Posted on January 22, 2014 by Debra Atlas
It’ was an exciting day at the 4th annual North American Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco. It’s particularly cool to be among so many thought leaders – movers and shakers within many organizations, companies and NGO’s from the U.S. and Canada – people committed to engaging in the critical and complex issues surrounding sustainability.
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Posted on May 15, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As more consumers are getting the message and upping their recycling efforts, plastic recyclers are facing a different, more challenging issue – the use of full shrink wrap labels by manufacturers on otherwise recyclable containers.
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Posted on May 6, 2013 by Debra Atlas
This year’s Composting Council poster contest winner – from Michigan junior high school student Jennifer Tigani,
Today marks the beginning of International Compost Week. Launched 13 years ago by the U.S. Composting Council, International Compost Awareness Week was designed to bring positive attention to the possibilities that composting can provide to communities. It showcases composting and compost products through special events, presentations and giveaways by communities and public and private organizations.
Celebrated each year the first week of May, “ICAW is the longest running community based awareness campaign about compost in the World,” says Rod Tyler, CEO of Filtrexx International LLC.
You can learn more about events, sponsors and ways you can participate at CompostingCouncil.org.
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Posted on February 21, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Claims abound as to which companies are the most sustainable, the most “green”. But when the dust settles, one list says it like it is.
The eighth annual Global 100 list was announced at last week’s World Economic Forum, held this year in Davos, Switzerland. It designates eight U.S. firms as being among the most sustainable in the world.
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Posted on June 22, 2011 by Debra Atlas
I’m currently attending the media-focused Forward with Ford conference in Dearborn, Michigan. Having never expected to be in or near the Motor City, this is a fascinating and very interesting experience.
But here’s a taste of what I’ve been observing and discovering – and what I’ll be blogging about over the coming days.
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Posted on March 21, 2011 by Debra Atlas
After reading an article today by Michelle Mauthe Harvey about Walmart’s progress with their program to generate zero waste, I have to say I was impressed with the way the retailer has continued to seek workable options that will alow it to meet its goal.
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Posted on September 17, 2010 by Debra Atlas
Posted on July 13, 2010 by Debra Atlas
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition joined seventy-six other sustainable agriculture and environmental groups to urge Congress to pass climate change legislation during this current congressional session.
In a letter delivered today to the US Senate, the Coalition said any climate change and energy legislation “must include measures to increase the use of sustainable and organic farming systems to increase the ability of our nation’s agricultural soils to sequester large amounts of carbon.” These systems would, the group said, improve the soil, lower farmers’ contribution to greenhouse gas levels and help farmers adapt to and survive rapid changes in climate.
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Posted on July 1, 2010 by Debra Atlas
Greenpeace is taking aim at Costco, the third largest retailer in the country, for its poor efforts in offering sustainable seafood.
Costco has repeatedly assured shareholders and customers that it supports sustainable seafood, yet its actions say otherwise. Consumers can easily find 15 of the 22 seafoods ‘red-listed’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) which is the world’s leading authority on species in danger of extinction. Costco regularly carries two of the world’s most critically imperiled species: orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.
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