Sustainable Industries Daily Update
- Intel cut its emissions by 27 percent in 2008.
- Of course, by now, we all know that the Waxman-Markey clean energy bill passed out of a House Committee yesterday. Some notes on that: 10,000 small businesses signed a petition asking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against that bill; the GOP doesn't like the fact that big business is also behind the cap and trade bill; and in the Senate's current version of a cap-and-trade bill, a Renewable Electricity Standard survived a test. The bill is scheduled to come up for a vote by August, but it won't look the same if the House Agriculture Committee has its way.
- The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $440 million to California help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.
- According to Resource Recycling, California's 2008 beverage container recycling rate (PDF) skyrocketed to a whopping 74 percent in 2008.
- Renewable energy companies (and nuclear advocates) want the DOE to speed up loan guarantees.
- In Idaho, a group of Idaho Power stockholders voted to reduce the utility's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Whole Foods Market announced last month that it is the first US retailer to offer FSC-certified paper bags at its checkout counters beginning in May.