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Just ran some numbers on our cumulative impact after 5 years work on waste reduction for one of our clients, and we’re feeling pretty good about our work.
In the last five years,, we’ve diverted over 14,000 tons of waste taken from landfill to recycling, resulting in lifecycle GHG reductions of over 45,000 metric tons. In that time we’ve generated over $1.5 million in cumulative savings, with annual savings in 2015 expected at $560,000.
Congratulations to iReuse client Kaiser Permanente for their outstanding achievement in waste reduction. Kaiser won 2 Business Efficiency Awards for their waste reduction programs at facilities in Oakland and Southern Alameda County. We helped them find a market for the two tons of reusable materials. You can learn more here. Check out out case studies for more information on our waste reduction solutions.
The California cap-and-trade program earned regulatory approval last month and is expected to be active in 2013. This cap-and-trade program is the first of its kind in the United States and will dial emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. Cap and trade programs use market efficiencies to deal with climate change by charging polluters for the right to create greenhouse gasses with permits. Efficient companies would be able to sell their permits on the open market, further incentivizing good greenhouse gas management. The amount of permitted pollution is reduced over time, so the costs of polluting will rise. Up to 8% of a company’s greenhouse gasses can be covered through credits from certified offset projects.
While there have been vocal critics of cap-and-trade schemes, emissions trading has successfully reduced pollutants under the 1990 Clean Air Act. Those seeking more data on the effects of emissions trading can check out this paper detailing the effects of SOX/NOX emissions trading on the environment. One key result: utility costs will rise once the market is established, as utilities are allowed to pass costs through to consumers. If you don’t have a comprehensive program to reduce energy use at your California operations, now is the time to get started.
In other news, Australia just passed their own version of cap-and-trade this month, joining the European Union, Tokyo, the US northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Norway and New Zealand with some sort of carbon permitting scheme. A little back-of-the-envelope math shows that roughly 36% of the world’s GDP will be governed by carbon permitting by 2018. Not a bad start.
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Sausalito, CA, May 1, 2010: iReuse becomes a Certified B CorporationTM.
iReuse and B Lab announced today that iReuse is now certified as a B Corporation, joining a network of over 280 leading companies in a movement to build a new corporate standard for social and environmental performance. B Corporations use the power of market-based solutions to solve pressing social and environmental problems, while committing to benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders. To become certified as a B Corporation, companies must meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, as well as amend their corporate by-laws to incorporate the interests of employees, the community, and the environment. Companies must also agree to undergo an audit of their business practices once every five years. read more
2010 Forty Under 40: The winners
Posted by: Jenna V. Loceff, Jeff Quackenbush, Loralee Stevens, Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporters
Original article on the NorthBay Business Journal: http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/20535/2010-forty-under-40-the-winners/
The winners of the Business Journal’s fourth-annual Forty under 40 awards were selected from more than 75 nominees and represent new honorees not previously chosen in 2007, 2008 or 2009.
Nominations, which were taken during the month of January, came from friends, fellow workers, managers and the Business Journal editorial staff. When the Business Journal launched this project four years ago, many told us we would never find 40 business leaders under the age of 40. We thought otherwise. Indeed, we have found 160. Their achievements represent both the current dynamism of the North Bay and the promise of the economy in the future.