GEMI WORK GROUPS
Conference 2008: April 29-30, 2008, Boston, MA. The Ceres
Conference 2008: Building Leadership, Creating Solutions will
take place on April 29-30 at the Renaissance
Boston Waterfront Hotel, located at 606 Congress Street,
Boston, MA, 02210. The conference will create a unique gathering
of corporate, environmental, investor, governance, and labor
leaders who share a collective vision of sustainability and
capital markets functioning side by side. Conference participants
will identify the immediate approaches and tools for translating
talk into action.
Facility Care Forum: April 30, 2008, Washington, DC.
The Sustainable Facility Care Forum will be held at the
Newseum in Washington, DC on April 30, 2008 and will explore
the theme "Mapping the Green Frontier." The one-day
plenary event is sponsored by JohnsonDiversey
in partnership with the Leonardo Academy, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to sustainability. The Forum will showcase best
practices in sustainable facilities and is designed to advance
sustainability as a viable business model.
Reporting Conference: May 7-9, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency
will focus on sustainability reporting practices and results.
The winners of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reader’s
Choice Awards will be announced at the conference, along with
the results of the GRI Reader’s Choice Survey.
Green Building Conference: May 11-13, 2008, New Orleans,
LA. The National Green Building Conference is the only national
conference targeted to green building for the mainstream residential
building industry. Network with designers and suppliers, attend
exceptional education sessions and develop the skills you
need for profitable green building.
Conference Asia 2008: May 29-30, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand.
The TBLI Conference Asia 2008 will focus on the increased
interest of the Asian financial community in Environmental
and Social Governance, as well as Sustainable Investment.
Brands ’08: June 2-5, 2008, Monterey, CA. The Sustainable
Brands Conference is where top brand leaders, product designers,
sustainability executives and the network of experts who serve
them meet to discuss sustainability as the new frontier for
driving revenue growth and enhancing brand equity. The Conference
will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, CA.
expo: June 4-5, 2008, Las Vegas, NV. The earthNOW expo
is a national trade show for the marketing and sales of eco-friendly
consumer products and services. Retail store owners, merchandise
managers, corporate purchasing managers and other business
owners will: discover how to capitalize on the hottest business
trend of the decade; discover the latest "going green"
issues facing your business; learn about the latest green
concepts and how to succeed by incorporating green products
and services into your business.
Efficiency Forum: June 10-11, 2008, Washington, D.C.
The theme for 2008 will be “Energy Efficiency: What's
Happening? What's Next?”. Attendees of the nineteenth
annual Energy Efficiency Forum will discuss how a new administration
can build upon leadership in the public and private sectors
and initiate large-scale energy-efficiency programs that
will have immediate economic and environmental impact. The
event is co-sponsored by Johnson Controls
and the US Energy Association.
by Design -- Strategies, Tools, and Markets for Product Innovation:
June 12-13, 2008, Alexandria, VA. This two-day hands-on event
focuses on the greening of mainstream products by combining
first-rate speakers and panelists with a unique approach to
innovation called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Participants
will hear from leading companies, both large and small, as
well as the top green product designers, and participate in
innovative techniques that combine the best elements of a
traditional conference and an experiential workshop.
Chemistry and Engineering Conference: June 24-26, 2008,
Washington, D.C. Presenters and attendees at the 12th annual
Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference will identify and
discuss how technical advances in green chemistry and engineering
contribute to solutions to some of humanity's most pressing
challenges, including: reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
ensuring safe drinking water supply and measuring progress
toward sustainability. The conference is being sponsored by
The Dow Chemical Company.
and Green Summit: July 17-18, 2008, Boulder, CO. The Lean
and Green Summit will gather industry professionals already
making strides toward sustainability and those who want to
start making the short-term and long-term changes needed.
This first Summit will be a highly collaborative event with
a focus on solutions that can be actuated. GEMI
members are eligible for a 20% discount off registration for
this event. Simply quote “GEMI discount” when
On April 17, 2008, The Business Roundtable launched its
"SEE"ing Change: 2008 Progress Report.
Thirty-two leading U.S. companies, 9 of which are GEMI companies,
reported on their ongoing sustainability efforts the Roundtable's
S.E.E. Change initiative. Member companies, representing
virtually every sector of the economy, outlined their efforts
to achieve real environmental and social changes through
their commitments to sustainable business practices.
