Unpacking the Complexities of Packaging at Walmart's Sustainable Expo

Week three on the job at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and I had the opportunity to attend Walmart & Sam’s Club 6th Annual Sustainable Packaging Exposition in Rogers, Arkansas.  The expo is part of Walmart’s efforts to reduce five percent of packaging in its supply chain by 2013 (based on a 2008 baseline).  It acts as a forum for product suppliers, packaging suppliers, and other stakeholders to exchange information on the latest in sustainable packaging needs and innovations.

Being new to both EDF and Walmart, I think I expected the expo to answer many of my packaging questions, like which type of plastic is the best for food and beverage containers and how do we improve recycling rates?

Boy was that a misguided expectation.  Don’t get me wrong, the expo was great.  My disappointment lies in the fact that there are no clear, easy answers where packaging is concerned.  Instead, there is a myriad of packaging options, each with different attributes in terms of performance (i.e., properly protecting the product), raw-materials sourcing, post-consumer waste, etc.

For example, is it more important for the packaging to be light weight or easily recyclable?  Is it better to promote packaging that may be manufactured from GMO corn but has terrific recycling properties, or “compostable” packaging that requires virgin raw materials?

That being said, there are lots of exciting ways Walmart’s suppliers are changing packaging to lessen its environmental and economic impacts.  One of the best success stories I saw at the expo was by Alpha Packaging and its new bottle design for Gumout Fuel Injection Cleaner.  By making the product twice as concentrated and switching from PVC bottles (which are not recyclable) to much smaller bottles made from PET (which is recyclable and has 30% post-consumer recycled content) it reduced product weight by 42% and 51% for large and small bottles, respectively.  This means a truck filled with new 6 oz products (formerly 12 oz) went from carrying 61,200 bottles to 153,600!

Even though the expo didn’t meet my [unrealistic] expectations, I’m already looking forward to next year’s so I can see how this ever-changing landscape has continued to evolve.

And maybe a few more of my questions will be answered…

Spreading Sustainability: From the Fortune 500 to the next 5,000

Recently in Harvard Business Review, Michael Porter and Mark Kramer wrote about “The Big Idea” – that companies must take the lead by “creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges.” Driven by win-win success stories, by a vacuum in policy leadership, and by the embrace of thought leaders like Porter, this idea has surged into the mainstream. Even in the grip of the recession, companies across the Fortune 500 – from Walmart (#1) and GE (#6) to Owens Corning (#431) and SunGard (#472) – are actively pursuing a sustainability agenda.

But for the companies that make up mainstream corporate America, environmental issues may still largely be seen as a cost center rather than a competitive edge. What will it take to show these companies that environmental innovation can be an opportunity rather than a burden? How can we spread the principles of sustainability from the Fortune 500 to the next 5,000?

Start with energy efficiency

Every company uses energy, and can do so more efficiently. The consulting gurus at McKinsey & Company calculate that by deploying an array of NPV-positive efficiency measures, commercial and industrial users could generate $732 billion in energy savings by 2020 while avoiding some 660 million tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, we can make a lot of money and cut a lot of emissions simultaneously by using proven technologies.

But, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds. Companies fail to reap the benefits of energy efficiency for reasons that have nothing to do with what we learned in Econ 101. In the real world, managers are overburdened, useful information is hard to find, lease arrangements stand in the way of smart investments, and competition for corporate dollars is sharp.

Sometimes it takes “fresh eyes” to overcome the barriers to change. Our EDF Climate Corps program uses business students to find energy savings opportunities at participating companies. In just 10 weeks at 50 companies last summer, we found $350 million in potential operating savings. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Stimulate innovation

Environmental goals, combined with open networking, can be a great way to stimulate innovation that can lead to new products and greater market share. The impetus can come from the top, because when executives set rigorous goals and metrics for measuring them, they unleash innovation throughout the company. GE’s Ecomagination program, which generated $18 billion in revenue on $1.5 billion in investments, is a good example of this approach.

Innovation can also come from the bottom up, as illustrated by Toyota’s “Treasure Hunt” process, which uses operators, engineers and maintenance staff to find process innovations and energy savings.

