SF’s big buildings to take big step in reducing city’s emissions

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San Francisco could become the first city in the nation to require large commercial property owners to switch their buildings to 100% renewable energy.

What’s behind a new climate surcharge coming to your restaurant bill in California

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Some California restaurants will put another surcharge on their bills later this year — but this time, it won’t be for service or employee benefits. It will be to fight climate change.

Cheap Renewables Shave $10 Trillion Off Cost to Curb Warming

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The cost of reaching global climate goals is falling rapidly as wind and solar prices plummet and policy makers push electrification as the main tool to cut pollution, the International Renewable Energy Agency said.

Why your brain doesn’t register the words ‘climate change’

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Which phrase does a better job of grabbing people’s attention: “global warming” or “climate change”? According to recent neuroscience research, the answer is neither.

If you want to get people to care, try “climate crisis,” suggests new research from an advertising consulting agency in New York. That phrase got a 60 percent greater emotional response from listeners than our old pal climate change. (It must be music to the ears of Al Gore, who uses the phrase in just about every other tweet.)

Workers at tech giant demand climate action

Read the full story in Planet Ark.

Over 6,000 employees at multinational technology company Amazon have banded together to demand the company do better environmentally in an open letter to their employer.

Trimble, Cobalt Team to Sustainably Discard Old Fleet Mobility Hardware

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The partnership allows commercial fleets upgrading their onboard solutions to safely and sustainably dispose of used equipment.

‘The consumer is pushing them’: How fast-fashion brands are responding to sustainability

Read the full story in Glossy.

Fast-fashion brands are taking steps to clean up their act.

It’s no secret that, by nature, fast fashion isn’t doing the environment any favors. For years, brands like H&M, Zara and Forever 21, and, more recently, the Fashion Novas and Boohoos of the world, have been making a profit by taking runway trends and quickly recreating them for the mass market at a fraction of the cost. Their products are designed to be worn once or twice and then thrown away, contributing to the already massive amount of clothing that is discarded. Roughly 85% of textiles end up in landfills, per the United Nations.

But as younger consumers shift their focus to brands that celebrate radical transparency and environmentally friendly practices, like Reformation and Everlane, fast-fashion brands are having to backtrack and think more about the impact they’re having on the world.

Atlanta’s 2020 graduates to wear caps, gowns made from plastic Coke bottles

Read the full story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

At next year’s high school graduation ceremonies, Atlanta seniors will wear, not just taste, the feeling.

Atlanta Public Schools seniors in the class of 2020 will don graduation caps and gowns made out of recycled plastic bottles thanks to an innovative program by Coca-Cola.

Hotels Have a Problem With Plastics: A Skift Deep Dive

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The hotel industry is just waking up to the problem of plastic waste, but this is a two-way street. Hotels rely on this convenient, affordable material just as much as travelers do. The real struggle is turning newfound global awareness and municipal legislation into swift action.

UAE to build road network made from recycled rubber, asphalt

Read the full story in Construction Week Online.

The UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development has partnered with French tyre maker Michelin to work on a two-month pilot project that will see a road construction progress kicking off, with a national green road network to be built using a mix of recycled rubber and asphalt.