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Monday, August 22, 2016
Next Steps on New EPA Toxics Rule Implementation Reinforce the Need to Engage
The passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ("2016 TSCA Amendments") was a rare bipartisan success story. However, the August 9-10th Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") stakeholder public comment meetings on the risk evaluation and prioritization rules that will implement the new law were a sobering counterpoint. They provided a stark reminder that there are still dueling, and in some cases dramatically different, interpretations of the statute and the appropriate policies that should be adopted to put in place under the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA") moving forward. Source: JD Supra Business Advisor, 8/19/16

Sustainable Procurement Standard Coming Soon
ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement -- Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO member on the draft before final publication in 2017. Source: Environmental Leader, 8/22/16

Thursday, August 18, 2016
People would buy green products -- if only e-commerce showed them how
Given the choice to go green when making purchases online, a lot of people would follow through, new research suggests. They just need companies to provide them with enough information to do so. Source: Washington Post, 8/15/16

Capturing Rainwater Will Save GM Plant Millions of Dollars
A new project to capture stormwater at GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly -- home of the Chevrolet Volt -- is slated to save the plant nearly $2 million every year. The initiative, two years in the making, now allows the plant to reuse rainwater for manufacturing processes throughout the 4 million square foot facility. Source: General Motors Green, 8/10/16

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Federal Court Rules in Favor of Social Cost of Carbon and Environmental Justice
Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago upheld a Department of Energy rule that incorporated the social cost of carbon in regulations covering commercial refrigeration equipment. Source: Triple Pundit, 8/17/16

5 Ways to Break the Link Between Economic Development and Resource Consumption
Efficiency-promoting policies can go a long way toward sustainably boosting growing economies. Source: Ensia, 7/29/16

Business lobby slams EPA for unfunded mandates
States are on the hook for implementing the majority of federal environmental regulations but receive little federal money to help them do that, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Source: The Hill, 8/17/16

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Nitrogen fertilizer risks cellulosic biofuel advantage
The application of surplus nitrogen fertilizer to cellulosic biofuels can reduce the climate benefit of the crop nearly two-fold, according to a study by US scientists. Source: EnvironmentalResearchWeb, 8/9/16

Cooling Down Chicago: How Green and Cool Roofs Could Impact Urban Climate
Newly published University of Notre Dame research found that the use of roofs with vegetation or reflective surfaces on top of Chicago's current infrastructure could reduce UHI by lowering roof temperatures by a range of 3 to 4 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit). The study, part of a collaboration between Notre Dame and the City of Chicago, examined the efficacy of green or cool roofs using a regional climate model to simulate various real-world urban rooftop conditions. Source: University of Notre Dame, 6/1/16

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Thriving, not just surviving: why business needs to go beyond doing less bad
The key to a flourishing new society is for everyone to change their ideas about success and shift from taking from to giving back to our community. Source: The Guardian, 8/8/16

Why Measuring Waste GHG Emissions Matters
Accounting for greenhouse gas emissions from waste isn't as straightforward as, say, measuring those from corporate fleets. But as stakeholders increasingly demand companies reduce their carbon footprint -- and firms seek zero-waste accreditation -- tracking and disclosing waste GHG emissions is key. Source: Environmental Leader, 8/9/16

Reducing Water Pollution with Microbes, Wood Chips
This article explains how woodchip bioreactors can help clean the water that flows out of tile drains on farms, which helps to reduce nitrogen pollution. Source: R&D Magazine, 8/9/16

Skokie introduces first environmental sustainability plan
Years in the making, Skokie's first five-year Environmental Sustainability Plan was recently released by the village's Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission. Source: Chicago Tribune, 8/5/16

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