Day: March 29, 2016

6 Benefits of Becoming a Sustainable Business

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Over the past two decades, sustainability has become more than a fad or just a buzz word. Research shows that sustainability has real business benefits when conscientiously integrated into business operations.

Off the sheep’s back: recycling waste wool a step closer

Read the full story from Flinders University.

From the shearing shed to catwalk, world stockpiles of waste wool are suddenly in fashion with Flinders scientists who have found a way to give them high value.

Flinders University researchers have developed clean technology to dissolve waste wool and unwanted woollen products to produce a high-value protein called keratin and other byproducts with varied potential applications.

Well known on packaging of popular hair products, the scientists have worked out how to distil keratin from wool using a non-toxic, biodegradable chemical process to ‘dissolve’ the wool fibres with an eye on potential end uses in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and even animal feed markets.

The South Australia Premier’s Professorial Research Fellow in Clean Technology at Flinders, Professor Colin Raston, says the discovery is an outstanding example of reducing waste in a safe way to make use of – and create value – from an existing resource.

New group wants to open flow of water research in Chicago

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

A new project wants to unite Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems — and fan Chicago’s economic flame along the way.

The public-private partnership is called Current, and it’s being led by World Business Chicago. Current’s goal is to bring water research out of labs and put it into the hands of companies and utilities.

An open letter to manufacturers: The problem with ‘eco mode’

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Selling an optional green setting on a product isn’t the same as selling a green product.

New P2 Impact Column: How Tennessee harnesses Waste Stream Mapping by Vaughn Cassidy

In this month’s P2 Impact column on GreenBiz, Vaughn Cassidy explains how Tennessee is taking a closer look at the waste from four big industries helps companies in the Volunteer State to exchange waste materials.

Browse past P2 Impact columns at https://www.greenbiz.com/blogs/enterprise/p2-impact.

College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest

The Green Sports Alliance has unveiled a contest to help college sports programs kick start or upgrade a sustainability program in their stadiums — and enhance the visibility of all campus sustainability efforts.
The winning two campuses will receive ten brand new customizable recycling bins donated by Max-R or GreenDrop, a full compostable food service product upgrade donated by Eco-Products, and on-site sports facility assessments, workshops and recommendations from ESPN and University of Colorado-Boulder sports sustainability experts. Each prize package is valued at over $50,000.
The College Sports Sustainability Makeover Contest is designed to help all campus sustainability efforts by improving the campus environmental footprint, enhancing fan behaviors in-game and at home, and boosting overall campus reputation.
Two campuses will win the grand prize detailed above. There is no cost or obligation to enter. Winning campuses will be chosen on the basis of need, suitability, leverage, and likelihood of success. Any size campus in any level of sports affiliation can win. Contest rules are here. Entry form is here.
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MAY 1, 2016. 
 
There are 30 questions, most of them ask for very simple information. A few questions will require you to compile some background on your campus. Depending on your familiarity with your campus, this entry could take as little as 45 minutes or as much as several hours. Early submittal of your entry is encouraged as the Contest Organizer will, upon request, review the entry for completeness before the deadline.
The GSA’s sponsors and partners include Max-R, GreenDrop, Eco-Products, the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
REMEMBER: Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about how college sports sustainability can enhance all campus sustainability efforts: Free online webinar by leading experts coming on March 24th! Register today!
About Green Sports Alliance 
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent over 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. The Green Sports Alliance is based in Portland, Oregon. Visit www.greensportsalliance.org to learn more, follow on Twitter at @SportsAlliance and join the global conversation at #GreenSports.

Webinar: Use of Climate Information for Decision-Making and Impacts Research: State of our Understanding

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 12:00 PM ET (9:00 AM PT)
Register at https://serdp-estcp.org/Tools-and-Training/Webinar-Series/04-07-2016

Join SERDP and ESTCP on Thursday, April 7 for a detailed discussion of an expert report commissioned by SERDP as a follow-up to five research projects investigating decision-making in DoD and its relationship to available and needed climate information at appropriate spatial and temporal scales. The webinar will be presented by internationally-recognized climate change experts who authored the report with the goal of helping DoD users, and by extension those conducting the impacts research that informs potential decisions, to make useful decisions informed by the state of the science in a rapidly changing climate.

How a Polluted Industrial Site Became Amsterdam’s Most Interesting Neighborhood

Read the full story in CityLab.

Just across the River IJ from central Amsterdam’s waterfront sits an old industrial area that once was left for dead.

The area known as Buiksloterham was home to a Fokker airplane factory, a Shell oil laboratory, a large shipbuilding industry and other manufacturing. Over time, most of the companies here either died or moved out of the area. They left behind a waterfront wasteland where the soil in some areas was polluted. After years of hoping for an industrial revival that never quite came, city leaders concluded about 10 years ago that it was time for Buiksloterham to move on.

That’s when things got interesting—and when Buiksloterham became a model for any city wrestling with what to do with a decaying industrial zone.

Why Rotterdam Is Building Hundreds Of Bridges From Plastic

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Maybe it’s not surprising that a city that’s experimenting with building roads out of recycled plastic is also building plastic bridges.

Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands, is filled with canals and split in half by a river—and along with all of that water, it has 850 bridges for pedestrians and cyclists. As the bridges wear out, the city is replacing them with plastic instead of steel, concrete, or wood.

Using fiber-reinforced polymer, a lightweight plastic, makes it possible to install a pedestrian bridge in as little as an hour. “It’s a light material, making it really easy to put it out there,” says Dave Geensen, project manager for the city. “A normal wooden bridge or steel bridge will take up to three weeks of construction. With this bridge, in the morning the truck with the bridge came, and in the afternoon, before lunchtime they had already left. The bridge was there.”

In Its Quest To Decrease Water Use, Levi’s Is Open Sourcing Production Methods

Read the full story in Fast Company.

From stonewashed jeans without the “wash” to using more recycled cotton, Levi’s is working to squeeze wasted water from its clothes.

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