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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

Monday, March 7, 2016
The Year Ahead in Chemicals Regulation
Companies that manufacture and distribute chemical products across the value chain in the U.S. need to be aware of several legal developments with the potential to impact their business in the year ahead. This Client Alert summarizes regulatory proposals that deserve priority attention, and also notes troubling developments in consumer litigation. Source: JD Supra Business Advisor, 3/1/16

5 strategies to accelerate green chemistry
Ninety percent of manufactured goods are in some way linked to the chemical industry. Yet, despite its environmental, public health and economic benefits, green chemistry is still only a small part of the chemical enterprise. Source: GreenBiz, 3/7/16

How Chicago's quirkiest companies sprouted a circular economy
In the most recent P2 Impact column, John Mulrow explains how pollution prevention in the manufacturing process can be driven by company culture and employee engagement. Source: GreenBiz, 3/7/16

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World?
Agribusinesses are increasingly using computer databases to enable farmers to grow crops more efficiently and with less environmental impact. Experts hope this data, detailing everything from water use to crop yields, can also help the developing world grow more food. Source: Yale Environment 360, 3/3/16

Chief justice rejects plea to block air pollution rule
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants in a big victory for the Obama administration. Source: The Hill, 3/3/16

How to tell your sustainability story
Sustainability is essentially "an invisible idea," but it doesn't have to stay that way. That's how Solitaire Townsend described it, reflecting the hopes of many attending our GreenBiz 16 event in Scottsdale, Arizona, last week.

Townsend, co-founder of Futerra Sustainability Communications, kicked off a lively presentation that blamed a surplus of acronyms and other barriers for preventing sustainability professionals from making their work known to the C-suite, consumers and so many stakeholders in between. Source: GreenBiz, 3/3/16

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