Updated version of IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide released

The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) is pleased to release an updated version (v1.1) of the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide (Guide), with substantive changes to the Exposure Module that bring the Guide into closer agreement with the National Academy of Sciences’ A Framework to Guide Selection of Chemical Alternatives.

Pollution Prevention of Cadmium and Other Heavy Metals

Read more about the project from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center.

Like many heavy metals, cadmium is detrimental to human health. Cadmium can cause serious effects to renal function, bones, and the pulmonary system. It is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 known human carcinogen. Many people consume far more cadmium than than they are aware of; almost all humans carry a significant body burden of the metal.

Where does cadmium come from? How are we exposed? And how can we prevent harmful exposures? These are the questions PPRC and lead scientist, Marjorie MartzEmerson, are seeking to answer.

As part of this effort, we have published an initial report, Cadmium: Human Exposure and Potential Effects. This report represents a starting point to framing and assessing the risks associated with cadmium exposure, as well as exposure to other heavy metals. The report offers preliminary answers to the following questions:

  • How prevalent is cadmium?
  • What do we know about its health effects?
  • How are humans exposed?
  • How can we mitigate risk?

PPRC’s lead scientist, Marjorie MartzEmerson, has also given two presentations on assessing cadmium risks at our 2015 and 2016 Regional Roundtables. Presentations can be found here:

AASHE Award Winner Webinars – starting tomorrow

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming AASHE webinars. AASHE webinars are free for everyone and video recordings and presentation materials are available for AASHE members in the webinar archive at any time.

The AASHE Award Winner webinar series of 2017 will take a deeper look into the winning submissions from the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Awards. In an effort to share best practices and nuanced strategies of what makes these institutions and individuals winners, each webinar will look more closely at the approaches used to effect institutional change, demonstrate student leadership, or advance campus sustainability research.

Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research
Feb. 15, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-1.

Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus
Feb. 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-2.

Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus
Mar. 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-3.

Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

Read the full story in Wired.

On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.

Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.

But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefuge and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, which organized the Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun.