Ecolab Joins Environmental Group
Several high-profile companies located in Minnesota recently formed a group called the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition. The group will focus on energy reduction, water use and organic recycling, according to news reports. TRSA associate member Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN, is a member of this newly formed organization.
In addition to Ecolab, the coalition includes several of Minnesota’s largest employers, including 3M, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic and Target. The companies are looking toward a concept called the circular economy, which is inspired by nature, the article notes.
“Most of the industrial revolution we have essentially extracted raw materials, used them, sold what we can and got rid of what we couldn’t sell,” said Raj Rajan, the technical lead for sustainability efforts at Ecolab. Rajan said that the coalition strives to identify solutions that no individual company could pursue on its own. “It’s quite exciting, because we’re seeing a lot of opportunities to actually move the needle as opposed to doing one-off things that might look good on paper but really aren’t having as much of an impact,” he said.
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