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Friday, February 24, 2017
NASA's new efficient super computing facility will save 1.3 million gallons of water a year
The Electra system uses a fan technology that uses less than 10 percent of the energy of mechanical refrigeration systems in place at other supercomputing facilities. The system will save about 1 million kWh of electricity every year -- the equivalent of 90 households -- and 1.3 million gallons of water every year. Source: Treehugger, 2/22/17

Farming With the Power of Renewable Energy
This central Illinois farmer harvests the sun to use its energy on his operation. Source: Successful Farming, 2/23/17

Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases
Almost all procurement managers now look for sustainably-produced material in their purchases, according to a new survey -- which comes as analysis of corporate deforestation commitments shows a dramatic rise in disclosure. Also, companies that hopped early onto the sustainability bandwagon say it's paying off financially. Source: Ecosystem Marketplace, 2/10/17

Thursday, February 23, 2017
BIER Issues Results of 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study
The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) released their 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study, celebrating their ninth benchmarking report on key performance data within the industry. Findings of the study substantiate the beverage industry's ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce resource use on a global scale. Nineteen companies participated in this study, providing valuable quantitative insight for nearly 1,500 facilities across six continents. Source: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, 2/23/17

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
GM, Steelcase see a web of opportunity in the circular economy
Slashing corporate waste and upping investment in reuse is a big market opening -- and one that could unlock new supply chain value and job opportunities at companies that can get out ahead. Source: GreenBiz, 2/21/17

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Wisdom of Garbage
Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away -- and how cities can cut the waste. Source: CityLab, 2/15/17

Gore to Phase Out Perfluorinated Chemicals, Develop New Waterproofing Coatings
Gore Fabrics says it will eliminate perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) of environmental concern from its products by 2023. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/14/16

Nanomaterials Guidance Under REACH Review
In a move that could affect US manufacturers and chemical companies that do business in Europe, the European Chemicals Agency is moving forward with nanomaterial guidance regulations. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/14/17

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
IL: Will County hopes to expand electronic recycling
Will County will continue its electronic recycling program at five locations this year, with hopes of expanding that to seven sites, officials said. The county board is expected to approve a one-year contract with A-Team Recyclers, LLC, of Joliet, the sole bidder for the recycling program at a cost of $91,600. More sites could be added for $13,800 each. Marta Keane, recycling specialist with the Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division, said with additional money in the budget, she also wants to increase one-day collection events from two in 2016 to at least six collection events in the coming year. The county will continue to partner with the city of Lockport to operate a permanent electronics drop off center, which is open from 6 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday at 17112 Prime Boulevard. Source: Chicago Tribune, 2/10/17

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