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WEC Helps Launch New Study on “Agenda for a Sustainable America”

Press Luncheon and Book Discussion

Agenda for a Sustainable America:
Recommendations for the Obama Administration

WHEN: June 9, 2009, 12:15 PM to 2PM (Speaking will begin promptly at 12:30 PM)
WHERE: Environmental Law Institute
  Main Conference Room
  2000 L St. NW, Ste 620
  Washington, DC 20036

RSVP: Attendance for this event is limited to members of the press. A complimentary lunch will be provided. To reserve, email, or call 202-939-3833.
"Sustainability" is quickly becoming a household word in the United States. Public alarm over climate change has helped to make sustainable development a major public policy issue and a topic of growing importance in the daily lives of Americans. Agenda for a Sustainable America was released by ELI Press in 2009 to critical acclaim and is now a bestseller in the field of environmental policy. It is a comprehensive assessment of U.S. progress toward sustainable development and a roadmap of necessary next steps toward achieving a sustainable America. Edited by John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University in Pennsylvania, Agenda is packed with facts, figures, and the well-informed opinions of 41 experts, providing an illuminating “snapshot” of sustainability in the United States today. Each of the contributors suggests where we need to go next, recommending three to five specific actions that we should take during the next five to ten years.

This luncheon will focus on recommendations for the Obama administration on three topics: 1) toxic chemicals and pesticides; 2) the public’s right to know, and 3) national governance.
These and other recommendations point the way toward greater economic and social well-being, increased security, and environmental protection and restoration for current and future generations of Americans. Together they build a convincing case for how sustainable development can improve our opportunities and our lives. For more information on the book, please visit   Advance copies of the book are available on request.
The following contributing authors will address the luncheon:

•        Gary D. Bass, founder and executive director of OMB Watch, an NGO that addresses government accountability and citizen participation;

•        Dr. Lynn Goldman, pediatrician and professor of environmental health sciences at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she specializes in environmental risks to children; and

•        Professor John C. Dernbach, who also contributed the chapter on national governance.
Commenting on the book will be Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, a non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business operations of WEC member companies and in partnership with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders.

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WEC Roundtable on Green Buildings Featured in ClimateWire Article

The article, "ENERGY EFFICIENCY: What does the owner of a LEED-certified building get?" is accessible through WEC web site here.
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WEC President & CEO to Speak at MIT's Sustainability Summit


The first annual, entirely student-organized MIT Sustainability Summit, titled "Discovering New Dimensions for Growth," will be held on Friday, April 24 in MIT's Walker Memorial building, as the conclusion of MIT's Earth Week celebration.

The Sustainability Summit will bring together students, business leaders, academics, sustainability activists, and public servants for a day of invited talks, panel discussions and opportunities for informal networking on the subject of how to face the opportunities and challenges of making the transition to a sustainable world.

The theme of the summit, "Discovering New Dimensions for Growth," explores emerging solutions to the problems of unsustainable development. Our current economic, political, and academic institutions, though highly interwoven, mainly work in isolation from each other. Students and practitioners of the field of sustainability are increasingly aware of the opportunities to collaborate to enhance their work on environmental, social, and economic endeavors. Our goals are to restore natural systems, create a just and equitable social infrastructure, and revitalize the world's economies - an incredible challenge that requires collaboration across many previously disparate fields.

The daylong event will feature keynote addresses by sustainability leaders, including Arthur Holcombe, President of the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund and former Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program in China, and Michael Shellenberger, President of The Breakthrough Institute. The panel discussions, by notable figures from industry, government and academia, will address three key topics in sustainability:
o How do we progress toward sustainability in a recession?
o How do we measure the success of our sustainability practices?
o How do we seize opportunities for innovative approaches, technological breakthroughs, and partnerships in sustainability?
The panel speakers will be challenged to think creatively about shared problems and to generate tangible solutions. (A complete list of confirmed speakers is included at the end of this release).

The Summit will also feature "capacity-building" breakout sessions that will focus on sustainability in a variety of practical contexts, from product design to transportation and food systems.

Sponsors of the event include Whole Foods, Seventh Generation, and Green Mountain Coffee. Partners include Technology Review, CSRwire, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Net Impact, World-Wire, Sustainability Television, and the MIT Alumni Association.

