GEMI Launches New Climate Change Web Tool

Jan 22, 2008, 00:00 ET from Global Environmental Management Initiative

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Global
 Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) launched a new version of its
 web tool, .
     "GEMI is very pleased to announce the release of its new Climate Change
 web tool (, a web site that enhances
 opportunities for best practice sharing among businesses on one of the most
 important environmental issues that is being addressed by business," said
 GEMI's Chair, Bob Accarino, Director of Environmental Affairs, Abbott. "The
 vision of the GEMI membership combined with significant support from Five
 Winds International, Trinity Consultants and TrainUp led to the development
 of this outstanding tool," Accarino continued.
     "We have updated and enhanced GEMI's previous work that addressed
 climate related challenges and opportunities," said GEMI's Business and
 Climate Work Group Co-Chair, Audrey Bamberger, Engineer, Strategic
 Environmental Initiatives, Anheuser-Busch Inc. She added, "This new tool
 has a unique focus of addressing climate change issues with an emphasis on
 business planning and strategy development. We believe this provides
 compelling, quantifiable value to companies."
     "Our goal was to provide information and guidance for businesses in all
 stages of the strategic planning lifecycle for climate change," said GEMI's
 Business and Climate Work Group Co-Chair, Maurice Bechard, Director, Global
 Environment Health and Safety, JohnsonDiversey, Inc. "The site is organized
 into four planning stages--Assess Risks, Formulate Strategy, Implement
 Strategy and Review. Advice and resources are provided from businesses that
 have already completed one or more of the planning stages," he added.
     Mr. Carl Wirdak, Director, Environmental Affairs, Occidental Petroleum
 and GEMI's Business and Climate Work Group Co-Chair noted, "The content of
 GEMI's BusinessandClimate web tool is based on company experience in
 addressing the many facets of the climate change issue, and provides a wide
 range of case studies drawn from a number of different business sectors."
 "This tool, like all GEMI tools, is available on GEMI's web site free of
 charge because this is an important part of GEMI's mission of 'Business
 Helping Business'," Wirdak concluded.
     Additional information about GEMI may be obtained on GEMI's web site at The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) is a
 non-profit organization of 37 leading companies dedicated to fostering
 global environmental, health and safety excellence and corporate
     GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.;
 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; BNSF Railway Company; Cadbury Schweppes PLC;
 Cargill, Inc.; Carnival Corporation & PLC; The Coca-Cola Company; ConAgra
 Foods; The Dow Chemical Company; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak
 Company; Ecolab, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson;
 Johnson Controls, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Koch Industries, Inc.; Kraft
 Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Novartis Corporation;
 Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Owens Corning; Perdue Farms, Inc.; Pfizer
 Inc; The Procter & Gamble Company; Roche; Schering-Plough Corporation; The
 Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Vulcan Materials
 Company; and, Wyeth.

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