And innovation can come from the outside. Breakthrough ideas can – and often do – emerge from bringing a new and diverse perspective to a familiar problem. Environmental Defense Fund recently teamed up with InnoCentive, a global leader in crowdsourced innovation, to work with companies to create business breakthroughs that deliver environmental results. InnoCentive’s web-based platform gives over 250,000 entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists around the world the chance to solve them. With the likes of Eli Lilly, NASA, and Procter & Gamble using the platform, it’s redefining the innovation process.

Capture operational excellence

For most companies, including those that provide business capital, environmental issues are still thought of as a liability rather than an opportunity. To build value, firms must think beyond compliance. Smart companies are positioning themselves to compete in a resource-constrained world, where efficiency and innovation trump risk management.

Working with private equity giants The Carlyle Group and Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., EDF has developed tools that are available to any company for systematically identifying opportunity and measuring improvements in environmental and business performance. In just two years, those tools generated $160 million in operating savings for companies including Dollar General and US Foodservice.

Drive supply chain improvement

Companies will want to focus first on their own operations, but for many small and medium-sized businesses, their biggest impacts lie not within their own fencelines, but in the lifecycle of the products they buy and sell. And while smaller companies may not feel that they have the clout to create supply chain mandates, they do have ability to ask pointed questions and shop around for the best prices. Why should your company be paying for the extra energy or water or wasted raw materials embedded in products made by another company that has not yet embraced sustainability?

There are several good examples to work from. Walmart’s Supplier Sustainability Assessment questions are simple, straight-forward and a good place to start. Procter & Gamble has a similar supplier scorecard designed to track and encourage improvement on key environmental sustainability measures in P&G's supply chain. The company reports that about 40% of the completed scorecards it receives have offered at least one innovation idea.

Today, we are all feeling the stress of a pinched economy, resource constraints, volatile fuel prices and global competition. At the same time, we’re seeing examples every day of companies that have successfully turned environmental sustainability into competitive advantage. By building capturing energy and operational efficiencies, stimulating innovation through aggressive goals and creative networking, and driving lifecycle change through the supply chain, we can bring Porter’s big idea to life.

This content was originally published on Green to Gold's BRASS TACKS blog.

EDFbiz Brief: Highlights of our recent work

Understandably, hectic schedules and information overflow makes it easy for news to sometimes slip through the cracks. This is why we want to recap some of the exciting things we’ve been working on over the last few months at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).


As we gear up for the summer, we’ve closed the recruiting season for this year’s participants of EDF Climate Corps.  We’ll have 57 fellows working at 49 companies across the U.S.  About half are “repeat customers” – companies that have already participated for at least one year.  This is consistent with our strategy of moving companies beyond the “low-hanging fruit” and expanding program impact through a combination of growth in numbers and deeper change.

Also, in less than a month EDF Climate Corps 2011 will be officially launched with our annual fellow training. We hope you stay tuned to more information on the training and this summer’s program over the next few weeks.


On the retail side of things, Walmart recently announced it has diverted 80% of the waste generated by its stores in California from landfills through a combination of recycling and reuse (the national average is 45%). The company plans to roll out the program to its 4,400 stores and distribution centers across the nation.

In late February, The Washington Post reported that Walmart will start testing products to ensure they do not contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals commonly used as flame retardants in furniture, toys and other products.  PBDEs are believed to impact the nervous and endocrine systems in humans.  In consultation with EDF and others, the retailer asked suppliers to stop using PBDEs several years ago; testing will reinforce that supply chain mandate.

Also this year, EDF joined with a group of organizations including Walmart, Target adidas, JC Penney, Levi Strauss and the U.S. EPA to launch the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The coalition intends to develop lifecycle impact information on apparel products, leading toward a sustainability score for garments.  This process complements the sustainability consortium’s efforts to develop measurement and reporting systems for the life cycle of consumer products in other categories, including Food, Beverage, Toys, Electronics, Clothing, Textiles, Home and Personal Care and Paper.


