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Thursday, January 26, 2017
New Partnership Working to Reduce U.S.Food Waste by 50 Percent
The World Resources Institute and 11 partners announce the launch of Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions an online hub to exchange information and solutions that can help realize the United States' goal of cutting food waste 50 percent by 2030. In addition to stimulating widespread adoption of proven solutions, Further With Food will help coordinate efforts between businesses, government agencies, investors, non-profits, academics and individuals, and reduce duplication of efforts. Source: World Resources Institute, 1/26/17

Measuring and Reducing Food Loss and Waste
Since the adoption in September 2015 of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, food businesses are increasingly engaged in food loss and waste reduction, with impressive achievements.

On the international level, Lipinski et al. (2016) reported on the progress of Champions 12.3--a cross-sectoral coalition of nearly 40 leaders around the world dedicated to achieving SDG Target 12.3, which calls for halving per capita global food waste and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030. They provided examples of waste reduction accomplishments and detailed what more is needed. They highlighted approaches to reducing food loss and waste across the production-to-consumption food system and identified the following for processing and packaging: reengineering manufacturing processes; improving supply chain management; improving packaging to keep food fresher longer, optimize portion size, and gauge safety; and reprocessing or repackaging food that does not meet specifications. Source: Food Technology, January 2017


Turning Trash Into Treasure
To solve the problem of food waste, start thinking differently about the challenges it presents. Source: Food Technology, January 2017

Target Posts Chemical Policy. Will Other Retailers Follow Suit?
Target has published a new chemical strategy and policy that it says will apply across its operations and to every product it sells. The retailer also set a goal to invest up to $5 million in green chemistry by 2022 and challenged the industry to follow its example. Source: Environmental Leader, 1/25/17

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Pharmaceutical pollution takes toll on crayfish and other species
Drugs seeping into groundwater threaten crayfish and have a domino effect of environmental impacts that harm fish and other species, according to new research. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 1/25/17

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Why Walmart's $250 Billion Pledge Will Make US Manufacturing More Sustainable
The Walmart US Manufacturing Innovation Fund has invested about $3 million in projects that aim to make domestic manufacturing more cost-effective and sustainable, bringing its grants awarded total to $10 million. Source: Environmental Leader, 1/24/17

Zero Waste is Within Our Reach, But...
In a blog post for U.S. EPA, Sarah Levinson describes a waste audit that she did for EPA's New England office and how that's helped them further down the path to zero waste. Source: U.S. EPA, 1/19/17

Monday, January 23, 2017
Supply Chain Audits Work for Corporations, But Not The Planet, Says New Report
A new report argues that supply chain audits are ineffective at improving compliance and act merely to embed an unhealthy status quo in multinational offshore sourcing. Source: Forbes, 1/16/17

Study Finds Current Corporate Sustainability Reporting Misses the Mark
A new study finds that corporate sustainability reporting often focuses on issues that are unimportant to stakeholders, and offers specific suggestions to improve the content of future corporate sustainability reporting efforts. Source: North Carolina State University, 1/18/17

Study finds air polluters more likely to locate near downwind state borders
Research by an Indiana University professor and colleagues at two other universities reveals a pattern of companies strategically locating facilities where wind will carry pollution across state lines. Locating factories and power plants near downwind borders can allow states to reap the benefits of jobs and tax revenue but share the negative effects -- air pollution -- with neighbors. Source: Indiana Univeristy, 1/19/17

Friday, January 20, 2017
EPA Taking Action to Remove 72 Inert Ingredients Previously Approved for Use in Pesticide Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products. Source: U.S. EPA, 12/20/16

Launch of Climate Deregulation Tracker
President Donald Trump has stated that he intends to undo most or all of the Obama administration's efforts to address climate change. Today, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is launching a new tool to identify and explain the efforts taken by the incoming administration to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The Climate Deregulation Tracker will also monitor congressional efforts to repeal statutory provisions, regulations, and guidance pertaining to climate change, and to otherwise undermine climate action. Source: Climate Law Blog, 1/20/17

Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, EPA to Create Center for Action Against Food Waste
A partnership of 12 organization is set to launch an online hub for information and solutions to reduce food waste, "Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions," at FurtherWithFood.org. The site is intended to help realize the national goal to halve food waste by 2030, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September 2015. Source: Sustainable Brands, 12/28/16

Track Clearcoat Usage More Efficiently
The crew at Able Body has discovered that its current way of measuring clear coat usage has helped its entire workforce become more focused on making incremental improvements in efficiency. Source: Fender Bender, 1/1/17

Registration Now Open for Midwest Food Recovery Summit
You can now register for the Midwest Food Recovery Summit, to be held in Des Moines, IA in September 2017. Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, 1/20/17

Renewable Plastic Can Be Created From Pine Needle Waste
The chemical that makes pine trees smell good can be used instead of crude oil to sustainably produce plastic. Source: Seeker, 1/18/17

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