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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”...

Compilation of International Authorities Supporting Specific Measures to Combat Climate Change Published by Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law has prepared a Compilation of International Authorities Supporting Specific Measures to Combat Climate Change . The document has been compiled to show the authority found for various specific measures that will help combat climate change and its...

Sustainability Trends in the Real Estate Sector: Market Forces at Work

A recently published PwC review identifies a number of business factors that are heightening attention to sustainability in the real estate sector. Among the key drivers are: • An increasing frequency in inquiries from investors such as APG Investment, CalPERS, and CalSRS, demanding real estate...

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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...

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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...

The World Green Building Council Makes “The Business Case for Green Building”

Is green building a wise business decision? That is the fundamental question the World Green Building Council’s report, “ The Business Case For Green Building ,” attempts to address. The report compiles actual cost and benefit data from peer-reviewed publications and includes numerous...

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...

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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...

More Thoughts on “Green” (the Practice, not the Color) Building

It has been a while since I “mused” on the green building landscape. While I am a LEED AP and have presented on green (read “sustainable”) building in the past, I am not totally sold on LEED as the be all end all in sustainable construction (the USGBC is a private rating organization...

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...

Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

Recently, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “parallam” lawsuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Since that unpublished ruling on procedural grounds, much discussion has ensued. One particularly interesting...

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...

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...

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...