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Brands Take Stands: 13 Major Corporations Urge Support for Paris Agreement - The Minute

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In the most recent example of brands taking stands, 13 major corporations have written to President Trump urging him to keep the US signed on to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The letter, organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, was signed by BP, DuPont, General Mills, Google, Intel, Microsoft, National Grid, Novartis Corporation, PG&E, Schneider Electric, Shell, Unilever and Walmart.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report


Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany—whose life science business in the U.S. and Canada operates as MilliporeSigma—recently published its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. Available online at, the report details the company's activities across the globe in health, environment, and culture & education. 

Bechtel's 2017 Sustainability Commitment

The way we deliver projects for our customers and the world matters as much as what we deliver.

by Tam Nguyen, Global Head of Sustainability

Bechtel Highlights Commitment to Sustainability in 2017 Top CEOs Association Report. The Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

Green Microgrids Could be a New Growth Initiative for Duke Energy


Microgrids aren’t new. But Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry.

In simple terms, a microgrid is an energy system consisting of distributed energy sources – like solar and batteries – that can operate in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid.

It promotes energy security – giving customers a reliable energy supply without the need of the full energy grid, or even fossil fuels.

Meter Recycling Helps People & the Environment


New smart meters are being installed throughout the Duke Energy service territories.

These new meters can collect the same data as the old ones, but unlike the old meters that were read once a month, smart meters relay data hourly, giving customers more insight into their energy usage than ever before.

Great innovation. But what happens to the old meters?

Duke Energy | Working with Stakeholders on Future Generation Plans


In a unique partnership, Duke Energy is working closely with environmentalists, community leaders, business owners and government officials in Asheville, N.C., to produce an energy efficiency plan specifically designed to delay the need for a new electricity generating unit.

Duke Energy has committed to close a half-century-old, coal-fired power plant in Asheville in 2019 – and replace it with a cleaner, natural gas-fired power plant, consisting of two generating units.

Wells Fargo Blog: Restoring the Lost Pines

Nonprofits like TreeFolks in Texas have restored habitats, planted trees, and engaged volunteers, thanks to the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions grant program

Mike Valescu loves traveling from his home in Austin, Texas, to nearby Bastrop County, where the air is fresh and he is surrounded by beautiful loblolly pine trees.

So after wildfires in September 2011 charred 34,000 acres there — claiming two lives, obliterating 1,700 homes, and destroying a 6,565-acre ecosystem inside Bastrop State Park — Valescu knew he had to help restore the area to its natural beauty.

CBRE Victoria Pledges to TAKE2 Climate Change Initiative


CBRE has committed to help combat climate change by making a voluntary pledge to the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 Climate Change Pledge Program.

Launched by Premier Daniel Andrew and Minister Lily D’Ambrosio in June 2016 and led by Sustainability Victoria, the TAKE2 program aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions in Victoria by 2050.

CBRE is one of more than 250 businesses to have taken the pledge across a range of key industry sectors, representing a total of 260,000 employees.

SCE Named No. 1 Solar Utility in U.S. for Second Year in a Row

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ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 2, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. The rankings were announced at the alliance’s annual Utility Conference.

FedEx Blazing Trail for Efficient Fleets and Fuels

Mitch Jackson Explains How Technology and Team Members Are Key


Mitch Jackson, Vice-President Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation

FedEx approaches sustainability with a laser focus. We’re interested in changing what’s possible.


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