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09.27.11 (LAS CRUCES) — City, county and business leaders in Las Cruces are learning more about an innovation that would bring jobs to the area while helping the environment. Workers at Sapphire Energy in Las Cruces are testing their commercial algae production. “This is a very serious, scientific and commercial demonstration process that the technology has gone beyond the bench in the scientific laboratory that its now outdoors at very significant scale, half acre to acre pond systems, experimenting with pond developments and designs,” said Tim Zenk, vice president of corporate affairs for Sapphire. The company is looking at creating green crude which would basically replace petroleum grown from algae. So, instead of getting our oil from below ground we get it from above ground. “This benefits a number of different ways, first and foremost this utilizes local talent so folks who go to school at New Mexico State University, some of our incredible talent locally are many of the workers that currently work with Sapphire, that’s money that is directly invested back into our economy,” said Nathan Small, Las Cruces city council member. About 95 percent of its workforce are graduates of New Mexico State University. Through the entire life cycle of this technology, leaders with the company hope they can continue to have even more research opportunities available. “There are real opportunities here for us to develop a new industrial base that could at some point be on the same
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It may be a “developing” country (although I never liked the term), but did you know that Costa Rica developed the concept of carbon credits?! Pretty innovative for such a small country with such limited financial resources!

Costa Rica continues to be an innovative leader in the area of sustainable tourism and ecotourism. The title of the Second International Conference hosted in San Jose, Costa Rica earlier this month says it all! Planet, People, Peace…

For the second time, CANAECO the Ecotourism Chamber of Costa Rica, hosted the International Conference: Planet, People, Peace from November 1 to 3, 2010 in San José, Costa Rica. In efforts to promote the country’s model of sustainable tourism and learn from experts around the world, the Conference attracted speakers from:

* Kenya, such as Joseph Ole Shuel, the Director of II N’gwesi Masai Community Lodge,
* USA, such as Alex Major, the Founder and Executive Director of the Green Flight Foundation; and Erika Harms, the Senior Advisor on Tourism at the United Nations Foundation,
* Canada, such as Deidre Campbell, the CEO of the Tartan Group,
* England, such as Richard Denman, the Certification expert appointed for the World Ecotourism Summit by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP,
* Guatemala, such as Oscar Cac from the AK Tenamit Indigenous Community development Organization,
* …and oh so many more!

Others, like Hitesh Mehta (a landscape architect and world designer of ecolodges), were effectively mingling with unsuspecting participants, attending companies, organizations, and professionals, who may be unaware of the “star factor” that they may discover in stopping to chat or sharing a meal. That was the wonderful aspect of this conference! Networking with international experts, indigenous community members, and business professionals was never so effortless and real. I mean you could really share your passion and talk about real issues… maybe because the Costa Rican culture provided the perfect backdrop of friendly atmosphere to an otherwise professional event. Where else do you see professionals kiss and hug when accepting a gift on the stage?!

The format and organization of the conference encouraged an active participation and exploration, including the option of translation for English speakers like myself. Guest speakers and discussion panels on the stage were joined by interesting inquires and comments from the floor, while the stands outside of the conference room continually generated a buzz of excitement.

Coming out of this significant event and having made so many wonderful and important connections, I realised on a deeper level the achievement in sustainable tourism by this little brave country. Costa Rica has been both a pioneer and an innovator and this is why it is recognized by the world as the leader in sustainable tourism. This important intrinsic aspect is ingrained in the country’s culture, government and policies, and eagerly embraced by businesses that love and cherish their little piece of paradise and the pure life (pura vida) that it offers. This is very smart of Costa Rica, because tourists continue to increase their concern about the natural environment and they are consistently choosing tourist destinations using these models of sustainability. As a result, the conference reinforced the innovative Costa Rican model, creating a responsible destination where tourists can contribute to solutions and sustainable tourism.

The next step for Costa Rica? The country may be reinventing itself yet again by changing the seal from Sustainable Tourism to Carbon Neutral, thanks to the Costa Rican national airline Nature Air, the only fully sustainable airline, among others. And perhaps in the near future the country will even become “carbon negative” – another first for Costa Rica!

“No camera will store as much as your heart” – this is certainly true about Costa Rica.

Article from Agnes Nowaczek

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Green Energy Ontario 2.0 – Third Annual Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Conference
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Green Energy Ontario 2.0 – Third Annual Ontario
Sustainable Energy Association Conference
Community Power Conference 2011 Final Agenda announced

WHAT:
Join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
for its third annual Community Power Conference
to hear about and discuss the FIT review, Green
Energy Ontario 2.0, and practical training on how
to drive community-led and community-commercial project partnerships.

