IFixIt Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown

IFixIt disassembled the new Microsoft Surface Laptop to determine how easy it is to repair. The verdict: it isn’t.

Transforming last night’s leftovers into green energy

Read the full story in Science Daily.

In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a study.

Ikea aims to halve food waste at its restaurants by mid-2020

Read the full story at CNBC.

Ikea, which as well as being the No.1 furniture retailer also runs one of the world’s biggest restaurant chains, aims to halve its food waste in three years to save money and reduce its environmental footprint.

Food banks may get boost from new law protecting donors from lawsuits

Read the full story in the Louisville Courier Journal.

As thousands of Kentuckians struggle to feed their families, nonprofits hope a new law will encourage supermarkets to donate food they typically throw away by shielding them from being sued if someone gets sick after eating their donations.

How Al Gore Keeps His Cool Over Climate Change

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The former vice president sees hope in the private sector, local governments, and all of us on the internet.

How A Major Food Processor Eliminated Organic Waste

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Every week, a million pounds of produce is plucked from farms all over the country and delivered to Baldor’s 172,000-square-foot facility in the Bronx, where it is washed, chopped, and packaged before being trucked to grocery stores and restaurants. In the past, the trimmings—carrot peels, strawberry tops, onion skins, and so forth—were brought to a landfill and composting facility, amounting to 150,000 pounds of waste per week. That changed when Thomas McQuillan, Baldor’s director of food service sales and sustainability, realized what he was throwing away. “I looked at the product and said, ‘It’s food,’” he recalls. “‘We need to treat it as food.’”

3 trends shaping the future of sustainable retail

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

I spent the last six months having conversations with senior corporate leaders in the retail and consumer goods industry.

The effort was part of my work with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)developing industry sustainability standards.

Through the process, I gained an insight into the current state of corporate sustainability: how far it’s come in this sector, and how far it still needs to go. Here are three themes that emerged.

Federal Pullback, Climate Change Could Boost State Spending on Disasters

Read the full story at Stateline.

But as the country faces an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, federal officials are considering scaling back that spending, aiming to save taxpayer money and encourage states to prepare for disasters with their own resources.

See also: Part One of Storm Surge: How States Will Have to Step Up As Disasters Become More Frequent and Expensive