Our Top 10 of 2010: EDF's news at the intersection of business and the environment

As we kick off 2011, we’ve taken the time to highlight our efforts to accelerate environmental innovation across the business sector over the past year. Which story do you think has the greatest potential for creating significant change around business sustainability in the years to come?

Our Vice President, Gwen Ruta, looks back at how we launched our work with business through a pioneering partnership with McDonald’s.

Emily Reyna checks in with EDF Climate Corps fellow alumni to see where they are now.

On September 21, 2010 Jason Mathers announces that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) joins Donlen and GreenDriver™ in a commitment towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the commercial fleet sector by 20% over the next five years.

Walmart announces its plan to add solar generating systems to another 20 to 30 sites in California and Arizona. This expansion is expected to produce more than 22.5 million kilowatt hours of energy per year.

Our EDF Climate Corps fellows find $350 million in net operating savings, 400,000 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions, and more than 650 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year by spending 10 weeks at Fortune 1000 companies this summer.

GE and EDF collaborate with select cities, a university, a hospital, and other types of businesses to help identify energy and cost savings opportunities with the "ecomagination Treasure Hunts" process.

EDF and Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) announce that the eight reporting portfolio companies in the Green Portfolio Program have saved more than $160 million in operating costs and eliminated more than 345,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, 1.2 million tons of waste and 8,500 tons of paper use.

EDF announces a partnership with private equity giant, The Carlyle Group, and highlights Carlyle’s new environmental due diligence process – EcoValuScreen.

Walmart commits to reducing 20 million metric tons of carbon pollution from its products’ lifecycle and supply chain over the next five years.

We thank you for your continued support, and we hope to build on these successes in 2011.

Happy New Year!