Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Facilities: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Download the document. Other Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides are available at http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/resources/strategy-guides.html#energyeff. This guide describes how water and wastewater facilities can lead by example and achieve multiple benefits by improving the energy efficiency of their new, existing, and renovated buildings and their day-to-day operations. It is designed to be used by facility …

Hilton, Marriott, hotel giants get in bed to count carbon

Read the full story at GreenBiz. These days, many corporations choose hotels for their events based partially on what their carbon footprint will be. When they send RFPs to hotel companies, they include questions on carbon emissions. In addition to helping them choose venues, corporations also use that information as part of measuring their own …

How corporate reporting improved Microsoft’s supply chain

Read the full post at GreenBiz. In the past two years we’ve reported on the growing number of organizations using the GRI Reporting Framework and Guidelines to gain better insight into their suppliers’ social and environmental performance. Microsoft helped lead this wave in October 2011 when the company asked approximately 20 key hardware suppliers and …

New synthesis could make biofuel more appealing for mass production

Read the full story in R&D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize a key biofuel component, which could make its industrial production much more cost effective. The compound, known as gamma-valerolactone (GVL), is attractive because of its versatility, says Yuriy Román, an assistant professor of chemical engineering …

UL, Manufacturers Promote Zero Waste Validation

Read the full story at Environmental Leader. UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, says it has developed working relationships with the Green Manufacturer Network in the US and Waste Cost Reduction Services in the UK to encourage companies to achieve its landfill waste diversion claim validation. The announcement comes less than a month …

Business Self-Interest ‘Key to Sustainability’

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. The private sector needs to take on a wider role in proliferating the sustainability solutions required to avoid widespread environmental, social and economic disruptions as government alone can not be relied upon to achieve such goals, according to a GlobeScan and SustainAbility project called the Regeneration Roadmap. Research conducted for Changing Tack: …