EPA to jettison major Obama climate rule, as Biden eyes a bigger push

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Biden administration indicated Friday it will not try to resurrect the Clean Power Plan, a controversial Obama-era policy that set climate pollution targets for every state’s electricity sector and gave officials flexibility on how they would make those reductions by the end of the decade.

Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a federal judicial filing, the Biden administration is seeking a court’s blessing to propose a new rule aimed at limiting greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s power plants, which represent the second-largest source of emissions.

Biden’s climate task force has first meeting

Read the full story at The Hill.

The White House’s new National Climate Task Force held its first meeting Thursday, seeking a return to “credibility” on climate change.

The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.

Read the full story in the New York Times Magazine.

In public and private, Biden and his advisers have signaled some dramatic interventions to revive U.S. manufacturing. Will they actually happen?

Andrew Family Foundations Issues RFP for 2021 Grants

Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Letters of Inquiry)

The Andrew Family strives to create opportunities that enrich and improve the quality of life for underresourced communities and to protect and preserve the natural environment of those communities.  Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew and their five children founded the Andrew Family Foundation in Orland Park, Illinois, in 1993 to continue the philanthropic legacy of Aileen S. and Victor J. Andrew, Ed’s parents and founders of ANDREW Corporation, and Kathryn C. and Burton S. Grant, Edie’s parents and active members in their community and church.  Through the foundation, the family is committed to continuing the legacy of creating opportunity for generations to come.

To that end, the Andrew Family Foundation seeks to partner with one or more organizations with a creative solution to an issue facing underresourced communities and/or that helps protect and preserve the natural environment.  Preference will be given to programs where these two interests intersect.

The foundation’s goal is to have an impact in communities that lack access to economic and social opportunity as well as critical resources. The foundation desires to work toward resolving such inequities by alleviating disparities in food access, affordable housing, high-quality education, physical and psychological health care, and/or criminal justice.

The foundation also desires to support programs and organizations that address society’s responsibility to conserve the planet’s natural resources and promote environmental sustainability.

The foundation intends to engage in long-term collaborations that drive measurable change. In addition to providing financial resources, the foundation intends/expects to be actively involved in promoting the growth and expansion of the selected programs or organizations.

For purposes of this initiative, the foundation will NOT consider programs that support public policy or provide funding for endowments or capital grants. 

In pursuit of its objectives, the foundation will award grant(s) of up to $600,000over three years. Financial support will be restricted to a specific existing or new project or initiative and can include research to support the program. Preference will be given to organizations that have a potential for expansion opportunities based on data-driven results.

Applications will be processed through an online system administered by Foundation Source. The foundation will NOT consider hard-copy submissions. The procedures for applying are as follows:

On the “HOME” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “START” button to take the online eligibility quiz. (Note: when you get to the first question, you will need to select “XXX” from the drop-down menu, then hit “NEXT” to answer the eligibility questions.)

If an applicant meets all eligibility criteria, it will be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry.

LOIs must be completed by 11:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 15. (Technical support will only be available through Foundation Source between 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.)

A committee appointed by the Andrew Family Foundation will review Letters of Inquiry between February 1 and March 29, 2021.

Selected organizations will be notified by March 30 and invited to submit a full proposal. Qualified grant proposals will be reviewed by the committee. Applications not meeting the criteria may be declined and/or further information may be requested. Applications deemed ineligible will not be considered.

(Note: All inquiries regarding the grant selection process or the application should be directed to Kllumiquinga@TFOPhoenix.com.)

For additional information, see the Andrew Family Foundation website.

Governments urged to accelerate circular economy transition through green recovery plans

Read the full story at edie.

As nations continue to deliver their strategies for the economic recovery from Covid-19, they must better embed measures to improve resource efficiency, recycling, reuse and nature restoration, according to a major new policy briefing.

Olympic Committee pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story at The Hill.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) pledged on Wednesday to reduce its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent within the next nine years.

WASTECON: EPA’s 50% recycling goal possible, but only with a lot more funding and focus

Read the full story at WasteDive.

Panelists from Waste Management, The Recycling Partnership, CalRecycle and New York’s Department of Sanitation previewed what it may take to hit the new 2030 target.

The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers

Read the full story in Wired.

When humans over-exploit underground water supplies, the ground collapses like a huge empty water bottle. It’s called subsidence, and it could affect 1.6 billion people by 2040.

Sustainable packaging gains as COVID “shock” ebbs, but carbon calculations pose challenge

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Sustainable packaging is resurfacing as a top consumer priority after months of being on the back burner due to overriding coronavirus safety concerns, but efforts to switch to more renewable options could be complicated by a dual focus on reducing carbon emissions, suggest Rabobank analysts and members of its FoodBytes! mentorship and innovation platform.

Albertsons Takes Steps to Reinvent Single-Use Plastic Bags

Read the full story at Progressive Grocer.

Adding to its current efforts to reduce waste, Albertsons Cos. has now also joined the Beyond the Bag Initiative to replace single-use retail plastic bags.