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Creating Climate Wealth – May 2-4, 2011, Washington, DC. Creating Climate Wealth will convene respected entrepreneurs in Washington, DC jointly with a selected group of intrapreneurs from the government, non-profit, and corporate communities to provide their insights and expertise on the policies, market frameworks, and programs that will clear the barriers to deliver these emission reductions and promote job creation. GEMI members are eligible for $1,000 off the price of registration by using the discount code "GEMICCW".

Ceres Conference – May 11-12, 2011, Oakland, CA. Join Ceres as we work together to accelerate corporate, investor and capital market solutions on global sustainability challenges.

Sustainable Brands ’11 – June 7-10, Monterey, CA. Learn how sustainable brand leaders are making smarter strategic moves, developing new problem-solving skills, and inspiring others to help them bring healthier, smarter brands to market.

15th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference & 5th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry – June 21-23, Washington, DC. Join more than 600 chemical science and engineering professionals and students from around the world to tackle “Global Challenges, Green Chemistry Solutions.”

April 2011     

GEMI News and Notes

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced the release of the Guided Discovery process of the GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™.

“I am pleased to announce that we have created an interactive, question/answer based system, the GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™ Guided Discovery process, to help users who are unfamiliar with the more than 30 GEMI solution tools find useful information and the most relevant tool for their need,” said GEMI Chair, Keith Miller, 3M. “The GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™ serves as a how-to / where-to solution for professionals seeking guidance on addressing environmental sustainability issues.”


GEMI Communications Chair, Steve Shedroff, Procter & Gamble, noted that “the Guided Discovery contains a set of introductory questions to guide the user into determining which of the GEMI solution tools will be most relevant based on their responses. Upon completing each of the 7 questions, the user is presented with a set of results based on their previous responses and is able to view a list of relevant GEMI solution tools, view a brief pop-up description of the tool, as well as click through to a full item detail page for that solution tool.” “And, as the user completes each question, they will further narrow their search for the most relevant GEMI solution tool for their need,” added Shedroff.

The GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™ and its Guided Discovery process can be accessed on GEMI’s website at

GEMI Calendar

May 3 at 10am EDT: GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT) Work Group webinar
May 5 at 2pm EDT: GEMI - EDF webinar, “Green Returns Initiative, Leveraging the power of private equity”
May 24-26, 2011: GEMI Member Meeting #2 in Covington, KY – hosted by GEMI member, Procter & Gamble

Please note: These webinars are for GEMI members only. Call-in and WebEx log-in information will be distributed to GEMI members via calendar notices.

GEMI News and Notes

For a record-setting seventh year in a row, 3M has been named a winner of the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for its comprehensive world-wide energy conservation efforts. No other company has achieved that distinction for seven consecutive years, or as many as seven times. More Information.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Scotch Magic Tape, 3M is launching Scotch Magic Eco-Friendly Tape. Scotch Magic Eco-Friendly Tape is made from more than 75 percent renewable or recycled materials. The boxed refill roll, including packaging, is made from more than 65 percent renewable or recycled materials. More Information.

United States Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that NatureWorks, a Cargill owned company, is one of the first 11 companies approved to use the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new product label on its certified bio-based Ingeo™ products under the department’s BioPreferred program. More Information.

Cargill will be a financial and exclusive marketing partner for the tradable emission credits generated by San Francisco-based EOS Climate, a company which uses market-based incentives to prevent emissions of harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with older refrigerators and cooling systems. More Information.

CSX Corporation commenced a search for the next big environmental idea with The Tomorrow Moves Project contest on Facebook. The company is encouraging individuals to “like” its Facebook page and submit an idea that describes how they would help protect the environment for tomorrow. A panel of judges will choose two winners who will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. More Information.

CSX Transportation announced the 59 winners of its annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award (CSEA), which recognizes customers’ commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail through safe loading and maintenance of rail cars. More Information.

ConAgra Foods announced the winners of its 2011 Sustainable Development Awards, an internal awards program intended to drive and reward innovative approaches to sustainability that produce tangible business results. This year, combined results from the 78 entries reduced carbon emissions by more than 30,000 metric tonnes, eliminated 37,000 tons of landfill waste and 91 tons of packaging material, and conserved 137 million gallons of water. The projects also delivered more than $18 million in savings, demonstrating the economic value of the company's commitment to sustainable development. More Information.

Diversey, Inc. and Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC) announced IPC received the Environmental Achievement Award from the American Meat Institute (AMI) for implementing Diversey’s proprietary ReNew® Wet Air Scrubber Program. Diversey’s unique ReNew technology is used in the rendering process to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. More Information.

DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber is one of the first 11 products approved to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) new product label on certified bio-based products. More Information.

At the recent Chunichi Industry Awards ceremony, DuPont Japan and Denso Corporation jointly received the “Extraordinary Encouragement Award for Science-Based Innovation” for co-development of a radiator end tank made from DuPont™ Zytel® RS renewably sourced nylon resin. More Information.

Johnson Controls announced the release of its latest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) online sustainability report. The online matrix provides a detailed review of the company's financial, environmental and social performance over the past year. More Information.

Johnson Controls announced its inclusion on the FTSE4Good Index Series for 2011. This is the eighth time the company has earned this recognition. More Information.

Legrand introduced its new electric vehicle chargers for residential and light commercial applications. The charging stations are weatherproof rated and compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles. More Information.

The Procter & Gamble Company shared in a public webcast the learning from the Year 1 results of its Environmental Sustainability Supplier Scorecard and rolled out an upgraded version for 2011, which can be found at The scorecard was designed to track and encourage improvement on key environmental sustainability measures in P&G's supply chain. More Information.

P&G Future Friendly announced a national partnership with Recyclebank to reward people for taking everyday conservation actions. The partnership, which follows a successful collaboration between Future Friendly and Recyclebank in Cincinnati that enhanced the city's recycling efforts, will help inspire residents nationwide to adopt recycling practices while rewarding households for reducing waste. More Information.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced a multi-year community outreach initiative, GRO1000, which will result in the creation of at least 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018, the company's 150th anniversary. More Information.


Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced that it continues to be a member company of the FTSE4Good Index, the responsible investment index calculated by global index provider FTSE Group. Smithfield was originally named to the FTSE4Good Index in 2006. More Information.

Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers announced the company will host an innovative research facility to develop and test water conservation technologies at Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, near Cartersville, GA. The Water Research Center (WRC) will provide a venue for developing and testing technologies to improve water efficiency by addressing withdrawal, consumption and recycling throughout the power generation process. More Information.

Union Pacific Railroad named 79 companies as annual Pinnacle Award recipients for chemical transportation safety. The award annually recognizes Union Pacific customers that implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for shipments of regulated hazardous materials. More Information.


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

Other Items of Interest

  • Fortune magazine released its 2011 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" and the following GEMI member companies were included in list of most admired companies in their industry: 3M, Abbott, CSX, DuPont, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, Kraft Foods, Merck, Occidental Petroleum, Procter & Gamble, Southern Company and Union Pacific. Fortune surveyed industry executives, directors and securities analysts at more than 600 companies to complete the list. More Information.
  • On March 31-April 1, Amy Goldman, GEMI, attended Ethical Sourcing Forum North America 2011, IMPACT 2.0 – Sustainability’s Power to Maximize Business Value. Speakers included representatives from: AMD, Business Social Compliance Initiative, PepsiCo, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands, Sedex and The Timberland Company. Presentations and breakout group discussions focused on supply chain sustainability, including Key Developments in Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Role and Impacts of Sustainability Standards in Global Value Chains, Multi-stakeholder Collaboration to address Challenges with Mineral Sourcing in Global Value Chains, and Social Accountability International (SAI)'s Social Fingerprint™ Program: Measure & Improve Social Performance in Your Supply Chain.
Pictured: Amy Goldman and Garrette Clark, UNEP - Division of Technology Industry and Economics; Amy Goldman and Alejandro Sosa, Iniciativa GEMI Mexico
  • On April 11-12, Amy Goldman, GEMI, attended the UNEP Business and Industry Global Dialogue co-organized with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and co-hosted with La Poste: “Strengthening the role of the private sector in the transition to a Resource Efficient and Green Economy: On the road to Rio+20”. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, and Jean-Paul Bailly, CEO of Group La Poste welcomed the attendees to the meeting. Speakers included representatives from the UN Global Compact, OECD, Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, PepsiCoSAF Brazil, AgroAmerica Guatemala, Unilever, Tata Quality Management Services India. The approximately 200 representatives from business and industry, governments, NGOs and civil society, discussed the role and contribution of the private sector in the transition to a green economy and its valued future input in the global processes leading to the Rio+20 Summit. The 2-day meeting focused on reviewing key findings from the UNEP Green Economy Report and discussing the implications for the private sector on a sector basis and the contribution of the private sector to global processes - elaborating input and a mechanism for engaging business and industry leading to Rio+20 taking into account related inter-sessional events. This global dialogue brought together attendees from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cote D’Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, India, Iran, Italy, Lesotho, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and US.
  • On April 12, Steve Hellem, GEMI, delivered a presentation about GEMI and its solution based environmental sustainabilitiy tools to more than 100 participants at the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) annual conference in Portland, OR. GEMI member, Paul Halberstadt, ConAgra Foods, recommended to NWFPA that they learn more about GEMI's activities and tools. NWFPA has recently developed a Sustainability Guide for Specialty Crops Food Processors and Growers and wanted to learn more about other tools that could be utilized by food producers and processors in the Northwest.
  • On April 13, Steve Hellem, GEMI, gave a presentation about GEMI to 80 participants at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining's (NCDMM) Sustainable Aerospace Manufacturing Initiative (SAMI) strategic planning discussion that took place in St. Louis, MO at GKN Aerospace. SAMI is an initiative of the Air Force's manufacturing technology program where they are working with DOD and private sector companies such as Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, General Electric and Boeing to initiate and support sustainability projects and activities. His presentation focused on GEMI's Solution Tools Matrix™, the GEMI SD Planner™, and GEMI's leading work in the development of its new GEMI Local Water Tool and water sustainability.
  • The 2011 Green Jobs Award is now accepting applications through June 15, and have added a nomination process, which will be open until May 31. The goal of the Award is to identify, recognize, and promote entrepreneurial innovators that are leaders in quality green job creation. Private, for-profit companies located in the United States with at least 10 employees and $500,000 in annual revenue in the last calendar or fiscal year are eligible to apply. More Information.

