3M is awarding more than $400,000 in grants to nine environmental organizations for projects aimed at improving science-based environmental and conservation education for youth. Since 2001, 3M’s environmental giving program has invested more than $21 million in sustainability initiatives. 3M Eco Grant recipients are providing environmental programs that help students connect science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education with the world around them. More Information.
St. Paul Public Schools Partner with Post-it® Brand from 3M to Launch Energy Education Program
To engage and educate students on the importance of energy awareness, Saint Paul Public Schools has partnered with Post-it® Brand from 3M to launch the Post-it® Notes Energy Project – a program developed to show students that “You’ve Got the Power” when it comes to environmental leadership. To celebrate the launch, Post-it® Brand will host two half-day events at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-8 Magnet School and Battle Creek Middle School for hundreds of eighth grade students on November 8 and November 9, 2012. More Information.
3M Receives SolarWorld Sustainability Award
On August 28, 2012, SolarWorld AG acknowledged achievements in the further development of solar technology with a Suppliers Ceremony held in Freiberg, Germany. This was their first ever supplier event with 63 suppliers represented. 3M's Renewable Energy Division was one of only three companies to receive recognition in multiple categories! Dr. Frank Asbeck, Chairman of the Board of SolarWorld AG, said "With this award we honor companies that have exceptionally supported our production in Germany and the USA in coming a step closer to our vision of clean power for everyone." 3M received the award for excellent achievements in the areas of sustainability and environmental compatibility. " To produce a sustainable product, you not only need your own sustainable company strategy, but also suppliers, who themselves are committed to sustainability," said Asbeck. 3M supplies SolarWorld with 3M™ Scotchshield™ Film Backsheets and other materials for the manufacture of solar power modules.
Accolades for 3M's Sustainability Work
3M recently received recognition for its sustainability work from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands. 3M was included as part of the 2012-2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North American Indexes as part of the Diversified Industrials sector. The index includes companies that are leaders in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic success. In addition, 3M was ranked as 12th in Interbrand's 2012 list of Best Global Green Brands. The best Global Green Brands are established based on both public perception of a brand’s environmental performance and the brand’s actual performance based on publicly available information.
3M Brings Sustainable Solution to Siberia - 3M ACCR Gets Installed In The City of Irkutsk To Boost Electric Power
Already in use on four continents in a broad range of harsh climates, 3M ACCR (Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced) has now been installed in Siberia, serving one of the region’s largest cities, Irkutsk. 3M ACCR is an upgraded power line that can nearly double capacity without additional utility towers or heavy infrastructure. More Information.
3M and Gossamer Space Frames to Inaugurate World’s Largest Aperture Parabolic Trough Installation- A New Benchmark in Solar Collectors
3M’s Renewable Energy Division has teamed with Gossamer Space Frames to unveil a new parabolic trough solar collector technology designed to significantly reduce equipment and installation costs for CSP systems used in power generation. The Large Aperture Trough 73 (LAT 73) features a concentration factor of over 100x and an aperture size of 7.3 m, both world benchmarks for the industry. More Information.
3M China Among Top 100 Green Companies for the 4th Year
3M made the 2012 list of “China’s Top 100 Green Companies” for the fourth year in a row, and was ranked among the top 10 greenest foreign enterprises in China by the Daonong Centre for Enterprise and Green Herald Magazine. More Information.
Earth Day – 2012
3M receives a record eighth Sustained Excellence Award from U.S. EPA Award symbolizes 3M's world class sustainability performance and customer solutions. More Information.
3M Receives Green to Gold Award from Duquesne University Beard Institute
3M is the winner of the 2011 Green to Gold Award from Duquesne University’s Beard Institute. The award recognizes an American company that demonstrates commercial success in sustainable business practices. More Information.
3M Honored with German Sustainability Award 2011
In November, 2011, 3M received an award at the German Sustainability Awards recognizing 3M's success at combining economic success with social responsibility and environmental awareness. The company was recognized among the top 3 companies in the category of “Germany’s Most Sustainable Strategies for the Future (Concern).” Also honored in this category were Siemens and SAP. The annual award is an initiative of the German Sustainability Award Foundation in collaboration with the German Federal Government, the German Council for Sustainable Development, trade associations, non-governmental organizations, and research facilities. More Information.
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3M’s Sustainability Goals: Not Just a Smaller Footprint - 3M releases its 2015 Sustainability Goals
Setting goals to drive progress towards sustainability is nothing new at 3M. The company has been setting and achieving aggressive environmental targets since 1990. In late 2010, 3M issued its first set of comprehensive goals regarding three key components of sustainability: Environmental Stewardship; Social Responsibility and Economic Success. “3M employees around the world are engaged and excited to help the company reach our first-ever set of sustainability goals”, said Jean Sweeney, vice president, 3M Environmental, Health and Safety operations. “We have a rich history of achieving our objectives – especially in reducing 3M’s environmental footprint. These goals are far reaching and go well beyond environmental performance”, Sweeney added. More information on 3M's sustainability goals.
