NRMCA Introduces System Level EPD Program to Help Concrete Producers’ Green Building Efforts

NRMCA verifies Climate Earth’s Enterprise EPD system on behalf of Martin Marietta

Silver Spring, MD – November 14, 2016 – The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has introduced a new system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification program to help its members meet new product transparency credits in LEED v4 and other green building standards. The new program meets strict international standards for EPD verification, but streamlines the process to verify EPDs more efficiently. Rather than verify a fixed set of product specific EPDs, the program verifies the software program used to generate environmental impacts of a specific concrete product (mix). This enables a producer to generate new product specific EPDs as needed for each project. NRMCA introduced the program in recognition of growing demand and increasing emphasis on corporate and product transparency in the green building marketplace.

NRMCA member Martin Marietta is the first concrete producer to verify EPDs using the new system level EPD verification procedure. It used an enterprise software tool developed by Climate Earth to generate EPDs that cover 50 concrete mixes produced at six plants in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. The software and underlying life cycle data for each plant was reviewed and verified by Sustainable Solutions Corporation, a verifier in NRMCA’s EPD program. From this point forward, Martin Marietta can generate EPDs on-demand from each of its six plants using the Climate Earth tool. The verification process and background data is checked periodically to ensure consistency and accuracy.

Read the whole story here: http://www.nrmca.org/news/pressreleases/article.asp?category_id=3&id=550

Implementing a system verification program for EPDs once again demonstrates that the ready mixed concrete industry is a leader in the transparency movement. NRMCA was one of the first industry groups to launch an EPD program in the U.S.; one of the first to generate an industry-wide EPD and now is one of the first to develop a system level EPD verification procedure.

“Concrete producers lead the way with over 2,400 products verified in NRMCA’s EPD program,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “We’re proud to be able to offer this new system verification program, making the process of developing EPDs more efficient for our members.”

Merck relies on Climate Earth for Supply Chain Scope 3 Footprint

Merck and Co. one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies relies on Climate Earth technology to calculate the greenhouse gas footprint of purchased goods and services, capital good acquisition, employee commute, business travel and upstream transportation and distribution. The analysis is performed annually and results reported to CDP since 2014.

For more detailed information the Merck report is available here.

Merck Scope 3 reporting summary

What your ceo should know about climate change and sustainability

Bloomberg-LogoA very thoughtful and realistic perspective on the knowledge and expertise gaps executives must fill to link a company’s strategy and tactics to the ROI of climate planning and sustainability.  A must read for anyone working to build sustainability into their organization.  Read more here: https://climatemoneypolicy.squarespace.com/latest/what-you-should-expect-your-ceo-to-know-about-sustainability

Climate Earth Delivers First Externally Verified Environmental Product Declaration for Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) Products

 

Berkeley, CA April 14, 2015- Climate Earth, Inc. A leading provider of EPDs for the construction industry today announced delivery of the first Type III Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) (See EPD here) under the new ASTM Product Category Rules (PCR) for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products (See PCR here).

“This delivery represents an important milestone for the industry and for our customer Angelus Block, the largest manufacturer and supplier of concrete masonry unit (CMU) products in Southern California, said Chris Erickson, President and CEO of Climate Earth”  “As the first in their industry to release EPDs Angelus is leading the trend for growing transparency by providing customers with scientifically sound measurements of their products environmental performance.  Angelus is also strongly positioned to support LEED v4.0 as it comes out later next year.”

With the growing demand for greener construction and increasing pressure for transparency producers of concrete masonry units (CMU) must now provide both scientifically sound performance and environmental metrics for their products.  Climate Earth has a strategic focus to effectively serve this growing need and is committed to applying expertise in software and data analysis technologies to make EPDs readily available, cost effective, and easy to use.

“This delivery is a significant milestone toward these goals” said Rick Betita, Director of Technology at Climate Earth.

About Climate Earth: Climate Earth is expert in delivering solutions that quantify and visualize environmental impacts at both the product and enterprise level. By combining big data analytics and life cycle assessment, we create cost effective solutions that include scalable Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Climate Change Risk Management, and Natural Capital Management.   Most Climate Earth (www.climateearth.com) applications are available via secure, web-based dashboards. Our solutions provide the insights required for sustained corporate environmental and financial performance.

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GEMI Launches Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced the availability of a new Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool.

“This new GEMI supply chain sustainability tool was developed through a collaborative process by the GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Work Group, the University of Minnesota Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) and Climate Earth,” said Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, SmithfieldFoods and the Chair of GEMI as well as GEMI’s SCS Work Group. “The SCS tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context. We believe it is the first tool to offer a portfolio view of the supply chain, enabling tradeoffs between impacts and across purchase categories,” he continued. “The first three product categories for this tool are paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing, and there is clearly an opportunity to expand that list,” Gill said.

“This first of its kind browser based tool allows a user to enter spending across purchase categories. SCS then calculates CO2e and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of the three featured categories,” said Dr. Timothy Smith, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota who co-lead tool development and created the underlying science based models informing the tool. “Although many have talked about the need for organizations to coordinate environmental improvement opportunities across sourced inputs, this is the first time that a user based system has been developed to move the discussion into action,” he said.

