Day: April 24, 2020

U of I: Grind to Find Waste Solution

Read the full post from iSEE.

As of Spring 2020, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign educates 48,947 students. This means that 48,947 students are consuming food, and ultimately wasting some portion of that food.

So, where does the food waste go? For many students it will travel to a landfill; however, for those with a dining hall plan, their food waste will ultimately go through a system called Grind2Energy.

Grind2Energy is similar to the garbage disposal under the kitchen sink — but with a lot more power, said Doug Brokaw, Director of Sales for Food Services at InSinkErator.

Climate change threatens ‘serious damage’ to Spanish olive oil cultivation

Read the full story in Food Navigator.

Climate change threatens to cause ‘serious damage’ to the olive oil industry in Spain as less rainfall and reduced soil humidity ‘significantly reduces’ land area suitable to cultivate the main olive varieties.

Environmental Justice During COVID-19: Communities bear extra burden

Read the full story at Great Lakes Now.

When you ask well-intentioned government officials about environmental justice issues and why they are so difficult to remedy, the response usually goes like this:

“Some of the challenges we see as environmental problems are really rooted in decades of disinvestment in parts of our urban communities,” Liesl Clark, director of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told Great Lakes Now in a 2019 interview.

That’s why it was important that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focused on environmental justice from the beginning of her administration, Clark said and pointed out that an environmental justice public advocate position was created for that purpose.

And now, the commitment to environmental justice faces a tough test—the COVID-19 virus that’s ravaging the country but especially cities like Detroit and Chicago.

The Plastic Problem

Watch the documentary from PBS News Hour.

In “The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents”, Amna Nawaz and her PBS NewsHour colleagues look at this now ubiquitous material and how it’s impacting the world, why it’s become so prevalent, what’s being done to mitigate its use, and what potential alternatives or solutions are out there. This hour-long program travels from Boston to Seattle, Costa Rica to Easter Island to bring the global scale of the problem to light.

Great Lakes Learning: How to clean up an “oil spill” at your kitchen table

Read the full story from Great Lakes Now.

Researchers will tell you that we don’t know a lot about how to clean up an oil spill in freshwater, and that’s important for the Great Lakes.

While pipelines may be safer than trucks and railroads for transporting oil, they still leak. That danger is at the heart of the political disagreements over what to do about Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac and the St. Clair River.

In our lesson on Freshwater Oil Spills, we explore what these scientists are doing to pollute the lake water on purpose and test various cleanup approaches.

Even if you aren’t in a science classroom right now or don’t have a lab station at which to conduct an experiment, you can still learn about the different types of materials used to clean up oil spills and how each of them works by simulating your own at-home oil spill cleanup using household materials.

Know Your Backyard’s Biodiversity

Read the full story from Rutgers.

RutgersBioblitz and other nature-based apps help students of all ages honor 50th Earth Day at home

Open Scholarship Initiative’s Plan A

The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is the world’s only large-scale, high-level, multi-stakeholder effort focused on developing an inclusive, achievable, sustainable approach to global scholarly communication reform.

Plan A synthesizes the significant themes and recommendations that have emerged via OSI activities. Plan A recommends that the international scholarly communication community begin immediate and significant action to:

  • DISCOVER critical missing pieces of the open scholarship puzzle so we can design open reforms more effectively;
  • DESIGN, build and deploy an array of much need open infrastructure tools to help accelerate the spread and adoption of open scholarship practices;
  • WORK TOGETHER on finding common ground solutions that address key issues and concerns (see OSI’s “Common Ground” policy paper for more detail); and
  • REDOUBLE OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS to educate and listen to the research community about open solutions, and, in doing so, design solutions that better meet the needs of research.

In addition to these four main categories of action, Plan A also proposes that, in parallel, we begin to take immediate action to improve the relevance of open research to researchers, and the value of open research to society, by:

  • Opening and centralizing all climate change-related research;
  • Creating zero-embargo compassionate use access portals for patient families and for researchers combating health crises;
  • Creating a more robust Research-4-Life program for lower-resourced regions and institutions; and
  • Considering how to modify current openness programs to improve researcher use and engagement.

Commentary: What to do if Coronavirus canceled your sustainability audits

Read the full story at CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly.

As coronavirus continues to threaten communities and businesses, companies can mitigate sustainability risk by maintaining supply chain visibility with ratings.

New Jersey Governor Signs Food Waste Mandate

Read the full story in Biocycle.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the food waste recycling mandate passed by the state legislature on March 5. A2371/S865 requires recycling of food waste by “large food waste generators” (i.e., certain commercial and institutional entities that produce at least 52 tons/year of preconsumer food waste).

Energy Department Announces a Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to issue a spring 2020 solicitation for high performance computing projects that improve manufacturing processes, address products’ lifecycle energy consumption, and increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage technologies.

The Trump Administration has prioritized the use of high performance computing to solve critical national challenges. In March 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. This unique public-private consortium – spearheaded by the White House, DOE, and IBM – includes government, industry, and academic leaders. For additional information about the COVID-19 High Performance Computer Consortium, including information about how to submit a proposal for that program please follow the above link.

Strengthening the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector is a top priority for the Trump Administration and will be critical to America’s economic recovery,” said Alex Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program allows industry to access advanced computing resources within the DOE National Laboratories to address key manufacturing challenges.”

This manufacturing program is one component of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, which is led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

HPC4EI conducts two regular solicitations annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. The spring solicitation will target qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE National Laboratories that address key manufacturing challenges by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis. The solicitation will encourage applicants to partner with universities and non-profit organizations located within federally designated Opportunity Zones and/or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Eligibility for the program is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the U.S. for commercial applications and organizations that support them. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computing cycles and work performed by DOE National Laboratories, universities, and non-profit partners. All DOE National Laboratories are eligible to participate. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the total project funding.

DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is the primary sponsor of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program. AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.

DOE National Laboratory Point of Contact

Before the official call is open, applicants can reach out to the following National Laboratory point of contacts to ask questions regarding their facility’s HPC system capabilities and subject matter experts. Companies and national laboratory personnel must refrain from discussing specific project ideas once the solicitation call is officially open.

Argonne National LaboratoryDavid Martin
Berkeley National LaboratoryPeter Nugent
Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryAaron Fisher
Los Alamos National LaboratoryKim Rasmussen
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryJohn Turner
Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryMichael Rinker
National Renewable Energy LaboratoryMichael Martin
National Energy Technology LaboratoryYouhai Wen
Sandia National LaboratoryRonald Mangi

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