The brewery is also a member of the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Program and has committed to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions to 5 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2010 for all of its U.S. operations. The company has also committed to increasing the total use of renewable fuel from 8 percent to 15 percent in the same time period.
Anheuser-Busch is a founding member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. For 20 years, WHC has built partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy and sustainable environment. More than 2.4 million acres in the US and across the world are managed through WHC-assisted projects.
Donagh Herlihy, SVP & CIO
Avon’s efficiency goals for 2004-2008 saw water consumption decrease by 24%, GHGs decrease by 31%, energy consumption decreased by 30%. They continue to promote energy efficiency at their manufacturing facility in Morton Grove, Illinois. According to their website, over the past four years water consumption decreased by 27% causing energy consumption overall to decrease by 11%.
Bank of America
Brian Moynihan, President of Consumer & Small Business Banking
As of March 2007, Bank of America has committed $20 billion over the next ten years, mostly focused on developing environmental economies, and environmentally related business opportunities. For instance, they have set aside $1.4 billion to achieve LEED status in all newly constructed buildings. The Bank of America Tower in NYC was awarded a Green Building Design award in 2008.
Bank of America has also reduced paper usage by 40% through online banking and waste reduction, and they were awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council Award in 2008.
Patrick Ryan, Chairman and CEO
The Blue-Green Games address environmental standards for new stadium spaces built-blue for air and water, green for parks and nature. It is based around five principles—to have low-carbon emissions through clean technologies, to reduce water use and provide clean water for people over the world, reuse or recycle 85% of material used, expand green spaces, and create a Sustainable Sport Institute as a legacy.
Although Chicago did not win the bid, the initiative will still have an impact, according to Director of Environment Bob Accarino: “…the bid effort has already had a positive environmental impact on the City of Chicago. A specific example includes working with the Fairmont Hotel—where the IOC’s Evaluation Commission members stayed during the April visit—to help the hotel achieve Green Seal certification. Another example is our 21st Century Green Centers program, which we launched in conjunction with The Climate Group in January, 2009. Through the Climate Group, we have incorporated the input of 18 partners—both NGOs and members of the business community—to address environmental concerns around our proposed venue sites. At least 27 projects will be completed by the end of 2009, from the installation of solar panels on school rooftops, to the creation of new native gardens in community areas.”