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Sustainability In The News

February 1, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional displays sustainability leadership

ROSWELL, GA — Fast on the heels of unveiling its new environmentally responsible trade show booth in July, Kimberly-Clark Professional is taking the next step in reducing the environmental impact of its trade show activities through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, according to a press release.

Starting with its exhibit at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2010 trade show, held November 9-12 in Orlando, Kimberly-Clark Professional began offsetting the carbon emissions associated with its trade show activities and the activities of customers visiting its booth, the release stated.

"Reducing our carbon footprint is one of the best ways that individuals and companies alike can lessen our impact on the Earth''s climate and provide for a more sustainable future," said Lisa Morden, global sustainability leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional.

"Combined with our sustainable trade show booth design, we now have a more holistic approach to environmental sustainability relating to trade show activities," Morden added.

To read the complete release, click here.


Students'' requests for more recycling deemed ''implausible''

ALBURQUERQUE, NM — Since sustainability became one of its core values in 2008, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has pushed for a greener campus, but student apathy has hindered efforts, according to the Daily Lobo.

Mary Clark, program specialist at the Office of Sustainability, said UNM has an award-winning recycling program with a 40 percent diversion rate — the percentage of waste that is recycled.

However, student Jennifer Wright said no one has approached her about getting involved in sustainable efforts; she said more can be done to make the university eco-conscious.

"All I really see is recycling bins around school and, occasionally, I''ll hear about little events that are happening that are green-friendly," Wright said.

Yet, the problem isn''t always easily fixable, the article noted.

Jeff Zumwalt, associate director of utilities, said some students'' sustainability ideas are implausible: "Some say there should be solar panels in all the buildings. Well, where are we going to get that kind of money? If they don''t see a wind turbine on campus, then we''re not doing our job."

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Yellowstone''s ''green'' credentials overblown

CODY, WY — Some feel there is too much praise being given to the U.S. National Park Service in "greening" Yellowstone National Park, according to the Billings Gazette.

Many gasoline-powered maintenance vehicles are left idling while tasks are performed, and Christmas lights in Mammoth Hot Springs burn for weeks and weeks, sometimes until February, the article noted.

Heavy tandem dump trucks often travel empty from the Mammoth maintenance shop to the Norris gravel pit to haul gravel out of there to other points in the park, the article stated.

According to the article, the environmental pet program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in Yellowstone really stands for: Lackadaisical Environmental Energy Deployment.

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Kansas town embraces sustainability

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Salina, Kansas, is about as conservative as it gets in the United States, according to a press release.

"Don''t even mention global warming or Al Gore," said Nancy Jackson, chairperson of the Climate and Energy Project, a small nonprofit that encourages people to reduce their use of fossil fuels in the Midwest.

Yet, the small town has voluntarily decreased its demand for energy by five percent — considered a giant step in energy reduction — and is actively seeking green and sustainable businesses to build factories there, the release stated.

According to Jackson, it is not warnings about global warming that have caused the small town to embrace sustainability, but much more practical and, in the residents'' eyes, tangible issues.

Stephen Ashkin, chief executive officer of Sustainable Dashboard Tool LLC, said: "Although I would like to believe everyone realizes global warming is a serious issue, I fully realize that a key driving force to protecting our planet and conserving natural resources is economic. Of course, that is fine with me as long as it ultimately fosters greater sustainability."

To read the complete release, click here.