Day: May 2, 2019

California Giant Berry Farms Collaborates for Sustainable Packaging

Read the full story at AndNowUKnow.

While many of us have left Earth Day behind us, California Giant Berry Farms is making sustainability front-and-center when it comes to the packaging of its precious berries. The company has recently been conducting field tests on a prototype cardboard clamshell for fresh strawberries. California Giant has partnered up with Sambrailo Packaging and Markon Cooperative for this project.

Webinar: Putting Sustainability into Practice: How and Why Successful Organizations Embrace Sustainability

May 9, 2019 noon-1 pm CDT
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Sustainability is increasingly important for all organizations, across all industries. Taking a proactive approach not only improves the world we live in, but can also give your organization a competitive advantage. Join Prof. Julia Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director of Stanford’s Change Leadership for Sustainability Program, as she explains how and why organizations put sustainability into practice and the benefits they reap. Find out what approaches successful organizations implement to align strategy and operations with sustainability and improve their bottom line.

You Will Learn:

  • How sustainability goes beyond adopting eco-friendly practices to aligning social, financial, and environmental objectives
  • Which strategies are effective in generating social, financial and environmental returns
  • How to mitigate risk, bolster resilience, and drive value creation
  • How to increase the emphasis your organization places on sustainability

 

New York State to award $280M for energy storage projects

Read the full story at Daily Energy Insider.

New York State is offering $280 million for energy storage projects as part of an initiative to reach the goal of 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.

It also supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York State on a path to a carbon-neutral economy.

Geodesign: Using Data Transparency and Community Voices for Enhanced Land-Use Planning

Tue, May 14, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
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As land use planning evolves, planners must embrace the latest technologies and tools to help stakeholders make land use decisions without being overwhelmed. Recent changes in geospatial tools and technologies are enabling this shift from data overload to data sensibility.

Join the Smart Growth Network to learn how geodesign can help to guide stakeholders to consensus through a process of collaboration and negotiation enhanced by geospatial technologies that visualize scenario alternatives in real time. This webinar will feature Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA and David Goldberg, ASLA, of Penn State University, and Jesse Suders of Tetra Tech.

Geodesign is a place-based planning process that combines creative problem-solving with geospatial data. Admittedly, the geodesign process is more labor intensive than traditional land planning practices; however, the ability to shorten the typical planning process, plus geodesign’s track record of success, can outweigh concerns about adopting this new tool.

Stakeholders react well to being able to see – through real time mapping and “dashboards”—the consequences of their land use choices.

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP continuing education credits.

Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Six Environmental Heroes

The Goldman Environmental Foundation today announced six recipients of the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s foremost award for grassroots environmental activists.

Awarded annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions, the Goldman Environmental Prize honors the achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists from around the world, inspiring all of us to take action to protect our planet.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Prize, which was founded in 1989 in San Francisco by philanthropists and civic leaders Rhoda and Richard Goldman. As Richard Goldman once noted, “We’d like to leave the world a little better than we found it.” In these 30 years, the Prize has had an immeasurable impact on the planet. To date, the Prize has honored 194 winners from 89 different nations, and has shined a light on many of the critical issues facing the Earth.

“I am so moved and inspired by these six environmental trailblazers,” said Susie Gelman, President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. “Each of them has selflessly stood up to stop injustice, become a leader when leadership was critical, and vanquished powerful adversaries who would desecrate our planet. These are six ordinary, yet extraordinary, human beings who remind us that we all have a role in protecting the Earth.”

The winners will be awarded the Prize at an invitation-only ceremony today at 5:30 pm PDT at the San Francisco Opera House (this event will be live-streamed online at goldmanprize.org). Former Vice President and legendary environmental champion Al Gore will present the keynote address at the ceremony. A ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., will follow on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 pm EDT.

“Thirty years ago, when Richard and Rhoda Goldman started the Goldman Environmental Prize, the idea of celebrating grassroots environmentalists was a novel one,” said former Vice President Al Gore. “Today, thanks in large part to the Goldmans, the world recognizes just how important it is to honor and illuminate those who have shown courage in the face of environmental destruction. Their efforts inspire all of us to protect our fragile planet Earth for future generations. I was fortunate to count Richard and Rhoda as good friends. Their legacy is global and profound. I proudly toast the Goldman family on this 30th anniversary of the Prize.”

This year’s winners are:

BAYARJARGAL AGVAANTSEREN, Mongolia
Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature
Reserve in the South Gobi Desert—a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard—and persuaded the Mongolian government to prohibit all mining within
the reserve.

ALFRED BROWNELL, Liberia
Under threat of violence, environmental lawyer Alfred Brownell stopped the
clear-cutting of Liberia’s tropical forests by palm oil plantation developers. His
campaign protected 513,500 acres of primary forest that constitute one of the world’s
most important biodiversity hotspots. For his safety, he is living in temporary exile in
the United States.

ANA COLOVIC LESOSKA, North Macedonia
Ana Colovic Lesoska led a seven-year campaign to cut off international funding for
two large hydropower plants planned inside of North Macedonia’s Mavrovo
National Park, thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.

