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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7 brilliant nature-inspired designs
Meet the finalists of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Source: GreenBiz, 10/4/16

A New Healthy Building Certification From The CDC Is Coming To Your Office
Fitwel is a health and wellness standard for buildings developed by the CDC, the General Services Administration (the government agency that runs federal office buildings). After testing it in government facilities, it was released to the public a few months ago, with the help of a New York City nonprofit, the Center for Active Design. It's aimed at helping employers evaluate all the design factors that go into creating a healthy workplace, from proximity to public transit, bike parking, indoor air quality, healthy food access, and stairwell design. Source: Fast Company, 10/4/16

Reservoirs are underappreciated source of greenhouse gases
Washington State University researchers say the world's reservoirs are an underappreciated source of greenhouse gases, producing the equivalent of roughly 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide a year, or 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humans. That's more greenhouse gas production than all of Canada. Source: Washington State University, 9/28/16

Plastics Industry, Recyclers Launch Automotive Recycling Project
A new automotive recycling project aims to develop a method to collect and recover plastic auto parts in a way that is technically and economically feasible. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/5/16

Not all bioplastics are created equal
University of Minnesota research suggests forest residuals provide cleaner feedstock for bio-based plastic than fossil fuels or row crops. Source: University of Minnesota, 9/13/16

Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase Efficiency of U.S. Laboratories
As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, today the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through the new Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency. Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 9/27/16

Monday, October 3, 2016
Scientists develop first agro-waste food trays from oil and dairy liquid effluent
Scientists from European agriculture research institute INRA have completed a four-year EU EcoBioCap project to develop the first biodegradable trays from oil and dairy liquid effluent. Source: Dairy Reporter, 9/30/16

Friday, September 30, 2016
Does Endorsing Scientific Inquiry Boost Support for Environmental Regulations?
Scientific knowledge matters less than believing in the scientific method, researchers find. Source: Pacific Standard, 9/30/16

Monday, September 26, 2016
Which U.S. city is doing the most to save its water?
A look into how L.A., New York City and Chicago are tackling their respective urban freshwater concerns. Source: GreenBiz, 9/26/16

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sponge made of coffee grounds scrubs lead and mercury from water
The material could make it easier to use coffee waste for water remediation. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 9/21/16

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia's electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities Source: The Guardian, 9/20/16

Why Sustainable Supply Chains Matter
Environmental managers and chief sustainability officers are increasingly looking to their supply chains to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/20/16

Why sustainability metrics fail to measure achievement, and how to fix them
Corporate metrics often fail to measure what's meaningful, and some methodologies are just plain flawed. Source: GreenBiz, 9/21/16

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