Environment

Learned Society Attitudes Towards Open Access

Via Docuticker.

Source: EDP Open

From Press Release:

Key findings include:

  • Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy.
  • Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also considered a significant challenge for learned societies.
  • Gold Open Access is the Open Access method that is least offered by learned society journals, however nearly two-thirds of learned societies indicated that they would like to be offering this option.
  • More than ever before, with so many journals being published Open Access of dubious origin, learned societies should look to endorse content with a stamp of quality and authority.
  • Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks.
  • Two-thirds of all learned societies are also looking for support on best approach to OA, and compliance with funder mandates.

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ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Grants $150K for Green Chemistry Research

Via the ACS Nexus blog.

Last year the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable sent a call for proposals, seeking to fund projects that are developing alternatives for widely employed transition metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions (the assembly of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom). These reactions are used frequently in the pharmaceutical industry because they allow for the assembly of compounds with significant molecular complexity (like those found in medicines). They currently depend heavily on palladium and other 2nd/3rd row transition metals that have drawbacks such as high cost, fluctuating global supply, human toxicity concerns, and limited natural abundance.

Rather than perpetuate these typical protocols the Roundtable envisions a more desirable future state for cross-coupling that not only employs non-precious/non-toxic metal catalysts, but also reduces the number of steps, achieves ambient temperature conditions, utilizes environmentally responsible solvents systems, and more. Pursuing these goals will shrink the environmental impact of medicine production, address safety conditions for workers, and reduce costs for the industry (no longer relying on rapidly depleting precious metals).

Many proposals were submitted for this call for non-precious metal catalysis, but after difficult decisions two stood out among all others.

  • Dr. Paul J. Chirik received $100K for his proposal “Modern Alchemy: New Paradigms for Enabling Base Metal-Catalyzed Cross Coupling in the Pharmaceutical Industry.” Over a 2 year period, his group will at first explore the application of redox active ligands that can undergo traditional cross-coupling transformations (carbon-carbon) with a 1st row transition metal catalyst. Eventually, the team will address more long-standing challenges such as iron-catalyzed carbon-nitrogen bond formation and more.
  • Dr. Daniel J. Weix of the University of Rochester received $50K for his proposal “Direct Synthesis of Alkylated Arenes and Heteroarenes from the Cross-Coupling of Heteroaromatic Halides in Non-Amide Solvents.” For the next year, Weix and his team will develop new nickel catalysts and conditions for the formation of new carbon-carbon bonds via cross-coupling. The team hopes to achieve these reactions with simple ligands and metal salts, provide broad function-group compatibility, and employ greener solvents.

Congratulations to the grant winners! Keep an eye out for updates over the coming years to see how this important research progresses. And to learn more about precious metal use in chemistry and alternative technologies, be sure to catch the Green Chemistry & Engineering Hybrid Session on June 19th, where Dr. Chirik and other experts will be presenting. Attend in person or watch the live broadcast.

Register now for this FREE webinar: Endangered Elements: Critical Materials in the Supply Chain » ACS Webinars

Institute for Environment and Sustainability

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

As one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) works “to provide scientific and technical support to European Union policies for the protection of the European and global environment.” Located in Ispra, Italy its work brings together multidisciplinary teams to create data sets, working papers, and key briefing documents. In the Documentation area, visitors can look over press releases, presentations, and hundreds of papers on everything from tsunami preparedness in the Solomon Islands to sustainable business partnerships. In the Data Portals area visitors can explore a large number of portals that provide information on marine environments, global CO2 emissions, and much more. [KMG]

Can Annie Leonard help Greenpeace reach beyond diehard greenies?

Read the full story at Grist.

On Tuesday, Greenpeace USA announced that Annie Leonard, the force behind The Story of Stuff Project, will take the reins as the organization’s new executive director.

Leonard first made a name for herself in 2007 with the release of her 20-minute web video The Story of Stuff, a clever animated explanation of where our stuff comes from and where it goes after we throw it away. It quickly went viral, and that led to more explainer videos, a bestselling book, and a successful nonprofit. So she has plenty of experience engaging audiences on topics that might seem mundane or off-putting, but in fact have far-reaching and large-scale consequences. (For example: where your iPhone comes from, and where it goes to die when you spill beer on it. Whoops!)

