Day: October 19, 2018

Almond Farms Keep Growing, and Keep Moving on Water Conservation

Read the full story at NewsDeeply.

California grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, generating $11 billion annually for the state’s economy. Richard Waycott of the Almond Board of California explains what the industry is doing to use less water and stretch every drop.

Eight Ways to Reduce Waste on #NationalReuseDay

View the photo gallery at Waste360.

Celebrated on October 20, National Reuse Day aims to encourage people to join the movement toward creating a cleaner environment and a greener economy.
Many communities across the globe share the common goal of achieving zero waste. And in order to reach those goals, waste reduction, reuse and recycling are musts.

In an effort to encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a cleaner environment and a greener economy, October 20 has been dubbed National Reuse Day. The day helps raise awareness about how much material Americans waste and how buying, using or donating reusable, reclaimed and remanufactured products can make a difference.

In this gallery, we highlight eight ways to reduce waste this National Reuse Day.

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference to be held November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108

For more information and to register: https://www.wrc.umn.edu/news-events/climateadaptationconference

The Climate Adaptation Conference is designed for local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners and others who want to know more about climate adaptation strategies. Learn about new plans that have been implemented or tested in various sectors, including human health, local governmental entities, college campuses, resources, recreation, and agriculture.

Greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 3 percent in Trump’s first year

Read the full story from The Hill.

Harmful greenhouses gases that largely contribute to climate change decreased during President Trump’s first year in office, according to new a Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released Wednesday.

U.S. emissions dropped by 2.7 percent from 2016 to 2017, continuing a downward trend that’s been apparent since 2007, according to data collected through the agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

New Illinois Sustainability Awards case study: Loyola University Chicago

ISTC’s latest case study features 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award winner Loyola University Chicago. Loyola is an urban Catholic Jesuit university located in near the Chicago lakefront. In 2015, they released a climate action plan which called for them to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Loyola incorporates several tools to ensure that sustainability issues are front and center to their students, staff, and communities. They include:

  • Extensive use of gardens to manage storm water run-off and provide native
    landscapes
  • Integration of sustainability issues into undergraduate curriculum providing
    a environmental foundation for all students
  • Building, renovating, and managing campus structures to a high standard
    of energy efficiency
  • Engaging the wider community in sustainability initiatives

Loyola’s actions have resulted in a variety of annual reductions and cost savings, including:

  • 1,469,000 gallons of water saved
  • 616 tons of material diverted from landfill
  • 683,575 kWh reduced from high-performing buildings
  • 19,288 mtCO2e reduced
  • $130,000 dollars saved from natural gas use reduction

Seven Square Miles

View the photos at The Atlantic.

Spending time looking at the varying and beautiful images of our planet from above in Google Earth, zooming in and out at dizzying rates, I thought it would be interesting to compare all of these vistas at a fixed scale—to see what New York City, Venice, or the Grand Canyon would look like from the same virtual height. So, the following images are snapshots from Google Earth, all rectangles of the same size and scale, approximately three and a half miles (5.6 kilometers) wide by two miles (3.2 kilometers) tall—showing seven square miles (18.1 square kilometers, or 4,480 acres) of the surface of our planet in each view.

Deadbeat emitters benefit from cancelled cap-and-trade: experts

Read the full story at iPolitics.

Ontario’s plan to cancel the cap-and-trade market will make losers out of companies that followed the rules set out by the former Liberal government, say experts.

USP Talks “Getting to Zero Waste” During Inaugural Forum

Read the full story at Waste360.

Union Square Partnership held its first-ever forum at The New School’s Starr Foundation Hall. Here’s a deeper dive into some of the highlights from the event.

Paul Barron’s wool surfboard is cleaning up surfing

Read the full story in Fast Company.

New Zealand surfer Paul Barron was laminating a board a decade ago when he accidentally spilled resin on his sweater. It gave him an idea: What if he built a surfboard shell out of wool? Traditional foam boards are typically housed in resin and fiberglass for structural integrity. But fiberglass can be harmful to workers and isn’t easily recyclable; board makers have long sought a greener alternative. This month, the Carlsbad, California, company Firewire Surfboards is releasing Barron’s WoolLight board–showcasing a technological advance that could change how other products are designed, from yachts to cars.

Big companies seek more holistic energy management

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

This week at VERGE 18, GreenBiz and Siemens are unveiling a new research project on how large companies and government agencies are adapting to a rapidly transforming energy landscape that is decentralized, digitized and distributed. Despite new technologies connecting buildings to the cloud and innovative financing structures opening energy markets, large organizations still struggle to manage energy supply, conservation and generation projects in a comprehensive manner.

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