Two New Studies Report that 3M's Reputation as a Sustainability Leader is Confirmed by the Company's Performance
Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands for 2011 ranks 3M as number two on its list of "Greenest" Brands. Interbrand's methodology considered both public perception of a brand's environmental performance and the brand's actual performance based on publicly available information. More information on Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands for 2011.
According to a new report by Brand Logic, 3M is perceived as a leader in sustainability among investment professionals, purchasing/supply management professionals and graduating students from the US, China, Japan, Germany, UK and India and that perception matches reality. For more information, download the Brand Logic report.
3M Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station For Guests and Employees at 3M Center
3M is the first company headquarters in Minnesota to install a ChargePoint® Network electric vehicle charging station that will accommodate cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF™ .
In a press release about the new charging station, Jean Sweeney, 3M vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety Operations said "installing the latest technology to charge electric vehicles at our corporate headquarters was an easy decision. Innovation is a way of life at 3M, and this is a great way to align our culture with a continued commitment to reduce impact on the environment and underline the connection between 3M values and sustainability." Check out this video
Brazil's EDP Bandeirante Installs 3M ACCR for Line Upgrade to Avoid Building New Towers or Expanding Right-of-Way
EDP Bandeirante, the power distribution unit of EDP Group in Brazil, has become the third Brazilian utility to install the 3M Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (3M ACCR) for completion of a line upgrade while avoiding problems associated with building larger towers or expanding rights-of-way in an environmentally sensitive area.
3M ACCR provides more than twice the capacity of conventional conductors of similar size without requiring new or enlarged towers, thereby accommodating new demands being placed on the grid without costly and problematic construction, right-of-way expansion or permitting in crowded urban neighborhoods or environmentally sensitive areas. EDP Bandeirante applied the advanced light-weight, low-sag, high-capacity conductor to a 4.9-kilometer section of a line in eastern São Paulo State that intersects an Área de Preservação Permamente (Permanent Environmental Protected Area). More information
3M Receives International Award for Sustainability
3M received one of the first-ever Gigaton Awards recognizing the company's leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability. The award was presented during the World Climate Summit held in Cancun in early December. The Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization founded by global entrepreneur Richard Branson, developed and sponsored the Gigaton. A total of six companies were recognized for their achievements – each company representing a sector of private industry. 3M received the Best in Class award, which recognizes an overall leader of the awardees.
According to the Gigaton Award website, the pool of competitors for all sectors was taken from the Global 500 companies, as presented in the Carbon Disclosure Project report for 2010. An independent Academy that included experts from business and the public sector selected the winners. As a recipient of the Best in Class award, 3M will pass on its award to next year's leader at the 2011 World Climate Summit.
FiltreteTM Water Station 'Filters Out' Bottled Water Waste and Cost
According to Earth911, Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year, with 8 out of 10 water bottles ending up in landfills. While plastic water bottles can be costly and do nothing to help the environment, they can provide a convenient option for those looking to have clean drinking water while on the go. Now, thanks to the new Filtrete Water Station from 3M, water drinkers can reap the benefits of bottled water without the cost and waste. The Filtrete Water Station filters water directly from the tap into four, reusable water bottles. In seconds, the water station helps reduce sediments, chlorine taste and odor from tap water. Additionally, the water station can help reduce environmental waste, saving up to 3,000 plastic bottles per year from ending up in landfills. More Information.
3M Sets Record by Winning Its Sixth Straight ENERGY STAR® Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy will recognize 3M with its sixth straight Sustained Excellence Award this month—a record for an industrial company! The award is given to recognize companies that demonstrate extraordinary and sustained programs to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency.
3M Canada Partners to Recycle the Graphics Used at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
Canada is partnering with a leading flooring manufacturer to recycle the graphics (building and vehicle wrap graphics) supplied by 3M Canada to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The project will divert approximately 200,000 square feet of material from Canadian landfill sites. More Information.
3M Recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) with Gold Class Distinction
In recognition of 3M's sustainability achievements, the company was recognized by the DJSI with Gold Class Distinction in the 2010 Sustainability Index. Gold Class Distinction is granted to DJSI sector leaders scoring 75% or better and index members that achieve a score that is within 5% of the sector leader's score. More information on the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
3M New Zealand Moves into "Green" Building
3M New Zealand has moved into the first green four-star-rated building on Auckland's North Shore. The new head-office building was built with as many environmentally friendly products as possible, including some produced by 3M, such as 3M™ VHB™ Structural Glazing Tape and 3M™ Window Film. The building has an energy-saving lighting design that minimizes electricity usage and efficient plumbing fittings and fixtures that minimize water consumption. The auditorium chairs are made of recycled seat belts and car batteries. To celebrate both the new building and the company's commitment to New Zealand, 3M New Zealand plans to donate graphic films for signage on the National Cycleway to support its success and promote green tourism in the country.
NREL and 3M Sign Agreement on Renewable Energy Research
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M announced a series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements. The collaborative effort demonstrates both 3M's and NREL's commitments to meeting the nation's clean energy needs by developing technologies that are vital to producing large-scale sources of new renewable electricity and fuel at competitive costs. More Information.