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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Phoenix launches a hub for the circular economy
The city of Phoenix and nearby Arizona State University are teaming up to launch a public-private incubator focused on finding new uses for waste from textiles, food scraps, batteries and more. Source: GreenBiz, 6/15/17

Lab Carbon Capture Technology Keeps Beer Bubbling
Could a national lab technology that improves power plant carbon capture also help other carbon dioxide (CO2)-emitting industries save energy and money? Colorado microbrewery owners think so. Source: DOE EERE, 6/15/17

7 Major Water Stewardship Milestones in the Beverage Industry | BIER Decade in Review
To celebrate over 10 years of work, Bier members highlight some of the water stewardship milestones the organization has achieved through collaboration, benchmarking and developing actionable solutions. Source: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, 6/14/17

Monday, June 12, 2017
NY: State legislation aims to curb food waste
Bipartisan legislation under consideration in both the New York State Senate and Assembly would give grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and other food industry companies an incentive to donate surplus food to local food banks or pantries through a a tax credit. Source: WXXI, 6/12/17

Friday, June 9, 2017
EPA Honors Winners of the 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn potential environmental issues into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. Source: U.S. EPA, 6/9/17

EPA 'Safer Choice' Label Program, Criteria Under Fire
Does a detergent that Procter & Gamble Co. makes merit a 'safer' label designation? The issue has re-ignited a debate among trade association executives over the type of analysis needed to justify such labels. Source: BNA Daily Environment Report, 6/5/17

Unwell Water: PFOS/PFOA Water Contamination in Bucks County, PA
Since 2014, 22 public wells and about 200 private wells have been shut down by contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate. The former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham, along with the active Horsham Air Guard Station, are thought to be the source of the taint in Pennsylvania, while Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is currently investigating the extent of contamination there.

The Bucks County Courier Times has been investigating and writing extensively on the topic, telling the stories of local people who believe they've been sickened by the chemicals, speaking with health experts on the potential toxicity of the chemicals, and examining the actions taken by local, state and federal agencies as they address the contamination. Source: Bucks County Courier Times


Thursday, June 8, 2017
4 Big Ideas in Sustainable Business
In May, the World Resources Institute brought their corporate partners together for MindShare, two days of open discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. These are the themes that emerged. Source: World Resources Institute, 6/8/17

A more sustainable way to refine metals
A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics. Source: McGill University, 6/7/17

Sustainability and pallets: Making change for the long haul
Companies can direct suppliers to ship on lightweight, recyclable corrugated cardboard pallets. Doing so will save money, protect employees, reduce carbon footprints and advance zero waste goals. Source: GreenBiz, 6/8/17

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
DeKalb (IL) residents recycle food waste to compost for pilot program
DeKALB -- Residents in the organic waste pilot program can feel a little less guilty about throwing away their food. Instead of taking up space in the DeKalb County landfill, it's being converted into compost. The organic waste pilot program began in May and will run until Waste Management's yard waste collection ends in November. The 87 participating DeKalb homes are allowed to toss food waste -- including meat, dairy, vegetables and grains -- into the same collection bins as landscaping waste, such as grass clippings and tree branches. Source: Daily Chronicle, 6/2/17

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