The TreeZero News June 18-24, 2018


How to save 60% more CO2 in the fresh supply chain– Reusable containers for fruit and vegetables result in no less than 60% lower CO2 emissions than cardboard packaging.

10 Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home – According to This is Money, it is possible to cut between more than $100 and $250 a year off fuel bills without losing warmth or comfort – simply by using energy efficiently and effectively.

Hytch Makes Carpooling Pay in Tennessee – Hytch pays people to carpool. Since launching in February of this year, the company has logged an impressive 2 million miles of shared rides in the state of Tennessee and signed up more than 6,000 participants. Hytch initially launched with Nissan as a sponsor. Nissan and their staffing agency signed up to offer anyone in the state of Tennessee a penny a mile if they teamed up with someone for a ride. They offer five cents a mile during certain commute hours.

Biz Group Vows $1T Renewables Investment in 12 Years – Nonprofit group, The American Council on Renewable Energy, or ACORE, includes Amazon, BlackRock, Deloitte, Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, NRG Energy, Consolidated Edison, Salt River Project, Wells Fargo, universities and advocacy and research organizations, among more than 100 members.

This Florida Utility Has Become a Global Leader in Renewables Investment – NextEra’s recent success demolishes claims that the switch to renewables can lead to a cleaner environment at the cost of higher electric bills. The company says that its principal subsidiary, Florida Light & Power, bills its air conditioning-hungry customers 25 percent lessthan the national utility bill average – and has the lowest bills overall in the Sunshine State.

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

Looking to the long term, UPS boosts fleet with CNG trucks – UPS announced it’s investing $130 million in five new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and 730 CNG vehicles, a move that will help reduce CO2 emissions and boost the company’s renewable natural gas use.

Climate Change to Become ‘Greatest Pressure on Biodiversity’ by 2070



DNA Database to thwart Deforestation – Project is a collaboration between the Norwegian government and the United States Forest Service’s international program. Initially, the project will focus on building a database for the bigleaf maple tree on the west coast. While the experts are gathered to create the DNA Database, it relies on volunteers and citizen scientists as well. And the best part is, you can also help gather samples for DNA testing. All you have to do is complete an online training course on how to collect samples and pass the test.

Deforestation for fashion: The cost of rayon – According to TextileWorld, 5.2 million tons of rayon and related cellulose-based fabrics were produced in 2015.   Patagonia explains that the chemical processing is a concern: “The solvent used for this process is carbon disulfide, a toxic chemical that is a known human reproductive hazard. It can endanger factory workers and pollute the environment via air emissions and wastewater. The recovery of this solvent in most viscose factories is around 50%, which means that the other half goes into the environment.” According to non-profit Rainforest Action Network’s Out of Fashion campaign, 120 million trees are cut down annually to make our clothes.

Plant trees in refugee camps to stop forest loss and conflict, U.N. says –

Of forests and floods: Devastatingly high water raises clear-cut questions

Certification ‘making no difference’ to supply chain labour abuses –

A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees – After a three-year restoration project, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park has reopened, with less asphalt and more concern for the health of the trees.

Opinion – We Need to Talk About How Logging in the Southern U.S. is Harming Local Residents – Deforestation in the American South is four times that of South America’s rainforests — and it’s disproportionately hurting low-income people and people of color.



EACH 2018 NIKE NATIONAL TEAM KIT IS MADE WITH AT LEAST 12 RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES – For both Nike’s Fast Fit Vaporknit kits (worn by BrasilCroatiaEnglandNigeriaPoland and Portugal) and Nike’s Match jerseys (worn by AustraliaSaudi Arabia and South Korea), the process involves melting down 12 or 18 recycled plastic drinking bottles, respectively, to produce a fine yarn. See picture below.

UK Recycle Now Campaign 2018-19 – Included in this collection is a host of adaptable campaign assets which have been designed for partners to start using from Recycle Week onwards. Recycle Week 2018- 24 September to 30 September 2018

 Video – Turning beer and food waste into electricity

 UK to have nationwide food waste collections –

 U of W student starts organic waste pickup service –

 Dr. Gupta: After all my years of reporting, this haunts me – I promise you that our children and grandchildren will rightly hold us accountable for this tragic misuse of food that has led to a plundering of our land, an accumulation of greenhouse gases and the loss of precious water used to grow and produce that wasted food.