Also, join the industry’s sustainable energy
champions and Ontario’s top chefs at the Steam
Whistle Brewery as we throw the sector’s best and
most exclusive social event, the Green Connection, on Monday, November 14th.

While attending the conference, be sure to tour
our
Power
Networking
Centre
trade show, held in partnership with the
Association of Power Producers of Ontario.

FEATURED SPEAKERS and PANELISTS INCLUDE:
– Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister
of Energy (welcome address at Green Connection)
– Colin Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Authority
– Paul McKay, former OSEA director and
past senior policy advisor to Ontario Ministry of Energy
– John Spears, Reporter, Toronto Star
– Tom Rand, Cleantech Advisor, MARS
– Nicholas Parker, The Cleantech Group
– Jose Etcheverry Ph.D., Co-Chair
Sustainable Energy Initiative, Assistant
Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

See the full conference program, list of speakers
and other conference details
here.

WHEN:
November 14th and 15th, 2011

WHERE:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Level 800, Hall G & Room 803
222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

– Community and Commercial developers
– Lenders and investors
– Community Leaders and Delegates
– Economic Development Officers
– Chief Administrative Officers
– Mayors
– School Board Representatives
– Union Representatives
– Small & Medium Size Business Owners
– Manufacturers
– Farmers
– First Nations and Métis
– Students

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Sheffield: A City You’ll Love

Located in the heart of Britain, England’s greenest city (150 woodlands and 50 public parks), 1/3 of the city lies within the Peak District National Park, the safest city in England, the first National City of Sport, home to Europe’s largest outdoor all-season ski resort, with UK’s largest theatre complex outside London, largest city centre glasshouse in Europe, one of the most transport-friendly cities in the UK, and far far more…

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

www.ted.com Political prisoners aren’t the only ones being tortured — the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in ‘functioning’ legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http
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The Plaquemines Parish Economic Development Board has produced this short video to introduce viewers to the area of Plaquemines Parish Louisiana. The video highlights the areas that are being rebuilt after the 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The focus is on the communities that make up the 75 mile long Parish and about how new infrastructure, schools and business opportunities are live and welcome in Plaquemines Parish.

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Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

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Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Catskill Region Hotels and Lodges Go Green, Completing a Rigorous Eco-Business Certification Program

Catskill Region Hotels and Lodges Go Green, Completing a Rigorous Eco-Business Certification Program










Catskills, NY (PRWEB) December 12, 2011

Eighteen lodging establishments that have recently received the Green Concierge© Bronze certification will be honored at a reception on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Longhouse Lodge at Belleayre Mountain. The program, which is administered by environmental consulting firm HospitalityGreen LLC, trains and assesses lodging facilities to ensure they meet standards for waste reduction, energy and water conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing and recycling.

The newly certified facilities span Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster Counties in New York State and represent the full spectrum of lodging available in the Catskills, including resort hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, farm stays, and retreat centers. The list of certified properties includes:

Christman’s Windam House

Creek Locks Bed and Breakfast

Frost Valley YMCA

Hotel Vienna

The Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast

Kaatskill Mountain Club

La Basse Cour

Lifebridge Sanctuary

Margaretville Motel

Margaretville Mountain Inn

Menla Mountain Retreat

Pepacton Cabins

Phoenicia Lodge

Rosehaven Inn

Skylake Lodge

The Thompson House

Turquoise Barn

Twin Gables

Washington Irving Inn

Each facility has made both small and large changes to make their business sustainable and more cost-efficient. This includes using energy efficient light bulbs, recycling, composting, using non-toxic cleaning products, upgrading sinks, showerheads and toilets to water-conserving models, purchasing recycled-content paper products, and sourcing local produce whenever possible. A Resource Tracking Tool (RTT) helped them track measurable environmental improvements and target opportunities for reducing costs.

Evadne Giannini, Founder and CEO of HospitalityGreen LLC, said “We have been working with these facilities since late 2010, and it’s wonderful to see how far they have come. They have been so dedicated to the program and now that they are officially certified, we hope to see the Catskills flourish as an eco-tourist destination.”

Select facilities will continue with the program to reach subsequent tiers (Silver and then Gold certification), implementing and tracking increasingly rigorous sustainable practices. Ten additional lodgings are currently participating in the Green Concierge© program as well with the goal of reaching Bronze certification within the next year.

