Simon Malls Develop ‘Plastic Room’ to Bale Plastic for Sale, Recycling

Read the full story at Environmental Leader. Properties owned by Indianapolis-based real estate company Simon Property Group Inc. have begun collecting and baling clear plastic packaging materials — such as individual plastic bags that contain the clothing that is delivered to the malls — for recycling. Concord Mills in Concord, NC, is using a so-called …

Sustainable skateboards

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. A 13-year-old boy, beanie hat covering his shaggy hair, practices grinding his skateboard down a handrail in a busy urban neighborhood until a police officer chases him away. Skateboarders’ love of skate spots, like this one in Lansing, Michigan, leads to a heightened care of these environments. …

Caesars Entertainment: Betting on Sustainability

Read the full story in the MIT Sloan Management Review. Caesars Entertainment, the world’s most geographically diversified gaming company, has been earning a reputation as an environmental leader in the hospitality industry, receiving awards and certifications for sustainability leadership from, among others, the Sierra Club, the EPA, and the U.S. Green Building Council. In just …

Research advances in conversion of wastes and algae to crude oil

Read the full story in Biodiesel Magazine. Yuanhui Zhang and Lance Schideman, both professors in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have combined their research efforts to develop an innovative system that uses swine manure to produce biocrude oil, grow algal biomass, capture carbon, purify wastewater and …

Smart building strategy: Tackle behavior first, technology second

Read the full story at GreenBiz. It’s no secret that technology changes behavior, and that’s likely to be just as true with buildings as it is with, say, mobile devices. But while we often think of the latest technology as a way to improve building functions, we usually fail to fully consider how technology might …

What it takes to change all the lights in New York City

Read the full story from GreenBiz. Replacing all the streetlights in New York City is, undoubtedly, no small job. When the idea of using LED lights citywide came up, however, the city was up to the task. After completing thorough testing in 2009, a project to replace all of the city's streetlights started to become …

Reduce, reuse, recycle: green technologies and practices at work

Read the full report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fifty-seven percent of businesses in the United States used green technologies or practices to improve energy efficiency within their establishments in August 2011, and over half used green technologies and practices to reduce or eliminate the creation of waste materials as a result of operations. …