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September Book Review: Brewing Change, Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Written by Rick Peyser and Bill Mares, with foreword by Bob Stiller

Authors’ and publisher donations benefit Food 4 Farmers

SHELBURNE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rick Peyser, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ (GMCR) Director of Social Advocacy and Community Outreach, was swayed by running partner and co-author Bill Mares to tell the story of Peyser’s personal journey and quiet crusade to help change the world of coffee.

Their book, Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
, is the inspiring result of those frequent runs and steady conversations. Brewing Change chronicles Peyser’s 24-year career with an insider’s view of GMCR, one of the largest specialty coffee companies and purchasers of certified Fair Trade coffee in the world. Brewing Change is part travelogue, part social commentary, and part motivating business model for building corporate social responsibility. Continue reading

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Investment in Green Telecom Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Investment in Green Telecom Networks Could Reduce Worldwide Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Network Operations by 32 Percent between 2011 and 2016

Telecommunications network operators are faced with the challenge of balancing their growing subscriber bases and rising mobile data usage with their public pledges to reduce both capital and operating expenditures, along with emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).  As such, robust alternative energy solutions to power fixed and mobile networks are increasingly important.  The goal of creating more efficient and sustainable networks is a top priority for nearly every telecom service provider today.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, investment in energy-efficient telecom network infrastructure will reach $194 billion annually by 2016.

All told, these investments could reduce GHG emissions from the telecom industry by 32 percent by 2016 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, the study concludes. Continue reading

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CA Technologies Named a Leader in Groom Energy’s Guide for Carbon Accounting Software

ISLANDIA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that it has been named a leader in the Groom Energy Solutions report, titled “2013 Buyer’s Guide for Enterprise Carbon Accounting and Sustainability Software.”

The report analyzes the market for carbon management and sustainability software as a stand-alone product or as a module of an environmental health and safety (EHS)/ enterprise resource planning (ERP) or energy management suite and provides prospective buyers with a vendor market update. The selection criteria were based on the number of customer deployments, technology features, sales momentum, market vision and financial stability.

The report said CA Technologies has secured a number of large, high-profile customers and has “strong offerings for sustainability and energy management.”

“The market for Enterprise Carbon Accounting and Sustainability software continues to mature and companies are looking for financially-viable vendors with world-class products and a strong customer base,” said Paul Baier, report author and vice president, sustainability research, Groom Energy. “Based on our research and customer references, we concluded that CA ecoSoftware is a leading carbon and sustainability management product which has tremendous flexibility and links to energy management.” Continue reading

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Columbia-PepsiCo Collaboration Creates Powerful Software Tool for Carbon Footprinting

(3BL Media) Researchers at Columbia University, working in collaboration with PepsiCo, have developed new software that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously.

The methodology could greatly reduce the time and expense associated with carbon footprinting, helping companies accurately label products and design ways to reduce their environmental impacts.

Up until now, life cycle analysis has mostly been performed one product at a time. This imposes large requirements for personnel, expertise, and time, and few companies have enough employees with specialized expertise.

new study, published online in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, describes how researchers used a life cycle analysis database covering 1,137 PepsiCo products and created three interconnected techniques that enable the calculations of thousands of footprints within minutes, while eliminating manual mapping of a product’s ingredients and packaging materials.

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Symantec Partners with NCWIT to Support Women in Technology

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Symantec have announced the winners of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, which provides university student groups with awards of $750 each to implement initiatives that recruit, retain, and support women in computing and technology disciplines. Following are the recipients of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund awards:

  • Ball State University, “Women Working in Technology”
  • Fort Valley State University, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter
  • Loyola University Maryland, Society of Women Engineers
  • Michigan State University Women in Computing
  • Ohio State University ACM Committee on Women (ACM-W)
  • Santa Clara University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Delaware “CISters@UD” Continue reading
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Hospital Global Purchasing Guidelines Revealed in New Report at 2012 CleanMed Europe Conference

(3BL Media) New Brunswick, NJ – September 26, 2012 – At today’s 2012 CleanMed Europe Conference, a research study was showcased revealing that increased global demand for more sustainable health care is driving the creation of “greener” products and purchasing guidelines among health care institutions. It’s one of several key findings from a new white paper, commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, that was unveiled to more than 400 hospital procurement officials and health care industry leaders from more than 15 countries. The white paper can be accessed at www.earthwards.com.

Jack De Bokx, senior director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, U.K., explored the white paper findings with attendees during his plenary session. Continue reading

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Hanwha Solar Supplies Largest Solar Rooftop Installation in France

PV installation (8.7 MWp) increases profitability of innovative agricultural project

ISMANING, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hanwha Solar, a global provider of total photovoltaic (PV) solar solutions and a flagship company of top-10 Korean business enterprise Hanwha Group, has delivered 7.7 MW of PV modules into the largest rooftop installation in France. Solvéo Energie, French EPC and customer of Hanwha Solar, has constructed a building in the municipality of Rion-des-Landes, which is designed to create ideal cultivation conditions for a Ginseng plantation. By equipping the rooftop with solar modules, the building furthermore secures the financing of the project. The plantation was officially inaugurated 21st September 2012. Continue reading

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Caelus Releases the CurrentState™ Hospitality Sustainability Audit

(3BL Media) Tulsa, OK – September 7, 2012 – Did you know that the US Travel Data Center estimates that 43 million US travelers are “ecologically concerned” and nearly one third are willing to pay a premium for green travel? Caelus can help. Caelus has released the CurrentState™ Hospitality sustainability audit. CurrentState™ Hospitality has been designed specifically for hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and spas.

CurrentState™ Hospitality sustainability audit helps establishments quickly improve their Sustainability Performance. Whether an establishment has sustainability initiatives in place or if they are just beginning the greening process, CurrentState™ Hospitality is the perfect tool to compliment their efforts. The audit was designed specifically for the unique sustainability needs of the hospitality industry such as Guest Services, Food and Catering, Compliance, Facilities and many others are covered in detail. It provides all the information an establishment needs to begin improving sustainability performance, lower operating costs, improve compliance, have more satisfied guests and unleash innovation. Continue reading

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