Retail Portal Updates Begin Next Month
The U.S. EPA has contracted with ESE Solutions to enhance and publicize its Retail Industry Portal. As part of that effort, we will be providing regular updates beginning next month via this newsletter including:
- New and proposed regulations
- Enforcement actions
- Voluntary program updates on new retail partners, success stories, awards, etc.
- Green Retail Decisions column by ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, with practical advice on how retailers can partner with the EPA to drive environmental programs (recycling, product donation, energy management, green merchandising, transportation and supply chain) within their organizations
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Before launching a new waste management program in the field, retailers must understand the value and importance of waste audits and having the right vendor partners in place.
Editor’s Note: Last week’s column outlined the various free resources available to retailers to effectively develop world-class waste reduction programs. This article focuses on how to conduct waste audits, procure vendors and implement the program.
So by now, you’ve tapped all the available resources and have sketched out a preliminary plan for your waste management program, but don’t blast out an email to your vice president and field leadership quite yet. There are some additional steps you need to take before implementation, starting with a waste audit. Continue Reading at Green Retail Decisions»
ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, will be participating in a panel discussion on energy efficiency for manufacturers hosted by Congressman Bill Keating of Massachusetts. Below is the press release from MassMEP with the details of the event. For more information, please visit MassMEP.
Save Money, Save Energy:
Making Your Business More Efficient
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA 10) are offering an Energy Efficiency Panel Discussion Event. The event is designed to inform companies of the various opportunities available to manage energy costs.
As part of his Sustainable Communities Week, Congressman Bill Keating is hosting a series of workshop for local business owners on energy efficiency.
Join us on July 19th to learn more about saving money while saving energy.
Improving energy efficiency in our businesses and industries reduces energy costs, creates jobs and improves the environment.
MassMEP is bringing together leading experts from a broad spectrum of energy industry stakeholders for best practices and a panel discussion on energy efficiency. This workshop will highlight various opportunities available to manage energy costs, as well as best practices to promote environmentally responsible actions.
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time: 8:00 am – Registration and networking
8:30 – 11:30 am – program
Location: Radisson Hotel, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA
The program will include keynote remarks by State Senator Dan Wolf, who recently converted his business, CapeAir, to be more energy efficient, followed by an overview presentation and panel discussion with representatives from the US EPA, Constellation Energy, Clean Energy Center, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, MA Small Business Development Center, ESE Solutions, and US DOER Green Communities Program.
This event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Congressman Keating’s Quincy District Office at 617-770-3700.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a nationwide program supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to help small- and medium-size manufacturers identify and implement advanced manufacturing and management technologies by linking client firms with local and national resources to address specific problems as they grow their manufacturing companies.
MassMEP offers programs and services to manufacturers across the Commonwealth. Its offerings address the key strategies of Next Generation Manufacturing that will drive competitiveness, growth and profitability in the 21st century: customer-focused innovation, advanced talent management, systemic continuous improvement, global supply chain management, sustainable product and process development and global engagement. For more information, please visit the MassMEP web site or phone 508-831-7020.
The first in a series of columns by ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, was released today. A note from the Editor of Green Retail Decisions and exerpt are below.
Editor’s Note: This is the first of an article series by expert guest columnist Jesse LaRose, which will direct retailers to a variety of free resources to help execute waste management, energy management, as well as green merchandising and logistics programs. This article and an one next week will focus on waste management. Next week’s column will focus on how to conduct waste audits, procure vendors and implement the program.
The secret to developing a world-class waste reduction program, similar to Limited Brands, is effectively utilizing all the free local, state and federal resources and support available. Continue Reading at Green Retail Decisions»
ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, will be the first columnist for Green Retail Decisions, the global leader in sustainability information for retailers. The columns will cover how retailers have succeeded in various sustainability initiatives through, in part, by leveraging governement resources such as those provided by the U.S. EPA. Topics are to include waste reduction, compliance, energy management, merchandising and logistics. The first column is to be released in June 2011.
Carter’s has partnered with ESE Solutions to manage the waste disposal and recycling programs for its more than 500 locations across the US. In addition to assisting Carter’s with its waste reduction efforts, ESE Solutions will also be supporting Carter’s in its lighting retrofit and vendor compliance initiatives.
About Carter’s, Inc.
Carter’s, Inc. is a leading provider of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally and through more than 500 Company-operated stores and on-line at carters.com and oshkoshbgosh.com. The Company’s Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart, and its Genuine Kids, Just One You, and Precious Firsts brands are available at Target. Carter’s is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit http://www.carters.com/.
On November 16th, 2010, the Retail Industry Leader’s Associated hosted a webinar featuring Tracy Back of the U.S. EPA and Jesse LaRose of ESE Solutions. The webinar: Explore EPA’s Retail Industry Portal & Share Your Ideas for Improvements, is part of the effort being led by ESE Solutions as a contractor of the EPA to enhance and publicize the Portal.
EPA created the Retail Industry Portal to support the specific needs of the retail industry in collaboration with RILA, NRF and FMI. The Retail Industry Portal provides one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues at retail establishments. To better meet retailers’ needs, EPA contracted with ESE Solutions to solicit feedback from retailers to improve the Portal.
For more information and to view a recording of the webinar courtesy of RILA, click here.
ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, will be speaking at the National Retail Federation’s 100th Annual BIG SHOW conference on January 10th, 2011 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Leaders from Kohl’s and Staples share how partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had a positive impact on their organizations through mitigating compliance risks and supporting sustainability initiatives. Their presentations will cover environmental issues relevant to retailers including: waste reduction, environmentally preferable merchandising and energy management.
ESE Solutions will be providing an overview of the compliance and sustainability resources available on the EPA’s Retail Industry Portal with actionable information on how to get engaged with the EPA to achieve business goals while reducing your impact on the environment.
For more information regarding the event, please visit the BIG SHOW’s website and the session information page, Kohl’s and Staples: Partnering with the US EPA for Sustainability Innovation and Risk Management.
That National Retail Federation has announced speakers for it’s BIG SHOW taking place January 9-12 in New York City. ESE Solutions will be presenting with representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and three leading retailers on how retailers can partner with the EPA to drive improved environmental performance.
This session will provide participants with a different perspective on their relationships with the EPA. They will be informed of the resources available to them on the EPA’s Retail Industry Portal including compliance information, partnership programs and sustainability resources.
The session will review examples of the innovative ways leading retailers have leveraged EPA programs to mitigate regulatory risk; achieve business goals; and support sustainability initiatives. For the segments reviewing partnership opportunities, an executive from a leading retail chain that has achieved exceptional results through partnering with the EPA will present a case study with an EPA representative.
For more information regarding the event, please visit the BIG SHOW’s website and the session information page, Sustainability Innovation and Risk Management: Partnering with the EPA.
About National Retail Federation
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2009 sales of $2.3 trillion. For more information, please visit http://www.nrf.com/.
In support of its Energy & Environment Program of the Next Generation Manufacturer initiative, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) assists manufacturers in not only becoming LEAN, but GREEN. MassMEP has partnered with ESE Solutions to help manufacturers achieve their financial and environmental goals in a manner that limits up front expenses, maximizes long term sustainable results and allows the manufacturer’s staff to remain focused on their core responsibilities.
Read the complete article in MassMEP’s monthly newsletter.
The MassMEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2000 manufacturing and business “coaches” whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits, and enhanced global competitiveness. For more information on MassMEP, please visit http://www.massmep.org/.
ESE Solutions has been awarded a contract with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide enhancements and publicize the EPA’s Retail Industry Portal. The EPA launched the Portal in 2009 to assist retailers in quickly finding the information they need to: understand and comply with environmental regulations; and voluntarily go beyond regulatory obligations to protect the environment for future generations.
Under the terms of this contract, ESE Solutions will provide a number of services that leverage its retail experience to enhance the Portal including: revamping Portal navigation, content display and organization; developing case studies highlighting public/private partnership programs; and publicizing the Portal through press releases, webinars, retail industry events and direct contact with environmental managers at leading retailers.
For more information on the EPA and the Retail Industry Portal, please visit www.epa.gov/retailindustry/.
ESE Solutions announced today its business engagement with Incom, Inc, the world’s largest supplier of rigid, fused fiberoptics for commercial applications. Under the engagement, ESE Solutions will assist Incom in reducing its operating costs and impact on the environment through the implementation of recycling and sustainability programs.
ESE Solutions will assist Incom by identifying markets for difficult to recycle industrial materials such as fiberoptic glasses and other hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Additionally, ESE Solutions will support Incom’s sustainability efforts by identifying opportunities for partnering with government agencies; supporting an employee led “green team”; implementing additional programs to reduce energy and water usage; and supporting partnership programs with local charities such as the Center of Hope.
About Incom, Inc.
Founded by innovative fiberoptics pioneer J. Wilbur Hicks in 1971, Incom, Inc. remains a privately held company dedicated to market leadership and quality. Incom has over 200 employees and more than 90,000 square feet in two facilities. As the world’s leading manufacturer for commercial rigid, fused fiberoptic faceplates, tapers, and microwell arrays, Incom offers its customers both experience and expertise. Our advanced technology supports researchers, scientists, and instrument makers in the dental, medical, life science, scientific, homeland security, and defense industries. For more information, please visit www.incomusa.com.
ESE Solutions’ President, Jesse LaRose, will be conducting a workshop and moderating a panel at the upcoming Reverse Logistics Association Trade Show (http://www.rlashows.com/) taking place February 8-10 in Las Vegas, NV.
The workshop is titled “Leverage Reverse Logistics to Drive Sustainability and Reduce Expenses”. In the workshop ESE Solutions will provide a step-by-step guide reviewing how to identify opportunities, engage stakeholders and partners, execute and maintain new sustainability programs.
In the panel, “Reverse Logistics Best Practices: Reducing Expenses through Green Initiatives”, audience members will learn how leading companies recognized in Newsweek’s 2009 “Top 500 Green Companies” list are leveraging their Reverse Logistics infrastructures to improve their bottom line, brand and the environment. Leaders in Consumer Products, Retail, Technology and Transportation from the recognized companies will discuss and take questions from the audience on how they identified and executed on their environmental initiatives and the results that they delivered.
About Reverse Logistics Trade Association
We are a trade association focused on Third Party Service Providers to whom OEMs, ODMs, Branded and Retail companies outsource. The Reverse Logistics Association monitors thousands of 3PSPs worldwide who are providing Aftermarket Supply Chain services, while supporting the outsourcing needs of OEM, ODM, Branded and Retail companies. For more information, please visit http://www.reverselogisticsassociation.org/.