Environmental News from the Great Lakes Region
|Monday, January 13, 2014|
Design's Next Big Frontier? Shaping Behavior In Real Time
If CES proved anything, it's that designers finally have the tools to truly influence behavioral patterns. Watch out, world. Source: FastCo.Design, 1/13/14
Global farmers go batty for fertilizer
Worldwide interest in organic farming has made an unlikely winner of an African startup whose main product is bat poo. Source: Smart Planet, 1/11/14
Making food waste visceral, on a grand scale
The U.S. foodservice industry tosses out billions of dollars along with its stale bread and sour milk. Andrew Shakman's LeanPath has a recipe to cut those losses. Source: SmartPlanet, 1/11/14
Using cheese brine to de-ice Wisconsin's wintry roads
In December, Milwaukee began a pilot program to repurpose the saltwater leftovers from manufacturing cheese. Mixing the dairy waste with traditional rock salt and then spraying it on the road will hopefully trim costs while easing pollution. Source: Smart Planet, 1/11/14
|Friday, January 10, 2014|
Three State Capitals to Receive Green Design Assistance from EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)announced design assistance to help the capital cities of Michigan, Wisconsin and Washington develop designs for greener, healthier, more vibrant neighborhoods. Source: U.S. EPA, 1/9/14
|Thursday, January 9, 2014|
Developing world overtakes the U.S. in e-waste
When it comes to e-waste, countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa are making up for lost time. E-waste is expected to surge 33 percent between 2012 and 2017, led by the developing world. Source: GreenBiz, 1/9/14
|Wednesday, January 8, 2014|
Harvesting invasive plants to convert into ethanol is not an easy process
According to a recent study at the University of Illinois, harvesting invasive plants for use as biofuels may sound like a great idea, but the reality poses numerous obstacles and is too expensive to consider, at least with the current ethanol pathways. Source: Mattoon Journal-Gazette and Times-Courier, 1/7/14
U.S. Midwest utility Integrys creating residential solar fund
Midwest utility company Integrys Energy Group Inc said on Wednesday it was partnering with startup Clean Power Finance Inc to create a fund for residential solar projects. Source: Reuters, 1/8/14
|Tuesday, January 7, 2014|
Clean, Green Breweries: Goose Island Beer Co.
The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts.
Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Over the next few weeks, Echo will briefly profile some of the eco-friendly brewing around the Great Lakes.
Today, we look at Goose Island Beer Co. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 1/7/14
Can companies cut food waste and feed the world?
Americans throw out more than 40 million tons of edible food each year, or as much as 40% of the food produced in the U.S., writes Janet Forgrieve. Food retailers and restaurants are trying to find ways to reduce that waste and divert unwanted food toward the 50 million Americans who need it. Source: SmartBlog on Food & Beverage, 1/6/14
Intel Announces First "Conflict-Free" Microprocessor
Tech giant Intel on Monday announced that its entire 2014 line of microprocessors would be free from so-called "conflict minerals," making them the first in the rare mineral-heavy industry to completely phase out their use in one of their products. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was speaking at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on the company's strategy and new products to be released over the coming year when he revealed the culmination of their efforts. The tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold that Intel purchases -- all of which play heavily into the manufacturing of microprocessors and other electronics -- will all be guaranteed to not have come from mines that pass their profits on to armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other mineral-rich areas of Africa. Source: ThinkProgress, 1/7/14
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