News Round-Up: May/June 2015

News Round-Up: May/June 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from May and June, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. 2015 Sustainability 2015 marks nearly two decades worth of the tracking and analysis of the evolution of the sustainability agenda, and of the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward. This 2015 Sustainability Leaders, a GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey, provides an overview of perceived corporate sustainability leaders from 1997 to 2015 and the perceived progress that various institutions have made since the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, along with expectations for the next 20 years. The infographic (PDF download here) below highlights the key findings. Please read the full report for more detail on all the findings of the survey, or watch a recording

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News Round-Up: March/April 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from March and April, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste. Batteries have two electrodes, called an anode and a cathode. The anodes in most of today’s lithium-ion batteries are made of graphite. Lithium ions are contained in a liquid called an electrolyte, and these ions are stored in the anode during recharging. Now, researchers at Purdue University have shown how to manufacture carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes from polystyrene and starch-based packing

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News Round-Up: January/February 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from January and February, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. Can Walmart Get Us to Buy Sustainable Products? by Andrew Winston | Harvard Business Review We all want to buy the best products we can find and afford. But what does “best” actually mean? The ones that offer the best bang for the buck, last the longest, or give us the most pride of ownership? How about a product that minimizes its environmental impacts or tries to make the world a better place? Identifying the companies that make these more “sustainable” products has been nearly impossible… until now. Is corporate sustainability reporting a great waste of time? by Jeff Leinaweaver As corporate sustainability reporting grows,

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News Round-Up: November/December 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from November and December. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. The Secret Side of Business Sustainability By Hannah Corbett When it comes to making your business sustainable, there are a few different definitions. It could refer to long-term financial sustainability, or even cultural and social sustainability. But here, we refer to a business’s sustainability as its ability to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. KPMG launches guide to key issues in sustainability reporting November 5, 2014 | By Adam Brown Guide identifies seven phases to determining materiality amid growing demands for sustainability disclosureKPMG has launched a guide meant to help companies pinpoint ESG issues that matter most to investors in a bid to improve sustainability

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Monthly Round-Up: September/October 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability and hazardous waste management, we’re sharing the articles below from September and October. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. US Solvents Market LONDON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — US demand to rise over 1% per annum through 2018 – A robust recovery in US construction spending along with the continued rebound in manufacturing output will drive advances in US solvent demand at a greater than one percent annual pace through 2018. A day in the life of an H&M environmental sustainability coordinator Some people just do not use the snooze button. I like to believe that I am one of those people. So when the alarm tested my discipline this morning by ringing at 4am instead of 6am which is when my day normally starts, I

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Monthly Round-Up: June/July 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability and hazardous waste management, we’re sharing the articles below from June and July. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. Corporate Sustainability Practices: Waste & Recycling When it comes to waste, everyone knows the 3-R mantra: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But it’s tough to follow the 3 Rs when products, packaging and materials aren’t designed with end-of-life in mind. Want to beat your competitors? Embrace profitable good Deloitte recently came out with its annual Core Beliefs & Culture survey that polls more than 1,000 executives and employees. The key takeaway was that 82% of respondents working at an organization that has a strong sense of purpose believe the organization will grow. Only 48% of those working for companies without a sense of purpose are hopeful about growth prospects. NAEM Research Report:

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Monthly Roundup: May 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability and hazardous waste management, we’re sharing the articles below from May. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last month. Public Companies Earn Poor Grades in Sustainability While many U.S. publicly held companies are integrating sustainability into their decisions and business systems, some interest groups say they are not moving fast enough. A new report from nonprofit group Ceres and research firm Sustainalytics finds that in some areas companies aren’t taking sustainability concerns very seriously. The Growing Case for Corporate Sustainability Management Environmental awareness is a longstanding movement socially and politically. Though businesses in general have increasingly recognized and adopted some environmentally aware practices, hurdles remain in adopting a full and comprehensive corporate sustainability management (CSM) strategy. Sustainability Factors Affect Majority of S&P 500 Executives’ Pay More than half of S&P

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Monthly Roundup: April 2014

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We’re here to keep you in the know on the latest news, events and best practices related to sustainability and hazardous waste management. So take a look at our picks for top stories over the last month. Green alternatives generating profitable enterprise Surrey-based TBF Environmental Technologies has spent the past year developing and marketing alternative solvents that are both green and effective. The art and science of systems change Systems-change initiatives like the The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, differ in their approach and structure, but they are all tackling problems too sprawling and too complicated for even the biggest companies to solve on their own. First 100% Premium Recycled Paper Introduced FutureMark Paper Group launches North America’s first 100-percent recycled coated #3 freesheet. Until now, there has not been a 100 percent recycled option for high-end corporate marketing materials and magazine, catalog,

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