If you’ve been following our blog, then you know all about the Solutions Labs we hosted last year. What came out of those, you ask? Well, we worked with Alta Terra to publish a Summary Report on this series of “unconference” events produced through our Innovation Exchange. These meetings, or Solutions Labs, took place in nine U.S. cities in 2010 and provided more than 700 thinkers and doers from 300 organizations the opportunity to network, share new innovations and inspire further progress.

Also through our Innovation Exchange, we announced an exciting new collaboration with InnoCentive – a “crowdsourcing” platform for innovation – we hope will accelerate environmental performance in business.  We are now recruiting companies to use the web-based platform to access 250,000 entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists around the world to solve environmental challenges with real benefits for business.

As always, you can stay tuned to what is going on in our exciting world of green business by subscribing to our EDF Business blog.

Dramatically Cleaner Air Within Reach For New York City

By Andy Darrell, New York Regional Director, Deputy Director of the Energy Program

At a standing-room-only speech in Harlem yesterday,  Mayor Bloomberg launched the update to New York City’s sustainability initiative PlaNYC.  That plan has two bold goals:  achieving the cleanest air of any big city in America and cutting greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030.

I’m thrilled that the Mayor announced a dramatic step forward for clean air. The Clean Heat Campaign will phase out New York City’s most polluting heating fuels – heating oil no. 6 and no. 4 – through a combination of clear deadlines and a campaign to encourage buildings to upgrade to cleaner fuels and efficiency.

The stakes for public health are high.  About 10,000 buildings burn heating oil so dirty that it causes more soot pollution than all of the cars and trucks in New York City combined.  The new regulation finalized yesterday will eliminate the dirtiest of the fuels, number 6 oil, by 2015 and the next-dirtiest grade by 2030.

We think the health and business case for upgrading to clean heat is so compelling that these deadlines can be beat.  To get information into the market, EDF launched a web page that maps the buildings in the city burning dirty oil, provides a step-by-step guide to upgrading to clean fuels, identifies incentives, and tells success stories from  individual buildings.  We’re committed to do what we can to make the transition to clean fuels as quick and affordable as possible.

Though clean heat got a lot of well-deserved media attention, PlaNYC includes other big steps forward:

  • Commitments to clean energy, including one to “develop a smarter and cleaner electric utility grid for New York City” -an idea that we think holds real promise to help expand the market for solar, efficiency and other clean energy sources;
  • A new energy efficiency finance non-profit, using federal stimulus dollars to make local loans; and
  • For the first time, the plan addresses food, recycling, and solid waste.

Around the world, cities are struggling with soot, smog, and climate impacts from how we make and use energy.  Just two years ago, the planet’s population switched from primarily rural to more than 50% urban – by 2030, nearly 5 billion people (60% of the world’s population) will be living in cities.  How those cities make and use energy will define our planet’s ability to solve climate change – and will dramatically affect public health.   Today, with this announcement, I see hope for the future.

This content was originally publish on EDF's Energy Exchange.

The Green in PE’s Operational Focus

A recent article entitled “TPG: The Operators” speaks volumes for how private equity (PE) is yet again, transforming itself.  Although the mega-buyout shop TPG has a history of beating the market and making its investors wealthy, the economic environment is still challenging and today the buyout firm has many more competitors than when it was founded in 1992.

In addition to intense competition for funds and deals, the new dynamic that keeps PE managers up at night is the increasing assertiveness and information demands of their investors.  TPG’s co-founder, Jim Coulter, characterized investors as being "much more interested today in how you're going to deliver that value you're promising." And for fund managers raising capital, this may mean providing prospective investors with a quantitative breakdown of the value drivers at each of its past investments.    

What is particularly exciting about today’s challenge to create value is that nothing is off the table and that each PE firm is approaching the challenge in its own unique way depending on its culture, strategy, and resources.  For example, TPG has a dedicated “ops” group of 60 people that works at the ‘front end’ with deal teams on due diligence. They also spend time searching out efficiencies to improve the performance of portfolio companies. 

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has had a ring-side seat in observing and participating in this latest phase of the industry’s evolution. What has been remarkable is to watch PE firms build out their traditional toolbox of rigorous financial analysis and management disciplines to include comprehensive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) due diligence as a means to deliver greater operational efficiency, and employ environmental innovation to transform businesses into cleaner, more productive enterprises. 

