Farm to School Grant Program

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, …

Clarins, L’Oreal & Others Launch Initiative to Improve Beauty Supply Chain

Read the full story at Environmental Leader. Clarins, Coty, L’Oreal and Groupe Rocher have joined with EcoVadis to launch the Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI), a group that the companies say will accelerate social and environmental performance and progress throughout the beauty supply chain. EcoVadis, a provider of supplier sustainability ratings for supply chains, is working with …

An open letter on COP23 from Walmart and WWF

Read the full story in GreenBiz. We need to pick up the pace. That is the imperative on everyone’s mind as representatives arrive in Bonn, Germany for the COP23 climate negotiations. At COP23, governments are convening to discuss next steps for implementation of the Paris Agreement, which aims to achieve net-zero global greenhouse gas emissions …

Winning in the Marketplace and the Workplace: Activating the Workplace by Engaging Employees in Sustainability

Download the document. In its ongoing exploration of the correlation between corporate sustainability programs and employee job satisfaction, NEEF convened corporate thought leaders to share best practices and measure the top drivers of sustainability engagement. Among the findings, nearly 90 percent of employees engaged in their company’s sustainability work say it enhances their job satisfaction …

Plan to ‘Energize Des Moines’ aims to reduce consumption of resources in largest buildings

Read the full story in Business Record. A program to reduce energy and water consumption in Des Moines’ largest buildings was outlined today to the Des Moines City Council.Called Energize Des Moines, the voluntary program targets occupied commercial, multifamily, hospitality, industrial and institutional buildings of at least 25,000 square feet. The goal is to reduce …