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Monday, July 9, 2018
Wrangler Shows How Sustainability Data Transforms Supply Chains
A white paper published by Wrangler and farm-management software company MyFarms demonstrates how field-level sustainability data can strengthen business relationships and results throughout agricultural supply chains. Source: Environmental Leader, 7/9/18

Upcoming National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Briefing webinars
Is there going to be National P2 Conference? Does NPPR still have workgroups? Are there plans for P2 Week? What kind of advocacy is NPPR doing at the federal level? Learn more about NPPR's current and future activities by participating in these two upcoming webinars. Source: GLRPPR Blog, 7/9/18

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Web resources could assist chemical risk management
Two new papers describe publicly accessible web-based tools for exploring environmental chemicals and predicting their risk. These resources will help health policymakers to make faster and more accurate decisions about chemical safety and the need for remediation efforts. Source: Environmental Factor, July 2018

Denver Releases Action Plan to Reduce Wasted Food, Feed More Residents in Need
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) announced the release of its Food Action Plan, a set of strategic projects to increase food equity in the city. The plan serves as an action-oriented companion piece to the Denver Food Vision, an aspirational view of advancing our food system in Denver. Source: Department of Public Health and Environment, 6/28/18

New sustainable beverage tech could eliminate plastic bottles
North Carolina-based Clear Water Manufacturing has launched a machine that can filter, fill and cap more than 300 bottles of water per one-hour cycle on-site at any location, including campuses, hotels, stadiums or in retail spaces. Source: Beverage Daily, 6/27/18

3 key areas to watch in the national organics conversation
The food waste movement is alive and well, experiencing rapid growth and continually attracting awareness, according to discussions at this week's 2018 U.S. Food Waste Summit. Among the many takeaways and pieces of news during the two-day summit, packaging, infrastructure, and policy are three areas that bear watching for the waste and recycling industry. Source: WasteDive, 6/28/18

Behind the Headline: Allisa Song
Research scientist Allisa Song didn't just get outraged when she read ProPublica's story on medical waste. She organized a dream team of fellow scientists and engineers to invent a solution. Source: ProPublica, 6/29/18

Monday, July 2, 2018
Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof
Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have been shown to persist in the environment and accumulate in our bodies, and so are likely to be phased out for safety reasons. That leaves a big gap to be filled if researchers can find safe substitutes. Now, a team at MIT has come up with a promising solution: a coating that not only adds water-repellency to natural fabrics such as cotton and silk, but is also more effective than the existing coatings. The new findings are described in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, in a paper by MIT professors Kripa Varanasi and Karen Gleason, former MIT postdoc Dan Soto, and two others. Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 6/29/18

Target, Tesco, CVS to Require Environmental Impact Data from Suppliers through CDP
Target, Tesco and CVS Health have joined Walmart in an agreement to collect data from suppliers, through non-profit CDP, regarding their overall environmental footprint. By asking suppliers to report on their environmental footprint, the retailers aim to reduce environmental risk and cut carbon emissions in their supply chains. The retailers are three of the new companies that have joined in the supply chain initiative through CDP: the total number of companies now reporting through CDP marks more than a 15% increase from last year, when 99 organizations were requesting data. Source: Environmental Leader, 6/26/18

Friday, June 29, 2018
Gumdrop Turns Old Gum into New Products
The company recycles and processes chewing gum into compounds that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry. Source: Waste360, 6/4/18

Oil and Gas Wastewater Use in Road Maintenance is a Potential Pollution Source
Did you know that at least 13 states, including IL, IN, MI, NY, OH, & PA, allow wastewater from oil and gas extraction to be used in a variety of road maintenance applications? Source: GLRPPR Blog,

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Emerging contaminants lead to emerging ideas
Gillian Flippo, an intern with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, recaps the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's recent Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference. Source: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, 6/26/18

5 ways hospitals can launch effective recycling programs for single-use products
Dignity Health's sustainability leader on how the health care giant put circular economy ideals into practice. Source: GreenBiz, 6/25/18

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