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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sponge made of coffee grounds scrubs lead and mercury from water
The material could make it easier to use coffee waste for water remediation. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 9/21/16

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia's electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities Source: The Guardian, 9/20/16

Why Sustainable Supply Chains Matter
Environmental managers and chief sustainability officers are increasingly looking to their supply chains to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/20/16

Why sustainability metrics fail to measure achievement, and how to fix them
Corporate metrics often fail to measure what's meaningful, and some methodologies are just plain flawed. Source: GreenBiz, 9/21/16

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Rescued food feeds the poor in Michigan
Trucks carrying some 40,000 tons of cherries will drop them off this month in Cadillac to fill food bank shelves in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. It's part of a statewide effort to reduce food waste and put it to use feeding poor people. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 9/20/16

Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests
In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests. They're warding off intruding insects and noxious weeds with bugs and chickens. Source: NPR, 9/19/16

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs
The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones. Source: The Guardian, 9/19/16

People want solutions, not physical products: rise of the subscription model
The subscription model is being adopted by suppliers of kitchen appliances, furniture and even toys. Could it one day dominate over traditional ownership? Source: The Guardian, 9/20/16

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Your household dust probably contains these chemicals
Researchers found the same types of chemicals in the vast majority of household dust samples. Source: Washington Post, 9/14/16

Scientists may have solved a key mystery about the world's methane emissions
New research suggests rising atmospheric methane could be tied to leaks from fossil fuels. Source: Washington Post, 9/15/16

Friday, September 2, 2016
Carpet groups extend stewardship program
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE ) are extending the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program that has been designed to assist sorters of post-consumer carpet divert material from landfills. After having supported the program in 2015 and 2016, the extension will provide funding through 2017. Source: Construction & Demolition Recycling, 8/30/16

EPA Bans Mercury Compounds Under Reformed Toxic Substances Control Act
The EPA is banning exports of five mercury compounds, effective Jan. 1, 2020, under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/1/16

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Great Lakes offshore wind farm has funding, but faces hurdles before construction
Armed with a $40 million federal grant, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) plans to start building the first wind farm on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2018. But government officials, legal experts and opponents of the Lake Erie project say many hurdles remain before construction can begin. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 8/30/16

How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem
From loosening restrictions on what "expired" means to dabbling with aquaponics and vertical farming, cities around the world are trying to contribute less to landfills with their wasted meals. Source: Fast Company, 8/30/16

Have biomaterials reached a tipping point?
Biomaterials have come a long way. With companies such as Walmart and Dupont already embracing them, the technology may be about to hit the mainstream. Source: GreenBiz, 8/31/16

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