EPA honors Crystal Creamery for reducing waste from Modesto plant

Read the full story in the Modesto Bee.

Crystal Creamery received a national award Tuesday for how it handles the sludge left after making ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the Modesto-based company for turning the waste into electricity and other byproducts. It presented the annual Food Recovery Challenge National Innovation Award, part of a federal effort to reduce food waste estimated at 37 million tons a year.

The expanding role of sustainability leadership

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Late last year, I sent a short survey to my network of (mostly) sustainability executives across a range of small and large organizations covering multiple sectors. My objective was to understand how the corporate sustainability role is shifting to include a greater scope of responsibilities and influence.

We received over 60 responses from (mostly) heads of sustainability at Coca-Cola, Adobe, Autodesk, AMD, Campbell Soup, IDEO, Starwood, Owens Corning and Tiffany (to name a few). The responses were forthcoming and clear. Sustainability professionals are quietly and gradually expanding their scope and responsibility programmatically and strategically.

The dirty secret about your clothes

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Conventional textile manufacturing is tough on both the people who work in it and their land. Issues arise at almost every stage of the process — the ubiquitous genetically modified seeds that strain farmers’ budgets, the pesticides used in cotton fields, the harsh chemicals used in dyes, the toxic waste that pollutes rivers, and the chemically treated clothing that ends up in landfills. The problems are exacerbated in the low-price, quick-turnaround segment of the market known as “fast fashion,” which encourages cheap production and a throwaway mind-set.

A new crop of small businesses are investing in organic farming, natural dyes and a transparent supply chain that encourages shoppers to think about the effect of their purchases — and they’re selling their products online and in a small but growing number of U.S. stores, from small trendy boutiques to Target.

To detox manufacturing, businesses find a secret ingredient

In the most recent P2 Impact column, Pam Eliason of TURI describes how five companies used peer mentoring and networking to share ideas and strategies for improving chemical management.

Read past P2 Impact columns at https://www.greenbiz.com/blogs/enterprise/p2-impact.

How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Although the Fed does not influence the opportunity cost of carbon — and whether companies account for it — it does influence the opportunity cost of financial capital.

How Companies Can Combine Sustainability And Customer Experience

Read the full post at Customer Think.

Enterprises have the power to achieve a lot. It is possible for them to satisfy clients but they can also alter their preferences when it comes to consuming. One good example of this is the rapid growth of environmentally friendly products. The increase in demand means that the customers want to reduce the negative impact on the planet. However, it’s not realist for companies to rely on consumers to choose the sustainable options. It’s the company’s responsibility to find what really motivates its clients. So all in all, the right way to go about it is to give the people an incentive to go for the sustainable choices.

Keep in mind though, that enterprises also have to make sure they keep turning in profit and sustainability can often come in contrast with this. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that the two don’t conflict because by going for a sustainable plan there’s a possibility to improve customer experience. By creating an amazing experience for your customers you can succeed both financially and environmentally.