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Monday, January 12, 2015
Garbage Incinerators Make Comeback, Kindling Both Garbage and Debate
With landfills shunned, recycling programs stalled and the country's record-setting trash output unyielding, new waste-to-energy plants are being eyed as a path to salvation. Facilities similar to the $670 million incinerator here, common in Europe, are under consideration in Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day, the most in the world, and the talk of returning to incineration, industry experts say, is an acknowledgment of defeat in the effort to reduce output and step up recycling. Source: New York Times, 1/10/15

Forget carbon offsetting, insetting is the future
Rather than planting trees at arm's length, businesses from hotel groups to construction firms are embedding sustainable activities directly into their supply chains. Source: The Guardian, 1/9/15

Electronics Industry Will Conduct Shadow Audits to Root Out Forced Labor in Malaysia
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, has announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor. The EICC says it has been working for more than a decade to support the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Although the EICC Code of Conduct bans trafficked and forced labor, completely eradicating it in the global electronics industry supply chain remains a challenge for everyone--including EICC members. Source: Sustainable Brands, 1/7/15

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Best and worst of green sports in 2014
The sustainability movement in sports had both heroes and goats this year but overall, greening was a winning play. Source: GreenBiz, 1/1/15

CWRU Students Engineering Phone Charger for World's Needy
A pair of Case Western Reserve University engineering students are field-testing their foot-powered cell phone charger in rural villages of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country surrounded entirely by South Africa, this week. Source: Case Western Reserve University, 1/7/15

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bookmark this: 10 useful green resources for 2015
This list was curated based primarily on whether the site, portal or database in question expands conventional wisdom about how technology can be used to address climate change or sustainable business practices. Several (such as FreshRealm, GridWaste and MySolarCity) represent intriguing twists on how the Internet can help reinvent business models or improve customer engagement. Source: GreenBiz, 1/6/15

Lew Blaustein: Bringing the passion of sports fans to sustainability
Lew Blaustein writes at the intersection of sustainability and sports at the GreenSportsBlog. He is president of Lewis Brand Solutions, focusing on green sponsorship and media, matching greening brands with green properties. All programs that LBS works on must provide tangible environmental benefit as a core element. Blaustein also hosts "Green Gotham" on New York cable television. Source: GreenBiz, 1/7/15

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
What will drive retail sustainability in 2015?
Business-model innovation has been identified as a top priority for retail sustainability professionals in 2015. Source: GreenBiz, 1/6/15

WaterSmart Innovations 2015 Call for Abstracts
The 8th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition is seeking abstracts for professional presentations at the event scheduled for October 7-9, 2015 in Las Vegas. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 2, 2015. Source: Environmental News Bits, 1/6/15

IL: Lake County electronics recycling resumes in January
Less than a week after Lake County halted all electronics recycling for residents, officials say they have found a new provider and the service will resume in January. SWALCO officials announced in a bulletin dated Dec. 11 that electronics recycling in Lake County would end Dec. 18, after costs grew prohibitive for the county's former operator, Sims Recycling Solutions, to continue. The electronic recycling program started in 1999 and grew to become one of the biggest of its kind in Illinois, according to the bulletin. That was helped by state law that required manufacturers to pay for collecting and recycling certain devices. But the cost of recycling exceeds the compensation that the state receives, according to the bulletin. The agency would need to pay $200,000 next year to continue the program and cover its costs, the release said. On Dec. 23, though, SWALCO officials said the board had agreed to take the necessary funds from savings to pay for the program, albeit under a new operator: Dynamic Recycling of La Crosse, Wisc. Service will resume Jan. 2. Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/30/14

The e-scrap year in review
With the new year upon us, E-Scrap News recaps a busy 2014 news cycle that saw CRT glass management issues take center stage alongside legislative battles and some surprising industry twists and turns. Source: Resource Recycling, 12/31/14

Monday, January 5, 2015
Let 2015 be the year green businesses engage in policy fights
To protect 2014's hard-fought victories, business owners must advocate like the future depends on it. Design for the Environment is one of the categories discussed. Source: GreenBiz, 12/29/14

Behind many great beers is a Great Lake
The Great Lakes basin supplies breweries with some of the freshest water in the country. But if brewers like what they taste, some experts suggest they make some changes in how they use that water. Source: Grand Rapids Business Journal, 1/2/15

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