The MIT Sustainability Summit is open to all, but registration is required.
Please visit the website at for conference details, agenda and registration instructions. Media will receive complimentary registration.

Other MIT Earth Week events are open to the public. These include a major address by Frances Beinecke, President of the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) on April 22, and an Earth Week Fair and Eco Expo on April 23.
MIT Earth Week is planned collaboratively by six departments and groups, representing the academic, staff, and student communities at MIT. Visit for more information.

Confirmed speakers for the Sustainability Summit:
Wayne Balta, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, IBM
Laurie Burt, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Eric Friedman, Director of the State Sustainability Program, Massachusetts Executive Offices of Environmental Affairs
Philip Giudice, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Roberto Huet, Senior Vice President, Aggregate Industries
Judith Layzer, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, MIT
Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
Daniel Mahler, Global Coordinator for Sustainability, A.T.
Kearney Taryn Miller-Stevens, Director of Programs, StartingBloc
Ted Nordhaus, Strategist, Breakthrough Institute
Gwen Ruta, Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund
Donovan Rypkema, Principal, Place Economics
Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute
Sarah Slaughter, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT
Lawrence Susskind, Director of the Environmental Policy and Planning Group, Department of Urban Studies, MIT
Terry Yosie, CEO, World Environment Center

MIT Sustainability Summit: Discovering New Dimensions for Growth April 24, 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Walker Memorial (MIT building 50)
142 Memorial Drive

Website: for complete event listing, registration information, and details.

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"Adapting to Climate Change -- an Urgent Societal Priority" By Terry F. Yosie

As more definitive scientific evidence on the impacts of climate change at the global, regional and local levels continues to accumulate, a greater sense of urgency is arising across political capitals, in the business community and within civil society. Of special concern are studies which now conclude that climate impacts from greenhouse gas levels expected by 2050 will persist for about 1,000 years regardless of how well decision makers reduce future emissions.

MIT Professor Peter Senge and his colleagues have compared the atmosphere's capacity for absorbing greenhouse gas emissions to a bathtub. Like a bathtub filling up with water, there is a limit to the amount of carbon emissions that we can continue to pour into the atmosphere. While there is not an exact estimate of the amount of emissions that our atmospheric bathtub can hold, two conclusions can be stated -- we're not draining the bathtub to achieve a net reduction in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, and the effects of emissions already in the bathtub are already beginning to occur.

A growing number of scientists and business leaders have concluded that, in order to prevent our atmospheric bathtub from overflowing, there will need to be a 60 percent to 80 percent reduction in worldwide emissions in the next two to three decades, as Senge, Bryan Smith and Nina Kruschwitz wrote in their article "The Next Industrial Imperative" for Strategy + Business magazine last summer.

As scientists, economists, lawyers, diplomats and others intensify their efforts to achieve a truly global climate agreement by the end of this year, they also face a different set of realities that will reshape the outlook on Copenhagen and beyond. These realities can be expressed in three questions:

  • Will national and regional governments be able to implement new or even current climate mitigation commitments in the midst of an accelerating global economic crisis?
  • Given the increasing severity of climate change, both now and in the future, will a policy driven mitigation strategy alone prove to be too little and too late to avert the most harmful effects?
  • Is the risk of climate change to business beginning to outweigh the rewards of delaying a global agreement?

The answer to all three questions is an emphatic "yes!" Getting to yes, however, will require major alterations in our current mindset. Specifically, we need to change our thinking in three different ways:

First, a more concerted effort by leaders of government, business and NGOs has to be made to engage consumers as part of the climate solution. While consumers are increasingly aware of climate change, their understanding is episodic and has not fundamentally changed their purchasing patterns in enough market segments. When it comes to climate change and the future of the planet, consumers also have responsibilities. However, consumers need to know how they will be better off from behaving and purchasing more sustainably. To date, an effective climate conversation with consumers has not been developed. Business, government and the NGO community have a large role in better informing consumers on the choices and benefits of their decisions.

