Green Logistics Buildings and Operations Resources

Although the majority of a company’s supply chain footprint comes from transportation, it’s also important to look at your buildings, their energy consumption and their operating equipment to make them as energy efficient as possible.

A number of articles from Supply Chain Network may assist you in learning more about a number of factors you can influence in the initial design, location and building standards (ie; LEED) for any new or retrofit logistics facility you may be contemplating.

Here is a link to our Buildings & Operations page as well as to our related blogpost category.

California Passes Cap & Trade Program: Look for Major Supply Chain Impacts



From California Environmental Protection Agency: “The formal Cap-and-Trade rulemaking began with the release of the Staff Report: Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR). The ISOR and formal rulemaking materials are available on the cap-and-trade rulemaking web page. The Board Hearing on this item was held on December 16, 2010. At the hearing, the Board approved Resolution 10-42 directing several modifications to the regulation as written. As a result, on July 25, 2011, the first Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Availability of Additional Documents (First 15-Day Change Notice) was issued. The public comment period for the 1st 15-Day Change Notice ended August 11, 2011.

On September 12, 2011, staff proposed additional modifications to the regulatory text in the Second Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Additional Documents and Information (Second 15-Day Change Notice). These modifications addressed comments ARB staff received in the first 15-day Change Notice and are the result of additional staff analysis and stakeholder engagement. The public comment period for the 2nd 15-Day Change Notice ended September 27, 2011.

On October 20, 2011, the Board adopted the final cap-and-trade regulation. As part of finalizing the regulation, the Board considered the related environmental analysis (i.e. functional equivalent document) and written responses to environmental comments. The Board also approved the adaptive management plan. The final regulation must be filed with the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) by October 28, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

ScottsMiracle-Gro Improves Distribution System in Sustainability and Customer Service

A new 100,000-sq. ft. warehouse will be added to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s operation in Lebanon, Conn. to service the Company’s home center retail customers in northeastern U.S. By installing a warehouse in this region, the Company expects to improve its environmental footprint by reducing the number of miles traveled within its distribution network while also reducing costs and improving its customer service levels.

The warehouse is part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s high-service distribution model that the Company began implementing across the U.S. in 2009. Construction of the warehouse is scheduled to be completed in early 2012. The Company currently employs 40 associates in Lebanon, a number that is expected to increase modestly with the warehouse addition.


“We are excited to extend our improved distribution model to the Northeast because it will provide quicker service to our large retailers and benefit consumers in this key market,” said Dave Swihart, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain, ScottsMiracle-Gro.

“In our operations, we are striving to reduce our environmental footprint, and this distribution model is a significant contributor to that objective. This effort reinforces our belief that we can simultaneously grow our business in a way that supports our commitment to becoming a more sustainable company,” Swihart stated. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Modern Transport Airships Change the World?

Over the last couple of years my interest and excitment around the concept of reviving and renewing airship transport technology of the blimp or zeppelin variety has been growing steadily. Today I’m now utterly convinced these massive dinosaurs of the sky from the early 1900s actually have the potential to re-emerge and change our world for the better. Can Modern Transport Airships Change the World?

Herman E. Daly: A Steady-State Economy

From SDC(UK): The Earth as a whole is approximately a steady state. Neither the surface nor the mass of the earth is growing or shrinking; the inflow of radiant energy to the Earth is equal to the outflow; and material imports from space are roughly equal to exports (both negligible). None of this
means that the earth is static—a great deal of qualitative change can happen inside a steady state, and certainly has happened on Earth. The most important change in recent times has been the enormous growth of one subsystem of the Earth, namely the economy, relative to the total
system, the ecosphere.
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Environment Will Drive Major Logistics Real Estate Shift

One can’t turn around today without seeing the growing impact rising environmental consciousness is having on both consumer choices and by extension business practices. As companies become more environmentally astute, either through brute force of customer will or in combination with the leadership of key employees, all aspects of the business will be driven to reduce carbon outputs. Read the rest of this entry »

Carbon Footprint is All About Supply Chain!

Join us on Wednesday June 25th at 10:00am eastern for our second SCN Supply Chain Network Webinar “Carbon Footprint is All About Supply Chain!” when Fraser Ironside of Barloworld Optimus will join us to present some background information and demonstrate some effective tools for incorporating carbon into your supply chain modeling functions. Companies exploring calculation of their company’s carbon footprint will rapidly realize that the supply chain generates roughly 75% of the total so it’s important to be able to flexibly and rapidly model a variety of supply chain network scenarios and simultaneously have the carbon output provided. Click here to register today for this important webinar and remember registration is limited to the first 1,000 who sign up!

How to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Transporting Goods

With an ever-growing boom in commercialism around the world, especially in recent years, the transportation of more and more goods around the world is an inevitable by-product, which has its own negative impact on the environment.

However, while it would be foolish to think that we could reverse this process, there area still ways that companies who are involved in transporting these goods could play their part to help reduce their impact.

One of the seemingly small ways they could do this is by addressing both the type of pallets or crates they use, and the way they use them. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Supply Chain Initiatives: A Year-End Review

From Sustainable Business Forum: “2010 is nearly ‘in the books’, and I vowed that I would not fall prey to the endless lists and recounting of annual accomplishments. However, never in my 30 years in the sustainability and environmental business has there been so much attention paid to the influence of supply chain management and its role in the greening of business. 2010 has been truly remarkable in a number of key areas of green supply chain management from a number of perspectives, including: policy and governance, operations and optimization, guidance and standardization and metrics. The green pieces of the supply chain and sustainability puzzle appear to be nicely falling into place. Key themes that I can glean from this most incredible year are:” Review full article here on the Sustainable Business Forum

Damco Presents on Sustainability at CSCMP Annual Global Conference

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) hosted its Annual Global Conference from September 26–29, 2010 in San Diego, California. The conference brought together supply chain professionals from over 40 countries with an aim to help professionals improve their organizations’ supply chain performance. Damco, the logistics arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk which is one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management solutions and a pioneer in the field of supply chain emissions reduction presented in the ‘Sustainability’ session on ‘ Ready to Take the Next Step to Becoming a Sustainability Winner?’.

Erling Johns Nielsen, Damco’s Director & Global Head of Supply Chain Development as well as Jordi Avellaneda, Global Head of Green Logistics spoke on how Damco envisions a future in which technological advances, consumer pressure and regulatory requirements will shape the role of the 3PL as supply chain sustainability advisors. The central theme of Damco’s presentation was that sustainability is a good business case for companies as it helps to find efficiencies, reduce costs and generate additional revenue by developing innovative products. Some companies still see sustainability as a hurdle, but over the past five years Damco has observed that companies are moving up the sustainability ladder, using it initially as a source of efficiencies and finally as a source of competitive advantage. Read the rest of this entry »