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Energy and Sustainability 2009: August 9-12, 2009, Newark, DE. The conference, organized by the NSF-sponsored Sustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen IGERT program at the University of Delaware, aims to offer the opportunity for people to come together and share and learn about topics in Energy and Sustainability.

Water & Climate Days at the World Water Week: August 19-20, 2009, Stockholm, Sweden. The Water & Climate Days present a comprehensive program of scientific knowledge, practical responses and opportunities for raising public awareness. The sessions build on previous Water and Climate Days held in 2007 and 2008 and are a joint effort between many organizations working on key water and climate policy issues.

Cleantech Forum XXIII: September 8-10, 2009, Boston, MA. Attendees will explore latest developments in climate change and resource scarcity driving markets for clean technologies, and measure the current global economic climate and its relationship to cleantech.

H209 Forum: September 9-10, 2009, New York, NY. Finding Solutions for Coastal Cities is the main theme of H209. The conference explores sustainable adaptation to climate change, keeping safe and dry, ensuring water quality and building in harmony with nature for megacities in the decades to come.

Healthy Buildings 2009: September 13-17, 2009, Syracuse, NY. This international meeting, hosted by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), will provide a forum for exchange of leading research and technology developments and a venue to network with national and global leaders and professionals in the fields of indoor air quality and healthy built environments.

Water/Energy Sustainability Symposium: September 13-16, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT. The symposium will bring together leaders from government, the energy and water industries, academia, water organizations and other stakeholders to chart a collaborative course toward sustainability for both resources.

ASA's Stakeholder Engagement: September 14-15, 2009, New York, NY. Companies are facing more and more pressure from shareholders, customers and activists on sustainability issues including climate response, water use and resource management. Drawing on real-world examples and insight from activist investors and other stakeholder groups, this event will offer companies best practices in multi-stakeholder engagement on sustainability issues. GEMI members (use code: 20gemi) will now receive a further reduction on registration for this event under the non-profit rate of $1119 (a $480 dollar savings).

Green Innovation for Business – Austin "Unconference": September 16, 2009, Austin, TX. Environmental Defense Fund, in partnership with Ashoka and hosted by the 3M Austin Center. The "Green Innovation for Business Unconference" brings together professionals engaged in making their companies and industries more efficient and sustainable and on the cutting-edge of innovation. Unlike traditional conferences, these meetings do not include formal panels or speeches. They are organized in a participatory format in which all participants have an opportunity to share, problem-solve, network, collaborate and learn, focused on the topics of greatest interest to them—from packaging and product innovation to supply chain sustainability to advances in operational efficiency and beyond.

Biopolymers Symposium 2009: September 28-30, 2009, Chicago, IL. This conference will encapsulate the entire life cycle of biopolymers in industrial and packaging applications. Through case studies and presentations from industry leaders; attendees will appreciate the bigger picture, from production through to the waste stream.

Algae Biomass Summit: October 7-9, 2009, San Diego, CA. Attendees will hear from technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policy makers on issues of critical importance including commercial viability of algae production, evolving technologies, processing concepts, and project finance.

ASA's Corporate Climate Regulation: October 27 -28, 2009, Chicago, IL. During this vital time of environmental policy change, it is critical for companies to understand impending regulatory changes and review their carbon management and energy savings strategies. This third annual industry event (formerly Corporate Climate Response) examines the business impacts of GHG regulations and offers the latest developments in cost-efficient carbon management and energy efficiency solutions. GEMI members (use code: 20gemi) will now receive a further reduction on registration for this event under the non-profit rate of $1119 (a $480 dollar savings off the regular registration fee). GEMI members are eligible for a 20% discount off registration for all ASA events.

 
July 2009     

GEMI News and Notes

On July 28, 2009 GEMI’s Chair, Moe Bechard, JohnsonDiversey participated on a panel with Jason Mathers of Environmental Defense Fund at the greaterthan > conference in Portland, ME to share with the attendees the GEMI-EDF Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships. They discussed the Guide and some of the case examples. The 150 attendees received a copy of the GEMI-EDF Guide as it was included in all the meeting packages. The greaterthan > conference explored and fostered partnerships, across sectors, among multiple organizations, public and private. As Moe Bechard noted, "The need for collaboration between non-profits, for-profits and governments to meet the complex sustainability challenge we face is just beginning to emerge from thought leadership to activation. The work to facilitate this emergence through greaterthan> is insightful and very much appreciated. The conference featured a stimulating mix of presenters, active engagement of the attendees and was superbly choreographed."

