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Monday, June 2, 2014
Would A Campus Carbon Tax Work Better Than Divestment?
Divestment is more about symbolism, but a carbon tax would help university campuses make concrete changes. Source: Fast Company, 6/2/14

Remanufacturing Key to Sustainable Supply Chains
Remanufacturing drives sustainability, according to APICS Foundation research that finds 68 percent of respondents say sustainability is the primary advantage associated with remanufacturing and 41 percent already consider it a formal component of their organization's sustainability policies. Source: Environmental Leader, 6/2/14

Why sustainability professionals need to show more compassion
It is by first finding peace in ourselves that we can best encourage companies away from their destructive tendencies. Source: The Guardian, 6/2/14

Companies' conflict mineral reports are mixed as SEC deadline arrives
While some US companies are racing to the wire to file their first ever conflict minerals reports, due to the US Securities and Exchange Commission today, those filed so far range greatly in clarity and detail. Some tech giants that have taken a lead on this issue - such as Intel, HP and Apple - filed in-depth reports last week. Meanwhile others, including Herman Miller, Soda Stream, and Oracle, can best be described as vague. The SEC's requirement offers a first glimpse into the often-murky backdrop of a company's global supply chain, particularly of companies in the consumer technology and electronics industries. Source: The Guardian, 6/2/14

EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation's leading sources of greenhouse gases. Source: Washington Post, 6/2/14

Friday, May 30, 2014
Draft Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan available for public input
The federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force has released a draft Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan for public input. Source: Rock River Times, 5/30/14

Wisconsin scientists unveil climate change narratives for 2070
A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers on recently released a series of detailed science-based scenarios envisioning life in 2070 in the Madison area's Yahara Watershed, aiming to help people envision the effects of climate change before it worsens. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 5/29/14

Insider Knowledge Report Shares Lessons Learned from Environmental Decision-Makers
Environmental Leader today released the 2014 edition of its annual Insider Knowledge Report, made possible by Enviance. The report includes lessons-learned, tactics, insights and case studies from experts working in the trenches of corporate environmental, sustainability and energy management. Source: Environmental Leader, 5/29/14

Public-Private Partnerships Help Increase Recycling
Elisabeth Comere of Tetra Pak explains how voluntary public-private partnerships lead to increased recycling rates. Source: Environmental Leader, 5/29/14

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Healthy buildings: why workers are demanding sustainable offices
Companies that ignore the environmental and social impacts of their buildings could risk miserable workers and low productivity. Source: The Guardian, 5/29/14

Revised environmental rules for Minnesota livestock feedlots are now in effect
Revisions and updates to environmental protection rules for livestock feedlots in Minnesota went into effect May 27. Changes include permit requirements for large feedlots, definitions of ownership and permit modifications, and "housekeeping" updates. Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 5/29/14

EPA Funds University Research on Cleaner Fuel Burning to Improve Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new funding for six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and heating homes that will help improve air quality and protect the health of Alaska Natives and people across the developing world. Paul Francisco of ISTC's Indoor Climate Research and Training program is an investigators on one of the funded projects," A Global Map of Feasible Residential Solutions, Emphasizing Stoves with Space Heating Uses". Source: U.S. EPA, 5/29/14

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
5 Power and Cooling Myths You Should Stop Believing
Conventional wisdom isn't necessarily true, and this especially applies to power and cooling in the data center. Many popular IT beliefs are in fact myths, and clinging to these notions can impede energy efficiency or cost savings. Source: EdTech, 5/23/14

Can jaw-dropping visuals change the climate conversation?
To rapidly scale public support for innovative climate policies, we need to think creatively and invest quickly in pioneering storytelling methods that enhance public understanding of the current and future impacts of climate change. Source: GreenBiz, 5/28/14

Sustainable Feedstock Contracts
If you are a biodiesel producer, you already believe in sustainability. You already have your RFS pathway and are making the best biodiesel and highest profits possible. Sustainability is part of your DNA, but is it part of your feedstock contracts? Source: Biodiesel Magazine, 5/27/14

New, Fossil-Fuel-Free Process Makes Biodiesel Sustainable
A new fuel-cell concept, developed by an Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process. Source: FutureStructure, 5/21/14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
As Dairy Farms Grow Bigger, New Concerns About Pollution
Dairy operations in the U.S. are consolidating, with ever-larger numbers of cows concentrated on single farms. In states like Wisconsin, opposition to some large operations is growing after manure spills and improper handling of waste have contaminated waterways and aquifers. Source: Yale Environment 360, 5/27/14

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