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Ceres Conference 2008: April 29-30, 2008, Boston, MA. The Ceres Conference 2008: Building Leadership, Creating Solutions will take place on April 29-30 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, located at 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The conference will create a unique gathering of corporate, environmental, investor, governance, and labor leaders who share a collective vision of sustainability and capital markets functioning side by side. Conference participants will identify the immediate approaches and tools for translating talk into action.

Sustainable Facility Care Forum: April 30, 2008, Washington, DC. The Sustainable Facility Care Forum will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC on April 30, 2008 and will explore the theme "Mapping the Green Frontier." The one-day plenary event is sponsored by JohnsonDiversey in partnership with the Leonardo Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability. The Forum will showcase best practices in sustainable facilities and is designed to advance sustainability as a viable business model.

Amsterdam Reporting Conference: May 7-9, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency will focus on sustainability reporting practices and results. The winners of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reader’s Choice Awards will be announced at the conference, along with the results of the GRI Reader’s Choice Survey.

National Green Building Conference: May 11-13, 2008, New Orleans, LA. The National Green Building Conference is the only national conference targeted to green building for the mainstream residential building industry. Network with designers and suppliers, attend exceptional education sessions and develop the skills you need for profitable green building.

TBLI Conference Asia 2008: May 29-30, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand. The TBLI Conference Asia 2008 will focus on the increased interest of the Asian financial community in Environmental and Social Governance, as well as Sustainable Investment.

Sustainable Brands ’08: June 2-5, 2008, Monterey, CA. The Sustainable Brands Conference is where top brand leaders, product designers, sustainability executives and the network of experts who serve them meet to discuss sustainability as the new frontier for driving revenue growth and enhancing brand equity. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, CA.

earthNOW expo: June 4-5, 2008, Las Vegas, NV. The earthNOW expo is a national trade show for the marketing and sales of eco-friendly consumer products and services. Retail store owners, merchandise managers, corporate purchasing managers and other business owners will: discover how to capitalize on the hottest business trend of the decade; discover the latest "going green" issues facing your business; learn about the latest green concepts and how to succeed by incorporating green products and services into your business.

Energy Efficiency Forum: June 10-11, 2008, Washington, D.C. The theme for 2008 will be “Energy Efficiency: What's Happening? What's Next?”. Attendees of the nineteenth annual Energy Efficiency Forum will discuss how a new administration can build upon leadership in the public and private sectors and initiate large-scale energy-efficiency programs that will have immediate economic and environmental impact. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson Controls and the US Energy Association.

Greener by Design -- Strategies, Tools, and Markets for Product Innovation: June 12-13, 2008, Alexandria, VA. This two-day hands-on event focuses on the greening of mainstream products by combining first-rate speakers and panelists with a unique approach to innovation called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Participants will hear from leading companies, both large and small, as well as the top green product designers, and participate in innovative techniques that combine the best elements of a traditional conference and an experiential workshop.

Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference: June 24-26, 2008, Washington, D.C. Presenters and attendees at the 12th annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference will identify and discuss how technical advances in green chemistry and engineering contribute to solutions to some of humanity's most pressing challenges, including: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring safe drinking water supply and measuring progress toward sustainability. The conference is being sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company.

Lean and Green Summit: July 17-18, 2008, Boulder, CO. The Lean and Green Summit will gather industry professionals already making strides toward sustainability and those who want to start making the short-term and long-term changes needed. This first Summit will be a highly collaborative event with a focus on solutions that can be actuated. GEMI members are eligible for a 20% discount off registration for this event. Simply quote “GEMI discount” when registering.





April 2008     
GEMI News and Notes

On April 17, 2008, The Business Roundtable launched its "SEE"ing Change: 2008 Progress Report. Thirty-two leading U.S. companies, 9 of which are GEMI companies, reported on their ongoing sustainability efforts the Roundtable's S.E.E. Change initiative. Member companies, representing virtually every sector of the economy, outlined their efforts to achieve real environmental and social changes through their commitments to sustainable business practices.

