Nine Former Michigan Officials, Including Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder, Charged in Flint Water Crisis

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It was a moment many in Flint, Michigan, feared would never come.

More than six years after residents learned they had been exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water and a deadly disease outbreak, top leadership in the state and city at the time have been indicted on criminal charges in connection with their role in the crisis.

The sweeping criminal cases announced Thursday include Rick Snyder, the former Republican governor; Snyder’s top aide and his chief of staff; as well as both the state’s top doctor and health official during the crisis, who face the most severe charges: nine counts of involuntary manslaughter each, as well as official misconduct and neglect of duty for “grossly negligent performance.”

Webinar: Understanding Food Waste Regulations and Compliance

January 22, 2021, 11 am CST
Register here.

Food waste in America has skyrocketed in recent years. With 40.7 million tons (81.4 billion pounds) of food waste generated in 2017, the American food waste problem has quickly become a food waste crisis. To put it into perspective, America is producing the equivalent of over 180,000 Statue of Liberties of food waste per year.

This crisis is causing devastating environmental impacts, increasing global hunger and food insecurity, and leading to massive amounts of wasted natural resources. Many corporations and organizations are working hard to address this crisis, but food and organics recycling comes with a set of management practices that must be followed, along with a complex patchwork of regulations.  

No matter the type of organization, nearly every business and institution has some type of food waste that they can divert from a landfill.  In our exciting session on January 22, four experts in the field will discuss their own unique experiences in food waste management. 

Topics panelists will cover:

  • Challenges each organization faces when recycling organics at scale and what stakeholders are involved; 
  • Food waste regulations that most impact each business, and how they keep track of new and updated regulations;
  • How has COVID-19 changed your organization’s food waste management processes and long-term goals; and 
  • Technology and innovation shaping the food waste and organics recycling landscape.

A California water fight pits pistachio growers against the U.S. Navy

Read the full story from FERN’s Ag Insider.

A legal dispute over water rights in California’s Mojave desert has growers for The Wonderful Co. on one side and a town reliant on a sprawling naval base on the other. As Brent Crane reports in FERN’s latest story, published with Bloomberg Green, the case offers a glimpse of the coming water wars in California, as the state’s all-powerful agriculture interests increasingly square off against thirsty communities over a dwindling supply of fresh water.

Toyota’s Solid-State Battery Prototype Could Be an EV Game Changer

Read the full story at Motortrend.

Imagine an electric car battery that provides more than 300 miles of range, charges in approximately ten minutes, requires no bulky heating and cooling systems, maintains 80 percent of its charge capacity for 800 cycles (about 240,000 miles), and isn’t prone to spontaneous combustion. Such is the promise of the solid-state car battery, a holy grail that automakers and manufacturers are racing to find. Now, Toyota announced it’ll have a running prototype with a solid-state battery ready by next year.

Climate Transition Finance Handbook

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The concept of climate transition focuses principally on the credibility of an issuer’s climate change-related commitments and practices. In order to meet the global objectives enshrined within the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C, significant financing is needed. Capital markets have a critical role to play in enabling the climate transition by ensuring the efficient flow of financing from investors to issuers wishing to address climate change risk issues.

To help facilitate these flows, this document seeks to provide clear guidance and common expectations to capital markets participants on the practices, actions and disclosures to be made available when raising funds in debt markets for climate transition-related purposes, whether this be in the format of; Use of Proceeds instruments, defined as those
aligned to the Green and Social Bond Principles or Sustainability Bond Guidelines or; General Corporate Purpose instruments aligned to the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles.

Ahold Delhaize Secures New Credit Line Linked to Sustainability Goals

Read the full story at Winsight Grocery Business.

Ahold Delhaize said it has secured a new revolving credit facility linked to its sustainability goals, including food waste reduction, carbon reduction and promotion of healthier eating.

The Dutch company called the new 1 billion euro credit line (about $1.2 billion U.S.) an important milestone that highlights how the global retailer is reinforcing the alignment of its funding strategy and its commitments laid out in its Healthy & Sustainable ambition.

Ahold Delhaize last year issued what it called the retail industry’s first Sustainability Bond, with the money raised earmarked to finance new or existing environmentally friendly projects, including a rooftop farm project and procurement of sustainably produced products such as coffee, tea, cocoa and seafood.

Cleaning Product Enforcement Challenge Highlights Reach of EPA’s Antimicrobial Regulatory Authority

Read the full story at JD Supra.

For years, EPA has asserted broad authority to regulate products that are labeled or marketed with express or implied pesticidal (including antimicrobial) claims.  During the current pandemic, that authority has been exercised aggressively, particularly against products, many of which are imported, that claim or suggest effectiveness in fighting coronavirus and other microbes.  A novel litigation challenge to one such EPA enforcement action provides a timely reminder of the extensive scope of the authority claimed by the agency under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Iowa DNR celebrates 30 years of Pollution Prevention Services Program

Iowa DNR celebrated the 30th anniversary of its pollution prevention program and 20th anniversary of its P2 intern program with a publication that showcases their impact.

From the document:

Iowa businesses working with P2S to implement projects have saved, collectively, more than $109 million dollars and made them better stewards of their environment. Companies have taken major steps to reduce energy usage, water consumption, waste generation, CO2 emissions, and operating expenses.

Boeing Is Now Upcycling Old Plane Parts as Furniture

Read the full story at Interesting Engineering.

Boeing is now selling furniture made out of retired plane parts. It calls its store the “luxury aviation” store and that’s no joke with items starting at $5,500 and reaching all the way to $19,500.

Beiersdorf To Use Renewable Plastics in Cosmetics Packaging

Read the full story at Happi.

Beiersdorf is making good on its promise to convert to refillable, reuseable or recycled packaging. The maker of Nivea and La Prairie is teaming up with Sabic to create renewable plastics for mass-market cosmetics packaging. The packaging will will work together to create sustainable packaging made of certified, renewable polypropylene (or PP) from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio. To make the PP, plant-based, renewable raw materials will be used. The first products with packaging made almost wholly of certified PP from renewable raw materials will be launched in 2021.