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Compostability Testing Now Offered by WIST

Institute tests packaging materials to ASTM standards
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August 9, 2013 /3BL Media/ - A new service offered by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology will help packaging manufacturers meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly materials.

Paul Fowler, WIST executive director, said the institute has developed a test that determines how well packaging decomposes under industrial composting conditions.

Business Leaders Continue Call to Action on U.S. Climate Policy by Signing the Climate Declaration

The Weather Company, K2 Sports and Others Join More Than 600 Companies in Push for National Action on Climate Change
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BOSTON, July 10, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Two weeks after President Obama announced plans to address climate change in a major speech, large American businesses are continuing to express their support for U.S. policy action on climate change. Eight more leading businesses, including several multi-billion dollar enterprises, have signed the Climate Declaration, which calls on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.

EU Brands Unite After Bangladesh Disaster, U.S. Falls Behind

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The devastating aftermath from the collapse of a Bangladesh factory in April, left 1,129 people dead and retailers under fire. European industries since have united together to prevent furthermore fatalities for garment factory workers. A total of 70 companies have joined the five-year legal global agreement, in which over the next nine months they will be conducting inspections of Bangladesh factories and renovation. Approximately 800 to a 1000 factories will be under evaluation. Out of the 70 retailers that have pledged to create a safe environment, only a few are American. 

Weyerhaeuser to Invest $23 Million in its Drayton Valley, AB, Lumber Mill

Expansion will Improve Operations and Efficiencies
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DRAYTON VALLEY, AB, June 10, 2013 /3BL Media/ Weyerhaeuser has allocated CA$23 million to production upgrades over the next year and a half at its dimensional softwood lumber mill in Drayton Valley, Alberta. The expansion will improve operations and efficiencies, positively positioning the company’s supply capabilities as the North American housing market continues to expand and export demand remains strong.

TransCanada Steps Up to Natural Disasters

Support for flood recovery and other unfortunate events part of company's commitment to building strong communities
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The disastrous flooding in Southern Alberta has impacted hundreds of TransCanada employees on personal and professional levels. Many of our staff are dealing with damage to their own homes and communities. At the same time, TransCanada took the unprecedented step of closing its corporate head offices for a week due to the widespread flooding of downtown Calgary.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Signs Landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Global Travel & Tourism Partnership

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is pleased to announce a partner association with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce a partner association with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP), an industry philanthropic initiative to teach students about careers in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools in 11 countries. GTTP Executive Director Nancy Needham and GSTC CEO Mauro Marrocu formalized the alliance through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last month.

Canadian Model for Sustainability Headed to South Africa

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LONDON, ON July 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria (Johannesburg) and the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at the University of Cape Town for the first regional affiliate of NBS in South Africa.

Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)

Improved Maize Varieties to Aid Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Three-quarters of the world’s most severe droughts over the past 10 years have occurred in Africa, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers, most of whom are women and rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source. Maize production is severely affected by drought, which can lead to unpredictable and low yields, and at worst, complete crop failure.

Alex Trembath on Obama's Climate Change Speech

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Did you see how they covered President Obama’s recent big environmental speech on the Sunday political talk shows? No? That’s because none of the Sunday morning shows discussed it at all. In spite of its paltry coverage on the major networks, the speech is being heralded by some environmentalists as historical, while others are critiquing the president for not going far enough.

Baxter Meets its Renewable Power Goal Early

Company Launches 2012 Sustainability Report
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DEERFIELD, Ill., July 8, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today issued its 14th consecutive Sustainability Report, available at http://sustainability.baxter.com, detailing the company’s commitment and progress to creating lasting social, environmental and economic value by addressing the needs of stakeholders worldwide.

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