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The 8th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Climate Change: Science and Solutions, January 16-18, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The three-day National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) conference will provide a strategic opportunity to address large scale solutions to climate change. Over 1,000 participants from government, the business, academic, and non-governmental communities are expected to attend. The conference will feature 35 interactive breakout sessions, 10 concurrent symposia, and the “Showcase of Solutions” Exhibition. Following the conference, the participant-developed action agenda will be included in a published report to be disseminated nationally and internationally.

Voluntary Carbon Markets New York: February 5-6, 2008, New York, NY. The event will provide an in-depth overview of this exciting market, look at the attempts to standardize the market, the risks of investing in the market, the future developments of the market in terms of its relationship with a future mandatory market.

Concentrated Solar Power Congress: February 5-6, 2008, Barcelona, Spain. The inaugural CSP Congress will focus on investment opportunities in CSP and analyse what factors make new projects attractive to investors, providing a platform for financiers and project developers to meet and do business.

The Conference Board’s Leadership Conference on Global Corporate Citizenship: February 26-27, 2008, New York, NY. An invited group of 21st Century leaders from large and small organizations will share insights on how corporate citizenship is about "Winning Ideas for Tomorrow, Today."

CEPS 4th Annual Brussels Climate Change Conference 2008: February 26-27, 2008, Brussels, Belgium. After a series of high profile events related to climate change throughout 2007 such as the G8 summit or the major economies meeting, the climate change negotiations during the COP13 in Bali are expected to agree on a roadmap for the negotiations for a post-2012 climate change agreement. After taking stock of the state of negotiations, this joint CEPS/Epsilon conference will explore the key issues for the post-2012 agreement.

ECO:nomics: Creating Environmental Capital: March 12-14, 2008, Bacara Resort, Santa Barbara, CA. A unique conference from the editors of The Wall Street Journal, ECO:nomics takes a CEO-level view of the rapidly developing relationship between the environment and the bottom line. At ECO:nomics, The Wall Street Journal will bring together top leaders, thinkers and innovators to debunk the myths and uncover the opportunities in a massive new market: the business of environmental capital.

GLOBE 2008: March 12-14, 2008, Vancouver, BC, Canada. This event will center around four main themes: Corporate Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change, Finance & Sustainability and Building Better Cities. Over 50 speakers have already been secured for the 10th event in the renowned GLOBE series, including some of the world's most prestigious business, government, and social leaders.

Sustainable Manufacturing Summit: April 8-9, 2008, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Representatives from Dell, Royal Philips Electronics, Honeywell, Cadbury Schweppes, Sharp, Caterpillar, Interface, Patagonia, Frito Lay, Toyota, Interface, GM, Yakima, and General Mills are among those confirmed to speak. With sessions focusing on climate-friendly product development, operational response, sustainable supply chains, and waste management, this event covers carbon reduction at every stage of the manufacturing process.

 

 

 

 

 

December 2007     
GEMI News and Notes
 

A Message from Bob Accarino
GEMI Chair 2008

As we close out 2007 and look forward to GEMI’s activities in 2008, the GEMI Board wants to thank you for your continued support and participation in GEMI. And, I want to thank you for electing me to be the Chair of GEMI for 2008.

The GEMI Board of Directors has been meeting over the past few weeks developing strategies and approaches that will enhance the value of both your individual as well as your companies’ participation in GEMI. After the first of the year, I will be sharing with you the results of the Board’s work but for right now we wanted to share with you the meeting schedule for next year, so you can get those dates on your schedule and also give you some insights into how the meetings next year will differ, in some degree, from those in the past.

First, we want to make you aware of the meeting schedule for 2008 that will, in response to the messages the Board has heard from the membership, include 3 instead of 4 meetings. We are decreasing the number of times that members have to travel to meetings, but enhancing the value provided to you for the time you spend at the meeting. In addition, GEMI will be "greening" our meetings in 2008.

