Author Archive | William DiBenedetto

Sustainable Sustainability Standards

Sustainability is a big corporate buzzword lately but choosing the right set of sustainability standards is getting somewhat complicated. There are a variety of options available for companies seeking international responsibility codes and standards to guide their reporting and well, to brag about in CSRs. Since 2000 the United Nations Global Compact has been a […]

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Saving the Mountaintop

A 12-year battle over the future of one of the largest West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines came to close earlier this month when the Environmental Protection Agency “vetoed” Spruce Mine No. 1. Since 1998, the Sierra Club, along with Coal River Mountain Watch, WV Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Public Justice and […]

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Trends Say Smart Grid Getting Smarter

Pike Research has come up with ten trends about the near future of the smart grid, with the message that the smart grid is beginning to mature. The 22-page Pike Research report, “Ten Trends to Watch in 2011 and Beyond” was written by Bob Gohn, a senior analyst, and Clint Wheelock, Pike’s managing director. For […]

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Environmental Philanthropist: Bank of America?

A good way for a bank to make people forget its role in the sub-prime financial fiasco that’s rocked the economy is to focus on its climate change and sustainability efforts and that’s what Bank of America Merrill Lynch is doing. BoA’s “Environmental Progress Report” this month revealed the good things it is up to […]

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A Jump-Start for Climate Change Finance?

A United Nations website launched this month, FastStartFinance.org, is designed to track climate funding commitments from industrialized countries. The move is an attempt to make sure that developed economies will deliver on their proposals to provide seed funding to help poorer nations battle climate change. The Copenhagen Accord included a commitment from developed countries’ to […]

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DHL to Reduce Carbon Footprint with Lighting Retrofit

Global logistics giant DHL this month launched a coordinated Lighting Retrofit Program at its Global Forwarding unit in the Americas region, part of an “interim target” of reaching a 5 percent improvement in carbon efficiency by the end of year. The program initially will be rolled out in the U.S. before expanding to Canada and […]

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