February 28, 2013
Four S.F. Bay Area Companies
Receive Top Honors from EPA for Climate Work
Wells Fargo, Cisco
Systems, Intel, Sonoma County Water Agency Honored with
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Association of
Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy
Solutions, and The Climate Registry today presented their
second annual Climate Leadership Awards to four San
Francisco Bay Area companies—Wells Fargo & Company, Cisco
Systems, Inc., Intel Corporation, and Sonoma County Water
Agency—for leadership in reducing carbon pollution and
addressing climate change.
"The Climate Leadership Award winners are taking extra steps
with their outstanding actions to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions that harm the environment and threaten public
health," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator
for the Pacific Southwest. "We are proud to recognize these
companies and local government agency for serving as models
for their peers."
The four Bay Area companies recognized today are among 23
winners announced nationwide. The national awards program
honors corporate, organizational, and individual leadership
in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations
and throughout the supply chain. The organizations
recognized represent a wide array of industries, including
construction, finance, defense, transportation, retail,
energy and technology.
Organizational Leadership Award
Intel exceeded its recent goal to reduce greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions 20 percent below 2007 levels by the end
of 2012, achieving a 60 percent reduction, and since 2008,
it has been the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the
U.S. The company’s annual green power usage is 100 percent
of Intel's total annual U.S. electricity use, and through
these renewable energy purchases Intel has helped to create
demand for wind, solar, and other renewable technologies.
Further, by building energy efficiency directly into its
products, Intel is also able to help its customers reduce
energy use and GHG emissions.
The awards will be presented at
the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
More about the Climate
Leadership Award winners:
December 24, 2012
APS promotes Ed Fox, names
Ann Becker to sustainability post
Ed Fox, the longtime head of
sustainability for Arizona Public Service Co., will now head
up the utility’s governmental affairs.
May 11, 2012
VermiSoks, Eco Aluminum
Pallets win Phoenix Green Chamber’s business search from
Phoenix Business Journal by Patrick O'Grady, Reporter
A company looking to use
liquefied food waste and earthworms to help farms and urban
growers won both the judging and the popular vote in the
Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix’s first Great Green
Phoenix-based VermiSoks was
selected by a panel of judges well-versed in startups and
funding, and it received the People’s Choice Award based on
Founded by Miguel Jardine,
VermaSoks collects waste food from restaurants and other
sources and liquefies it. It then injects that composting
material into large biodegradable cloth tubes filled with
dirt and earthworms. With a little water, the tubes allow
various crops to grow in any environment.
The product is aimed at
everything from urban gardening to specialty farming.
Second-place winner Eco Aluminum
Pallets, based in Phoenix, seeks to replace wooden pallets
with forged aluminum versions that can be reused and
recycled more times.
The pitch contest gave 15
companies about 10 minutes each to present their
opportunities to a judging panel that included angel
investors, marketing experts, and venture and private equity
VermiSoks won $5,000 for winning
first place plus $1,000 for the People’s Choice award.
Eco Aluminum Pallets received
$2,000 for second place.
Third place went to reNature
Inc., another company dealing with ways to handle food
waste. No money was awarded for third place.
Michael Grossman, chairman of
the Green Chamber, said the group was pleased with its
“We did the event because we
felt it was part of our core mission to find new sustainable
businesses,” he said.
March 8, 2012
In 2011, personal and home care
product maker Henkel reduced carbon emissions 30%, water
consumption 33%, and waste for recycling and disposal 25%
over 2007 levels.
February 18, 2011
Collaborate on Energy Efficiency Labels for New Homes
AzBAS member PulteGroup, Inc.
has launched a pilot program with the Residential Energy
Services Network (RESNET) that will use home energy
efficiency labels to help homebuyers compare energy savings
and utility costs.
Read the full article on the Sustainable Life Media
September 1, 2010
AzBAS Members Achieve Top Ranking in Dow Jones
Sustainability Index Again
AzBAS would like to congratulate
three of its member companies: APS, Intel and Henkel for
successful achieving ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability
Index (DJSI). Established in 1999, the DJSI follows the
financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven
companies worldwide offering investors with a best-in-class
approach profiling sustainability leaders from each industry
at a global and regional level respectively. The annual
review of the DJSI family is based on a thorough analysis of
corporate economic, environmental and social performance,
assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk
management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply
chain standards and labor practices. It accounts for general
as well as industry specific sustainability criteria for
each of the 57 sectors defined according to the Industry
Classification Benchmark (ICB). Only 10 percent of the
world's largest corporations make the grade for selection in
the DJSI World. We're thrilled to recognize these three
members have repeatedly been profiled in the DJSI. Their
leadership in this arena lends enormous benefit to the AzBAS
membership. For more information on the DJSI and the
performance of our members please visit
December 2, 2009
Despite Recession Corporate America is Investing in
Sustainability Practices: Three out of four firms view
sustainability as consistent with their profit missions.
Corporate America has in fact
integrated standard sustainability practices, including
recycling, green building, employee engagement, and
partnering with non-profits into their cultures and everyday
operations. A recent report, "2009 Greening of Corporate
America" reveals that corporations across the U.S. continue
to accelerate sustainability efforts and increase
efficiencies as standard operating procedure.
November 21, 2009
Sustainability and Employee Engagement: Anything Goes
Engaging employees through
sustainability is not a one size fits all approach.
FromWalmart’s Personal Sustainability Project to Sodexo’s
Corporate Citizenship Program to Intel’s intranet to FMYI’s
online collaboration, the variety is endless. Each of the
four members of the Net Impact Conference 2009.
November 13, 2009
Pulte Homes Earns 2009 LEED Award for Homes Outstanding
Pulte Homes has been selected as
the recipient of the 2009 Leadership for Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Award for Homes Outstanding
Production Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The award recognizes builders for outstanding production
homes certified in the LEED for Homes program, and also for
an ongoing commitment to green homebuilding. Pulte Homes,
the nation's sole multi-brand homebuilding company.
November 11, 2009
Sustainability seals the deal on adhesives.
Growing awareness about the
environmental impacts of using petrochemical solvents and
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in adhesives, combined with
new legislative requirements, is continuing to drive the
development of 'green' adhesives. While sustainable
adhesives is not a new concept, Diane Montgomery, Marketing
Manager at Henkel.
Fall 2009 Apache
Nitrogen Product, Inc. has taken a Superfund site and turned
it into a sustainability powerhouse, amping up their plant's
efficiency in the process.
Established in 1920 as Apache
Powder, Apache Nitrogen originally made dynamite of the
mining companies, but shifted to ammonium nitrate as the
October 26, 2009 The
Quandary of Mandatory Sustainability Reporting with Gary
Niekirk, Director of Global Citizenship at Intel.
sustainability reporting is becoming a mainstream practice.
Yet with the global economy still roiling, trust in business
remains low and the question of mandatory reporting is being
raised with greater persistence.
October 5, 2009
Walmart has awarded the World Resources Institute (WRI) a
$420,000 grant to help create a set of accounting tools for
companies to measure the carbon footprint of their supply
The WRI will use the grant to
beef up its Green Supply Chain initiative and to produce the
"Green Standards Guide,"