GEMI is a collaborator in the S.E.E. Change initiative, which was launched in 2005 to encourage leading U.S. companies to embrace business strategies and projects that measurably improve Society, the Environment and the Economy. A link to the Report and the S.E.E. Change initiative web site may be found on the GEMI web site on the "Collaborations" page.

For more information, please visit the S.E.E. Change web site.


GEMI Calendar

Conference Call: May 5, 2008 at 12:00pm EDT -- GEMI Supply Chain Network conference call to discuss current sector and other organization's supply chain initiatives, the draft concept paper and develop the agenda for the May 22 meeting in Williamsburg.

Meeting #2: May 20-22, 2008 -- Co-hosted by Anheuser-Busch and Smithfield Foods in Williamsburg, VA. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, May 20 at 12:00pm EDT and end on Thursday, May 22 at 2:00pm EDT. The GEMI Forum for this meeting will be focusing on “Integrating with the Broader Corporate Agenda”. The Forum sessions are designed to build upon one another throughout the year, and are designed as an intensive learning session that will provide participants the ability to move their EHS program to the next level. Forum participants will leave the session with a personalized improvement roadmap that they can apply within their organization. In addition, the Water Sustainability, Supply Chain and Climate & Energy Networks will be meeting to determine the most appropriate way to address these GEMI signature issues. Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Smithfield Foods will host a dinner on May 21. The meeting will be held at the Kingsmill Resort & Spa (757-253-1703 or 1-800-832-5665) located at 1010 Kingsmill Road in Williamsburg, VA 23185.