Transparency around ESG issues is increasingly on the mind of PE investors. A recent survey of institutional investors by PEI Media found that more than one-third has turned a GP away because it had insufficient policies in place to manage ESG issues. European investors were especially demanding (or enlightened depending on one’s point of view), with nearly three-quarters saying they considered ESG policies “vital” to fund selection, versus less than 20 percent in the U.S.  Still, as evidenced by the growing adoption of guidelines for responsible investment by U.S. Private Equity Growth Capital Council, an ever-increasing number of U.S. PE groups are starting to accept that managing ESG issues is just good business practice.

EDF’s experience working with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) and The Carlyle Group (Carlyle) is that while investors stand to benefit from sound ESG policies and reporting practices, they can also benefit financially through unearthing additional value-creating potential by focusing on ESG matters in portfolio company operations. 

In 2008, EDF teamed up with KKR to develop its Green Portfolio Program, an initiative designed to measure and improve environmental and business performance across the firm’s global portfolio.  In its first two years, the program helped eight portfolio companies adopt innovations that eliminated over $160 million in operating costs, 345,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, 8,500 tons of paper and 1.2 million tons of waste.  Based on these results, KKR has expanded the program to include 17 companies across the globe in seven different industry groups and is developing internal systems to share best practices and measure impacts. 

In early 2010, we launched a second PE partnership with Carlyle, focused on identifying opportunities for value creation during due diligence.  The initial result of our collaboration is a new environmental due diligence screen – EcoValuScreen – that systematically incorporates environmental opportunities to improve operations and create value in the early stages of the investment process.  Carlyle deal professionals are currently applying the process to new transactions in the U.S. – including the recent acquisition of NBTY, Inc. – to more effectively evaluate the operations of a target company, identify the most promising environmental management opportunities, and incorporate them into the post-investment management, governance and reporting plans.

And most recently we announced a pilot program with Ernst & Young – Green Ops for PE – to help PE firms harness the power of environmental innovation to improve financial and environmental performance across portfolios.  Green Ops for PE will offer PE firm participants a tailored assessment of the environmental opportunities across their portfolios and suggest strategies to capture environmental and financial value.

These are just a few examples of how PE groups are harnessing environmental innovation to drive value creation and improve transparency throughout the investment process. The highly competitive nature of the business suggests other PE firms will not sit idly by and will follow suit, discovering new ways to improve due diligence, boost portfolio company performance, and uncover new growth and investment opportunities by effective management and reporting on ESG matters.

The rewards are likely to be great as higher returns and greater transparency of ESG risks and opportunities translates directly into stronger relationships with LPs and other key stakeholders.  As TPG’s Coulter states in the above-referenced interview, "TPG can’t operate in the shadow anymore. It's time for us to enter the narrative."  Significant upside, financially and reputation-wise, awaits those in the industry prepared to make the leap.

This content was originally published on Institutional Investor on April 8, 2011.

Checking our Twitter accounts for Tax Day

We recently professed our love for the “10 Twitter Accounts We’re Falling For,” but our feelings certainly don’t end there. To commemorate tax day, we thought now would be a great time to pay our dues to some of the individuals covering issues at the intersection of business and the environment.

 Twitter is a great resource for the most relevant and timely news from leading environmental media outlets such as The New York Times green blog, GreenBiz and USA Today’s Green House. But Twitter accounts for individual reporters provide some additional personality and opinion you might not find on official Twitter accounts for these media outlets.

In our previous post, we included TIME’s Bryan Walsh (@BryanrWalsh) and Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz (@arielhs). In addition to Bryan and Ariel, below are 10 more energy and environmental journalists to keep tabs on:

@adamlashinsky: Adam Lashinsky is a senior editor for FORTUNE magazine who covers all issues relevant to both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Adam provides unique insight on how energy and environmental issues are reshaping the way we do business in both arenas and across all market sectors.

@annenbcnews: NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson, provides a lot of entertaining personality and perspective on a range of topics with some good, relevant nuggets on environmental issues.

