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NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Corporate Responsibility for Waste Reduction Insufficient
As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council report that the lack of strong recycling policies and insufficient practices by companies are factors in low recycling rates in the United States.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | PERSONAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
Procter & Gamble Agrees to 90% Recyclable Packaging by 2020
But the personal products company inserts caveat into agreement by saying that it will either ensure that 90% of its packaging is recyclable or that “that programs are in place to recycle it" by then.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Third National Climate Assessment Published
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Public Interest Groups Launch Campaign Targeting Non-Recyclable Packaging
The Make It, Take It Campaign calls on Kraft Foods to take responsibility for its packaging waste and package Capri Sun and other products in reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
More than $90 Million Invested in SJF Ventures Fund
SJF Ventures, a sustainable venture capital partnership, conducts the final closing of its SJF Ventures III fund with more than $90 million in equity investments in cleantech and technology-enhanced services.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013
With the help of environmental research from Trucost, GreenBiz publishes the sixth annual edition of its State of Green Business Report, assessing major trends as well as the environmental performance of 500 US companies.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Cuomo Proposes $1 Billion Green Bank for New York
The bank will leverage public funds with private sector investment to hasten the transition to a clean economy and environment in New York State.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COMPUTER INDUSTRY
Apple Reverses Plan to Dump Green Registry
The computer giant reverses its decision to leave the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry, calling it a mistake after consumer backlash.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
UNDP Reports on Outlook for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific
Exploring both widespread poverty and the impacts of climate change on the region, the report warns that the private sector and other stakeholders must act in order to galvanize government action.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Solar Industry Maturing Despite Lack of Subsidies
A report from As You Sow details examples of best practice in environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations by solar companies, and provides a benchmark for investors to track sustainable developments in the industry.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
SJF Ventures Announces Initial Closing of Impact Investment Fund
Capitalized entirely by private investment, the $75 million SJF Ventures III fund will target growth-stage cleantech companies with positive impacts on low-to-moderate income communities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Investors Continue Pressure for Fracking Disclosure
Two guides for investors and companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing have been published in recent months, and four of ten shareowner resolutions calling for increased disclosure of risks have been withdrawn.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY
US Venture Capital Investment in Cleantech Down in 2011
Ernst & Young reports that investment by US-based venture capital in cleantech companies amounted to $4.9 billion in 2011, a 4.5% decrease from 2010.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings
IBM moves up from third place finish last year to first in US, and HP ranks second for second year in row; Dell drops from first to fifth, and Munich Re tops list of global companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY | STOCK INDEXES
Shanghai Stock Exchange to Launch Sustainable Development Industry Index
The components of the Index will include companies engaged in energy efficiency as well as renewable energy and other low-carbon operations.

NEWS STORY: MUTUAL FUNDS, GREEN INVESTING
New Fund Invests in Tomorrow's Green Stars
ThinkCapital launches a green growth fund that focuses on sustainable companies.

BOOK REVIEW: PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY
Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products
The United States is no longer setting the agenda for manufacturers’ standards and American consumers are paying the price with their health.

NEWS STORY: Environment
Growing Up Green: Winslow Offers New Mid-Cap Green Mutual Fund
As the green market place expands, Winslow launches a mutual fund to capitalize on middle-sized growth companies that offer green solutions.

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Green Angels: Venture and Private Equity Capitalists Help Sprout a New Generation of Environmentally Friendly Companies
Private investors and high-net worth individuals are making a difference--in hopes of making a profit--by actively recruiting start-up and middle-sized companies dedicated to the environment and society.

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Winslow Conservation Index Outperforms the S&P 500 and Russell 2000
Winslow Management Company back-tested five-year performance of 15 companies focused on conservation, an oft-overlooked component of the alternative energy equation.

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PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Get Cs on Report Card for Ten Percent Recycled Content in Bottles
The report, conducted by the As You Sow (AYS) Foundation and the Container Recycling Institute, graded the ten other beverage companies D- and F on recycling.

