12 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Read the full post at Forbes. Inefficient processes are at the root of your carbon footprint. Use process improvement tools – such as Lean Six Sigma or Kaizen — to trim the level of energy, water and other resources you use. Think of each item on this list as a process that may benefit from …

Request for Proposals: AASHE 2014 Professional Development Opportunities

AASHE members are invited to submit proposals for AASHE workshops and webinar topics to be held in 2014. This is a great opportunity for you to share best practices and present valuable educational content that directly addresses the challenges and shared successes in leading the sustainability transformation on your campus. And it's a great opportunity …

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. first to be certified platinum by US Zero Waste Business Council

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) announced today that it's awarding Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with the platinum certification plaque for its achievement in successfully diverting 99.8 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. This is the first platinum certification that the USZWBC has given and the highest level possible. USZWBC …

A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360. A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies. Researchers are now working to find alternatives to these critical elements or better ways to recycle them.

Minnesota garbage study offers ‘wake up call,’ pollution control agency head says

Read the full story from MPR News. Food waste and other organic material made up nearly a third of what Minnesotans sent to landfills in 2012, according to a new study state officials released Monday. The Waste Composition Report, released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, found that organics accounted for 31 percent of the …

Harnessing the crowd to promote sustainable innovation

Read the full story in The Guardian. Hundreds of academics, activists, scientists, municipal leaders, and businesspeople gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week to discuss ways to harness a different kind of sustainable resource: the crowd. The three-day Crowds and Climate Conference took on topics from urban adaptation to climate change and scaling …