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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Upcoming report tracks P2 results at U.S. public agencies
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange collaborate on an ambitious effort to grow and maintain a national database of P2 Results. The database focuses on a variety of measures with a goal to document the efforts of some 90 U.S. government agencies and technical assistance providers to improve environmental performance. Such efforts include activities by government and technical assistance providers; behavior changes by industry; reductions in waste, energy consumption and water usage; and economic gains achieved through these activities. The tri-annual NPPR report of these results is to be released next month during National P2 week. Source: GreenBiz, 8/20/14

Water Utilities Are Starting to Take Their Own Conservation Advice
Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their areas. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that. Source: Governing, August 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Illinois coal plant owners say they've done their part
Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon footprint. Source: Chicago Tribune, 8/19/14

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ohio farmers point to algae law loophole
Ohio farmers caught in the headlights of the recent Toledo water crisis are defending their voluntary efforts to reduce phosphorus run-off to Lake Erie. That runoff is the primary source of toxic algae blooms. But Ohio farm groups and environmentalists say a new state law that will certify fertilizer use doesn't go far -- or fast -- enough. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 8/13/14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Secret to Real Sustainability
Truly sustainable decisions start with looking at the big picture. Source: Ensia, 7/22/14

Is Sharing Really Green?
Many have sung the sharing economy's environmental praises, but the evidence may not be there to back up their claims. Source: Ensia, 7/29/14

Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green
Manufacturers around the world are uncovering the environmental as well as financial benefits of lean approaches. Source: Ensia, 4/21/14

Copper foam turns CO2 into useful chemicals
Scientists at Brown University's Center for Capture and Conversion of CO2 have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess CO2 into useful industrial chemicals, including formic acid. Source: Brown University, 8/12/14

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Why Energy Efficiency is About to Come Roaring Back
Investment in energy efficiency projects has been in a long-term decline, going back to a peak of about $2 billion annually in 1992, which has drifted down to about $1.2 billion in recent years. Chris Hummel, chief marketing officer of Schneider Electric, thinks that all of that is about to change. Source: Triple Pundit, 8/12/14

Feeding everyone with a minimum of carbon emissions
A new paper in this week's PNAS examines whether there are ways to add significant new agricultural land without causing a huge boost in carbon emissions. It finds that it's possible to greatly expand farmed land while avoiding billions of metric tons of carbon emissions, but doing so would require a level of international cooperation that would be unprecedented. Source: Ars Technica, 8/11/14

Using Closed-Loop Systems to Cut Waste (video)
Shirley Duncalf, head of sustainability for UK food service wholesale distributor Bidvest 3663, talks about the company's waste management projects and its focus on closed-loop solutions. Source: Environmental Leader, 8/11/14

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