Cleaning Industry Benefits from Color Coding

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. In the professional cleaning industry, color coding is a way of telling workers what product or process is to be used where. The goal is “mistake-proofing” cleaning, and in an industry where English is increasingly a second language, this is becoming more and more necessary... We can also …

Impacts of Ethanol Policy on Corn Prices: A Review and Meta-Analysis of Recent Evidence

Download the paper. The literature on the impacts of biofuels on food prices is characterized by contradictory findings and a wide range of estimates. To bring more clarity to this issue, we review studies on U.S. corn ethanol production released between 2008 and 2013. Normalizing corn price impacts by the change in corn ethanol volume, …

Ranking Distributions of Environmental Outcomes Across Population Groups

Download the paper. This paper develops methods for evaluating distributional impacts of alternative environmental policies across demographic groups. The income inequality literature provides a natural methodological toolbox for comparing distributions of environmental outcomes. We show that the most commonly used inequality indexes, such as the Atkinson index, have theoretical properties that make them inappropriate for …

Do EPA Regulations Affect Labor Demand? Evidence from the Pulp and Paper Industry

Download the paper. Many believe that environmental regulation must reduce employment, since regulations are expected to increase production costs, raising prices and reducing demand for output. A careful microeconomic analysis shows that this not guaranteed. Even if environmental regulation reduces output in the regulated industry, abating pollution could require additional labor (e.g. to monitor the …

How to make product manufacturing greener

Read the full post at Greener Ideal. Manufacturing can produce high wastage of materials, time, labour and energy making it harmful to the environment. By making the manufacturing process of your product greener, you will end up with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and costs. Here are 5 tips on making your product manufacturing process greener.

Reframing sustainability: the five hallmarks of ‘beautiful business’

Read the full story in The Guardian. Sustainability should be part and parcel of managing a business professionally and profitably. As such, there is an opportunity to reframe sustainability in more positive, more aspirational terms. There are five hallmarks that collectively describe a more enlightened approach to business. These are the distillation of Dragon Rouge's …