Day: October 25, 2018

3 brands discuss the bumps along the road to sustainability

Read the full post at QSRweb.

Recycled furnishings, solar-powered utilities and waste reduction measures all count as ways QSRs are practicing more sustainable operations. But as keen as customers are for brands that adhere to such earth-friendly practices, the folks at the helm of these restaurants say there’s nothing easy or cheap about incorporating sustainability into everyday operations.

In fact, at a recent panel discussion at last week’s Fast Casual Executive Summit in Seattle, three brand leaders were quick to share that operating sustainably is rife with impediments along the way to doing right by ol’ “Ma Earth.” In the session, moderated by Essity North America National Account Manager Tracey Fullington, the following panelists discussed some of those challenges along their sustainability journey, as well as the rewards they ultimately do it all for:

  • Asian Box CEO Mike Speck.
  • CoreLife Eatery President and CCO Scott Davis (Also former Panera Bread CCO)
  • Flatbread Grill co-founder and CMO Gonca Esendemir.


Incorporating Climate Change into TMDL Decisions for Lake Champlain

Read the full case study from the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange.

Lake Champlain, located between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York, has historically suffered from problematic blue-green algae blooms that are dangerous to the health of humans, fish, and wildlife. The blooms are primarily caused by excess non-point source pollution entering the lake, which is likely to be exacerbated by climate impacts such as changes in precipitation and flashier storms. In light of this threat, the Conservation Law Foundation began investigating existing regulatory policies and the ways in which they could be revised to limit algal blooms under future climate change. This case study is also part of a Climate Adaptation Toolkit, developed in partnership between EcoAdapt and Freshwater Future.

Foundation Fights Food Waste with New Waste Not Initiative

Read the full story from Waste360.

In October, James Beard Foundation launched the multiyear Waste Not initiative designed to encourage culinary professionals and consumers to reduce food waste.

How a game can move people from climate apathy to action

Read the full story in The Conversation.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been called a “deafening” alarm and an “ear-splitting wake-up call” about the need for sweeping climate action. But will one more scientific report move countries to dramatically cut emissions?

Evidence, so far, says no. Countless scientific studies have been published since the 1970s on the dangers of climate change, many offering similar projections. And social science research shows that showing people research doesn’t work. So, if more reports and information don’t spark action, what will?

In a recent study led by the University of Massachusetts Lowell Climate Change Initiative, we identified a promising approach: Playing a game called the World Climate Simulation, originally developed by the nonprofit organization Climate Interactive, in which participants play delegates at international climate change negotiations.

Why General Mills Is Turning to ‘Throwback’ Farming to Fight Climate Change

Read the full story in Fortune.

To fight climate change, General Mills is looking to its past.

The 152-year-old food company is turning to “a throwback of classic, old farming practices” combined with new methods to contribute to a more sustainable future for the food industry, according to Carla Vernón, president of its natural and organic operating unit. That means expanding its organic acreage and implementing regenerative farming practices with perennial grains, cover crops, and pollinator habitats.

The ‘Intel Inside’ of circular plastics

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

One of the big, thorny challenges in circular plastics is how to affordably turn old plastic into new feedstock. As more companies commit to producing plastic packaging from recycled materials, the question remains about where all the recycled feedstock will come from. Up to now, recycling common items such as plastic water bottles has proved difficult and usually not cost-effective.

Canada-based startup Loop Industries is trying to change that. It is emerging as a leader in meeting the growing demand for high-quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. This week, Loop announced a multi-year supply agreement with PepsiCo that will enable the food and beverage giant to purchase production capacity from Loop’s United States facility, and to incorporate Loop’s 100 percent recycled PET plastic into its packaging by early 2020.

J.M. Smucker to Feature How2Recycle Label on Packaging

Read the full story at Waste360.

The J.M. Smucker Company announced it has joined the How2Recycle initiative to educate consumers on how to responsibly recycle packaging. The J.M. Smucker Company will launch its effort in early 2019 with Folgers coffee packaging that will feature the How2Recycle label.

The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond

Carbon Brief has extracted data from around 70 peer-reviewed climate studies to show how global warming is projected to affect the world and its regions.

The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region

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The field of climate change adaptation is in a period of critical transition. The general concepts of adaptation have been well developed over the past decade. Now, practitioners must move from generalities to concrete actions, including implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The intent of this report is to provide a brief overview of key climate change impacts and a review of the prevalent work occurring on climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region, especially focusing on activities in the natural and built environments as they relate to freshwater resources (and in some cases, at the freshwater/terrestrial interface). This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey, inventory, and, where possible, assess adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region.

First, we provide a summary of climate change impacts and secondary effects on freshwater environments and resources in the Great Lakes region, specifically focusing on changes in air and water temperatures, precipitation patterns, lake levels, and water chemistry. We then provide summaries of and trends in commonly used adaptation approaches and examples from our survey and other resources. We separate these examples into four broad categories – Capacity Building, Policy, Natural Resource Management and Conservation, and Infrastructure, Planning, and Development.

The report concludes with a discussion of the challenges to and opportunities for climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region. The majority of adaptation efforts in the Great Lakes region thus far has been focused on capacity building, including improving understanding and awareness, acquiring or developing resources, and developing collaborative partnerships. Important next steps for advancing climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region are to increase knowledge sharing between practitioners, to encourage more planning and integration across political and sectoral boundaries, to implement actions, and to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of these activities.

News from the Climate Adaptation Science Centers Tribal Resilience Liaisons

Read the full story from the USGS.

Tribal and Indigenous communities face significant challenges in responding to climate change. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Tribal organizations have collaborated to station Tribal Resilience Liaisons at the regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). The Liaisons are typically employed by Tribal organizations and work at CASCs, and aim to increase the resources available to (1) help Tribes access information, data, and expertise at the CASCs and elsewhere; (2) facilitate research integrating traditional knowledge; and (3) support Tribal forums and information exchange. These efforts are designed to better understand, communicate, and meet the needs of Tribes through partnerships to promote more resilient Tribal communities.

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