How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

Read the full story in ProPublica. The military is one of the country’s largest polluters, with an inventory of toxic sites on American soil that once topped 39,000. At many locations, the Pentagon has relied on contractors like U.S. Technology to assist in cleaning and restoring land, removing waste, clearing unexploded bombs, and decontaminating buildings, …

How to Balance Competing Priorities in Manufacturing: Q&A with Eastman Chemical

Read the full story at Environmental Leader. Chances are that Eastman Chemical Company had a hand in making products you know well, from beverage bottles to medical devices to the paint that coats vehicles. Headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, the company manufactures advanced materials and specialty additives for customers in more than 100 countries. Last year …

It’s All About the Chain, Gang: Procurement the Link to Sustainable Supply Chains

Read the full story in Sustainable Brands. There is now an international standard to guide sustainable procurement. ISO 20400 lays tracks for a sustainable economy. As a member of the Canadian technical committee that advised on the standard, I can confirm it is a robust, comprehensive, and highly ambitious framework. Supply management teams should benchmark …

Commentary: Unsolicited and Unwelcome, Climate Denial Comes to Schools

Read the full post at Science of Learning. So far this year, tens of thousands of teachers (at both the K–12 and university levels) have received a packet from Heartland, and the institute has stated its intention to get one to every educator in the country. The envelopes feature an intentionally misleading headline from either The …

Drinking Water Isn’t Safe for Millions of Americans. It’s Up to States to Fix.

Read the full story in Governing. A new report documents what environmental advocates say has been happening for decades: The federal government fails to protect Americans from potentially cancer-causing chemicals. And they have little hope that will change anytime soon.

Perc Dry Cleaners Co-Located in Residential Buildings Must Be Phased Out by 2020

In July, 2006 USEPA issued standards (40 CFR 63.322) that included phase-out of perchloroethylene (perc) dry-cleaning solvent machines located in residential buildings by December 21, 2020. Dry cleaners using perc machines located in residential buildings (co-located) will be prohibited from using perc and should begin planning to switch to alternative cleaning methods such as wet …