Category: Green

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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Are Plastic Shopping Bags Being Sacked?

In earlier blog posts , we reported on the growing trend in U.S. cities to pass bans on single-use plastic shopping bags and impose fees for traditionally free bags provided in store checkouts, including the status of legislation proposed by Los Angeles, Chicago and New York to ban free...
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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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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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Sustainability in the Retail and Restaurant Industry: An Imperative and an Opportunity

Once motivated purely by altruism, sustainable retail development and building operation are increasingly encouraged by both governments and market conditions, if not explicitly required by law. Sustainability presents attractive opportunities to the retail and restaurant industry despite its unique challenges, such as significant interior and exterior demands, management of...
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Brand Your Retail “GREEN” By Taking Advantage of Tax Benefits

Retailers have gone beyond reusable shopping bags and are now looking to the IRS to help them “go green”. Developers can make significant investments in their buildings to meet retailers’ demands through energy efficient equipment, such as solar panels, and offset a portion of the costs with tax benefits....
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