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Friday, February 14, 2014
5 ways EHS professionals can solve pollution challenges
In the latest P2 Impact column, Thomas Vinson of the Zero Waste Network advises environmental health and safety managers about ways that they can show the value of pollution prevention to employees in "core" business areas. Source: GreenBiz, 2/14/14

Pollution Prevention Institute announces awardees in student competition
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the awardees of its third annual NYSP2I Research and Development Student Competition. Source: Rochester Institute of Technology, 2/12/14

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report
Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, ISTC researchers report. Source: University of Illinois, 2/12/14

10 reasons health care needs sustainability treatments
Health care is in conflict with itself -- in some ways, it's its own worst enemy. A sound treatment protocol has to be balanced with resource conservation and management. Here are 10 reasons to practice a better approach. Source: GreenBiz, 2/12/14

Food companies put green procurement on the menu
Eco-friendly products have been mainstream for some time now, and many executives have spent years working toward more sustainable business strategies within their respective companies. These leaders know first-hand just how many aspects of enterprise operations need to be addressed in the effort to move toward greener procurement and production models. Distribution and manufacturing chains have become more complex and geographically spread out, as have companies' customer bases. With no end in sight for this trend, how can businesses make real, measurable efforts to reduce environmental impact and at the same time communicate those successes to consumers? Source: GreenBiz, 2/7/14

William McDonough: 6 ways to move beyond zero-waste
Traditionally, businesses have strived to reduce or eliminate the waste they produce. But McDonough, influential designer, architect, entrepreneuer and co-author of "Cradle to Cradle" and "The Upcycle," thinks this is missing the point. Zero waste is "like going nowhere," he said. Instead, the focus should be a "cycle of endless resourcefulness." Source: GreenBiz, 2/7/14

10 CSR ideas to retool the design and construction industry
The areas where design and construction firms can have the biggest CSR impacts are in specifying responsible products, selecting responsible supply chains (suppliers and subcontractors), minimizing environmental damage, using energy efficient designs, reducing waste during construction and most importantly, maintaining the health, safety and welfare of their (and their supply chain's) employees. Source: GreenBiz, 2/6/14

State of Green Business: Water rises as a risk factor
For much of the past decade, stories about water as "the new oil" or "the new carbon" have come out at a steady trickle. These days, it's more of a stream. Companies, communities and countries are coming to recognize that "water" is increasingly being paired with the words "crisis" or "risk." Source: GreenBiz, 2/3/14

How crowdsourcing can boost green chemistry
As part of its effort to mainstream green chemistry, the manufacturers, brands and retailers in the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) has explored Challenge Driven Innovation and other new innovation models and programs that can be used to accelerate green chemistry. The GC3 took a close look at InnoCentive, given its successful track record in the green chemistry space. Here's what we learned. Source: GreenBiz, 2/7/14

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Why recycling smartphone batteries is vital for sustainability
Recovering metals from lithium-ion batteries has a 90% smaller ecological footprint than primary mining -- so why are recycling rates so low? Source: The Guardian, 2/11/14

What will it take to eliminate hazardous chemicals from everyday products?
Brands such as Burberry and Adidas have pledged to phase out dangerous chemicals, but face significant challenges. Source: The Guardian, 2/11/14

Monday, February 10, 2014
In Developing World, A Push to Bring E-Waste Out of Shadows
For decades, hazardous electronic waste from around the world has been processed in unsafe backyard recycling operations in Asia and Africa. Now, a small but growing movement is seeking to provide these informal collectors with incentives to sell e-waste to advanced recycling facilities. Source: Yale Environment 360, 2/6/14

Piloting Sustainability
So, you have been thinking about pushing a corporate sustainability program within your organization. Where do you start? Source: Environmental Leader, 2/10/14

Data Center Uses Reclaimed Water
DuPont Fabros Technology's Ashburn Corporate Campus (ACC) now uses reclaimed water for the four data centers with evaporative cooling plants. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/10/14

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
EPA Launches WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to Encourage Water Savings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge as a way for agency partners and other organizations to encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Source: U.S. EPA, 2/5/14

EPA Recognizes Seven Communities for Smart Growth Achievement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized projects in seven communities as winners of the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for their creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment while strengthening local economies. Among the winners are an expansive greenway in Atlanta, a downtown whitewater rafting park in rural Iowa, and a regional development plan for metropolitan Chicago. Other winners include the revitalized Historic Millwork District in Dubuque and an innovative, affordable infill housing development near public transit in Sacramento. Source: U.S. EPA, 2/4/14

EPA's 2012 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline
Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. Source: U.S. EPA, 2/4/14

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