Gains Grant, Endorser
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation granted $400,000 to CERES, supporting
its work on establishing the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as
an independent institution by 2002. GRI is a multi-stakeholder effort
to create a common framework for economic, environmental and social
reporting in which hundreds of worldwide organizations and stakeholders
participate. The foundation channels the grant through the U.N. Foundation,
which will trigger matching funds of $400,000 for both CERES
and the U.N.s Environment Programmes work on the GRI.
The grant will be used to research and develop governance structures
for an independent GRI and support other initiatives required to ensure
GRIs approach to becoming an independent institution.
In addition, CERES has acquired a new endorser in FatEarth, which
provides services for businesses pursuing the triple bottom line objectives
of economic viability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
FatEarths brokering services connect companies seeking cost-effective
sustainable products and services with screened suppliers, and it
offers research, analysis and subscription services with access to
specialized Web sites.
For more information, visit www.global
reporting.org, or www.FatEarth.com.
Solar Community Gives Back
The U.S. Home Corp. announced a partnership with the California Energy
Commission (CEC) that proposes the largest residential solar project
in the country, the Bickford Ranch, made possible by the CECs
Emerging Renewables Buydown program. The Placer County Board of Supervisors
is expected to vote on the community in the fall.
U.S. Home will equip the proposed 1,954-acre Bickford Ranch community
in Placer County, CA, with energy-producing photovoltaic systems.
The plan includes 963 single-family homes, a 917-home active adult
community, a golf course, a neighborhood commercial village, public
parks, trails and facilities including a new fire station, soccer
fields, athletic fields and a new elementary school site. Also, at
least 83 neighboring homes are able to participate in the solar program.
The program will, at times, provide more electricity to the power
grid than it uses during peak usage periods. Peak energy production
is projected to be equal to a two-megawatt power plant. During
sunny days, homes at Bickford Ranch can provide more power to the
grid than they will use, said Brian Bombeck, president of U.S.
Homes Sacramento, CA, land division. Electricity meters
on these homes will actually run backward on sunny days. AstroPower,
Inc. and Atlantis Energy will provide the photovoltaic systems used
at Bickford Ranch.
Leader of the Package
Faced with increased competition from virgin paperboard
materials and material quality issues, the 100-percent-recycled paperboard
industry rejuvenated a historic brand. It celebrates its 120th anniversary
with the production of the 400 millionth ton of its product and the
10th consecutive year of marketshare leadership. Paper recycling is
no longer a special practice conducted by a small percentage of the
population, but occurs in over 90 percent of U.S. households.
After a five-year manufacturing and marketing renovation, recycled
paperboard is seeing increasing demand as the packaging material of
choice in traditional applications and making significant inroads
into new high-growth markets.
Three coordinated efforts have been responsible for this remarkable
turnaround: significant improvements in the products quality
and performance capabilities; a sophisticated branding program with
an updated, distinctive recycling symbol; and an ongoing educational
effort to build consumer awareness of the product.
Currently, folding cartons made from 100-percent-recycled paperboard
are used for thousands of branded and private label products from
many of Americas great companies including Hewlett-Packard,
Procter & Gamble, General Mills and FedEx.
Coffee Company Plants Trees
As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact
that it has on the planet, the northern California gourmet coffee
company, Thanksgiving Coffee, asked a non-profit group that measures
greenhouse gases to evaluate its operations.
Considering fuel going into trucks and ships that transport the coffee,
propane heating the roasters, electricity running lights and computers
and even customers brewing of coffee; Maryland-based Trees for
the Future determined that Thanksgiving Coffee was adding 1,553 tons
of CO2 to the atmosphere annually.
Thanksgiving Coffee recognizes that true sustainability means not
causing any harm, so it continually takes steps to reduce its waste
emissions at the source. To offset the impact, the company has partnered
with Trees for the Future to plant an estimated 69,000 trees in Ethiopia,
where some of the worlds best coffee is produced. At $90 per
acre, it will fund the planting of 21,000 trees the first year, working
with the local Beam of Hope. The majority of the money will go to
train local leaders in agro-forestry techniques.
Thanksgiving Coffees other projects include a worm farm, an
expanded recycling program and retrofitting the companys lights
with energy-efficient ballasts and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
For more information, visit www.thanksgivingcoffee.com.
Amfac Receives Travel Awards
Amfac Parks & Resorts received two prestigious awards recognizing
its environmental initiatives: the U.S. Department of the Interiors
2001 Environmental Achievement Award and the Travel Industry Associations
(TIA) Odyssey Awardenvironment category. Amfac is the countrys
leading national park concessionaire and operator of facilities at
parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Amfac was the only concessionaire to receive the Environmental Achievement
Award, in recognition of its efforts to minimize environmental impact
while operating concessions at national parks.