GEMI is a collaborator in the S.E.E. Change initiative,
which was launched in 2005 to encourage leading U.S. companies
to embrace business strategies and projects that measurably
improve Society, the Environment and the Economy. A link
to the Report and the S.E.E. Change initiative web site
may be found on the GEMI
web site on the "Collaborations"
For more information, please visit the S.E.E.
Change web site.
• Conference Call: May 5, 2008 at 12:00pm
EDT -- GEMI Supply Chain Network
conference call to discuss current sector and other organization's
supply chain initiatives, the draft concept paper and develop
the agenda for the May 22 meeting in Williamsburg.
annual “Green Week” celebration, Anheuser-Busch
encouraged employees nationwide to use public transportation,
carpool, bike or walk to work; recycle; plant trees; and,
participate in community clean-up and restoration events.
The company also launched a new television campaign that
features employees discussing the company’s commitment
to the environment. More
Railway Company announced that it has added capacity
and has the potential to reduce emissions at its Seattle
International Gateway (SIG) intermodal facility through
the use of four wide-span, electric, rail-mounted gantry
cranes. BNSF is the first railroad in North America to install
these cranes, which not only produce zero emissions on site,
but allow more flexibility, increase capacity and reduce
the need for diesel trucks to move containers within the
information. In addition, BNSF Foundation
announced that it has made a commitment to protecting an
important Kansas ecosystem through a $250,000 gift to The
Nature Conservancy Kansas Chapter’s Tallgrass Prairie
National Preserve, an 11,000-acre remnant of tallgrass prairie
located in the heart of the Flint Hills near Cottonwood
Falls, Kansas. It is BNSF’s hope that the gift will
help to preserve a significant remnant of the tallgrass
prairie ecosystem and offer opportunities for education,
inspiration and enjoyment for generations to come. More
Nutritionals, a subsidiary of Bristol Myers-Squibb,
announced plans for an innovative project that will use
landfill gas for energy at the company’s manufacturing
facility in Evansville. The project is expected to reduce
net carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions in the Evansville
area by 22,000 metric tons per year. Construction is expected
to begin in June, and the process will be operational by
early 2009. More
Coca-Cola Company announced that its worldwide
presentation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay will
focus on environmental sustainability and the roles people
can play in improving the quality of life in their communities.
To help underscore the message of environmental stewardship
– and recognize those who are dedicated to pursuing
positive change – Coca-Cola has selected local "environmental
champions" to join the ranks of all the torchbearers
the Company has chosen around the world to carry the Olympic
Flame. The “environmental champions” are individuals
who make a difference in society by playing active roles
in environmental issues, primarily in the areas of water
conservation, recycling, and energy management and climate
protection – the three main engines driving the environmental
initiatives of The Coca-Cola Company. More
Dow Chemical Company was named the U.S. EPA as
a 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for excellence in
energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
In choosing the company for the award, the EPA recognized
Dow’s comprehensive approach to saving energy: goal
setting, detailed energy measurement, benchmarking, employing
best practices and fully engaging employees. More
information. Energy efficient solutions and know-how
from Dow Building Solutions played an integral
role in helping Live Green, Live Smart’s The Sustainable
House, achieve the first LEED Platinum certification on
a home remodel. The house is also the first to achieve Minnesota
GreenStar’s Gold certification, the highest level
possible for this green standard. Dow’s energy efficient
solutions delivered excellent insulation performance and
high R-value for increased energy efficiency, a critical
component required to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
now have the option to support local renewable energy providers
and improve the environment through the new Palmetto Clean
Energy (PaCE) program, supported in part by Duke
Energy Carolinas. This program, one of the first
multi-utility programs in the nation, allows utility customers
to purchase blocks of electricity generated from renewable
or “clean” sources, such as wind, solar and
biomass. The initiative is designed to encourage the development
of green power in the state by helping local generators
offset the high cost of generating electricity from renewable
energy resources. More
and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi, India, to promote the
cause of green building design and certification in India.
Solutions such as DuPont (TM) Tyvek (R) enable architects
and designers to build sustainable, cost- and energy-effective
buildings and the MoU will help increase awareness and information
on products for efficient buildings in the global marketplace.