@DHBerman – Dan Berman is POLITICO’s energy editor and also editor of POLITICO Pro’s Afternoon Energy. Dan tweets about the impact of environmental and energy issues on both public policy and business and mixes things up with fun facts and other issues he’s personally interested in.

@felicitybarr: Felicity Barringer is an environmental reporter for The New York Times and contributor to its green blog. She typically tweets about stories from the blog, but also shares relevant environmental news from other sources along with her perspective on issues from her hometown in the Bay Area.

@john_vidal: John Vidal is an environmental reporter for The Guardian in the UK. John tweets about how environmental issues are impacting business and policy around the world.

@JonathanFahey: Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press tweets about all things energy. As his tagline notes, “If we use it, I cover it.” Jonathan’s handle is a great resource for the leading stories from a broad range of sources on our energy future.

@makower: Joel Makower, founder of GreenBiz, tweets on just about every relevant bit of information for corporate environmental sustainability. Joel adds his personal perspective to the latest news from GreenBiz, and also shares interesting stories from other environmental and business resources.

@marcgunther: Marc Gunther is widely recognized as one of the leading journalists on business and the environment. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer for GreenBiz and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He shares the latest stories from his blog along with relevant coverage from outside sources on all things energy and the environment.

@MattWaldNYT – Matt Wald of The New York Times provides insight on all relevant news regarding energy. Matt is primarily focused on nuclear issues in Japan right now, but he also provides a good mix of content beyond nuclear energy, as well.

@VaultCSR: Aman Singh is the CSR editor for The Vault and contributor for Forbes. She is very active on Twitter and shares a wealth of information about all things CSR and corporate environmental sustainability issues, in particular.

If there are any other Twitter accounts we should be checking in on, please leave a comment or write us at business@edf.org.

Energy Efficiency Opportunity Captured! Read our report to find out how.

Last September EDF Climate Corps teamed up with Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE Center) to convene a one-day event to bring Climate Corps companies and fellows together to identify effective approaches to profitably reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Lessons from EDF Climate Corps” was hosted at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where Climate Corps companies and fellows from the past three summers shared lessons learned and identified common themes or innovations that could be more broadly applied to accelerate energy savings and reduce climate impact. The inaugural event attracted nearly 100 Climate Corps companies, fellows, EDF and Duke staff, guest speakers and members of the Duke community. The interactive format of the event gave participants, organizers and supporters an opportunity to identify the most promising strategies for identifying and delivering on efficiency gains in industry. I described the event in detail in an earlier post  and Nick Fassler, a 2010 Climate Corps fellow at HCA, shared additional insight on the opening talk led by Peter Senge, director of MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning, in the post “Energy Efficiency is Not the End Game.”

The EDF and Duke University conference team recently published a conference report that summarizes the content and lessons learned from the discussions at the event.  Download the report here if you’re interested in exploring how to capture the energy efficiency opportunity! And keep an eye out on EDFBiz for more blogs and lessons learned once we kick off the 2011 Climate Corps program in May.

Future of Green Call: Aron Cramer, Take 2

Sustainable Excellence coverOn February 28, we had a very interesting discussion with Aron Cramer, President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility. Unfortunately, technology failed us. We had a lot of interference and drop-outs on the call which both interrupted the flow and made it impossible to get a clean recording for the podcast series. I apologize for this to those of you who suffered through.

Aron has graciously agreed to a second try, this Monday, April 18 at 4 pm ET (1 pm PT). We will return to the conversation about sustainability and the future of business, his book, and his work. (Here are some of my take-aways from his book, Sustainable Excellence.)

Please join this Future of Green Open Conference Call call on 4/18/11 at 4 pm ET:

  • Phone number: +1 (213) 289-0500
  • Code: 267-6815
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation are hosting "Future of Green" a series of one-hour expert interviews and open conference call discussions about business and environmental collaboration.

Listen to previous podcasts on Stanford's Social Innovation Conversations page.

