Day: April 17, 2018

The shipping industry is finally going to cut its climate change emissions. That’s a big deal.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Member nations of the United Nations body charged with regulating shipping on the high seas adopted a first-ever strategy Friday to blunt the sector’s large contribution to climate change — bringing another major constituency on board in the international quest to cap the planet’s warming well below an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).


Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Read the full story from NPR.

Any dumpster diver can tell you: Grocery stores throw away a lot of food.

But food discarded off the shelf is just one way that grub gets trashed. There’s other waste along a grocery store’s supply chain —rejected crops at farms, for example — that’s often overlooked. So The Center for Biological Diversity and The “Ugly” Fruit and Veg Campaign recently asked the 10 largest U.S. supermarkets how they handle food waste, and gave each store’s efforts a letter grade.

Scores for each store appeared in the report, “Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste,” released Monday. Letter grades took three overarching categories into account: how much public information a store shared about food waste, what it was doing to prevent food waste, and where its discarded food went.

No store got an A.

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

Read the full story in the Miami Herald.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change.

He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the climate threat: Kids.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Accepting Applications for Greehouse Gas Reduction Programs

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Ray’s five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the NextGen Committee of the Foundation, which makes recommendations to the board of trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives. In 2018, the NextGen Committee has decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on programs that help reverse global warming.

To advance this mission, the NextGen program has issued a Request for Proposals for a single grant of $90,000 to fund work in the 2019 calendar year by an existing or new program that will measurably reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as measured by metric tons (or “tonnes”) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), either by preventing the emission of those gases or by sequestering gases presently in the atmosphere.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

For complete program guidelines and proposals submission instructions, see the Ray C. Anderson Foundation website.

Corporate responsibility starts with the supply chain

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

Global supply chains are complex and often not very transparent, making it an ideal starting point for companies to improve their social responsibility.

Trump Orders EPA to Relax Smog Rules for States and Companies

Read the full story in Governing.

President Trump took aim at federal air quality standards Thursday, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to relax restrictions on state governments and businesses that have been key to cutting smog.

Can Walden Pond be saved?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

A green mist swirls beneath the surface of the once crystal waters of Walden Pond, threatening to turn one of America’s most iconic lakes into a slimy, scummy mess.

Humans are predictably to blame for Walden’s deterioration: Decades of careless tourism have led to an explosion of algae in the water, in what scientists warn could irreversibly alter the life of the pond. Now, it appears that climate change is hastening its decline.

Pruitt’s New Deputy: A Coal Lobbyist Steeped in Washington’s Ways

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s second-in-command, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who not only shares the deregulatory zeal of Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, but also his doubtful view of climate science.

Kansas Dairy Ingredients of Hugoton, Kan., Receives EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award

Kansas Dairy Ingredients, a dairy production facility in Hugoton, Kansas, received the EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award today during ceremonies at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Kansas Dairy Ingredients incorporated a number of water conservation projects into its business operations, as part of the company’s sustainability initiatives.

The company manufactures concentrated milk through ultrafiltration. Water is extracted from the milk, cleaned and treated, and then reused to clean the facility or returned to local farms for crop irrigation. The reclaimed water reduces municipal water procurement and wastewater, saving more than 41 million gallons a year.

Local processing of the milk in southwest Kansas reduces the overall volume of milk that requires transportation, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions savings of more than 7 million kilograms of CO2 equivalents per year. This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 1,646 passenger vehicles driven for a year.

“The Pollution Prevention, or P2, awards program recognizes forward-thinking organizations that improve the environment and our quality of life,” said Jim Gulliford, EPA Region 7 Administrator. “There is ample evidence that even greater improvements in protecting the environment and public health are possible through voluntary, community and industry-based pollution prevention programs.”

P2 is a successful, non-regulatory approach to energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of toxic materials used, and money savings. This awards program is designed to further recognize P2 successes and encourage others to consider a P2 approach.

P2 also emphasizes the reduction of direct environmental impacts and the use of resources and materials.

Learn more about the P2 Awards

Activists Take the Fight for Fair Food to Shareholder Meetings

Read the full story from Civil Eats.

From climate change to animal welfare, shareholders are using stock certificates and SEC filings to push food companies to do better.

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