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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6 things climate-conscious companies have in common
As more businesses set emissions goals in line with the latest climate science, best practices are bubbling to the surface. Source: GreenBiz, 5/11/16

Cleveland Clinic establishes $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund
Cleveland Clinic announced the establishment of a $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund -- the largest of its kind among U.S. health care systems, it says. Energy efficiency projects pull money from the fund, which then is replenished by reinvesting the savings from reduced energy consumption as well as rebates. Source: Crain's Cleveland Business, 5/10/16

6 things we learned about changing people's minds on climate
This blog post recaps climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe's April 20 Frontiers in the Environment and shares six insights from the talk. Source: University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, 5/4/16

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
When companies track their climate emissions
Voluntary greenhouse gas accounting has become common in the private sector, but is it helping? Source: Ensia, 3/28/16

What's in those new plastic pipes delivering drinking water?
Lingering questions leave some concerned about a new generation of plumbing material. Source: Ensia, 5/2/16

How can we reduce concrete's hefty carbon footprint?
Bit by bit, innovators are chipping away at this ubiquitous material's environmental downsides. Source: Ensia, 4/13/16

Friday, May 6, 2016
AskNature: How can we design better packaging?
Striped bass and sea snails hold secrets to wrapping and transporting products -- as well as safer helmets, safety goggles and vehicles. Source: GreenBiz, 5/6/16

The $100 billion business case for safer chemistry
After new chemistry policies from the like of Target, Walmart and Kaiser Permanente, the economics of green alternatives are increasingly favorable. Source: GreenBiz, 5/6/16

Indiana Department of Environmental Management seeks applications for 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in conjunction with the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb's Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence is the state's most prestigious environmental recognition award. IDEM accepts nominations from all Indiana citizens and organizations, and the selection process is highly competitive. All projects must demonstrate significant, measurable results. The projects must be innovative, comprehensive and thoroughly documented, and only one winner will be selected. Award applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 13, 2016. Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 5/6/16


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work
The X Prize Foundation has created a $20 million prize for teams that by 2020 come up with technologies to turn CO2 captured from smokestacks of coal- or gas-fired power plants into useful products. Source: New York Times, 5/3/16

World Bank: The way climate change is really going to hurt us is through water
As India, the world's second-most populous country, reels from an intense drought, the World Bank has released a new report finding that perhaps the most severe impact of a changing climate could be the effect on water supplies. Source: Washington Post, 5/3/16

HFC Refrigerants Phase-Down Is Coming. Is Your Company Prepared?
Carbon dioxide emissions aren't the only greenhouse gases that corporations need to address when considering how to close the emissions gap and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

In March the EPA issued a proposed rule under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program that will expand the list of climate-friendly HFC alternatives and phase out certain HFCs in favor of safer options that are already available. Source: Environmental Leader, 5/3/16


Monday, May 2, 2016
Eyeing sustainability, Chicago hires first resilience officer
Chicago will hire its first chief resilience officer Monday, a position focused on taking on the city's most difficult problems in smarter, more connected ways. Source: Chicago Tribune, 5/1/16

States ask EPA for help on climate rule plans
More than a dozen states have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give them more information on how to form implementation plans for the Obama administration's climate rule for power plants. Source: The Hill, 4/29/16

SERI says IL bill illegally impacts R2
The Illinois legislature is currently considering a proposal that attempts to change the R2 standard and certification program (and also e-Stewards). House Bill 6321 -- the bill currently under consideration -- includes language to prohibit Certification Bodies from taking any action if a certified recycler uses retrievable storage for CRT glass. R2 does not allow retrievable storage of CRT glass, instead requiring that it be recycled. The capacity exists for all CRT glass to be recycled. Source: SERI, via R2 Update Newsletter, 4/28/16

Are Your Electronics Socially Responsible?
About five years ago, the sustainability movement emerged, putting a sometimes harsh spotlight on the ethical aspects of producing and using electronics. Today, more and more purchasers understand that sustainable products aren't just supposed to be good for the environment. They're asking bigger questions, like "Was it manufactured by forced or child labor?" or "How were conditions in the factories?" Source: Tripe Pundit, 5/2/16

Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows
Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said on Thursday. Up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better, according to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Source: The Guardian, 4/7/16



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