More Companies Find Success With Greener Freight

When crafting a sustainable supply chain strategy, the choice of transportation mode is possibly the most important environmental decision a company can make. An increasing number of shippers are finding success with rail, which offers a terrific opportunity for reducing the environmental impact of shipping.

Certainly, trains don't work for every situation, given the distance to rail hubs, and some lingering concerns about reliability. But every time even a portion of a shipment is shifted from truck to train, there's a positive impact on the environment. After all, freight transport is responsible for 15 percent of business-related carbon emissions, one of the largest sources in the U.S.

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Guardian US Live Chat Recap: EDF, Walmart and Marc Gunther Evaluate the Sustainability Index

Last week, EDF Managing Director Elizabeth Sturcken joined Jeff Rice, Walmart’s director of sustainability, and Marc Gunther for a live chat broadcast on the Guardian US Sustainable Business Blog.

The discussion focused on Walmart’s Sustainability Index, which aims to set a sustainability standard for products by evaluating the company’s suppliers. With over 100,000 suppliers across the globe, this is quite the massive undertaking for the world’s largest retailer.

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Why EDF Celebrates Walmart's Environmental Gains

Environmental Defense Fund has spent 25 years working to change the way business does business as usual. In a world driven by global commerce, we can't ignore the environmental footprints of corporations.

EDF’s corporate partnerships challenge companies to see things in new ways and develop solutions that benefit both business and the environment, resulting in scalable environmental impacts across industries and supply chains.

An independent contributor to Grist recently highlighted some numbers in regards to our corporate partnership with Walmart. What the article failed to mention was the numbers we should all care about most, the environmental impact of our work.

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Coming Soon A Showtime Documentary on Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously

By: Stephanie Kennard

“Everybody thinks [climate change] is about melting glaciers and polar bears…this is 100 percent a people story,” James Cameron said in the trailer for the upcoming Showtime documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously.

In the series, the famed filmmaker along with a number of notable producers and a star-studded cast including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrera, Michael C. Hall and Olivia Munn uncover the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by climate change.

EDF Climate Corps is also featured in the series. Actress Jessica Alba follows three EDF Climate Corps fellows as they attempt to green organizations across the United States.

We’re excited to be a part of this compelling documentary, set to air on Showtime Network in 2014. Keep an eye out for more details on the film and release date – we will be sure to update the blog leading up to the premiere.

Meanwhile, here  you can view the trailer for one of biggest stories of our time, Years of Living Dangerously, released yesterday.

YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY Trailer from YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY on Vimeo.