Second, we need to radically rethink the concept of innovation and the design of business models. The current economic crisis will undoubtedly stimulate such rethinking across a number of markets. Survival of many individual firms will demand it. New thinking on innovation focuses not just on products, technologies and financing but on supply chains, relationships and solutions to collective social problems. Successful business models will be those that satisfy the needs of one customer at a time and millions of customers at a time simultaneously. Ultimately, innovation must replace the industrial model of "more" with a model that expands the wealth of consumers and leads to the purchase of products and services with radically reduced resource intensities, as C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan affirm in their book, "The New Age of Innovation," and as A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan write in the "The Game-Changer."

Finally, we need to change our thinking about the importance of adapting to climate change. Until recently, adaptation was viewed with some skepticism because it was perceived by many stakeholders as a tactic to block aggressive mitigation measures. As the dire nature of current and future climate change has become more evident, two conclusions have also become increasingly clear: 1) the risks from climate change to the operations of global companies are rising, and 2) a public policy driven mitigation strategy alone can't alone solve the problem because the emissions reduction measures take too long to yield results. Adaptation initiatives offer the opportunity to take actions now even as international negotiations continue on a post-Kyoto framework.

Consider the following:

  • On the North Slope of Alaska, the number of days when ice roads can be used has declined significantly in recent years. Also, permafrost melt has begun to impact the operations and planning of current and future pipelines.
  • In other regions, companies face a growing challenge in gaining access to sufficient water resources to continue their operations and, in a growing number of locations, their need for water competes with that of local communities.
  • The frequency of hurricanes and other weather patterns is impacting the productivity of both onshore and offshore business operations and contributing to the rising cost of business through higher insurance premiums, repairs and lost productivity.

Such impacts on business create more opportunities for the private sector to mobilize climate friendly adaptation actions in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Redesigning manufacturing, storage, distribution, product development and other operations to reduce the use of energy, water, and other natural resources and raw materials. Such actions have the advantage of reducing costs, while paying for themselves in a relatively short period of time. At a time of economic crisis, lowering business costs is always a good idea.
  • Committing global supply chains to sustainability and climate friendly objectives. Companies such as Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart in the retail sector, IBM, Intel, Philips Electronics and Ricoh in the technology sector and General Motors in the automotive industry have all undertaken major strategic initiatives to drive climate and sustainability performance improvements across their value chains. The opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases and develop more competitive small and medium scale enterprises through such supply chain initiatives is enormous.
  • Working with communities, NGOs and other stakeholders to improve emergency response capabilities, infrastructure planning, community health preparations, watershed management and information systems.

Many of these types of actions are unlikely to be initiated through a top down -- and much slower -- public policy driven mitigation process. An aggressive, properly designed and incentivized adaptation strategy can take advantage of already existing skills and technologies to build smarter cities with cleaner, more energy efficient transportation systems, intelligent utility networks, green information systems and data centers, and more sustainable water networks. Climate adaptation initiatives implemented today will also provide experience in product introductions and marketing strategies for customer acceptance of more radical innovations tomorrow. The beneficiaries of such actions are increasingly in developing countries in some of the areas of greatest vulnerability to a climate changed world.

Adaptation is no substitute for a global mitigation agreement, but neither does a future-oriented mitigation strategy solve the immediate problems that we face as a global community. Our primary goal is to drain the carbon from our atmospheric bathtub --here lies the opportunity for a grand bargain between proponents of mitigation and adaptation strategies to manage and reduce climate risks and impacts.

This article appeared on GreenBiz.Com on March 6, 2009.

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The Coca-Cola Company to Receive 2009 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 27, 2009 - The World Environment Center's (WEC) Twenty-Fifth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to The Coca-Cola Company for implementing strategic business initiatives in the high impact areas of water stewardship, sustainable packaging, energy management and climate protection.

Coca-Cola's Signature Contribution, "returning to nature and communities an amount of water equal to what it uses in all of its beverages and their production", was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as an exceptional demonstration of leadership in sustainability. Based on reducing and recycling the water used in manufacturing, and replenishing water as a vital resource, the efforts are yielding important social, environmental, and economic benefits.

Muhtar Kent, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company said: "We are very pleased to be recognized with this important international award.  Together with our bottling partners around the world, we have made a deep commitment to managing and preserving our water resources. This recognition from the World Environment Center gives us confidence that we are heading in the right direction."

