Day: July 12, 2021

Study: Just 25 cities account for majority of global urban greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story in The Hill.

Just 25 cities comprise more than half of greenhouse gas emissions from a sample of 167 urban centers, according to research published Monday in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.

What’s in Your Well? The Hidden Dangers of Nitrates in Rural Drinking Water

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Nitrate is one of the most common water contaminants worldwide and poses significant
risk for ecological and human health. These risks are especially prevalent in rural areas
where land cover is predominantly conventional row-crop agriculture (e.g., corn and
soybeans) and fertilizer application rates are high. Nitrate pollution poses a serious
problem for water quality in Illinois, yet not enough is known about the prevalence and
extent of rural well contamination. This paper examines the problem of nitrate pollution
in these wells and presents solutions for better understanding and addressing the issue.

Lay’s is building community soccer fields out of recycled potato chip bags

Read the full story at Fast Company.

It’s not only a sustainability effort, but also a push to engage young people in communities around the world in sports and life skills.

This filter is really good at turning seawater into freshwater

Read the full story at Gizmodo.

A team of Korean researchers have made a membrane that can turn saltwater into freshwater in minutes. The membrane rejected 99.99% of salt over the course of one month of use, providing a promising glimpse of a new tool for mitigating the drinking water crisis.

ING develops innovative green loan incentivizing building owners to improve sustainability of properties

Read the full story at ESG Today.

ING Group U.S. subsidiary ING Capital announced today the closing of a $33 million Green Incentive Loan with homebuilding company Lennar Corporation subsidiary LMC, with unique asset-level attributes aimed at promoting improved property sustainability.

Clean Infrastructure: Efficiency Investments for Jobs, Climate, and Consumers

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Energy efficiency investments in an infrastructure bill could result in more than 4 million more people working for a year (job-years), nearly 4 billion tons of reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and more than $300 billion in net consumer savings, all while building the foundation for a clean economy. Following on a report from last fall, we analyzed the likely impacts from ten sets of energy efficiency investments in homes and commercial buildings, electric vehicles, transportation infrastructure, manufacturing plants, states, and cities. The analysis includes many new proposals, including for multifamily home retrofits, heat pumps and heat pump water heaters, industrial decarbonization technology commercialization, and industrial clusters.

Levi’s COO wants to transform the brand’s supply chain

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

In a conversation about supply chain transformation at NRF Retail Converge on Monday, Levi Strauss COO Liz O’Neill said a company goal is to have consumers wear its products for longer…

O’Neill said part of the retailer’s focus is to educate consumers on how to recycle its products or leverage the company’s tailor shops to mend or personalize items.

Drop it then it’s hot: Coca-Cola Japan creates freeze-dried tea and coffee cubes to reduce packaging waste

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

Coca-Cola Japan has developed a barley tea, green tea and coffee freeze-dried cube under the 1,2,CUBE brand to bring an innovative, convenient, and environmentally friendly solution to the instant beverage market.

Fighting on-farm food waste through flexible procurement: Tesco’s response to a bumper strawberry harvest

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

UK retailer Tesco has increased the amount of strawberries it is purchasing this season in response to a bumper harvest in the UK. The elastic approach to procurement fights food waste as the supermarket leans on its promotional tools to drive up demand.

Webinar: Ethics, Compliance and Risk: Creating a Shared ESG Vision

Jul 20, 2021, noon-1 pm CDT
Register here.

Sustainability has long been a practice for many forward-thinking businesses. But a renewed focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues from investors, employees, customers and regulators has driven corporate ethics and compliance (E&C) groups to become more involved in sustainability and ESG programs.

This challenges ESG leaders to find alignment across teams, educate new practitioners on sustainability best practices, and ultimately develop a shared vision of ESG goals and progress. 

How can you best navigate this new paradigm?

Join representatives from NAVEX Global, Applied Materials and PwC to hear firsthand experiences and guidance around the growing relationship between E&C and sustainability and ESG teams.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • How ESG intersects with risk, ethics and compliance
  • How corporate teams are making ESG work across the business
  • How companies can efficiently act on ESG plans and mitigate risk

Moderator:

  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Speakers:

  • Karen Alonardo, VP ESG Solutions, NAVEX Global
  • Chris Librie, Director of ESG, Applied Materials
  • Sunita Suryanarayan, Partner, Risk & Regulatory, PwC

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