In addition to the certification program, the Green Concierge Project, through funding from the Empire State Development (ESD) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), provides free one-on-one technical assistance to over 150 tourism and lodging facilities in the Catskill Watershed Region to improve their operational economic and environmental sustainability practices. The GC Certification is recognized and ranked by Greenlodge.org as a Silver Tier Program, placing it within an elite group of national and international third party certification programs.            

HospitalityGreen LLC is a New York based consulting firm specializing in environmental and operations consulting services. HospitalityGreen partners with service-based and product-based clients throughout the hospitality, manufacturing and institutional healthcare industries, to implement sustainable business practices.

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New Co-Owner and Partner, Luke Faulstick, Will Join Power Partners as President and CEO

New Co-Owner and Partner, Luke Faulstick, Will Join Power Partners as President and CEO










Athens, GA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011

Power Partners, Inc. (http://www.powerpartners-usa.com) announced today that Luke Faulstick will be the new co-owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective February 6, 2012. Faulstick will be partnering with Steve Hollis, who has served as President and CEO of Power Partners since 2003 and will become Chairman of the company and Executive Vice President for Development.

Hollis and the late Dr. Sherrie Ford, who died in April of this year, purchased a manufacturing plant from ABB in 2003 that is now known as Power Partners. Hollis and Ford first met Faulstick when he developed a reputation for catalyzing team-building and quality management successes as plant manager for a Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics two-plant site in Braselton, GA, in the mid-1990s, and he has served as an advisor to Hollis and Ford since 2003.

Faulstick comes to Power Partners from DJO Global, a leading global provider of high-quality orthopedic devices used for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy, where he has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2008. He joined DJO in 2001, and before that, he worked at Tyco Healthcare, Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics and the Eastman Kodak Company. While at DJO Global, Luke helped grow the company ten-fold and built DJO into a six location, global enterprise. Faulstick’s global operations teams and manufacturing plants have won numerous awards, including the Shingo Prize for operational excellence in 2005, 2008, and 2011; Industry Week’s Best Plants in 2005 and 2007; and the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Operational Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011. The Best Places to Work Institute selected DJO’s 2000-employee plant in Mexico as the best place to work in all of Mexico in 2010 and second on its Best Places to Work list in 2011.

Faulstick received a B.S. in engineering from Michigan State University and an M.S. in engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence from 2009 to 2011 and is a Certified Board of Director through the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

“We are delighted that Luke is joining the Power Partners team,” Steve Hollis said. “His talent, drive and ability to make believers of employee teams have turned a number of organizations into world class lean enterprises. Power Partners has long benefited from his advice, and with him now becoming a co-owner and partner, his impact will be even greater.”

With Faulstick on board, much of Hollis’ focus will be on the growth of Power Partners’ existing business lines, the customer relationships that drive these lines, and the development of new markets, work culture and people.

About Power Partners

Power Partners is a leading manufacturer of overhead distribution transformers, serving utility, industrial and commercial customers in North America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and other markets. More than 8 million transformers have been produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Athens, GA, over its 50-year history. Power Partners offers the shortest manufacturing cycles in the industry and has a stellar track record of responding to storms with great speed. More recently, Power Partners has been producing ECO-MAX adsorption chillers and solar water heating systems. Power Partners is a partner in the EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP) and in the Green Supplier Network. The company is ISO 14001: 2004 certified.

Recently, SJF Institute and Citi Foundation named Power Partners one of the seven 2011 winners of the Green Jobs Award for its contributions to the economy and the environment. The company also received the Excellence in Sustainability award at the 2011 Manufacturing Innovations Conference, a national event sponsored by the National Institute of Standards’ Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Power Partners was honored for its breakthrough, environmentally responsible products, including ECO-MAX adsorption chillers and solar thermal products, and for the energy saving measures it utilizes in its manufacturing facility.

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Saul Griffith on kites as the future of renewable energy

www.ted.com In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at www.ted.com
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Summit on the Future of the Corporation Plenary Session 1(Part 1): Global Imbalances and Organizational Forms: Rethinking Purpose and Structure. Are Corporations Equipped for the 21st Century? Moderator: John Elkington, SustainAbility -Henry Mintzberg, McGill University -David Korten, Author -Arie de Geus, Formerly Royal Dutch Shell Dialogue Facilitator: Peter Senge,MIT & SoL Please visit corporation2020.org and summit2020.org for more information about this event.
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Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

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Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

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Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

Brooks Sports, Inc. Takes Significant Step in Sustainability Journey with First Corporate Responsibility Report

Brooks Sports, Inc. Takes Significant Step in Sustainability Journey with First Corporate Responsibility Report










Bothell, WA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

Brooks Sports, Inc., parent of leading running brand Brooks and women’s active lifestyle brand Moving Comfort, today released its first corporate responsibility (CR) report. The report, Running Responsibly, expresses the company’s philosophy on corporate responsibility and its road map to achieve its CR goals. It also represents an important mile marker in the company’s quest to become one of the most admired companies in the world and a more sustainable business.