Investors Demand Nestle, Pepsi and Others Cut Plastic Use –

Video – It’s not you. Date labels on food make no sense. Food labels don’t mean what you think they mean.

 ShareWaste is an app that uses a digital map to connect individuals with food scraps to nearby neighbors who have a compost system like a heap or a bin. HTTPS://BIT.LY/2K2KN12

New Study Finds Recycling Bags Better than Carts at Reducing Contamination and Program Costs – York University study, “Thinking Beyond the Box”

New technology to reduce food waste at grocery retailers – Apeel Sciences has developed a coating, made from leftover plant skins and stems, that it claims could more than double the shelf life of the fruit.



 Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’ –

 USAID and Coca-Cola work with Ohio State’s Global Water Institute to improve water access in Tanzania.

 This Tech Makes It Easy To Conserve Water In Your Home – Lōtik created a high tech water monitoring solution that acts like a Fitbit for water pipes. The device collects useful details like flow patterns which can help pinpoint problems like disastrous water damage lurking behind seemingly innocent walls.

Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low – A government report released on Thursday said that India was experiencing the worst water crisis in its history, threatening millions of lives and livelihoods. Some 600 million Indians, about half the population, face high to extreme water scarcity conditions, with about 200,000 dying every year from inadequate access to safe water, according to the report. By 2030, it said, the country’s demand for water is likely to be twice the available supply.

 How to Extract Clean Water from the Ground: We’re No Longer Stumped! – In an article in Advanced Sustainable Systems, Professor Liangbing Hu and co-workers from the University of Maryland, USA, develop carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a means to efficiently extract ground water via the roots of tree stumps by means of vaporizing the water under sunlight.

 Why Bogotá Should Worry About Its Water – Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called páramosfor its water. The tropical plants and moss in the páramo act like a sponge, trapping moisture from the foggy air, storing it in the soil during the dry season, and releasing it gradually. HTTPS://BIT.LY/2JZB4SE

National temperature and precipitation maps are available from February 2001 to May 2018.



CBS Documentary – Expedition Antarctica – A father and son journey to save the planet – Robert and Barney Swan.

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Momentum High Among Asset Owners – For more information, please see Sustainable Signals: Asset Owners Embrace Sustainability and report

 Harvard Business Review – How Marketers Can Connect Profit and Purpose –

 Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions –

 Soil Health Educational Resources Now Online –

Corporate Knights seeks nominations for 4th annual Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders list – Accepting nominations until Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

 Mars leads call for advertisers to donate percentage of ad spend to conservation projects – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s ‘The Lion’s Share’ fund was set up with the ambition of raising $100m a year within three years, with the money being invested in a range of wildlife conservation and animal welfare programs. “Animals are in 20% of all advertisements we see. Yet, they do not always receive the support they deserve. Until now,” said the fund’s special ambassador Sir David Attenborough.

 Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient – HTTPS://PEWRSR.CH/2ICQOOQ

 Hermes launches carbon ESG tool – The $60 billion global manager will launch a tool to calculate a fund’s carbon performance and carbon risk as a part of its ESG toolkit to help fund managers make better decisions about investments.

 Honey Bees Swarm to Cox Campus – Bee Downtown partners with businesses in cities to collaboratively rebuild healthy honey bee populations by installing and maintaining honey bee hives on corporate campuses. In June, Bee Downtown delivered and installed four honey bee hives to Cox’s Atlanta campus.

 Measurabl, Green Sports Alliance Announce Partnership to Elevate Sustainability in Sports Culture – Measurabl is creating a first of its kind sustainability benchmark that accurately compares sports stadiums around the world, allowing them to evaluate individual performance relative to their peers.

Investors Are Right to Consider ESG Risks, Says New Report By Corporate Governance Association –

 Sustainability Career Report – CSR/Sustainability Jobs Embedded in all Departments – Recent research identified that 87% of CSR/Sustainability professionals are embedded throughout different departments with multiple portfolios.

