Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and the EPA's 40th Anniversary Year

Earth Day is April 22, 2010. April 22 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day , and this is EPA's 40th anniversary year, so the EPA has planned a very special month! Start by checking out their newly redesigned Earth Day web site . Lots of cool things you can do to participate in and celebrate...

COP15 will not change climate change reporting requirements for companies

By Colleen Theron, Environmental solicitor and consultant. Despite the inconclusive outcome of COP15 and the significant issues facing countries in the coming year to implement a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a critical area of focus for business and the legislature...

Reed Elsevier Recognizes Its Own Green Heroes for World Environment Day

United Nations World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action. Commemorated on June 5th since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment...

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the California Environmental Quality Act, land use, sustainability...

CEC Approves New Operational Plan For 2013-2014

Last week the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) agreed to a new Operational Plan for 2013-2014 that focuses on collaborative actions in three strategic areas to maximize the overall impact: greening transportation, tackling climate change while improving air quality, and addressing...

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...

Is It Easy Being “Green”? The FTC Pursues Enforcement Actions Regulating “Green” Marketing Claims

As consumers increasingly look for, and are willing to pay a premium for, environmentally friendly products, companies are increasingly seeking to capitalize on this market demand by making green marketing claims about products and packaging. Green marketing claims are regulated by the Federal Trade...

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...

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...

FTC Issues Final Order Settling Misleading Biodegradability Claims

In another demonstration of its renewed focus on “green claims” following the FTC’s 2013 Green Guides revision, the FTC announced that it settled with American Plastic Manufacturing, Inc. allegations that the company made false biodegradability claims for its products. The settlement...

FTC Cuts Down Plastic Lumber Recycled Content Claims

For the second time in five months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement of allegedly deceptive recycled content claims for plastic lumber. In its administrative complaint, the FTC claimed that American Plastic Lumber (APL) used deceptive and unfair marketing practices by...

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative: “Work Plan” Basics and the 7 Product Categories – 3 Action Steps

By George Gigounas and Rachael E. Yourtz California is steadily implementing its landmark Green Chemistry Initiative, which increases regulation and oversight of consumer product chemical exposures in important ways. In a recently published Work Plan on the statute, California’s Department...