This Week in Environmental News 2-3

The EPA announced its quarterly rankings of the top green power purchasers in the country.  Coming in at number 1 was Intel Corporation, followed by Kohl’s Department Stores, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and Johnson & Johnson.

According to an announcement made Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, offshore wind projects on the Mid-Atlantic coast pose no significant threat to the environment. Although certain projects would still be required to undergo environmental impact studies, the announcement marks the clearance of a major regulatory hurdle.

Kraft Foods reported that the company has reduced its manufacturing waste by 50% since 2005, and 36 of the company’s facilities in 13 different countries send no waste at all to landfills.  Said Vice President of Global Sustainability Christine McGrath, “Our strategy is simple: generate less waste and find new uses for the waste we do produce.”

In coordination with the Princeton Review, Sierra Club, and Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has released a new sustainability data collection tool for colleges and universities.  The new resource will centralize and streamline the collection and reporting of campus sustainability data.