Webinar: Exploring Best Practices in University Composting Programs

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 1:00-2:15 pm CDT
Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=p93k3ik56k7x&campaign=l9k2shikmq9m

Not only do universities support large student, staff, and administrator populations, producing large quantities of food waste and other compostables, but they are uniquely poised to develop, test, and experiment with composting programs. With more flexibility and autonomy than cities or towns of comparable size, universities have been at the forefront of diverting compostables from landfill and producing valuable soil amendments, either through partnerships with haulers and compost manufacturers or through establishing comprehensive processing systems on-campus. Join us for a discussion of lessons learned from leaders in university composting program and hear from Bud Fraser with the University of British Columbia and Julie Muir with Stanford University about their experiences stewarding some of the most progressive programs in North America.

What Sells Better in Green Communications: Fear or Hope?

Yu-Kang Lee, Chun-Tuan Chang, Pei-Chi Chen (2017). “What Sells Better in Green Communications: Fear or Hope?” Journal of Advertising Research 57 (4) 379-396; DOI: 10.2501/JAR-2017-048

Abstract: This research compared the effectiveness of fear and hope appeals in green communications when the issue was framed as either global or local. Results showed that when the environmental issue was framed as global, a fear appeal enhanced viewers’ attention, positive attitude toward the green issue, and behavioral intention more than a hope appeal did. The opposite was found when the environmental issue was framed as local. To enhance external validity, Study 2 incorporated actual donation amount and replicated the results found in Study 1. Perspective taking, the act of viewing a situation or understanding of a concept from an alternative point of view, served as an underlying mechanism.


The “Last Starfighter” Model for Citizen Science

Read the full post at Scientific American.

Like the hero of the 1984 space opera, ordinary folks sometimes have extraordinary gifts that can be put to use—in this case, in service of discovery


IFF announces new sustainability goals

Read the full story at Cosmetics Design.

Moving beyond its 2020 vision, the fragrance and flavors maker has set new environmental objectives—regarding water, waste, and emissions—that will guide the company into the year 2025.

As State ‘Water Wars’ Get Salty, Oysters Get a Say

Read the full story at Stateline.

Georgia and Florida have spent decades arguing over the water of the Apalachicolo-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Florida argues that Georgia uses too much water from the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers before they fuse together to from the Apalachicola River. That river dumps into the Apalachicola Bay, which was once home to a thriving oyster industry.

Rhode Island AG sues fossil-fuel companies over alleged role in climate change

Read the full story in the Providence Journal.

In a case that he described as the first of its kind in the nation, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced the Superior Court complaint on Monday alongside Gov. Gina Raimondo at the Narragansett seawall, an iconic stretch of Rhode Island’s 400-mile coastline that is under threat in the face of rising seas and more severe storms.


Toxic soil claims stall San Francisco shipyard development

Read the full story at ConstructionDive.

Kofi Bonner, co-chief operating officer of Five Point Holdings, developer of the Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point project on and around the site of a former U.S. Navy shipyard in San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the project will be delayed for years due to uncertainty around potentially radioactive soil that is scaring off investors and potential homebuyers.

Webinar: Pay-as-You Throw Best Management Practices and Success Programs

Thu, Jul 26, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/886406874173325827

Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) trash collection programs (also referred to as unit-based pricing and Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART), among others) create a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste. This webinar will:

  1. describe PAYT programs and other policies that may help increase recycling, and
  2. share examples of implementation at the local level.

The Carton Council in collaboration with governments, sorting facilities and recyclers have worked to provide 60% of all U.S. households access to carton recycling and provide policy tools.

The Town of Natick, Massachusetts has a mature pay-per-bag program that was implemented in 2004. The Town expanded their blue bag program in 2017 to include new curbside pink bag recycling program for clothing and a variety of household goods.
The City of Longmont, Colorado launched a new pay-as-you throw program in April, 2017 that offers variable rates for three trash cart sizes to their residents, as well as curbside recycling and compost pickup.

EPA Interim Head Andrew Wheeler’s Approach To Environmental Policy

Read the full story from NPR.

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with energy lobbyist and media strategist Frank Maisano about former Senate staffer and oil lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, who was just named acting EPA administrator.


How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat

Read the full story from Pro Publica.

A family of chemicals — known as PFAS and responsible for marvels like Teflon and critical to the safety of American military bases — has now emerged as a far greater menace than previously disclosed.