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Interview of the Week: Scott Finlow, CMO of PepsiCo Foodservice

Interview of the Week: Scott Finlow, CMO of PepsiCo Foodservice

For Earth Week, PepsiCo launched a new initiative as part of their “Beyond the Bottle” campaign to reduce single-use plastic bottle consumption.  We caught up with Scott Finlow, the Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Food Service to ask him more about the company’s efforts to change how they deliver drinking water products. ODP:  The new […]

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London marathon demonstrates positive impact of taking cars off the road

London marathon demonstrates positive impact of taking cars off the road

We recently wrote about the London Marathon’s commitment to sustainability by issuing runners electrolyte water contained in edible seaweed pouches. But avoiding plastic pollution wasn’t the only environmental achievement from the marathon’s organizers, it turns out air pollution along the marathon route dropped significantly and almost instantly during the event after vehicles were temporarily taken off the roads.

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Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

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The Gila River Named Most Endangered

The Gila River Named Most Endangered

The environmental group American Rivers published their annual list of the “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. and this year the Gila River took the top spot because of a planned diversion project that would block the last free-flowing river in New Mexico.  According to USA Today, the rest of the top five most endangered were: the Hudson River, New York; the Upper Mississippi River, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri; the Green-Duwamish River, Washington; and the Willamette River, Oregon.

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Industry pushes back on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

Industry pushes back on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, an initiative that requires the Toledo City Charter be amended to ensure the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health. While the Bill of Rights has been praised by environmental groups and the activists responsible for its passage have been invited to speak at the UN General Assembly next week, farmers and industry groups have actively worked to oppose it. 

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The Green Mountain State of Vermont Is the Greenest

The Green Mountain State of Vermont Is the Greenest

The consumer website WalletHub issued its annual report yesterday on the Greenest States and this year’s winner is the Green Mountain State, Vermont.  WalletHub set out to recognize the greenest states and call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment by comparing the 50 states on 27 key metrics, such as the number of LEED-certified buildings per capita to the share of energy consumption from renewable resources.  They also ranked the least green states and this year the state of Louisiana ranked at the very bottom.  

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Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Lois Schiffer is one of the leading environmental lawyers in the United States, having served as the General Counsel of NOAA during the Obama Administration, and as the Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources at the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration, as well as teaching environmental law at Georgetown Law for 30 […]

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Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Valerie Craig is the Deputy to the Chief Scientist and VP Operating Programs for the National Geographic Society and is talking with us this week about their exciting Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge with Sky Ocean Ventures.

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Windex launches bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, but is it enough?

Windex launches bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, but is it enough?

As Greenbiz recently reported, SC Johnson has unveiled plans to start producing one of its top home cleaning products in bottles made entirely from recycled plastics collected from the world’s oceans. The 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle will hold Windex Vinegar home cleaning products, with as many as 8 million units set to hit the […]

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The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

The Green New Deal: What’s In It?

There has been some confusion and even disinformation about what is IN and what is not in the Green New Deal bill, H.R. 109.  We will summarize it for you here.

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Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

The Trump Administration’s anti-environment policies are so extreme, they are now even proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.  In 2017, the day before President Trump took office, the Energy Department issued a rule to expand the types of light bulbs required to meet stronger efficiency standards. According to the web site Utilitydive.com, experts at the Appliance Standards Awareness Project calculated that the changes would cause consumers to lose $12 billion a year in electricity savings by 2025.

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Navy Denies Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims

Navy Denies Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer last week denied claims for financial compensation from 4400 claims (some claims were made on behalf of groups of people) that alleged people exposed were made ill by contaminated drinking water at the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.   The claims have been filed since 1999, and all together the claims totalled $963 billion, with one claim alone for $900 billion.  Stars and Stripes reported that the health benefits for impacted persons are not impacted – they can still receive free health care for claims related to exposure.

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