Determining Materiality in Hotel Carbon Footprinting: What Counts and What Does Not

Download the document. As hotel companies seek in good faith to determine and report their carbon footprints, often in response to stakeholder requests, the issue of materiality arises, in which the hotel firm must determine what factors are important to greenhouse emissions and which are negligible in terms of emissions. The guidance from existing sources …

Hotel Sustainability: Financial Analysis Shines a Cautious Green Light

Download the document. Hotels around the world have risen to the challenge of improving their sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint. Although many groups and customers are demanding sustainability, hotel operators are concerned about whether sustainable hotels increase or decrease their rates and bookings. To answer the question of whether going green hurts or helps …

Nova Scotia Sustainability Center Gives New Life to Library Discards

Read the full story in Library Journal. Dalhousie University’s library system was in a bind. Bound books, mostly out-of-date academic journals that had since been uploaded to online databases, had been piling up for years. At nearly 50,000 volumes, the library was running out of space. “Any university that’s subscribing to a lot of academic …

Soil Nutrient Availability Properties of Biochar

Download the Master's thesis. Biochar’s high porosity and negative surface charge allows for numerous soil and plant benefits such as increased water retention, high nutrient availability, and plant growth. By analysing biochar’s effect of all of these factors, a system can be put in place in which soils can be remediated with the proper soil …

USDA Announces Cool Planet and the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies Receive $10 Million to Develop Sustainable Biofuels from Beetle-Killed Wood

Read the full press release. Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small scale bio-refineries for the conversion of non-food biomass into biofuels and soil enhancing biochar, as a member of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR), was awarded a grant by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and …

Environmentally friendly energy discovered in wood biochar

Read the full story in the Daily Illini. A wood biochar supercapacitor may seem like a burnt piece of wood in a small plastic container at first glance; however, these little devices could be the future of environmentally friendly energy. For the past two years, Junhua Jiang, senior research engineer, and a team of researchers …

Climate Change Literature Synthesis Third Edition Now Available

The third edition of the Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources from the Bureau of Reclamation is now available. The report offers a summary of recent literature on the current and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. It is organized around the five Reclamation regions, which …