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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Can carbon emissions become a revenue stream?
CO2 waste streams can be turned into saleable, value-added feedstocks. Is it a pipe dream or crackable code? We'll find out soon. Source: GreenBiz, 6/10/14

Seventh Generation engages consumers for chemical policy reform
The green cleaning products giant's approach to health messaging shows how a grassroots health campaign can spur consumer engagement. Source: GreenBiz, 6/10/14

How to make electronics trade groups drive sustainability
If you work in the electronics hardware industry and your goal is to further corporate environmental sustainability, which industry associations will give you the most effective methods and tools for reducing environmental impacts? How can you drive forward the associatio Source: GreenBiz, 6/10/14

Embracing the UN's water goal is smart business
Increasingly effective tools and benchmarking standards can help businesses step up to the challenge. Source: GreenBiz, 6/10/14

8 new ways to reduce waste at your business
When you toss something in the trash at work, you're throwing money away. Follow these simple steps to turn garbage into profit. Source: GreenBiz, 6/10/14

FDA and EPA issue updated draft advice for fish consumption
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated draft advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The updated draft advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Source: U.S. EPA, 6/9/14

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Archived recording available for GLRPPR's E3 in Agriculture webinar
The webinar archive, presentation slides, and list of links mentioned by Myla Kelly, the webinar speaker, are now available on the GLRPPR web site. Source: GLRPPR, 6/5/14

Do Newsweek's Green Rankings still matter?
The fifth edition of the Newsweek Green Rankings is out today. Does anybody really care? Source: GreenBiz, 6/5/14

Transforming the climate conversation through social video
Choice video is a powerful medium to influence consumer beliefs on climate change, especially when the message is shared from a trusted source. Source: GreenBiz, 6/5/14

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recyling Water
Desalination has long been associated with one process -- turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent. Source: Yale Environment360, 6/3/14

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to sell carbon credits to Chevrolet
Because it has dramatically reduced its carbon dioxide emissions in the past several years, the U. of I. is selling an estimated 150,000 metric tons of certified carbon credits to Chevrolet, which is retiring them on behalf of the environment. Source: Inside Illinois, 6/5/14

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
How She Leads: Monique Oxender, Keurig Green Mountain
At Ford, she made sustainability non-threatening. Next, she will tackle Keurig Green Mountain's big recycling challenge. Source: GreenBiz, 6/3/14

Kaiser Permanente to phase out flame retardants
Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems, announced a phase out Tuesday of toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture used in their hospitals, medical offices and other buildings. Source: GreenBiz, 6/4/14

A sustainable work environment breeds a healthy, happy culture
Where we work has a huge impact on how we work. It is also fundamental in attracting and retaining exceptional employees. Source: GreenBiz, 6/4/14

How Much Each State Has to Cut Carbon Emissions Under New EPA Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency used a formula that considers where states are now and where they could be by 2030, leading to wide variation in emissions targets. Source: Governing, 6/4/14

The Value in Our Garbage
The food we don't eat gives us gas. But beyond renewable energy generation, organic waste holds the potential of big benefits for our communities. Source: FutureStructure, 5/28/14

The Blue Economy: New Strategies for Optimizing Our Most Precious Resource
The U.S. is on the cusp of a new era: big cities and rural communities alike are tackling their water challenges with innovative solutions that were once thought impossible. A new movement is afoot to find new small-scale sources of water in a world that is increasingly susceptible to the unpredictable whims of climate change. Source: FutureStructure, 5/30/14

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Pharmaceutical waste: Turning hazard into opportunity
What do regulations say, and how can healthcare sustainability leaders prevent waste from being generated while improving environmental impact through new practices, staff education and the pursuit of more healthful options? Source: GreenBiz, 6/2/14

How to engage consumers: 5 lessons from social movements
Corporations can take insights from social movements to create authentic sustainability initiatives that inspire consumer participation and propagation. This article explains five key principles of movement-building and gives modern examples of companies and organizations putting them into practices to drive engagement. Source: GreenBiz, 6/2/14

Monday, June 2, 2014
Would A Campus Carbon Tax Work Better Than Divestment?
Divestment is more about symbolism, but a carbon tax would help university campuses make concrete changes. Source: Fast Company, 6/2/14

Remanufacturing Key to Sustainable Supply Chains
Remanufacturing drives sustainability, according to APICS Foundation research that finds 68 percent of respondents say sustainability is the primary advantage associated with remanufacturing and 41 percent already consider it a formal component of their organization's sustainability policies. Source: Environmental Leader, 6/2/14

Why sustainability professionals need to show more compassion
It is by first finding peace in ourselves that we can best encourage companies away from their destructive tendencies. Source: The Guardian, 6/2/14

Companies' conflict mineral reports are mixed as SEC deadline arrives
While some US companies are racing to the wire to file their first ever conflict minerals reports, due to the US Securities and Exchange Commission today, those filed so far range greatly in clarity and detail. Some tech giants that have taken a lead on this issue - such as Intel, HP and Apple - filed in-depth reports last week. Meanwhile others, including Herman Miller, Soda Stream, and Oracle, can best be described as vague. The SEC's requirement offers a first glimpse into the often-murky backdrop of a company's global supply chain, particularly of companies in the consumer technology and electronics industries. Source: The Guardian, 6/2/14

EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation's leading sources of greenhouse gases. Source: Washington Post, 6/2/14

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