Chemical Challenge Targets Technologies to Overcome Environmental Management Hurdles

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

How to enable wastewater-free chemical sites? That is the question — or at least one of questions AkzoNobel wants startup firms and other innovators to answer in its Chemicals Startup Challenge.

The aim of the AkzoNobel Chemicals Startup Challenge, launched in conjunction with KPMG, is to identify interesting startups and solutions that have a strategic fit with AkzoNobel’s businesses and develop partnerships with them. The challenge will give the winners the chance to see their ideas become a commercial reality.

Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment now accepting entries

SEJ’s awards honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. TV, radio, print and online journalism about environment or related issues are eligible. $500 offered for first-place winners in all categories.
Deadline to enter: April 1, 11:59PM your local time
Cost to enter: $40 Members or $100.Members must be logged in to access the member rate.
  • Eligible entries: Journalism publisher or aired March 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Rachel Carson Environment Book category: Books published in 2016.
For details, rules, FAQs and entry forms, visit http://bit.ly/SEJAwards2017

President’s Environmental Youth Award now accepting applications

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes K-12 students and their efforts to protect the environment. The award promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.

Winning projects have included restoring natural habitats, starting recycling programs at school and in communities, and installing renewable energy projects. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

EPA Announces Groundwater Awareness Week Video Challenge

EPA  announced its first National Groundwater Awareness Week Video Challenge.

Beginning February 1, EPA invites the public to create and submit a video that increases awareness and understanding about the importance of protecting and conserving groundwater. Example video topics may include demonstrating the importance of groundwater, explain where groundwater can be found or what you can do to protect sources of groundwater.

The winning videos will be posted on EPA’s website and recognized during National Groundwater Awareness Week from March 5-11, 2017.

EPA honors Crystal Creamery for reducing waste from Modesto plant

Read the full story in the Modesto Bee.

Crystal Creamery received a national award Tuesday for how it handles the sludge left after making ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the Modesto-based company for turning the waste into electricity and other byproducts. It presented the annual Food Recovery Challenge National Innovation Award, part of a federal effort to reduce food waste estimated at 37 million tons a year.

Superior soap molecule from renewable sources wins top Dow SISCA prize

Read the full story from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

A team that created a soap molecule made from renewable materials has won the $10,000 first prize in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition held Dec. 6 at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

The Winners of the C40 Cities Awards for Climate Change

Read the full story in CityLab.

The top cities mass-produce compost, use landfill gas to heat a stadium, and “deconstruct” rather than demolish homes.