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October 23, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • IKEA commits to solar, wind energy plan
    IKEA will power all of its stores and other buildings around the world using strictly solar and wind power by the end of the next decade, said the retailer's sustainability chief, Steve Howard. "Sustainability will decide the winners and losers in the business community." USA Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Firm develops ethanol-fired stove for sub-Saharan Africa
    CleanStar Mozambique, an African business venture formed with the support of investors including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Novozymes and ICM, has developed a small cooking stove that runs on ethanol from the processed roots of the cassava plant. The Ndzilo ethanol stove is meant to be a sustainable alternative to the charcoal-fed stoves commonly used in sub-Saharan Africa, the company said. "It is a proof of concept for something that can be replicated in sub-Saharan Africa," said project coordinator Anders Tuxen of Novozymes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/IHT Rendezvous blog (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
Green Marketing 
  • How to make the most of the FTC's green-marketing guidelines
    The Federal Trade Commission's green-advertising guidelines represent a window of opportunity for aspiring eco-brands, says former FTC official Thomas A. Cohn. In terms of branding and eco-certification, the new rulebook will give a competitive edge to marketers that focus on honest, transparent messaging. There will be "a shakeout in which the bad operators go out of business and the legitimate ones differentiate themselves and prosper," Cohn predicts. Home Channel News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sustainability Update Powered by 3BL Media 
  • Why Cisco is Investing Talent, Technology and Cash to Help the Hungry
    It takes more than money to solve the problem of hunger; at least that's what Cisco thinks. Motivated by the story of an 8-year-old with little food but who shared what she could with her classmates, Cisco and Cypress Semiconductor donated a 75,000-square-foot building and over $2.2 million to the Second Harvest food pantry with a goal of matching $4 million in gifts. Cisco also has donated unified communications and networking infrastructure products to increase productivity and volunteered over 1,800 hours at the organization. And this is only the beginning. 3BL Media
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The Responsible Leader 
  • Gently does it, says Radisson CSR chief
    Greening a global hotel chain doesn't have to involve big, bold actions, says Inge Huijbrechts, head of responsible business for Radisson parent company Rezidor. The company is focusing on low-hanging fruit such as energy use that can yield meaningful results and can be replicated regardless of location. "We first want to go there before we tackle the more long-range investments or investments that pay back over a longer period of time," Huijbrechts explains. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
We want to do good by doing good business. We are not philanthropy."
--Anders Tuxen, Novozymes official, as quoted by The New York Times
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