News and Resources


Source: WRI
On April 7th, a group of 24 Energy Ministers met in Abu Dhabi for the 2nd Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The group represented the governments of countries collectively responsible for over 80% of global energy consumption, and together they agreed to increase efforts to deploy carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) on a commercial scale worldwide.

Source: Environmental Leader
Supreme Court justices indicated their skepticism about a lawsuit that seeks to hold power companies accountable for carbon dioxide that crosses state boundaries.

Source: Green Inc.
More researchers and policy analysts have had a chance to digest a new study analyzing the climate impacts of unconventional natural gas development, published in the journal Climatic Change Letters. Many of the reactions echo earlier complaints that some of the methane leak data on which the study’s conclusions were based are thin (a fact that the authors, including the lead author, Robert Howarth of Cornell University, conceded).

Source: E2Wire
A new study led by a Michigan State University sociologist finds partisan divides on climate change widened greatly during the last decade.


Source: Guardian
The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds has established a three-year project (Climate Change Governance beyond the State) to analyse the role that can be played by companies in delivering the low carbon economy, and the factors that influence the decisions that companies take to reduce their emissions and those of their suppliers, customers and other parties.

Source: Guardian
A new approach means companies helping to train workers for suppliers and fostering better labour practices collaboratively.

Source: Environmental Leader
Lifecycle analysis, or LCA, is all the rage. Academics and consultants tout the amazing insights that an LCA can provide companies. Labeling organizations solicit companies to run LCAs to produce carbon or other environmental footprint numbers.

Source: GreenBiz
Earlier this year, IFS North America conducted a study among manufacturing executives to find out how many of them are currently a part of a green supply chain.


Source: GreenBiz
Corporate sustainability strategies are delivering a wide range of commercial and operational benefits for many of the world's leading companies, according to a major new survey of senior global executives.

Source: GPR
The Green Products Roundtable (GPR), a diverse group of some of the nation's most influential green product manufacturers, certifiers, distributors, retailers, purchasers, and other stakeholders, has announced the completion and release of the Green Marketplace Glossary, a tool designed to help institutional purchasers navigate the often bewildering landscape of green product marketing.

Source: GreenBiz
If you look on the shelves in just about any store today, you are hard pressed to find a product that is not emblazoned with some form of green label on it.

Source: GreenBiz
Sustainability today is seen by many company leaders as an important strategy in business success, and that idea has made it into more and more boardrooms in the last several years.


Source: WWF
According to a new study by WWF and German development bank DEG, the shortage of freshwater is not only becoming more and more of an ecological risk, but it also is rapidly becoming a major business growth risk – one that investors need to take into account.

Source: Green Inc.
A legal fight over an Idaho couple's home-building plan turns on a vexing question: when the Environmental Protection Agency says something is a wetland, under what circumstances can that declaration be reviewed?

Source: Environmental Leader
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft permit for public comment aimed at regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites.

Source: Environmental Leader
Although Americans are used to conserving water during droughts, many still believe that water will always be abundant. In reality, increased population, greater demand, and a stronger emphasis on environmental protection mean that existing water supplies may soon be insufficient (if they are not already).

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