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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Great Lakes shoreline communities get $2 million in water improvement grants
New federal grants will support green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens in Great Lakes shoreline communities as part of efforts to improve water quality. The grants totaling $2,045,858 are also going to communities in Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana for other work, including bio-retention cells and wetlands protection. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 10/20/16

What You Need to Know About the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards
Corporate reporters rejoice: in a move aimed at making it easier for companies to report on their sustainability initiatives and progress, the Global Reporting Initiative today launched the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/19/16

Brewers Association Releases 2015 Benchmarking Report and Sustainability Benchmarking Tools
The Brewers Association (BA) has released the 2015 Sustainability Benchmarking Report. The report includes utility, resource and production data from 79 breweries, representing a robust variety of production sizes and geographic locations. This report provides a platform to share best practices to identify how to use water more efficiently, generate less wastewater and solid waste, decrease total energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Moving forward, data for this annual report will be collected through the Brewers Association Benchmarking Tools. Individual brewers can input their utility usage and compare their data to other participating breweries. Source: Brewers Association, 10/17/16

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A Vision for a Chicago Unified by Rivers
As the 15-year Chicago Riverwalk project draws to a close, the city hopes to use its waterways to bridge neighborhoods. Source: CityLab, 10/18/16

Benefits From Nature Are Not a Private Thing
Ecosystem valuation can be a useful tool to establish value and create awareness of human dependence on the benefits provided by nature, such as drinking water, clean air, and flood protection, as well as public space to hunt, fish, canoe and camp. Source: EarthDesk, 10/19/16

The World's Largest Purchasers Are Asking Suppliers To Reveal Total Environmental Impact
The first step to reducing our footprint is understanding how large it is. Large buyers, like the U.S. military and Walmart, are now helping to do that. Source: Fast Company, 10/18/16

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Why Your Firm Should Consider Products' Total Cost of Ownership
As corporations look to cut their environmental costs, evaluating total cost of ownership -- or the total direct and indirect costs of owning a product or service -- provides a way to achieve greater environmental accountability and better resource management. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/17/16

EPA Calls for Nominations for 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment. Source: U.S. EPA, 10/18/16

How Ford, PepsiCo Plan to Slash Manufacturing Water Use
Within the past week, two corporations in two different sectors, Ford and PepsiCo, have committed to drastically reducing their water use in manufacturing. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/18/16

Monday, October 17, 2016
IJC seeks input on binational approach to address microplastic pollution entering the Great Lakes
The International Joint Commission (IJC) invites public comment on its Preliminary Recommendations on Microplastics in the Great Lakes for binational, science, policy, and education solutions to microplastic pollution. Members of the public are invited to provide comments either online or by email at or until November 10, 2016. Source: International Joint Commission, 10/12/16

Ban for gases that saved the ozone layer but now warm the planet
Kudos for doing the job, but now, for all our sakes, please depart. That's the message the world has given to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the chemicals that saved the ozone layer but turned out to be an escalating threat to the climate. Source: New Scientist, 10/17/16

How manufacturers can better inform consumers about food waste
By standardizing date labeling and better communicating with consumers, the amount of food that is thrown away can be reduced. Source: FoodDive, 10/17/16

Friday, October 14, 2016
Why Sustainable Business Leaders Must 'Think Exponentially'
As corporations increasingly embed sustainability into their long-term plans and decision-making processes, new business models are emerging that promise to deliver financial and non-financial (such as environmental and societal) values while working toward a net-zero emissions economy. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/12/16

Turning Beer Wastewater into Energy Storage Benefits Breweries, Battery Manufacturers
Beer wastewater can be converted to materials needed to make energy storage cells -- a development that researchers say could be a "win-win" for breweries and battery manufacturers. Source: Environmental Leader, 10/13/16

Preliminary estimates show that U.S. manufacturing energy consumption increased between 2010 and 2014
Preliminary estimates show that the total U.S. manufacturing energy consumption increased about 3.7% between 2010 and 2014. This is the first measured 4-year increase in manufacturing energy consumption since 2002. Source: Energy Information Adminstration, 10/13/16

Energy Efficiency Is Key To Taking On Climate Change -- Here Are The Numbers That Matter
Energy efficiency needs to account for one-third of all emissions reductions by 2040. Source: Fast Company, 10/13/16

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