"It is a great honor for the jury to name The Coca-Cola Company as the 25th recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal Award. The company's outstanding contributions in providing safe water for communities around the world set the standard for others to follow" said the Gold Medal Jury Chairman Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.

The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented to The Coca-Cola Company at the 25th Gold Medal Presentation gala on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kent will accept the award on behalf of the company and its employees.

The World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize top industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development.

The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, and non-governmental organizations and retired industry professionals.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 450 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola(R), recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke(R), Fanta(R), Sprite(R), Coca-Cola Zero(R), vitaminwater, POWERade(R), Minute Maid(R) and Georgia(R) Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.5 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.

About World Environment Center
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government and other stakeholders. WEC's activities and operations are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain.

Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan Inc (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003) and CEMEX (2002).

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Landmark MOU between Singapore Environment Council and World Environment Center to Help Companies Churn Profits

On 10 February 2009, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Environment Center (WEC). This landmark partnership between a Singaporean NGO and a well-established international environmental organisation will result in a series of roundtable discussions geared towards developing Green Business Sustainab ility.  The first roundtable session on the subject of Green Supply Chain will be conducted in August 2009.

WEC/SEC Parternship Photo
Dr Yosie and Ms Loh after signing the memorandum of understanding,
which lets SMEs in Singapore tap the WEC's knowledge base to 'green'

This unprecedented partnership is a key development to help facilitate the Council’s expanding role in driving sustainable business practices. It will broaden the scope of SEC’s influence and increase the effectiveness of programmes aimed across industry sectors.

This development comes at a time when there is a clear necessity for companies to shift to green business models as part of their strategy in addressing inherent long-term economic sustainability– an especially salient factor in these financially unstable times. From everyday cost-saving measures, like improved energy and water efficiency, to innovating new products with reduced environmental impacts, the economic benefits of switching to environmentally sound practices are clear.

SEC / WEC partnership programmes will educate, inspire, and facilitate corporations in turning Green into Gold. A function that is key to Singapore’s positioning as an economic hub, with global outreach, and increasing leadership focus on environmental sustainability. 

International expertise coupled with experience supplied by WEC will support local environmental efforts by providing corporate leaders with an in-depth understanding of the challenges in implementing sustainable development strategies, and equip corporate with the tools required to overcome them. This will also serve to raise the profile of the environmental movement in Singapore, through WEC’s extensive network. “Singapore has made great progress in improving its environmental quality, and leadership and innovation in sustainable development can provide a very large return,” stated Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center.  “Global companies affiliated with WEC benefit from the direct knowledge of applying sustainability to their business strategies and operations, reducing operating costs across their supply chains and differentiating themselves through unique partnerships.”

SEC’s chairman, Ms. Isabella Loh, expressed her confidence in the partnership. “Both organisations recognise that the importance of environmental sustainability goes beyond business ethics alone. Making environmentally sustainable decisions is a key means of staying ahead of the economic downturn; eco-friendly measures such as improving energy efficiency and reducing waste in operational processes are cost-saving in the long run. By integrating environmental considerations holistically into all business decision-making processes, businesses can gain a competitive edge, especially important now, and strategic in the post-economic crisis era. SEC/WEC programmes will facilitate this change, speaking clearly in the language of business, to our business leaders. By bringing together expertise on best environmental and business practices we will enhance Singapore’s position as a ‘green dot’ in the business world map”.

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WEC President Speaks at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

WEC President & CEO, Dr. Terry F. Yosie delivers a speech entitled, "Reducing Societal Risks and Creating Business Opportunities Through An Accelerated Climate Adaptation Strategy" at the Delhi Sustainable Summit: "Towards Copenhagen: An Equitable and Ethical Approach" taking place on 5-7 February 2009.

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Intel Joins World Environment Center to Advance Long-Term Sustainability Goals

(Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2008 –The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices, today announced that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, is joining its membership. Intel, a global leader in microprocessors and silicon innovation, places value on being a steward of good global citizenship and invests and innovates across a range of energy conservation activities to help spur the renewable energy market. The company is currently on top of the EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Partners List as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, welcomed WEC’s newest member by stating, “Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Intel is among the most innovative companies in the world. WEC congratulates this world leader on advancing sustainable development across the growing markets in which it operates.  WEC membership continues to represent the best performing companies of the global marketplace.”

