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Webinar: Results and Local Examples of Nationwide Public Service Campaign to Reduce Wasted Food

Thu, Jun 29, 2017 12:00-1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7613449901986381315

It’s been over a year since the launch of Save The Food – a nationwide public service campaign to reduce wasted food. Households make up a significant portion of the percentage of food that goes to waste across the United States. Preventing that waste from occurring in the first place is one of the most cost effective ways to address wasted food. The Natural Resources Defense Council has teamed up with the Ad Council – the non-profit arm of the U.S. advertising industry that brought you Smokey Bear and Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk – to help change people’s behavior and waste less food. How is Save The Food going and where is it headed? This webinar will give a look into campaign activities and results thus far, upcoming campaign materials that you can use, and practical examples from partners on how they are leveraging the campaign on a local level.

A more sustainable way to refine metals

Read the full story from McGill University.

A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics.

NYC Film Green Aims to Reduce Waste in the Entertainment Industry

Read the full story at Waste360.

NYC Film Green is a voluntary environmental sustainability designation program for New York City’s television and film production industry.

How China and California are proving Trump wrong on climate

Read the full story at Pacific Standard.

Over the weekend, as the acting United States ambassador to China was resigning from his post following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown was over in the Chinese city of Chengdu, hanging out with a rotating cast of Chinese diplomats as part of a weeklong trip aimed at climate collaboration. He also made time to see the pandas at an eco-tourism park in Chengdu.

These T-Shirts Change Color In The Wash Based On Water Pollution

Read the full story in Fast Company.

London-based material design studio The Unseen has a way of infusing products with a bit of magic–from its witchy color-changing hair dye to hypercolor fashion pieces. The studio’s latest release is more down to earth, though no less enchanting: cabbage-dyed T-shirts that change color in the wash, based on your city’s water pollution.

Building a Sustainable ‘Highway of the Future’

Read the full story at Stateline.

Just past the Alabama border, in a bit of rural Georgia filled with manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses, there’s an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 where new technologies are being tested for what could be a green highway of the future.

The long-term goal is to build the world’s first sustainable road, a highway that could create its own clean, renewable energy and generate income by selling power to utility companies, while producing no stormwater runoff or other pollution and eliminating traffic deaths.

Why is climate change such a hard sell in the US?

Read the full story at Phys.org.

President Donald Trump on June 1 took the dramatic step of removing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement – the product of many years of diligent and difficult negotiation among 175 nations around the world. Recent polls reveal that six in 10 Americans oppose Trump’s move. However, a significant portion of climate skeptics remain – especially among Trump’s base and the Republican politicians who cheered this move.

The unfortunate truth is that environmentalists and their allies have failed to ignite widespread passion around  change. And now they are faced with an administration stridently opposed to environmental regulation, slashing the EPA’s budget drastically and reversing President Obama’s climate change initiatives.

As a philosopher, interested in the nature of knowledge and persuasion, I have long wondered why climate change is such a hard sell in the U.S. Is there something about it that makes it liable to doubt, skepticism or inaction?

Industry looks to defend federal recycling program

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

Recycling organizations will try to sell Congress on the economic and environmental benefits of the U.S. EPA’s Waste Minimization and Recycling program, which is cut in President Trump’s proposed budget.

85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump’s government don’t even have a nominee

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Trump is facing science-focused problems and issues with a key limitation: lack of staffing. As of June 6, Trump had announced a nominee for just seven, or 15 percent, of 46 top science posts in the federal government that require Senate confirmation, according to a Post analysis.