Day: August 8, 2014

Lions QBs to wear green practice jerseys made out of recycled bottles

Read the full story from the Detroit News.

Lions quarterbacks are going green Wednesday.

Matthew Stafford and the other Detroit quarterbacks will wear green jerseys made from REPREVE, a fiber made out of plastic bottles, during practice Wednesday as part of the team’s new partnership with the manufacturer.

3p Weekend: 7 Companies Investing in Sustainable Packaging

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

As waste continues to pile up in our landfills, a growing number of companies are taking a second look at product packaging and devising creative ways to cut back. From mushrooms and potatoes to the quest for a recyclable toothpaste tube, this week we’re tipping our hats to seven companies that are leading the charge in sustainable packaging design.

A Proud Day To Be A Hockey Fan: NHL Releases First Sustainability Report

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Growing up as a hockey-obsessed kid in a small New York suburb, there was no single event to which I looked forward more than The Day the Lake Froze Over.

For most of my hockey-playing years, I had the great fortune of living across the street from a large lake (Lake Mahopac), and a short drive from a smaller pond (Teakettle Spout), the latter of which attracted a disproportionate amount of pickup hockey talent.  I still remember rushing out the front door on Saturday mornings to check the integrity of the ice — “Solid enough to skate on?” — or waiting for the inevitable phone call imploring me to get down to Teakettle because a game about to get underway.  None of us who gathered on those lakes and ponds took for granted the free ice-time we were afforded, but I don’t think any of us considered that these opportunities might, some day, disappear.

This same spirit — that of the eager kid entertaining his or her professional hockey playing fantasies on the local lake or pond — animates much of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) first Sustainability Report, which was released last week.  The NHL’s report is the first of its kind in major professional sports, and its scope and ambition are impressive.  Hopefully, the work the NHL did on its inaugural report will set the tone for the rest of professional sports and encourage the other major leagues — the MLB, NBA and NFL — to follow-suit.

Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in Midwest Rivers

Read the full story in Wired.

Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams across the upper Midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals’ environmental effects.

Researchers from the United States Geological Survey tested waters at nine sites in Iowa and Nebraska. They found neonicotinoids in each, frequently at levels that may harm insects and the life that depends on them.

“This wasn’t a toxicity study, but there’s research out there indicating that these concentrations could be of concern,” said USGS chemist Michelle Hladik, lead author of the paper describing the survey in the journal Environmental Pollution.

Science Graphic of the Week: Mapping Climate Change on Tatooine Over 110 Galactic Years

Read the full story in Wired.

Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard Years, Tatooine has turned from a sprawling, desert wasteland into an even hotter sprawling, desert wasteland. It comes from Tatooine’s first Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change, written by 23 droids (not really) and a human named David Ng, a molecular biologist from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Ng is in cahoots with several other science writers who are using Tatooine as a device to teach real world science. Ng writes on his blog that the report is an “overly elaborate teaching prop” that he hopes will help people understand how scientists come to a consensus on climate change.

 

Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment

Read the full story and view the online exhibition from the Library of Congress.

Environmental issues affect everyone on planet Earth—the quality of the water and food we consume, the air we breathe, and the parks we enjoy. The images selected for this exhibition are among the Library’s most compelling compositions because their creators intended to provoke reaction and inspire change.

Can Ants Save the World from Climate Change?

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

Ants may be some of Earth’s most powerful biological climate brokers, a provocative new study claims…

The aim of study, published July 14 in the journal Geology, was to watch the minerals in basalt dissolve over time.

California Residents Are Painting Their Lawns Green

Read the full story in the National Journal.

Business has never been better for lawn painters amid the worst drought on record in the Golden State.

Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Sustainable purchasing is an effort to buy greener, healthier, and more sustainable products from greener, more sustainable companies. It is based on the simple concept that every single purchase has hidden human health, environmental, and social impacts and that it is possible to reduce adverse impacts by buying better products.

The hidden impacts occur throughout a product’s supply chain: from the point raw materials are scraped out of or harvested from the earth, to the preparation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes, the packaging, use and ultimate disposal of the product, including all of the transportation requirements throughout the lifecycle. The cumulative total of the impacts defines the product’s sustainability footprint.

Sustainable purchasing means buying products with improved sustainability footprints that also meet price, performance and quality requirements.

Recovery of Freshwater from Wastewater: Upgrading Process Configurations To Maximize Energy Recovery and Minimize Residuals

Yaniv D. Scherson and Craig S. Criddle (2014). “Recovery of Freshwater from Wastewater: Upgrading Process Configurations To Maximize Energy Recovery and Minimize Residuals.” Environmental Science & Technology 48 (15), 8420-8432. DOI: 10.1021/es501701s

Abstract: Analysis of conventional and novel wastewater treatment configurations reveals large differences in energy consumed or produced and solids generated per cubic meter of domestic wastewater treated. Complete aerobic BOD removal consumes 0.45 kWh and produces 153 g of solids, whereas complete anaerobic treatment produces 0.25 kWh and 80 g of solids. Emerging technologies, that include short-circuit nitrogen removal (SHARON, CANON with Anammox, CANDO) and mainstream anaerobic digestion, can potentially remove both BOD and nitrogen with an energy surplus of 0.17 kWh and production of 95 g of solids. Heat from biogas combustion can completely dry the solids, and these solids can be converted to syngas without imported energy. Syngas combustion can produce 0.1 kWh with an inorganic residue of just 10 g. If salt is removed, freshwater can be recovered with net production of electrical energy from methane (0.03–0.13 kWh) and syngas (0.1 kWh) and an inorganic residue of 0.1-0.3 kg as brine. Current seawater desalination requires 3–4 kWh (thermodynamic limit of 1 kWh) and results in an inorganic residue of 35 kg as brine.

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