Day: March 1, 2016

Applications now open for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards.  This award, which began in 1987, is the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program. Each year, it honors organizations and businesses that have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The deadline for submitting applications is close of business May 20, 2016.  Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Application information, evaluation criteria, sample applications and more can be found on ISTC’s website.

This program is open to all public and private Illinois organizations.

SEJ Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment Call for Entries

SEJ’s Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. TV, radio, print and online journalism about environment or related issues are eligible. $500 offered for first-place winners in seven categories.

Eligible stories: Environment and related topics across all media broadcast or published from March 1, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016.

Eligible books: Environment and related topics published or E-published in 2015.

Deadline to enter: April 1, 11:59 P.M. your local time.

All entries must include an online entry form. Where uploading or linking stories is impossible, hard copies can be mailed. See details here. More information can be found in the FAQs and 2016 Rules.

Seven categories include investigative (large and small market), environment beat reporting (large and small market), explanatory reporting (NEW!), features writing and books about the environment.

Winners will be announced in July and recognized at SEJ’s Awards Presentation Ceremony in Sacramento, California, in conjunction with SEJ’s 26th Annual Conference, Sept. 21-25.


Shazam for Plants Will Identify Any Plant From a Picture

Read the full story at Ryot.

Some scientists have estimated that there are about 400,000 flowering plant species in the world — that’s a lot of plants.

So you’ll be okay if you don’t know each and every one of them. But if you’re really curious about that one flower you walked past on the park, don’t worry there’s an app that will help you identify that plant.

PlantNet is an app that will help you identify a plant just by taking a picture of it — think of it as the Shazam for plants.

Why STAT is the media startup to envy

Read the full story in the Columbia Journalism Review.

Nearly four months after its launch, it’s more apparent than ever that STAT is the media startup to envy. The new national publication dedicated to covering health, medicine, and science has the structural support of a traditional outlet—in this case, the Boston Globe—and a large staff that, collectively, has at least a century of journalism experience behind it. At the same time, STAT has a distinctly entrepreneurial agility and energy, and the freedom to carve out a unique voice for itself.

Sustainable purchasing leaders prepare best practice guides

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

During the first three years of its existence, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) focused largely on gathering knowledge from a growing network of corporate procurement professionals.

Over the next 12 months, the organization will start sharing more of that practical insight with its members, which now number close to 150 companies, hospitals, and government agencies.

Among the first things they can expect between now and SPLC’s upcoming summit in May: a series of playbooks that offer guidance on procurement practices for eight broad categories, according to SPLC’s executive director Jason Pearson. The topics mirror the areas covered in the manifesto that SPLC circulated to about 80 companies for review last year, a document aptly named “Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Version 1.0.”

Consumerism plays a huge role in climate change

Read the full story from Grist.

It’s easy to hate on consumption. It turns otherwise intelligent people into manipulable drones, leads to rampant privacy violations, helps people like Jeff Bezos and Sam Walton get disgustingly rich and powerful, encourages advertisers to shove garbage like this in our faces, and culminates every year in a tradition so degrading and horrific that it forces us to question whether we all really did die after Y2K and this is actually hell.

But here’s one more thing: A new study published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology shows that the stuff we consume — from food to knick-knacks — is responsible for up to 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and between 50 and 80 percent of total land, material, and water use. So, you know, get that Amazon trigger finger ready, because you’re gonna want to do some comfort shopping after this.

Are we doing enough to encourage next-generation sustainability pros?

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Last November, on the eve of the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, a group of environmental activists sued the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights by continuing to promote the development and use of fossil fuels. Just one of them, famed climatologist James Hansen, was above the age of 20.

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