David Swardlick, co-founder of the greaterthan > conference, said in his comments when introducing Moe and Jason, “The GEMI-EDF Guide played an integral part in the inspiration for the development of the greaterthan > conference. GEMI’s work is extremely important to the future of the greaterthan > community and mission and look forward to exploring future collaborative efforts.”

PICTURED: Jason Mathers, EDF and GEMI's Chair Moe Bechard, JohnsonDiversey at the greaterthan > conference

GEMI Calendar

• EMS/ISO Network webinar: August 24 at 2:00pm EDT. The webinar topic is "Integrating EMS in international facilities" and will feature presentations from GEMI members - Carnival Corporation & plc, DuPont and Smithfield Foods. Log-in information will be distributed via meeting request as well as posted on the Members Only page.

• Supply Chain Network webinar: August 26, 2009 at 2:00pm EDT. This webinar will feature guest presentations from Sedex Information Exchange and WRI on the GHG Protocol for Supply Chain. Log-in information will be distributed via meeting request as well as posted on the Members Only page.

• Senior Advisory Council (SAC) meeting: September 22-23, 2009 in Washington, DC hosted by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

• Meeting & Forum Day #3: October 21-22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Networks will meet on October 21 to continue to address their strategic agendas and Forum Day #3 will focus on Supply Chain Sustainability. This meeting will be the Annual Meeting of GEMI in which the 2010 Board of Directors will be elected and the budget for 2010 is approved. In addition, every three years, GEMI is required by its by-laws to address its “sunset provision” and affirm that GEMI should continue as an organization. A draft agenda and hotel logistics will be sent in August.

GEMI News and Notes

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation announced new grants providing technical assistance and $1.3 million in funding to community-based organizations in Africa to enhance the care and support for people affected by HIV/AIDS. The grants will help to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of community outreach programs, harnessing the technical expertise developed over ten years of SECURE THE FUTURE® programs and support on the ground in Africa. More Information.

DuPont announced plans with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $9 million solar research program --- part of the company’s overall effort in providing more mainstream solar photovoltaic (PV) products for commercial and residential applications. DuPont will provide $6 million and the DOE will contribute $3 million to the program. The three-year program is designed to accelerate commercialization of an ultra-thin protective film --more than 3,000 times thinner than a human hair -- that prevents moisture from degrading the performance of thin film PV modules, a key challenge in the past. More Information. In addition, DuPont announced products from its Building Innovations portfolio have received the Green Approved Product Seal for National Green Building Certification by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. The third-party endorsement means that DuPont “Green Approved” products can now be used by builders to earn points toward certification to the National Green Building Standard™. Products that received the Green Award mark include product lines and applications from the Tyvek® weatherization portfolio, Zodiaq® quartz surfaces and Corian® solid surface. More Information.

Duke Energy added to its growing portfolio of renewable power assets with the announcement that it is building a new wind energy project in eastern Colorado and has closed its acquisition of a Pennsylvania wind farm. Duke Energy will develop the 51-megawatt (MW) Kit Carson Windpower Project on approximately 6,000 acres of land under long-term lease near Burlington, CO. The project will be the company’s first in the state and fourth in the region. More Information. In addition, Duke Energy has filed testimony with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission describing a proposed carbon dioxide storage project in southwest Indiana. The company is proposing to study permanent underground storage of a portion of the carbon dioxide emissions from its Edwardsport coal gasification power plant under construction. More Information.

Eastman Kodak Company introduced a family of new portable power-charging solutions that enable fast and convenient charging of multiple devices, including a solar-powered charger that harnesses the sun’s power to charge gadgets while on the go. Leading the new line of chargers is the KODAK Solar Charger KS100-C+2, which produces enough power to deliver 1.5 charges to a cell phone, or run a music player for an additional 33 hours, or capture up to 200 digital camera pictures. More Information.

FedEx Ground announced plans to install the nation’s largest rooftop solar-electric system at its distribution hub in Woodbridge, N.J. The solar power project is the third between a FedEx operating company and BP Solar and the fifth solar power project for FedEx. The 2.42 megawatt solar power system will cover approximately 3.3 acres of roof top space with approximately 12,400 solar panels. More Information. In addition, FedEx Office, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., announced that it has been ranked No. 1 on the U.S. EPA’s new Top 20 Printers List of the largest green power purchasers in the commercial printing business. The Top 20 Printers List is one of nine Top Partner Lists that EPA releases quarterly, highlighting some of America's largest green power purchasers. In addition, FedEx Office is ranked No. 11 on the EPA's Top 20 Retail List, marking the company's 15th consecutive appearance on the list. More Information. FedEx Corp. also announced the addition of 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet; the first standard FedEx delivery trucks converted to hybrid-electric systems. The addition of the 92 trucks increases the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles by more than 50 percent, from 172 to 264. More Information.

