Executive Brief - June 30, 2016 -U.S., Mexico, Canada Pledge 50 Percent Clean Power by 2025
"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." - Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970),
American football player and coach
U.S., Mexico, Canada Pledge 50 Percent Clean Power by 2025
President Obama, Justin Trudeau of Canada and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico have agreed to produce half of their power by 2025 from hydropower, nuclear, wind, solar and energy storage, while the coal plants would count if they employ carbon capture. Collectively, the countries are now at 37 percent. Read more...
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TSCA Reform Finally Signed Into Law
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and children. Download NAEM's webinar on the new law. Read more...
Minnesota Companies Embrace A 'Circular Economy' To Boost Recycling, Reduce Waste
Some of Minnesota's biggest company names - 3M, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic, Target, and Ecolab - are taking place in the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, which promotes aspects of a circular economy. The group is initially focusing energy, water and organic recycling. Read more...
HP Commits to Zero Deforestation by 2020, among other New Goals
HP Inc. announced several new commitments with the release of its latest Sustainability Report. The company met the 20 percent emissions reduction targets it set for its operations and supply chain five years early, and set three new goals for 2020: a new zero deforestation commitment, 40% renewable electricity and to reduce GHG intensity by 25%. Read more...
Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Food
Freshwater in the United States is really on the move. Much of the water pulled from underground reservoirs, called aquifers, gets incorporated into crops and other foodstuffs, which are then are shuttled around the country or transferred as far away as Israel and Japan, according to a new study. Read more...
Today NAEM announced its 2017 conference calendar, focused on the latest management challenges and emerging practices for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders. "Because the EHS&S field continues to evolve along with the spectrum of risks it manages, NAEM's 2017 calendar was developed to be timely and relevant to the needs of those leading these programs within companies," said Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt.
When NAEM joins the Greenway Foundation for a cleanup along the South Fork of the Platte River in downtown Denver later this month, its efforts will be powered by environmental, safety and sustainability leaders from companies such as Toyota Motor North America Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., Bose Corp. and The WhiteWave Foods Co.