Thousands of Petitions Delivered to Push Smithsonian Magazine onto Recycled Paper

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 – Green America delivered a recycled “Christmas Tree” representing over 11,000 petition signatures to Smithsonian Enterprises. The petition signers called on Smithsonian to move its magazine to recycled-content paper, in order to save impacted forests and reduce landfill waste. Green America held the event yesterday on the National Mall to raise awareness of its “Practice What You […]

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Protest on the National Mall to Tell Smithsonian to use Recycled Paper

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Green America Calls On Magazine to Spare Tens of Thousands of Trees a Year by Switching to Recycled Paper; Seed-Paper Fliers to Be Distributed During Mall Action. WASHINGTON, DC – October 25, 2016 – Green America rallied today on the National Mall to raise awareness of its “Practice What You Print” campaign. The organization is calling on Smithsonian to move […]

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“Practice What You Print” Campaign Urges Smithsonian Magazine to Begin Using Recycled Paper

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Smithsonian Produces 19 Million Magazines Annually; Green America Calls On Environmentally-Minded Publication to Spare Nearly 20,000 Trees a Year. WASHINGTON, DC – April 5, 2016 – In its latest campaign to move the magazine industry to recycled paper, the nonprofit Green America today launched “Practice What You Print, Smithsonian” to encourage Smithsonian Magazine to move to recycled-content paper in order […]

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Environmental Costs Outweigh Corporate Profits

The 2015 State of Green Business report was just released, detailing the environmental performance of large companies around the world. The report, produced by GreenBiz and TruCost, illustrates the true costs of pollution, ecosystem depletion, and health impacts of unsustainable natural capital consumption by corporations and the alarming rate at which they are growing. According to the report, environmental costs, like greenhouse gas emissions and water abstraction (removing freshwater from the natural water cycle, and thus preventing its future use), would render most businesses unprofitable if they were responsible for paying for the impacts. The report found that environmental costs tallied up to $1 trillion (or 6.2% of GDP) for companies in the US, and $3 trillion worldwide. The authors state, “Over the past five years, the proportion of company profit at risk consistently exceeds 100 percent of their profit… This means that, on average, companies would be unprofitable if they had to pay the actual costs associated with the commodities they consume and pollution they generate.” It’s not all bad news, however. The report finds that the level of sustainable investment has been growing considerably in recent years. According the 2014 Trends Report published last November by US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, cited in GreenBiz’s report, sustainable assets totaling $6.57 trillion represented almost 18% of the $36.8 trillion in total assets under management, a 76% increase over 2012. Social investors, joined by non-profits and growing consumer […]

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