Business 100 Green Initiatives

Los Angeles Dodgers

Frank McCourt, Owner and Chairman

Focused on invigorating the Dodgers' community efforts, the McCourt family describes their areas of focus as the "four bases of a diamond." The fourth base is the environment. As part of the Dodgers’ “Think Blue, Act Green” initiative, Dodgers stadium recently got a “green makeover.” Designers increased the number of trees by 90%, created walkable areas with parks, and focused on providing public transportation to lessen carbon emissions.

MetLife

Bill Mullaney, President, Institutional Business

All of the paper mills and paper distributors that MetLife uses are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Over 50% of the total power used by MetLife comes from non-carbon fuels and more than 10% of the utility power comes from renewable energy sources. MetLife has a goal to reduce emissions 20% by 2010. They are also seeking certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for several of their offices in and around Manhattan.

The New England Council

Jim Brett, President and CEO

The New England Council is “New England’s voice on Capitol Hill”—it is an alliance of industries that promotes the economic growth and general welfare of New England. The New England council encourages research and development of renewable energy, which makes up 15% of the region’s energy sources. It is a stakeholder in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which promotes cap and trade among businesses in the New England region. The New England Council is also active in air quality legislation and organizations such as New England Coalition for Clean Air, Ozone Transport Commission, and Ozone Transport Assessment Group.

Overstock.com

Patrick Byrne, Chairman and CEO

Worldstock.com, sister site of Overstock.com, sells artisans’ goods as inexpensively as possible to maximize the amount of return to them. Byrne addresses several ethical issues here: child labor, oppression of women and general human rights violations, economic sustainability, cultural sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Byrne writes on the Overstock.com website, “Goods can contribute to environmental sustainability. For example, organizations such as the Worldwatch Institute and One World Products, Inc., aim to save the Brazilian rain forest by researching and selling renewable products from it rather than burning it for pasture. Moreover, some goods are surrogates for commercial goods, but are produced in non-industrial, eco-friendly ways.”

Pepperidge Farm

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