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What Is Sustainability?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

A question posed and posted by GreenBiz’s Joel Makower a little over a month ago asks, “What is sustainability anyway?” Admittedly, it’s a question we have asked on the Going Green blog at various times over my three-year tenure and whilst it is easy to come up with abstract theories, ...

“Green Teams” Save the USPS Money

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Although the ongoing saga of the embattled U.S. Postal Service is well documented by our friend Mr. Tree (if that is his name), at the very least the USPS is reducing its environmental footprint, and saving money at the same time. Says Environmental Leader: The US Postal Service says it saved ...

Electronics and Environment Roundup

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A few stories and comments from around the Internet on the impact of “technology” on the environment, and what some companies are doing about it. Over at GreenBiz, a good interview with Darren Beck, Manager of Corporate Responsibility at Sprint. Sprint has been one of the leading telecom companies—if not the ...

Unisource Joins EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Unisource Worldwide announced yesterday that its transportation fleet has met the requirements to be become part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a program by which shippers and freight carriers commit to tracking fuel consumption, benchmarking their progress on emissions and fuel consumption, ...

Starbucks’ Latest Reusable Cup Gambit

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Via Business Green, Starbucks has announced a scheme by which they will be serving coffee in cheap reusable plastic cups, which will sell for $1. (Starbucks has long rebated customers 10 cents if they bring in their own cups.) According to Starbucks' latest sustainability report, the company requires approximately four billion ...

Sustainability a Key Factor for Consumers, Survey Finds

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Given my long-ish history in market research and survey data (I still have fond memories of the old TrendWatch days), I am drawn to the various consumer sustainability surveys that occasionally appear. The latest is called Re: Thinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, developed by BBMG, GlobeScan and ...

Looking at Clouds from Both Sides

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The gardener plants an evergreen Whilst trampling on a flower —King Crimson Over at Ecopreneurist, a look at the issue of green data centers, not an unfamiliar topic here in the Going Greenosphere. One passage stood out: To add on to its iDataCentre in North Carolina, Apple slashed and burned nearly 171 acres of ...

Pulp Friction

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Another precinct heard from: Procter & Gamble has announced that, by 2015, all the pulp used in its various paper-based products—tissues, towels, baby care, and feminine hygiene—will come from third-party certified sources. And, indeed, P&G is sharing the love; even though the company prefers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified pulp (40% ...

Walgreens Debuts New “Green” Product Line

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Make of this what you will, but national retail chain Walgreens has introduced a new private-label line of household and personal care products it calls Ology (really?), which the chain is marketing as environmentally friendly. Howso? Well, says Environmental Leader: The paper products and light bulbs are 100 percent tree-free and ...

3M: Sustainability That Sticks?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Over at the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership Web site, a conversation with 3M about the company’s long sustainability journey. Here’s a nice quote: “pollution and waste were really the result of manufacturing inefficiencies.” And thus: We optimized our manufacturing process and initiated the Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program, which prevents ...