The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a program of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, has teamed with Creative Nonfiction magazine to create the $10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award. The award-winning essay, as well as other select submissions, will be published in a special “Human Face of Sustainability” issue of Creative Nonfiction (CNF).
CNF and the Sustainability Solutions Fair, one of the programs within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, chose to launch this competition because of the growing conversation around this issue on both a global and an individual level.
In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winner will be invited to a special launch event hosted by ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. The contest deadline is May 31, 2013, and “The Human Face of Sustainability” issue will be published in Spring 2014. The issue will be guest edited by Donna Seaman.
Additionally, the magazine is seeking an artist to illustrate the issue. The artist chosen will receive $3,500 and have their work profiled prominently for at least three months on CNF’s website. He or she will work closely with CNF’s editorial and design staff to create 8 to 10 original designs to be featured on the cover and interior of the magazine. All styles of interpretation, as well as various media (e.g. line drawings, watercolor, collage) will be considered, providing they are well suited to a print format.
Complete submission guidelines are available at www.creativenonfiction.org/sustainability.
Read the full story at Environmental Leader.
The US military composted 670 tons of food waste at its Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., in 2012, diverting the food from landfills and saving $300,000 in disposal costs, the base’s official newspaper The Northwest Guardian reports.
Revenue and savings from the program support the base’s recycling as well as its programs for family, morale, welfare and recreation.
The food waste, which is collected from Army and Air Force Exchange Service restaurants, unit dining facilities, child care centers, and other facilities, is delivered to the JBLM Earthworks composting facility several times a week. The JBLM Lewis Main Commissary alone recycled 261,760 pounds of food waste last year, saving $21,062 in disposal costs.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
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Join the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program for a free webinar: Exploring the Toxics Release Inventory’s Pollution Prevention Information: A New Resource and a P2 Provider’s Perspective.
This webinar will provide an overview of the pollution prevention and waste management data collected by the TRI Program and introduce participants to a new search tool that makes this information easy to access, visualize, and use. Additionally, participants will hear about the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), how they use the TRI information, and how they plan to integrate the new pollution prevention tool into their outreach activities.
Featured presenters will include:
- Daniel Teitelbaum, Pollution Prevention Staff Lead, TRI Program Division, Office of Environmental Information, US EPA
- Laura Babcock, Ph.D., Director, MnTAP
- Robert Lundquist, Senior Engineer, MnTAP
Read the full story at Triple Pundit.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is funding a fantastic biochar processing project through the NGOs Radio Lifeline and Black Earth Project in Rwanda. One of the lesser known and most underestimated renewable energy options, biochar is a process that breaks down biomass into a fertilizing substance that sequesters carbon, and that is the stuff that makes the Amazon’s soil so productive.
Read the full story at Atlantic Cities.
Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and elsewhere are turning the entire Los Angeles metro region into a state-of-the-art climate laboratory. From the ridgeline [of Mount Wilson], they deploy a mechanical lung that senses airborne chemicals and a unique sunbeam analyzer that scans the skies over the Los Angeles Basin. At a sister site at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), researchers slice the clouds with a shimmering green laser, trap air samples in glass flasks, and stare at the sun with a massive mirrored contraption that looks like God’s own microscope.
These folks are the foot soldiers in an ambitious, interagency initiative called the Megacities Carbon Project. They’ve been probing L.A.’s airspace for more than a year, with the help of big-name sponsors like the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Keck Institute for Space Studies, and the California Air Resources Board. If all goes well, by 2015 the Megacities crew and colleagues working on smaller cities such as Indianapolis and Boston will have pinned down a slippery piece of climate science: an empirical measurement of a city’s carbon footprint.
Read the full story at EarthTechling.
New York is a city made of bold statements and gestures that are sometimes backed up by bold deeds. For this reason, the Big Apple is the focus of the Urban Green Council’s latest plan to reduce the CO2 emissions in the city by 90 percent by the year 2050, mostly through the use of better building materials and techniques.
Many emissions reductions projects have been planned in many others cities before with middling success. What makes this long-range plan, called “90 by 50,” a bit different is that it is based almost entirely on green building technology that is currently feasible and somewhat affordable. As the report says, “The greatest obstacle to a responsible approach to climate change mitigation is a sense that the problem is insoluble.”
Read the full story at Green Car Congress.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has established what it says it is the first process to reuse rare earth metals extracted from old nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries for new nickel-metal hydride batteries for use in hybrid vehicles.
Honda has been extracting an oxide containing rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries at the plant of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (JMC). (Earlier post.) Now, by applying molten salt electrolysis to this oxide, Honda has succeeded in extracting metallized rare earth that can be used directly as negative-electrode materials for nickel-metal hydride batteries.
Read the full story at Clean Technica.
Whether you are looking to save the planet or just a little money, going green is now easier than ever. However, with so many gadgets available on the market, it’s hard to know which products are truly green and which are just riding on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Here are nine new products which can actually make a difference in your household energy consumption.
Read the full story from the University of Illinois News Bureau.
A study published in the journal Science reveals a decline in bee species since the late 1800s in West Central Illinois. The study could not have been conducted without the work of a 19th-century naturalist, says a co-author of the new research.
Charles Robertson, a self-taught entomologist who studied zoology and botany at Harvard University and the University of Illinois, was one of the first scientists to make detailed records of the interactions of wild bees and the plants they pollinate, says John Marlin, a co-author of the new analysis in Science. In the 1970s, Marlin, a research affiliate with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Illinois Natural History Survey at the U. of I., used Robertson’s records as a basis for his own research on the wild bees around Carlinville, Ill., an area rich in woodlands and native prairie…
The paper, “Plant-pollinator interactions over 120 years: loss of species, co-occurrence and function,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.