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Waste Reduction and Diversion:
A Crucial Business Strategy

Changing consumer preferences, supply chain requirements, and emerging regulations are driving companies to reevaluate current business practices and implement more efficient strategies. With growing attention on responsible material management, many businesses are facing increasing pressure to reduce waste generated from operations and to divert waste from landfills. In an increasingly resource constrained market, companies are also challenged with rising disposal and material costs. Recognizing that waste equates to lost resources and profits, forward-thinking organizations understand that reducing all forms of waste is crucial to an effective and sustainable business strategy. Read more here.

Energy Disclosure May be on the Way

In 2013, commercial and residential buildings accounted for 40% of the total energy consumption in the United States, costing over $200 billion and generating 45% of national greenhouse gas emissions. In New York City alone, 80% of its carbon footprint comes from building operations. With energy costs continuing to rise and environmental considerations becoming a common focus, existing buildings are increasingly recognized as a significant opportunity to reduce impacts. In an effort to address one of the leading sources of impact, multiple states and some of the country’s largest cities have enacted energy disclosure legislation. What is energy disclosure, and how does it affect facility executives? Read more here.

Strengthening Internal Support for Sustainability Initiatives

As the global economy continues to evolve and competitive pressure grows, traditional business models are becoming increasingly obsolete. Organizations across industries are being challenged to transform their long-term corporate strategies to succeed in the changing business landscape. Leveraging sustainability to support key corporate objectives delivers widespread organizational and financial benefits. This is especially true in the waste and recycling industry, which plays a unique role in sustainability, both at a core business level and as vital service providers within broader supply chains. Sustainability will enable waste handlers and recyclers to effectively prepare for the future, but even a well-designed Corporate Responsibility program can fail without effective implementation. Read more here.

LEED v4 Requirements to Bolster Recycling Industry

After three years of development, six public comment periods, and plenty of heated debate, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design version 4 (LEED v4) has finally been launched, and is anticipated to drive higher standards in the green building marketplace. With a number of changes from the LEED 2009 rating system, LEED v4 further challenges building owners and operators to reduce environmental impacts through sustainable initiatives and practices. Directed by standards and codes, the green building industry is creating and advancing associated markets. From increasing demand for recycled content in products to limiting chemicals of concern, the effects of LEED v4 are being felt by manufacturers and service providers across a wide range of industries. Read more here.

Empowering Business through Corporate Responsibility

Over the past decade, the landscape of business has changed dramatically. As the global economy expands, consumption and demand are on the rise. Political policies and economic crises have challenged businesses to transform their long-term strategies and identify new and innovative approaches. Corporate Responsibility has been proven as the key to advance business strategies and ensure continued success in a turbulent marketplace. This white paper examines the growing need to revolutionize business, and the intrinsic value of adopting sustainability as a business strategy. Download the white paper.

Sustainable Product Development:
Critical for Resource Conservation and Product Innovation

Resource consumption continues to rise and many of these resources are becoming scarce. This white paper identifies key issues and poses relevant solutions for a number of these resources, specifically Rare Earth Elements (REEs). Sustainable Product Development is critical - not only for many manufacturers and industries, but for sustaining our economic system. Download the white paper.

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