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Friday, July 8, 2016
This Detroit House Is Being Turned Into A Living Model Of Cost-Saving Sustainable Design
Motown Movement will help residents find affordable ways to retrofit their houses and save energy (and cash). Source: Fast Company, 7/7/16

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Pig manure paves road to sustainable asphalt
Engineers are road testing their new swine bioadhesive as possible replacement for petroleum. Source: National Science Foundation, 6/27/16

U.S. and Canada Release Final Report on Groundwater Science
The 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement includes a commitment to publish a report on relevant and available groundwater science. In response to this commitment, a report that documents groundwater science relevant to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement has been finalized after considering public comments received over December 2015 to the end of January 2016. The report is a product of extensive collaboration among experts in a variety of subject areas and summarizes current knowledge on groundwater in the Great Lakes region. This effort was led by the Groundwater Annex Subcommittee. Source: U.S. Geological Survey, 6/13/16

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Why 'aha' moments don't drive sustainability innovation
Innovation typically isn't the product of some random "aha" moment. Instead, it comes from a process that, if managed carefully, can engage employees, bring new opportunities, improve operations and create customer value. And employee-led innovation can catalyze positive change. Source: GreenBiz, 7/6/16

Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining and Why It Matters
Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems. Source: Yale E360, 7/6/16

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development
In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. Source: University of Illinois, 7/1/16

Leaving the Gray Behind
Researchers with EPA's Net Zero Program are working with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Unified School District 475, and other partners to demonstrate and assess green infrastructure technologies and performance at Fort Riley, an Army base in Kansas. Source: U.S. EPA Science Matters, 6/24/16

Friday, July 1, 2016
How business can close the climate gap, in 5 steps
If every big business committed to these actions, business could come a long way toward satisfying the Paris Accord, says a new report. Source: GreenBiz, 6/30/16

Super-polluter industrial facilities cause 90% of harm
About 5% of industrial facilities in the US are super polluters, producing more than 90% of the harm, according to a study of almost 16,000 sites. What's more, these "toxic outliers" disproportionately expose communities of colour and low income populations to chemicals. Source: EnvironmentalResearchWeb, 6/30/16

Europe circles the circular economy
Tempers flare over how to deal with hazardous chemicals in closed loop systems of the future. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/27/16

Cleaning the clothing industry
Apparel brands want to recycle your garments, but first they need to produce them more sustainably. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/27/16

EPA to Use Rolling Process to Review Chemicals in Commerce
The amended U.S. chemicals statute doesn't envision the Environmental Protection Agency reviewing all chemicals in commerce at once to determine whether they are high or low priorities for risk evaluations, a senior EPA official said June 30.

The EPA will review chemicals in commerce through a rolling process that meets the law's requirements, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said during a webinar held by the office. Source: Chemical Regulation Reporter, 6/20/16

Why Your Business Needs a Robust E-Waste Management System
A new white paper by property and casualty insurer Chubb and risk management firm ESIS takes a look at the environmental and legal risks businesses can face when disposing of electronic equipment. Source: Environmental Leader, 7/1/16

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