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13th Apr 2012 | Posted by Eco Wolfe
Eco-Wolfe is Cohn & Wolfe’s window into the world of sustainability, providing breaking eco-news stories, showcasing green brand initiatives and sharing tips for how we can all lead a more eco-friendly life. At Cohn & Wolfe, sustainability communications is not only an area of expertise, it is our passion. Eco-Wolfe aims to bring light to sustainability issues, recognize the companies and media that help drive sustainability and make our world, and yours, a little “greener” in the process.
Why Going Green Can Mean Big Money for Fast-Food Chains
Reducing packaging, installing energy efficient grass roofs and promoting nonbeef burgers with a smaller carbon footprint helped Sweden's Max Burgers become the country's top burger chain. Despite efforts by a few chains, sustainability efforts on a large scale haven't yet caught on with U.S. chains, but growing interest among younger consumers is likely to spur green changes, analysts say.
Read the rest of Sonia van Gilder Cooke’s article on TIME.
H&M, the Ethical Fast Fashion Leader?
H&M, the global fast fashion leader, has ramped up its sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in recent years. Once an easy target for those critical of the clothing industry’s record on environmental and human rights issues, the micro-seasonal Swedish trendsetter can provide a bevy of statistics that would make most CSR professionals blush.
Read the rest of Leon Kaye’s article on Triple Pundit.
Is Cloud Computing the Next Big Energy Saver for Companies?
Cloud computing already has cut some businesses' IT costs. But a new report has found that it also could be the next big thing to help reduce their energy use. The fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report -- by technology products and services seller CDW -- calls cloud computing a possible “game changer” that's playing a growing role in energy efficiency.
Read the rest of Eric Louie’s article on GreenBiz.
US Led World in Clean Energy Investment for 2011
The United States led the world in clean energy investment in 2011, overtaking China, new analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts shows. Pew's Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race 2011 Edition breaks down clean energy investment on a country-by-country basis, illustrating this with a quite useful interactive map showing how much each nation has invested, and their renewable energy capacity based upon source.
Read the rest of Mat McDermott’s article on Treehugger.
12 Tips for Kicking the Refined Sugar Habit
We continue to hear how bad sugar is for us, but how do we avoid it? Here are some ways to help you eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
Read the rest of Kimi Harris’ article on Mother Nature Network.
U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for Livestock
Farmers and ranchers will for the first time need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics in farm animals, in hopes that more judicious use of the drugs will reduce the tens of thousands of human deaths that result each year from the drugs’ overuse. The Food and Drug Administration announced the new rule Wednesday after trying for more than 35 years to stop farmers and ranchers from feeding antibiotics to cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals simply to help the animals grow larger.
Read the rest of Gardiner Harris’ article on The New York Times.
Unplug your cell phone or BlackBerry charger when you are not using it. Many electronics and appliances draw energy even when they are not in use. If you want to determine whether or not something is drawing energy even when “sleeping” (and how much it is wasting), you can test it with a watt meter.