Presentations from the Toxic Use Reduction Institute’s Fall 2017 Continuing Education Meeting now available

The Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute recently hosted an continuing education meeting. The presentations from that event are now available on their web site. They include: Strategies for Life Cycle Thinking and Product Sustainability at GE Plenary Speaker: Bill Flanagan, Aspire Sustainability Partners Update - November 16, 2017 Session A Materials Accounting Refresher Jeff Bibeau, Tighe & Bond …

Environmental and Economic Implications of Distributed Additive Manufacturing: The Case of Injection Mold Tooling

Huang, R., Riddle, M. E., Graziano, D., Das, S., Nimbalkar, S., Cresko, J. and Masanet, E. (2017). "Environmental and Economic Implications of Distributed Additive Manufacturing: The Case of Injection Mold Tooling." Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12641 This article is open source. Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) holds great potentials in enabling superior engineering functionality, streamlining supply chains, and reducing …

What’s The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Read the full story from NPR. When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning? A …

Drinking Water: A Comparison of Bottled and Tap Water Using Life Cycle Analysis

In 2009, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality published a study that compared a wide range of environmental impacts (including greenhouse gas emissions) of drinking water from the tap, 5-gallon reusables, and single-use bottles. It also looked at the environmental impacts of tap water (“reduce”) against the impacts of bottled water (“recycle” and “dispose”). The …

Environmental Comparison of Biochar and Activated Carbon for Tertiary Wastewater Treatment

Kyle A. Thompson, Kyle K. Shimabuku, Joshua P. Kearns, Detlef R. U. Knappe, R. Scott Summers, and Sherri M. Cook. "Environmental Comparison of Biochar and Activated Carbon for Tertiary Wastewater Treatment." Environmental Science & Technology 2016 50 (20), 11253-11262. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03239 Abstract: Micropollutants in wastewater present environmental and human health challenges. Powdered activated carbon (PAC) …

Researchers Study Whether Renewable Is Always Better

Read the full story from Carnegie Mellon University. Making plastics from plants is a growing trend. It's renewable, but is it better? A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers examines the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of three plant-based plastics at each stage of production compared with that of their common fossil fuel-based counterparts. …

Estimating the carbon footprint of crime

Read the full story at Phys.org. Policy makers currently examine the economic and social impacts of crime, but the environmental impacts have not, to date, been included. A new study, published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, estimates the carbon footprint of crime. The study was conducted by a UK-based research team led by an …