Day: April 14, 2016

The greenhouse that acts like a beetle and other inventions inspired by nature

Read the full story in The Guardian.

For a new generation of innovators, biomimicry – the imitation of nature’s ecosystems – may help solve some of humanity’s toughest resource problems

Supercharging sustainability metrics with science

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Science has helped identify, quantify and measure some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges — including climate change, water scarcity and land use — but companies traditionally have set sustainability goals in the same way they would other business goals.

Often, businesses set conventional sustainability goals that stakeholders expect — that either reach for the low-hanging fruit or grasp for incremental and often random stretch goals.

But because these goals are not always intertwined with the core sustainability issues surrounding the business, firms struggle to maintain a consistent sustainability narrative. Some companies openly tout their sustainability successes, while others may be doing cool things but opt not to talk about it. Others may admit they are “sustainable” but preface it with the claim that “sustainability is a property of the entire socio-economic system and may not be achieved by the actions of a simple company.”

Whole Foods Is Launching A Budget Store That Will Aim To Be Sustainable And Zero Waste

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If you find Whole Paycheck out of reach, you now have a new option—one that’s pushing the envelope in terms of how sustainable a grocery store can be.

Great Lakes cities swallow streams

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo.

The Great Lakes may boast a fifth of the world’s fresh surface water, but the region is also home to the largest collection of urban stream deserts.

Net Impact’s Sustainable Food Idea Competition

Forward Food Competition invites proposals that present sustainable food ideas to industry experts. Ideas should focus on addressing a food systems challenge such as creating more sustainable products or addressing food waste. Application submission deadline is May 15.

Invitation to Submit Papers to Special Issue of Education Sciences

This special journal issue of Education Sciences, “Sustainability, Environment and Education”, will engage the global field of education research and practice in the intersections of sustainability, environment and education.

Authors from diverse disciplines are encouraged to submit papers that critically explore how educational research and practice can engage and inform deep relationships with the environment with an imperative for sustainability of human and natural wellbeing. The editors invite contributions from researchers and scholars that challenge the assumptions of education for exploitation at the expense of the human and natural condition.

Submission deadline is Oct. 1.

Call for Papers: Timescales Environmental Humanities Conference

Papers are now being accepted for Timescales, an interdisciplinary environmental humanities conference to be held on Oct. 20-22 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reinvigorating traditional conference structures, Timescales will combine distant transdisciplinary conversations in a panel format with site-based events and engagements with art and activism. Papers are invited from all disciplines that engage the temporalities of environment, ecological crisis and response. Conference organizers encourage submissions that address topics related to the Anthropocene, environmental change, adaptation and futurity.

Abstracts are due by May 2.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

Aiding the dissemination of sustainability research being performed by universities across the world, the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management is now calling for papers for a special issue titled: “The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges”.

The special issue aims at offering an overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change, and to provide researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences with an opportunity to introduce innovative research methods, present the results of empirical research or showcase research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The deadline for submission of papers is April 30.

EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Award Program supports emerging scientific leaders focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. The award will provide an annual stipend of $65,000, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. Deadline to apply is May 20.

Recycling food waste in Connecticut: Slow as molasses

Read the full story in the Connecticut Mirror.

The folks at Quantum Biopower thought Connecticut’s pilot project for anaerobic digesters was a good idea when they first saw it four years ago. Designed to help the state get rid of the enormous amount of food waste that was winding up as municipal trash, the digester’s biological process would turn that waste into combustible gas that would then be harnessed for electricity. There’d be some compost left over to sell for gardens.

Quantum reasoned it would also be a good way for its parent company, a land clearing business with a lot of wood waste on its hands, to get rid of that too. So Quantum came up with a plan for a site in Southington, started securing financing and sources of food waste, applied for permits in late 2013 and waited.

It’s still waiting.

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