ESPN Gets Gold For Child Care Center

During the last several years, the ESPN campus in Bristol has grown and they’ve added several new buildings. In doing so, ESPN is now not only a great corporate leader and job creator in the state but now is also a leader in environmental stewardship when it comes to green buildings and sustainability.

This past Tuesday, I attended the unveiling of the LEED® Gold plaque ceremony at ESPN’s Child Care Center. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a criteria that was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the industry standard when it comes to certify green buildings. The LEED certification looks at energy, water use, locally sourced materials, indoor air quality and green innovation. [Read more...]

AT&T Releases Eco-Rating 2.0

Helps Consumers Understand Environmental, Social Impacts of Their Devices

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, CBIA member AT&T unveiled Eco-Rating 2.0, an updated rating system that provides consumers an easy way to understand environmental — and now social — impacts associated with their devices. With expanded and more aggressive goals, the ratings also now apply to tablets.

Building on AT&T’s original eco-ratings, Eco-Rating 2.0 is a simple way to help consumers evaluate the environmental and social profile of the devices they choose to purchase. The refreshed 2.0 rating system includes social and environmental factors related to device manufacturing, including manufacturer usage of environmentally preferred materials, minimization of substances of concern, energy efficiency and responsible end-of-life treatment. [Read more...]

Several CBIA Members Named to 2014 Civic 50

An important part of corporate sustainability initiatives, beyond the glow of environmental and energy strategies, is employee and community engagement. Many businesses have found that doing good things in the communities they serve is not only good for their image but numerous studies have shown it also increases worker productivity and makes communities more sustainable. Connecticut has many companies that do this on a regular basis and recently several CBIA members received national recognition for their huge commitment to civic engagement. [Read more...]

GE Releases 2013 Sustainability Report

According to an article posted on sustainablebrands.com last week, CBIA member GE invested more than $2 billion in research and development for Ecomagination and Healthymagination innovations in 2013, with Ecomagination offerings generating $28 billion in revenue, according to the company’s new sustainability report. [Read more...]

Companies Missing Opportunities to See Green With Sustainability Efforts

Ernst & Young LLP survey finds that due to lack of collaboration between tax and sustainability departments, companies missing key financial opportunities

There’s a lot of talk about the other green of sustainability – financial savings. However, a recent survey from CBIA member Ernst & Young LLP found that many companies might be missing opportunities, as tax departments and sustainability programs lack integration. Only 16% of companies that either have or are developing an environmental sustainability strategy said their tax or finance departments are actively involved in it, according to the survey entitled Working Together: Linking sustainability and tax to reduce the cost of implementing sustainability initiatives .

The survey included responses from 223 senior executives at companies predominantly in the United States. Of the survey respondents, 19% were Chief Sustainability Officer (CSOs), while 81% were tax directors or their equivalent. Responses from each group were vastly different, highlighting the lack of coordination between the two groups. For example, only 28% of tax directors believe their company has a sustainability strategy or is developing one, compared to 90% of CSOs surveyed.

The survey, entitled Working Together: Linking sustainability and tax to reduce the cost of implementing sustainability initiatives can be accessed by visiting Ernst & Young’s web site here  (pdf).