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Friday, June 9, 2017
EPA Honors Winners of the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn potential environmental issues into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. Source: U.S. EPA, 6/9/17

EPA 'Safer Choice' Label Program, Criteria Under Fire
Does a detergent that Procter & Gamble Co. makes merit a 'safer' label designation? The issue has re-ignited a debate among trade association executives over the type of analysis needed to justify such labels. Source: BNA Daily Environment Report, 6/5/17

Unwell Water: PFOS/PFOA Water Contamination in Bucks County, PA
Since 2014, 22 public wells and about 200 private wells have been shut down by contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate. The former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham, along with the active Horsham Air Guard Station, are thought to be the source of the taint in Pennsylvania, while Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is currently investigating the extent of contamination there.

The Bucks County Courier Times has been investigating and writing extensively on the topic, telling the stories of local people who believe they've been sickened by the chemicals, speaking with health experts on the potential toxicity of the chemicals, and examining the actions taken by local, state and federal agencies as they address the contamination. Source: Bucks County Courier Times

Thursday, June 8, 2017
4 Big Ideas in Sustainable Business
In May, the World Resources Institute brought their corporate partners together for MindShare, two days of open discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. These are the themes that emerged. Source: World Resources Institute, 6/8/17

A more sustainable way to refine metals
A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics. Source: McGill University, 6/7/17

Sustainability and pallets: Making change for the long haul
Companies can direct suppliers to ship on lightweight, recyclable corrugated cardboard pallets. Doing so will save money, protect employees, reduce carbon footprints and advance zero waste goals. Source: GreenBiz, 6/8/17

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
DeKalb (IL) residents recycle food waste to compost for pilot program
DeKALB -- Residents in the organic waste pilot program can feel a little less guilty about throwing away their food. Instead of taking up space in the DeKalb County landfill, it's being converted into compost. The organic waste pilot program began in May and will run until Waste Management's yard waste collection ends in November. The 87 participating DeKalb homes are allowed to toss food waste -- including meat, dairy, vegetables and grains -- into the same collection bins as landscaping waste, such as grass clippings and tree branches. Source: Daily Chronicle, 6/2/17

Monday, June 5, 2017
Bald eagles face deadly threat from lead poisoning
The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals. But one serious threat to the great raptor is lead poisoning. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 6/5/17

Friday, June 2, 2017
How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas
New Yorkers already have blue and green bins for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. But now brown bins for organic waste are starting to appear all over the city. These plastic totems are part of the city's multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on landfills, and to turn food scraps and yard waste into compost and, soon, clean energy. Source: New York Times, 6/2/17

Sustainability on the Other Side of the Stacks
Amy Brunvand writes about her time as an embedded librarian in the University of Utah's Sustainability Office. Source: American Libraries, 5/22/17

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity
The state's cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration. Source: Governing, June 2017

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