Day: May 7, 2012

How to Power an Entire Neighborhood with Solar Energy

Read the full post at Shareable.

How do you help a community transition from passive consumers of energy into active producers?

One way to accomplish this is to start a neighborhood solar co-op.

That’s just what the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. did. How did they do it?

A Free Beginner’s Guide to the Sharing Economy

Read the full post at Shareable.

For over two years, Shareable has explored the new sharing economy in its many forms: how individuals, families, communities, entrepreneurs, businesses, designers, coders, and countless more are building resilience through collaboration and sharing. In that time, we’ve amassed a considerable library of how-to share guides, and researched and documented how these shifts are transforming the economy, technology, and civil society.

Still, those new to the sharing lifestyle may wonder where to start. As demonstrated in the free New Dream Community Action Kit Guide to Sharing, produced by The Center for a New American Dream in collaboration with Shareable, sharing isn’t something we need to relearn. It’s a childhood skill we’ve never lost, like riding a bike:

Following Garbage’s Long Journey Around The Earth

Read the full story at NPR.

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day.

About 69 percent of that trash goes immediately into landfills. And most landfill trash is made up of containers and packaging — almost all of which should be recycled, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes…

P&G’s environmental sustainability analysis tool is available for free

Read the full story from Packaging Digest.

The Procter & Gamble Co. has announced that its environmental sustainability scorecard analysis tool would be made freely available for use by any company. The Excel-based tool enables companies to measure and interpret key environmental sustainability metrics across their supply chains and identify progress as well as opportunities for improvement.

Air Force refocuses pollution, waste efforts

Read the full story from the Air Force News Service.

Air Force leaders recently refocused its pollution prevention and waste elimination efforts with a new policy aimed at gaining efficiencies.

A policy memo co-signed April 27 by Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove and Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Logistics Terry Yonkers comes on the heels of Earth Day and its service-wide pollution prevention, or P2, focus.

Extended producer responsibility gains traction in the US

Read the full story in The Guardian.

By holding manufacturers responsible for products at the end of their lifecycle, extended producer responsibility (EPR), or product stewardship, has long helped European countries with their waste diversion efforts. The concept has also caught on in Canada, Latin America and Asia, but until recently has been little more than a foreign buzzword in the United States. EPR, however, is now gaining support as companies realise that improved management of disposables, rather than an annoyance, can be a money saver and even a revenue generator.

Great Lakes in My World New High School-level Curriculum

Looking for ways to educate and inspire the next generation of Great Lakes leaders? Try the new Great Lakes in My World 9-12 unit. This curriculum is a series of 17 lesson plans that meets state and national standards. It focuses on coastal habitats, including the topics of restoration, stewardship, careers and the issues facing the Great Lakes. Free sample lesson plans are available. See the details at the following Web address.

Field Trip Packs for Early Childhood Educators Now Available from More than 200 Locations in Illinois

The Field Trip Packs from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Division of Education are now available from more than 200 lending locations statewide. Visit the Web page at to find the lending locations near you. Whether you walk around the block, visit a park or make a backyard discovery mission, the Field Trip Pack can promote nature exploration. These packs were developed for use with children of grades prekindergarten through three.

National Zero Waste Action Conference 2012

Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home
Rockford, IL – June 3, 2012
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Held in conjunction with the Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Annual Conference

8:45 – 10:15 Zero Waste Around the U.S: Reports from Zero Waste Communities

  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Logan County, OH
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder, CO

 10:45 – 12:15 Essential Elements of Zero Waste

  • Zero Waste Brand, Recognition and Certification of Zero Waste Businesses, Communities & Professionals
  • Producer Responsibility and Product Redesign
  • End landfilling and incineration
  • Building the Infrastructure Beyond Recycling
  • New Rules and Economics: Policies to Incentivize Zero Waste

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Organizing for Zero Waste in Your Community

  • Lynne Pledger, Sierra Club Zero Waste Team, “How to Organize for Zero Waste”
  • Portia Sinnott, Zero Waste Brain Trust, “E-Guide and Tools for Getting to Zero Waste”
  • Paul Schultz, Dubuque, IA, “Organizing for High Waste Diversion”

1:45 – 3:30 Zero Waste in Action

  • Zero Waste Plans for Communities
  • Zero Waste Businesses
  • Product Bans:  Updates on Plastic Bag bans and Styrofoam Container bans
  • Focusing first on Reduce and Reuse
  • Resource Recovery Parks

3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 5:15 Tools for Moving to Zero Waste

  • Resources for Zero Waste Communities
  • Tools for Zero Waste & Climate Change
  • Zero Waste, Economic Development and Green Jobs
  • Facility Fighting- Stopping Landfills and Incinerators
  • Procurement as a Tool for Zero Waste and EPR

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