Day: February 8, 2012

Sustainable Food Management Webinar Series: The Green Sports Alliance and the Food Recovery Challenge

Thursday February  23rd 1:00 – 2:30pm EST or 10:00 – 11:30am PST
Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/773911840

In this session, EPA’s Green Sports Alliance partners will present their
success  stories  and innovations in reducing food waste. You will learn
about:
  • The  NHL’s  Food  Recovery  Program  and how it operates from the League-level. Specifically,  the  importance of gaining “buy-in” from  executives  and their staff, management of program contacts, liability and common hurdles, and methods of data tracking.
  • Petco  Park’s  improvements  and lessons learned in growing their food  waste  diversion  program. The  Padres  and  their contract partners  at  Petco  Park have improved their food waste diversion from  60  tons in 2005 to 164 tons in 2011. Petco Park is home to the Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the San Diego Padres.
  • CenturyLink field and Events Center’s successes and innovations in increasing  food  waste  diversion. CenturyLink  field and Events Center  is  a  venue  for  both  Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Football League (NFL).
Speakers Bios
Paul LaCaruba
National Hockey League – Green initiative; Coordinator
Paul  currently  serves  as  Coordinator of the National Hockey League’s Green  initiative,  overseeing League-wide projects such as the NHL Food Recovery  Program,  Gallons  for Goals and NHL Metrics.  Paul received a bachelor’s  degree  from  NYU  and is currently studying for his J.D. at Seton  Hall University School of Law.  He is the recipient of NYU’s 2010 Allie Sherman Sports Business Leadership Award.
Alina Talbott
Petco Park – Hines Interests, LP; Assistant General Manager
Alina  is responsible for overseeing all service contracts essential for Fundamental  Systems  Management  at Petco  Park. Alina facilitated the development  and  implementation of the San Diego Padres Green Committee
and  subsequent  Green  Initiative  for  Petco  Park.  Her commitment to sustainable  business  practices helped  to  lead the ballpark to a 56% waste  diversion rate. City, State, and Federal agencies have recognized
the Padres for their performance as a Green Ballpark.
Darryl Benge
CenturyLink Field; Assistant General Manager
Darryl  oversees  maintenance and engineering, capital projects, fields, conversions  and  technical  operations for CenturyLink Field and Event Center  and  the  Virginia  Mason  Athletic  Center.  He  was previously Director of  Capital Planning and Projects where he was instrumental in the relocation of the Seahawks to their new home in Renton.”
For more information or questions about this event, contact Ashley Zanolli at zanolli.ashley@epa.gov or 206-553-4425.

How Do Two Sustainability Departments Become One?

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

It is often said that internal initiatives and programs are often the first to come under the axe in a merger. Diversity and leadership development programs are often easy victims. Does the CSR department also fall by the wayside?

In 2008, when Molson Coors and SABMiller brought Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company together as the joint venture MillerCoors, sustainability and corporate social responsibility became a core component of their strategy and growth.

I sat down with Kim Marotta, Director of CSR at MillerCoors to learn best practices of merging a CSR department. She had been with the company since 2004.

Why Social Intrapreneurs Must Engage Coworkers and Break Down Siloes

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

No matter what field your company works in, or how broad or deep its commitment to sustainability, the consistently biggest challenge faced by social intrapreneurs is the persistence, patience and creativity needed to move the needle.

The Bigger Picture Behind Apple’s China Problem

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

The major problems uncovered in Apple’s — and the IT industry’s — Chinese supply chain in a series of recent exposes go far beyond Apple to the heart of how companies measure their social and environmental impacts

Color It Green: Nike to Adopt Waterless Textile Dyeing

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

“Just dye it.”

That might be a fitting twist on Nike’s iconic slogan after today’s announcement that it is adopting a waterless dyeing technology that uses recycled carbon dioxide to color synthetic textiles.

The process, which the company has been exploring for eight years, could eliminate the use of countless billions of gallons of polluted discharges into waterways near manufacturing plants in Asia, where much of the world’s textile dyeing occurs. On average, an estimated 100-150 liters (about 26-40 gallons) of water is needed to process one kg (2.2 pounds) of textile materials. Industry analysts estimate that more than 39 million tons of polyester will be dyed annually by 2015.

Midwest Product Stewardship Council Quarterly Networking Meeting

February 15, 2012, 10:00-11:30 am, CST
Call-in:  605.475.6006, Code:  355334# or https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/991510016

Agenda

  • 10:00-10:10 — Introductions
  • 10:10 -10:30 — MPSC States Brief Updates – what is (or is not!) happening in your state?
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin
    • Iowa
    • Ohio
    • Michigan
    • Indiana
    • Illinois
    • Missouri
    • Kansas
    • Nebraska
  • 10:30-10:50– Product Stewardship Initiative Brief Updates
    • Packaging dialogue – Chris Newman
    • Hg Vermont law – Cynthia Moore
    • PaintCare Program – Marjaneh Zarrehparvr
    • MPSC & PSI US Product Stewardship Councils Networking calls – Sierra Fletcher
    • Great Lakes States & WA pharmaceutical initiatives – Steve Brachman & Margaret Shield
  • 10:50-11:25 — Federal Pharmaceutical Legislation Update – Cherie Hoffman, Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Louis M. Slaughter
  • 11:25-11:30 — Next MPSC Quarterly Meeting In-Person, Chicago EPA Region 5 Headquarters, June 8, 2012, 8:00 – 10:00 am, CST