“We are excited about this new tool because it will allow an organization to estimate results of multiple scenarios or combinations of scenarios helping companies engage and focus on their supply chains and design more sustainable strategies,” said Steve Hellem, GEMI’s Executive Director. “Our GEMI members recognize that a great deal of consumptive impacts of key environmental challenges such as CO2e and water are tied up within complex value chains,” said Hellem. “Given a wide range of opportunities, the SCS tool can quickly quantify multiple scenarios, a key step in moving forward with a better understanding of options that procurement professionals have at their disposal to make business decisions that provide value to their organizations while at the same time improving the environment,” Hellem added.

Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth and the creator of the platform for the SCS Tool said, “Climate Earth is pleased to be part of this new, innovative and first of its kind tool. The platform has been designed to be a simple, scalable, open and interactive tool for procurement and supply chain managers to help them better understand priorities and measure performance of sourcing strategies.”

Gill concluded, “This is the most recent tool in a broad list of tools and solutions developed by GEMI whose member companies are global leaders in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business.”

The GEMI SCS Tool Can Be Found at: http://www.gemi.org/gemisupplychainsustainabilitytool/

GEMI SCS Work Group Project Supporters included: 3M; Anderson, Ashland Inc.; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; Eni spa; FedEx; Halliburton; Koch Industries; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms Inc.; Phillips 66; The Procter & Gamble Company; Sealed Air Corporation; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Tennant Company; Union Pacific Railroad; and WW Grainger.

For more information about GEMI please visit GEMI’s website at www.gemi.org

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Four Twenty Seven & Climate Earth Receive 2014 EBJ Business Achievement Award

Environmental Business Journal Recognizes Firms for Growth and Innovation

Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry*, has honored 50 companies for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2014.

Four Twenty Seven and Climate Earth are pleased to announce that they were chosen to receive the EBJ award for Technology Merit: Climate Risk Management and Adaptation (http://ebionline.org/business-achievement-awards). The firms were recognized for launching the first enterprise-quality application enabling large corporations to quickly map and quantify global supply chain risks due to climate change.

“In what is widely regarded as a stable market, a number of companies exceeded the norms of low single-digit growth with double-digit growth or ambitious ventures into new practice areas or technology development,” said Grant Ferrier, president of Environmental Business International Inc. (EBI, San Diego), publisher of Environmental Business Journal.

“Our applications help large corporations quickly identify and quantify risks in their supply chain,” said Emilie Mazzacurati, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Four Twenty Seven. “For companies concerned that extreme weather events will disrupt their supplier network, halt operations, and cost money in lost production and sales, we provide a practical and effective way to manage risk and reduce vulnerability.”

The partnership blends the environmental impacts modeling expertise of Climate Earth with Four Twenty Seven’s ability to screen for climate change impacts and analyze risks and probabilities. Supporting CCRM is the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) that tracks countries’ levels of preparedness to deal with climate disruption and other global shifts.

The 2014 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XIII in San Diego, Calif. on March 11-13, 2015. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day executive retreat hosted by EBI Inc.

* Environmental Business Journal provides strategic information and market forecasts for executives involved in 14 business segments, including environmental remediation, water & wastewater, air pollution control, environmental consulting & engineering, hazardous waste, instrumentation, pollution control equipment, waste management, resource recovery, and solid waste management.

 

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About Four Twenty Seven: Four Twenty Seven’s innovative decision-support tools blend economic modeling and climate science to deliver actionable intelligence. A boutique consulting firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, Four Twenty Seven (www.427mt.com) helps Fortune 500 corporations and local governments across the U.S. understand climate impacts, assess risks and vulnerability, and increase their resilience by developing and implementing climate adaptation measures.

The name Four Twenty Seven is a reference to California’s 2020 emissions target, 427 million tonnes of carbon.

About Climate Earth: Climate Earth is an expert in delivering solutions that quantify and visualize environmental impacts at both the product and enterprise level. By combining big data analytics and life cycle assessment, we create cost effective solutions that include scalable Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Climate Change Risk Management, and Natural Capital Management.   Climate Earth (www.climateearth.com) applications are available via secure, web-based dashboards. Our solutions provide the insights required for sustained corporate environmental and financial performance.

About the EBJ Business Achievement Awards: In October-December 2013, Climate Change Business Journal solicited nominations for the EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members. (Disclaimer: company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations.)

About EBI: Founded in 1988, Environmental Business International Inc. (EBI, San Diego, Calif.) is a research, publishing and consulting company that specializes in defining emerging markets and generating strategic market intelligence for companies, investors and policymakers. EBI publishes Environmental Business Journal®, the leading provider of strategic information for the environmental industry, and Climate Change Business Journal®, which covers nine segments of the Climate Change Industry. EBI also performs contract research for the government and private sector and founded the Environmental Industry Summit, an annual three-day event for executives in the environmental industry.