TIAs Odyssey Award recognized Amfacs excellence
and exceptional achievements in travel and tourism, noting that
Amfac has successfully balanced economic viability with ecological
responsibility, weighing up-front costs against long- term savings
and educating employees about the benefits of new technologies and
conservation practices in its comprehensive environmental management
For more information, visit www.amfac.com.
William H. Crawford, Frederick, OK, and Keith Etheridge, East Lansing,
MI, are winners of the 2001 Environmental Excellence Awards, presented
by International Paper (IP) and The Conservation Fund. Each award
is accompanied by a $10,000 grant from the International Paper Co.
Crawford won the Alexander Calder Conservation Award for leading a
six-year, $10 million, 7,600-acre effort to restore the Hackberry
Flat wetlands in the semi-arid southwestern corner of Oklahoma in
Frederick. Thanks to his leadership and hard work, the wetlandsonce
drained for agricultureare now a stopping place on the central
flyway for 30,000 Canada geese, 30,000 sandhill cranes and 50,000
ducks and shorebirds. Half a dozen species nest at Hackberry Flats,
which is now also an eco-tourism destination, drawing
visitors from throughout the nation and providing significant economic
benefits to the community.
Etheridge, a fifth grade teacher at Murphy Elementary School, won
the Gene Cartledge Award for Excellence in Environmental Education
for his vision of creating, generating the funding for, implementing
and replicating the Murphy Model for Environmental Education (M(2)E(2)),
a comprehensive program that presents students with balanced and often
opposing viewpoints on local environmental issues and addressing the
social, economic and ecological aspects of the problem. By using conflicts
regarding the future of local wetland resources to help students understand
the issues involved, the programs goal is to provide students
with the knowledge and skills necessary to become participatory citizens,
capable of making informed decisions.
Bank Helps Heal the Bay
Non-profit Heal the Bay has received a grant from the Union Bank of
California (UBOC) Foundations Taking Steps to Keep It
Clean initiative for its environmental preservation. The $7,500
grant goes toward the continued preservation, conservation and cleanup
of Los Angeles County beaches and coastal waters.
In its 16-year history, Heal the Bay, which began as a fight to stop
the pollution of Los Angeles sewers from seeping into the bay, has
made a measurable improvement in the Santa Monica Bay region where
sewage overflows had caused damage to the ecosystem with dangerously
high levels of bacteria. The grant helps Heal the Bay reach its 2001
goals, which include continued reporting on the Malibu Creek Watershed,
lobbying for funds to restore Santa Monica Bay and expanding its Spanish-speaking
outreach program to encourage the Latino population to recycle oil
and household hazardous waste.
Bio-diesel Across Ohio
and SF Post Office
Ohio has become the nations largest user of bio-diesel in the
nations first collaboration between big oil and bio-diesel with
BP Amoco, the largest traditional oil company to be involved in the
supply of bio-diesel, and World Energy Alternatives (WEA), Americas
largest bio-diesel provider. WEA will provide Envirodiesel® B20
(a blend of 20 percent bio-diesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel),
delivered through BP Amoco and Direct Resource, Inc., to the Ohio
Department of Transportations three-year, $8 million fuel supply
Adding to Ohios commitment, greater Cincinnatis transit
buses will also use bio-diesel B20. Also under a CMAQ grant from the
U.S. Department of Transportation, Metro will switch its buses primarily
in Cincinnatis eastern service area. If every transit in America
followed Cincinnati Metros lead, U.S. farms would see immediate
results. New demand for 25 million bushels of soybeans per year could
increase the annual U.S. net farm income by 0.7 percent. The New York
City/New Jersey market alone could consume the bio-diesel produced
by those soybeans.
WEA has also partnered with the United States Postal Service (USPS)
to fuel mail delivery trucks in San Francisco, CAs central mail
depot with Envirodiesel® B20. The move comes after San Franciscos
May opening of the first retail bio-diesel station.
Water/Wastewater Hot Through
A new market intelligence report entitled U.S. Environmental
Markets: 2001-2004, from management consulting and publishing
company ZweigWhite, says to look to the dollar sign and the population
curve instead of the federal governments seal for the hottest
markets for environmental firms in the next few years.
