How grocers can overcome sustainability hurdles

Read the full story at Grocery Dive.

Aaron Daly, former energy management director at Whole Foods, outlines how food retailers can advance their climate action and share their progress as investors clamor for transparency.

Just Salad’s sustainability report highlights waste-free dining movement

Read the full story at Waste360.

New York-based Just Salad, known for its fast-casual restaurant concept that utilizes reusable containers, has just released its 2021 Sustainability Report.

In an introductory letter, Nick Kenner, founder and CEO, and Sandra Noonan, chief sustainability officer, placed emphasis on the company’s commitment to “everyday health and sustainability.”

10 pollution prevention methods to implement on the job site

Read the full story at Builder Online.

When determining how to cut pollution, especially on the jobsite, consider the following 10 prevention methods to take the next step to protecting the planet.

Anheuser-Busch to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries

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Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Anheuser-Busch is partnering with Cambrian to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries – including a new plant in Houston, Texas, set to open in the summer of 2022. Through a series of reactors and filtration technologies, Anheuser-Busch will be able to clean and reuse previously discarded water in industrial processes which don’t contact beer, reducing the Houston brewery’s reliance on new water from the community’s municipal water supply by 10%.

Two job opportunities at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is hiring for two positions.

  • Science, Environmental Health and Safety Support Specialist — The individual in this position will help research environmental and health hazards of chemicals that may be added to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act list. The Science EHS Support Specialist will gather information on chemical toxicity and effects, help to define chemical categories, and identify alternatives, as well as provide support at Science Advisory Board meetings.
  • Environmental Justice, Social Justice Consultant — TURI seeks a consultant to provide an analytical report on communities in Massachusetts that are disproportionately impacted by the use and release of toxic chemicals. The current state of environmental justice and inequality among workers in Massachusetts are the primary themes of the analysis. The report will be used internally to help TURI identify opportunities to further strengthen the protection of vulnerable and sensitive groups, such as communities of color and migrant workers, among others.

Sustainable food startup kicks off crowdfunding campaign

Read the full story at Food Business News.

The 2050 Co., a Seattle-based sustainable food startup, has created a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to support the expansion of its product line. The company, which focuses on achieving zero waste, zero hunger and zero plastic by 2050, has developed a range of plant-based pasta dinners formulated with soy protein plus imperfect or surplus vegetables.

The 2050 Co. also offers smoothie mixes made with misfit fruit, which it debuted two years ago after raising more than $40,000 through the Kickstarter platform. The company uses a drying technology similar to freeze drying to remove nearly all the water in fresh produce while retaining the flavor, nutrients and fiber.

How to design safe and sustainable chemicals

Read the full story from the University of Amsterdam.

With many human-made chemicals, problems regarding public health and the environment become apparent only years after their widespread use. A team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University now propose a way to change that. In an article in the journal Chemosphere they present a method for (re)designing safe and sustainable chemicals. Their paper is part of a special issue on hazardous substances in the circular economy, to be published in June.

Reducing food waste is an overlooked solution to saving endangered species

Read the full story in Anthropocene Magazine.

According to a new study, reducing food waste by just half could be a more effective way to protect biodiversity than changing people’s diets.

What is an access-based business model and how can it tackle waste and protect resources?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Car clubs, bike shares, vacation rentals. As consumers, we’re becoming increasingly familiar with sharing or borrowing goods that have traditionally been owned, examples of what’s known as an “access-based” business model.

Consuming “access to products” instead of the products themselves can play an important role in addressing environmental challenges. However, to meet future environmental challenges, we need to extend the application of access-based business models beyond finished goods, and rethink ownership of goods across the whole value chain.

Political and Socioeconomic Factors That Determine the Financial Outcome of Successful Green Innovation

Riehl, K., Kiesel, F., & Schiereck, D. (2022). “Political and Socioeconomic Factors That Determine the Financial Outcome of Successful Green Innovation.” Sustainability 14(6), 3651. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063651

Abstract: Green innovation and technology diffusion must be financially and commercially attractive to convince corporate decision makers. This paper focuses on the factors that determine the financial outcome of successful green innovation activities conducted by large, listed companies. We employ a cross-industry dataset including more than 97,954 reports on corporate environmentalism from 286 international listed companies. Our results indicate that economic, political, cultural, firm-specific, investor-related, and governance factors significantly determine the financial performance of green innovation, measured by abnormal returns. Moreover, we can show that factors that reduce the competition in green innovation markets benefit the financial success of firms operating via them. Finally, we find an opposing influence for several factors that benefit earlier stages of innovation (e.g., research output) while harming the later stages (e.g., market introduction and financial performance). These findings imply that a spatial separation strategy for different stages of innovation supports corporate environmentalism activities. Moreover, physical property rights, the governments’ willingness to support green technologies, and economic framework conditions such as oil price, GDP, or public R&D budget need to be balanced by policymakers to address and stimulate green innovation.