GEMI News and Notes

  • Through its annual “Green Week” celebration, Anheuser-Busch encouraged employees nationwide to use public transportation, carpool, bike or walk to work; recycle; plant trees; and, participate in community clean-up and restoration events. The company also launched a new television campaign that features employees discussing the company’s commitment to the environment. More information.
  • BNSF Railway Company announced that it has added capacity and has the potential to reduce emissions at its Seattle International Gateway (SIG) intermodal facility through the use of four wide-span, electric, rail-mounted gantry cranes. BNSF is the first railroad in North America to install these cranes, which not only produce zero emissions on site, but allow more flexibility, increase capacity and reduce the need for diesel trucks to move containers within the facility. More information. In addition, BNSF Foundation announced that it has made a commitment to protecting an important Kansas ecosystem through a $250,000 gift to The Nature Conservancy Kansas Chapter’s Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, an 11,000-acre remnant of tallgrass prairie located in the heart of the Flint Hills near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. It is BNSF’s hope that the gift will help to preserve a significant remnant of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and offer opportunities for education, inspiration and enjoyment for generations to come. More information.
  • Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a subsidiary of Bristol Myers-Squibb, announced plans for an innovative project that will use landfill gas for energy at the company’s manufacturing facility in Evansville. The project is expected to reduce net carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions in the Evansville area by 22,000 metric tons per year. Construction is expected to begin in June, and the process will be operational by early 2009. More information.
  • The Coca-Cola Company announced that its worldwide presentation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay will focus on environmental sustainability and the roles people can play in improving the quality of life in their communities. To help underscore the message of environmental stewardship – and recognize those who are dedicated to pursuing positive change – Coca-Cola has selected local "environmental champions" to join the ranks of all the torchbearers the Company has chosen around the world to carry the Olympic Flame. The “environmental champions” are individuals who make a difference in society by playing active roles in environmental issues, primarily in the areas of water conservation, recycling, and energy management and climate protection – the three main engines driving the environmental initiatives of The Coca-Cola Company. More information.
  • The Dow Chemical Company was named the U.S. EPA as a 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for excellence in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In choosing the company for the award, the EPA recognized Dow’s comprehensive approach to saving energy: goal setting, detailed energy measurement, benchmarking, employing best practices and fully engaging employees. More information. Energy efficient solutions and know-how from Dow Building Solutions played an integral role in helping Live Green, Live Smart’s The Sustainable House, achieve the first LEED Platinum certification on a home remodel. The house is also the first to achieve Minnesota GreenStar’s Gold certification, the highest level possible for this green standard. Dow’s energy efficient solutions delivered excellent insulation performance and high R-value for increased energy efficiency, a critical component required to achieve LEED Platinum certification. More information.
  • South Carolinians now have the option to support local renewable energy providers and improve the environment through the new Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) program, supported in part by Duke Energy Carolinas. This program, one of the first multi-utility programs in the nation, allows utility customers to purchase blocks of electricity generated from renewable or “clean” sources, such as wind, solar and biomass. The initiative is designed to encourage the development of green power in the state by helping local generators offset the high cost of generating electricity from renewable energy resources. More information.
  • DuPont and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi, India, to promote the cause of green building design and certification in India. Solutions such as DuPont (TM) Tyvek (R) enable architects and designers to build sustainable, cost- and energy-effective buildings and the MoU will help increase awareness and information on products for efficient buildings in the global marketplace. More information.
  • Eastman Kodak Company announced that it has made substantial progress towards its “Responsible Growth” goals which were established in 2006. The company’s progress includes reducing total energy usage by 30% from the 2002 baseline year; recycling, reusing or refurbishing 42 million pounds of waste through the Printer’s EnviroServices Program; and, reducing occupational injury rates by 58% from the 2002 baseline year. More information.
  • Ecolab Inc. announced the launch of Blue Coral®Beyond Green, a new sustainability program aimed at helping assure regulatory compliance among car wash operators, as well as addressing the car wash consumer's desire for environmentally preferred options. Ecolab Vehicle Care is taking a comprehensive approach to assisting its business partners in becoming more sustainable by focusing on four key elements: water reduction, waste reduction, energy savings and personal safety. More information.
  • FedEx announced that its operating company, FedEx Freight, has completed the installation of a solar-electric system in Whittier, CA, and is nearing completion on a similar solar-powered facility in Fontana, CA. Both systems will provide a substantial portion of the facilities’ peak energy needs, with a projected annual reduction of 610 metric tons of CO2 emissions. More information.
  • Kraft Foods received a DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for its downsized plastic salad-dressing bottle from. The 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are innovations in the use of renewable materials, effective recovery, energy efficiency and community benefit. More information.
  • This year, Johnson Controls turned Earth Day into “Earth Quarter” with initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to making the places we live, work and travel more sustainable. The company's Earth Quarter program encompasses employee events, local community engagements and major global initiatives across Johnson Controls' building efficiency, power solutions and automotive experience businesses. More information. Johnson Controls also announced the three national winners of the 2008 Igniting Creative Energy Challenge (ICE) -- an educational competition that encourages students to develop ingenious ways to live a more sustainable life and protect the environment. The Challenge asked students to submit projects that demonstrated ways of practicing sustainability at home, at school, or in the community. The contest is sponsored and funded through a grant by Johnson Controls, Inc., with additional support from Philips and the United States Energy Association, and is administered by the National Energy Foundation. More information.
  • Keep Odessa Beautiful applauded Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, for the company’s efforts to collect more than 729,000 pounds of trash since mid-February. The trash that has been collected includes 255,000 pounds of steel that is being recycled and an additional 474,000 pounds of wood, plastic and other items. The company has a goal of collecting 1 million pounds of trash by the date of the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off. More information.
  • Kraft Foods Inc. received the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award for Advancing Marketplace Trust, which recognizes an organization that sets high standards of excellence for trust through innovative voluntary actions, programs, or sustainment activities. According to the BBB, Kraft has built marketplace trust by adding more better-for-you product choices, taking leadership on environmental issues that have resulted in the company being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and setting an industry example for advertising responsibly to children, eliminating in-school advertising, and setting nutrition standards for Kraft products sold in schools. More information.
  • Owens Corning announced that it has developed a new blowing agent technology that will allow the company to manufacture its complete line of foam insulating systems in North America with more than a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and zero ozone depletion. The company has already begun the conversion of its foam insulation manufacturing facilities to the new blowing agent technology. The timetable will ensure the full conversion of its North American manufacturing footprint for foam insulation prior to the Montreal Protocol mandate of 2010. More information.
  • The Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, a not-for-profit program founded by Procter & Gamble (P&G), celebrated the creation of its one billionth liter of clean drinking water this month at a rural clinic near Ibadan, Nigeria. P&G works with more than 30 partners and has committed to provide 2 billion liters of clean drinking water using the PUR water purification packets within the next five years. More information.
  • Schering-Plough Singapore's conservation efforts were showcased on an episode of "Once Upon a Tree -- Tides and Coastlines," a documentary television series about Singapore's water conservation programs. Schering-Plough volunteers were filmed helping to maintain and preserve the coastline, with the country operation's manufacturing facilities serving as a backdrop. The program also mentioned Schering-Plough in a segment on how a private corporation takes responsibility for improving the environment. More information.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have named Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, was named as a 2008 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award winner for its "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign. Georgia Power has given away more than 200,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) through its Change a Light campaign, resulting in Georgia leading the nation as the state with the largest number of consumers taking the pledge to change at least one standard light bulb in their home to an ENERGY STAR CFL. More information.
  • Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division, has been recognized for voluntarily implementing an environmental management system at its Irwindale, California facility that conforms to the international standard, ISO 14001. Vulcan’s Irwindale, California facility, which produces both hot mix asphalt and aggregate products using state-of-the-art technologies, is the first of its kind in California to achieve ISO 14001 certification. More information. More information.

