With the hot summer months upon us, many homeowners find their energy bills rising. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips and trick you can do – from changing air filters to utilizing a programmable thermostat and more – to cut back on energy consumption and costs, while maintaining individualized comfort at home. See LG Electronics Air Conditioning Technologies’ Summertime Energy Saving Tips & Tricks infographic to get simple advice for achieving a more affordable, comfortable home environment this summer.
VMware is proud to be a part of the RE100; a global collaboration comprised of influential businesses that are committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity in partnership with The Climate Group and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Today, the initiative is celebrating the addition of its 100th member organization.
Public water utilities in the U.S. face a crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. As climate variability and extreme weather events affect the quantity and quality of fresh water, the industry is being challenged to deliver services and protect vulnerable infrastructure without driving up prices. New technologies and practices could save costs, preserve infrastructure, and conserve water over the long term.
We continually monitor the environmental effects of our business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving our manufacturing processes. Our expanded use of clean, renewable wind energy in Ohio is one example of how we work to minimize our impact on the planet.
After achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2013, we shifted the focus of our improvement work to energy intensity, or the total energy consumed to create a set unit of product. Analysis of our energy use employs a calculation method also used by the Department of Energy and the AF&PA. In this method, energy consumption from purchased electricity is calculated in terms of fuel inputs to account for different fuel efficiencies during power generation and efficiency losses in power transmission.
Sappi takes a very active approach to social responsibility, driving key initiatives in support of our three key stakeholder groups: employees, customers and the local communities in which we operate. In addition to providing skilled jobs and continued job training, we improve the lives of people by promoting freedom of association, nondiscrimination and the abolition of forced and child labor. We also uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sappi Limited has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2008.
Managing our solid waste and finding ways to minimize it remains a focus at all Sappi’s North American mills. Increased lime kiln capacity at the Cloquet Mill increased internal recycling of lime mud and decreased overall chemical consumption and waste to landfill. Higher use of natural gas at the Somerset Mill drove lower waste to landfill from ash generated during the combustion of biomass.
Science is fascinating. It tells us who we are, what we’re made of and provides insights on how we can potentially solve huge problems, from cancer to climate change. But students can sometimes find the subject confusing, overwhelming and boring. In fact, in a recent survey commissioned by the Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation, nearly half of teen respondents said science is confusing, and 25 percent said it is gross. By providing youth hands-on and real-life applications of science, we can engage students, increase science literacy and show them how cool science can be.