57 Varieties of Energy Management

This summer, 57 EDF Climate Corps fellows will develop practical, actionable energy management plans for leading companies across the United States. EDF launched Climate Corps in 2008 with seven fellows in the Bay Area, and it has grown eight-fold in just three years. We attribute the rapid expansion of the program to the value it delivers to companies and the real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions it achieves. Companies from all sectors of the economy are signing up and coming back for more.

  • Companies represent a wide variety of geographical regions and sectors. This summer, Climate Corps fellows will recommend energy management investments at food and beverage giant Dunkin’ Brands in Boston and California-based boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre Hospitality; they’ll uncover energy efficiency opportunities in healthcare at Humana in Louisville and freight transport at Union Pacific in Omaha. We’ll even have fellows doing industrial analysis at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland and at fragrance manufacturer Firmenich in New Jersey.
  • Of this year’s 49 companies, nearly half are repeat participants. Companies like AT&T, Carnival, Target and Procter & Gamble were so pleased with the results of their 2010 fellows they’ve returned for a second year for fellows to conduct more advanced analyses. Companies like eBay, Genzyme, Shorenstein and SunGard are even back for a third consecutive summer.
  • Many of this year’s participants are hiring more than one fellow. Companies hiring two fellows include adidas, CA Technologies, Ingersoll Rand, JPMorgan Chase, Nestle Waters North America and REI all signed up for two fellows – Facebook is even sponsoring three!

Stay tuned to EDF Business over the coming months as fellows and companies blog about their discoveries. They’ll share their energy wins and challenges and reveal – at least – 57 solutions for energy management.

The full list of companies participating in EDF Climate Corps 2011:

Adidas (2 fellows), AT&T, Avon, Belk, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Booz Allen Hamilton, CA Technologies (2 fellows), Carnival, Citigroup, Coinstar/redbox, Cricket Communications, CSX, Cummins, Dave & Buster's, Diversey, Dow Jones (News Corporation), Dunkin' Brands, Eaton, eBay, Ernst & Young , Facebook (3 fellows), Firmenich, Gaylord Entertainment, Genzyme, Hospital Corporation of America, Humana, Ingersoll Rand (2 fellows), Joie de Vivre Hospitality, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (2 fellows), Kettle Cuisine, Mack Trucks (Volvo North America), McDonald's, Microsoft, Nestle Waters North America (2 fellows), PNC, Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quality Technology Services, RBS/Citizens Bank, REI (2 fellows), SAP, ServiceMaster, Shorenstein, SunGard, Target, Union Pacific Railroad, ViaWest, VivaKi (Publicis Groupe), Washington Gas.

Sign up to receive emails about EDF Climate Corps, including regular blog posts by our fellows. You can also visit our Facebook page to get regular updates about this project.

Discuss Portfolios for Sustainability with Diversey's Jeramy Lemieux

Let’s talk about how to make important reductions in carbon emissions while saving significant amounts of cash.

Last month Greenbiz’s John Davies profiled Diversey, Inc.’s portfolio management approach to enabling internal sustainability initiatives. Davies explained that the approach “focused on achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions coupled with an attractive return on investment.” 

He reported the program “has delivered an impressive ROI by providing a new perspective on old issues, such as energy efficiency. One year after establishing its initial goals, the company tripled its emissions reduction commitment to 25 percent, using the same 2003 baseline and timeframe ending in 2013. At the same time, it was able to reduce its investment from $19 million to $14 million…”  Moreover, the tripled emissions reduction will come while producing $32 million in cumulative cash savings.

On Tuesday, April 12 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT) the Green Innovators in Business Network will host a “Growing GIBN Conversation” with Jeramy Lemieux, Diversey’s EHS Manager. Jeramy will join us to continue the discussion started by Davies’ article and answer questions about Diversey’s efforts and portfolio approach.

To join the call on 4/12/11 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT):

  • Phone: 760-569-9000
  • Code: 160031#

Please read Diversey's Portfolio Approach Toward Sustainability ROI beforehand and come prepared to discuss! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Growing GIBN Conversations are monthly conference calls organized by the Green Innovators in Business Network (GIBN) to support and encourage collaboration among green innovators in business. Recordings of these calls are available on the GIBN Wiki.