TreeZero News June 11-17, 2018


Ossabaw Preserve celebrates wild status after 40 years – The development of nearby Hilton Head Island in the 1960s alerted many in Georgia to the prospect of intensive development on barrier islands. It motivated the state to acquire land on barrier islands. And it motivated Ossabaw’s Eleanor Torrey “Sandy” West, whose parents had bought the island for $150,000 in the 1920s, to figure out a way to keep it protected despite a mounting tax burden. West and her family sold the island to the state for $8 million, half its assessed value, with the additional guarantee Ossabaw would be a heritage preserve used only for “natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education and environmentally sound preservation, conservation and management of the island’s ecosystem.” Philanthropist and longtime president of Coca-Cola, Robert Woodruff, donated $4 million toward the purchase and the state provided the rest. West, who was 65 at the time of the sale, remained on a 23-acre life estate on the island until 2016 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Savannah where she celebrated her 105th birthday in January. Her life estate ownership remains in place.

Nation’s first credit union that promotes clean energy adoption now open –  Clean Energy Credit Union   (CECU) today announced that it has officially launched and is now taking savings account deposits and making clean energy loans.

Dear Future: Coca-Cola Co. USA Calls on Young Adults for Change – Making Ideas to Renew Local Communities – Through Oct. 15, 18 to 24-year-olds across the U.S. can submit ideas to tackle community-specific challenges at . $30,000 grants to 17 change-making ideas. Video:

50-State Food System Scorecard – Ranking the states on farm and food health.

BlackRock, Wells Fargo Eye ESG Funds For 401(k)s –

Impact investments made by more than 70% of millennials and Gen Xers  –

Video: Salesforce, Intel Part of a New Goldman Sachs Backed Impact ETF –

How Bidets are Saving the Planet, One Spray at a Time – The toilet paper industry is responsible for the destruction of  27,000 trees per day , or a staggering 15 million trees per year. The toilet paper production process results in 15 percent of deforestation. There’s also water waste to the tune of  37 gallons  just by flushing a single roll of toilet paper, whereas a bidet uses only one pint.  TUSHY  is a stylish, modern bidet attachment that works with your existing toilet and it’s taking butt hygiene to a whole new level.

Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry –  Through new materials startup  Circular Systems , which converts natural waste fibers into usable materials, Isaac Nichelson wants to set the fashion industry on a new path toward more sustainable production and sourcing.

Your Small Business Needs a Corporate Social Responsibility Report – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)  offers introductory guidelines  on SME sustainability reporting.

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between more than 70 innovative Queensland cane growers, Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The project aims to support sugarcane growers and promote groundbreaking farm practices that improve water quality from sugarcane farms impacting the Great Barrier Reef.



Exclusive: Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow growth – UN draft –  “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” according to the report, Temperatures are already up about 1°C (1.8°F) and are rising at a rate of about 0.2°C a decade, according to the draft, requested by world leaders as part of the Paris Agreement.

The European Union has agreed a 32% target for renewable energy after earlier talks on energy efficiency failed to find an agreement. –

Video Can Kenya sustain its charcoal consumption? – The high demand for charcoal in Kenya is leading to major issues like deforestation, and now companies are finding ways to use it sustainably. –

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble –  Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.

How to save Antarctica (and the rest of Earth too) – Under the worst-case scenario of high greenhouse gas emissions and low or ineffective regulations, the global air temperature would rise nearly 5C above 1850 levels. Antarctica would contribute more than 25 cm to a total global sea level rise of more than a metre.  This could lead eventually to the collapse of the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and around 3.5 m of  sea level rise .

The #IceBoxChallenge  is a contest and an experiment to demonstrate how a home can be super energy efficient AND comfortable.

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds –

Millions of Florida Homeowners Owners Can Access HERO Program to pay for energy efficiency and wind resistant upgrades overtime – .

What Is A Cool Roof? A Pro Explains This Affordable, Energy Efficient System – DOE Video –

This concrete can trap CO2 emissions forever –  Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world’s second largest industrial source of carbon dioxide. Canadian startup  CarbonCure’s system  takes captured CO2 and injects it into concrete as it’s being mixed. Once the concrete hardens, that carbon is sequestered forever. Even if the building is torn down, the carbon stays put. That’s because it reacts with the concrete and becomes a mineral.

