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Friday, April 17, 2015
EPA: House bill could delay review of toxic chemicals 'indefinitely'
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned that a House proposal to reform the nation's toxic chemical laws could "delay evaluations for some of the most dangerous chemicals indefinitely," a top official said Tuesday. Source: The Hill, 4/14/15

Thursday, April 16, 2015
California's Drought Grabs Headlines, But Other States Face Water Woes Too
With all the attention focused on California's water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State's drought is the exception. It isn't. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency. Source: Stateline, 4/16/15

Taking a splash: US water parks face up to drought
Water parks require thousands of gallons of water a day to stay afloat, but experts say it's important to put their water footprint into perspective Source: The Guardian, 4/16/15

NRDC: sustainability saving Chinese textile mills money
On its fast-track path to global leadership in manufacturing, China had not until recently factored in environmental costs, and Mother Nature finally has come to collect. But a new NRDC report, released today, suggests that there may be a growing business case for China's textile manufacturers to change course. Source: GreenBiz, 4/16/15

Inside the shotgun marriage of design and supply chain processes
Joining design and supply chain processes is a necessity, owing to customers' increasing demands for responsible environmental stewardship and worker safety, along with numerous countries' regulations enforcing those two protections. Source: GreenBiz, 4/16/15

Scientists develop mesh that captures oil -- but lets water through
The unassuming piece of stainless steel mesh in a lab at The Ohio State University doesntt look like a very big deal, but it could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn't, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its surface. The mesh coating is among a suite of nature-inspired nanotechnologies under development at Ohio State. Source: Ohio State University, 4/15/15

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030
The circular economy offers opportunities to boost jobs and tackle climate change, according to study on Sweden by The Club of Rome. Source: The Guardian, 4/15/15

How She Leads: Diane Holdorf, Kellogg
How She Leads is a regular GreenBiz feature spotlighting the career paths of women with influential roles in sustainable business. In this edition, GreenBiz Managing Editor Barbara Grady chats with Diane Holdorf, Kellogg's chief sustainability officer and vice president of environmental stewardship, health and safety. Source: GreenBiz, 4/9/15

The 3 pitfalls that trap sustainability leaders -- and how to avoid them
Gabriel Grant and Jason Jay's work explores sustainability conversations that tend to get "stuck" in inaction, and presents ways to work around those traps to build the leadership and communications skills needed to carry effective conversations with various stakeholders. Source: GreenBiz, 4/15/15

The sustainability challenge of the Kraft-Heinz merger
Two weeks ago, Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Company agreed to merge to create a food and beverage monolith valued by some analysts at $49 billion. While the megamerger may cause some investors to rejoice at potential future earnings, it also might put corporate sustainability advocates on watch. Source: GreenBiz, 4/15/15

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Chemical-Free Process Boosts Paper Plant's Competitiveness
Cascades, which produces packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers, has invested $26 million in a new chemical-free technology at its Norampac -- Cabano facility. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/14/15

Bacteria tapped for eco-friendly industrial cleanup
Water plays a crucial role in industry. It helps generate electricity, mine for precious minerals and support numerous other functions that fuel the economy and provide society with the products and services essential to everyday life. During industrial use, however, water is sometimes contaminated by one of over 100,000 chemicals used commercially. If these chemicals are untreated, they can pollute the environment and create health risks for humans and animals. Industry leaders are continually seekingsmart, cost-efficient ways to clean up after themselves and minimize their company's environmental impact. Now, a collection of scientists and business experts at the University of Minnesota are developing new methods of remediation -- the act of removing pollutants from the environment. The researchers are developing software that models how enzymes break down chemicals at the microscopic level to optimize the selection of bacteria that biodegrade those chemicals. Meanwhile, business experts are conducting market research to discover the best ways to apply this new knowledge and learn how it can lead to viable industrial processes and products. Source: University of Minnesota, 4/14/15

Thursday, April 9, 2015
National electronics recycling network launches
Impact Recyclers, a Los Angeles-based national network of social enterprise electronics recyclers, has launched with operations in California, Colorado, Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota and New York. What sets Impact Recyclers apart, according to the organization, is its emphasis on the "triple bottom line" by "providing high-quality and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling services while creating jobs for people on the autism spectrum, formerly incarcerated or with physical disabilities." The organization says it seeks to bring together like-minded IT asset and electronics recyclers. Source: Recycling Today, 4/8/15

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