Walgreen store is expected to produce energy beyond usage | Whole Foods vows GMO labeling by 2018 | Report on insurers' catastrophe readiness draws industry criticism
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March 12, 2013
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Setting the Example
Walgreen store is expected to produce energy beyond usage
Walgreen is planning a store in Evanston, Ill., that will use solar panels, geothermal energy and wind turbines to generate more energy than it uses. The site is expected to generate 256,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, while using 200,000. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (3/10)
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Whole Foods vows GMO labeling by 2018
Whole Foods Market is the first grocery chain to set a deadline for labeling food with genetically modified organisms, vowing the move by 2018 at U.S. and Canadian stores. "We are stepping up our support of certified organic agriculture, where GMOs are not allowed, and we are working together with our supplier partners to grow our non-GMO supply chain to ensure we can continue to provide these choices in the future," co-CEO Walter Robb said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8), The Shelby Report online (3/8)
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Creating Accountability
Report on insurers' catastrophe readiness draws industry criticism
A report commissioned by Ceres said many insurers operating in California, Washington and New York have strategies that aren't geared toward dealing with more severe natural disasters in the long run. But David Snyder of PCI said the industry is adopting a range of strategies that address climate-related risk. "Across the board we think the industry is responding to the needs of its policyholders," Snyder said. Insurance Journal (3/7)
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Report: China's air pollution will only grow worse
China's air pollution is on pace to become about 70% worse by 2025 because of increasing coal consumption and car ownership, according to Deutsche Bank analysts. Quartz (3/12)
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Green Marketing
Washington, D.C., hotels go green to entice travelers
A Starwood Element hotel is planned for Washington, D.C.'s, Southwest waterfront, and it will feature eco-friendly appliances in a LEED-certified building. Other hotels in the district are deploying sustainability measures as a way to save money and go green in an effort to attract clientele. Kimpton offers its EarthCare Program, which uses energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly cleaning products. The Washington Post/Capital Business (3/10)
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The Responsible Leader
Are HR managers getting on board with CSR?
Human resources departments need to take a lead role in CSR efforts if they don't want to be left behind, writes Elaine Cohen. "The answer is partnership: CSR Managers must look to the HR function to be equal partners in the advancement of shared CSR strategy and goals, and must be proactive in inviting that partnership. Equally, HR Managers must do the same," she writes. CSRwire Talkback blog (3/8)
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Powering Tomorrow
Sustainable energy needed for developing areas
The development of sustainable energy sources for the poverty-stricken areas of the world will do much to improve the lives of 90% of the world, writes Andrew C. Revkin. "[T]he 'energy quest' that's needed to smooth the human journey in this century has two faces -- one figuring out how the haves can use energy more wisely, the other figuring out how to get the benefits that come with modern energy to the billions without sustainable options right now," he argues. He cites several companies who are moving toward this goal. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Dot Earth blog (3/8)
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
6 lessons in the aftermath of Yahoo's telecommuting memo
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ended telecommuting as one of a series of changes designed to improve office culture and spur innovation, Dana Theus writes. Mayer was right to take a stand and have managers communicate the news privately to affected workers first, Theus writes, but the memo was not culture-driven or sensitive to affected employees, she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/11)
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief's inside look at #SXSW
SmartBrief is attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, with tweeting @SmartBrief and blogging at SmartBlogs. Here's some of our coverage so far.
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We've seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled. Some of our manufacturers say they've seen a 15% increase in sales of products they have labeled."
-- A.C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, as quoted by The New York Times
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