Freelance journalist/writer with a passion for sustainable business and healthy living.
The Trump administration proposed changes in December to the Obama-era Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Instead of withdrawing the rule, the Trump administration is weakening it. The changes would not regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal and oil power plants. The EPA thinks it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate the
Eating organic foods is a great way to reduce your exposure to pesticides. A new found that pesticide levels in children and adults dropped significantly after a week of eating organic foods.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) recently launched its 2019 Dirty Dozen List of companies and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation in the U.S. Four of the companies on the list tout their sustainability programs. Those companies are Amazon, Google, Twitter, and United Airlines.
Preservatives help keep processed food products fresh, or in the case of foods like ice cream, help to thicken them. However, not all of them are good for you. Here are five that you should avoid: benzoic acid, potassium sorbate, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, and BHA.
Diet Coke is the third most popular in the U.S. However, before you grab a can, know that researchers associated a higher risk of strokes caused by a blood clot in women who drink more than one artificially sweetened beverage a day. And the association between diet drinks and stroke risk is stronger in obese women and in African American women.
A little bit of good news came about recently when the Senate passed a public lands package including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47). Passed 92-to-eight, the bill moves to the House of Representatives.
The government shutdown, is as of this writing, in its 33rd day. That means that there are 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck and nine federal departments are closed, affecting about 25 percent of the government.
Hawaii became the first state to ban sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate earlier this summer.
Burning fossil fuels has made our modern world possible with its many conveniences, but it has also been the main cause of climate change. As UN Chief Antonio Guterres recently declared, “Continuing to invest in fossil fuels would create “an unsustainable future.” He added that “we must stop making bets on an unsustainable future that will place savings and societies at risk."
President Trump is no friend to the environment. Months after being in office, he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty. He has made it clear he wants more fossil fuels pumped out of the ground, even at the expense of public lands. And he has two cronies to carry out his policies. Those cronies are Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, and Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA.
Where government fails, business can . That axiom has never been truer than it is now under President Trump. Trump announced on June 1, 2017, that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. Businesses began signing the We Are Still In declaration in June 2017, along with mayors and governors. The coalition now has over 2,700 representatives from businesses and governments in all 50 states, representing $6.2 trillion. That includes 1,800 companies and investors.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on July 5 after a growing chorus called for his resignation amidst allegations that tainted his tenure. The allegations included having a top aide help with personal matters, including apartment hunting, family vacation planning, and finding him a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel. Pruitt is the first EPA administrator to spend $3 million on security.
Activists opposing the Keystone XL pipeline have a new way to fight it using solar panels.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. It is a spending bill that would reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. The bill also includes what is termed the “Dirty Water Rider” which would cut out Clean Water Rule protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water sources.
The Florida Republican House representative Carlos Curbelo recently introduced legislation that would put a price on carbon. The legislation, called the Modernizing America with Rebuilding to Kick-start the Economy of the Twenty-first Century with a Historic Infrastructure-Centered Expansion Act, or the MARKET CHOICE Act (H.R. 6463), would impose a tax on carbon emissions starting at $24/ton of carbon equivalent (CO2e) in 2020 and would repeal the federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
The Trump administration is gutting Obama-era fuel efficiency rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a notice to “correct” the federal automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards enacted under Obama.
Single-use plastic is a menace to the planet and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Most single-use plastic is packaging and 32 percent of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced a year ends up in the world’s oceans.
The happenings within the Trump administration can read like a soap opera. The recent departures of two top Interior Department officials are the latest storyline.
The happenings within the Trump administration can read like a soap opera. The recent departures of two top Interior Department officials are the latest storyline. Downey Magallanes, former deputy chief of staff and a top adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, resigned on August 24. She already started a new job at BP. She worked on policy and operations, according to Think Progress, which included leading the review that ended in Zinke’s plan to shrink two national monuments in Utah last year.
President Trump has only been in office for less than two years, but his track record on environmental issues, including climate change, is dismal. While the Trump administration refuses to deal with climate change, cities, states, and businesses are taking action.
Donald J. Trump’s presidency is causing tech-industry employees to think more about diversity and inclusion, according to polling and research company Market Cube.
The pushback against social justice regulations passed under former U.S. President Barack Obama is in full force. This week incoming President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that essentially rolls back an Obama-era rule requiring companies to disclose labor law violations. It also prevented violating companies from receiving federal contracts.
Nike’s new shoe packaging is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste, including milk and orange juice containers and coffee lids. The shoe boxes are made from a single process of polypropylene with no added chemicals.