Johnson Controls announced their enhanced Energy and Emissions Management System which provides global organizations with the capability to analyze energy trends and calculate greenhouse gas levels. It measures, manages and forecasts activities related to energy cost, consumption, energy efficiency projects, fleet emissions, and waste. The Energy and Emissions Management System is Web-based and incorporates one of the most advanced management software programs available to meet greenhouse gas emission reporting standards. More Information. In addition, Johnson Controls and The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation are joining forces to address the issues of energy efficiency and climate change throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Both parties have agreed to explore a range of possible projects, events and other areas of collaboration to elevate awareness and action on the topic of energy efficiency and its positive impact on global climate change. More Information. Also this month, Johnson Controls was recognized by Jantzi Research and Maclean's magazine as one of Canada's Top 50 Most Responsible Corporations based on environmental, social and governance practices. The list of the 50 Most Responsible Corporations is included in Maclean's June 22nd issue. Maclean's is Canada's largest-circulation current affairs magazine, with 2.4 million readers. More Information.

JohnsonDiversey, Inc. reported improvements across all environmental metrics in 2008 and provided details of its participation in the World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers initiative in its 2008 Global Responsibility Report, released in both print and online editions. The company’s report provides a summary of its 2008 accomplishments toward creating a cleaner, healthier future for communities in the more-than 175 countries where it does business. More Information.

Johnson & Johnson announced availability of the Johnson & Johnson 2008 Sustainability Report, which discusses sustainability activities and progress as of December 2008. It is the Company’s sixth annual Sustainability Report and the 12th year of reporting on environmental progress. The report provides a summary of the Company’s sustainability strategy and highlights. More Information.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a new partnership with Perdue to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. Perdue has committed a total of $35,000 to the Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to support habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects on the Delmarva Peninsula. More Information.

Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power announced its agreement to build a facility to convert landfill gas to energy at the Perdido Landfill has been approved by the Escambia County Commission. Initially, landfill gas generators will produce 3,200 kilowatts of renewable energy — enough to power about 1,500 homes. More Information. At a Senate Roundtable discussion on July 15, Chris Hobson, Senior Vice President, Research and Environmental Affairs for Southern Company, detailed steps under way to preserve coal as an important part of the future U.S. energy mix through the development and deployment of cleaner coal technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). The roundtable discussion, "What is the Future of Coal in the Context of HR 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009?," was hosted by U.S. Sens. Tom Carper, (D-Del.), and George Voinovich, (R-Ohio). More Information.

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


Other Items of Interest


On July 29, Amy Goldman, GEMI, attended a meeting in Washington, DC hosted by the Women's Council on Energy & Environment (WCEE) with guest speaker White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley. Ms. Goldman had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Sutley, who is familiar with GEMI, and shared with her a few of the recent GEMI tools.

Ms. Sutley provided an overview and history of CEQ and current initiatives, TARP, the President's strong commitment to renewables, the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and the Updated Principles and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies (P&G) and President Obama's June 12 memorandum which was sent to the heads of executive departments and federal agencies establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, which is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes as well as recommending a framework for improved stewardship, and effective coastal and marine spatial planning.

She noted that the Administration is considering developing uniform planning standards for the development of water resources that would apply government-wide, including agencies other than the traditional water resources development agencies covered under the current Principles and Guidelines. CEQ, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget, is facilitating interagency drafting of a revision to the 1983 P&G to potentially expand the scope of the P&G to cover all federal agencies that undertake water resource projects.

EPA announced the National Top 50 largest purchasers participating in its Green Power Partnership, including GEMI member companies Johnson & Johnson (#11) and DuPont (#21). The top 50 largest purchases amount to nearly a combined 12.3 billion kilowatt-hours annually, which represents more than 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners. More Information.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Restaurant Associates (RA) unveiled their Green Dining Best Practices – a comprehensive set of science-based recommendations for environmentally friendly foodservice. The practices have been tested by two RA clients – Random House and Hearst Corporation – early results will save over $85,000 each year at the two sites, cut 275 tons of carbon pollution and reduce landfill waste by 60 tons annually, among other environmental benefits. Please note: GEMI will be doing an informational webinar on this topic in mid-September. Details will be sent out via meeting request soon. More Information.

