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Monday, March 16, 2015
Minneapolis, food-sellers prep for a ban on foam food containers
Restaurants, hotels and other businesses that sell takeout food in Minneapolis have six weeks to go before they'll no longer be able to package up your food in foam containers -- or in any container that isn't recyclable, reusable or compostable. Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/10/15

Friday, March 13, 2015
Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin-Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC
The University of Wisconsin--Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What's different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee. Source: Library Journal, 3/11/15

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Water vs. climate: How to prioritize sustainability risk
When making a decision on where to invest environmental bucks, where should businesses concentrate their efforts -- on climate change or on water? Source: GreenBiz, 3/12/15

Greening from the ground up at Hilton
Nine months after taking over as general manager of the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Stefan Mühle is just part of the way toward reaching his goal of transforming the property into a uniquely green destination with a "boutique heart and soul." Source: GreenBiz, 3/12/15

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Inside Chicago's sustainability strategy
Chicago's CSO relates the Windy City's comprehensive strategy for improving sustainability and resiliency. Source: GreenBiz, 3/11/15

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video #8
Sustainability Sit-Downs #8 is out. This week's video features Richard Cook, President Emeritus of Allegheny College and Second Nature Board Chair, discussing trans-disciplinary sustainability education and our effects as humans on the environment. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday. Source: Second Nature, 3/11/15

This New French Law Is Designed To Make Products Easier To Repair, So They Stay Out Of The Trash
When your toaster breaks, or your vacuum, or even your laptop, it's often cheaper to buy a replacement than attempt a repair. That's one reason the world throws out more than 50 million tons of gadgets each year. But a new French law is trying to push manufacturers to start designing products that are easier to fix. Under the new directive, manufacturers will have to label products with information about how long spare parts will be available. Next year, manufacturers will also be required to offer free repair or replacement for the first two years after purchase. Source: Fast Company, 3/9/15

New Incubator Network to Help Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. Source: Future Structure, 3/4/15

EPA Designates Mahomet Aquifer as "Sole Source" of Drinking Water in East-Central Illinois
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a decision to designate a portion of the Mahomet Aquifer system as a sole source aquifer. More than half of the population in east-central Illinois relies on the Mahomet Aquifer system as a source of drinking water. Source: U.S. EPA Region 5, 3/11/15

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Lessons from history: why what we say about sustainability matters
The battle for the heart and soul of business will not be won by inventing new and unfamiliar labels. Source: The Guardian, 3/10/15

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