 

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Command Alkon and Climate Earth economize Environmental Product Declarations

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Reprinted from Concrete Products

Document solutions from Climate Earth allow users with COMMANDseries from Command Alkon to place an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an internationally accepted eco-label, directly into every bid submittal. Linking Command Alkon production software with Climate Earth environmental data streamlines document completion and positions ready mixed suppliers to be among the first in the green-building industry to deliver EPDs for every material order or product on any project they bid.

Climate Earth announced this capability November 12 at the 2014 Command Alkon Customer Training and Technology Conference in New Orleans. It dovetails ready mixed producers’ preparation for green building projects requiring or incentivizing EPD submittal. Such jobs include those where owners or architects target certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED v4 rating system, whose Materials & Resources section outlines point potential for environmental declaration-backed specifications.
“Climate Earth allows our customers to dramatically reduce costs of producing EPDs and provides a near effortless path to make [the documents] part of every bid and thus an integral part of normal business operations,” affirms Command Alkon Global Software Services Manager George Hadgraft.

“Our strategic focus is to lower the cost of EPDs and help make the growing demand for product transparency easy for customers to address. Working with Command Alkon is a big step forward in achieving these two objectives,” adds Climate Earth CEO Chris Erickson. “Ready mixed producers are poised to systematically consider a product’s environmental impact alongside other traditional performance metrics, such as cost and quality.” Inclusion of impact data within core business operation software, he adds, is a natural progression in a green-building industry increasingly focused on measuring and managing at a whole project footprint level.

Combining database technology with internationally accepted life cycle assessment methods, Climate Earth developed EPDs for two California front-runners, San Jose-based Central Concrete Supply and San Francisco Bay Area neighbor Cemex USA, published in November 2013 and June 2014, respectively. Both documents are based on the Product Category Rule for Concrete developed under the University of Washington College of Built Environment-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum, of which Climate Earth and Central Concrete Supply are members.

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Corporate Climate Risk Management: Rising to the Challenge

By Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven
Reprinted from The Huffington Post

The sky was grey, but the air still warm from the late Indian summer. It was October 25, 2012; I was in New York City. I had quit my corporate job the week before, and was visiting friends and business connections in an effort to think through my next venture. After five years of working on climate policy and carbon markets, I was determined to start a new company focused on climate adaptation — but I was uncertain of the specific market needs, or whether climate risk management was already on the radar for businesses in the U.S.

On October 26, it became clear that the East Coast was about to get hit by the biggest storm to ever make landfall, and I just had time to catch the last train on the Northeast Corridor before all transportation networks shut down. I spent a couple of windy, rainy days hunkered down with relatives in Northern Virginia, watching on TV the incredible destruction brought about by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

Aside from the tragedy of human losses, what struck me most was the chaos that extreme weather event could bring to one of the wealthiest, most organized, most resourceful cities in the world — and some of its most powerful businesses. After the shock of seeing Manhattan flooded and powerless for days on end, tough questions followed: why was Goldman Sachs’ building so well protected, when the New York Stock Exchange had to shut down for two days? How would downtown neighborhoods recover when the local businesses that made up the fabric of the community were flooded, many of which at risk of never re-opening their doors?

Out of this darkness also came stories of resilience and solidarity — the cafe that put out outlets for neighbors to charge cell phones off their backup generator, the restaurant that served free hot food to its usual patrons who had neither heat nor water in their high-rise residence.

These stories provided the genesis for Four Twenty Seven, the company I founded a few months later. My initial goal was to deliver quantitative climate risk analysis to help businesses understand the costs that the physical impacts of climate change will have on their operations — and take action.

Assessing climate risk is a major headache for most companies — climate change impacts are complex, uncertain, and evolving. The model my company has developed takes specific company data — the materials, resources and facilities in its global operations — and maps them to the relevant changes to natural resources stresses and extreme weather events as predicted by global climate models. This helps our clients identify climate risk hotspots, reduce vulnerability and strengthen their value chain.

Models don’t provide final answers, but they help start the conversation on potential risks. And indeed, risk assessments are just the beginning of the conversation. We quickly found out that the real question is not how much climate change might cost Wall Street, but how large corporations can prepare and protect their assets in a way that benefits the communities where they operate and to whom they depend on for their own success.

Of course there is economic and societal value in good risk management and business continuity in and of itself. Our economy depends on businesses getting smarter about their climate risk. And our businesses depend on government to provide infrastructure and systems that can withstand stronger storms, more frequent floods and intense heat waves. In this way, climate change is also a sharp reminder of the interdependency between communities, governments, and business.

The challenges brought about by climate change call for renewed dialogue and partnership between the public and private sector, and social innovations to protect our communities and quality of life. Climate risk can be modeled, but adaptation responses need to be carefully handcrafted. As we help companies big and small measure the extent of their climate risk, we must also be there to help them collaborate with their communities to build a more resilient world. We may not be able to prevent the next Hurricane Sandy, but we can make sure that the lights stay on — for everybody.