Architects Speak Out Against Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Read the full story in FastCompany. One issue that the right and left agreed upon in the 2016 election? Infrastructure. The country’s roads, bridges, highways, hospitals, railways, and water systems need immediate attention. President Trump promised to spend $1 trillion to improve the situation; so far, no comprehensive plan has been released–but the president is implementing policy that will …

Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Bridgens, B., Hobson, K., Lilley, D., Lee, J., Scott, J. L. and Wilson, G. T. (2017). "Closing the Loop on E-waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective". Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12645. This article is open source. Abstract: This paper describes the challenges faced, and opportunities identified, by a multidisciplinary team of researchers developing a novel closed loop system …

We’re Nowhere Near Prepared for the Ecological Disaster That Harvey Is Becoming

Read the full piece in Esquire. It is the Christian thing to do in the middle of tragedies like the one currently unfolding along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf coast not to politicize human suffering and, certainly, the stories of people rescuing their fellow citizens from this calamity deserve to be told and they deserve to be …

This strange spot in the Atlantic is resisting global warming. Scientists think they know why.

Read the full story in the Washington Post. A mysterious “warming hole” in the North Atlantic Ocean, an anomalous zone of cooling temperatures which has fascinated and puzzled scientists for the past few years, may be evidence of more troubling processes at work. A new study, just out in the journal Nature Climate Change, has joined a growing body of literature suggesting the cold patch is …

Webinar: Heartland Businesses Achieve Savings with Pollution Prevention Interns

Thu, Sep 21, 2017 1:30-2:30 PM CDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1352764724773046530 Heartland businesses provide stories of the successes and savings achieved by using Pollution Prevention Interns for summer projects. These trained students bring expertise to increase efficiency, save water, energy, and materials, and save money. This webinar features several projects accomplished within the last few years by …

Midwest researchers aim to make home energy management systems even smarter

Read the full story in Midwest Energy News. In times of limited power availability, even today’s smartest appliances may not be clever enough. However, a team of Midwestern researchers is hoping to devise a way to better align automated home energy management systems with what their users really want.