Sustainable Innovation: What’s Good for the World Can Be Good for Business

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It is the responsibility of science- and technology-based companies to work with customers and partners around the world to not only help solve their product challenges, but their environmental ones as well. When working environments are positively changed, it encourages ambition and innovation and results in increased certainty, reliability and new revenue streams from additional product lines.

How many chemicals are in use today? EPA struggles to keep its chemical inventory up to date

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No one, not even the Environmental Protection Agency, knows how many chemicals are in use today. EPA has more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But the agency is struggling to get a handle on which of those chemicals are in the marketplace today and how they are actually being used.

Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon

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Iron particles generated by cities and industry are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea – potentially increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that the world’s oceans can absorb, a new study suggests.

Full research article: “Air pollution–aerosol interactions produce more bioavailable iron for ocean ecosystems,” Science Advances,

We grow it, we waste it, we dump it: fighting food waste one click at a time

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With almost 4m tonnes of food from the commercial sector going to landfill, social enterprise Yume connects suppliers with restaurants and other buyers.

Green myths

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Like any myth, the green variety may sprout from kernels of truth. More often, they are based on false or outdated information.

Below, we take aim at several common myths that we’ve come across. We’ll tackle some more in a future edition of Living Green 365.

Remembering a City Where the Smog Could Kill

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With the future of the E.P.A. now in doubt, it’s worth recalling what New York City was like before the agency and the movement it represented.

Innovative technology provides safe drinking water in California

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A new technology, developed with NIEHS funding, will provide safe drinking water to California communities at approximately half the cost of other options and with virtually no secondary waste.

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) small business grantee Microvi Biotechnologies celebrated installation of its advanced nitrate removal technology during a grand opening Jan. 25 at Sunny Slope Water Company. The company delivers water to 30,000 households in southern California, and the new system will provide more than 200 million gallons of treated water to its customers.

We Still Don’t Know Enough About The Marijuana Industry’s Environmental Impact

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It’s boom time for legal marijuana: In Colorado, revenue from sales is already at $1 billion, and by 2020, the industry is expected to out-earn the National Football League. But while cannabis is big business, it may also be damaging to the environment, according to a new article by environmental scientists William Vizuete and Kirsti Ashworth.

Webinar: STARS and Beyond: Adventures of an Embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office

March 9th, 11:15 – 11:45 PM CST
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During the past year Amy Brunvand, an academic librarian at the University of Utah, has been on leave from the library in order to work out of the campus Sustainability Office.  Her main project was helping to compile a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) report, a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance that is used for ranking by Sierra Magazine and Princeton Green Schools among others.  Along the way she gained insights into what drives campus sustainability and how academic libraries and librarians can get involved in and offer support to sustainability efforts across the whole campus organization.

Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian and government information specialist at the University of Utah where she has spent the past year on leave working out of the campus Sustainability Office.  Besides librarianship, she writes a monthly environmental news column for Catalyst magazine (  She also writes poetry, and her poems have recently appeared in Dark Mountain, Kudzu House Quarterly, saltfront, and the anthology “Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in our Hands.”

Trump Orders EPA to Repeal Obama-Era Rule Protecting Waterways

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As expected, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday instructing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to begin the process of dismantling President Barack Obama’s clean water rule.