“Intel has been at the forefront of leading environmental initiatives such as investing in and implementing renewable energy technologies and reducing its carbon emissions,” said Stephen Harper, Intel’s Global Director of Environmental Policy. “Getting to know WEC and participating in its programs will greatly serve us in our efforts to increase environmental, economic and community based sustainability. With WEC’s on-the-ground support, Intel will continue to move forward its environmental initiatives.”

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC members currently represent twelve different business sectors.

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WEC Featured in Greenbiz Podcast and White Paper on Greening the Supply Chain

The Podcast, "Greening the Supply Chain for the Greater Good" includes an interview with WEC President & CEO, Terry F. Yosie and can be viewed at this link.

The White Paper, "Greening the Supply Chain in Emerging Markets: Some Lessons From the Field" looks at successful strategies for improving the performance of supply chains throughout the developing world.

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WEC Roundtable Hosted by Pitney Bowes Featured in Business Wire

The Business Wire published this article

As consumers become increasingly aware of the importance of protecting the planet, widespread misunderstanding of the environmental impact of mail may potentially harm communities, businesses and charities that depend on this vital communications channel.

In response, Integrating Sustainability and Environment in the Mailing Industry, a World Environment Center Roundtable hosted today at the National Press Club by Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) aimed to stimulate discussion among mailers, environmental groups and the U.S. Postal Service on prioritizing key environmental initiatives to further the industrys goal of sustainable mail.

In his remarks, Pitney Bowes Executive Chairman Michael Critelli noted the importance of awareness, innovation and collaboration in the creation of solutions that meet the environmental challenges of the mailing industry.

As an industry, we are at a critical cross-roads. In addition to continuing the progress in environmental responsibility already achieved by our industry, new and practical approaches to overcoming public misperception and misguided legislation are needed, Critelli said.

Critelli noted that forest land in the United States has increased by 5.3 million acres in the last three decades, according to the U.S. EPA. Mail is an environmentally responsible way to reach customers. The majority of paper produced in America today comes from trees grown for that purpose. Trees are a renewable resource, Critelli said.

Pitney Bowes Vice President of Environment Health & Safety Paul Robbertz provided a detailed review of a recently published White Paper titled The Environmental Impact of Mail: A Baseline". The research is a comprehensive review of existing data on mails carbon footprint from a variety of sources including regulatory agencies, not-for-profits, and U.S. and international postal services. Its conclusion: mails environmental impact is far smaller than many other activities that consumers take part in every day.

Todays roundtable serves as a productive forum for industry, environmental groups and the Postal Service to explore additional partnerships and alternatives to achieve further progress in this area, said Robbertz.

In addition to Critelli and Robbertz, speakers included Direct Marketing Association President & CEO John A. Greco, Jr. on The Strategic Challenge to the Mailing Industry, U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Sustainability Samuel Pulcrano on The Sustainable Mailstream and Keri Davis of the Rainforest Alliance on The Triple Bottom Line of Mail.

A panel discussion moderated by the Editorial Director of DM News Julia Hood included panelists from Consumers Union, Five Winds International and The Nature Conservancy.

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Boeing Joins World Environment Center to Advance Global Sustainability Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 2, 2008 - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined, today announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that helps companies around the world implement environmentally sustainable business strategies and operations. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

Recognizing the serious challenges facing our planet's eco-system, Boeing has set aggressive targets for reducing its impact on the environment both for its operations and the lifecycle of its products.

"Joining the World Environment Center helps Boeing carry out our environmental strategy more effectively because we can work together with other corporate leaders to engage non-governmental organizations, share best practices and accelerate business contributions to solving environmental problems," said Mary Armstrong, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety at Boeing. "The great economic and social benefits aviation brings to the world means our industry -- and our company -- is growing, so Boeing is taking specific action to address our impact on the environment and we will work with the World Environment Center to focus those efforts."

