The J.M. Smucker Company is starting a responsible-sourcing program that will ensure its products are produced ethically and that suppliers meet social, ethical and environmental standards, according to the company's 2018 corporate responsibility report. J.M. Smucker, whose portfolio includes Folgers coffee and Dunkin' Donuts, hopes to have its palm oil supplies traceable to the plantation by 2020.
Researchers from the UK's University of Bath and Goa Engineering College in India have discovered that 10% of sand in concrete could be replaced with ground-up plastic for more sustainable construction. The approach could help reduce plastic waste and help deal with India's national sand shortage by saving an estimated 820 million metric tons each year.
The amount of total solid waste Qatar generates from construction, domestic applications and other uses dropped from 12 million metric tons in 2013 to 7.7 million metric tons in 2015. With construction on the 2022 World Cup venue nearing completion, the country now wants to take another step by recycling 15% of its solid waste by 2022.
Nestle is installing Starling technology to monitor its palm oil plantations as the company works to prevent deforestation as part of its commitment to sustainability. The Starling platform utilizes imagery from radar and satellites to evaluate any changes in forest cover.
Eighty-five percent of the nation's installed wind capacity is located in Republican-led congressional districts, plus the industry enjoys broad support in states like Texas, North Dakota and Iowa, says Amy Farrell, the American Wind Energy Association's senior vice president for government and public affairs. "We'd expect the president's rhetoric to change as he hits the campaign trail and hears more from the workers who elected him," she says.
Slow regulatory processes may interfere with industry companies' ability to take advantage of the full or partial wind energy Production Tax Credit, write Adam Schurle and Kevin Pearson, an attorney and partner with law firm Stoel Rives. Citing American Electric Power’s nixed Wind Catcher project, they urge developers to leverage the construction-related provisions in the PTC to qualify for as much of the credit as possible.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has determined that the state's sound regulations for wind turbines should also include background noise, such as traffic. Wind on the Wires and other groups argue that the ruling lacks a scientific basis, breaks from how the issue has historically been handled and endangers future wind development in Minnesota.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other leaders charged with handling the city's pension funds have pledged $4 billion, or 2% of their total holdings, to fighting climate change. The funds will be disbursed over a three-year period and will be applied to renewable energy investments, energy efficiency programs and other options.
Improving the environment doesn't have to come at the cost of economic growth, and vice versa, despite what the Trump administration promotes, said Apple environment, policy and social initiatives Vice President Lisa Jackson at the Global Climate Action Summit on Thursday. "It's a false choice, and it's one we must reject," she said.
Starbucks unveiled plans Thursday to use renewable energy sources to offset all of the electricity consumed by its 15,000 nonfranchise American and Canadian stores. The plan, which is expected to save Starbucks' $50 million over the next decade, also includes nixing plastic straws and other environmentally friendly efforts.