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Issue No. 59: September 2015

Our Perspective

How Tech Companies are Promoting Sustainability

Tech companies regularly promote sustainability. Some develop energy-efficient products made of renewable materials. Some incorporate sustainable practices into their business operations. And some go as far as encouraging consumers, employees and other firms to embrace sustainability. Read More

Effectiveness of Local Agency Sustainability Plans

A successful sustainability plan allows you to identify and implement goals, milestones and metrics to measure success and address environmental concerns, economic conditions and social equity within your community.

Download our new white paper to review the effectiveness of local agency sustainability plans.

Industry Updates

California’s Supply Chain Law has had Global Implications for Business

In 2010, a little known and under-reported supply chain regulation was signed into law in California. Almost five years later, California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) is influencing reporting regulations around the world, changing what it means for the private sector to manage and report what they are doing to eliminate human trafficking and forced labor within their global supply chains. Read More

Cross-Party Deal to Battle Global Warming in Scotland

Environmental campaigners have brokered a unique cross-party deal that will see Scottish politicians laying out detailed plans on battling global warming before the 2016 election. Read More

General Mills has Big Plans to Go Green

General Mills has outlined a plan to cut carbon emissions by nearly 30% over the next decade, an ambitious goal that will require the cereal maker to lean on farmers and suppliers to make that vision a reality. Read More

Drought Researchers Explain Future Water Management Challenges

California's ongoing extreme drought must be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world, says a team of NOAA and University of California climatologists and hydrologists. Read More

How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China

IBM is testing a new way to alleviate Beijing’s choking air pollution with the help of artificial intelligence. The Chinese capital, like many other cities across the country, is surrounded by factories, many fueled by coal, that emit harmful particulates. But pollution levels can vary depending on factors such as industrial activity, traffic congestion, and weather conditions. Read More

Low Cost IoT Solutions, Data Driven Analytics to Propel Energy Management Market

Smart building solutions are a growing focus for companies as technology innovations create significant changes across the energy management industry landscape, according to a report from Research and Markets. Modular, low-cost IoT solutions will win in the short- to medium-term, while data-driven analytics will continue to propel the energy management market forward. Read More

Nike’s Logistics Center Is China’s First LEED Platinum Warehouse

Nike’s China Logistics Center — the country’s first LEED Platinum warehouse — is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by 4,200 tons annually, according to an article on the USGBC website. Read More

Top Posts from the FCS Blog

Sustainability in the Supply Chain

By Seth Nabarro

Tips to make your Air Conditioner Energy Efficient in a Heat Wave

By Sharolyn Vettese

Sustainability Plans and You

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Why California’s Drought is a Global Issue

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Making Sense Out of Sustainability Plans

By Frank Coyle

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