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New CCCL Paper: Federal “Green” Product Procurement Policy In The U.S.
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

CEC Approves New Operational Plan For 2013-2014
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

U.N. Publishes Sustainability Procurement Guide
Posted on 26 Sep 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

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... Read More

World Bank Sells Record $91M of Green Bonds Tied to “Ethical” Companies
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson The World Bank sold $91 million in green bonds tied to an index of "ethical" companies – its largest offering of green bonds linked to an equity index and the first offered to individual investors. Green bonds... Read More

Banks Get Involved in Environmental Strategies
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Marc Karell

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 –... Read More

Is It Easy Being “Green”? The FTC Pursues Enforcement Actions Regulating “Green” Marketing Claims
Posted on 24 Dec 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

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... Read More

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More

FTC Cuts Down Plastic Lumber Recycled Content Claims
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

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... Read More