Survival Of The Greenest Beer? Breweries Adapt To A Changing Climate

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When you hear the words “green brewery,” you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 million dollar LEED-Gold-certified headquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn’t quite as sexy.

“The place you have to start is the building envelope,” says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

That’s the name for the interface between a building’s interior and the outside world. It’s basically the structural shell that’s made up of exterior walls, windows, doors, the roof and foundation. Heating, ventilation and electrical work more efficiently in a tight building envelope, which keeps the interior temperature consistently cool or warm, prevents energy loss and ultimately saves money.

Can we (should we) put a price tag on nature?

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For businesses, natural capital has often been seen as the environmental economics equivalent of a free lunch.

Companies could use water or timber, or emit vast amounts of carbon with little recognition to the actual impacts or value it had on the natural world.

Yet, as any student of business or economics knows, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Meaning that as the impacts of climate change, severe droughts and ravishing natural disasters are being seen throughout the world, the value of nature’s finite resources will eventually be felt by businesses.

Although most businesses are still not adequately valuing their use of natural capital, the Natural Capital Project recently released a special feature entitled “Nature as Capital” on the current state of how different organizations—including businesses—“incorporate the value of nature in economic and social development plans.” …

The Nature as Capital feature was published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, and highlights 12 different reports. The reports, in part, provide a snapshot of the current state of how far the world has come in valuing natural capital in past ten years.

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

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Goodbye plastic Legos?

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

Know these three Vs of sustainability communication

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You might be wondering why McDonald’s committed for 100 percent of the fish served in its U.S. and European restaurants to carry the Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel.

As you can imagine, it is no small task or expense to ensure traceability through to a fishery that meets MSC’s strict sustainability standards, especially for a huge volume of fish. Nevertheless, McDonald’s made the commitment and uses the ecolabel to tell consumers.

McDonald’s use of the MSC ecolabel is part of a broad commitment to sustainable sourcing. The company’s sustainable sourcing story, in its totality, is an example of what I call the three Vs of effective sustainability communications: Value; Viewpoint; and Vehicle.

Webinar: Protecting the Pollinators: Purchasing Strategies to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

Wed, Jul 15, 2015 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
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State and local governments, school districts, colleges and universities, hospitals and businesses spend millions of dollars a year on landscaping and pest management products and services.

During the past decade, many of these organizations have saved money and reduced toxic chemical use through integrated pest management (IPM). In addition, some organizations have eliminated the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”) to protect bees and other pollinators.

On Wednesday, July 15th, Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and Friends of the Earth (FOE) are co-hosting “Saving the Pollinators”, a webinar on purchasing strategies government agencies, educational institutions and businesses can take to protect bees and other pollinators.

During this webinar, you will learn about: (1) the latest scientific findings about neonics and their impact on pollinators; (2) what leading organizations are doing to make their landscape and pest management efforts pollinator friendly; (3) how your organization can use its purchasing policies and practices to protect pollinators; and (4) resources available to help organizations like yours take steps to adopt pollinator friendly purchasing policies and practices.


  • Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Food Futures Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Chris Geiger, Ph.D., Toxics Use Reduction Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Rella Abernathy, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Boulder, Colorado
  • Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Emory University
  • Scott Williams, Assistant VP of Quality Assurance and Environmental Stewardship for BJ’s Wholesale Club,
  • Susan Kegley, Ph.D, CEO, Pesticide Research Institute


  • Rebecca Calahan Klein, RPN

How She Leads: Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney

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How She Leads is a regular GreenBiz feature spotlighting the career paths of women with influential roles in sustainable business. In this edition, GreenBiz Senior Writer Barbara Grady chats with Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney’s vice president of environment, health and safety.

A year and a half ago, jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney decided to prepare for its 100th anniversary by making some aggressive environmental stewardship promises:

By 2025, the year of the company’s centennial, Pratt & Whitney aims to have cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2000 levels, cut water use by 80 percent from 2000 levels and achieve 100 percent zero waste at all of its facilities. Also, it aims to ensure its engines are 100 percent recyclable at end of their product life and to produce the most fuel efficient jet engines on the market.

Around the time the new goals were debuted, the company also unveiled a new PurePower commercial jet engine that uses much less fuel and emits fewer greenhouse gases than the company’s previous jet engine models, with an alternative fuel use option. Orders for the engine have soared, promising to double Pratt’s business in five years.

In setting aggressive sustainability goals and introducing the PurePower engine, Pratt & Whitney catapulted itself to a sort of leadership role in sustainability among military contractors and aircraft engine makers.

G-KUP, Vancouver Company, Patents 1st Compostable Coffee Pods

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A Vancouver-based company has come up with 100 per cent compostable coffee pods as a solution to uneconomical and incredibly wasteful K-Cups…

G-Kups are held together with a bamboo and sugar cane sleeve, with a biodegradable polymer lining that can withstand boiling water. The Vancouver company patented the invention in February, said Business in Vancouver.