Environmental News from the Great Lakes Region
|Thursday, November 14, 2013|
The secret environmental cost of US ethanol policy
As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found. Source: Associated Press, 11/12/13
Helping Smaller Buildings Retrocommission
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a "Retrocommissioning Sensor Suitcase" to help small and medium sized buildings reap the energy savings of retrocommissioning, which only large buildings have traditionally been able to afford. Source: Energy Manager Today, 11/13/13
|Wednesday, November 13, 2013|
Why younger minds will solve the e-waste crisis
In the latest P2 Impact column, Joy Scrogum of ISTC describes how sustainability education is key to solving the e-waste problem. Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/13
Reframing sustainability: the five hallmarks of 'beautiful business'
Sustainability should be part and parcel of managing a business professionally and profitably. As such, there is an opportunity to reframe sustainability in more positive, more aspirational terms. There are five hallmarks that collectively describe a more enlightened approach to business. These are the distillation of Dragon Rouge's decades of experience working with businesses to make their brands simultaneously more sustainable and more desirable. Source: The Guardian, 11/13/13
|Monday, November 11, 2013|
Illinois not meeting goals for solar energy
A glitch in the wording of a state law has prevented solar power from being purchased for Illinois electric customers even though they are paying into a fund for that purpose. What's more, the state has yet to create a market for trading renewable energy credits, vastly extending the time it takes for solar power producers to recoup construction costs. Source: Chicago Tribune, 11/10/13
|Friday, November 8, 2013|
Is there business value behind changing consumer behaviour?
A new tool, the Business Case Builder, is designed to help companies build a business case for sustainable lifestyle programmes, but why should brands bother? Source: The Guardian, 11/7/13
GSA Seeks Green Building Technologies to Test
The GSA's request for information online asks industry, commercial organizations, educational institutions and nonprofits to submit information on building technologies to test as part of the Green Proving Ground's 2014 program. It's seeking information on building technologies that can be donated or provided via testing agreements. Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 9 at 5pm EST. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/6/13
Sprint wins on e-waste: why do AT&T and Verizon fall short?
Sprint recycles or reuses a far higher percentage of its smartphones than competitors. Source: The Guardian, 11/5/13
Stop flunking e-waste: 6 steps to boost electronics recycling
Few retailers are effectively collecting used electronics for recycling. That's a big missed business opportunity. Here's how to tap it. Source: The Guardian, 9/3/13
Nova Scotia Sustainability Center Gives New Life to Library Discards
Withdrawn items from Dalhousie University's library find new life as insulation at a Nova Scotia community center. Source: Library Journal, 11/4/13
|Thursday, November 7, 2013|
Electronic Recyclers International Partners with New York City and Manufacturers for e-cycleNYC Program Launch
New York City Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced earlier today that e-cycleNYC, a new residential electronics recycling program in partnership with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation's leading recycler of electronic waste, and proactive manufacturers, has officially launched. The e-cycleNYC (www.nyc.gov/ecycle) program made its first pickup from North Shore Towers in Queens where a kickoff event and ceremony took place today.'The e-cycleNYC program represents the most innovative and comprehensive electronics recycling service offered in the nation,' said Commissioner Doherty. With the program, area buildings with at least 10 units can receive on-site pick up of stored electronics (which includes: TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, small servers, printers/scanners, tablets/e-readers, mobile phones, MP3 players, VCRs/DVRs/DVD players, video game consoles, cable/satellite box, fax machines, keyboards, mice and hard drives). Source: ERI via BusinessWire News Releases & MoneyShow.com, 11/7/13
Composting for Businesses and Organizations
While the recycling of paper, plastic and glass is common across the country, composting remains the final frontier of recycling, especially in dense East Coast cities. But recent citywide composting efforts launched in Boston and New York are showing that it can be done, even in the most challenging urban environments with tight space constraints. Since 30% of waste generated in the US is made up of organic and food waste, many organizations are starting to realize that composting might be one of the few ways left to improve corporate sustainability goals or to achieve zero-waste ambitions.
But how do you know if you are ready to conquer the final frontier of recycling? Here is a quick guide to help you decide. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/7/13
Environmentally friendly energy discovered in wood biochar
For the past two years, Junhua Jiang, senior research engineer, and a team of researchers at the University's Illinois Sustainable Technology Center have been studying wood biochar supercapacitors as an electrochemical source of power. Source: Daily Illini, 11/5/13
Levi Strauss seeks to slow down fast fashion with sustainable practices
Levi Strauss launches a new line of clothing committed to durability and responsible manufacturing. Will consumers buy it? Source: The Guardian, 11/6/13
Rainwater harvesting: dismissed by Texas voters but embraced by business
Texas approved funding for a $50bn water plan, but left out a tool that has been growing in popularity among corporations. Source: The Guardian, 11/6/13
Is 'natural capital' the next generation of corporate social responsibility?
Accounting for environmental impact by placing monetary value on the natural world could allow corporations to manage resources sustainably. Source: The Guardian, 11/7/13
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