Day: April 24, 2018

Chemical sleuthing leads to detection of little-known flame retardant in the environment

Read the full story from Indiana University.

Chemists at Indiana University have published research findings on their discovery of a new and relatively unknown flame retardant in the environment. Their study is the first to detect the potentially toxic chemical in North America.

Driving Industrial Revitalization with Net-Zero Energy

Read the full post from the Rocky Mountain Institute.

City leaders around the world are looking to rejuvenate their urban cores, boost quality of life for all residents, and improve resiliency. Revitalizing old industrial sites with net-zero energy (NZE) projects can help to advance these goals—while also advancing carbon emissions reductions citywide.

You know clean air is good for your health. It’s good for the economy too.

Read the full story from Ensia.

Poor air quality is linked to decreased productivity, school attendance and even lifetime earnings.

Can ‘Vaccines’ for Crops Help Cut Pesticide Use and Boost Yields?

Read the full story at e360.

Researchers are using gene editing to develop biodegradable vaccines that protect crops from pathogens. As the world looks to feed more and more people, this and other emerging technologies hold promise for producing more food without using chemical pesticides.

Mission Attainment: Incorporating Pollution Reductions from Energy Efficiency in State Implementation Plans

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State air regulators can rely on energy efficiency to help meet specific pollutant reductions required under the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). However many states are not incorporating this compliance strategy into their state implementation plans (SIPs). This report analyzes the location of air quality improvements from energy efficiency and identifies areas in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas where efficiency can deliver the greatest pollution reductions. Based on our findings we recommend several actions to further efficiency’s key role as an air quality strategy for all states.

Plants are great at storing CO2. These scientists aim to make them even better.

Read the full story at Ensia.

Researchers around the world are working to improve plants’ ability to combat climate change.

What Extremely Warm Winters Mean for the Future of the Arctic

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, polar scientist Mark Serreze talks about the rapid changes he has witnessed over more than three decades of working in the Arctic and the future stability of the region if temperatures continue to climb.

The Growing Movement to Teach and Inspire Youth to Change the Food System

Read the full story at Waste360.

At WasteExpo, experts will explain how children can help change the foodservice system paradigm on a large scale in order to cut waste.

Stronger Together: How Collaboration Is Propelling Keurig’s Sustainability Agenda

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

One of the greatest aspects of the corporate sustainability movement has to be the paradigm shift that has encouraged companies to collaborate to solve common issues – joining forces across industries and sectors, and even with direct competitors has allowed companies to pool resources and expertise to tackle everything from sourcing, labor, materials, communications, conservation issues and more in holistic and more effective ways.

We spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender to learn more about how strategic partnerships are helping propel Keurig’s sustainability agenda forward.

Could Standardized Recycling Labels Be the Solution to Overcoming the Industry’s China Ban Woes?

Read the full story at Waste360.

Standardization could help the waste and recycling industry overcome issues like contamination and confusion at the bin.

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