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Friday, February 23, 2018
2018 Midwest Food Recovery Summit Call for Presentations
The Midwest Food Recovery Summit Call for Presentations is open from February 1 - 28, 2018. Presentations that are focused on case studies, planning processes and/or research, in particular, abstracts that showcase details regarding why and how the food waste reduction, recycling, and/or diversion project was started, obstacles encountered, and/or innovative solutions, will be given priority. Abstracts focused solely on a particular product and/or service will not be considered. Source: Iowa Waste Reduction Center, 2/1/18

Thursday, February 22, 2018
CYRENE: A New Bio-based Dipolar Aprotic Solvent
Increasing the availability of safer, sustainable solvents is expected to significantly impact industrial Green Chemistry programs. Cyrene [(-)-Dihydrolevoglucosenone] is a safer, bio-based alternative to petroleum-derived DMF (Dimethylformamide) and NMP (N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone). Despite only recently becoming available in the quantities required for solvent usage, Cyrene has been successfully employed as a greener substitute in a number of industrially relevant applications, including graphene synthesis and carbon cross-coupling reactions. Source: Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog, 2/21/18

Kering, LCF Launch First-Ever Open-Access Course for Sustainable Luxury Fashion
In response to growing demand for sustainable apparel products, Kering and London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) are launching the world's first open-access digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. Entitled "Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World," the course aims to strengthen sustainability education in the luxury and fashion realms in order to promote the wider adoption of more sustainable practices. Source: Sustainable Brands, 2/22/18

Temarry Recycling Turns Hazardous Wastes into Commodities while Cutting Emissions
Temarry handles three waste types: solvents, solids and water-based wastes. Source: Waste360, 2/22/18

MI: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040
Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press. Source: Associated Press, 2/19/18

Greenwashed Timber: How Sustainable Forest Certification Has Failed
The Forest Stewardship Council was established to create an international system for certifying sustainable wood. But critics say it has had minimal impact on tropical deforestation and at times has served only to provide a cover for trafficking in illegal timber. Source: e360, 2/20/18

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sustainability Trends for 2018
SustainAbility's annual trends review identifies ten issues that they believe will have significant impact on global sustainability and the corporate sector in 2018. Source: SustainAbility, 2/1/18

Owens-Illinois Achieves Cradle to Cradle Gold Rating in Industry First
Glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois (O-I) is the first food and beverage packaging company to receive gold-level certification for material health and re-utilization under the Cradle to Cradle standard. Based in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I makes glass packaging for leading brands and had revenues of $6.9 billion last year. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/20/18

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
This duo wants to turn your trash into a cocktail
One bar's trash is this sustainability-focused bar's treasure. Source: SBS, 2/20/18

How going green can raise cash for your lab
R?ecycling leftover chemicals and equipment slashes energy bills and boosts research budgets. Source: Nature, 2/7/18

New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable
New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable. Source: Vanderbilt University, 2/15/18

Consumer and Industrial Products Now a Dominant Urban Air Pollution Source
New study finds surprisingly high contribution from paints, pesticides, perfumes as vehicle emissions drop. Source: University of Colorado, 2/15/18

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Replacing LED light bulbs before they fail may be greener
Households can reduce their energy bills and cut their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions by switching to more efficient lighting, but what's the best strategy to maximize savings in cost, energy and emissions? Should we buy our new bulbs today or wait for further improvements to the technology? Having considered the options in detail, researchers based at the University of Michigan, US, have drawn up a list of household lighting guidelines to help us make the right decision. Source: EnvironmentalResearchWeb, 2/12/18

Responsible Battery Coalition Launches 2 Million Battery Challenge at U.S. Senate Auto Caucus Briefing on Sustainability
A coalition of leading vehicle battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and users dedicated to the responsible manufacturing, use and reuse of vehicle batteries launched an initiative today to recover 2 million more batteries with the goal of achieving a recycling rate of 100%. The campaign, called the 2 Million Battery Challenge, is an effort to engage consumers to bring their used vehicle batteries to the nearest participating auto parts retailer to have them properly recycled. Source: Responsible Battery Coalition, 2/11/18

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?
We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet -- our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives and better recycling provide an answer? Source: BBC, 2/9/18

Walgreen's Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates
In early 2016, Walgreens launched a safe medication disposal program in the United States, installing kiosks at 600 stores where customers could deposit unwanted pharmaceuticals. That continuous national effort was a first, not just for one of the country's largest drugstore chains, but for any retailer in the country. Environmental Leader recently interviewed Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare, to learn about the start of the program, the regulatory challenges that had to be addressed along the way, and how Walgreens plans to expand accessibility in the future. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/9/18

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