Day: November 15, 2021

Brew 2.0 opens for pre-registration with new partners

BREW 2.0, The Water Council’s post-accelerator for late-stage water technology startups, has opened the pre-registration period for its 2022 cohort with a new programming sponsor on board: Thales Water Advisors, a leading water strategy and finance advisory firm.

Beckhoff Automation also recently became a BREW 2.0 corporate sponsor, joining ongoing sponsor American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate & Social Impact.

The Water Council introduced its new version of BREW – Business, Research & Entrepreneurship in Water – in late 2020 with a focus on water tech companies ready to enter the market or with early sales. The program includes multiple weeks of targeted virtual training, a pitch event and follow-up training throughout the year to help young companies build connections and grow capacity.

Thales Water Advisors, based in Los Angeles, will provide expertise and thought leadership for BREW 2.0 participants, particularly in the areas of go-to-market strategy and scaling up. The company also will help judge applicants and provide pipeline referrals for potential partnerships or investments.

The Marquette University College of Business Administration, based in Milwaukee, Wis., is also joining the BREW programming team with sales training through its Center for Professional Selling.

Beckhoff Automation became a corporate sponsor of BREW 2.0 in 2021. The company, a global provider of open automation systems based on advanced PC Control technology, is based in Germany with U.S. headquarters in Minnesota. It recently completed a training facility and offices in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, home of The Water Council.

“We are enthusiastic to announce the additional sponsorships and expertise to help us provide ever-improving training and connections to up-and-coming water technology companies,” said Karen Frost, vice president of economic development and innovation at The Water Council. “These young companies will help solve global water challenges as they get plugged into our extensive worldwide water network.”

Frost will speak about BREW 2.0 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at WEFTEC, the international gathering of water professionals happening in Chicago.

BREW 2.0 will open for applications Nov. 15 and close Jan. 16. Applicants are invited to pre-register now on The Water Council website. Virtual training will begin in spring 2022.

EPA’s 2030 recycling strategy turns focus to circular economy and environmental justice

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

The long-awaited master plan focuses on steps to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, but regulators promise it’s just “part one” of a larger effort to tackle climate change on a higher level.

Webinar: Change and Challenges in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM

Nov 29, 2021, 1;30-3 pm CST
Register here.

This virtual roundtable will feature executive leadership of four professional societies (American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research; American Institute of Physics; American Society of Plant Biologist; American Geophysical Union) sharing their lessons learned from launching and supporting DEI programs within their societies, and the roles that societies and individual scientists can play in continuing to center equity within our work.

Meet the ‘inactivists’, tangling up the climate crisis in culture wars

Read the full story in The Guardian.

As climate science has gone mainstream, outright denialism has been pushed to the fringes. Now a new tactic of dismissing green policies as elitist is on the rise, and has zoned in on a bitter row over a disused airport in Kent.

Absolut on its aim to develop a fully bio-based and recyclable bottle

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

Absolut is expanding into fibre technology through its collaboration with paper bottle company Paboco. The spirits’ brand is working alongside Calsberg, Coca Cola, L’Oreal and P&G towards a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle for its pre-mixed cocktail drinks.

Researchers engineer microorganisms to tackle PET plastic pollution

Read the full story from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

NREL and ORNL researchers have developed a method to upcycle PET into performance-advantaged nylon, a precursor to other valuable products such as waterproof clothing, stick-free cookware coatings, and heat-resistant machine parts.

Coca-Cola trials refillable concept at Swedish store

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

Coca-Cola Sweden has launched a pilot for refillable, on-the-go drinks solutions in a Stockholm convenience store.

Reusing biosolids in the wastewater sector

Read the full story at Utility.

South East Water is involved in a new wastewater management project to transform leftover biosolids headed for landfill into reusable products for farmers.

Gentlebrand matches label material with beverage flavour for new bottle concept

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

Gentlebrand unveils the Aroma beverage bottle concept featuring an organic paper label that is attached the neck of the bottle without adhesive for easier separation and recycling, and contains seeds that match the flavour of the beverage.

6 ways restaurants can reduce their environmental impact

Read the full story at Nation of Change.

The restaurant industry struggles to meet consumers’ sustainability standards because of conventional management patterns.

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