The Corporate Philanthropist, Spring/Summer 2009 issue: The Global Water Crisis. The shortage of clean drinking water and lack of access to sanitation in areas of the developing world requires the involvement of all sectors of society, including business. This edition of The Corporate Philanthropist focuses on the global water crisis, exploring how companies can partner and collaborate with multilateral organizations, governments, local enterprises, and nonprofit organizations in order to work towards innovative, sustainable solutions, while reinforcing business strategies. Articles highlight the philanthropic strategies at Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, GlaxoSmithKline, ITT, and Pepsi, among many other companies. Water Advocates, as The Corporate Philanthropist indicates, is standing by as a pro bono CSR and corporate citizenship advisor/consultant for those companies looking to engage in - or increase their support for – the global water sector. More Information.

News and Resources

CLIMATE

Source: EnvironmentalLeader
The global community is hoping for cooperation on climate change, particularly from developing countries including China and India that have been hesitant to agree to carbon emission caps due to economic reasons.

Source: Bloomberg
Fewer clouds dot the Pacific skies than a half-century ago, allowing the sun to beat down on the sea and raise temperatures, according to scientists who say the discovery means our planet may heat up more than forecast.

Source: EnvironmentalLeader
The United Nations recently approved the broad application of the first agricultural methodology, or biological approach, for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The UN’s announcement coincides with the USDA’s analysis report that shows the economic benefits to agriculture from the U.S. cap-and-trade legislation.

Source: GreenBiz
Upcoming legislation has the potential to reshape the way U.S. businesses use energy resources, both at home and abroad. Two key issues will determine whether China and the U.S. move toward meaningful cooperation on climate issues in the near future. The first is whether China accepts emissions-reductions targets; the second is whether the U.S. Senate passes a Waxman-Markey bill that China does not perceive as overly restricting Chinese imports.

Source: Environment News Service
When proposing actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the world's major economies "ignored" the findings of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations scientific body that assesses climate change, says that body's top official.

SUPPLY CHAIN

Source: GreenBiz
A new 90-page report and survey findings detailing the forces and factors driving supply chain executives towards greater levels of environmental responsibility, visibility, collaboration and accountability.

Source: EnvironmentalLeader
In a move with supply chain implications, the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) is conducting a study to determine the importance of corporate social responsibility in outsourcing.

Source: Treehugger
The only way a consumer-oriented company can become more sustainable is by engaging its direct suppliers, encouraging them to do the same for their suppliers, and so on up the chain. The bigger the company, the more powerful this effect can be.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Source: SustainableLifeMedia
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) announced that the number of companies disclosing their performance against key sustainability indicators in 2008 has reached its highest level to date - over 1000. This marks a 46% increase in reporting from 2007, just one year earlier.

Source: SustainableLifeMedia
Miller Zell, a retail and strategy design firm, finds that lower income shoppers are driving the sustainable product marketplace, not the higher income, lifestyle consumers many think of as supporting sustainability.

Source: Environmental Leader
As twitter, Facebook and other social networks continue to grab share of consumers’ time spent online - whether at a computer or via mobilephone - companies would do well to consider how to tap into the broad reach of these platforms in communicating their progress on sustainability and the environment.

Source: Environmental Leader
As more companies face the daunting task of reporting on a variety of environmental performance criteria, they will be getting a helping hand thanks to a host of new sustainability software offerings.

Source: Environmental Leader
Aimed at saving energy and reducing pollution runoff, the U.S. Postal Service has unveiled its first and New York City’s largest green roof on top of the Morgan mail processing facility.

WATER

Source: Environmental Leader
Food and beverage items deserve a special label that indicates their “water footprint,” two food and health groups in the UK say. The Food Ethics Council and Sustain have released a joint report that lobbies the UK government for action on creating such a label.


Source: GreenBiz
A report released by the Pacific Institute highlights the ways that efficiency on California's farms can take much of the pressure of the state's water crisis.

Source: msnbc
There's a one-in-two chance that the water reservoirs of the Colorado River will dry up by 2050 if water management practices remain unchanged in our warming world, a new study finds.

Source: GreenBiz
In Las Vegas, the second-biggest desert city in the U.S., and still one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, the local water utility is offering cash incentives to replace water-sucking lawns with drought-resistant landscapes.
Source: Green Inc.
The process of making textiles can require several dozen gallons of water for each pound of clothing, especially during the dyeing process. Amid tightening environmental regulations and a push to save money, companies are working to reduce the waste.

 
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