Category Archives: Environment

Life Cycle Thinking: Helping Our Stakeholders Help The Earth

When it comes to being good stewards of the earth, we all want to do the right thing.  We strive to reduce our carbon footprint, avoid products that harm the air and water, and use recyclable materials whenever possible. But, good intentions only get us halfway.  It also requires strategic thinking.

Waste Management is proud to join its business, academic and community partners in the Sustainable Materials Management Coalition which last week released an important new guidance document entitled, “Guidance on Life-Cycle Thinking and Its Role in Environmental Decision Making.” Continue reading

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Key Lessons From the Pioneers of Sustainability

Whether you refer to the field as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, or shared value, today social and environmental issues are more a part of everyday business than ever before.  We are now at a point where we can look back and celebrate the history of the field. And it’s in that spirit that I collaborated with Ellen Weinreb of the Weinreb Group to publish a report today where we identified six pioneers in two different categories of Chief Executive Officers and Thought Leaders.

The report “Pioneers of Sustainability: Lessons from Trailblazers” is the result of a survey of prominent leaders in the field of sustainability conducted by the Weinreb Group. Among the Chief Executive Officer Pioneers, survey respondents selected Lee Scott of Walmart, Paul Polman of Unilever, and the late Ray Anderson of Interface. In category of “Thought Leaders,” sustainability professionals chose Paul Hawken, Peter Senge, and Michael Porter for his work in corporate strategy and in Shared Value.

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Mars, Incorporated Supports Nobel Laureate Documentary Series on Nature.com

September 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – In early July, 635 of the world’s top young scientists and over 30 Nobel Laureates came together to share knowledge and ideas at the 63rd Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany.

Mars has been a long-term supporter of the Lindau Meetings, which take place each year and aim to foster dialogue and interaction between Nobel Laureates and the next generation of outstanding young scientists.

So that as wide an audience as possible can share in the unique conversations that took place at this year’s Meetings, Mars has supported the production of a series of Laureate documentaries by leading scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG).

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The War on Empathy: Marion Nestle and George Lakoff

Remember when President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and “empathy” was transformed by some political commentators into a dirty word? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to two giants in their respective fields who think empathy is probably pretty important, especially when it comes to policy.

First, host Alex Wise talks to Marion Nestle, a noted nutritionist and author whose latest book digs into the power of cartoons to drive home complex arguments for fighting food insecurity issues in this country. Next, progressive linguist extraordinaire George Lakoff discusses how liberals need to improve their messaging to convince people that policies that help people are actually a good idea.

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Baxter Helps Connect Local Community through Millennium Trail

Employees and visitors heading to Baxter’s Round Lake, Illinois, United States facility will soon have an alternate mode of transportation for getting there. Over the past decade, the company worked with the Lake County Forest Preserves (LCFP) to help develop the Millennium Trail, which, once finished, will connect central, western and northern Lake County communities and forest preserves through 35 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Today, more than 20 of those miles are completed and available for public use, and Baxter has been instrumental in making some of them a reality through a series of land sales and easement permissions throughout the last several years. The company’s efforts will help ensure the trail is built without obstruction, said Bonnie Thomson Carter, LCFP commissioner and chairman of its Planning and Restoration Committee.

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Efforts Pay Off in Improving our Environmental Footprint

Today’s guest blog comes from Greg Spratt, advisor for Environmental Sustainability within Lilly’s Global Health, Safety, and Environmental. Greg is helping drive efforts to lesson Lilly’s environmental impact/footprint.

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of people around the world dedicated to improving our energy efficiency and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, Lilly is proud to announce that the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has raised our C rating from last year to this year’s B rating.

The following programs are just a few of the key initiatives aimed at reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and increasing our energy efficiency that led to our overall improvement with the CDP:

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A Sustainable Energy Plan: What & Why

Creating a Sustainable Energy Plan is a simple, systematic way to examine, refine, and act on one of the most important aspects of a sustainable business. A plan lets you see where you are, decide what immediate positive changes your company can make, and create long-term practical and actionable goals.

Why create a plan specifically about energy?

Energy use is your most important environmental impact.

For many companies, if you draw a line around your operations – ignoring suppliers and ignoring physical products – your largest potential to do environmental harm comes from your company energy use. Your energy use includes electricity, employee travel, employee commuting and natural gas. And usually, they’re in that order from standpoint of environmental harm.

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GM Honored for Sustained Environmental Leadership

LANSING, Mich., September 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ – General Motors and seven of its facilities are being recognized by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for longtime support of environment-focused community collaboration. GM remains the leader for most Neighborhood Environmental Partner awards granted since the program began in 2005.

GM received the department’s inaugural NEP Longevity Award recognizing companies that have participated in the program for five or more years. It encourages and rewards businesses and their neighbors who work together on environmental projects. This is the seventh straight year GM has received NEP awards.

“GM is committed to reducing our facilities’ environmental impact while also improving the communities in which we operate,” said David Tulauskas, GM director of sustainability. “We share the same ecosystem as our neighbors and enjoy exchanging our knowledge, best practices and hands-on experiences.” Continue reading

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