Day: August 14, 2013

Supply Chain Energy Efficiency: Engaging Small & Medium Entities in Global Production Systems

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Companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint need to pay attention to the energy they use. But at least as important – and in some cases even more so – is paying attention to the energy used by links in their supply chain.

The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, along with the Environmental Defense Fund, provide valuable suggestions on why and how to do so in a new report, Supply Chain Energy Efficiency: Engaging Small & Medium Entities in Global Production Systems.

Sustainability? Don’t Go It Alone

Read the full story from the MIT Sloan Management Review.

At the recent Sustainable Brands conference, one message was clear: individual corporate sustainability efforts aren’t enough to halt climate change. The solution: collaborative partnerships — even between competitors.

Changing the conversation

Half a century after Silent Spring, the environmental movement risks stalling out. MIT Sloan’s Jason Jay calls for a new approach.

See also his paper, co-authored with Gabriel Grant, entitled “Authentic Sustainability – Navigating Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and Pathways in Conversations Toward a Better World” and his web site, Transforming Sustainability.

The Princeton Review Gives 832 Colleges Green Ratings

Read the full story from the Princeton Review. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made the honor roll for achieving the highest possible score.

The Princeton Review – known for its education services helping students choose and get in to colleges – today reported its annual “Green Ratings” of colleges. The project, now in its sixth year, offers a measure of how environmentally friendly the schools are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99.

The Company tallied the scores for 832 colleges this year, based on data it collected in its 2012-13 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings. (Criteria follow.)

The “Green Rating” scores appear in the profiles of the colleges posted today on and in the profiles of the schools in the 2014 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks that go on sale tomorrow, August 6: “The Best 378 Colleges” ($23.99) and “The Complete Book of Colleges” ($26.99), published by Random House.

How Sprint collects and resells millions of cell phones

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The wireless company buys back millions of phones a year with the help of up-to-the-minute values from eRecyclingCorps.

White Paper: Integrating Sustainability into Teacher Education

This newly released guide from Creative Change Educational Solutions incorporates competencies and guidelines for the integration of sustainability into courses and clinical experiences. (Short registration required.)

Hybrid LCAs help companies size up Scope 3 emissions

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

More than 180 Fortune 500 companies now report on some portion of their supply chain and product greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, also known as Scope 3, from virtually none a decade ago.

This type of assessment has become easier and streamlined through the use of a life cycle assessment (LCA) technique called hybrid LCA, which is supported by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and has long been considered best practice in academia. Using hybrid LCA, Honda made headlines last year by becoming the first company to report on all 15 categories of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

What if plants could be plastic factories?

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

A Massachusetts-based company is genetically modifying switchgrass to produce a polymer used to make plastics.

See also Environmental Leader’s story Can Plants Produce Polymers for Plastic Cheaply? for this and other examples of how companies are developing bioplastics.

Unlikely partnership identifies how to save more energy in supply chains

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Energy service companies, finance, retail, NGOs, government and academia join forces to generate new ideas.

2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference Call for Papers and Presentations

March 31-April 3, 2014
Wyndham Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success.

The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. Submissions should specify a desire for inclusion as either a presentation or a poster.This year, a poster networking exchange session will be offered to enable interactive discussions for research and implementation strategies related to green chemistry. We are inviting posters from anyone involved in research, safer formulations, new product development and implementation, decision-making tools, or technical assistance. Ideally, posters will make a connection between green chemistry expertise and business needs in product development in safer chemistry. Student involvement is encouraged and entries from students are welcome.

The following general topic areas are being proposed for the conference and the final agenda will be chosen, in part, from the areas represented by the topics submitted:

Business and Green Chemistry

  • Efforts that drive green chemistry innovations
  • Case studies describing economic and environmental achievements in green chemistry innovation
  • Market challenges holding back economic and environmental success
  • Ways companies have made the business case for green chemistry
  • Supply chain integration of safer chemistry strategies
  • Issues with green chemistry start-up companies


  • Building bridges between business and academia
  • Public/private partnerships for safer chemistry

Resources and Tools

  • Decision-making tools to help guide businesses
  • Alternatives assessments

Chemicals Policy

  • Role of government, policy, and regulations
  • State policy progression and advancements
  • How government regulation drives innovation in green chemistry

Research and Education

  • Research and technology in safer chemistry
  • Green chemistry education
  • Research efforts leading to practical implementation

State of the Great Lakes

  • GLRI grantees panel
  • Great Lakes emerging chemicals of concern (to human health and the environment)
  • Safer Chemistry Challenge Program

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