Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 18th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

News to Keep you in the Know...

Could Kyoto Protocol learn from Montreal? ENN. Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities

A Little Frightening, a little good news on climate and energy - ENN. Sometimes the news makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide. Other times there’s great hope and I'm ready to dance and cheer. These related stories for the week beginning September 9, 2007:

BMW, Norsk Hydro Among the World's Most Sustainable Companies - In the ninth annual survey of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro took the overall top score, while BMW topped the automotive index for the third year running.

Wegmans Reverses Supermarket Supply Chain, Starts Organic Farm - Wegmans, a 71-store supermarket chain based in Rochester, has begun selling produce grown on its own 50-acre organic farm to nearby grocery stores. The farm is in its first year of production, so the land is not yet certified organic, but the company's CEO, Danny Wegman, said the goal is to use the land not just to grow fresh produce for sale, but to help grow the local food market in the area

Carbon Reduction Wins Mega Brand Attention at Conference - At this week's Carbon Footprint Consumer Products Conference and Expo in Chicago, the companies behind the world's biggest brands made it abundantly clear that they are both dedicated to reducing their carbon footprints and to spreading the word about their efforts.

Communicating Climate Change: Getting Beyond the Usual Suspects -- On September 9, the Oregonian headlined its Sunday edition with a story about the Greenland ice sheet melting much faster than scientists had predicted. The well-crafted story found the news "...particularly unsettling because elaborate climate models that scientists use to estimate the effects of global warming did not foresee it."

Finding the Green in Cleaning Products -- It has become clear that the green movement is here to stay. From global warming to sustainability to green buildings, these issues have become a part of our daily lives. It was once the lexicon of environmental groups; today all segments are involved, including mainstream companies such as Wal-Mart and General Electric, who have each committed hundreds of millions of dollars to green their operations.

STATES ARE CLOSER TO TRIMMING AUTOS' CO2 EMISSIONS -- The move by 12 states could coax Congress to pass efficiency limits.

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