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Environmental Group Launches Initiative for Pharmaceutical Producer Responsibility

12.14.15
Source: Waste360, 12/11/15

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The environmental group As You Sow has launched a waste initiative aimed at making major pharmaceutical companies take responsibility for the collection and disposal of unused and expired drugs and accessories.


The Global Food Waste/Energy Nexus: Is Buying Local Always the Best?

12.10.15
Source: Triple Pundit, 12/3/15

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Calculating the environmental impact of our food purchases isn't always as simple as figuring the driving distance to the nearest point.


How Target and Walmart led a push to make over makeup

12.10.15
Source: GreenBiz, 12/10/15

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After prioritizing their own strategies for years, the retailers are backing industry-driven leadership for sustainable cosmetics.


What Will Revolutionize Sustainability Reporting in 2016 and Beyond?

11.13.15
Source: Environmental Leader, 11/13/15

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Major players in the corporate reporting field joined forces this week to help businesses navigate the complex sustainability reporting landscape. In a move that they say will "revolutionize" reporting, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Ecodesk created the Reporting Exchange, a freely available, multi-lingual, global sustainability reporting knowledge platform. This platform will provide businesses with relevant reporting information at the national, regional and international level, the partners say.


Storage and Treatment of Liquid Waste from Landfills Doesn't Remove All Contaminants, Including Pharmaceuticals

11.13.15
Source: U.S. Geological Survey, 11/12/15

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New research from the U.S. Geological Survey details that even after the storage and/or treatment of leachate -- liquid waste that moves through or drains from a landfill - it can still contain a multitude of chemicals and reflects the diverse nature of residential, industrial, and commercial waste discarded into landfills in the United States.


NYC Students Establish "Restart Center" to Help Peers with Computer Problems

11.13.15
Source: Ethical Culture Fieldston School, November 2015

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Later this month, a new resource will be available to Fieldston students looking to replace failing computer parts, troubleshoot software, or fix glitches. Student volunteers, who will receive community service credit for their work, will be manning "Restart Centers" on campus, helping students diagnose their computers' problems and guide them toward buying new parts and learning how to make repairs.


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.


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