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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This Gorgeous, Sustainable "Leather" Is Made From Pineapple Waste
Your future handbag will be made from fruit--not cow or petroleum. Source: Fast Company, 4/25/16

Old TVs Create Toxic Problem for Recycling Programs Across America
Low commodities prices around the world are making life difficult for electronics recyclers, especially those struggling to get rid of toxic materials from obsolete television sets. The result: Old TVs being dumped in the trash or on the side of the road and e-recycling companies improperly disposing of them, including a Kentucky company caught last year burying old TVs and other electronics devices in a 10-foot-deep hole in a field. And that is bad news for the environment. Source: NBC News, 4/24/16

Monday, April 25, 2016
Phone, Everlasting: What If Your Smartphone Never Got Old?
Alina Selyukh examines strategies to keep phones in service for longer, from fixing to smarter design, for NPR's "All Tech Considered.' Source: NPR, 4/25/16

Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget You've Got
Many tech companies are trying to train people to constantly upgrade their gadgets -- part ways with a device, the argument goes, as soon as something newer and faster comes along. Vincent Lai of the Fixers Collective, and Kyle Wiens of iFixit, propose a different strategy. Source: The New York Times, 4/20/16

Mushrooms, whales and hurricanes: how bio-inspiration boosts energy efficiency
As bio-inspired engineering comes into its own, The Guardian takes a look at the innovative technologies using nature as a blueprint. Source: The Guardian, 4/24/16

More St. Louis area businesses look to compost food waste
St. Louis is no Seattle, so it probably won't be requiring food waste be kept out of landfills anytime soon. But that hasn't stopped local groceries and some restaurants from putting in a little extra effort to get their organic waste into composting facilities rather than taking it out with the trash. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16

How Sustainable Practices at Three U.S. Universities are Reducing Waste
Many U.S. colleges have pledged to work toward carbon neutral campuses and are making changes in how they build new buildings, where and how they generate power and what they are sending to landfills. Take a look at what three universities are doing to reduce waste and build sustainable practices in and around campus. Source: Waste360, 4/25/16

How Corporate America Can Support the Paris Climate Deal
Industry, as well as investors, must move beyond a shareholder model focused on managing for a short-term share price to a stakeholder model with sustainability embedded in corporate strategy. Only then will we adequately manage risk and create value for the company and for society--and tackle challenges like climate change. Firms that place sustainability at the core of their business strategy will drive positive climate performance, create wealth while creating competitive advantage, reduce risk and create stable ecosystems that drive both ecological and corporate value. Source: Fortune, 4/22/16

Corporate Sustainability Should Be Core Business Strategy, Requires Paths Unique to Individual Businesses
Prior to the 1990s, there was little concept of corporate sustainability within the textile and apparel industry. However, beginning in the mid-1990s, clothing and apparel corporations began receiving pushback from consumers regarding social, environmental and economic sustainability. In an effort to qualify the process of investing in corporate sustainability, University of Missouri researchers examined two major international apparel brands, Nike and Adidas, to determine the paths taken to reach corporate sustainability. Saheli Goswami, a doctoral student in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, says that while both companies are currently models of corporate sustainability, they took very different paths to reach the end goal. Source: Universty of Missouri

Indiana Department of Environmental Management seeks applications for 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in conjunction with the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb's Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence is the state's most prestigious environmental recognition award. IDEM accepts nominations from all Indiana citizens and organizations, and the selection process is highly competitive. All projects must demonstrate significant, measurable results. The projects must be innovative, comprehensive and thoroughly documented, and only one winner will be selected. Award applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 13, 2016. Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 4/25/16

Friday, April 22, 2016
How a competitor's data can help your company cut pollution
In the latest P2 Impact column, Kara Koehrn and Dave Turk from U.S. EPA's Toxics Release Inventory Program explain how companies can use TRI pollution prevention data to identify opportunities for reducing the use of toxics by looking to see what other facilities in their industrial sector have already done. Source: GreenBiz, 4/14/16

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
How companies can save money with bolder water goals
Setting corporate water targets tied to the latest science would be good for business and the environment. Source: GreenBiz, 4/19/16

The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction
For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and danger of global warming hasn't translated into government action, much less a public that accepts climate change as reality. Now, a diverse team of scientists has an answer: Basically, human psychology is ill-suited to comprehend and deal with what's going on with the environment. Source: Pacific Standard, 4/18/16

Monday, April 18, 2016
Unlocking the black box of agricultural supply chains
Jennifer Schmitt, the University of Minnesota Institute on Environment's North Star Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise lead scientist, talks about teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund to understand the environmental footprint of corn. Source: University of Minnesota, 4/18/16

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