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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...

The Green Heroes of Reed Elsevier Recognized as a Part of United Nations 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...

New York's First Department Adopts Even More Of Zubulake

By William A. Ruskin On February 28, 2012, the Appellate Division, First Department, issued its decision in U.S. Bank N.A. v. GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, Inc ., 2012 N.Y. App.Div. LEXIS 1487 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which adopted the standards established in the SDNY's...

Epstein Becker & Green: Suspect Toxic Mold Suit Reinstated

By Andrea J. Lawrence Guest Blogger ANDREA J. LAWRENCE is a Senior Counsel at Epstein Becker & Green in New York. She provides legal advice and counsel to clients in the real estate industry. Andrea has extensive commercial litigation experience, and has provided legal representation to real estate...

Remedies For Spoliation Of Evidence

New York state courts are increasingly turning to federal Zubulake standards [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] when confronted with spoliation of electronic evidence issues. However, in dealing with garden variety spoliation of evidence scenarios, not involving ESI, New York courts...

William A. Ruskin On Tort Litigation And OSHA

By William A. Ruskin OSHA standards can significantly affect litigants in work-related tort litigation. Plaintiffs generally attempt (with mixed success) to use evidence of OSHA regulations to establish the duty owed by the defendants in those cases. Courts around the country differ considerably...

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...

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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...

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Green Climate Fund Board Makes Key Decisions On Operations

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling Recently, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (the "Fund") met in Bali, Indonesia. The Fund was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC"). The Fund's purpose...

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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...

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such program are to help facilitate reaching the City of Palo Alto’s target of meeting...

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...

Real Estate Documents Turn Green

By Richard J. Sobelsohn Sustainable development is now commonplace. In his second-term inaugural address, President Barack Obama promised to respond to climate change by supporting sustainability through a greater adoption of renewable energy, including solar power and natural gas development, and...