Speculated emissions for London Olympics Athletes Village are 375, 000 tonnes of CO₂ e (Sustainable Plan, 2010). It can be concluded that the Pan-American Games village may generate similar quantity of GHG emissions during its construction and operation stages. Thus, it is important that Pan-American Games embraces a carbon management plan to measure and reduce the overall GHG emissions for the Games. The present commitment from the province for the Games Village to be LEED certified Gold standard is certainly not the best of industry standard. As my analysis in the previous chapters have demonstrated that Vancouver Olympics Games Village has achieved a LEED Platinum rating and is being considered one of the greenest neighborhood in entire North-America, the authorities should at-least aim for the new buildings to be LEED Platinum rated rather than sticking to the LEED Gold standard.
The first thing that Walmart is focusing on is packaging. Walmart rethinking their processes and product presentation so they can cut back on unnecessary waste and save their customers money. “During the first 10 months of 2011, we used about 14.4 million footwear replenishment boxes, reducing paper consumption by 692 tons, the environmental equivalent of more than 2,500 trees. We also avoided 400,000 pounds of solid waste and consumed 2.4 million fewer gallons of water. We also eliminated more than 1 billion feet of wire ties from our toy packaging – enough to wrap around the earth nearly 8 times ("Walmart Corporate - Walmart Global Responsibility: Packaging”).” Walmart’s second goal is to get their customers to use reusable canvas bags and eliminate plastic bags.
With this decision, 21% gasoline of Hong Kong Disney Theme Park has been saved in 2007 (gongyishibao, 2010).This act led to not only totally disposal of waste cooking oil but also reduction of traditional oil which releases more carbon dioxide when burning. In addition, the firm with CSR will launch environmental-friendly initiatives to raise people's awareness of environmental protection and ecological consciousness. Shaklee, one of the biggest American nutrition companies, launched an activity in Beijing annually from 2009, aiming to encourage people to walk rather than drive for short trips. The number of people who took participate in this activity has increased from 600 in 2009 to 9000 in 2013, showing an increasing awareness among citizen. (China ... ... middle of paper ... ... Cited Chinese Nutrition Society.
This protocol was the written code for the new era of climate change control, with new resolutions and indexes aimed at the reduction in emission of green house effect gases all around the world, by the countries who agreed upon the protocol, which entered vigor from the beginning of 2005. Only a handful of nations did not sign the Kyoto Protocol. One of them, and perhaps the most remarking one, was the United States. With so many highly polluting industries, it was a strategy call to disagree and to argument that the climate wasn’t changing at all. That was a long time ago, and no reasonable strategy will now say that the key is to keep emissions high.
Industry experts are touting 2012 as the year for auto technology thanks to some of these vehicular innovations: 1. Urban Electric Vehicle Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the futuristic looking BMW electric i3 [http://www.bmw-i-usa.com/en_us/bmw-i3/] and the hybrid-electric i8 are being billed as the first urban cars to produce zero emissions. The electric powertrain achieves 112 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) and can run for 62 miles on a single c... ... middle of paper ... ...as solar energy companies, are investing in charging station infrastructures in an effort to encourage consumers to purchase EVs. Critics say the biggest concern for EV owners is not having refueling stations during long-distance trips. In early 2012, Nissan expects to expand its offerings of quick charge stations to the U.S., while Tesla Motors is offering free charging stations to loyal customers traveling between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Before construction of the stadium began the ODA were already actively encouraging the project to be as sustainable as possible. This began with a new version of BREEAM being established, and “was the first time assessments were created for major sports stadia”(Olympic Delivery Authority 2011). The BREEAM of assessing environmental impact was chosen primarily as it is independently managed, and can therefore be externally audited, giving the final rating greater weight. The BREAAM is also a “tried and tested” approach, it is in use across the world with over 200,000 buildings certified and over 1 million register... ... middle of paper ... ...: Architectural Press. Mark Hansford, 2010. atkins-2012.pdf.
In its 234 pages the bid document just overtly mentions climate change and environmental issues. The bid document commits: “To make Toronto an even greener city, the city has set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Toronto area - from 1990 levels the goal is to achieve a 6% reduction in emissions by 2012 and an 80% reduction by 2050. The City of Toronto has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations by 30% since 1990. All of these initiatives fall within the city’s “Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan” adopted by Toronto City Council in July 2007. The 2015 Pan American Games will be planned and executed within the standards of this plan.” This is the only part in the bid document that mentions the serious issue of climate change and methods to mitigate the emissions of greenhouse gases during the event.
They continued to try and persuade readers of their commitment to the environment with the remodelling of their River Rouge factory, but they failed to mention that only 20,000 of these promised Hybrid SUVs would be produced per year, or that they would continue to commission almost 80,000 F-series trucks a month. Additionally, a short time before the ads release, the Envir... ... middle of paper ... ...nsumers wanting corporations to be social responsible, yet as companies are driven by profits, many do not see the long-term goal of becoming more environmentally responsible, opting for short-term fixes, such greenwashing with their PR portraying a green image that is not necessarily a representation of the facts. A number of companies have now committed to producing annual social reports, which can be seen as a step towards the inevitable movement towards greater transiency and disclosure within business. NGO’s have widely dismissed these, however, as “PR exercise” and “greenwashing”, but the fact that corporations are beginning to accept that they will be held accountable for their wider impact on society is a noteworthy step. Until the triple bottom line method is introduced globally, however, corporations have no incentive to stop the practise of greenwashing.
Starbucks claims to work to significantly reduce their environmental footprint through energy and water conservation, recycling and using green construction. Starbuck’s also believes in community involvement. They believe in fostering thriving communities and their goal was to contribute one million volunteer hours each year to their communities by 2015. (I live about 15 miles from a Starbucks and have never heard of them being active in the
Every year, Starbucks sponsors the Global Month of Service which is a program designed to give back to the community. The company’s employees, partners, and customers worldwide participate in projects to improve their communities. In 2012, more than 700,000 participants completed over 2,100 projects and donated over 230,000 service hours to projects around the world. Another aspect of the company’s social responsibility is its programs to assist farming communities that provide its products. Starbucks participates with other agencies throughout the world to improve the health and infrastructure... ... middle of paper ... ...d the counter recycling.