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Planet: Safeway Strives to Protect the Environment

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We share one planet, and there are many ways — big and small — to help protect it. Safeway will always consider the environmental impact we have and new ways to minimize it. We encourage our employees, customers and suppliers to join us in doing the same.

Learn more about Safeway’s Planet initiatives. Join the Facebook and Twitter conversation by using the #HeartOfSafeway hashtag.

Clean Cars are Good. Life Cycle Engineering is Better.

Volkswagen improves a car's environmental footprint from research to recycling.
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This is the 7th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

We look to develop products that will make the most efficient possible use of energy, fuel and resources. The Volkswagen Group develops all vehicles and technologies with the goal of improving on the environmental performance of their predecessors. That means for example that every new vehicle generation from the Volkswagen brand must be between 10 and 15% more efficient than its predecessor.

At the same time Volkswagen was also the first automaker to commit to the ambitious goal of reducing its European new-car fleet-average emissions to 95 g CO2/km by 2020.

In order to achieve this, we seek to minimize the environmental impact of our products from the very earliest stages of the development process. In accordance with the Group Environmental Principles Product, we aim to continuously improve our products with particular reference to climate protection, resource conservation and health protection.

We call it “Life Cycle Engineering”. The terms means improving the environmental footprint of the vehicle over its entire life cycle. In the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the environmental impacts of the vehicle are assessed across the full life cycle – from resource extraction, through production and operation to eventual recycling. That´s where Life Cycle Engineering begins.

The figures prove that our product development strategy is making good headway. The average CO2 emissions of our European fleet were reduced from 159 to 128 g CO2/km between 2008 and 2013 (EU 28, including Croatia from July 1, 2013) – a fall of approximately 19%.

A total of 324 model variants emit less than 120 g CO2/km and 54 model variants already emit less than 100 g CO2/km.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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This is the 7th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

We look to develop products that will make the most efficient possible use of energy, fuel and resources. The Volkswagen Group develops all vehicles and technologies with the goal of improving on the environmental performance of their predecessors. That means for example that every new vehicle generation from the Volkswagen brand must be between 10 and 15% more efficient than its predecessor.

At the same time Volkswagen was also the first automaker to commit to the ambitious goal of reducing its European new-car fleet-average emissions to 95 g CO2/km by 2020.

In order to achieve this, we seek to minimize the environmental impact of our products from the very earliest stages of the development process. In accordance with the Group Environmental Principles Product, we aim to continuously improve our products with particular reference to climate protection, resource conservation and health protection.

We call it “Life Cycle Engineering”. The terms means improving the environmental footprint of the vehicle over its entire life cycle. In the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the environmental impacts of the vehicle are assessed across the full life cycle – from resource extraction, through production and operation to eventual recycling. That´s where Life Cycle Engineering begins.

The figures prove that our product development strategy is making good headway. The average CO2 emissions of our European fleet were reduced from 159 to 128 g CO2/km between 2008 and 2013 (EU 28, including Croatia from July 1, 2013) – a fall of approximately 19%.

A total of 324 model variants emit less than 120 g CO2/km and 54 model variants already emit less than 100 g CO2/km.

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

Solar Energy for Sandy Survivors

GRID Alternatives Expansion to New Jersey/New York
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Last October, Jolyn Bright looked up at her roof in Asbury Park, NJ to see a team of employee volunteers from Wells Fargo’s Green Team installing the first-ever GRID Alternatives

Caterpillar Saving Energy Across China

Facilities across China are going the distance to conserve energy
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Guest Post: Overcoming Hurdles to Use more Renewable Energy

GM understands the importance of harnessing renewable energy, which is why we signed on with 11 other companies to make renewable energy investments easier.
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Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand.

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan’s “Door to Hell”

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.
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More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.
 
The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns today, a surreal feature in an otherwise barren landscape.
 

Jeff Bernicke Named CEO of NativeEnergy

Will lead company in next phase of growth through expansion of impact investment practice to deliver shared value to businesses
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BURLINGTON, VT, July 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ – NativeEnergy, Inc., a leader in the carbon offset market for more than a decade, announced today that Jeff Bernicke has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer.  Bernicke has been President of NativeEnergy since 2010 and will retain his role as President.

Participant Media’s Grass Roots ‘Cesar Chavez’ Film Campaign Grows Support for Sustainable Food

Equitable Food Initiative Unveils Trustmark Supporting Safe and Sustainable Farms After Over 30,000 Consumers Sign Petition
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Los Angeles, CA., July 21,2014 /3BL Media/ – In 2014, the film Cesar Chavez sparked an alliance between the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) and global entertainment company Participant Media aimed at raising awareness about keeping food and workplaces safe and sustainable, starting in the fields where farmworkers plant and harvest our food.

Honda's Award-Winning Environmental Short Film Series Takes Home Two 2014 Telly Trophies

Environmental Short Film Series receives national recognition for the second consecutive year
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JULY 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Honda's Environmental Short Film Series has received national recognition for the second consecutive year. "Never Ending Race," a film that captures Honda's pioneering efforts to dramatically reduce vehicle emissions over four decades, has received 2014 Telly Awards in two online video categories: Green/Eco-Friendly and Social Responsibility.

Whirlpool Corporation Receives Environmental Excellence Award for Sustainability Efforts in Air Quality

State of Iowa recognizes Whirlpool for implementation of energy efficient insulation
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich., July 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is honored to receive the Environmental Excellence Award in Air Quality by State of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the Department of Natural Resources.  The company was recognized for its implementation of Honeywell's Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), which first began at its Amana, Iowa, plant, into its environmentally conscious and energy efficient insulation used in U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers.  

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