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ING and the CE100

ING and the CE100

ING stands for "International Netherlands Group" and their total assets amounted to 845 billion euros in 2016.  In June of that year, ING joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as Circular Economy 100 (CE100) member.

Aspen and 100% Renewables

Aspen and 100% Renewables

In August 2015, the City of Aspen, Colorado joined Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas as the third city in the United States to operate entirely on energy from renewable sources...

Canon and the Global Reporting Initiative

Canon and the Global Reporting Initiative

72% of S&P 500 companies published Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility reports in 2014.  This reflects a growing trend of corporations being held accountable by shareholders and stakeholders alike to demonstrate social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility.  Cannon Inc. is a 79 year-old Japanese company best known in the United States for their cameras and various other optical products.  They have a reputation of commitment to environmental disclosure, ranking first in a 2007 survey of 56 climate-friendly companies.  This tradition is continued in Cannon’s 2016 Sustainability report, which utilizes the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 guidelines for creating their report.

New Belgium Brewing and the World Resources Institute

New Belgium Brewing and the World Resources Institute

New Belgium Brewing is a craft brewery based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.  They are unique in the world of craft brewing in that they have 100% employee ownership and are a certified B corporation...

Energy Audit at Annie's

Energy Audit at Annie's

Annie’s Inc. is a subsidiary of General Mills, headquartered in Berkeley, California.  Annie's is known for their Mac and Cheese and commitment to organic ingredients.  Their 2016 Sustainability Report states that 60 million pounds of organic ingredients were purchased and 88% of Annie’s sales came from “Certified Organic” or “Made with Organic”  products.  In addition, Annie’s announced a plan to “add ~20 farms and ~3,000 acres of domestic organic dairy production over the next 3 years” as part of their Organic Valley partnership.

Starbucks and LEED

Starbucks and LEED

Starting in 2011, Starbucks adopted a new policy requiring all new building construction conform to certain LEED standards. Thirty major cities in the United States have implemented similar policies mandating certain new building construction meet LEED standards with additional cities adopting similar policies each year...

"The Ocean Cleanup" vs. the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

"The Ocean Cleanup" vs. the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A 1988 study by researchers in Alaska predicted that marine debris would accumulate in a particular region of the Pacific Ocean due to the behavior of oceanic currents.  Their prediction has proven accurate and today this significant and growing concentration of floating, mostly plastic, trash is known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”...