc Gunther - greenbiz.com - April 16, 2012

[Editor's note: In this analysis, GreenBiz Senior Editor Marc Gunther examines Walmart's latest sustainability report and asks: Is it good enough? For more on the just-published report and results, see Eric Louie's post, "Walmart creeps forward on its sustainability goals."]

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, is “becoming a more sustainable, responsible company and building meaningful, long-term change.”

So says Mike Duke, the company’s CEO, in the introduction to Walmart’s 2012 global responsibility report, which was released today. [By the time you read this, it should be available for download here.]

Assuming he’s right -- and I think he is -- that’s good news. But is it good enough?

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Walmart Creeps Forward on its Sustainability Goals

by Eric Louie - greenbiz.com - April 16, 2012

[Editor's note: While many would agree that Walmart is greener than it used to be, has the world's largest retailer gone far enough? For more analysis of Walmart's new sustainability report and results, see GreenBiz Senior Editor Marc Gunther's column, "Has Walmart become a friend of the earth?"]

Walmart is making progress, but still has a long way to go to reach its high sustainability goals, according to its Global Responsibility Report released Monday.

The company in 2005 set goals of being totally supplied with renewable energy, having zero waste and selling products that sustain people and the environment.

In addition, it said in 2010 that it would eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by the end of 2015.

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