Corporate Citizenship

The Zero Waste Goal

Why standardization is important and necessary in the circular economy.
By William F. Hoffman IlI
During more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field, one would see that everyone has a different idea of what sustainability means. That is no surprise. However, even a seemingly simple concept like what counts as diversion from landfill can lead to emotional discussions (or possible arguments) of the definition of the term-let alone what "zero" really means in the context of a zero waste claim. Developing a common language, a shared understanding of basic principles, is critical to assessing progress against aspirational visions of high diversion rates, zero waste, and the ideas of a circular economy. Without this common understanding of terms and assumptions, it sometimes feels like one of us is talking Chinese while other is speaking Italian.

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Companies With Purpose: A Look At Three Making A Difference

shutterstock_293732144 Solar Power Systems and Suitability Belinda Sharr At GreenBiz on Feb. 23-25, CR Magazine sat down with Nautilus Solar Energy's CEO Jim Rice to talk about solar energy and its impact on the environment. Nautilus Solar Energy, which is headquartered in Summit, N.J., was founded in 2006. It is a full-service solutions provider for business-sector and public-sector customers across North America. Nautilus attributes their solar success to their efforts developing, funding, executing and managing the physical and financial aspects of distributed generation solar electric projects. The company delivers full-service financial and technical capability by customizing cost-saving solar solutions to help customers meet their sustainability goals. Nautilus has been involved in more than 100 MW of solar solutions in the United States and Canada. To Nautilus Solar, sustainability means "creat[ing] a clean, energy independent future by providing widespread access to electricity generated from solar power," according to Rice.

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The Science of Citizenship

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 3.44.06 PM A breakdown of Lockheed Martin’s innovative approach to ethics and sustainability. By Elliot Clark As a technology company, Lockheed Martin’s annual sustainability report is aptly titled, The Science of Citizenship, viewing the practices of ethics and sustainability as a science. After all, this is a company defined by its engineers and scientists who seek a rationalized and explainable view of the universe. But to describe the ethics and sustainability program at Lockheed Martin as science alone does not quite do justice to the amount of art in this award-winning and highly integrated management effort. I have known Leo Mackay, the fi rm’s vice president of ethics and sustainability and chief ethics officer, for a few years. Recently, I had occasion to sit and talk with him about how Lockheed Martin, a company of more than 126,000 employees and 16,000 suppliers, has been able to operate without some of the blemishes and scandals that have plagued other global brands.

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From floodwaters to marathons

IBM's Robert Andrews is one in a quarter million

By Lorri Lewis
Rampaging floodwaters have destroyed all roads leading into a Denver neighborhood. Residents are cut off from the rest of the world. And all lines of communication are down.
A helicopter hovers over this scene, carrying an essential package. It’s a satellite system—a mobile communications set-up that will connect residents to their loved ones.
The man responsible for getting the stranded families reconnected is Robert Andrews, a security consultant with the lab services team at IBM. Along with his position at IBM, Andrews also serves as a Disaster Service Technology volunteer and a National Emergency Response Professional with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Andrews managed the entire communications infrastructure during the disaster response in the 2013 Colorado flooding.

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