Day: August 16, 2018

U.S. Investigates Beach Volleyball Players Who Destroyed Hundreds of Tern Eggs

Read the full story at e360.

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a group of Alabama beach volleyball players who, in order to make a court in the sand, removed and destroyed hundreds of eggs from incubating least terns, a federally protected species.

Sustainability: How Food Companies Are Turning Over a New Leaf

Read the full story in Food Technology.

In response to consumer demands for greater transparency about the health, environmental, and ethical implications of the food they buy, food companies are stepping up their sustainability efforts, collaborating with their suppliers, and fine-tuning their business models.

Defense Inspector General to Investigate Military’s Toxic Open Burning

Read the full story in ProPublica.

The Department of Defense’s internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the military’s heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work.

The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the department’s Office of Inspector General, will examine whether the department’s practices are legal, and whether the contractors charged with handling dangerous materials — often close to the public — have proper oversight.

Could Chemical Recycling Help Solve Plastic Trash Problem?

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

Only 9 percent of plastic material in the U.S. gets recovered and put into new products. But several companies are developing ways to chemically break down plastic to its basic building blocks, called monomers.

If they get it right, the environmental implications could be seismic, making it possible for all plastics to be used and reused in an infinitely recyclable loop.

 

Chefs Serve Hospital Food That’s Better for Patients, Employees—and the Planet

Read the full story at Food Tank.

While chefs have been a driving force behind the movement to improve school food for a long time, now they’re also stepping in to transform hospital kitchens, bringing with them expertise in menu planning, fresh food sourcing, and making healthy food delicious.

GRC: 93% of Consumers Expect to Be Able to Recycle Glass

Read the full story at Waste360.

Ninety-three percent of residents and consumers still expect to be able to recycle glass. That’s according to the second annual survey by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC), which queried more than 300 public sector representatives, top glass industry professionals and materials recovery facility (MRF) operators in an open survey from May to June 2018.

Techno-Optimism and Farmers’ Attitudes Toward Climate Change Adaptation

Maaz Gardezi and J. Gordon Arbuckle (2018). “Techno-Optimism and Farmers’ Attitudes Toward Climate Change Adaptation.” Environment and Behavior First Published August 9, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916518793482

Abstract: In industrialized societies, techno-optimism is a belief that human ingenuity, through improved science and technology, will ultimately provide remedies to most current and future threats to human well-being, such as diseases, climate change, and poverty. Here we examine (a) whether techno-optimism is found among Midwestern corn and soybean farmers and (b) how this confidence in human ingenuity influences their support for climate change adaptation. By examining data from a survey of nearly 5,000 grain farmers in the Midwestern United States, we found that greater techno-optimism can reduce farmers’ support for climate change adaptation and increase their propensity to express a preference to delay adaptation-related actions. This study advances our understanding of how social and cognitive factors influence farmers’ attitude toward climate change. Findings from this study can also help extension educators to develop outreach programs that are sensitive to farmers’ views about the ability of science and technology to solve climate change–related issues.

This teen-led food co-op is harvesting a healthier future

Read the full story from PBS.

In many urban areas across the country, the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a common problem. As part of the PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, Kevin Broome reports that a cooperative of high school students in Washington, D.C., is aiming to change that.

iSee Congress 2018: Sustainable Cities

October 3-5, 2018
Illini Union Rooms A/B/C
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For more information: https://sustainability.illinois.edu/outreach/isee-congress/isee-congress-2018/

The purpose of iSEE Congress 2018 is to foster critical thinking on the strategies for meeting our growing urban transportation, housing, and food needs sustainably and for making our cities more resilient to climate change. Cities are the centers of economic activity but also large consumers of energy and water and sources of solid waste, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions across the world. They are hotbeds for poor air quality, congestion, and densified housing, and they are vulnerable to extreme damages to life and infrastructure due to severe weather events. Cities with more green space, permeable surfaces, and disaster-resilient infrastructure emit fewer emissions, thereby benefiting human health and well-being and increasing resilience against extreme weather events. Urban consumption patterns are being transformed with the emergence of ride sharing, e-commerce, smart phone enabled connectivity and demand for green infrastructure.

U of I wins freezer challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

Being the best at reducing the energy required for laboratory cold storage earned the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign first place in the 2018 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge. The program is jointly run by My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL).

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