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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
These Food Waste Innovations Show The Big Impact Of Small Changes
The winners of a series of microgrants offered by the New York Department of Sanitation are helping to facilitate a more circular economy for the city's food businesses. Source: Fast Company, 4/23/18

Call for Applications for EPA Safer Choice Program 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is seeking applications for the 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. These awards recognize the leadership contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice-certified products over the past year.

Applications for the 2018 awards are due to the Agency by June 27, 2018.

Awards will be presented in these categories:

  • Formulators/Product Manufacturers of both Consumer and Institutional/Industrial products;
  • Purchasers and Distributors;
  • Retailers;
  • Supporters (e.g., non-governmental organizations); and
  • Innovators (e.g., chemical manufacturers).
Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony in late fall of 2018. Source: U.S. EPA, 4/25/18

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
To Be High Performing, the U.S. Health System Will Need to Adapt to Climate Change
The U.S. health care system is the world's seventh-largest producer of carbon dioxide, making it a major contributor to air pollution. By reducing carbon emissions and building infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters, health systems and organizations can reduce their carbon footprint and improve health. Source: The Commonwealth Fund, 4/18/18

Meet the anti-plastic warriors: the pioneers with bold solutions to waste
The environmental scourge of plastic has shot to the top of the political agenda. The Guardian talks to the creatives and campaigners behind five imaginative new ventures. Source: The Guardian, 4/22/18

The Robin Hoods of Food Waste
A society of gleaners (not to be confused with dumpster divers) learn the rules of harvesting food in unusual places. Source: New Yorker, 4/30/18

Friday, April 20, 2018
Stronger Together: How Collaboration Is Propelling Keurig's Sustainability Agenda
One of the greatest aspects of the corporate sustainability movement has to be the paradigm shift that has encouraged companies to collaborate to solve common issues by joining forces across industries and sectors, and even with direct competitors, has allowed companies to pool resources and expertise to tackle everything from sourcing, labor, materials, communications, conservation issues and more in holistic and more effective ways. Sustainable Brands spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender to learn more about how strategic partnerships are helping propel Keurig's sustainability agenda forward. Source: Sustainable Brands, 4/19/18

Could Standardized Recycling Labels Be the Solution to Overcoming the Industry's China Ban Woes?
Standardization could help the waste and recycling industry overcome issues like contamination and confusion at the bin. Source: Waste360, 4/16/18

US rivers are becoming saltier -- and it's not just from treating roads in winter
Research shows that when salts from different sources mix, they can have broader impacts than they would individually. It also shows the importance of supporting water quality monitoring nationwide, so that we can detect and address other pollution problems that have yet to be recognized. Source: The Conversation, 4/17/18

SC Johnson Pushes for Increased Transparency Around Ingredient Selection
SC Johnson published its 26th annual sustainability report today, including a close look inside the criteria the company uses for its Greenlist ingredient selection program. The $10 billion product manufacturer is sharing details about this internal process for the first time. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/19/18

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source
In late March, a project in eastern North Carolina revealed the potential to turn every hog farm in the state into a source of renewable natural gas, or what's known as swine biogas. Source: NPR, 4/17/18

Don't Call it Food Waste: Entrepreneurs Turn Surplus Food into Gold
Food startups are diverting raw materials from coffee-bean husks to spent beer-brewing grains from the landfill and developing markets for upcycled products in the process. Source: Civil Eats, 4/12/18

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Hasbro Partners with TerraCycle to Launch Toy and Game Recycling Pilot Program
Through the program, consumers can collect and send their Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, which will recycle the materials for innovative uses. Source: Waste360, 4/17/18

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