By Marne Sussman Within the past two years, two cities in the U.S. have passed ordinances mandating that existing buildings benchmark their energy usage. Benchmarking requires a building owner to report energy use data which can then be compared to data from buildings of a similar size and function and to past data from the […]

by Bradford McCormick On March 15, 2010, ASTM International approved its Standard Guide for Financial Disclosures Attributed to Climate Change (“ASTM Guide”). The ASTM Guide was released a little over one month after the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its final Guidance Regarding Disclosure Related to Climate Change (“SEC Guidance”), and the application of the […]

Led by Ireland’s nation-wide tax on single-use plastic bags implemented in 2002, which lowered the use of plastic bags by more than 90%, several large American municipalities have implemented similar regulations on single-use bags distributed by retail outlets.  These regulations seek to reduce waste and, often, generate revenue.  The first major municipal regulation of single-use […]

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