Qdoba Mexican Eats and Jack in the Box, part of the same parent company, joined a long line of food giants in announcing new animal welfare standards this week.
Zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTL) is a popular goal for businesses that wish to lead on sustainability. It sounds like a noble goal, and it is. But what does it mean?
While the Trump administration denies climate change and rolls back the Obama administration’s environmental protections, some members of Congress are taking action. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will conduct a committee field hearing on climate change this Monday, April 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida where Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is located. The hearing titled “Extreme Weather and Coastal Flooding: What is Happening Now, What is the Future Risk, and What Can We Do About It” is being lead by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the ranking member of the Committee.
Did a waste audit reveal your company’s recycling program isn’t exactly where you want it to be? Don’t be discouraged. Most companies hit pitfalls along the way, but those that stick with it can emerge as industry leaders. Take Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Microsoft, for example, which lead the consumer packaged goods and electronics industries in recycling.
The Donald Trump administration is busy rolling back the environmental legislation put forth under his predecessor, Barack Obama. Despite Trump’s anti-environmental measures, the world is headed toward a path where the year 2020 could be the turning point for climate change.
A growing number of American oil and gas giants are divesting themselves of their Canadian tar sands holdings.
Electronic waste, commonly called e-waste, is a big problem. Over 20 million tons of e-waste are produced annually around, 3.4 million tons of which hail from the U.S. According to iFixit, e-waste in the U.S. alone would weigh more than the combined weight of every living blue whale.
Green building is a trend that is on the upswing. The number of global builders that have at least 60 percent of their projects certified green will double from 2015 to 2018, predicts the World Green Building Trends. By 2023, commercial building owners and managers will have invested an estimated $960 billion globally on making their existing built infrastructure green. The global building sector continues to double every three years, according to the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report.
Carnival Corporation is a cruise company that bills itself as the world’s largest leisure travel company. It is also a company that puts a premium on sustainability, as shown by the progress it has made towards sustainability performance goals it set in 2015. The 10 goals are all specifically designed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035. After 2035, the annual net benefits will increase faster than charging infrastructure investments.
Engaging employees in community action is a win-win for companies: It improves corporate image, makes the workplace more enjoyable and, of course, benefits the community.
Many egg-laying hens in the U.S. spend their lives in cages only 67 square inches. That is smaller than a sheet of letter-sized paper. Battery cages are so small that hens are unable to turn around, flap their wings or engage is normal chicken behavior such as nesting, perching or dustbathing. Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay eggs in nests.
In 2015, a nonprofit group of leaders called the B Team, led by Richard Branson, created an agreement they called “Net-Zero by 2050.” It called for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a decidedly ambitious goal. They sent a letter to Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), “calling on governments and businesses to commit to bold action” at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris that same year.
Lifting and moving products through a store is not an easy job, and it can wind up leaving employees with very sore muscles. Home improvement giant Lowe’s decided to do something about its employees’ achy backs.
Earlier this month, House Republicans voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While these lawmakers trumpet their vote and bad mouth the ACA, there is something they need to understand: It expanded healthcare coverage. And that is particularly true in California among certain groups, according to new research.
The utility company Southern California Edison envisions a future where there are over 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the state’s freeways and streets, and most electricity comes from solar and wind in 2030. The air will be cleaner than it has been in over a decade. As the whitepaper written by the company acknowledges, it is a California not yet realized, but SCE is working to make that scenario a reality.
Racial discrimination in mortgage lending is prohibited under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). But the city of Philadelphia says the practice is still alive and well at Wells Fargo.
Having to flee a war-torn country is agonizing. Learning how to adapt to a new country can be even harder, but learning new skills that can lead to a good job often helps to ease the transition.
Shipping companies like UPS are investing in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative to fossil fuels. RNG, also known as biomethane, is a gas that is completely interchangeable with conventional natural gas, and can be used in natural gas vehicles.
A company with a strong corporate social responsibility has more engaged employees. Almost 60 percent of employees who are proud of their company’s CSR program are engaged at their jobs, according to Double the Donation.
The USDA announced the decision in the spring to withdraw from the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. Withdrawal became effective on May 13, 2018.
A 2016 law in France bans grocery stores from throwing away food that is still edible. Under the law, grocery stores have to donate the food to charities.
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest hog producer, is committed to transitioning all pregnant sows on company-owned farms to group housing systems by the end of 2017. The company is well on its way to meet the goal. As of the end of last year, 87 percent of its company-owned farms house pregnant sows in group systems.