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 Top Stories of the Week from SmartBrief on Sustainability


4 steps to sustainable worker engagement

Companies seeking to excite employees about a sustainability program need to start with a clear vision, connect that vision to where employees are today, and continue engaging to shepherd workers forward, writes Margie Flynn. "Through inspired leadership, effective communication, and openness to new ideas, you can retain and attract great talent while delivering positive returns for your company," she writes. (9/5)

Ecover buys Method, creates world's largest eco-cleaning company

Ecover has bought the Method cleaning-product brand for an undisclosed sum, creating the world's largest eco-friendly cleaning brand. The brands will continue to operate as separate entities but will join forces on research, development and distribution. The merger creates "the world's most dynamic and visionary green cleaning company" and will "support the elevation of the green cleaning category as a whole," says Ecover CEO Philip Malmberg. The Grocer (U.K.) (9/4)

Sustainable building will not go for LEED

The Durst Organization plans a 750-unit apartment building in New York that will not be designed to qualify for LEED certification, even though Durst built the world's first LEED Platinum building. Durst says LEED is too confining, and it wants to go beyond LEED standards to include use of water from other buildings in the toilets; piped-in outside air, which uses more energy but provides better air quality; and a central HVAC system instead of individual ones. The Wall Street Journal (9/5)

Wal-Mart expo helps packaging providers go green

Wal-Mart's annual Sustainable Packaging Expo is helping the retail giant's suppliers and packaging vendors to learn green-packaging techniques and promote them honestly, writes Sha Sha. Organizers stage audits to help ensure attendees' products and packaging are meeting Federal Trade Commission and Wal-Mart eco-standards. Packaging Digest (9/7)

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