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Shareowners Push TimeWarner on Movies Depicting Smoking, Recycled Paper, and Pay Disparity
Part two of this two-part article documents steps forward made by TimeWarner, as well as areas where shareowner activists continue to press for progress.

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Shareowner Activists See Progress at TimeWarner, and Room for Improvement
In part one of this two-part article, activists applaud the company on its first corporate social responsibility report while continuing to push on environmental, social, and governance issues.

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Recycling 1.2--Dell, HP, and Apple Upgrade Takeback Programs to Slouch Toward Sustainability
The Computer TakeBack Campaign applauds the improvements while mapping the long road the computer industry still has to travel to attain true sustainability.

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World Resources Institute and Citigroup Team Up to Report on Solutions to Climate Change
The report recommends a dozen companies poised to profit from a carbon-constrained future, including Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar, Cypress Semiconductor, GE, Itron, Johnson Controls, Monsanto, and Waste Management

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Winslow and Jupiter Launch Global Green Fund Using Only Positive Environmental Criteria
The Jupiter Green Investment Trust pioneers cross-continent collaboration and evolution from negative screening to positive sustainability criteria.

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Ecological Community Loan Pool Directly Links Ecologically Minded Investors to Eco-Preneurs
The portal created by Ecostructure Financial tweaks the community development financial institution model to allow investors to lend directly to startups solving environmental problems.

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Proxy Season Report Geared to Foundations Helps Others Navigate Proxy Landscape
As You Sow Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors report allows for stepping back by providing a useful overview as well as an in-depth look at behind-the-scenes dialogue.

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Two New Indexes Help Wean Us From Oil Addiction Via Clean Energy and Cleantech
The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index tracks clean energy companies internationally, while the Cleantech Index tracks cleantech companies in the US.

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Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It?
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.

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Rising Oil Prices Fuel Investment Returns in Renewable Energy for New Alternatives Fund
The first environmental mutual fund is also globalizing its reach to capitalize on innovative developments in alternative energies in other countries.

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List of Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies Highlights Alcoa, BP, and Toyota
Canadian corporate social responsibility magazine Corporate Knights sponsored the list, which is based on sustainability ratings from Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems
According to author Stuart Hart, sustainable global enterprise holds the key to reducing poverty, reversing environmental destruction, and even counteracting terrorism.

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Gap-Verite Collaboration Exemplifies Award-Winning Practice on Social Responsibility
Verite wins a Social Capitalist Award for labor standards monitoring such as its work with the Gap, whose Social Responsibility Report earns a Social Reporting Award.

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Integrating Sustainability at Xerox: A Talk with VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses how Xerox integrates sustainability into its policies and practices.

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Zero Waste and Industrial Ecology: A Talk with Xerox VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses the history of waste-free policies and practices at Xerox.

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Are Electronic Components Producers Ready for Environmental Regulation?
A Citizens Advisors study surveys 26 electronics components companies, and projects that many of them will be unprepared for European Union laws taking effect in 2006.

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First Alternative Energy Index Spawns Exchange Traded Fund
The WilderHill Clean Energy Index, published by the American Stock Exchange, will serve as the basis for an exchange traded fund from PowerShares Capital Management.

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Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.

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Dell First US Computer Company to Commit to a Global Recycling Goal
In its 2004 Sustainability Report, Dell commits to increase its fiscal year 2005 computer recycling 50 percent over fiscal year 2004 levels.

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Philips Extends Sustainability Expectations to Suppliers, Including Child Labor Ban
In its 2003 Sustainability Report, Philips Electronics introduced provisions requiring its 50,000 suppliers worldwide to practice social and environmental sustainability.

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Piper Jaffray Consulting Division Marries Best Asset Managers with Customized Social Screening
Socially responsible investment consultant can apply social screens to best asset managers, even if they do not usually practice SRI.

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California Treasurer Proposes Environmental Screening for State Pension Investments
California Treasurer Phil Angelides pitches the Green Wave Initiative to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state's huge pension funds, asking them to support green investments.

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The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently?
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution
Paul Dolan, president of Fetzer Vineyards, promotes sustainable business practices by relating his personal transformation committing to organic growing practices.

