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What do the U.S. Navy and a major hotel chain have in common? Both are huge consumers of mattresses — and both are involved in pioneering mattress recycling campaigns.
Mattresses are hard to get rid of, once they’ve reached the end of their usefulness. Their size and unwillingness to be compressed or crushed means they can take up a lot of landfill space. And they also are hard to incinerate. Discarded mattresses can easily become infested with bedbugs and other parasites, which makes donating them a non-option.
Read the full post at the HBR Blog Network.
In the absence of any real prospect for carbon taxes, it makes sense to support subsidies that ease the necessary shift to low-carbon economies. This not only helps businesses in the renewable energy industry. It can also help businesses in other industries by easing their shift to use of cleaner sources of energy. Thus it makes sense to change WTO rules to make an exemption for green subsidies that further the fight against climate change.
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Across the United States, thousands of hazardous waste sites are contaminated with chemicals that prevent the underlying groundwater from meeting drinking water standards. These include Superfund sites and other facilities that handle and dispose of hazardous waste, active and inactive dry cleaners, and leaking underground storage tanks; many are at federal facilities such as military installations. While many sites have been closed over the past 30 years through cleanup programs run by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, and other state and federal agencies, the remaining caseload is much more difficult to address because the nature of the contamination and subsurface conditions make it difficult to achieve drinking water standards in the affected groundwater. This report estimates that at least 126,000 sites across the U.S. still have contaminated groundwater, and their closure is expected to cost at least $110 billion to $127 billion. About 10 percent of these sites are considered “complex,” meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations. At sites where contaminant concentrations have plateaued at levels above cleanup goals despite active efforts, the report recommends evaluating whether the sites should transition to long-term management, where risks would be monitored and harmful exposures prevented, but at reduced costs.
Read the full story at Triple Pundit.
Kimberly-Clark Professional announced last week that it is the first major tissue manufacturer to introduce products that contain non-tree fibers to the North American market. The new products are part of its Kleenex and Scott lines, and will be showcased at Greenbuild 2012. The new products include 20 percent non-tree fibers – bamboo and wheat straw. Both bamboo and wheat straw meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s definition of “rapidly renewable” fibers since they grow back in less than 10 years.
Read the full story at Triple Pundit.
Walgreens has launched its own line of “green” household products to be sold under the brand name “Ology.”
The Ology brand includes everyday household products: baby and personal care products and household cleaners formulated without the use of harmful chemicals, energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, and paper products that are 100 percent tree-free and produced from renewable sources. Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, will sell Ology products exclusively at its stores.
TckTckTck and OneWorld are in Doha, Qatar for the UN Climate Talks (also known as COP18) from November 26 – December 8. As delegates from 194 countries gather to work on a fair, ambitious and legally-binding global climate deal, follow their progress on Storify.
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Today’s companies and entrepreneurs are presented with the unique opportunity to increase profitability through greater eco awareness and the pursuit of a more sustainable business. To gain and maintain a competitive advantage over the competition, sustainable business leaders are making meaningful work a top priority. Top qualities of a sustainable business leader pave the way for aligning company visions and strategies through shared values with employees. Considering the community, stakeholders, and specifically, employee engagement are all part of a sustainable business culture, how might these concepts executed contribute to both employers and employees co-creating happier and more productive workplaces?
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Is your building operating efficiently? What about the people in your building?
Dive deeper in to how building occupants and stakeholders help realize the true sustainability potential of green design – especially in affordable housing & community development projects – at Greenbuild session “The PEOPLE Side of Sustainability – A Behavior-Based Approach to Green Building.”
Read the full story and watch the video at Sustainable Industries.
Guests of the Nov. 1 Sustainable Industries Economic Forum in San Francisco were treated to an insightful and inspirational keynote presentation by Paul Hawken on the intersection of ecological business and technology.