ALBERTO CURAMIL, Chile
Alberto Curamil organized his Mapuche community to stop the construction of two
hydroelectric projects on the sacred Cautín River in Chile. The projects would have
diverted hundreds of millions of gallons of water each day, harming a critical ecosystem
and exacerbating drought conditions. In 2018, Curamil was arrested and remains in
jail today. Colleagues believe that he was targeted because of his activism.

JACQUELINE EVANS, Cook Islands
Jacqueline Evans led a five-year campaign to protect the Cook Islands’ stunning marine
biodiversity. Because of her persistent organizing, the Cook Islands enacted new legislation—Marae Moana—to sustainably manage and conserve all 763,000 square miles of the country’s ocean territory, designating marine protected areas around all 15 islands.

LINDA GARCIA, United States
Linda Garcia organized local residents to stop construction of the Tesoro Savage
oil export terminal in Vancouver, Washington. By preventing North America’s largest
oil terminal from being built, Garcia halted the flow of 11 million gallons of crude oil
per day from North Dakota to Washington.

Detailed biographical information, photographs, and video of all the winners are available by request or online at www.goldmanprize.org/pressroom

About the Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize was established in 1989 by late San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.

Webinar: Green Infrastructure: A Triple Bottom Line Approach to Environmental Justice

Wed, May 15, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
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The guiding principle of environmental justice is that all American citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income are entitled to equal protection from environmental risks. Across the United States, a variety of socioeconomic metrics are used to identify communities with environmental justice needs, but all of these communities have one thing in common: populations that suffer a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental, and commercial operations or policies.

In this webcast, Stacey Eriksen with EPA Region 8 and Andy Kricun with the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority will discuss how the implementation of green infrastructure practices can bring environmental, economic, and social benefits to the communities that need them the most. Regional and local initiatives will highlight the ways in which green infrastructure can manage stormwater pollution, equalize access to environmental protection, and create a healthier environment in which to live and work.

EPA presents Mariners/T-Mobile Park with national award for food recovery

On April 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator, Chris Hladick, presented the Seattle Mariners and T-Mobile Park with the agency’s 2018 Food Recovery Challenge National Award for the team’s efforts to reduce food waste. The presentation occurred on the field shortly before the Mariners game against the Texas Rangers.

EPA’s award recognizes the Mariners for its commitment to food waste reduction, leading the Sports and Entertainment Venues sector of the agency’s Food Recovery Challenge in improved food waste reduction and recovery.

In 2017 the Mariners donated 6,465 pounds of extra food to The Salvation Army, Operation Sack Lunch, and other Seattle-area hunger relief agencies. The M’s also composted 758 tons of food waste in 2017. In fact, in an around-the-horn recycling loop, the T-Mobile’s discarded food is collected and composted by Cedar Grove, who supplies compost to Sound Sustainable Farms in Redmond, one of the produce suppliers for T-Mobile food vendors. Like footage of “The Double,” this cycle is repeated over and over.

“Where waste was once an enormously expensive problem, the Mariners team has dedicated itself to driving a market for compostables, reducing food waste, and feeding the hungry – what an incredible turn-around!” said Chris Hladick, the EPA’s Pacific Northwest/Alaska Regional Administrator. “The award we’re presenting today is a reflection of the team’s commitment to its community and to future generations. We’re grateful for the example the Mariners are setting.”

Every year, over two million people — and a lot of food — pass through the gates of T-Mobile Field, formerly known as Safeco Field. Closing the loop is an integral part of the ballpark’s sustainability efforts, and the club focuses on donating food first, and then composting it if donation isn’t possible.

“Sustainability is a crucial part of the Seattle Mariners’ mission,” says Trevor Gooby, Senior Vice-President of Ballpark Operations. “We recognize that we have a powerful platform that can impact our communities for generations to come, and we take this responsibility seriously. When it comes to sustainable food management, reducing waste up front is smart for the bottom line, and donating left-over food to those who need it is just the right thing to do.”

This is not a new effort for the Mariners: In 2017, the club was awarded Major League Baseball’s Green Glove for leading the way with the league’s highest percentage of waste diverted from going into the local landfill.

Researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from lithium-ion batteries

Read the full story from the University of California San Diego.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. The new process is safer and uses less energy than their previous method in restoring cathodes to their original capacity and cycle performance.

Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering who is affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, led the project. The work was published in Advanced Energy Materials.

Digital Tool Helps Reduce Food Waste Caused by Meal Prepping

Read the full story from Waste360.

A digital tool called the Meal Prep Mate aims to reduce the amount of food that is wasted by consumers in the U.S.

Oppenheimer testifies in Congress on the history of climate science

Read the full story from Princeton University.

Professor Michael Oppenheimer provided a brief, thorough history of climate science at an April 9 hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on the Environment.

Subcommittee on Environment:Climate Change, Part I:  The History of a Consensus and the Causes of Inaction

Subcommittee on Environment: Climate Change, Part II: The Public Health Effects

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