For much of the corporate world, going green is no longer just a trend--it's a mandate.
Many factors have caused the shift, including President Obama's energy programs, a global focus on industries' effects on climate change, dwindling natural resources and the messy aftermath of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Seventy percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. It's the natural resource that, to many people, seems the most abundant, the most renewable and the most dependable.
Establishing a definitive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions policy has been a lengthy crusade, both globally and nationally. But right before Christmas, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new plan to regulate GHGs under the Clean Air Act.
When plaintiffs claim they've been exposed to hazardous chemicals contaminated buildings or products, general counsel can face messy lawsuits alleging their companies are responsible for an array of health problems.
If any GC needed a reminder that an environmental accident can become a public-relations disaster, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill drove that message home (see "One Year Later").
If the customer is always right, then it's time for companies across the board to up their green initiatives.