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Bob Wallace, MBA ~ Principal & VP of Client Solutions Prior to WIH Resource Group, Bob Wallace spent six years with Waste Management, the largest provider of solid waste management services in North America, as their Director of Transportation & Logistics. While with Waste Management, he... More
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  • Resource Recycling Sponsors New Recycling Conference for 2010, Oct 26-27 in Texas – WIH Resource Group

    A leading recycling trade magazine publisher has announced it will hold the inaugural Resource Recycling Conference on October 26th and 27th, 2010 at the Marriott Hotel on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

    The conference will be the only major conference in North America focusing solely on municipal waste recycling. The event is sponsored by Resource Recycling, Inc., the publisher of Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap news.

    In addition, the company presents the annual Plastics Recycling Conference and the E-Scrap Conference. Both events are the largest conferences in the world in their respective fields.

    The Resource Recycling Conference will offer in-depth, comprehensive assessments of MRF technologies, recycling market developments, collection innovations and new public policy and legislative initiatives.

    A large exhibit hall will feature the latest recycling equipment and services. The conference organizers have already secured a number of corporate and trade association conference sponsors. For details Jerry Powell, President Resource Recycling: 503.233.1305 x 111 jpowell@resource-recycling.com

    Sources: Resource Recycling & WIH Resource Group

    Should you have any questions about this news or general questions about our diversified services, please contact Bob Wallace, Principal & VP of Client Solutions at WIH Resource Group and Waste Savings, Inc. at admin@wihrg.com

    Feel free to visit our websites for additional information on our services at: http://www.wihrg.com  http://www.wastesavings.net and our daily blog at http://wihresourcegroup.wordpress.com

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    Sep 14 12:12 PM | Link | Comment!
  • A Synopsis of Sustainability and Other Related Definitions
    Introduction:
    From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go back to sleep at night, a wise decision related to the environment can be made. This can either be the coffee you drink in the morning to the lights you turn off at night there are choices to be made that have far-reaching consequences on our society, economy, and on the environment both at the local and the global scale. Tagged along are the terms sustainability, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
     
     Sustainable Development: 
    Let’s begin with the definition of sustainable development. The Brundtland Commission, led by the former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. From resource consumption viewpoint, one way of simplifying this definition implies using resources more efficiently and ensuring that our future generations have ample resources for themselves.
     
     A simple example of an environmentally sustainable practice can be retrofitting incandescent lamp with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), also known as compact fluorescent light bulb. The CFL can replace an incandescent lamp, use less energy and have a longer rated life. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s joint program ENERGY STAR qualifies bulbs to the program that use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. The bulbs can save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime and produce about 75 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling. Reduced energy consumption can lead to lesser emissions of greenhouse gases to the environment. This example explains how corporations are offering innovative products and helping to reduce the environmental impact. A cleaner environment today and for future generations is one of the critical aspects of sustainable development.
     
     Corporate Social Responsibility (NYSE:CSR): 
    CSR evolved from the definition of sustainable development and the concept of the Triple Bottom Line (NYSE:TBL). The TBL concept developed by John Elkington (1999) proposed that business goals were inseparable from the societies and environments within which they operate. A business can achieve short-term economic gain, but a failure to account for social and environmental dimensions would result in making those business practices unsustainable.
     
    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) defined CSR as “The commitment of business to contribute to sustainable economic development, working with employees, their families, the local community and society at large to improve their quality of life”.  Numerous corporations in North America and globally have embraced sustainable development and are developing innovative environmental programs that are integrated with core business operations and practices. Just as a consumer can benefit financially by retrofitting to a CFL and contribute to the sustainability of the environment, corporations can similarly benefit financially by pursuing sustainable business practices. Innovative technologies and changing internal processes will not only decrease the ecological footprint of the corporations by contributing to environmental sustainability but also make good financial sense.
     
    Why pursue the sustainability path?
    Pursuing sustainability demonstrates commitment and leadership towards environmental stewardship and there’s a business case for pursuing sustainable development. Bob Willard; a leading corporate sustainability strategies expert and author of The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line (New Society Publishers, 2002); describes the benefits of investing in sustainable development. These seven benefits include reducing hiring and retention costs and improving productivity, decreasing manufacturing and operating expenses, increasing revenue, and reducing risk.
     
    Concluding Remarks:
    Corporate social responsibility is a continuously evolving innovative discipline. In order to create maximum value for stakeholders at all levels, progress towards sustainability needs to be monitored, measured and communicated. To pursue sustainability, a corporation must improve its environmental performance through improved operational processes. Improved operational processes will eventually yield a healthy economy and society. Thus, being corporately responsible will allow corporations to fully capture the economic opportunities associated with pursuing sustainability.
     
    Sources: Frost & Sullivan, Environmental Leader & WIH Resource Group

    Should you have any questions about this news or general questions about our diversified services, please contact Bob Wallace, Principal & VP of Client Solutions at WIH Resource Group and Waste Savings, Inc. at admin@wihrg.com

    Feel free to visit our websites for additional information on our services at: http://www.wihrg.com and http://www.wastesavings.net and our daily blog at http://wihresourcegroup.wordpress.com

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    Sep 11 11:41 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Major U.S. Companies to Senate: Pass Climate Legislation

    Twelve major U.S. companies delivered an open letter to the U.S. Senate urging legislators to pass comprehensive climate change legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive investment in technological innovation and solutions, and jumpstart a clean energy economy.

    In the letter, Bumble Bee Foods, Dell, DuPont, FPL Group, Google, HP, Johnson Johnson, Johnson Diversey, Levi Strauss Co., Nike, PG Corporation and Xanterra Parks and Resorts noted that they have all reformed their business practices in order to curb emissions, which has been good for the climate and business. They are urging Congress to do the same.

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF) president and CEO Carter Roberts also urges the Senate to pass meaningful climate legislation this year. According to the conservation organization, every region in the U.S. is experiencing significant, adverse impacts from climate change including more severe droughts, floods, heat waves and wildfires. WWF believes these impacts will worsen during the course of the century if action is not taken to slow climate change.

    WWF also said passage of U.S. legislation is a key step towards gaining agreement from all nations to reduce global emissions during international climate negotiations set for December in Copenhagen. The organization recently launched a national public awareness campaign to urge voters to contact their Senators in support of the climate legislation.

    The campaign officially kicked-off with TV ads debuting in five states that will be key to passage of a climate bill in the U.S. Senate: Alaska, Indiana, Maine, Montana and North Dakota.

    Sources: Environmental Leader & WIH Resource Group

    Should you have any questions about this news or general questions about our diversified services, please contact Bob Wallace, Principal & VP of Client Solutions at WIH Resource Group and Waste Savings, Inc. at admin@wihrg.com

    Feel free to visit our websites for additional information on our services at: www.wihrg.com and www.wastesavings.net and our daily blog at wihresourcegroup.wordpress.com

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    Sep 10 10:04 PM | Link | Comment!
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