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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Why 'aha' moments don't drive sustainability innovation
Innovation typically isn't the product of some random "aha" moment. Instead, it comes from a process that, if managed carefully, can engage employees, bring new opportunities, improve operations and create customer value. And employee-led innovation can catalyze positive change. Source: GreenBiz, 7/6/16

Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining and Why It Matters
Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems. Source: Yale E360, 7/6/16

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development
In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. Source: University of Illinois, 7/1/16

Leaving the Gray Behind
Researchers with EPA's Net Zero Program are working with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Unified School District 475, and other partners to demonstrate and assess green infrastructure technologies and performance at Fort Riley, an Army base in Kansas. Source: U.S. EPA Science Matters, 6/24/16

Friday, July 1, 2016
How business can close the climate gap, in 5 steps
If every big business committed to these actions, business could come a long way toward satisfying the Paris Accord, says a new report. Source: GreenBiz, 6/30/16

Super-polluter industrial facilities cause 90% of harm
About 5% of industrial facilities in the US are super polluters, producing more than 90% of the harm, according to a study of almost 16,000 sites. What's more, these "toxic outliers" disproportionately expose communities of colour and low income populations to chemicals. Source: EnvironmentalResearchWeb, 6/30/16

Europe circles the circular economy
Tempers flare over how to deal with hazardous chemicals in closed loop systems of the future. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/27/16

Cleaning the clothing industry
Apparel brands want to recycle your garments, but first they need to produce them more sustainably. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/27/16

EPA to Use Rolling Process to Review Chemicals in Commerce
The amended U.S. chemicals statute doesn't envision the Environmental Protection Agency reviewing all chemicals in commerce at once to determine whether they are high or low priorities for risk evaluations, a senior EPA official said June 30.

The EPA will review chemicals in commerce through a rolling process that meets the law's requirements, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said during a webinar held by the office. Source: Chemical Regulation Reporter, 6/20/16

Why Your Business Needs a Robust E-Waste Management System
A new white paper by property and casualty insurer Chubb and risk management firm ESIS takes a look at the environmental and legal risks businesses can face when disposing of electronic equipment. Source: Environmental Leader, 7/1/16

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Scotch egg company claims to have cracked problem of eggshell waste
An egg mayonnaise supplier has partnered with scientists at Leicester University to turns leftover eggshells into a filler for plastics. Source: The Guardian, 6/30/16

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?
The retail giant will now require its suppliers to use a new date label designed to ease safety worries and prevent food from being tossed away too early. Source: The Guardian, 6/26/16

Minn. companies embrace a 'circular economy' to boost recycling, reduce waste
A coalition of companies, nonprofits, a university and government agencies in Minnesota, including Ecolab and Cargill, have formed the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition to take a nature-inspired, "circular economy" approach to recycling. "It's quite exciting, because we're seeing a lot of opportunities to actually move the needle as opposed to do one-off things that might look good on paper but really aren't having as much of an impact," said Raj Rajan, Ecolab's sustainability vice president. Source: Minnesota Public Radio, 6/27/16

EPA Implementation Plan for the Launtenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
EPA is today posting an Implementation Plan that outlines the Agency's first-year plans to implement recent legislative amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) made by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Source: Environmental News Bits, 6/29/16

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