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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Lego Makes Good on Sustainable Materials Pledge
The Lego Group is making good on its promise to spend 1 billion Danish Krone ($150.5 million) to develop new sustainable materials for its plastic Lego toys and packaging materials. This includes the establishment of the Lego Sustainable Materials Centre in Billund, Denmark. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/14/15

10 ways the circular economy is changing the way businesses think
Here's how Dell, Patagonia, DHL and others have adapted to the circular economy. Source: GreenBiz, 9/14/15

How can we design cities to make the most of urban ecosystems?
Living in cities offers numerous advantages in terms of employment, education, healthcare and social communication, among others. But urban living also comes with its challenges: in particular, urban environments can put a strain on mental and physical health, because they tend to be noisy, polluted, overcrowded and hot. Ecologists are increasingly turning their attention to urban areas, in an effort to find solutions to these problems. Their work is beginning to show us how cities can be designed to accommodate all the advantages -- and minimize the disadvantages -- of urban living. Source: Agenda, 9/11/15

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Change the Course: Lessons from a water stewardship movement
WhiteWave, Coca-Cola, Cinemark and Waste Management have joined us in restoring 4 billion gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands. Source: GreenBiz, 9/10/15

From Pepsi to Unilever, 5 circular economy strategies for consumer goods
Sure, business-to-business companies like Rolls Royce have found success in material reuse, but can consumer-facing companies do the same? Source: GreenBiz, 9/10/15

College Students School Industry on How to Make Greener Products
UC Berkeley's Greener Solutions program offers students the chance to develop environmentally friendly solutions to toxic problems. Source: TakePart, 9/9/15

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
One by one, states are giving consumers the right to know about chemicals in products
From Vermont to Washington, an increasing number of states are requiring companies to report their use of chemicals of concern. Source: Ensia, 9/9/15

Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance
From Houston to Melbourne, the surprising ways urban areas are dealing with water woes. Source: Ensia, 9/1/15

In the future, the best chemistry practices will be green
Gathering for a summit on green chemicals, industry leaders and academics discussed how to solve the problems that threaten to stall 20 years of good intentions. Source: The Guardian, 9/3/15

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Finding the psychology of sustainability
Although multinational leaders have been immersed with scientific information describing the ecological crisis, overall it has not altered the short-term economic approach to business that is responsible for the serious problems we face. It appears that more information from the natural sciences is not enough. Perhaps the social sciences can make a vital contribution by reframing ecological issues, especially for sustainability leadership? Source: GreenBiz, 8/22/15

EPA releases two new alternatives assessment reports and a technical correction
EPA announces the availability of two final reports on alternatives assessments for flame retardants and a technical correction to a 2014 final alternatives assessment report on the use of Bisphenol A in thermal paper. Source: Environmental News Bits, 9/8/15

Saving Ohio's Pollinators -- ODOT State Initiative
Pollinators are critical to maintaining our ecosystems and putting food on our tables. Yet honeybees, monarchs and our native pollinators are in decline. Habitat loss has been identified as a significant factor in this decline. Fortunately, transportation rights-of-way can provide habitat corridors for pollinators to reproduce, forage and migrate. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is well aware of this fact, and has taken action to protect Ohio's pollinators through the state-wide "Saving Ohio's Pollinators" initiative. Source: Monarch Joint Venture, 9/8/15

Friday, September 4, 2015
Texas teenager creates $20 water purifier to tackle toxic e-waste pollution
Consumer electronics, including computers and mobiles, are leaving a legacy of toxic waste in countries including China and India. Recycling factories across Asia are recovering e-waste exported from around the world, but discharging heavy metals and chemicals into local water supplies in the process. How to safeguard drinking water for local residents is an ongoing battle, with existing solutions such as chlorination, distillation, boiling and high-tech filtration prohibitively expensive and often reliant on fossil fuels. Now a new filtering device, invented by a US teenager, could provide a cheap and easy way to purify water. The renewable heavy metal filter, designed by 18-year-old Perry Alagappan, removes 99% of heavy metals from water that passes through it. The filter, built from graphene nanotubes, can be rinsed with a vinegar concentrate and reused. The highly concentrated waste can then be evaporated, leaving a deposit of pure metal that can be used in many different applications. Source: The Guardian, 8/27/15

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