Terry F. Yosie, WEC President and CEO, noted Boeing's membership decision by declaring that, "As the leading company in its business sector, Boeing has a truly global reach to advance the mobility of society in a more sustainable manner. Its technological leadership and innovation are essential to enabling society to progress, while reducing our global footprint. WEC welcomes Boeing and looks forward to a great partnership to advance sustainable development."

About Boeing
Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation, and the company's greatest contributions to the eco-system will be through pioneering environmentally progressive technologies for its products, services and operations. Since the introduction of the first Boeing jetliner, airplane emissions of carbon dioxide have been reduced by around 70 percent and the noise footprints have been reduced by approximately 90 percent. Boeing targets improving fuel efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions of each new generation of commercial airplane by at least 15 percent compared to the airplanes they replace. Boeing has set aggressive targets to improve by 25 percent solid waste recycling rates, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions intensity at its major manufacturing facilities by 2012, with a comparable goal for hazardous waste reduction. For more information, visit the company's 2008 environment report at

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WEC Presents China Supply Chain Activity at a China Environment Forum Panel, Washington DC.

Terry F. Yosie, WEC President & CEO, speaks to a China Environment Forum panel on "Greening Business in China" on July 11 in Washington DC.

Terry Yosie introduced the World Environment Center (WEC) Greening the Supply Chain Initiative in China to the CEF Panel on July 11. The Greening the Supply Chain Initiative in China organizes training, technical support, performance assessment, site-specific action plans and valuation of economic and other benefits in such areas as cleaner production, energy efficiency and conservation of natural resources. These efforts are designed to apply sustainable enterprise management practices into business operations and enhance competitiveness through cost reductions and more efficient use of resources. WEC initiated its Greening the Supply Chain initiative in 2003 and has conducted supply chain projects in Australia, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Mexico and Romania. WEC is currently managing a project with 40 suppliers to a major automotive manufacturer in China, Shanghai General Motors. Each supplier is tasked with the responsibility of defining and achieving selected clean production and energy efficiency goals during this year long initiative that began in February 2008.

Click here for more information on the China Environment Forum.

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World Environment Center Establishes New Shanghai Office to Deliver Sustainable Business Value

(Washington, D.C. and Shanghai, China) July 8, 2008—The World Environment Center (WEC), an independent, global non-profit and non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development in the business strategies and operations of global companies, today announced the establishment of its newest office in Shanghai, China.  Expansion of WEC into China builds upon several years of project work and other activities and will provide the platform for a growing number of new WEC initiatives in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Leading WEC’s Shanghai office will be Ms. Joanna Guo, presently President, Professional Services at the JPI Group, a China-based enterprise specializing in business planning and other services for implementing sustainable development.  Ms. Guo will serve as Director of WEC’s China Operations.  She has ten years of professional experience on sustainable development programs financed by international and private investors, local institutions and international development organizations. At the JPI Group level, Ms. Guo has responsibility in such areas as strategic business development, cross-border cooperation with various international affiliates, working with customers in securing project financing and communicating with a variety of investors.

“WEC’s increasing initiatives in Asia recognizes the pivotal role this region plays in implementing sustainable development solutions in the private sector in partnership with national governments, multi-lateral institutions and non-governmental organizations,” stated WEC’s President & CEO Dr. Terry F. Yosie.  “China is the right place at the right time to apply WEC’s unique approach of developing direct, on-the-ground solutions to deliver value for business and society.”

“JPI is highly enthusiastic about our partnership with WEC and believes that WEC China will achieve the goal of improving global companies’ environmental performance and integrating sustainable development into their longer-term mission,” concluded Ms. Guo.  “The JPI Group has played an active role in sustainable development and has worked closely with Chinese enterprises for twenty years.”

WEC’s Shanghai office expands its network of operations that presently includes its global headquarters in Washington, D.C. and regional offices in Augsburg, Germany and San Salvador, El Salvador.


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Marks & Spencer Expands Sustainable Development Capability By Joining World Environment Center

Washington, D.C. June 24, 2008 – Marks & Spencer, a leading global retail company, today announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that advances sustainable business performance, to increase its capabilities to implement sustainability initiatives.  Through its Plan A, a five-year, 100 point “eco” plan that aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing its business sector and the world, the British company has become a leader in sustainable development by working with customers and suppliers to become carbon neutral by 2012, reduce waste, safeguard the natural resources it uses, trade ethically and help people lead healthier lives. Marks & Spencer recently received WEC’s prestigious Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Corporate Sustainable Development as decided by an independent panel of judges.

Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marks & Spencer said: “We are striving to be a sustainable business because it is the right thing to do and we know it can make business sense. We are pleased to carry on our sustainability work with the World Environment Center which brings unique global relationships and capacity to develop business solutions for its members.”

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of WEC, welcomed Marks & Spencer to WEC as its first retailer member. “As a leading practitioner of sustainable development within and beyond its business sector, Marks & Spencer adds a new dimension to WEC’s growing list of global leaders within its membership.  Marks & Spencer’s commitment to solving business and societal problems is especially well suited to WEC’s non-advocacy approach to creating value through partnerships between business and their stakeholders.”


About Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers, with 16 million people visiting its stores each week. It offers clothing, home and food products, and employs over 75,000 people. It has more than 600 UK stores, as well as an expanding international business with over 250 stores in 36 countries.

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WEC Announces Call for Nominations for 2009 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

Washington, D.C. - April 29, 2008 - The World Environment Center (WEC) is inviting nominations for the 25th WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

The WEC Gold Medal Award is one of the most respected measures of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete. A potential applicant company must demonstrate global vision and a commitment to sustainable development through innovative application of policies, and international economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. An independent Jury of international leaders selects the Gold Medal awardee.

Nominations of eligible corporations must reach the WEC Gold Medal Secretariat, no later than Friday, June 2, 2008. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations may be submitted by completing and returning the brief Nomination Form in the Nomination Brochure or online at

After the Jury reviews this initial application, eligible candidates will be notified and invited to make full submissions by August 22, 2008. The 2009 WEC Gold Medal Award nomination brochure provides all the details about the schedule of the nomination and selection process.

The recipient of the 2008 Gold Medal Award is Marks & Spencer. The Gold Medal Presentation & Celebration will be held on May 9, 2008 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Previous recipients of the WEC Gold Medal award are: ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003), CEMEX (2002), The Royal Dutch/Shell Group (2001), International Paper Company (2000), Eastman Kodak Company (1999), Philips Electronics N.V. (1998), Compaq Computer Corporation (1997), Alcoa (1996), Ciba-Geigy Limited (1995), S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (1994), Xerox Corporation (1993), Procter & Gamble Company (1992), Rohm & Haas Company (1991), IBM Corporation (1990), The Dow Chemical Company (1989), The BP Group (1988), E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company (1987), Exxon Corporation (1986) and 3M (1985).

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WEC Supports the Business Environment Council's EnviroSeries 2008 in Beijing

Organized by the Business Environment Council, the conference is the foremost gathering of senior executives on the transformational trends, challenges and opportunities of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in both global and local China context. 20 renowned leaders from government, business, education and media sectors will share their expertise and experience covering global standards, guidelines, best practices and outstanding examples. Speakers will also highlight how CSR serves as a key driver to sustainable development of Chinese enterprises linking with broader societal goals.

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NGO Leaders To Discuss Critical Issues And Strategies For Global Decision Making

World Environment Center Colloquium Highlights Global Marketplace Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 6, 2008 –  Leaders of Greenpeace, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),  The Nature Conservancy, Transparency International, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund will review the role of their organizations and initiatives to achieve a more sustainable world at the World Environment Center’s 2008 Colloquium on May 9, 2008. The interactive conference, entitled, “Global Non-Governmental Organizations: A Discussion of Critical Issues, Strategy and Societal Value” will take place at the National Press Club.

The panelists will focus on global priorities, strategies for influencing the global marketplace, and partnerships between NGOs and industry.

Following the Colloquium, John Elkington, the Founder of SustainAbility, will identify the unconventional entrepreneurs who are managing to solve the economic, environmental and social problems of the world, the subject of his latest book The Power of Unreasonable People.

“Leaders of non-governmental organizations have a large and growing influence on public attitudes, investment decisions and governmental policies,” stated Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center.  “Their participation in the Colloquium presents a unique opportunity to learn and discuss their ideas for solving major global problems.”

