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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
In Its Quest To Decrease Water Use, Levi's Is Open Sourcing Production Methods
From stonewashed jeans without the "wash" to using more recycled cotton, Levi's is working to squeeze wasted water from its clothes. Source: Fast Company, 3/22/16

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Starbucks will start donating 100% of its unused food to those in need
Starbucks has pledged to donate 100% of its leftover food through a new program called FoodShare, the company announced in a release on Tuesday. Starbucks created the initiative in partnership with nonprofit organization Feeding America and food collection group Food Donation Connection, and it will allow the company to donate perishable, ready-to-eat meals from its 7,600 stores to food banks nationwide. Source: Mashable, 3/22/16

How America Forgot About the Lead in Its Water
In the mid-1980s, a raft of new research found America's children also ingested lead from paint chips and dust, shifting the public focus from tap water to paint. Source: Pacific Standard, 3/22/15

How the Cleveland Browns are Tackling Food Waste
Brad Mohr, director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns, is a leader in the waste and recycling industry for sporting events. In addition to being responsible for the stadium's front-of-house operations, Mohr is an active participant in the northeast Ohio's green community.

Mohr kicked off his operations career in 1995 with the Cleveland Indians and has also worked in Chicago at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. He is also a current member of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium Managers Association.

He has shared his story and successes locally, nationally and internationally and will be speaking about food waste reduction and recovery from large and small venues at Waste360's WasteExpo this June as part of the Food Recovery Forum.

Waste360 recently spoke with Mohr about his role as director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns and the team's latest waste and recycling efforts. Source: Waste360, 3/21/16


Ford Shares Environmental Management Best Practices with Suppliers
Ford has expanded an environmental reporting tool for its suppliers that the automaker says will help them save money and shrink their environmental impact. Source: Environmental Leader, 3/22/16

What Apple's reuse robot says about sustainability and tech
A robot that can take apart an iPhone is good for the visibility of green design, but it won't fix environmental ills such as e-waste. Source: GreenBiz, 3/21/16

Monday, March 21, 2016
This New Brooklyn Grocery Is Designed For Zero Waste
The Fillery is designed to help people rethink what they actually need to buy. Source: Fast Company, 3/18/16

California Brewer Using Grey Water to Make Beer
It's a beer. It's an IPA. It's shower water?

Yes, Mavericks Grey Water Tunnel Vision IPA, is made with recycled water from sinks and showers and treated with NASA technology to clean and use. Though California law prohibits its sale for drinking, grey water, once put through the process is clean enough to, well, drink.

California-based Mavericks Brewing, the sister independent craft brewery of Half Moon Bay Brewing, is taking water conservation to another level with the IPA, made with 100 percent high-purity recycled water. Source: Waste360, 3/21/16


Sculpture to Raise Awareness of Waste Generation, Management During Earth Week
ISTC's efforts to help the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign achieve zero waste goals and foster a culture of waste reduction will include a unique public education display during Earth Week this spring. Source: ISTC Blog, 3/14/16

How 'Ugly' Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger
About a third of the planet's food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That's enough to feed two billion people. Source: National Geographic, March 2016

White House Water Summit focuses on sustainable solutions
The White House Water Summit (#WHWaterSummit), which coincides with World Water Day, will feature panel discussions and invited speakers from the public and private sectors to raise awareness of priority water issues in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future.

It will stream live from the White House from 9 am-12:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 22. Source: Environmental News Bits, 3/21/16


Thursday, March 10, 2016
Stanford scientists make renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants
The new technology could provide a green alternative to petroleum-based plastic bottles and other polyester products. Source: Stanford University, 3/9/16

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Craft breweries bet on sustainable technology
As the craft brewing industry matures, many West Michigan producers have started seeking out technology that provides sustainable solutions to common issues. Source: MiBiz, 3/6/16

How energy efficiency helps business prepare for carbon pricing
Some 75 percent of the largest organizations -- those with revenues between $1 billion and $10 billion -- and 82 percent of all others feel they would be better off or unaffected if a mandatory price on carbon were instituted, according to new research from GreenBiz and Ingersoll Rand. The findings generally were consistent across industries with no clear industry segments that would win or lose based upon the implementation of a carbon tax. Source: GreenBiz, 3/7/16

Eco-Friendly Packaging Isn't Enough
Environmentally conscious products are great. But they don't get at the real problems in a culture that prioritizes disposability. Source: CityLab, 3/7/16

For the birds: keeping coffee green
Eighty percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25 percent in the next five years. Some is sustainably-grown, some isn't -- and impacts can add up. In this installment of 89.1 WEMU's "The Green Room," Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 3/7/16

Corporate investment in renewable energy on the rise in Michigan
Going green has been a mantra from some companies for decades, but the business case for it is evident in a new wave of large corporate-led investments in Michigan. While some enable corporations to produce more renewable energy internally, others are aimed at improving overall energy efficiency. That's as the major utilities and state lawmakers debate the merits and downsides of the next round of state energy legislation regarding renewable energy requirements. Source: Crain's Detroit Business, 3/6/16

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