The hot markets in the environmental industry will be those driven
more by economic and population factors than by regulatory drivers,
which have seen an adverse effect in the past decades decline
in federal environmental legislation and regulations. The report identifies
water supply and wastewater as two of the hottest environmental markets
through 2004. Mature markets, such as hazardous waste and air pollution,
are projected to grow at a slower rate.
Water supplys health as a market for consulting firms will be
propelled by population growth, much of which occurs in drought-stricken
areas of the western and southern U.S. Also, the wastewater market,
although a bit slower, is also being driven by population growth.
Increasing populations need new wastewater treatment plants and sewers
and the aging infrastructure is also creating massive rehabilitation
needs for systems to function properly.
Other hot markets between 2001 and 2004 will be brownfields redevelopment,
driven by the increasing availability of environmental insurance and
liability protection and environmental management systems and by the
corporate desire to control expenditures and waste streams. The entire
report is available from the publisher for $7.95, plus $4 shipping
and handling. Contact ZweigWhite at P.O. Box 8325, One Apple Hill
Drive, Natick, MA 01760; 508-651-1559; fax: 508-653-6522;
e-mail: email@example.com; or www.zweigwhite.com/store/inenv.
New Sustainability Formula
Future@Work: A Sustainable Approach to the Workplace,
opened its new location in downtown Seattle, WA, at the City Centre
Bldg., 1420 5th Ave., Ste. 1575. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases
workplace design solutions that demonstrate the bottom-line benefits
of energy-efficient, sustainable buildings and practices.
The opening was concurrent with the Seattle city councils efforts
to revise the Seattle Energy Code for commercial buildings to meet
an aggressive efficiency goal: 20 percent below state-mandated levels.
As the region faces the dual pressures of surging energy costs
and an economic slowdown, developers, building owners and tenants
can go to Future@Work for ideas on how to conserve energy and implement
other measures that make the workplace more environmentally friendly,
said Callison principal Andrea Vanecko, a Future@Work co-founder.
To mark the opening, the building design and energy experts from Future@Work
and betterbricks.com, as well as representatives from Seattle City
Light, discussed the advantages of sustainable design and highlighted
the resources available to businesses in the region. Betterbricks.com
representative Margaret Gardner noted that the right investment in
building improvements is an investment not only in the space, but
also in an even more valuable resourcethe people who work there.
The resource-rich environment at Future@Work includes interactive
office displays illustrating the latest in advanced workplace technology;
futuristic lighting and design; and on-line rate-your-workspace
surveys from betterbricks.com.
Elkington Offers The Chrysalis
SustainAbility, Capstone/New Society Publishing and John Wiley &
Co. have launched John Elkingtons latest book, The Chrysalis
Economy: How Citizen CEOs and Corporations Can Fuse Values and Value
Creation. The new book builds directly on the foundations laid out
in Elkingtons 1997 bestseller, Cannibals With Forks:
The Triple Bottom Line of 21st-Century Business (Capstone/New Society,
It has many key messages for its readers: We have entered a 30-year period,
The Chrysalis Economy, where political battles will increasingly
be fought around sustainability issues.
Business and markets will be central to the debate.
Growing numbers of companiesand other organizationshave
been experimenting with triple bottom line strategies, but many are
hitting barriers (both internal and external) to change.
A new generation of business leaders is emerging to tackle
the challenge, embracing (with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success)
what the book dubs the Citizen CEO agenda.
A five-stage (5-I) corporate and market transformation model
is introduced, focusing successively on invasion, internalization,
inclusion, integration and incubation.
Important questions are raised about the capacity of major
companies to make the necessary transitions, suggesting the growing
importance of incubating new market-disrupting business models and
For more information, or to order the book, visit www.sustainability.com;
or contact SustainAbility at 11-13 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LY,
UK; +44 (0) 20 7245 1116; or fax: +44 (0) 20 7245 1117.
Cement Industry Invests
Ten of the worlds largest cement producers are collaborating
in a $4 million project study on sustainable development, which is
being undertaken by the Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH,
and coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development,
Conches-Geneva, Switzerland. The study provides the cement industry
with a roadmap to move it closer to long-term sustainability.
As major users of energy and natural resources, the sector has long
been aware of its social and environmental obligations; however, this
is the first time that leading industry figures have aligned their
companies behind a common objective in sponsorship of Toward
a Sustainable Cement Industry.
Once the research findings by Battelle Memorial Institute have been
published in 13 sub-studies and stakeholder interest has been determined,
the 10 worldwide cement manufacturerswhich represent about 30
percent of the global cement productionplan to prepare a response
document, addressing their plans and timetables for acting on the
studys recommendations. For more information on the progressing
research, visit www.wbcsdcement.org.