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Sustainable Computer Producers Perform Better than Less Sustainable Counterparts
Innovest adds social considerations to its environmental assessment in its recent computer industry report, and sustainability still outperforms business-as-usual.

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Boise's Plan to End Old Growth Harvesting: Trend-Setting or Too-Little, Too-Late?
Boise Cascade bans logging old growth forests in the US and deters it elsewhere, but other companies may not jump on this bandwagon if its time has already passed.

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Environmental Best Practice Tied to Financial Outperformance in Food Retail Industry
Innovest's latest report shows that environmental leaders in the global food and drug sector financially outperform the sector's environmental laggards.

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UN to Hold Corporations More Responsible for Human Rights and the Environment
A UN sub-commission adopted a resolution calling for transnational corporations to be held more accountable for human rights protection and environmental stewardship.

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Ford's Latest CSR Report Increases Transparency by Using GRI Guidelines
Ford's decision to base its 2002 Corporate Citizenship Report on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines will help analysts get a fuller picture of the company's performance (part one of a two-part article).

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Members of Congress Consider Social and Environmental Disclosure in SEC Filings
A group of Senators and Representatives summoned a symposium on the need for social and environmental disclosure by companies in their SEC filings.

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Sustainability Leaders in Food Sector Produce Healthy Returns
Innovest finds that global food products companies with higher sustainability ratings perform better financially than companies with weaker environmental performance.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Eco-Service Development: Reinventing Supply and Demand in the European Union
A new book presents the business case for promoting sustainable development through "eco-services," or the switch from a product-oriented to a service-oriented culture.

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Religious Institutions Issue Benchmarks for Corporate Social Responsibility Performance
A global coalition of religious activists have published the third edition of a comprehensive set of guidelines for corporate social and environmental performance.

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Canadian Greenhouse Gas and Toxic Emissions Resolution Garners Near Record Support
A near majority of IPSCO shareowners voted in favor of a resolution asking the company to report on its greenhouse gas and toxic emissions.

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Earth Day Founder Not the Only One to Link Climate Change and Investing
The voices of institutional investors representing public pension funds join those from the insurance industry to advance a business case for addressing climate change.

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Return to Sender: Dell Inches Toward a Computer Take-Back Recycling Program
Calvert-led coalition conducts shareowner action urging U.S. computer companies to implement take-back programs for recycling obsolete computers and components.

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ExxonMobil Receives 23 Shareowner Resolutions on Issues Ranging from Climate Change to Corporate Governance
Concerted shareowner action this proxy season targets ExxonMobil over such issues as its refusal to address climate change and its coupling of CEO and Chairman of the Board.

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National Wildlife Federation and Amnesty International USA Embrace SRI
Two well-known advocacy organizations have made a commitment to lowering the wall between their program activities and their investments.

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Prince Albert of Monaco Helps Launch a New Sustainability Fund
Instead of investing directly in equities, this new "fund of funds" from Monaco invests in SRI and sustainability funds.

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Green Banking
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.

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Corporate Responsibility Ratings and SRI Screens Sometimes Differ
A new report from Oekom Research criticizes IT network and component company performance based on the companies' own disclosure, while the Calvert Group's screens assess companies' actual practices.

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Sierra Club Launches SRI Mutual Funds
The Sierra Club is harnessing its name recognition and expertise on corporate environmental performance with its launching of an SRI equity mutual fund and an SRI balanced mutual fund.

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NEC Pioneers "Green" Computer
NEC reverses the computer industry's foot-dragging on addressing environmental liabilities by introducing the PowerMate eco, the first eco-efficient computer.

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Staples Commits to Recycled Paper
Spurred by social investors and environmental groups, Staples announces an environment-friendly paper procurement policy.

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SRI Community Reaps Success in Washington
Recent proposals from the SRI community enacted as public policy are creating momentum toward more potential legislation and regulations that support SRI goals.

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Hazardous Waste as Fuel: Conservation or Corporate Irresponsibility?
The cement industry calls the use of hazardous waste to fuel cement kilns recycling while critics of the practice call it dangerous.

