How Bad Is the Damage to the Animas River?

Read the full story in The Atlantic. It looked Photoshopped, but it was definitely real: a river in Colorado flowed orange. Last week, a cleanup crew from the Environmental Protection Agency working along the Animas River in southwestern Colorado accidentally broke through a dam, causing a nearby abandoned mine to spew 3 million gallons of wastewater into …

Getting It Right: Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Are Good Investments

Read the full story from U.S. DOE. A working paper released in June by academics with the E2e Project wrongly suggested that the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and other energy efficiency programs are not good investments.  This result contradicts many past studies and was so surprising that the media was set abuzz. Two new …

Glass Works: Dedicated Glass Container Recycling Produces Results

Read the full story in Ceramic Industry Magazine. Ripple Glass was founded by Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City. About 80% of the U.S. population has access to single-stream curbside recycling collection, which is accompanied by issues of contamination and often ineffective recovery, especially for glass containers. Some alternative recycling systems are in place, however. …

10 questions to ask about wood and paper-based products

Read the full story at Treehugger. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) – a CEO-led organization of innovative companies based around sustainability and business – sees forest loss and degradation as a global priority requiring immediate and concerted action: “It is critical we find ways to ensure that more of the world’s forests …

The 5 Plastics That Nobody Should Be Using

Read the full post at MindBodyGreen. Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes, the eco-entrepreneurs behind global recycling company TerraCycle, have a pretty unique take on trash. Their new book, Make Garbage Great, explores the history of human waste and presents some creative ideas to make less of it in the future. Here's what they have to …