We got to talk to Leonard about how her work with The Story of Stuff Project has prepared her to take on new challenges at Greenpeace. First and foremost: helping more people realize that they are environmentalists – whether or not they identify with the dirty word itself – and they need to fight for change accordingly.

NASA Releases 1,000 Apps To Public

Read the full story in Information Week.

NASA writes a lot of software, and that software performs a wide variety of functions. The nation’s space agency also makes much of that software available to other federal agencies, organizations, businesses, and the public through approximately 1,500 software usage agreements. Now NASA wants to make better use of its intellectual asset portfolio and is releasing a software catalogue with more than 1,000 applications that are available for free to the public.

Inside SC Johnson’s strategy to clean up the environment

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

If you know one thing about SC Johnson, it’s that it’s a family company. The tagline that adorns adverts for Mr Muscle, Glade, Pledge, Toilet Duck and all the other products in the cleaning product giant’s portfolio would be easy to dismiss as another example of cutesy marketing fluff from an American multinational, but for the fact that SC Johnson is actually a family company. The Wisconsin-based firm is now onto its fifth generation Johnson chief executive in the form of Herbert Fisk Johnson III. And while it may boast operations in around 70 countries, it remains a privately-held company that still manufactures the floor wax that it started producing back in 1886.

According to Clint Filipowicz, senior director for manufacturing in Europe, Middle East and Africa, it is this heritage that informs a global sustainability strategy that is aiming to slash waste levels, increase the use of renewable power and deliver cuts in greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Private status gives the company the freedom to both “do what is right” and overcome the “constraint” of quarterly reporting by taking long term sustainability decisions, he argues. Or, as the fourth generation Johnson CEO, Sam Johnson, summarized in the company’s unofficial mission statement, “every place should be a better place because we are there.”

This Eco-Village Is An Environmentalist’s Dream

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, who previously dreamed up this Dragonfly vertical farm to be placed in New York City as well as the idea of Chinese “farmscrapers,” has been deemed an eco-utopian architect, a description that seems perfectly apt in relation to his latest project: Flavours Orchard is a concept created for a private Chinese developer to build a high-tech eco-friendly city in China that centers on community gardening.

FY 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

Proposals are due March 11, 2014. The full solicitation is available at http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap/srap14.pdf.

Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards are issued annually, subject to Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received. This Request for Proposals announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Offices (herein referred to as the Regions) anticipate having up to $147,000 per region or up to $1,029,000 in total award funding to issue SRA awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to reduce or eliminate pollution at the source.

Collectively, the Regions are interested in funding projects that support five strategic goals of EPA’s P2 program — 1) reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), 2) reduce hazardous substances, 3) increase resource conservation, 4) promote efficient business practices and 5) encourage P2 integration. Proposals will need to demonstrate P2/source reduction through surveys, studies, research, investigation, experimentation, education, training and/or innovative practices.

Proposals that principally support recycling, clean-up, treatment, disposal and/or energy recovery efforts (e.g., incinerating solid waste to generate electricity) will not be considered for funding. Eligible applicants include: the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.

Note, Regions 1, 7 and 9 representing the U.S. states and territories of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa and Guam will not participate in this announcement and will not accept proposals under this competition. Projects proposed in these Regions will not be reviewed. However, applicants working or residing in Regions 1, 7 or 9 are free to propose grant work in a participating Region. Proposals should be sent to the appropriate Region where work will take place.

Region 5′s priorities are for projects that promote:

  • Hazardous substance reduction through the use of environmentally sustainable tools, processes, practices and/or programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate new, innovative practices that promote measurable P2/source reduction efforts.
  • Geographically-based initiatives and sustainable manufacturing through the use of P2. These projects must make use of initiatives such as Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) partnerships or other local collaborations to provide technical assistance to the sector.
  • Promote tribal college/university-based technical assistance programs that assist tribal facilities in preventing pollution through the use of tools that promote environmentally-sustainable processes, practices and/or programs.

Seeking Articles for P2Rx P2 Impact Column for 2014 – Respond by January 27

P2Rx has a successful monthly column called P2 Impact (currently Pathways) running in GreenBiz.com.

