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Friday, April 13, 2018
Activists Take the Fight for Fair Food to Shareholder Meetings
From climate change to animal welfare, shareholders are using stock certificates and SEC filings to push food companies to do better. Source: Civil Eats, 4/9/18

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
SIUC facility transforms dining hall waste into compost
Every day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's dining halls, hundreds of pounds of food go uneaten. The SIU Forced Air Composting Facility on Pleasant Hill Road, now in its second year in production, offers an elegant solution: Over a period of several weeks, student workers transform food waste into nutrient-rich compost, which is then used as landscaping material on campus. Source: Southern Illinoisan, 4/10/18

How Mars Inc. Aligns Sustainability with Biz Strategy: Q&A with Supply Chain Exec
Environmental Leader talks with Richard Ware, global VP of supply, R&D and procurement for Mars, about how the company aligns sustainability with their business strategy. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/10/18

Recycling renewables
Renewable energy has been hailed as the great salve for the world's climate change woes. Building massive infrastructure for solar and wind energy, and introducing electric vehicles, will help citizens in developing countries live the lifestyles they desire without the need to burn dirty fossil fuels. But though these technologies have existed for decades, there's no plan to make sure they remain green to the end. Experts forecast hundreds of thousands of tons of old wind turbine blades, batteries, and solar modules will need to be disposed of or recycled in the next decade--and millions of tons by 2050. Read on about the technologies evolving around the world to handle this unusual waste stream. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 4/9/18

Meet ReGrained, a company turning trash into delicious, nutritious treasure
The star ingredient of ReGrained snack bars is brewers' spent grain, an unsavory term for a highly nutritious, functional byproduct of beer making. The brand, which currently sources from among the dozens of local breweries in San Francisco, was built as a platform for this previously overlooked, undervalued ingredient, of which tens of billions of pounds per year are wasted or fed to pigs. Source: Food Business News, 4/6/18

Extracting Metals from E-Waste Costs 13 Times Less Than Mining Ore
Recovering gold, copper, and other metals from electronic waste isn't just sustainable, it's actually 13 times cheaper than extracting metals from mines, researchers report in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/9/18

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say
River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found. Source: The Guardian, 4/10/18

Friday, April 6, 2018
How to Ensure a Seat at the Table: Three Tips from Dennis Hu
Environmental managers, who are increasingly charged with not just implementing sustainability initiatives but with ensuring those initiatives boost the bottom line, are becoming more involved in shaping a company's overall strategy. These executives play an important role in accomplishing their organizations' business goals. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/5/18

This blockchain startup is hungry to address the grocery industry's food waste dilemma
A new app from startup INS Ecosystem, which will be tested in several markets starting later this year, could help balance supply and demand. Source: GreenBiz, 4/5/18

Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste
Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there's new research that's found microplastics in fertilizer -- organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact. Source: NPR, 4/6/18

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Farm Bureau launches 'No Taste for Waste' campaign
The American Farm Bureau Federation launched a "No Taste for Waste" campaign this week to increase consumer awareness of food waste. Partners include Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, Valent BioSciences Corporation, FLM Harvest, the CropLife Foundation and Meredith Agrimedia. Source: Food Dive, 4/5/18

UNSW launches 'world-first' e-waste microfactory
The University of New South Wales' microfactory uses a variety of modules that sort and transform discarded laptop and smartphone parts into reusable materials. Source: ZDNet, 4/5/18

Unilever Joins Partnership to Turn PET Waste into Virgin Grade Material
Unilever, Dutch chemicals start-up Ioniqa, and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin producer Indorama Ventures (IVL) have joined forces to develop a food packaging system that converts PET waste into virgin grade material. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/4/18

Energy Hogs: Can World's Huge Data Centers Be Made More Efficient?
The gigantic data centers that power the internet consume vast amounts of electricity and emit as much CO2 as the airline industry. To change that, data companies need to turn to clean energy sources and dramatically improve energy efficiency. Source: e360, 4/3/18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products: Court Order; Compliance Date
On March 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana vs. Scott Pruitt, which resulted in the compliance date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling (i.e., the manufactured-by date or import-by date) becoming June 1, 2018, rather than December 12, 2018. This case involved the formaldehyde regulations for composite wood products under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and, specifically, a challenge to EPA's extension to December 12, 2018 of the December 12, 2017 compliance date in a September 25, 2017 rule. Source: Federal Register, 4/2/18

Livestock emissions still up in the air
Congress exempts farms from reporting air pollutants to federal agencies, leaving states to deal with animal waste releases. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 4/2/18

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