Mother Earth is getting a little bit of relief as more companies yield to pressure from environmentalists and activist shareholders to reduce their carbon footprints. But Gaia isn't the only one who's benefiting: Just ask some of the companies that have saved serious greenbacks by going green.
The 91-year old company was once the leading industrial conglomerate, the product of hundreds of leveraged buyouts in the 1960s and '70s. But its breakup is yet more proof that the conglomerate model makes little sense today. Why? Activist investors have a lot to do with it.