The meetings dates for 2008 will be:

Meeting #1: February 19-21 in Miami, FL hosted by Carnival Corporation
Meeting #2: May 20-22 in Williamsburg, VA co-hosted by Anheuser-Busch and Smithfield Foods
Meeting #3: October 28-30 in Chicago, IL hosted by Kraft Foods

The annual SAC meeting will be held in June 2008 in NYC/NJ area and we are still in the process of determining an exact date and location. Once this has been selected we will share this information with you.

There will be a new format for the membership meetings next year. We will be launching what the Board is calling the “GEMI Forum”. This new forum concept is being designed to help all of us improve the business case for EHS/sustainability within our organizations based on both internal drivers and external influences facing global organizations today. The first GEMI Forum will be at the February meeting and will be a facilitated discussion led by an external thought leader(s), and will include company presentations, group exercises and roundtable discussions designed to assist members in the tactical realities of creating a high-performance EHS organization.

Jim Kearney of BMS, who will be GEMI’s new Vice Chair in 2008, will be working with the GEMI Board and GEMI’s staff to develop the meeting agendas and arrange for guest speakers. If you have suggestions for speakers for the meetings, please contact Jim.

We look forward to working with you in 2008!

Bob Accarino
Director, Global Environmental Affairs, Abbott
2008 GEMI Chair

GEMI Calendar

GEMI Meeting #1: February 19-21 in Miami, FL -- We will hold the first GEMI Meeting in 2008 on February 19-21, 2008 in Miami, FL. Carnival Corporation & PLC is the meeting host. The meeting location is the Hotel Sofitel Miami (800-258-4888 / 305-264-4888) located at 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126. A block of guest rooms with the rate of $215/night (for a single room) has been reserved under “GEMI” – be sure to ask for GROUP RESERVATIONS. Please be sure to make your reservations soon, as the block ends MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2008.

The meeting will begin on February 19 at 12:00pm and end on February 21 at 2:00pm EST. Carnival Corporation & PLC will host a dinner on Feb 20 at Jungle Island in Miami. At this meeting, we will debut several innovative ideas and present information that you will not want to miss. We will debut the GEMI Forum, present the GEMI strategic plan, and allow increased opportunities for roundtable discussion and Network interaction.

Please note that we will be sending out a detailed DRAFT meeting agenda and a Meeting Response form in early January.

