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Ten thousand people from 86 countries have gathered for Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., this week where the theme is “monumental green.” And that was certainly hammered home by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and one of the founders of the US Green Building Council during his plenary address.

First: Green, lots and lots of green

Some say LEED, USGBC’s is losing its allure, particularly as alternative rating systems for sustainably designed and built buildings proliferate, including the Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and others.[…] Continue Reading »

Environmental issues are what’s hot on restaurant menus — and have been for years, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary trends survey.

This year, the first and third slots on the survey are locally sourced meats and seafood and locally sourced produce, respectively. “Hyper-local sourcing,” environmental sustainability, sustainable seafood, and food waste reduction management all made the top 20.[…] Continue Reading »

Here is a question you’ve probably never heard from behind the bar: “Excuse me, bartender? Exactly how water-efficient IS that double IPA on tap?”

While I personally ask that two or three times each week, I realize it usually isn’t a top concern for most beer enthusiasts — at least not yet.

Trends, they are a-changing

“Beer drinkers will always choose their beer based upon quality, taste, and local origin,” said Cheri Chastain, sustainability manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is sponsored by Evergreen Packaging.

Linda Gilbert, founder and CEO EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, and founder and former president of HealthFocus International, brings more than 30 years as a market researcher and strategy consultant helping companies link their product benefits to consumer and nutrition trends. Gilbert’s done extensive qualitative and quantitative studies for food and beverage manufacturers and others in the industry.[…] Continue Reading »

While the worlds of business, activism and academia use the concept of sustainability to incorporate economic, social and environmental issues into one neat and tidy concept, most consumers understand the underlying values of the concept to be better expressed in terms of “transparency” and “responsibility.”

Our Transparency 2015 report finds that awareness of, and familiarity with, sustainability continues to grow, reaching an all-time high of 79% in 2015 (up from 74% in 2013).[…] Continue Reading »