The Colloquium agenda is available at For information on attending the Colloquium please contact Iris Ovadiya at or 202-312-1211.

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GM Holden to 'Green' its supply chain

More News on GM Holden & WEC project, please visit Greenbiz

April 3, 2008 - GM Holden and the World Environment Center (WEC) are joining forces to launch a program to help GM Holden and its suppliers improve their environmental performance.

Announced today at GM Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters, the "Greening the Supply Chain" program is aimed at promoting sustainable development at every link of the supply chain in Australia’s automotive industry.

Seventeen of GM Holden’s suppliers from Victoria and South Australia have signed up to be involved in the program.

GM Holden's Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Alison Terry, said that this was an important opportunity to improve the sustainability of the manufacturing processes in the supply chain.

"This program represents GM’s latest efforts in its long term commitment to support the development of Australia's automotive industry. We certainly expect to generate tangible benefits for our suppliers in terms of improved energy efficiency and water reduction," Ms. Terry said.

"It is a great opportunity and the number of suppliers who are putting up their hands to be involved in the program is very encouraging."

The WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organisation that advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organisations, non-governmental organisations, universities and other stakeholders.

The "Greening the Supply Chain" program was initiated by the WEC and has been launched in Mexico, Brazil, Romania and China where significant energy efficiency, environmental and water conservation improvements were reported.

The program will follow in the footprints of a similar undertaking at GM China that was completed in August 2007. Here, experts worked with GM suppliers to provide guidance and technical support for improving manufacturing processes so that they enhanced their environmental performance and also reduced operational costs.

GM Holden's Executive Director of Manufacturing, Rod Keane, described the program as a great opportunity that fits perfectly into GM Holden’s wider environmental strategy.

"GM Holden strives to meet the highest standard of environmental performance in all its activities and we are strongly committed to introducing environmental initiatives and improving systems already in place," Keane said.

"GM Holden works on the principle that emissions and waste can be prevented or minimised by the use of innovative technologies and environmentally compatible materials.

"We welcome the expertise of the WEC, particularly in light of the success they achieved in GM China."

WEC's President and CEO, Terry F. Yosie, described the "Greening the Supply Chain" project as a major focus for the WEC.

"The aim of the GM / WEC partnership is to demonstrate the ability to achieve specific, measurable results that improve competitiveness across the supply chain through the application of sustainable development practices," Yosie said.

This project joins other environmental programs launched by GM Holden including the installation of a sophisticated computerised energy monitoring system at the Fisherman's Bend plant to optimise the energy efficiency of the furnaces and compressed air distribution plants.

A number of water saving initiatives have also been launched aimed primarily at reducing water consumption in Holden's engine production area. The results of these have seen the total water consumed per engine produced drop by over 38 per cent, from 930 litres per engine in 2002 to 576 litres per engine in 2007.

Bo Andersson, group vice president, GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said they were pleased that a number of GM suppliers were participating in the program.

"It gives the suppliers the chance to improve their environmental performance, while increasing their global competitiveness. This initiative is a win-win for everyone," said Andersson.

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ENSR Joins World Environment Center to Advance Sustainable Development Activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 1, 2008 - ENSR, one of the world's leading global environmental management and sustainability firms, announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non- profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices. WEC membership includes over 40 of the world's leading corporations.

Founded in 1968, ENSR, an AECOM Company, provides global environmental management and sustainability solutions for leading industry and governmental agencies through a full range of environmental, health and safety consulting, engineering and remediation services from its100 worldwide offices.  
Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, welcomed the newest member, "ENSR is focused on solving business problems by applying proven environmental and sustainable development practices in the global marketplace.  They will perform a particularly important role in helping transition firms in emerging markets to improved energy efficiency, environmental performance, and sustainable business operations."
"The biggest impact ENSR can have on global sustainability is to use our environmental science, engineering and management expertise to help companies mitigate their environmental footprint and adapt their businesses to a changing planet. We look forward to contributing to WEC's important charter," said Robert C. Weber, ENSR President and Chief Executive Officer.

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honours industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC members currently represent twelve different business sectors.  For more information on ENSR, please visit

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