GEMI News and Notes

  • Anheuser-Busch (#35), BNSF (#1), Johnson Controls (#7) and Southern Company (#21) are listed in the Top 50 Most Military-Friendly Employers 2007. This list, drawn from a sample of an estimated 2,500 companies (those with over $1 billion annual revenues), was created based on company criteria including the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and company policies toward national guard and reserve service. More information. The list can be found here.
  • Cargill and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have formed a partnership to support global efforts to examine health links among humans, livestock and wildlife, and to monitor for avian influenza and other diseases shared between people and animals. Cargill is committing $1.5 million for two initiatives spearheaded by WCS: expanding a global surveillance network for avian influenza in Indonesia and Vietnam, and introducing a grants program for animal health projects in Brazil. More information.
  • Coca-Cola has redesigned its iconic glass "contour" bottles to use 20% less glass. The 11-ounce bottle is both shorter and slightly wider and weighs nearly two ounces less than the original design. Coke estimates that converting to the lighter packaging will cut its raw glass usage by an estimated 3,500 metric tons and CO2 emissions by 2,200 metrics tons a year. In September, Coke unveiled a new 20-ounce plastic bottle that uses 5% less plastic. More information. As part of a larger commitment to climate protection, the Coca-Cola Company also launched a new website, www.polarbears.thecoca-colacompany.com, to help raise public awareness about the plight of the polar bear. Through the new digital portal and North America Coca-Cola stores, consumers can directly support polar bear conservation projects undertaken by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Company has also established a conservation seed fund called the Coca-Cola Polar Bear Support Fund, which will support new and existing projects by WWF. More information.
  • Duke Energy is expanding its renewable energy portfolio through a contract to purchase 100 wind turbines from General Electric. The turbines, capable of generating a total of 150 megawatts, are anticipated to be in service in the 2009-2010 timeframe on sites currently under review in the western and southwestern United States. The company’s wind generation assets are managed by Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a Duke Energy subsidiary that focuses on renewable energy, commercial power and onsite energy across the United States. More information.
  • Innovations will be essential to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and transportation to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, DuPont Greater China President Doug Muzyka told participants at the Bali Global Business Day at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Jointly organized by World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Chamber of Commerce, the Bali Global Business Day brought together nearly 300 decision makers from companies, governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. More information.
  • Intel Corporation is at the top of the Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) Magazine's Best Corporate Citizen list for technology hardware companies. Also, Dave Stangis, director of corporate responsibility, Intel, was named to Ethisphere Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics list. More information.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. has pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity per dollar of revenue by 30 percent from 2002 to 2012. The company has committed to the reduction goal as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program, which Johnson Controls joined in 2003. More information. Johnson Controls also illustrated its commitment to sustainable business practices at a capacity building workshop on recycling in Tijuana, Mexico on December 4. More information.
  • The World Bank and Merck & Co., Inc. announced an initiative to raise $50 million to help eliminate river blindness, a leading cause of preventable blindness, in 28 African countries. Merck has pledged up to $25 million - about half of the funding needed over the next eight years to help eliminate this public health problem which puts the health and livelihood of 100 million people at risk worldwide mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. More information.
  • Owens Corning introduced the industry's first paper-free all service jacket for fiberglass pipe insulation with the launch of FIBERGLAS Pipe Insulation with Evolution Paper-Free ASJ. This innovative solution dramatically improves mold prevention in commercial structures by eliminating paper, which can be a mold and mildew food source. More information.
  • Roche has achieved a 10.8 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2001 at its United States sites. This accomplishment is two years ahead of the goal set by Roche in support of the United States Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program. Roche Group U.S. Affiliates pledges to reduce total U.S. GHG emissions by 15 percent from 2001 to 2010. More information. Also, Abbott pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2 percent on an absolute basis from 2006 to 2011. A member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program since 2006, Abbott has announced this goal as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint by exploring responsible, progressive ways to measure, manage and reduce its energy consumption. More information.
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth, announced that it has been recognized for its leading scientific and pharmaceutical achievements at the third annual Scrip Awards ceremony held in London, England on December 4. Wyeth received honors for Best Overall Pipeline, and Best New Drug. More information.

    If you have news and notes you would like to share with the GEMI members, please email them to Amy Goldman.


    Other Items of Interest

    Two clean-tech venture capital funds - RockPort Capital Partners and DFJ Element are interested in finding a forum that would include hundreds of executives from Fortune 500 companies that might be interested to hear about their portfolio companies. Each of the Funds’ web sites have a list of their portfolio companies. Coca-Cola has recently made investments in both funds. If you would like more information about this, please contact Jeff Foote at Coca-Cola.

    CEOs are under more pressure than ever to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices into their core strategy — and as many as nine in ten are up to the challenge, according to a McKinsey survey. An article in the October issue of McKinsey Quarterly summarized the survey findings, reporting that 90% of the CEOs said they were doing more to address ESG issues than they did five years ago. An overwhelming 95% said public expectations for corporate responsibility are higher now than they were five years ago. More information.

    Companies that give high priority to green transport issues tend to make more money, according to a new study from logistics firm Eye for Transport. The survey of more than 500 large companies worldwide finds a strong correlation between those reporting the highest revenues and those emphasizing environmental performance in logistics operations. More than half (59%) of respondents consider green issues either "important" or "very important" to their companies’ overall strategy, and nearly one in ten say green issues are likely to become the top priority for their transport and logistics operations within the next three years. More information.

