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Thursday, March 9, 2017
What Hospitals Waste
The nation's health care tab is sky-high. Pro-Publica is tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away. Source: ProPublica, 3/9/17

Sustainable: Organizations warming to geothermal energy
Cargill Philanthropies is one of a handful of organizations in Minnesota that have installed geothermal systems over the last few years. Although geothermal exchange systems require a significant upfront investment, the equipment generally lasts for decades and the fuel source, the Earth, costs nothing. Source: Minnesota Finance & Commerce, 3/7/17

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Corporate Sustainability Efforts Yield Millions in Increased Sales, Cost Savings
Corporate spending on sustainability and circular economy initiatives is on the rise -- and yielding increased sales and cost savings, according to consulting firm Pure Strategies, which says its latest survey found more than 80 percent of companies expect a sustainability budget increase from 2016 to 2017 with a third anticipating double-digit growth. Source: Environmental Leader, 3/7/17

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
GE Turns Recycled Water into Wine (or rather Winery Process Water)
General Electric has partnered with wine industry services provider Winesecrets and the University of California Davis to pilot a program using captured rainwater in wine production. Source: Environmental Leader, 3/2/17

Is Your Company Prepared for the New TSCA Chemical Reporting Rule?
Almost all companies across most industries are subject to a new, one-time reporting requirement imposed by the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Beginning in the third quarter of 2017, companies will have 180 days to identify and report to the EPA each chemical it has manufactured or imported in the past 10 years. Chemicals not reported will be designated "inactive," and thus illegal to manufacture or use in the US. Source: Environmental Leader, 3/6/17


Turning food waste into tires
Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. Source: The Ohio State University, 3/6/17

Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year
According to two new World Health Organization reports, about 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of environmental hazards. It's the first such estimate of the child death toll from environmental causes. Source: NPR, 3/7/17

Friday, March 3, 2017
First 100 Percent Recyclable Carpet: A Sign of Hope In a Wasteful Industry
Mohawk's new Airo line is the first to meet the long-stated, lofty recycling goals of one of America's most wasteful industries. Whether it will herald a shift toward a circular economy for carpets, though, remains to be seen. Source: Triple Pundit, 3/3/17

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Sustainable Innovation: What's Good for the World Can Be Good for Business
It is the responsibility of science- and technology-based companies to work with customers and partners around the world to not only help solve their product challenges, but their environmental ones as well. When working environments are positively changed, it encourages ambition and innovation and results in increased certainty, reliability and new revenue streams from additional product lines. Source: Spend Matters, 3/1/17

How many chemicals are in use today?
No one, not even the Environmental Protection Agency, knows how many chemicals are in use today. EPA has more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But the agency is struggling to get a handle on which of those chemicals are in the marketplace today and how they are actually being used. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 2/27/17

Samsung and Greenpeace: what you need to know about e-waste
At the smartphone world's annual shindig in Barcelona, there are some things the tech giants have been trying to get people talking about -- the relaunch of the Nokia 3310, BlackBerry's new fingerprint scanner, Samsung's virtual reality headset. But there's another, less glamorous story that they haven't been so keen to promote. And that concerns the fate of their gadgets when consumers have finished with them. Source: The Guardian, 3/1/17

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