“Going Green” remains the most popular kid in the school of government right now.

As the phrase flows from the mouths of all the industries’ cool kids, some are actual doing more than talking the talk.

Waste Management Inc. is proving to be more than just green garbage trucks.

The company continues to make steps towards actual sustainable environmental solutions, recently releasing its 2008 corporate sustainability report, “The Color of Our World.”

The report clearly identifies the valid steps being taken by the company to achieve advancement in its environmental performance, as well as an increasing number of environmental services for its customers.

The steps being taken include:

– Doubling waste-based energy production, creating enough energy to power one million homes through landfill-gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy facilities.

– Tripling the volume of recyclables, managing eight million tons of recyclables.

– Improving fuel efficiency, directing capital spending of up to $500 million per year over the next decade.

– Preserving and restoring wildlife habitat, planning to quadruple the number if its facilities certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council from 24 to 100.

The company is a leader in investing in cleaner technologies (hybrid trucks, etc.) and technologies to enhance the waste business. In May of 2008, Waste Management was named Climate Action Leader™ by the California Climate Action Registry. 

Waste Management Inc., in their report, continues to measure its progress towards these goals.  The “Color of Our World” report builds on the company’s 2006 Social Responsibility Report.

The Houston-based company is the leading provider of waste management services in North America. Waste Management Inc.’s subsidaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. The company is a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.