Rethinking the holidays

It's that time of year again. The days are at their shortest, the temperature has plummeted (at least here in Illinois), and the stores are hitting all of us with messages to buy, buy, buy. Whether you're tired of the commercialization of the season, want to lighten up your environmental footprint, or just don't have …

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 …

EnviroMedia launches weekly social media campaign to push waste reduction

Read the full story in Waste Dive. EnviroMedia, the original creators of America Recycles Day, recently launched a new consumer-facing social media campaign that encourages waste reduction and recycling. #WasteLessWednesday will target a different product or idea each week, according to CEO Valerie Salinas-Davis. In an interview, Salinas-Davis said she wants this to be "something simple that …

The inevitability of chemical substitutions

Download the document (free registration required). It’s only logical that any time hazardous chemicals can be replaced by those potentially less dangerous that they should be. However, because of increasingly stringent regulations, chemical substitutions are not only practical, but inevitable. Even so, many facilities struggle to implement these concepts, despite how essential they are. In …

Job opening: Industry Relations Coordinator 4 (Technical Adviser) — PennTAP

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) housed within Penn State’s Outreach and Online Education organization is seeking an experienced Technical Adviser that brings the combination of technical training and business development skills to the organization. This individual will primarily assist manufacturers throughout the Commonwealth of PA with reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and …

Current issue of MnTAP Source now available

The latest issue of MnTAP Source is now available. The current issue includes case studies in which MnTAP has partnered with Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to work with Minnesota municipal wastewater treatment facilities to identify significant energy efficiency (E2) projects. The complete table of contents …

A business prescription for reducing toxic chemical use

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Amidst the conversation about the need for reduced use of toxic chemicals and greater investment in "greener" chemistries for products, industrial processes and supply chains, a core question is "What’s the business case?" or sometimes simply, "What’s in it for me?" A new compilation of case studies by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) …