Salt Lake City is not the first city I’ve visited through my work at NativeEnergy where localized pollution has made for an uncomfortable visit. It serves as a potent reminder of the reason I’m there.
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that they were embarking on their Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The program includes wind, landfill-gas-to-energy, solar, efficiency, and conservation projects.
During the first week of November, I traveled to the bayou and participated in helping to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands with In Good Company. The organization is a collaboration of like-minded businesses—such as Clif Bar & Company, Annie’s Homegrown, EILEEN FISHER, King Arthur Flour, and Seventh Generation— that make a commitment to community service. Every year, these values-driven companies join together to make a difference through hands-on action and volunteerism, bringing awareness to important issues and communities in need.
Memorable moments abounded at Sustainable Brands 2012 in San Diego about a month ago. The gathering involved more than 1,000 people, many representatives of the companies working most diligently to integrate environmentally and socially mindful practices into their daily business operations.
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