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Monday, November 16, 2015
How The Food Industry Plans To Help Cut U.S. Food Waste In Half By 2030
Grocers are looking to undersized peaches, sausage scraps and a bunch of other items that were previously sent straight to landfills to ensure that no shelf is left unturned when it comes to recovering food. Source: Huffington Post, 11/6/15

Friday, November 13, 2015
Outdoor activities that boost economy can influence restoration
Ecosystem assets in the Great Lakes region, such as sport fishing, boating, beach use, park visits and birding, contribute significantly to the tourism economy of shoreline communities and can help shape restoration priorities for the lakes, according to a new study that incorporates highly detailed maps. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 11/13/15

Healing fractured water: How Michigan's roadways impact our waterways
In the Great Lakes, we drive to get where we are going. And with tens of thousands of lane-miles of roadway across the basin, in both urban areas and rural areas, the impact of all of that hard surface on our waterways adds up. Source: Metromode, 11/12/15

What Will Revolutionize Sustainability Reporting in 2016 and Beyond?
Major players in the corporate reporting field joined forces this week to help businesses navigate the complex sustainability reporting landscape. In a move that they say will "revolutionize" reporting, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Ecodesk created the Reporting Exchange, a freely available, multi-lingual, global sustainability reporting knowledge platform. This platform will provide businesses with relevant reporting information at the national, regional and international level, the partners say. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/13/15

Storage and Treatment of Liquid Waste from Landfills Doesn't Remove All Contaminants, Including Pharmaceuticals
New research from the U.S. Geological Survey details that even after the storage and/or treatment of leachate -- liquid waste that moves through or drains from a landfill - it can still contain a multitude of chemicals and reflects the diverse nature of residential, industrial, and commercial waste discarded into landfills in the United States. Source: U.S. Geological Survey, 11/12/15

A New Material Made From Trash Can Help Clean Mercury Out Of The Ocean
A new type of rubber made from a combination of industrial waste and food scraps quickly absorbs mercury. Because it's made from trash--a material found in orange peels called limonene, and sulfur waste from the petroleum industry--the material is very low cost to make. Source: Fast Company, 11/11/15

Should we abandon the language of sustainability?
How can we evolve sustainability to a language that is more accessible and motivational? Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15

The big green ball orchard
Yankee Stadium is, arguably, the most iconic sports stadium in the world (the British might vote for Wembley Stadium in London.) The House That Ruth Built opened in 1923 and the Yanks won their first World Series that season. The new stadium opened its doors across the street from the original in 2009 and the Yanks won their 27th World Series that year. Sustainability was a key facet of the design process and is an integral part the new ballpark's operational DNA. GreenSportsBlog visited with Doug Behar, the Yankees' VP of stadium operations, at his offices in Yankee Stadium to discuss the many sustainable aspects of the Big (Green) Ball Orchard in the South Bronx. Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15

The rise of the non-toxic buyer: 6 case studies on safer chemistry
Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs initially focused on recycled content and energy efficiency. Now, they are increasingly taking into account the issue of toxicity, nudging buyers toward the purchase of products with less toxic chemistries. Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15

Adrian Grenier to Uber around NYC, collect e-waste for Dell initiative
Entourage star and Dell Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier has teamed up with Uber and Goodwill for Dell's NYC Tech Takeback initiative. For the initiative, Uber will offer to pick-up old e-waste from NYC residents and deliver the waste to Goodwill, which will then recycle it through Dell. Source: WasteDive, 11/13/15

NYC Students Establish "Restart Center" to Help Peers with Computer Problems
Later this month, a new resource will be available to Fieldston students looking to replace failing computer parts, troubleshoot software, or fix glitches. Student volunteers, who will receive community service credit for their work, will be manning "Restart Centers" on campus, helping students diagnose their computers' problems and guide them toward buying new parts and learning how to make repairs. Source: Ethical Culture Fieldston School, November 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Repair hub iFixit unveils standard for technicians
Across the country, many companies and individuals are repairing and reselling mobile phones. Electronics repair advocate iFixit decided it was time to bring a certification into the space. The California-based repair advocate group last week announced a MasterTech Certification for technicians working on mobile devices. "This is exciting. This is the first new standard for electronics repair technicians in a long, long time," iFixit co-founder and CEO Kyle Wiens told E-Scrap News. "And it's certainly the first cellphone repair technician standard in the world." To achieve certification, technicians must pass a two-part online test that can be accessed after paying a $150 fee. The first part, a multiple-choice section, tests knowledge of topics such as device repair, data destruction, and legal and ethical issues. The second part, which is recorded and reviewed via webcam video, requires the technicians to demonstrate their skills disassembling and re-assembling phones from memory. Source: Resource Recycling, 11/12/15

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Energy Department to Sign MOU with Interior Department to Assist Indian Tribes to Develop Energy Resources
At the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of the Interior to assist Indian Tribes throughout the United States to develop their energy resources. Source: U.S. DOE, 11/5/15

Planned purification plant would eliminate need for imported water, officials say
As the worst drought in California history threatens to enter a fifth straight year, officials are advocating a variety of water reuse projects they say will reduce Southern California's unquenchable thirst for imported water. On Tuesday, officials at the Water Replenishment District of Southern California unveiled drawings for the latest such proposal: A $95-million water purification plant they said would make the district entirely self-reliant on local water. Source: Los Angeles Times, 11/3/15

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
What's fundamentally reshaping business? Look to high school chemistry
More than the planetary climate is shifting. Here's how we're reaching a transformational point when it comes to sustainability. Source: GreenBiz, 11/10/15

R2 Ready for Reuse Label Pilot Launched
SERI has announced the launch of the pilot phase of the R2 Ready for Reuse label project, which will provide purchasers of used computers assurance that the used devices have been responsibly refurbished. Supported by Microsoft, Chicago-based PC Rebuilders and Recyclers, and SERI, the program provides participating R2 Certified computer refurbishing and recycling companies with R2 Ready for Reuse labels that each contain a unique serial number. One of the labels is attached to each R2 Ready for Reuse computer, allowing purchasers to look up the serial number and view the testing record for that unit to ensure it is in good working condition. Source: Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), 11/3/15

Why America Is Failing So Badly At Recycling Old Electronics
An old television. A first-generation iPhone. The free printer that came with a new computer. These once novel items are among the millions of tons of technology pitched into the trash or taken to recycling centers each year. Though states have been trying to get manufacturers to help pay for electronics recycling since the early 2000s, half do not have statewide recycling programs and those that do are evaluating how to make their programs work as the size, volume and value of recycled electronics change. Source: Huffington Post Tech, 11/9/15

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