Kodak Company announced that it has made substantial
progress towards its “Responsible Growth” goals
which were established in 2006. The company’s progress
includes reducing total energy usage by 30% from the 2002
baseline year; recycling, reusing or refurbishing 42 million
pounds of waste through the Printer’s EnviroServices
Program; and, reducing occupational injury rates by 58%
from the 2002 baseline year. More
Inc. announced the launch of Blue Coral®Beyond
Green, a new sustainability program aimed at helping assure
regulatory compliance among car wash operators, as well
as addressing the car wash consumer's desire for environmentally
preferred options. Ecolab Vehicle Care is taking a comprehensive
approach to assisting its business partners in becoming
more sustainable by focusing on four key elements: water
reduction, waste reduction, energy savings and personal
announced that its operating company, FedEx Freight, has
completed the installation of a solar-electric system in
Whittier, CA, and is nearing completion on a similar solar-powered
facility in Fontana, CA. Both systems will provide a substantial
portion of the facilities’ peak energy needs, with
a projected annual reduction of 610 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Foods received a DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation
for its downsized plastic salad-dressing bottle from. The
20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are innovations
in the use of renewable materials, effective recovery, energy
efficiency and community benefit. More
Johnson Controls turned Earth Day into
“Earth Quarter” with initiatives that demonstrate
its commitment to making the places we live, work and travel
more sustainable. The company's Earth Quarter program encompasses
employee events, local community engagements and major global
initiatives across Johnson Controls' building efficiency,
power solutions and automotive experience businesses. More
information. Johnson Controls also
announced the three national winners of the 2008 Igniting
Creative Energy Challenge (ICE) -- an educational competition
that encourages students to develop ingenious ways to live
a more sustainable life and protect the environment. The
Challenge asked students to submit projects that demonstrated
ways of practicing sustainability at home, at school, or
in the community. The contest is sponsored and funded through
a grant by Johnson Controls, Inc., with additional support
from Philips and the United States Energy Association, and
is administered by the National Energy Foundation. More
Beautiful applauded Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary
of Koch Industries, for the company’s
efforts to collect more than 729,000 pounds of trash since
mid-February. The trash that has been collected includes
255,000 pounds of steel that is being recycled and an additional
474,000 pounds of wood, plastic and other items. The company
has a goal of collecting 1 million pounds of trash by the
date of the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off. More
Foods Inc. received the Better Business Bureau
(BBB) Torch Award for Advancing Marketplace Trust, which
recognizes an organization that sets high standards of excellence
for trust through innovative voluntary actions, programs,
or sustainment activities. According to the BBB, Kraft has
built marketplace trust by adding more better-for-you product
choices, taking leadership on environmental issues that
have resulted in the company being named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index, and setting an industry example for
advertising responsibly to children, eliminating in-school
advertising, and setting nutrition standards for Kraft products
sold in schools. More
Corning announced that it has developed a new blowing
agent technology that will allow the company to manufacture
its complete line of foam insulating systems in North America
with more than a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas
emissions and zero ozone depletion. The company has already
begun the conversion of its foam insulation manufacturing
facilities to the new blowing agent technology. The timetable
will ensure the full conversion of its North American manufacturing
footprint for foam insulation prior to the Montreal Protocol
mandate of 2010. More
Safe Drinking Water Program, a not-for-profit program founded
by Procter & Gamble (P&G), celebrated
the creation of its one billionth liter of clean drinking
water this month at a rural clinic near Ibadan, Nigeria.
