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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World?
Agribusinesses are increasingly using computer databases to enable farmers to grow crops more efficiently and with less environmental impact. Experts hope this data, detailing everything from water use to crop yields, can also help the developing world grow more food. Source: Yale Environment 360, 3/3/16

Chief justice rejects plea to block air pollution rule
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants in a big victory for the Obama administration. Source: The Hill, 3/3/16

How to tell your sustainability story
Sustainability is essentially "an invisible idea," but it doesn't have to stay that way. That's how Solitaire Townsend described it, reflecting the hopes of many attending our GreenBiz 16 event in Scottsdale, Arizona, last week.

Townsend, co-founder of Futerra Sustainability Communications, kicked off a lively presentation that blamed a surplus of acronyms and other barriers for preventing sustainability professionals from making their work known to the C-suite, consumers and so many stakeholders in between. Source: GreenBiz, 3/3/16


Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Dumping Fashion Waste on Craft Rooms Instead of Landfills
Manufacturing in China means plummeting costs of production. It may be good for businesses that it's getting cheaper to make things, however, it's now even easier to just throw consumer items to the dump when they don't meet expectations, stop working, or boast minor defects. Startup the Squirrelz has an interesting idea to tackle fashion's millions of tons of fabric that stock up landfills: sell them for cheap to creatives. Source: PSFK, 3/1/16

When Will Flint's Water Be Safe To Drink?
Residents might have a hard time believing that it can ever be trusted. Source: FiveThirtyEight, 2/23/16

GreenBiz 101: What does 'zero waste' really mean?
"Zero waste" sounds like a straightforward concept. MillerCoors is one example of the many companies trying to translate that ideal into practice. Source: GreenBiz, 3/2/16

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. One of the contracts went to MesoCoat, Inc. (Euclid, Ohio) for developing corrosion-resistant coatings on steel to replace current more hazardous methods. Source: U.S. EPA, 2/29/16

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Applications now open for the 2016 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards. Source: Environmental News Bits, 3/1/16

Monday, February 29, 2016
Why companies see circular thinking as an emerging strategy
Pushing reuse and deriving new value from the materials of production, Ellen MacArthur is branding a new economic model. Source: GreenBiz, 2/29/16

Friday, February 26, 2016
What It Takes to Make the Great Lakes' Areas of Concern Less Concerning
Eliminating the pollution from industry requires a lot of time, money, and effort on the part of local groups, states, and federal entities. Source: Pacific Standard, 2/25/16

Do not flush: New labeling for disposable wipes
The MPCA is seeking a ban on the word "flushable" on the labels of disposable wipes, after dozens of Minnesota communities have reported that wipes cause costly problems for their wastewater systems. Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 2/24/16

EPA Proposes Revisions to its Risk Management Program to Improve Chemical Process Safety and Further Protect Communities and First Responders
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to improve chemical process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources. Source: U.S. EPA, 2/25/16



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