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Can the plastics industry create a collaborative model for change?

6.5.15
Source: GreenBiz, 6/1/15

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Plastic is an inherently ubiquitous and valuable material -- which is why it's time to finally move the needle on doing a better job reusing it.


Winnow Scores Seed Funding For Its Food Waste Smart Meter

5.18.15
Source: TechCrunch, 5/11/15

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Winnow is on a mission to help the hospitality industry cut down on food waste by making the kitchen 'smarter.' It does this via the Winnow smart meter, a set of smart scales and accompanying tablet app that lets kitchen staff easily log what food is thrown away. That data is then uploaded to the cloud, analysed by Winnow's algorithm, and disseminated so that food waste can be reduced.


Materiality matters: why don't companies have to disclose sustainability risk?

4.28.15
Source: GreenBiz, 4/28/15

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Although more companies are disclosing sustainability information, there are few standards and the reporting is often vague and subjective.


Sprint Names Winners in Upcycled Smartphone Contest

4.28.15
Source: Sprint via Business Wire, 4/27/15

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Sprint, in conjunction with Brightstar Corp. and HOBI International, has announced the winner of its inaugural Smartphone Encore Challenge, a contest for Net Impact college students to find profitable and innovative ways to repurpose old smartphones or their components. The winning team from the University of California, Berkeley, created TouchCart, a "smart" grocery cart that aims to transform traditional shopping carts into multi-purpose shopping assistants, providing savings for grocery stores and an improved shopping experience for customers. Two teams were selected as runners-up in the challenge. The first, a team of two MBA students led by Sreekanth Krishnakumar from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, converts old smartphones into onboard monitoring devices for vehicles. The StreetSmart device calculates automobile insurance premiums based on individual driving behaviors, provides feedback and financial incentives for users to adopt better driving practices, and serves as a black box recorder that can be reviewed in case of accidents. The second runner-up is a team of three led by Biplab Deka, a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Their entry, Neo, transforms pre-owned smartphones into affordable computers for budding programmers. The device would help address the "digital divide" by providing computer access to school-aged children who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of programming tools.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Reduces Microprocessor Serial Link Power Consumption, Improves Data Center Energy Efficiency

4.1.15
Source: Semiconductor Research Corporation, 3/31/15

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers are working to reduce the serial link power consumption, thereby helping data centers and mobile platform operate more energy efficiently.The University of Illinois research--sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) through the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE)--was presented last month at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Serial links consume about 20 percent of microprocessor power and constitute about 7 percent of overall energy consumption in a data center. These serial links are only sporadically used, such as when there is a request to access a webpage or a miss in the last level of cache. As part of the research, the Illinois team designed a 7-gigabit per second transceiver with the first reported on/off embedded clock architecture. The new transceiver achieved an order of magnitude lower serial link power-on compared to existing transceivers. The team estimates that data centers in North America can save $870 million annually using this approach, with the yearly serial link power savings at data centers worldwide by 2020 equaling Japan's yearly electricity consumption.


Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin-Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

3.13.15
Source: Library Journal, 3/11/15

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The University of Wisconsin--Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What's different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee.


ISTC Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award

3.2.15
Source: ISTC, 3/2/15

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The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015.


IL: Aquatics center at Niles North recognized for energy-efficiency

2.25.15
Source: Chicago Tribune, 1/9/15

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The energy-efficient design of the $14.7 million aquatics center that opened at Niles North High School in Skokie two years ago has earned recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council. Niles North's aquatics center was recognized in December with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Gold" certification--the second-highest certification level awarded to the "greenest" buildings in the U.S. When the school's former 48-year-old pool was replaced with the aquatics center in 2013, architects designed a 121-foot competition pool around a multitude of energy-reducing systems that minimize the use of artificial light, water, and the amount of energy required to heat and cool the building.


New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Videos #5

2.18.15
Source: Second Nature, 2/18/15

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This week's video features Katharine Jacobs, Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions and former Assistant Director in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. She will discuss challenges and solutions for higher education in promoting a sustainable society. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.


Call for Presentations: Green Electronics Council's Emerging Green Conference

2.18.15
Source: Green Electronics Council, 2/11/15

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The Green Electronics Council has issued a Call for Presentations for the Emerging Green Conference 2015. From September 22-24 in Portland, Oregon, USA, global technology leaders will convene at Emerging Green to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy. Individuals interested in presenting may submit their abstracts online. With the overall theme of "Electronics in the Circular Economy," Emerging Green 2015 will be comprised of multiple tracks that address key issues for electronics and sustainability. Possible focus areas may include "Critical Materials Management," "Next-Gen Products and Sustainability," "E-Waste and Recycling," "Greening with Electronics" and "Electronics and Emerging Economies." Presentation abstracts will be accepted until May 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2015, whether their proposal has been accepted.


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