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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Less waste, more innovation: 5 food trends to watch in 2015
Last year, the movement toward a cleaner, more sustainable food supply gained traction, from school lunches with antibiotic-free chicken to a new rating system for produce that goes beyond organics to take energy, water use and other sustainability factors into account. This year could herald even more changes in the way we eat. Fresh, affordable, local produce and antibiotic-free meat will reach more people than ever before (a dynamic spurring companies -- startups and multinational corporations alike -- to take a shot at upending the business of food). In 2015, America is poised to figure out how to clamp down on shocking amounts of food waste. The FDA should recognize the latest science and get dangerous chemicals out of food packaging. Young farmers will embrace a new climate-conscious paradigm in farming that makes healthy soil a priority. Source: GreenBiz, 1/14/15

University combats food waste with compost, centralized kitchen
Slightly more than $56,000 worth of food was thrown away at Ohio University last year -- but that's actually a lot less than what was wasted compared to three years ago, data show. Source: The Post, 1/11/15

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
It takes more than numbers to set smart climate goals
Setting the right emissions reduction goal is a perilous process, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. Source: GreenBiz, 1/7/15

Say sayonara to Styrofoam and hello to Mushroom Materials
A few years ago, mushrooms were something that accompanied beans and hash browns for breakfast, and even comprised the meat-free substitute in your veggie sausage. Now, you'll still find mushrooms on your dinner plate, but you'll also find its derivatives lining your walls and packaging products. Not only that, but you'll soon be able to grow it yourself. Source: GreenBiz, 1/9/15

Monday, January 12, 2015
Garbage Incinerators Make Comeback, Kindling Both Garbage and Debate
With landfills shunned, recycling programs stalled and the country's record-setting trash output unyielding, new waste-to-energy plants are being eyed as a path to salvation. Facilities similar to the $670 million incinerator here, common in Europe, are under consideration in Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day, the most in the world, and the talk of returning to incineration, industry experts say, is an acknowledgment of defeat in the effort to reduce output and step up recycling. Source: New York Times, 1/10/15

Forget carbon offsetting, insetting is the future
Rather than planting trees at arm's length, businesses from hotel groups to construction firms are embedding sustainable activities directly into their supply chains. Source: The Guardian, 1/9/15

Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor. The EICC says it has been working for more than a decade to support the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Although the EICC Code of Conduct bans trafficked and forced labor, completely eradicating it in the global electronics industry supply chain remains a challenge for everyone--including EICC members. Source: Sustainable Brands, 1/7/15

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Best and worst of green sports in 2014
The sustainability movement in sports had both heroes and goats this year but overall, greening was a winning play. Source: GreenBiz, 1/1/15

CWRU Students Engineering Phone Charger for World's Needy
A pair of Case Western Reserve University engineering students are field-testing their foot-powered cell phone charger in rural villages of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country surrounded entirely by South Africa, this week. Source: Case Western Reserve University, 1/7/15

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bookmark this: 10 useful green resources for 2015
This list was curated based primarily on whether the site, portal or database in question expands conventional wisdom about how technology can be used to address climate change or sustainable business practices. Several (such as FreshRealm, GridWaste and MySolarCity) represent intriguing twists on how the Internet can help reinvent business models or improve customer engagement. Source: GreenBiz, 1/6/15

Lew Blaustein: Bringing the passion of sports fans to sustainability
Lew Blaustein writes at the intersection of sustainability and sports at the GreenSportsBlog. He is president of Lewis Brand Solutions, focusing on green sponsorship and media, matching greening brands with green properties. All programs that LBS works on must provide tangible environmental benefit as a core element. Blaustein also hosts "Green Gotham" on New York cable television. Source: GreenBiz, 1/7/15

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