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FTC says firm's biodegradable claims 'false'

10.28.15
Source: Plastics News, 10/23/15

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has ruled against an Ohio-based plastics film maker, calling ECM BioFilms Inc.'s claims that its product is biodegradable "false and unsubstantiated."


First Illinois City to Implement Curbside Organics Recycling Program

10.15.15
Source: Waste360, 10/15/15

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Highland Park will become the first Illinois city to offer curbside recycling of mixed organic waste when it rolls out its opt-in, three-bin system in April 2016.


University of Illinois to offer new sustainability minor: Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program

10.8.15
Source: Inside Illinois, 10/8/15

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Six academic units came together to offer the new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program, a campuswide undergraduate minor through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment to promote systems-level thinking about energy and sustainability, and to foster the development of an integrated view of the economy, society and the environment.


Let's Modernize Our Environmental Laws

10.7.15
Source: New York Times, 10/7/15

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Written when smog was an emergency, the Clean Air Act allows the E.P.A. to require that states, businesses and individuals reduce smog-forming emissions regardless of the economic damage done. Some parts of the act forbid the E.P.A. even to consider cost or job losses. That sort of thinking was appropriate during the smog emergencies of the past. Now it's counterproductive.


Food Giants Align For Climate Action

10.1.15
Source: Huffington Post, 10/1/15

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A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday.


Lawmakers: You Don't Have to Choose Between Cleaning the Air and Stabilizing the Climate

9.30.15
Source: Pacific Standard, 9/29/15

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A new study by scientists based in Europe and China, in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, argues that air quality and climate change measures should be viewed as complementary rather than counter-balancing. Many steps to address air pollutants can also limit global warming, if policies look at the root problem rather than taking weaker actions aimed at containing the damage.


For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands

9.30.15
Source: Yale Environment360, 9/28/15

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On ancestral lands, the Fond du Lac band in Minnesota is planting wild rice and restoring wetlands damaged by dams, industry, and logging. Their efforts are part of a growing trend by Native Americans to bring back traditional food sources and heal scarred landscapes.


One Scientist's Hopeful View On How to Repair the Planet

9.24.15
Source: Yale Environment360, 9/23/15

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Ecological crises may be piling up in a seemingly hopeless cascade, but Swedish scientist Johan Rockstrom says the next few decades offer an unparalleled opportunity to undo the damage.


Imagine a world without waste: it's possible with a circular economy

9.24.15
Source: The Guardian, 9/24/15

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We can remedy our planet's problems, but only if we are willing to redesign wasteful manufacturing processes and give up our throwaway habits.


Allegheny County, Pa., Emphasizes 'Green' Infrastructure in $2 Billion Stormwater Control Effort

8.12.15
Source: FutureStructure, 8/5/15

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Greening the county's antiquated sewer network can be accomplished through a series of regionally focused, strategically placed solutions, such as green roofs, permeable pavement and stormwater planters.


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