Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was indicted on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. A federal grand jury charged Blankenship with conspiring to cause routine and willful violations of mine safety and health standards and alleges he was part of a conspiracy to cover up mine safety violations and hinder federal enforcement. MORE
Noyes Board Members Martha Matsuoka (chair), Jim Enote, Jaribu Hill and Nikhil Aziz, and staff Millie Buchanan and Vic De Luca were at Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat. They are pictured with Kim Wasserman, 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner for North America. Kim is director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago.
Boston Common Asset Management was honored for the second, consecutive year as one of the Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts, a project of The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe Magazine. Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder of Boston Common Asset Management, said, "One day, women leaders will simply be leaders and leadership will be a composite of the many strengths that women and men bring. I am honored to be in the company of so many great leaders." Boston Common assesses companies holistically by integrating traditional financial analysis with Environmental, Social, and Governance research. MORE
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers launched its Fair Food Label, representing a worker certification program two decades in the making. Over twenty years ago workers began organizing general strikes in Immokalee, demanding dialogue with growers and a fair wage. It was thirteen years ago that people around the country joined workers in the Campaign for Fair Food, demanding that major corporations take responsibility for working conditions in the fields. And it was four years ago that the Fair Food Program went into effect, where a worker-designed vision long in the making became a reality. MORE
On November l2th, Honor the Earth joined with White Earth Nation, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Indigenous Environmental Network, and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the US State Department. The suit challenges the issuance of a permit to the Enbridge Company to bring tar sands oil into the US prior to completion of an Environmental Impact Statement. The pipeline proposal is a “mockery of federal law” by allowing the company to bypass regulation and use an older line to move the oil. MORE