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  • Checking on the Green Protocol

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    At a ceremony today in which Brazil’s Central Bank joined public and private banks in signing the “Green Protocol” of environmental commitments, Environment Minister Carlos Minc announced that an upcoming meeting with public banks and the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) will the rules for reporting how banks are meeting their Protocol commitments.  Proper reporting, […]

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    A New Way to Tackle C&D Waste

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    Brazilian researchers have developed a new cost-saving and energy-saving way to recycle construction and demolition (C&D) waste that they claim is so innovative that they are filing to patent the process. However, the essential idea behind it is so simple that many city planners and waste engineers will probably slap their foreheads and exclaim, “Why […]

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    No Twig Left Behind

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    The Municipality of São Paulo (pop. 11 million) has adopted a law that creates the Program for the Use of Wood from Tree Pruning (Programa de Aproveitamento de Madeiras de Podas de Árvores – PAMPA).  According to the Law’s author, Councilman Gilberto Natalini (Brazilian Social Democratic Party – PSDB), once fully operational PAMPA will divert […]

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    IDB/MIF to Support Sustainable Wood Use in the Brazilian Amazon / BID/FMI ajudará uso sustentável da madeira na Amazônia brasileira

    Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): SEBRAE will receive US$2.1 million for sustainable development of wood and furniture supply chain in Brazil’s Amazon Region MIF support will bring together public and private stakeholders to identify new technological solutions for sustainable economic use of wood in Amazonas and Pará The Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund […]

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