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Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: U.S. Army Seeks Comments on $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

By Roger D. Stark and Darin M. Lowder The U.S. Army has issued a Request for Information seeking public comment on a draft solicitation to procure up to $7 billion in large-scale locally generated renewable and alternative energy on or near Army land using power purchase agreements or other contractual...

Wind Controversy Research Report

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Here is a link to Renew Canada's 2011 research report, Wind Controversy in Ontario . The report was intended to be a neutral evaluation of the evidence cited by pro and anti-wind groups. According to the Executive Summary: The report examined...

Wind Turbine Control Software Code Lawsuits Winding Their Way Up Through Chinese Appellate Courts

In previous posts ( here and here ), I discussed the IP litigation in China between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Chinese wind energy system maker Sinovel . The of heart of the dispute is AMSC's allegations that Sinovel misappropriated its propietary software code for controlling wind turbines...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Massachusetts Leads the Way in Ensuring Biomass Facilities Reduce GHG Emissions

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On April 27, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published a proposed final regulation regarding the use of forest biomass for generating energy in Massachusetts. If adopted, the regulation would...

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they plan to verify that phthalates (a substance that...

Reed Elsevier Participates In 2012 World Environment Day

Mark Armour, Chief Financial Officer, Reed Elsevier Group plc, is delighted to herald United Nations World Environment Day which will take place on Tuesday, 5 June - the most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. The 2012 World Environment Day focus is 'Green Economy: does...

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2012 Projects

Five projects bringing safe water and sanitation in final race for 1st and 2nd prize The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist was announced on June 12, highlighting five innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The winning project will be announced at...

World Environment Day – Help us support Just a Drop!

World Environment Day – Help us support Just a Drop On June 5, 2013 Reed Elsevier (RE) is launching the World Environment Day Challenge, a g RE en team-led fundraising drive, in support of Just a Drop . This is a unique opportunity to support an international charity with close ties...

Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability Proposed Water and Energy Reporting Regulations Expand Reach of Benchmarking Ordinance

by Matthew N. McClure and Richard J. Slavin, Ballard Spahr LLP The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability issued proposed regulations on July 10, 2013, to implement Ordinance No. 120428-A – the City of Philadelphia’s recently enacted energy and water reporting or “benchmarking”...

Jenner & Block: United Nations Global Compact Releases Its Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013

The United Nations Global Compact has released its Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 , which reviews information received from nearly 2,000 companies around the world regarding their efforts to incorporate corporate sustainability / corporate responsibility principles into their businesses...

The True ROI for Sustainability Programs

Social pressure and a few positive case studies are causing many corporate executives to consider adopting programs and moving toward more sustainable practices (i.e., investing in reducing energy and water usage, conserving resources, etc.). However, most CEOs and CFOs will still judge sustainability...

U.N. Publishes Sustainability Procurement Guide

The US Government has for some time had in place sustainability procurement requirements , pursuant to Executive Order 13514 , which mandates that 95% of new contract actions must be “green,” including new task orders. With the same goal of using the business and moral heft of a large governmental...

The Mind the Store Initiative — Moving Beyond Existing Regulatory Schemes

The Safer Chemicals/Healthy Families Coalition (which includes Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, US Public Interest Research Group, several environmental justice groups, patient groups, nurses organizations...

What Agriculture Can Learn from McDonald's

Recently I had the privilege of hearing Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald's Corporation, speak to a room full of farmers, agribusiness professionals, politicians, and students about the connections between McDonald's and agriculture. Some of Mr. Thompson's messages really resonated with me, so...

New CCCL Paper: Federal “Green” Product Procurement Policy In The U.S.

By Shawna Ganley, CCCL Contributor and Former Visiting Scholar With the recent COP19 in Warsaw showing questionable progress towards a universal climate agreement in 2015 ( as reported previously by CCCL ), government procurement represents an uncontroversial way to achieve greenhouse gas reductions...

Top Environmental Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2014

Executive Summary Like any other part of the manufacturing sector, auto suppliers face a number of challenges complying with environmental regulatory requirements, in particular managing and monitoring development of greenhouse gas emissions limits in the United States, European Union, and elsewhere...

Sustainability vs. Competitiveness in the EU

By Teresa Parejo Navajas, Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III University, Spain) Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The EU Strategy 2020, adopted in 2010, is about delivering growth for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with more effective investments in education...

Ocean Exchange Launches 2014 Call For Solutions

By: E. Lynn Grayson The Ocean Exchange has announced the launch of its fourth annual global competition for the 2014 Gulfstream Navigator Award of $100,000 and the 2014 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award of $100,000. The theme for the 2014 competition is ACCELERATE SUSTAINABILITY, innovations...

Banks Get Involved in Environmental Strategies

Why have some of the largest banks in the world invested large sums of money to environmental and sustainability causes? Why did both Citigroup and Bank of America pledge to invest $50 billion each in alternative energy and conservation projects and – more important – work hard to meet these...

New Ceres Report Tracks Corporate Sustainability Efforts

By E. Lynn Grayson . This report, Gaining Ground - Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (report), evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems and decision-making. The report – a collaboration...

How To Answer Sustainability Program Doubters

We’re coming to the end of the year - the time that companies think seriously about the future. Financial performance data is in; you know where you stand. What is the direction of your firm? If your firm does not already have an energy or sustainability program or has a middling one, there may...

California Enacts Comprehensive Groundwater Management Legislation

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a historic package of three bills— Senate Bill 1168 , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], Senate Bill 1319 , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], and Assembly Bill 1739 , [ enhanced version available to...

The Business Case for Environmental Sustainability

By E. Lynn Grayson A corporation's main objective, and many would agree legal obligation, is to make money and maximize profits for its shareholders, but should more be asked or required of today's successful businesses? For an ever increasing segment of society, the answer without a doubt...

OECD Recommends More Tariffs and Taxes to Manage Water Risks

By E. Lynn Grayson Today's financing mechanisms cannot cover the cost of upgrading old water systems, due to public budget cuts, a failure to reflect future costs in water charges and a drop in tariff revenues as city dwellers use less water. A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

Virginia’s Draft State Water Resources Plan

By Henry R. "Speaker" Pollard, V The severe drought in Virginia in 2002 saw several localities nearly exhaust available public water supplies and reenergized public policy concerns about Virginia’s water resources and their proper and sustainable management. This led the General...