JetBlue Airways is working with the New York Botanical Garden to develop a Caribbean consortium to address conservation and commerce in the region. "JetBlue wants to protect the region's natural beauty, which in turn protects progress and our business," said Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability at JetBlue.
"Whole cultural change" is how Kilroy Realty Corp. has maintained its sustainability programs, according to Sara Neff, senior vice president of sustainability. The REIT also has developed an Innovation Lab, which formalizes the implementation of sustainability pilot projects.
Some school districts looking to adopt environmentally friendly lunch tray options are partnering with the Urban School Food Alliance. Amy Virus, a Philadelphia schools' food services manager, says the district was able to negotiate a better price for such trays through the alliance.
Primark has created the Global Sourcing Map, which will improve transparency by helping consumers learn about all of the factories and suppliers in its supply chain. The map includes data on the 1,071 factories and suppliers in Primark's supply chain, which will be updated by the company's Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team twice per year.
Industry standards for recyclable packaging lack sufficient data for a truly circular design, writes Rachel Morier, sustainability director at the PAC Packaging Consortium. Companies must first assess current packaging practices, determine where improvements can be made and implement life-cycle assessment tools to meet their goals, she suggests.
The USDA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Innovation Center for US Dairy aimed at improving the dairy industry's environmental sustainability. "USDA and the Innovation Center will continue to work together to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies and increase energy efficiency improvements on US dairy farms," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved solar plants proposed by Blue Planet Renewable Energy and a subsidiary of Invenergy Solar Development North America. The solar plants will supply a combined 275 megawatts of renewable energy to the state.
Egypt has improved its wind energy portfolio by licensing four wind farms for energy production, according to a Daily News Egypt report. The new wind farms will add a combined 1,420 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to the country.
Every work culture has its pros and cons, so if yours is experiencing too much stress from competitiveness, it may be time to borrow concepts from a collaborative culture, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. When red tape and dullness inhibit performance in a bureaucratic workplace, adopt approaches from startups, such as allowing more individual initiative, she writes.