Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

Webinar: Advanced Water Recovery and Reuse in the F&B Industry – a case study from Frito-Lay

Dec 9, 2021 — 1 pm CST
Register here.

Water scarcity is a global concern for the twenty-first century and a global water crisis threatens the public health, security, economy, stability and environmental sustainability of all nations. The Food and Beverage industry has made great strides towards reducing their water consumption and increasing the water reuse. Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande facility is a snack foods production plant that produces corn and potato chips along with SunChips®. The Casa Grande Facility was selected by Frito-Lay and its parent company, PepsiCo, to implement a “ Near Net Zero” environmentally sustainable approach toward its management of water, wastewater, energy and steam. Learn about the implementation of a full scale water reuse project and 10 years of continuous operation.

Anti-greenwashing project launches for UK food and drink sector

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

The UK’s Environment Agency has announced a project to standardise metrics to measure the environmental performance of the food and drink sector. FoodNavigator asks the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) for its take on the initiative.

This is how we survive climate change

Read the full story at Fast Company.

What happens this decade will determine whether we can avoid the worst of climate change in the future. It’s a challenging task, but humans are adaptable, and innovative—and the clock is ticking.

Tribal solar projects provide more than climate solutions

Read the full story at Yes! Magazine.

In August 2021, two wildfires surrounded the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in central Montana. By Aug. 11, more than 175,000 acres were ablaze, and all residents of Lame Deer, the largest town on the reservation, were asked to evacuate. Several communities lost power and cell service, and the local Boys and Girls Club set up door-to-door food delivery. Some of those forced to evacuate were staff at Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative, a nonprofit that supports tribal communities’ transition to solar power and development of renewable energy workforces. Wildfires like those surrounding Northern Cheyenne—which may get worse because of climate change—exemplified the urgent need for Covenant’s work.

How farmers and seaweed can help tackle ocean pollution

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Farmers as a group don’t typically embrace change. Just ask Luis Lombana, CEO of Ficosterra, a Spanish marine biotechnology company that makes fertilizers from an unexpected source: seaweed.

Walmart to cut virgin plastics use

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

Walmart has pledged to reduce the use of virgin plastic in its packaging by 15 percent by 2025. The company made the announcement at its sustainability milestone summit following engagement with As You Sow, a Berkeley, California-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy. The company agreed to set a plastic reduction target in May following the filing of a shareholder resolution by As You Sow.

National Science Foundation backs major research center for sustainable building technology

Read the full story from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder and City College of New York are announcing a joint research center for sustainable building technology.

The Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST) Center is a five-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to advance sustainable buildings and cities ranging from HVAC manufacturing, to smart glazing for windows, smart building controls, advanced insulation materials, new energy storage systems, and improved air quality systems. It will also seek to promote the integration of renewables such as solar systems. 

A recipe for fighting climate change and feeding the world

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

Scientists hope this new kind of perennial grain offers a taste of what environmentally friendly farming could look like.

Businesses seek required reporting of emissions goals

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Businesses and financial institutions across the UK and Europe want all companies to be required to report their net zero emissions plans.

UK companies Aviva, BT Group and Tesco were among those with assets of up to $6.1 trillion that are asking the British government to get companies to disclose those carbon goals. The businesses are seeking mandatory disclosures from companies in the country regarding emissions goals to be made by 2025.

Google Cloud enables users to measure emissions from platform usage, expands carbon-free solutions suite

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Google Cloud announced today the launch of a series of new climate-focused tools, aimed at enabling users to assess and reduce the emissions impact of their cloud-based workloads, and better address the climate impact of their businesses.

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