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Monday, June 6, 2016
Australia's 7.5m tonnes of food waste: can 'ugly food' campaigns solve the problem?
While government needs to address food waste issue, experts say customers also need to change their perceptions about what normal food looks like. Source: The Guardian, 6/5/16

Friday, June 3, 2016
New Orleans flood control efforts reflect strategic sea change
In a metamorphosis, New Orleans -- once overwhelmed by failed levees and Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters -- is moving to become a national model of how an urban center can embrace green tactics to tame water. Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 6/2/16

Fish prefer plastic to natural prey
When grown, fish that were exposed to microplastics as larvae prefer to eat plastic rather than their natural prey and are less active and responsive to predator cues, threatening the sustainability of entire species, according to research published today (3 June). Source: Resource, 6/3/16

Thursday, June 2, 2016
How might we fall in love with industrial waste? Create value from landfill-bound materials.
Sustainability is a journey and we have to start where we are today. How might we create real change within an industry? Embrace waste and all of its potential. This is an inside look into how the Biomimicry Institute is working to change industry from within a large manufacturing corporation by turning what we normally think of as waste into something better. Source: Biomimicry Institute, 5/31/16

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish
Tom Licence has a Ph.D., and he's a garbage man.

When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of "garbology." While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff -- ancient tombs, residences, bones -- Licence looks at the top layers, which, where he lives in England, are filled with Victorian-era garbage.

Studying what people threw away 150 years ago, Licence is getting to the bottom of an important issue: how much we throw away, and how to change that. Source: NPR, 6/1/16

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Providers, environmental groups launch green purchasing co-op
Four major health systems have partnered with two environmental organizations to launch a purchasing cooperative focused on green products that could compete with traditional group purchasing organizations. Source: Modern Healthcare, 5/17/16

The Shockingly Short Payback of Energy Modeling
Energy modeling is often used to evaluate energy conservation measure (ECM) payback, calculating the operational energy savings that accrue after an initial capital investment. Energy modeling itself can also be viewed as an ECM, with an upfront cost during design that leads to operational savings. Given that viewpoint, it is interesting to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of modeling. As a rule of thumb, an ECM is considered cost-effective or attractive if its payback is shorter than three years. What is the typical payback of modeling? Source: U.S. DOE, 5/23/16

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