Day: August 25, 2020

The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

When the cost of money is tied to a company’s sustainability performance: Game on.

AgroFresh’s New Technology Will Empower Growers at Harvest

Read the full story at Waste360.

Harvest management is an important process in reducing waste and ensure food quality. AgroFresh Solutions Inc., a produce freshness solutions provider based in Philadelphia, Pa., recently launched FreshCloud Harvest View to aid harvesters in managing their food crops.

The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers

Read the full story in Nature.

A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

On the Delaware, A Promising New Era in Cleanup of an Urban River

Read the full story at e360.

Once known for its filth, the Delaware River in Philadelphia is now enjoyed by boaters who flock to its improved waters. Now, environmentalists there and across the country are pushing to ramp up the gains made and to complete the cleanup of America’s urban rivers.

Italian recycling app tackles ‘confused’ waste sorting in Europe

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Marketed as a virtual assistant for waste sorting, the Junker app helps consumers solve the everyday dilemma: ‘Can I recycle this?’ FoodNavigator asks co-founder Noemi De Santis how the start-up is helping prevent food and food packaging waste from ending up in landfill.

Biogas Toolkit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Biogas Toolkit serves as a centralized knowledge hub for biogas project stakeholders. The toolkit is designed to allow stakeholders to search and browse for information and resources that meet their specific project needs. The toolkit includes information and resources compiled from across several EPA programs, including AgSTAR, the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI).

Architects spend upward of $200K on facades they never use. Here’s a creative way to repurpose them

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Before large and complicated buildings are built, they get tested. Small sections of complicated facades and unconventional design approaches are often built at full scale to test their visual or structural integrity. Known as architectural mockups, these 10- or 20-foot sample walls and corners are built to make sure that, once constructed at full height, the facades won’t fail and the buildings won’t crumble.

But like snippets of architectural DNA in some oversize laboratory, after they’ve been tested and proved stable, these architectural mockups are thrown away.

Through a new project, one of these building chunks will become part of a new structure in a New York City community garden.

How to recycle Amazon packaging

Read the full story at Mashable.

Amazon has become an increasingly ubiquitous part of our lives, as more and more people receive weekly — and even daily — packages from the company. But as these packages pile up on doorsteps all over the world, a glaring issue has emerged: How do you recycle all those damn boxes, bubble envelopes, and Prime Now paper bags? 

Given the huge variety in packaging, the answer isn’t so clear. 

Germany plans to dim lights at night to save insects

Read the full story at MSN.

Germany is planning to ban floodlights from dusk for much of the year as part of its bid to fight a dramatic decline in insect populations, it emerged Wednesday.

Pacific Northwest Utilities Seek Thousands of Megawatts of New Renewable and Non-Emitting Energy: A Huge Opportunity for Independent Power Producers

Read the full story in The National Law Review.

Driven by the need to comply with ambitious state targets for reduction of greenhouse gases in the utility sector, the recent and planned retirement of much of the region’s coal fleet, and the capacity deficits that are anticipated as a result, utilities across the greater Pacific Northwest have recently or will soon issue requests for proposals (RFPs), which collectively create a market for roughly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewable or non-emitting generation, as well as energy storage.

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