How to Make a Free Things Box

Read the full post at Shareable. Knowing that people like to share things they no longer need with their neighbors, Berto Aussems decided to construct an easy way to do so. His Free Things Box is sturdy and weatherproof, and it only comes with three rules: Open only during the daytime. Take only things you …

An up-close assessment of Walmart’s sustainability index

Read the full story at GreenBiz. In Marc Gunther’s recent article about Walmart and its efforts to make toy production more sustainable, he calls the Walmart supplier Sustainability Index "the biggest environmental initiative in the company's history," and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) agrees. He also questions whether "Walmart is taking this too far”"and "how the …

Sustainability and Our Horizontal Infrastructure

Read the full story in Governing. Green building-rating systems have been around for well over a decade. The best known in the United States is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the certification system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is for the "horizontal infrastructure" world of buildings. But what about "horizontal …

Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved

Download the document. Efficiency standards have played a major role in saving energy and water and reducing utility bills. This report analyzes how the choices available to consumers have changed over time as efficiency standards have taken effect for ten residential, commercial, and lighting products. The report compares the performance, features, and price of products …

Next Steps for Campus Sustainability: Connection, Integration & Transformation

When sustainability has been included in a few courses and all of the light bulbs have been changed, what comes next? Taking place August 26-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, this AASHE workshop will focus on helping you build the connections across disciplines, across campus and into the community, that will transform the way your …

Bio-oil and Biochar as Additional Revenue Streams in South American Kraft Pulp Mills

Marcelo Hamaguchi, Jussi Saari, Esa Vakkilainen (2013). "Bio-oil and Biochar as Additional Revenue Streams in South American Kraft Pulp Mills." BioResources 8(3), 3399-3413. Online at http://ojs.cnr.ncsu.edu/index.php/BioRes/article/view/3737. Abstract: Pulp and paper companies are seeking opportunities beyond the traditional production of market pulp. One interesting alternative is to expand their revenue streams by adding value to the …