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    applied_materials_logo.jpgApplied Materials has flipped the switch on Austin's largest business solar array, News 8 Austin reports.

    Applied's President...


    working_assets.jpgWorking Assets, a San Francisco wireless carrier with 50,000 subscribers, has a "carbon-neutral phone" program that has the company paying $55 to the Carbon Fund for a year’s worth of carbon offsets when new subscribers sign up for a year, Bits reports.

    The company's latest product is a solar-powered phone charger being released today. The company says it is the first solar-powered charger for the mobile phone market in the U.S.


    safeway_truck.jpgSafeway has converted all 79 of its Arizona trucks to B20 Biodiesel made from domestically manufactured virgin soybean oil, Green Car Congress reports. The conversion will reduce Safeway’s carbon dioxide gas output by 3,603 metric tons.

    Additionally, the company will sell...


    ford_psi.jpgFord of Europe has published a Product Sustainability Index report (PDF) covering the Ford Mondeo, Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy.

    Ford’s PSI tracks eight product attributes identified as key sustainability elements of a vehicle. These are: life cycle global warming potential (mainly carbon dioxide emissions), life cycle air quality potential...


    p>everex_impact.jpgRetailers are pushing eco-friendly products for back-to-school season, The Boston Globe reports.

    In recent weeks, Wal-Mart began...


    riverstone_logo.jpgRiverstone Residential Group, the nation's largest independently owned property management company, is installing recyclable carpet into 5,000 of its rental apartment units in Colorado - nearly 33 percent of the properties the company manages in the state.

    Recyclable...


    west.jpgSix Western states and two Canadian provinces pledged (PDF) Wednesday to work together to cut greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The coalition formed six months ago when the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington created the Western Climate Initiative partnership...


    ebsco_solar_power.jpgEbsco Publishing has installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of their building on Union Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

    The 192 solar panels, mounted on the roof of the Quartz Building on Union Street, feed power directly into the building, offsetting the amount of power that the company buys from the grid. When the sun shines, the system supplements enough electricity to power about 50 average homes


    woolworths_logo.jpgWoolworths, Australia's biggest supermarket chain, has told shoppers that two of its home brand products are environmentally sustainable, but at least two reports, plus an independent audit of the Indonesian company that supplies the pulp to Woolworths, completely discredits that claim...


    green_leaf.jpgEighty-seven percent of consumers are seriously concerned about the environment, according to the 2007 GfK Roper Green Gauge. The survey is interesting on a number of fronts, not least of which is how the findings seem to contradict a recent survey released by Yankelovich.

    “Consumers are not drinking...


    china1.jpgMultinational companies are operating in a far more environmentally damaging fashion in China than they do at home, according to the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affair, which says 90 multinationals that have been found by the environmental protection authorities to have violated water pollution regulations since 2004, Forbes reports.

    General Motors, Samsung, Unilever, Pepsi and Yum Brands...


    lek_consulting.jpgMore than half of UK consumers want information about the carbon footprint of the products they purchase and nearly half would switch to brands with smaller carbon footprints, according to the L.E.K. Carbon Footprint Report (PDF) issued by L.E.K. Consulting.

    Fifty-six percent...


    alcoa_solar_roof.jpgAlcoa has completed a 588,000 Watt, roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system at its Alcoa Building and Construction Systems’ Kawneer manufacturing facility in Visalia, California.

    Alcoa partnered on the project with DEERS, a global solar power project developer and Constellation Energy Projects & Services, which constructed and will own and operate the solar system. Alcoa...


    ibm1.jpgGreen Wombat has an article about IBM's move into carbon consulting. "We’re working with customers that want to take carbon out of their supply chain," Peter Williams, the CTO for IBM's Big Green Innovations group told Green Wombat. "It’s like taking waste out of supply chain. We have a very large capability for computer modeling and we allow companies to optimize supply chains to take out carbon...


    aes_logo.jpgAES Corporation is facing increased pressure from The Center for Biological Diversity, along with more than 50 indigenous and environmental groups, that are demanding it to withdraw from three proposed hydroelectric projects on the Changuinola River.

    The groups...


    water_drop.jpgJohn Regan, founder of Environmental Credit Corp., a carbon-credit supplier on the Chicago Climate Exchange, thinks a model similar to CCX could work for companies that need to deal with water pollution and water shortages, Sustainable Industries reports.

    Under a cap-and-trade system, water polluters would have the option to reduce pollution in their own...


    Web and audio conferencing software company iLinc Communications says that customers, partners and employees participating in its iReduce program have saved a combined total of one billion pounds of CO2 by avoiding business travel. North Carolina-based Global Knowledge Training calculates that it prevents more than 4.4 million pounds of CO2 from entering the environment each […]

    milliken_logo_22.jpgGeorgia-based Milliken & Company has launched an energy conservation initiative ­to reduce energy consumption. The company says that the initiative will increase awareness among associates to change practices at home and work; expand exploration of energy resources; apply technological advances to lower consumption; and register company facilities with LEED.

    Georgia industries...


    wallstreet5.jpgWith oil, gas and electricity prices soaring, companies are beginning to pour more money into making old equipment energy-efficient or upgrading to cleaner models, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    A recent...


    perry_ellis_logo.jpgEconomics are making it difficult for mainstream garment manufacturers to go green, The New York Times reports. Most synthetic materials are still petroleum-based, and organically grown fibers are in short supply.

    George Feldenkreis...


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