4 Technologies Driving Energy Efficiency Jobs

Read the full post at Energy.gov.

When you think of energy jobs, you may first picture someone fixing a wind turbine or installing a solar panel.

These jobs are certainly on the rise. But as businesses and home owners increasingly seek cost savings on their utility bills, a large portion of energy jobs today – almost a third in fact – are focused on efficiency.

More than 133,000 energy efficiency jobs were added in 2016, bringing the total number of Americans working in the sector to 2.2 million people. More than half of those jobs (1.4 million) are in the construction industry alone. Whether it’s construction, manufacturing, or wholesale trade, much of this job growth has been driven by four technology areas.

Exposure to BPA potentially induces permanent reprogramming of painted turtles’ brains

Read the full story in Science Daily.

BPA is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food storage containers and water bottles. In previous studies, researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function and behavior in painted turtles. Now, the team has identified the genetic pathways that are altered as a result of BPA exposure during early development.

New Initiatives Chase ‘Circular Economy’ in Fashion, Textiles

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

The new Circular Fibres Initiative brings together clothing retailers H&M and Nike, philanthropic funder the C&A Foundation, and a consortium of organizations including the Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle and MISTRA Future Fashion in order to “build a circular economy for textiles,” starting with clothing. The members will address the environmental drawbacks of the “take-make-dispose” model currently dominating the industry and attempt to create a new system for textiles based on the principles of a circular economy, generating growth that benefits citizens and businesses, while phasing out negative impacts such as waste and pollution, the organization says.

Is greenwashing silencing the sustainability revolution?

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Businesses that trumpet their environmental credentials are often accused of greenwash. Rightly, organizations such as WWF have to show that when we collaborate with a company that isn’t getting everything right, it’s because we believe we can change how it works to become better. But there may be another phenomenon too, maybe a backlash to greenwash: that of “green hush.” If a company fears the accusation of greenwash or thinks customers won’t care about its attitude to climate change or the natural environment, then why would it shout about it?

Webinar: Green Cleaning for Improved Health: The Return on Investment of Green Cleaning in Schools

Thu, Jun 22, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1376580143882424579

Green Fleets: Reducing the environmental impact of delivery systems while maintaining efficiencies and keeping costs down

Read the full story from Penn State University.

New research at Penn State addresses the impact delivery trucks have on the environment by providing green solutions that keep costs down without sacrificing efficiency.

Retailers Lead the Charge toward Bio-Based Packaging

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Retailers, with their increased use of sustainable packaging, are playing a leading role in encouraging consumers to adopt bio-based packaging materials; manufacturers and retailers that adopt biodegradable packaging materials will benefit through cost cuts and tax reductions, according to a Technavio market research analysis.