New ASTM standard on recycling concrete helps boost sustainable construction

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According to ASTM International, its new standard on recycling returned fresh concrete, C1798, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, will help manufacturing plants better support sustainable construction practices. Developed by ASTM’s C09 committee on concrete, the new standard covers process, verification, and record-keeping procedures for concrete recycling.

New Higg Module Empowers Apparel, Footwear, Textile Producers to Design Impacts Out of Products

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The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today launches the Higg Index Design and Development Module (DDM). Along with the release last month of its updated Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) – a cradle-to-gate scoring tool that measures and communicates the environmental performance of thousands of materials used in creating apparel, footwear and home textile products – the DDM is the latest tool in the Higg arsenal aimed at empowering product designers and developers to make sustainable choices at the earliest stage of apparel, footwear and textile prototype design.

Waste Management: There Are Several New Standards for That

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Companies are increasingly realizing the environmental and economic benefits of effective waste management — fewer methane emissions from landfills, reduced waste hauling costs and new revenue streams from reuse and recycling among them.

Several new tools aim to help companies and other organizations achieve these goals and receive recognition for their work.

What You Need to Know About the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

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Corporate reporters rejoice: in a move aimed at making it easier for companies to report on their sustainability initiatives and progress, the Global Reporting Initiative today launched the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Sustainable Procurement Standard Coming Soon

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Purchasing represents a significant piece of a company’s budget. In the public sector alone, procurement accounts for around 12 percent of GDP and 29 percent of government expenditure in OECD member countries.

So it makes sense that when considering sustainability initiatives, executives should take purchasing decisions into account.

An ISO standard in the final stages of development aims to help companies with sustainable procurement, and can be applied to all purchases from office supplies to energy providers, caterers and building materials.

ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO member on the draft before final publication in 2017.

Why Leading Global Companies Are Using a New Food Waste Standard to Reduce Waste

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Food loss and waste costs businesses billions of dollars each year and it generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for the carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten.

This means if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet behind China and the US.

While many companies have set food waste reduction targets, there hasn’t been a uniform way to measure where and how much food is lost across operations — some consider food that goes to compost as waste; some companies don’t.

A new international standard, launched today at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Summit 2016, addresses this issue. According to its developers, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) will create a globally consistent framework for measuring and managing food waste.

National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

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The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. Many cities and states offer incentives, such as rebates and additional density allowances, to builders and developers whose projects are NGBS-certified.