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New Tool Quantifies Corporate Environmental Performance
London-based TruCost launched a single-framework rating tool that allows for a quantitative comparison of companies' environmental performance.

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Rio + 10 Series: The Sustainability of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Organizers are working to reduce the environmental impacts of the Johannesburg Summit.

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Computer Sector's Social and Environmental Performance Needs Upgrade
A recent report from Oekom Research identifies shortcomings in the corporate responsibility performance of IT and computer companies, particularly concerning social issues.

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Rio + 10 Series: Two UNEP Reports Chart Past, Present, and Future Course of Sustainable Development
Assessments of the progress since the Rio Summit guide the blueprints for the Johannesburg Summit.

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Rio + 10 Series: Progress and Regress--Energy Sectors Report on Their Efforts Toward Sustainability
Three industry sectors that supply energy--oil and gas, coal, and electricity--reported on their improvements and shortcomings in sustainable development since the Rio Summit.

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Rio + 10 Series: How the Private Sector Can Help Solve Global Water Problems
Solving the world's water problems may depend on properly regulated water privatization and corporate initiatives that introduce new technologies and reduce water consumption.

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Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Rio to Johannesburg
SocialFunds.com presents a historical snapshot of the Rio Summit and surveys some significant developments leading up to the Johannesburg Summit. (the second in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit)

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Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Stockholm to Rio
SocialFunds.com examines the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first two global summits on human interaction with the environment. (the first in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit.)

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Electronics and Appliances Sector Rated Highly for Environmental Performance
German research firm also finds, however, that there is much room for improvement in the sector's social performance.

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Mutual Fund Reports on Environmental and Social Returns
Norway-based Storebrand reports on the environmental and social performance of companies in its international mutual fund.

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Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Eco-Economy
Pioneering environmentalist Lester R. Brown fuses ecological consciousness into economics to create "eco-economy," an economic system that would preserve natural resources while continuing to generate wealth.

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Report Criticizes GM's Poor Fuel Efficiency, Applauds Its Other Environmental Efforts
CERES reported on GM's environmental record, praising the majority of the carmaker's initiatives but condemning its failure to improve overall fuel efficiency in its fleet.

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Swiss Insurance Company Invests in Sustainability
The reinsurance giant Swiss Re supports sustainability not only in its business practices but also in its investments, and has one portfolio committed exclusively to sustainability.

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Phase-out of Mercury Thermometers Continues to Rise
In response to shareowner action campaign, most large pharmacy chains are voluntarily phasing out mercury thermometers. The campaign is now turning to the health care industry.

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E-Waste Not, Calvert Says to Computer Companies
The Calvert Group has filed shareowner resolutions with the major U.S. computer producers, urging them to investigate ways to counteract electronic waste.

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GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.

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EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.

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Norm Thompson Outfitters Dedicated to Greener Catalogs
Norm Thompson Outfitters' partnership with Alliance for Environmental Innovation results in the use of recycled paper in all of their catalogs.

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Religious Leaders Address Staples Shareowners
Letter presented at annual meeting urges office product retailer to increase use of post-consumer recycled paper in its products.

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Turning Waste Streams into Products
The largest manufacturer of recycled plastic lumber in the U.S. is looking to position itself for a more profitable 2001.

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Green Room and Board
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has created a valuable resource for hotels that want to lesson their environmental impact.

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Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.

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EarthShell Serves Environment-Friendly Food Packaging
Container manufacturer beginning to see fruit of research and development with expanding in-market product tests.

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Telecommunications Industry Calls for Sustainability
Some of the world's largest information and communications technology companies form an alliance to promote sustainable development.

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Magazine Industry Is Wasting Forests
New study finds magazines use almost no recycled paper and publishers have an incentive to overproduce wastefully.

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Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.

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Coke Takes Small Step Toward Recycling; Pepsi Drags Its Heels
At recent annual meetings, Coke announces recycling targets while Pepsi says it will talk.

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Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.

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Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.

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Shopping for Responsibility
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.

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New International Society Marries Technology and Ecology
Representatives of AT&T and Motorola join researchers, policy makers and environmental advocates to launch the International Society of Industrial Ecology.

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