     
    News and Resources

    CLIMATE

    Source: SustainableBusiness.com
    After failing to pass a second procedural vote on the proposed energy bill, Senate Democratic leaders removed the last contentious measure--a tax package including production credits for renewable energy and reduced tax breaks for big oil companies--and passed the bill late in the day by a vote of 86 to 8.

    Source: wbcsd.com
    ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they have agreed to jointly promote the ISO 14064 standards and the WRI and WBCSD GHG Protocol standards. The move is in response to concerns among businesses and GHG program designers that the two standards might not be consistent and mutually supportive.

    Source: msnbc.com
    A U.N. climate conference adopted a plan to negotiate a new global warming pact, after the United States lifted opposition to a call by developing nations for technological help to battle rising temperatures. The adoption came after marathon negotiations overnight, which first settled a battle between Europe and the U.S. over whether the document should mention specific goals for rich countries' obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Source: PlanetArk.com
    The trillion-dollar shipping industry must set global targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants by the end of 2008 or risk having regional solutions imposed on it.

    Source: sfgate.com
    Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to ask voters next year to approve a "carbon tax" on businesses that he says would provide a financial incentive for conserving energy and motivating workers to use public transportation. The ballot measure would increase the city's 5 percent commercial utilities tax by an as-yet-undetermined amount to encourage energy-saving steps by hotels, offices and other nonresidential buildings.

    Source: SustainableBusiness.com
    Earlier this month a team of experts led by the University of Colorado released a detailed and bold plan for the next President of the United States to assert bold leadership on global warming within 100 days of taking office. The Presidential Climate Action Plan consists of more than 300 specific recommendations for changes in federal policies, programs and laws, across more than 13 topical areas -- including energy policy, national security, economic development, natural resource stewardship, public health, transportation and local adaptation.

    Source: SustainableBusiness.com
    California continued its leadership role in environmental policy by setting key emissions targets and becoming the first state to require heavy industry to report greenhouse gas emissions.
    Both actions were required under AB32, California's landmark climate change legislation, known as The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

    Source: msnbc.com
    Al Gore received his Nobel Peace Prize and urged the United States and China to make the boldest moves on climate change or "stand accountable before history for their failure to act."

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    Source: SustainableBusiness.com
    The EarthLab Foundation announced its 2007 list of the Top 10 Green Cities in the United States. Chicago tops the list followed by New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Rounding out EarthLab's Top 10 Green Cities List are Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Portland.

    Source: SustainableBusiness.com
    The Green Jobs Act of 2007 (H.R. 2847), introduced by Reps. Hilda Solis (D-CA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and John Tierney (D-MA) was incorporated into the energy bill and authorizes up to $125 million in funding to establish national and state job training programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The training programs would address job shortages in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles, and biofuels development. Estimates suggest these growing industries could create as many as 3 million green collar jobs over a 10-year period.

    WATER

    Source: siwi.org
    Companies that have contributed to pollution elimination or reduced freshwater consumption through innovative programs, policies, processes or products now have the opportunity to be nominated for the prestigious 2008 Stockholm Industry Water Award. The Stockholm Water Foundation presents the award in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2008, from businesses and industries whose resources, competencies and experiences have helped to reduce the effects of the escalating world water crisis. The award will be presented in August 2008 during the World Water Week in Stockholm. An on-line nomination form, criteria and other information is available here.
    Source: nfwf.org
    The Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant Program is a national program providing modest support to community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities. Five Star is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council. Southern Company is the southern corporate lead sponsor, having made a five-year $1.2 million, commitment to fund projects in its service area through 2010. Applications for 2008 grants nation-wide are being accepted until February 15, 2008. Awards are between $10,000-$40,000 depending on duration and scale; applicants must provide a minimum 1:1 match (dollars or in-kind) to their request; partnerships should include at least five partner groups ('stars'); and projects must include both a restoration and educational component. This program is open to any public or private entity. This is a great way for employees to get involved with their local community.

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