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TSC Developments 

The Sustainability Consortium Members Vote to Adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard  


The Sustainability Consortium members voted to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol Product Standard) that was developed through a global multi-stakeholder process by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Toy Sector Update  

The Toy Sector had their first face-face meeting on July 23 at the Disney Synergy Lab in Glendale, CA. Toy product categories were identified and prioritized into five categories. Click the link below to find out more about the categories and next steps for the group.

Electronics Sector Joins UN University StEP Initiative 

Last month, the general assembly of the United Nations University Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative accepted the Electronics Sector for membership. StEP is an opportunity for the Electronics Sector to engage internationally in this space for e-waste.

TSC's Kelly Scott Speaks at Walmart's Sustainable Packaging Conference in Toronto 


Kelly Scott, Packaging Working Group Manager at The Sustainability Consortium, spoke last week at the Sustainable Packaging Conference in Toronto, hosted by The Packaging Association and Walmart. Scott introduced The Consortium and the Level 1 and Level 2 SMRS.

Food, Beverage & Agriculture Prototype PCRs and PCLAs 


The FBA Group is sending out the prototype Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Product Category Life Cycle Assessments (PCLCAs) as they are completed. Wheat cereal will go to the FBA Sector and participants on July 1st for review and vote.

Member Features  

Defra Launches 'Responsibility Deal' on Waste
The deal, announced by environment minister Lord Henley, has been developed jointly by Defra and the Environmental Services Association (ESA, which represents the waste and resource management sector) with input from the Local Government Association, the Environment Agency (EA) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Kroger Cuts Energy Use and Waste by 30 Percent Each  

The Kroger Co. reduced in-store energy consumption by 30 percent since 2000
and its manufacturing plants reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 30 percent since 2009, a 22 million pound reduction.
Novozymes Wins Abengoa's Sustainability Award
Novozymes receives an award for its contribution to sustainable development and for setting an example to other companies. Novozymes supplies enzymes for biofuel production to Abengoa and has documented its CO2 footprint through life cycle studies.

PepsiCo Europe Gets Greener     

PepsiCo today announced that its Frito-Lay manufacturing facility in Azov, Russia, has been officially awarded LEED® Silver by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The manufacturing facility is the first site in PepsiCo's European network to receive the prestigious LEED certification...

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Quantis- New Partnership to Help Companies Prepare for Water Uncertainty

A new partnership was announced following the 2nd Annual Canadian
Water Summit that will allow companies
to effectively manage water use in a practical way.

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Seventh Generation Ranked Nation's
#1 "Green" Brand

New research finds that Seventh Generation, the nation's leading provider
of non-toxic household products, is seen
by consumers as the number one "green" brand in America.
Sustainable Sugar Comes to Market, Sweet News for the Environment

NL_sustainableSugarA mill in Sao Paulo, Brazil has become
the first to have its sugar cane production certified under the new Bonsucro certification standard, covering more than 130,000 tons of sugar and 63,000 cubic meters of ethanol. The certified sugar
has already been scooped up by The Coca-Cola Company's bottling system.

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Syngenta Donates Sunflower Seed to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Syngenta has pledged more than 700 bags of sunflower seeds to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The seeds will be planted on 1,000 acres statewide to create a better habitat for mourning doves.

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The Environment America Research & Policy Center Recognizes SC Johnson for its Commitment to Green Chemistry
The Environment America Research & Policy Center, dedicated to protecting America's air, water and open spaces, has recognized SC Johnson in its 2011 Safer by Design report as one of the leading businesses protecting the environment.

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WWF Calls on Public to Choose Sustainable Seafood
The abundance of natural resources will never be enough to meet the people's demand if there is no collective effort to protect its sustainability. This also applies in the marine resources. This call to action was delievered by WWF-Indonesia at the pers conference titled "Choose your seafood right"...

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July 1, 2011 

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Upcoming Events

TSC Board of Directors Meeting
July 26-27, 2011



Home & Personal Care Sector Meeting
September, 2011
Southwest USA


Consumer Science Meeting
September 27-28, 2011
Best Buy Corporate HQ; Richfield, MN

Electronics Sector Meeting
September 28-30, 2011
Best Buy Corporate HQ; Richfield, MN

Food, Beverage & Agriculture Sector Meeting
September 29-30, 2011
Savannah, GA


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Research Opportunities  

Interviewees Needed for PhD Project on Sustainability Product Labeling

A PhD project at the University of Manchester is investigating the effectiveness of sustainability related product labelling and the prospects for an effective implementation of an overarching scheme which communicates the sustainability of products to consumers in a simplified form.


The research is based on interviews with small and large scale retailers, manufacturers, primary producers and civil societal organisations who have been involved in either the implementation of an overarching sustainability information scheme or the EU eco-, EU energy, Fair Trade or Marine Stewardship Council label. If you would be willing to support this research through the participation in an interview click here for more information. 



Three Biodiversity and Land Use Projects (FBA)

Christy Slay leads the Biodiversity and Land-use project at the University of Arkansas.  She presented three short-term objectives for the Food, Beverage and Agriculture Sector at the January meeting in Washington D.C. The goals include:

1) research on impact assessment methods for land-use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services

2) identify potential drivers and indicators for land-use impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services

3) develop spatial decision support tools for agricultural land-use and biodiversity to assist with implementing a biodiversity metric into SMRS for agriculture.

Slay co- led a discussion session on the data and metrics intersections between TSC, market, and policy efforts for Ecosystem Services at the Corporate and Product Sustainability Conference at Duke University.  Over 60 attendees from government, corporations, and academia participated in the session.

If anyone is interested in participating in these three projects please contact Dr. Christy Slay

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