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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

Friday, June 24, 2016
The business case for sustainable electronics
People have become nearly inseparable from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. And they eagerly await the release of newer devices promising faster processing, better screen resolution, more apps, more functionality, more everything. The magnitude of the market for digital devices is staggering. It's estimated that by 2020, 5.5 billion people will own a mobile phone and over 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. To put it in perspective, by that same time, it's estimated that only 3.5 billion people will have running water. But the electronics industry is also evolving -- and it has to in order to stay competitive. Source: GreenBiz, 6/8/16

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Trader Joe's is forced to fix refrigerators, cut greenhouse gas emissions
Trader Joe's will spend millions of dollars over the next several years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its refrigeration equipment as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Source: Washington Post, 6/21/16

Virgin Atlantic just used behavioral science to 'nudge' its pilots into using less fuel. It worked.
In an unusual experiment that could have major implications for the role of corporations in fighting climate change, Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways recently teamed up with economists to try to "nudge" the company's pilots to use less fuel, using a variety of behavioral interventions. Source: Washington Post, 6/22/16

Organizations disapprove of Pennsylvania's electronics recycling legislation and proposed amendment
Five of Pennsylvania's recycling, litter and waste management organizations representing key stakeholder factions affected by the 2010 Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) have united in disapproval of CDRA and its proposed amendment, House Bill 1900. The Electronics Recycling Association of Pennsylvania (ERAP), Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC), the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) and the Keystone Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) say they are in consensus on the steps necessary to revamp access to electronic scrap recycling opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens. "CDRA inadvertently created an environment in which a once-growing Pennsylvania electronics waste recycling industry nearly collapsed," says Ned Eldridge, ERAP president. "This forced counties and recyclers across Pennsylvania to reduce or abandon their once productive programs." Source: Recycling Today, 6/22/16

How Dell Saved $39.5 Million, Cut Carbon Pollution via Telecommuting
Allowing US employees to telecommute has saved Dell $39.5 million and avoided an estimated 25 million kWh of energy and 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since fiscal year 2014. Source: Environmental Leader, 6/17/16

E-Waste Empire
New York City discards millions of pounds of dead electronics each year. We follow its path from shelf to shredder. Source: The Verge, 6/22/16

What the new Chemical Safety law means for business
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law Wednesday, replacing the Toxic Substances Control Act which left Americans exposed to many toxic chemicals. Source: GreenBiz, 6/22/16

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