Category: Environmental

Updates to California Proposition 65 Affect Retailers and their Suppliers

On August 30, 2018, significant changes to California’s Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) warning regulations take effect. In the retail context, Prop 65 requires businesses with 10 or more employees to warn individuals in California about products containing certain listed chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer,...
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Sustainability in Retail: Going Strong and Expected to Continue

The COP21 meeting has been underway for the last week, with just a few more days left to go. The meeting, an annual session which started following the 1992 United Nations Framework on Climate Change, brings together businesses, policymakers and other thought leaders to advance an important conversation on...
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Claims about Biodegradable Plastics Breakdown Under FTC Scrutiny: Marketers Beware!

In the recent administrative proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against ECM Biofilms, Inc. (ECM), the FTC’s presiding chief administrative law judge (ALJ) ruled that the plastics additive manufacturer ECM violated the FTC Act by deceptively claiming, and providing others with the means to claim, that plastics treated...
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Climate Change Adaptation: Massachusetts Releases New Policies to Address

In one of our prior posts , we reported on efforts by Boston and New York City, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, to undertake comprehensive climate change preparedness planning to review the vulnerabilities of each city’s built environment and to assess potential measures to enhance the resilience of...
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Adaptive Reuse: Boom or Bust?

Adaptive reuse of older, unused, or under-used buildings is considered by many to be an important component of sustainable and environmentally-friendly development. Also, adaptive reuse is a concept that governmental officials, many developers, and some communities have embraced to revitalize older neighborhoods suffering from abandonment or general decline. Adaptive...
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Climate Change Preparedness: Cities Planning for a Rising Tide

Hurricane Sandy and other recent events have highlighted the vulnerability of coastal cities to the effects of climate change, which appear to include more frequent and more extensive coastal flooding. In the wake of these events, coastal cities such as Boston and New York City have undertaken comprehensive climate...
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New Energy Efficiency Requirements in Store for Commercial Buildings in Massachusetts

Owners, managers, and developers of commercial buildings in Massachusetts need to be alert for impending updates to the Commonwealth’s energy efficiency standards. In addition to adopting mandatory changes to the State Building Code, regulators may also update the Stretch Energy Code. Although some transition period will likely be provided,...
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Is Your Product Really “Green”? Marketing Environmentally Friendly Products under the FTC “Green Guides”

Retailers that market their products as environmentally friendly or “green” should take note of the latest updates to the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides. The Green Guides are intended to protect consumers from misleading claims in advertisements, labeling, promotional materials and all other forms of marketing. Marketers are expected...
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Municipal Shopping Bag Bans, Fees & Taxes – A Growing Trend?

With November upon us and the holiday season just around the corner, shoppers in some U.S. cities will need to remember to bring their own reusable bags on holiday shopping excursions. Over the last several years, a growing number of U.S. cities have passed municipal bans on single-use plastic...
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Wal-Mart Goes Solar

In a recent press release , Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced plans to install solar panels at its Massachusetts-based stores, and that it had already begun acting on plans to install solar panels at its other stores in other states, including California. Wal-Mart officials estimate that the panels will generate...
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Run Your Meter Backwards: Net Metering and Other Opportunities For Retailers

Due to recent regulatory and market changes, owners and managers of large retail facilities can feasibly generate a larger share of their own energy on-site from alternative and renewable energy sources (including solar, small wind, and other “distributed generation” technologies), as well as become eligible to receive credits from...
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