Category Archives: Green Supply Chain

BrightFarms to Build the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse for Giant Food Stores

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban agriculture and sustainability.

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Smart Transportation Becoming the Focal Point for Smart City Projects Worldwide

The past twelve months have seen an explosion of interest in the smart city concept.  Cities around the world have announced new smart city strategies and innovative projects, and many existing programs have been rebranded as smart city initiatives.  According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, more than 50 percent of smart city projects are focused on innovations in transportation and urban mobility.  The tracker identifies and details 130 smart city projects underway worldwide. Continue reading

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ChargePoint Applauds NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg’s Call for Electric Vehicle Readiness


CAMPBELL, Calif.–()–New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of New New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.

Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in electric vehicle adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago. Continue reading

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ThermoKeeper™ Packaging Liners For Temperature Sensitive Products Save Valuable Storage Space at Fulfillment Houses

ThermoKeep_2(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.05.2012)  -  ThermoPod® introduces fulfillment houses that ship temperature sensitive products to ThermoKeeper super insulated thermal and protective ThermoKeeper packaging liners. ThermoKeepers ship flat to fulfillment houses and store flat until ready for use, saving valuable floor and shelf space otherwise taken up by bulky foam containers.

Ideal for shipment of nuts, cheese, chocolates, pies and cakes, smoked meats, seafood, health and wellness products, medical testing kits, and other temperature sensitive products, ThermoKeeper® patented super thick insulated box liners are earth-friendly alternatives to space-hogging foam coolers that can chip, crack, or break even before being fully packed and sealed.

Resilient and pliable, ThermoKeeper box liners provide superior thermal and cushioning protection for extended time frame shipping of temperature-sensitive products. Continue reading

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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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EcoPower® Unveils Results of Landmark Million-Mile Test of Its Re-Refined Oil

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Safety-Kleen announced today that its EcoPower® Heavy-Duty Diesel 15W-40 CJ-4/SM engine oil showed remarkable wear protection of critical engine components while maintaining viscosity and acid-neutralization capability over excessive 40,000-to-50,000-mile drain intervals following a million-mile test.

EcoPower is re-refined engine oil from Safety-Kleen, the largest collector and re-refiner of used oil in North America. EcoPower is re-refined using a process that consumes up to 85 percent less energy than refining engine oil from crude oil. The result is an engine oil that meets or exceeds all North American standards for engine protection, such as API and SAE, while reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

“This test proves definitively that EcoPower provides outstanding protection for engines while it protects the environment,” said Curt Knapp, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Simply by using EcoPower, fleet owners and managers can now be even more assured that they can protect engines while protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Continue reading

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Starbucks Eco Sleeve – McDonald’s Sustainability at Olympics – CR Magazine List

Starbucks has come out with EarthSleeve, a new hot cup sleeve that adopts new technology to reduce overall material use while increasing the percentage of recycled content. Developed with LBP Manufacturing and using Henkel adhesives, the new product decreases raw fiber material by 34 percent while increasing post-consumer content by 25 percent. The changes add up to a savings of nearly 100,000 trees worth of wood use for paper pulp.

McDonald’s, the food franchise holder for the London Olympics, has committed to the Games’ sustainability policies, including reductions in packaging and waste that have been tested in its English outlets over the last year. In addition, the company is making their food supply chain more transparent through their Open Farms program.

CR Magazine has released its Third Annual Best Corporate Citizens in Government Contracting List. According to the research, three-year average returns to shareholders by the best performers outpaced the rest by 50 percent, demonstrating the bottom line benefits of transparency. IBM, Accenture, and HP kept their top positions on this year’s list, based on their openness in reporting.

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Heinz Ketchup Inspires Environmentally Responsible Living with PlantBottle

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To encourage more environmentally responsible living, Heinz® Ketchup has launched the “Join the Growing Movement” campaign on its restaurant bottles featuring PlantBottle™ technology, inviting consumers to promise to be more environmentally responsible through a mobile application. For each pledge taken and shared, Heinz will help plant a tree, up to 57,000 trees.

Heinz uses the innovative PlantBottle packaging as part of a strategic partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, which commercialized the breakthrough technology. Made from up to 30 percent renewable material derived from sugar cane, PlantBottle plastic looks, feels and functions just like traditional PET plastic, and is still 100 percent recyclable. Currently, all 20-ounce Heinz Ketchup bottles in both retail stores and in restaurants are now made with PlantBottle packaging.

“Heinz is committed to utilizing the best technology and innovations available to be as environmentally responsible as possible,” said John Bennett, Vice President – Foodservice Ketchup, Condiments & Sauces. “This program celebrates not only what Heinz is doing to be more sustainable, but also how everyone can do their part to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle.” Continue reading

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