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Ikea's solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant

5.16.17
Source: The Guardian, 5/15/17

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Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain domination.


Treating wastewater wastes energy, but it doesn't have to

5.10.17
Source: GreenBiz, 4/3/17

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has set a target to be energy-neutral by 2023, following the lead of plants in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, California, which has moved beyond net-zero energy to actually selling energy back to the grid. These innovators are using a variety of technologies to reduce the electricity they use through energy efficiency and to generate electricity onsite to offset what they do use.


Walmart's plan to lift a gigaton of carbon from its supply chain

4.20.17
Source: GreenBiz, 4/19/17

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Walmart is doubling down on its climate commitment. Today, the retail giant announced Project Gigaton, a goal to remove 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain by 2030, equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off the road for a year, the company said.


Why B Corporations are at a crossroads

4.19.17
Source: GreenBiz, 4/19/17

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If the movement is to achieve its bold vision -- "that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world" -- then more publicly- traded, mainstream companies must commit to the label.


Nike, Circular Economy Firm Miniwiz Develop Sustainable Packaging from Trash

3.28.17
Source: Environmental Leader, 3/27/17

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Nike has developed new sustainable packaging for its shoes, working in collaboration with Arthur Huang, the CEO and founder of Taiwanese firm Miniwiz, which recycles consumer and industrial waste into new products.

The lightweight packaging is made entirely of post-consumer materials such as milk and orange juice containers, and morning coffee lids. The box is produced from a single process Polypropylene with no added chemicals. The modular design allows it to be used as a stackable, interlocking component of a product display or storage system, Nike says.


ACEEE Accepting Applications for Scholarship to Attend 2017 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

3.21.17
Source: Environmental News Bits, 3/21/17

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ACEEE is now accepting applications for Linda Latham Scholarships to attend their 2017 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Denver, Colorado from August 15 -18, 2017.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/ energy efficiency. "Latham Scholars" will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with energy efficiency experts from around the world.

The application deadline is April 10, 2017.


NASA's Green Thumb for Green Aviation

3.21.17
Source: Machine Design, 3/20/17

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The New Horizon Aviation Program's charter is to strengthen the aviation industry over the next 20 years by introducing new technologies, as well as find ways to improve on efficiency and reduce pollution.


MN: Discounts available to switch out solvent-based parts washers

2.2.17
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 12/14/16

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The MPCA has developed a pilot project in partnership with Safety-Kleen that will give a 25% discount to small businesses who switch from a solvent to an aqueous-based parts washer.


France bans pesticides in public green spaces

1.10.17
Source: Associated Press, 12/29/16

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French children will soon be able to frolic in the grass without risk of intoxication. Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces from Sunday while non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter.


Republicans can cancel some Obama environment rules. But they'll have to choose carefully.

1.5.17
Source: Washington Post, 1/4/17

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Two bills under consideration in Congress, each expected to go to a swift vote, could help expedite the process of undoing recent regulations -- or even make it more difficult to pass them in the first place.


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