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  • Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use ... Read more » The post Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • What Scott Pruitt doesn't want you to know, and why it matters
    Posted by Martha Roberts on June 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Pruitt has ended the important transparency practice of sharing senior policy leaders’ schedules, a practice which has a long bipartisan history at EPA.     &nbs […]

  • Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue ... Read more » The post Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance) appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • How Firm Is Big Oil’s Backing of a Republican-led Carbon Tax?
    Posted by Ken Silverstein on June 21, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total S.A. backed a Republican-led plan to tax carbon emissions on Tuesday. The post How Firm Is Big Oil’s Backing of a Republican-led Carbon Tax? appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA ... Read more » The post IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Ballast Point Brewing Conjures Beer with Water from Thin Air
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Just as the water intensive nature of brewing beer has become a hot topic in the sustainability world – beer is made up of 90% to 95% water – Ballast Point Brewing Co. announced that it has completed its first two batches of beer made with water extracted literally from thin air. That ... Read more » The post Ballast Point Brewing Conjures Beer with Water from Thin Air appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 20, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Seventeen businesses in the Pittsburgh area believe sustainable practices will improve their bottom lines and attract more businesses to the area, to the extent that they have launched CEOs for Sustainability, an initiative meant to “heighten awareness that sustainable business practices are a must thing to do, not just a ... Read more » The post Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’ appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Why it'd be dangerous to overlook Mike Pence's record on the environment
    Posted by Keith Gaby on June 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Unlike his boss, Vice President Pence has a long and specific history on environmental issues.    &nbs […]

  • Breweries, Wineries Chase Water Reduction Goals
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Breweries and wineries are intensive users of water, but have been making strides in water reduction goals in recent years. Fetzer Vineyards, for example, installed a filtration system that uses microbes and red worms to naturally remove up to 99% of contaminants from its wastewater. Clean water from this regenerative ... Read more » The post Breweries, Wineries Chase Water Reduction Goals appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook ... Read more » The post Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Carbon Emissions Rising at the Slowest Rate in Decades. Why’s That?
    Posted by Ken Silverstein on June 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Globally, carbon emissions are rising. But they are doing so at the slowest rate since the 1980s. The post Carbon Emissions Rising at the Slowest Rate in Decades. Why’s That? appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]

  • Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study
    Posted by Jennifer Hermes on June 15, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. Those positive business outcomes in supply chain sustainability, suppliers say, mean that sustainability and CSR will remain core focus areas for organizations and their suppliers in 2017, according to a study from ... Read more » The post Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study appeared first on Environmental Leader. […]