Students from Columbia University Place First in Net Impact’s Inaugural “Drawdown INNOVATE” Challenge Sponsored by Interface –

All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers –

In Argentina,  Coca-Cola FEMSA will become the first company to use 100 percent renewable energy –

Scientists find affordable way to recapture CO2 and burn it –



3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Nino Drought  –

Amazon deforestation surges in Colombia, report says –

England ‘highly likely’ to be suffering from deforestation, campaigners warn


Chinese company also wants to restart Newberg paper mill – The Atlanta-based owner of Newberg’s shuttered paper mill now says it’s open to “all options” for selling the mill, after the Portland Tribune published a story documenting the company’s efforts to assure the mill’s papermaking machinery is turned into scrap metal so it can’t be reused to make pulp or paper.    htts://

American Express is creating credit cards made from plastic found in the oceans –

 Spokane businesses are saving thousands by recycling, thanks to this local company’s help  –  Erik Makinson, founder of Resource Synergy, will literally dive through your dumpster to help you find out just how much money you’re wasting. “What I’ve found is unless four components exist, a program won’t go forward: those are time, knowledge, capital and motivation.

 Hello, Recommerce: The North Face Launches Used Clothing Line –

 NBA’S HAWKS OFFER SUSTAINABILITY LESSON – The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks partnered with Atlanta’s Rubicon Global, to spend five days pulling out seats and then recycling as much as possible, diverting the seats from a landfill and saving 265 tons of carbon emissions in the process.  “Our partnership with the Hawks and Philips Arena is a great example of a sustainable renovation on a large scale,” said David Rachelson, vice president of sustainability for Rubicon.

 Stop Junk Mail For Good –

CNN Money Video Interview with James Quincey, President & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company – How big brands are trying to pull off a recycling revolution.

 Podcast: Sancroft consultant, Ross Lakhdari, is joined by Lord Deben and Alison Hampton to discuss the evolving narrative around plastics from an investor’s perspective.

 US, Japan abstain from Ocean Plastics Charter, reactions vary –

 British retailer Tesco  has announced  that it will sell ‘green’ lemons to help customers facing a UK shortage, and to cut down on food waste.

 PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally Program Challenges Schools to Reduce Waste, Increase Recycling –

 How recycling more steel and aluminum could slash imports without a trade war –

 Wishful recycling turns wasteful: Athens-Clarke County warns of recycling contaminants – The recycling plant takes in about 80 tons of materials each day, Joe Dunlop , waste reduction administrator for the ACC Recycling Division said. About 17 percent of those materials are not recycled and are sent to the landfill because of contamination.

 McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws – McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September.

 Burger King has announced that it will roll out compostable straws in its UK restaurants this year as it works to make all its packaging recyclable, biodegradable or compostable by 2025.

 SeaWorld getting rid of plastic straws, plastic bags at all US parks –

 How to Rinse Your Recyclables Without Wasting Water




Coral reefs save humans billions of dollars every year –

 Sushi Served with a Secret Ingredient: Microplastic – the remnants of plastic bags, takeout containers and straws that almost-but-not-quite disintegrate in the oceans — are found in 3 out of 4 fish, such as squid, cuttlefish and swordfish in markets around the world, say the authors of a February study.




While today, June 5th, is officially World Environment Day, for so many of you, World Environment Day happens each and every day.  Your friends at TreeZero want to give a heartfelt thank you to all those individuals who have made stewardship of the environment their mission.  It is due to your dedication, vision, inspiration and leadership that we are so optimistic about the future.

More and more organizations are measuring their impact and setting science based, public, timebound goals to increase recycling; eliminate threats of deforestation from supply chains; and reducing carbon footprints.

Designers are adopting circular economic principles that mimic nature.  Where no waste is created; and products and services provide community, environmental and economic value.

Innovation and technological advances are making renewable energy not only competitive with fossil fuels, but in many cases, superior in service and cost.

Purchasing agents are creating demand for efficient, sustainable products and services by incorporating the full lifecycle costs of the goods and services we use and purchase.

Marketers are investigating the entire supply chains of their products from raw material extraction to final disposal and embedding sustainability into their brand value architecture.

Employees are volunteering to protect watersheds, pick-up litter and prevent pollution.

Consumers are demanding companies and brands provide increased levels of transparency, take greater responsibility for reducing impacts and provide solutions to any leftover pollution.

Individual, institutional and corporate investors are using social, environmental and governance commitments and performance as primary criteria for investing trillions of dollars annually.

Each of us has responsibility in our personal and professional lives to strive to leave the earth a better place than when we arrived.   We can all, and must, do more.

Please accept our thanks and gratitude for your vision for environmental excellence, your servant leadership and partnership with the environment.


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