Day: April 13, 2018

Cement industry urged to reduce ‘invisible’ global emissions

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Greenhouse gas emissions from cement production must be reduced sharply if the world is to meet the climate change goals set out in the Paris agreement, a new report has suggested.

Recycling renewables

Read the full story at Chemical & Engineering News.

Renewable energy has been hailed as the great salve for the world’s climate change woes. Building massive infrastructure for solar and wind energy, and introducing electric vehicles, will help citizens in developing countries live the lifestyles they desire without the need to burn dirty fossil fuels. But though these technologies have existed for decades, there’s no plan to make sure they remain green to the end. Experts forecast hundreds of thousands of tons of old wind turbine blades, batteries, and solar modules will need to be disposed of or recycled in the next decade—and millions of tons by 2050. Read on about the technologies evolving around the world to handle this unusual waste stream.

Unwrapping the Complexities of Foodservice Packaging

Read the full story at Waste360.

With increasing conversations around the environmental impact of single-use, disposable foodservice items, some cities are pushing restaurants to use less of them, or to at least switch to compostable products. Meanwhile, technologies leveraged to make compostable products are growing faster than the regulations around them, and there’s some confusion regarding what’s fully compostable and what isn’t. Science actually proves materials can be 100 percent compostable, but some researchers challenge the contention that compostable is always the best solution to mitigate or reduce packaging waste.

These complexities will be among topics of a panel discussion on compostable and recyclable packaging at WasteExpo, held April 23-26 in Las Vegas. Presenting will be Ruth Abbe of Zero Waste USA, Rick Lombardo of Natur-Tec and Minal Mistry of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Materials Management Program.

Recycled Drinking Water for San Diego: City Approves Environmental Report

Read the full story in the Times of San Diego.

The goal of creating an independent, drought-proof local water supply for San Diego residents moved a step closer Tuesday after city councilmembers unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report for the first phase of the “Pure Water San Diego” recycling program.

The $3 billion Pure Water program will use water purification technology to clean wastewater that officials say will be safe to drink.

New label aims to help drinkers find eco-friendly wines

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, some California wines are about to sport a new environment-friendly logo on their labels.

The new “California Certified Sustainable” logo was just approved for use on 2017 vintage wines by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a joint effort by the Wine Institute, a state trade association, and the California Association of Winegrape Growers. We should begin to see it soon on new white wines and rosés from 2017, and later on red wines when they are released in a year or two.

5 steps to turn your public policy team into a sustainability ally

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

At BSR, in our recent report, Redefining Sustainable Business: Management for a Rapidly Changing World, we assert that “influence” is an increasingly important component of creating and executing a resilient business strategy. Moreover, to be effective in helping your companies be fit for the future, sustainability professionals increasingly will need to act as coalition-builders and change agents, both inside and outside your organizations. This means that your colleagues in government affairs can be critical allies in advancing your sustainability agenda. 

Meet ReGrained, a company turning trash into delicious, nutritious treasure

Read the full story in Food Business News (free registration required).

The star ingredient of ReGrained snack bars is brewers’ spent grain, an unsavory term for a highly nutritious, functional byproduct of beer making. The brand, which currently sources from among the dozens of local breweries in San Francisco, was built as a platform for this previously overlooked, undervalued ingredient, of which tens of billions of pounds per year are wasted or fed to pigs.

Pilot Program for Styrofoam Recycling Launches in Decatur, IL

Read the full story in Now Decatur.

A pilot Styrofoam recycling program of select household items with the #6 chasing arrows symbol is available to residents anytime during the month of April in Decatur and Macon County. Clean items that are exclusively made of #6 foam may be placed in the white collection bin outside of the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st. Street in Decatur.

Solar-powered Flush Toilet Does Not Need Water Supply, Sewerage Facilities

Read the full story at Solar Power Plant Business.

Nishimu Electronics Industries Co Ltd developed a solar-powered flush toilet that does not need to be supplied with water or electricity and does not generate sludge.

This Bench Absorbs More Air Pollution than a Small Forest

Read the full story at Industry Tap.

Smog hanging over cities around the world is perhaps the most familiar and obvious form of air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is the cause of one in eight deaths worldwide.

Luckily, German tech startup Green City Solutions might have the answer to combat rising air pollution in cities.

Dresden-based Green City Solutions has created a pollution absorbing bench called CityTree.

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