Month: September 2013

Antibiotic Resistance in Agricultural Environments: A Call to Action

Read the full story from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Antibiotic resistant (ABR) pathogens are an emerging, critical human health issue. ABR has been found in soils dating back for millennia. Current research illustrates the need for considering natural, background resistance in soils in any scientific study examining the effects of antibiotics on the environment.

Study Finds Steroids May Persist Longer in the Environment Than Expected

Read the full story from the University of Iowa.

Certain anabolic steroids and pharmaceutical products last longer in the environment than previously known, according to a new study led by the University of Iowa. The researchers found that the steroid trenbolone acetate, along with some other pharmaceutical products, never fully degrade in the environment, and in fact can partially regenerate themselves. Results published online in the journal Science Express.

McDonald’s will ditch polystyrene for paper coffee cups

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Advocacy group As You Sow scored a noteworthy triumph this week when McDonald’s announced that it will replace environmentally destructive polystyrene foam coffee cups with paper cups at the company’s 14,000 locations in the U.S.

5 ways TD Bank is making green engagement go viral

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The best way to inspire lasting cultural change within any organization is to make the new concept part of business as usual. But how do you make an impact with a three-person environmental and sustainability team?

For inspiration, consider the example of how TD Bank, the U.S. arm of Toronto-based financial services giant TD Bank Group, is making environmental awareness and action part of business processes across the 27,000-employee company.

That’s the topic of a case study published today by Net Impact and GreenBiz Group. The project was sponsored by TD Bank.

How eBay’s radical efficiency plan benefits from employee engagement

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

This week, eBay will take the wraps off a data center in Utah that is the first facility of its kind to use fuel cells from Bloom Energy as its primary source of onsite power.

It’s just the latest demonstration of the e-commerce giant’s radical approach to data center design. That master plan aims to create the highest possible productivity for its roughly 120 million customers — who generated $175 billion in eBay-enabled commerce during 2012 — while having the lowest possible impact on the planet.

Video: How to harness the power of culture for resource efficiency

Watch the video at GreenBiz.

Luke Nicholson of CarbonCulture discusses at Convergence Paris 2013 how his company helps organizations communicate sustainability and understand how they’re saving carbon — using high-tech metering to monitor carbon use — and using that data in a way that’s accessible, accurate and engaging.

Webinar: Sustainable Procurement: Issues and Case Studies

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 1:30 p.m. Central Time
Register at http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/events/webinars/index.html

Sustainable Procurement: Issues and Case Studies
With presentations by:

  • Andrea Desimone, Program Support Specialist, Green Electronics Council
  • Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
  • Erin Stanforth, Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College

How does one implement a sustainable procurement policy? What assistance can outside organizations provide in doing so? How can tracking purchases help colleges track GHGs? The presenters listed above will help answer these questions.

With Community Solar, Now You Don’t Need A Home To Own A Solar Panel

Read the full story at FastCo.Exist.

For all the boom in residential solar (and it is impressive), a lot of people are excluded from getting in on the homemade energy game. They don’t have the right roofs (only about a quarter of homes are suitable), or maybe they’re renters. In all, only about 15% of people are in a position to install panels, and that’s assuming they can afford them.

What’s everyone else supposed to do? One answer could be “community solar”–an increasingly popular alternative to self-installation. Community solar is when, instead of putting up your own panel, you buy one at a local collective, and let an outside organization–a utility, developer, or non-profit–look after it. No roof required.

Wagon-wheel pasta shape for better LED

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

One problem in developing more efficient organic light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs and displays for televisions and phones is that much of the light is polarized in one direction and thus trapped within the LED. Univ. of Utah physicists believe they have solved the problem by creating a new organic molecule that is shaped like rotelle—wagon-wheel pasta—rather than spaghetti.