Month: October 2019

Rex Tillerson Testifies, Denying Exxon Misled Investors About Climate Risk

Read the full story from Inside Climate News.

The former Exxon CEO, once Trump’s secretary of state, defended practices he implemented while running the oil company. He testified at Exxon’s investor fraud trial.

As Trump Steps Away from Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Step Up

Read the full story from the World Resources Institute.

U.S. states, cities and businesses are an essential part of the response to the global climate crisis – and their role is ever more crucial as the Trump administration moves to pull the United States from the historic Paris Agreement.

The next step could come as soon as November 4, when the administration would finally be able to formally submit a request to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (while President Trump has signaled his intention of leaving the accord, the United States remains a party to it). Regardless of what the White House does, there is inspiring leadership in cities and states to accelerate climate action across the country.

In the two years since the current administration announced it would withdraw from the agreement, states, cities, businesses, universities, and others have joined coalitions supporting the Paris Agreement, including We Are Still In, the U.S. Climate Alliance, and Climate Mayors. Today, these subnational climate actors represent 65% of the U.S. population and 68% of the economy, according to the America’s Pledge Initiative.

Diversifying Crops Is Good For The Planet. But Can It Be Good For Farmers’ Wallets?

Read the full story from NPR.

It’s as simple as supply and demand: Farmers, nonprofits, researchers and food conglomerates are trying to find ways to create markets for crops that, if grown in rotation among the corn and soy, can not only reduce fertilizer runoff but also boost soil health in a number of other ways, which can help in the battle against climate change and potentially improve the efficiency of animal agriculture.

Kroger Launching Simplified Labels to Reduce Food Waste

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Earlier this month, the grocery store chain Kroger became the latest retailer to announce it would standardize food labels to provide consumers with simpler, easier-to-understand product quality and safety information in a move to reduce food waste.

Shifting Markets Using Ocean-bound Plastics

Read the full story from Waste360.

In the latest episode of our NothingWasted! Podcast, we chat with Ellen Jackowski, global head of sustainability strategy and innovation at HP. She drives HP’s sustainable impact strategy and programs that focus on the planet, people and the communities that HP serves.

Retailers market sustainable stores to lure eco-conscious customers

Read the full story at Retail Dive.

As shoppers weigh the environmental impact of their purchases, companies are realizing the ancillary benefits of going green.

RecycleMania Tournament Activity Guide for Freshmen, Dorm Dwellers, and Student Leaders

Download the document.

This guide is for college and university students who wish to help their
school participate in waste reduction and waste elimination measures,
increase recycling, and take part in the RecycleMania Spring
competition.

The Activity Guide aims to help you take action during the year to
reduce waste, increase recycling, and introduce new students to what it
means to be part of a sustainable campus. Use the activities and
resources that follow to engage RAs and new students, increase waste
reduction and recycling practices among all students and faculty, and
prepare for the RecycleMania competition in the Spring.

Citizen Science with the Transit of Mercury

Read the full story at Sky & Telescope.

If you’re planning on watching the November 11th transit of Mercury, try kicking it up a notch — watch with a friend and calculate the distance between Earth and the Sun!

SIU earns repeat national accolades for sustainability initiatives

Read the full story from Southern Illinois University.

Southern Illinois University received not one, but two national honors this fall for its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

SIU has earned a spot in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition.” It’s the seventh consecutive year and the eighth time in the 10-year history of the award that SIU has been honored.

In addition, SIU has claimed a spot on the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list for the fourth year in a row.  

Industry, government take aim at food waste in the supply chain with formal commitment

Read the full story in Grocery Dive.

Organizations representing the grocery, restaurant and food product industries signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday afternoon with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, to formalize collaboration efforts designed to reduce food waste in the U.S. by 50% by 2030 — a goal established by the Obama administration and carried on by the Trump administration

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing Institute and National Restaurant Association, all founding members of the industry-led Food Waste Reduction Alliance, signed onto the MOU at the ReFed Summit in San Diego. ReFed is a nonprofit organization focused on a data-driven approach to reducing food waste. The EPA, FDA and USDA signed a two-year agreement with ReFed in April.

This new level of formality builds on existing programs and commitments from the Trump administration including the ReFed agreement, the Food Recovery Challenge and the 2030 Champions program, wherein companies like Ahold Delhaize, Aramark, Blue Apron, Campbell’s, Yum! Brands, Walmart, Unilever and more have formally committed to the 2030 goal

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