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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Practice Greenhealth and Feeding America Partner to Mobilize the Health Care Sector to Reduce Food Waste and Provide Food to Those who Struggle with Hunger
Practice Greenhealth and Feeding America announced a new collaboration to help Americans living at risk of hunger. The nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization and leading health care sustainability membership organization have created a nationwide program to donate excess food from hospitals and health care facilities to local food banks. Source: Practice Greenhealth, 6/7/16

Senate sends chemical overhaul to Obama
The Senate on Tuesday approved a bipartisan overhaul of the country's standards for chemical safety, sending the bill to President Obama for his signature. Source: The Hill, 6/7/16

Industry Experts Discuss E-Waste Recycling Trends and Obstacles
The recycling industry is in an ongoing battle with the decrease in commodities prices and improper disposal, but the growing sector of e-waste recycling is especially difficult to manage. For example, if e-waste is improperly disposed of, toxic materials could seep into soil and ground water, as well as pose a risk for those who are handling the e-waste. While commodities will continue to fluctuate, recyclers are faced with the decline in the value of materials, and in increase in the returns of low-value devices. Waste360 recently spoke with Jason Linnell, executive director for the National Center for Electronics Recycling, and Eugene Niuh, business development director for Omnisource Electronics Recycling, about the latest e-waste recycling trends and challenges and the future of the e-waste recycling industry. Source: Waste 360, 6/8/16

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Industrial research: Drug companies must adopt green chemistry
John L. Tucker and Margaret M. Faul describe how they transformed their company to save time and money by making drugs sustainably. Source: Nature, 5/31/16

Student research project taps into bottled water consumption on campus
At Michigan State University, plastic water bottles account for a large amount of campus waste, yet it is estimated that only 25 percent of the nearly three million water bottles on campus make their way to MSU's Recycling Center each year. To better understand water consumption and uncover areas for improvement, graduate students Cheng-Hua Liu, Melissa Rojas-Downing and Zhenci Xu partnered with MSU Sustainability to conduct a research survey that measured water usage and preference of the MSU community. Source: Michigan State University, 5/20/16

Monday, June 6, 2016
Australia's 7.5m tonnes of food waste: can 'ugly food' campaigns solve the problem?
While government needs to address food waste issue, experts say customers also need to change their perceptions about what normal food looks like. Source: The Guardian, 6/5/16

Friday, June 3, 2016
New Orleans flood control efforts reflect strategic sea change
In a metamorphosis, New Orleans -- once overwhelmed by failed levees and Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters -- is moving to become a national model of how an urban center can embrace green tactics to tame water. Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 6/2/16

Fish prefer plastic to natural prey
When grown, fish that were exposed to microplastics as larvae prefer to eat plastic rather than their natural prey and are less active and responsive to predator cues, threatening the sustainability of entire species, according to research published today (3 June). Source: Resource, 6/3/16

Thursday, June 2, 2016
How might we fall in love with industrial waste? Create value from landfill-bound materials.
Sustainability is a journey and we have to start where we are today. How might we create real change within an industry? Embrace waste and all of its potential. This is an inside look into how the Biomimicry Institute is working to change industry from within a large manufacturing corporation by turning what we normally think of as waste into something better. Source: Biomimicry Institute, 5/31/16

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