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America's Greenest Companies

Some investors believe a company's impact on the environment is an important investment consideration. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a group that represents 385 institutional investors with assets of $57 trillion, surveys the world’s largest companies to gather information on carbon emissions, identify goals for carbon reduction and gauge their environment-related risks and opportunities of individual firms.

The US CDP surveyed all companies in the S&P 500 in 2008. A voluntary project, 321 (64%) responded, but only 243 (49%) responses were made public. Although it is not a complete list of S&P 500 carbon emissions, it is the most comprehensive compilation of carbon disclosures publicly available. The report was put together by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the CDP; Merrill Lynch is a founding member and global sponsor.

So, what are America’s greenest companies? Click ahead to find out the 2008 results.

By Paul ToscanoPosted 14 Apr 2009

Source: The Carbon Disclosure Project