P&G works with more than 30 partners and has committed
to provide 2 billion liters of clean drinking water using
the PUR water purification packets within the next five
Singapore's conservation efforts were showcased on an episode
of "Once Upon a Tree -- Tides and Coastlines,"
a documentary television series about Singapore's water
conservation programs. Schering-Plough volunteers were filmed
helping to maintain and preserve the coastline, with the
country operation's manufacturing facilities serving as
a backdrop. The program also mentioned Schering-Plough in
a segment on how a private corporation takes responsibility
for improving the environment. More
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) have named Georgia Power, a subsidiary
of Southern Company, was named as a 2008
Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award winner for its
"Change a Light, Change the World" campaign. Georgia
Power has given away more than 200,000 compact fluorescent
light bulbs (CFL) through its Change a Light campaign, resulting
in Georgia leading the nation as the state with the largest
number of consumers taking the pledge to change at least
one standard light bulb in their home to an ENERGY STAR
Materials Company, Western Division, has been recognized
for voluntarily implementing an environmental management
system at its Irwindale, California facility that conforms
to the international standard, ISO 14001. Vulcan’s
Irwindale, California facility, which produces both hot
mix asphalt and aggregate products using state-of-the-art
technologies, is the first of its kind in California to
achieve ISO 14001 certification. More information. More
• Meeting #2: May 20-22, 2008 --
Co-hosted by Anheuser-Busch and Smithfield
Foods in Williamsburg, VA. The meeting will begin
on Tuesday, May 20 at 12:00pm EDT and end on Thursday, May
22 at 2:00pm EDT. The GEMI Forum for this meeting will be
focusing on “Integrating with the Broader Corporate
Agenda”. The Forum sessions are designed to build
upon one another throughout the year, and are designed as
an intensive learning session that will provide participants
the ability to move their EHS program to the next level.
Forum participants will leave the session with a personalized
improvement roadmap that they can apply within their organization.
In addition, the Water Sustainability, Supply Chain and
Climate & Energy Networks will be meeting to determine
the most appropriate way to address these GEMI signature
issues. Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Smithfield Foods will host
a dinner on May 21. The meeting will be held at the Kingsmill
Resort & Spa (757-253-1703 or 1-800-832-5665) located
at 1010 Kingsmill Road in Williamsburg, VA 23185.
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with the GEMI members, please email them to Amy
On April 10, 2008, Elizabeth Girardi Schoen, Pfizer
Inc., made a presentation to a group of professors
and graduate students at Columbia University in New York
City. Ms. Girardi Schoen presented an overview of GEMI and
several of its tools to the group and also led an in-depth
discussion with the professors concerning how particular
GEMI tools could be incorporated into their curriculum.
The Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan
effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President
Al Gore, has launched a multi-year, multi-faceted campaign,
“The We Campaign”, designed to engage
the American public and ignite a movement to address solving
the climate crisis. The We Campaign will fund an aggressive
and innovative online activation and mobilization program
supported by nationwide television, print, radio and online
advertising all geared towards engaging 10 million supporters
to drive policy change. To date, the Alliance has already
enlisted more than one million activists towards that goal.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to extend renewable energy
tax credits, a move that if made a law would continue credits
for wind, solar, biomass and related projects for another
IKEA plans to stop offering plastic bags to its U.S. customers
beginning in October following a successful plastic bag reduction
program. The company has already successfully phased out plastic
bags in its stores in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Architecture 2030 released a seminal study at the Eileen Rockefeller
Growald Symposium on Collaborative Philanthropy, showing how
an investment of $21.6 billion in the Building Sector would
produce 216,000 permanent jobs and save 86.7 Million Metric
Tons (MMT) of CO2 in a single year.
The beverage industry has a new tool for measuring and
managing carbon footprints. The Carbon Action Plan (CAP),
unveiled at an industry conference last week, offers a
standardized protocol for the measurement and independent
verification of greenhouse gas emissions across the entire
Wal-Mart's effort to promote environmentally preferable products
to its customers appears to be paying off. The average adoption
rate of five key green products jumped 66% since last April,
according to the retail giant's Live Better Index of consumers'
sustainable shopping habits.
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
announced a series of sustainability initiatives to reduce its
carbon footprint and environmental impact.
The initiatives were part of the interim recommendations proposed
by the Commission on Sustainability, formed in September 2007
by the MTA to create a plan in time for Earth Day 2008 .
Fiji Water has unleashed a major communications effort to
disclose the carbon footprint of its products from sourcing
to production to distribution. The company has created a
dedicated green website where consumers will have access
to lifecycle emissions data for its bottled water.
The world’s largest tidal turbine, weighing 1000 tonnes,
has been installed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford
Lough. The tidal turbine is rated at 1.2 megawatts, which
is enough to power a thousand local homes.
Foodservice operator Sodexo is re-outfitting its 6,000 U.S.
sites with a new computer-controlled dishwashing system
that maximizes operational efficiency. The Ecolab Apex technology
saves water and energy by optimizing the number of dishmachine
racks that must be washed at each foodservice site.