Pollinator health resources from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

Bees and other pollinator populations are declining, yet they are vital for the food supply. This site includes a downloadable briefing book, links to sample state strategies and legislation, and scientific papers. Be sure to check out their Issues page for resources on other sustainability topics.

Rethinking ketchup packets: New approach to slippery packaging aims to cut food waste

Read the full story at Science Daily.

New research aims to cut down on waste — and consumer frustration — with a novel approach to creating super slippery industrial packaging. The study establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics, like those used for ketchup packets and other condiments.

Which Vision Of Farming Is Better For The Planet?

Read the full story from NPR.

Farmers face a growing dilemma. Specifically, a food-growing dilemma.

How do you feed an increasing number of people without harming the environment?

As it turns out, growing as much food as possible in a small area may be our best bet for sustainably feeding the world’s population, according to new research.

This new edible packaging is grown from kombucha

Read the full story from Fast Company.

Scoby looks like a dried pig bladder. It’s actually the product of fermentation, and it could let farmers grow their own packaging.

Michigan Sustainability Conference to be held in Lansing on September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 — Lansing Center, Lansing, MI.
Registration cost: $85
For more information and to register: https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3308_3333-451152–,00.html

Join us at the Lansing Center for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) third annual Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON). This conference is designed to promote meaningful engagement with business professionals in discussion surrounding the topic of sustainability, by addressing the triple bottom line – people, planet, and profit. The MISCON will help forward-thinking business professionals to develop and strengthen the in-house sustainability tools and communication strategies needed to engage your community and stakeholders. It will provide an opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer ideas through thought-provoking discussions that will identify essential elements for success and inspire ongoing efforts to improve sustainability at your organization.

The target audience for this event is businesses and their sustainability professionals, environmental health and safety coordinators, communications staff, environmental engineers and staff, academics and students studying sustainability related topics, materials scientists, research and development professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to advance and communicate their organization’s sustainability efforts.

NETWORK with Michigan’s business leaders who are successfully implementing sustainability practices.

LEARN how to engage your community as part of your sustainability strategy.

GAIN insight and skills to help your oganization save money and protect the environment for future generations.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 | 1 – 5pm
Rex Lamore, Director of Michigan State University’s Center for Community & Economic Development, will present an Introduction to Domicology at 1:00 pm.  Domicology is the study of the economic, social, and environmental characteristics relating to the life cycle of the built environment.   This discussion will be followed by a walking tour of the two local LEED certified buildings allowing attendees to further explore the linkages between building design and function and sustainability.  The tour will end at the Lansing Brewing Company where an informal networking gathering for all conference attendees will held.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This conference qualifies for 5 CEHs/PDHs for Professional Engineers.

The Case for Rooms

Read the full story at CityLab.

As cultures of consumption change and people become more environmentally conscious, homes must change to reflect this. Designing homes around “entertaining” that happens only a handful of times a year is a wasteful, yet still mindbogglingly popular practice. When people come to visit, they are there to see you, not your open concept.

Environmental chemistry goes high-tech

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

P. Lee Ferguson, Ph.D., from Duke University, develops sophisticated methods to answer important questions like, What chemicals are in your drinking water? What about inside your home?

Indiana’s Agriculture in a Changing Climate: A Report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment

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Indiana has long been one of the nation’s leaders in agricultural productivity. Favorable temperatures and precipitation help Indiana farmers generate over $31 billion worth of sales per year, making the state 11th in total agricultural products sold1.

Changes to the state’s climate over the coming decades, including increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation amounts and patterns, and rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air will result in several direct and indirect impacts to the state’s agricultural industry.

This report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) describes how projected changes in the state’s climate will affect the health of livestock and poultry, growing season conditions for crops, the types of crops that can be planted, soil health and water quality as well as weed, pest and disease pressure for agricultural production statewide.

Fishy Fish Pills

Read the full story at Slate.

Paul Greenberg’s newest book explains why omega-3 supplements may be useless for you and terrible for the environment.

The case for building $1,500 parks

Read the full story at Fast Company.

What’s in a fence? More than you’d think. In neighborhoods where as little as about $1,000 was spent transforming a vacant lot with some grass, a few trees, and a short wooden fence, people felt less depressed and less worthless.