We are looking for article contributors for the calendar year 2014.  If you have a unique article idea that promotes the virtues of source reduction to a general business audience, please forward to dwalden@unr.edu by January 27 to be considered for our 2014 lineup. The article ideas will be evaluated by the P2Rx review committee and accepted articles will be published this year.  Article and submission guidelines for the GreenBiz column appear below.

Here is the link to the articles published to date: http://www.greenbiz.com/business/engage/enterprise-blogs/p2-pathways.

Guidelines & Instructions for Submitting Articles to P2Rx GreenBiz Column

P2Rx hosts a monthly P2 column for the GreenBiz newsletter and a landing page on their website. We are seeking authors to write articles according to our guidelines. Articles need to be exclusive to P2Rx and GreenBiz among green-focused websites, with the exception of summaries appearing on your own company or personal site.

What We Want: Current topics relevant to P2 and sustainability program managers and to the green business community. We will accept both shorter (400-600 word) and longer (800-1,200 word) pieces across a range of topics. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Stories of companies or initiatives
  • Insights into business process, operations, or technologies
  • Profiles or Q&A with business leaders or thought leaders
  • Case studies and best business practices with respect to P2
  • Advice and how-to pieces

What We Don’t Want: Technical or scientific debates; politics, except to the extent it directly affects business strategy; reviews of consumer products; rants; or repurposed press releases.

Article Content and Messaging

Articles need to be practical and P2 relevant. A good example is a case study where people can see how P2 programs were implemented. What are the barriers and what are challenges? Are there areas that require more work? Behavioral change is an important element. Article should revolve around a business interest and not necessarily a public agency need. Articles need to be timely, current and unique. Articles should be source reduction oriented and ideally focused on priority programs or projects that align with EPA’s strategic goals. Topics need to have transferability and relevance across sectors. For example, “how a company changed cleaning processes in order to reduce VOC use.”

Please include a quote, testimonial or case study in your article for better readership.

General Guidelines: Articles need to have a human interest element to better address the GreenBiz.com business focused audience. Do not use P2 jargon; rather use language that’s being used in the general environmental and business community. We want to keep on point about the merits of pollution prevention. Must be original content (not repurposed articles). Articles must address the general business community.

How to Submit an Article Proposal

Send article proposals to dwalden@unr.edu. Include a brief paragraph of the planned article theme, length, focus, topics covered and possible arguments. Include a short biography of the author including P2 experience.

Article Acceptance Process

Article proposals will be judged by a review committee and you will be notified if your proposal is selected. Once accepted, you will be approved to write a professional article according to P2Rx guidelines and timelines. Generally, the article is due three (3) weeks prior to the publish date and accepted any-time after approved concept. Include author biography and digital photo with submission. Once article is finished, the P2Rx article review committee will give you suggestions for improvement if applicable. We may change the order of publishing of articles depending upon timeliness of submittal and content in the article. Any articles that do not meet the author guidelines and acceptable writing standards will be rejected.

What to Submit with your Article Copy

Please send all this information along with your final revised article:

  • A headline (please keep it to 65 characters, including spaces)
  • A short summary (no more than 120 characters, including spaces)
  • Headshot photo and bio: If you or the person you are submitting does not have an profile on GreenBiz, please submit a headshot photo (heads and shoulders only) with a short bio (one paragraph is fine, more if you wish)
  • Photos (landscape orientation only) with photo credit: If you do not have permission to use it, please don’t send it and suggest that it should be used with the blog. Photos are optional, but real-life (and good quality!) photos accompanying the posts are invaluable additions. If you want to earn extra credit, you can resize them to 550×413 pixels.

About GreenBiz

GreenBiz is B-to-B, focusing on the greening of business. Their goal is to help environmental leaders in mainstream companies to be more effective in their jobs by better understanding how they can help their companies by cutting costs, improving reputation, tapping new business opportunities, and generally creating value.

GreenBiz Target Audience: Senior leaders in large corporations. Some have “environment” or “sustainability” in their titles, but many don’t. They come from operations, HR, marketing, purchasing, facilities, real estate, fleets, finance, etc. Their firms are driven by hardcore business goals as much as by environmental ones, and they’re seeking to align the two.

For more information on GreenBiz or the P2Rx P2 Impact column, visit the site: http://www.greenbiz.com/business/engage/enterprise-blogs/p2-pathways