The report, which includes the company’s first greenhouse gas emissions measurement, highlights the corporation’s 2009 and 2010 environmental and social performance, and the strides taken to manage the company’s most material sustainability issues. The report also highlights challenges and key focus areas around the bend.

“Through best-in-class gear, can-do service and Run Happy spirit, we strive to develop meaningful consumer connections that ring far beyond the register,” said Jim Weber, Brooks President and CEO. “We care about our customer’s healthy bodies and minds, and our role in fostering an environment where life can thrive for the long run. Our newly established sustainability baselines will help us measure our future CR progress in what we consider a lifelong marathon.”

The CR report includes an in-depth eco-footprint of two of the company’s top-selling 2009 products—the Adrenaline GTS 10 performance running shoe and the Podium SS technical running top—that identifies, quantifies and assesses the environmental impacts associated with these products’ different life cycle stages. The report also features sustainability highlights from 2009 and 2010:


    BioMoGo Midsole – A five-year study found that BioMoGo, the midsole materials used for the vast majority of Brooks shoes, degrades in anaerobic conditions 50 times faster than a standard EVA midsole.
    Cascadia 6 – Virtually every component of the Cascadia 6 has an environmentally-friendlier feature, such as materials made of recycled content, water-based inks and adhesives, and soy-based foams.
    CMP Midsole – Brooks’ eco-friendlier compression molded preform (CMP) midsole manufacturing process creates 50 percent less waste than traditional midsole manufacturing methods.
    Green Silence – Constructed with roughly half as many parts as a comparable shoe, 75 percent of the Green Silence is made from post-consumer recycled material. The shoe requires 41 percent less energy to produce and uses 65 percent fewer volatile organic compounds.
    Packaging Materials and Waste Reduction – Brooks examined every aspect of its shoe box and determined several ways to significantly reduce packaging materials and waste.
    Hazardous Substance Reduction – In 2010, Brooks listed 193 chemicals on its restricted substance list and actively tracked 67 of the highest risk substances. All 49 of Brooks’ footwear component and material suppliers, and contract factories have enlisted in its Restricted Substances program to help make Brooks products as safe as possible.
    Factory Performance – Brooks began auditing its contract factories in the early 2000s, driving steady and meaningful social improvements. From 2009 to 2010, the average number of violations against Brooks’ Code of Conduct decreased in issues related to wages and benefits as well as heath and safety.
    Factory and Supplier Training – At Brooks’ annual training conference, the company educates its factories and component suppliers, free of charge, about its CR program, human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental issues.
    Soles4Souls – Brooks collects and donates product samples and gently worn shoes and apparel for those in need through the Soles4Souls program. In two years, Brooks donated more than 175,000 items.
    Brooks and Moving Comfort Charitable Apparel Programs – Together, the two brands donated more than $ 65,000 in 2009 and 2010 to various charities through the sales of cause-related apparel collections.

Now with a baseline measurement of its sustainability impacts, Brooks will focus future CR efforts on five key areas that are most pivotal to its business:

    Energy and water used to manufacture and assemble products and operate facilities
    Waste generated (particularly on materials that are used) in the manufacture of products
    GHG emissions associated with products and business operations
    Materials used that are harmful for people and the environment
    The well being of the individuals who work at Brooks and make its products

Brooks’ Running Responsibly report is written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines, the de-facto standard for sustainability reporting. To see a copy of the entire report, please visit http://www.brooksrunning.com/runningresponsibly. Feedback is encouraged on the reporting process and performance via runningresponsibly(at)brooksrunning(dot)com.

About Brooks

Brooks is a leading running company that designs and markets a line of performance footwear, apparel, and accessories in more than 60 countries worldwide. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Brooks was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. The company’s mission is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, and faster. Visit BrooksRunning.com for more information, and to follow frequent brand updates on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (Brooks Running).

About Moving Comfort

Established in 1977 with the first women’s running short, Moving Comfort designs and delivers fitness apparel and sports bras that support and inspire women to get fit, be healthy, and achieve their own unique personal best. Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle, Moving Comfort is a division of Brooks Sports, Inc. Visit MovingComfort.com for more information.

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