    If you have news and notes you would like to share with the GEMI members, please email them to Amy Goldman.

    Other Items of Interest

  • On April 10, 2008, Elizabeth Girardi Schoen, Pfizer Inc., made a presentation to a group of professors and graduate students at Columbia University in New York City. Ms. Girardi Schoen presented an overview of GEMI and several of its tools to the group and also led an in-depth discussion with the professors concerning how particular GEMI tools could be incorporated into their curriculum.
  • The Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, has launched a multi-year, multi-faceted campaign, “The We Campaign”, designed to engage the American public and ignite a movement to address solving the climate crisis. The We Campaign will fund an aggressive and innovative online activation and mobilization program supported by nationwide television, print, radio and online advertising all geared towards engaging 10 million supporters to drive policy change. To date, the Alliance has already enlisted more than one million activists towards that goal. More information.

    News and Resources


    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to extend renewable energy tax credits, a move that if made a law would continue credits for wind, solar, biomass and related projects for another year.

    IKEA plans to stop offering plastic bags to its U.S. customers beginning in October following a successful plastic bag reduction program. The company has already successfully phased out plastic bags in its stores in the United Kingdom and Australia.

    Architecture 2030 released a seminal study at the Eileen Rockefeller Growald Symposium on Collaborative Philanthropy, showing how an investment of $21.6 billion in the Building Sector would produce 216,000 permanent jobs and save 86.7 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of CO2 in a single year.


    The beverage industry has a new tool for measuring and managing carbon footprints. The Carbon Action Plan (CAP), unveiled at an industry conference last week, offers a standardized protocol for the measurement and independent verification of greenhouse gas emissions across the entire supply chain.


    Wal-Mart's effort to promote environmentally preferable products to its customers appears to be paying off. The average adoption rate of five key green products jumped 66% since last April, according to the retail giant's Live Better Index of consumers' sustainable shopping habits.

    New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced a series of sustainability initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact.
    The initiatives were part of the interim recommendations proposed by the Commission on Sustainability, formed in September 2007 by the MTA to create a plan in time for Earth Day 2008 .


    Fiji Water has unleashed a major communications effort to disclose the carbon footprint of its products from sourcing to production to distribution. The company has created a dedicated green website where consumers will have access to lifecycle emissions data for its bottled water.

    The world’s largest tidal turbine, weighing 1000 tonnes, has been installed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough. The tidal turbine is rated at 1.2 megawatts, which is enough to power a thousand local homes.

    Foodservice operator Sodexo is re-outfitting its 6,000 U.S. sites with a new computer-controlled dishwashing system that maximizes operational efficiency. The Ecolab Apex technology saves water and energy by optimizing the number of dishmachine racks that must be washed at each foodservice site.

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