NERC and NEWMOA Enter Agreement to Jointly Address Solid Waste Challenges

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The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) have entered into a five-year agreement to jointly address the solid waste challenges in the northeast, including food scraps reduction, recovery and management; recyclables collection and impacts on manufacturing and end-users; product stewardship; climate and impacts on the recycling and solid waste infrastructure; and construction and demolition materials.


Webinar: Collaborating with American Indian and Hawaiian Native Partners in Air Pollution Monitoring Research

Tuesday 07/11/2017 3-4:30 pm EDT
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The EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Seminar Series presents the Tribal Science Webinar Series, co-hosted by the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) and the Office of Science Policy (OSP). The webinar series provides a forum for discussion of the complex environmental issues facing many tribal and indigenous communities, and features a wide variety of expert guest speakers from government, academic institutions and other organizations. This month’s webinar focuses on air pollution monitoring research collaborations with Native American and Hawaiian Native Partners. Presenters will discuss the development and nature of their partnerships, current research activities, and strategies for community engagement. These grants were funded by the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) 2014 Request for Application (RFA) on Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities.



3:00 – 3:05 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Mike Slimak, National Program Director, SHC, EPA
3:05 – 3:10 p.m. Speaker Introductions
Cynthia McOliver, NCER, EPA
 3:10 – 3:15 p.m. Overview of Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities RFA
Rich Callan, NCER, EPA
3:15 – 3:40 p.m. NextGenSS: Putting Next Generation Sensors & Scientists in practice to reduce wood smoke in a highly impacted, multi-cultural rural setting
Catherine Karr, University of Washington
Jessica Black, Heritage University
Elena Austin, University of Washington
Orly Stamfer, University of Washington
3:40 – 4:05 p.m. The Hawaii Volcanic Smog Network: Tracking air quality and community engagement near a major emissions hotspot
Jesse Kroll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:05 – 4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers

Study finds climate change damages U.S. economy, increases inequality

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Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, with the poorest third of U.S. counties projected to sustain economic damages costing as much as 20 percent of their income if warming proceeds unabated, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

How you can make the most of Planet Ark’s new research into outdoor learning

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A new report from Planet Ark examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest future challenges facing humanity. Find out what 200 surveyed teachers said were the top skills kids needed for the future.

The Learning from Trees: Life Lessons for Future Generations report, commissioned by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota Australia, is being released in the lead up to National Tree Day (Sunday 30 July 2017). The report examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest global challenges facing humanity. These challenges have been defined by the United Nations, with climate change the most concerning challenge overall.

Volvo to Drop Combustion Engines and Take All its Cars Electric in 2019

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The Swedish-based carmaker, Volvo, will build only electric or hybrid-electric cars beginning in 2019, making it the first big auto company to abandon conventional gasoline-powered engines.

Ahead of the Curve: Designing in Sustainability from the Start

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For companies and brands today, more sustainable production methods are topping lists of things to do. The uncertainty of material and vendor prices, the need to comply with a growing number of regulations and mounting evidence of environmental impacts increasingly drive change. More and more manufacturers are investing time, energy and money to fix infrastructures and further optimize supply and production chains. They have to, after increasingly finding themselves at risk for not putting forth the resources necessary to make their processes more sustainable. This is not to mention the vulnerability they incur by ignoring the growing demands of consumers who now expect transparency and CSR as a baseline.

However, sustainability initiatives by many manufacturers and consumer product companies today are reactive in nature. Brands launch ad hoc initiatives that take a sort of “cause and effect” approach to resource strategy by responding to situations as they occur, perpetuating the system by working within it. What this does is treat symptoms rather than move towards a cure, which does not necessarily help to design out structural inefficiencies that result in waste. Though any authentic steps towards sustainability are steps in the right direction, there is more that companies can do to prepare for the future.