When it comes to covering climate change and environmental crisis, journalists are missing a major hook: religion, faith and spirituality. Journalists on nearly every beat, along with every government department under the Biden Administration, are realizing that climate change is now too big a story to be siloed under “environment.” But as the conversation shifts, one major realm of human existence sits on the sidelines: how religion and spirituality shape the relationship between humans and their environment.
From environmental justice activism in communities of color to environmental humanities programs at Ivy League institutions, this link is being made, but rarely is this cross-fertilization well represented by media. The Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP) is launching to help journalists find these missing stories and tell them well — by opening applications for a new fellowship and by funding story grants through SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Reducing waste and conserving scarce natural resources are key goals of the movement to a circular economy. The majority of the world’s carbon emissions are associated with extraction of resources and production of goods, but circular economy measures are rarely included in policies aimed at meeting emissions reduction targets. As the U.S. considers opportunities to reduce waste and improve recyclability, how can these efforts be aligned with those to combat climate change?
POLITICO hosted a high-level conversation on what it will take to build both a circular economy and a low-carbon future. They also explored the roles of the private sector and government in building infrastructure for the circular economy.
FEATURED SPEAKERS Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection, State of California Caren McNamara, Founder and CEO, CONSCIOUS CONTAINER Denise Patel, U.S. Program Director and Regional Coordinator, U.S./Canada Region, GAIA Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Chair, Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Moderated by: Gloria Gonzalez, Deputy Energy Editor, POLITICO Pro
EXECUTIVE CONVERSATION Jordan Fengel, Sustainability Manager, U.S. & Canada, Tetra Pak Moderated by: Cally Baute, Vice President and General Manager, POLITICO
Illinois is undergoing a rapid change in weather patterns that already has started to transform the state. A major scientific assessment by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with experts at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, foretells long-term, serious effects on cities and rural communities alike from climate change that include periods of extreme heat, increased precipitation and more intense storms, particularly if immediate actions aren’t taken to lessen the threat.
Watch this series of short videos to learn about “Six Classes” of chemicals that are known to harm human health and the environment. Each video summarizes where one of these classes of chemicals is used, associated health problems, and how to reduce exposure. This knowledge will better equip large purchasers, manufacturers, retailers, designers, and consumers to take the steps needed to limit the use of these problematic chemicals.
Today’s economy is pushing manufacturers to constantly be searching for new ways to drive down cost, shorten lead times, and adapt to customer preferences at an increasingly rapid pace. To remain competitive in today’s challenging marketplace, manufacturers must have in place a culture of continuous innovation.
PennTAP is joined in this webinar by guest speaker Dr. Shawn Clark, Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Dr. Clark examines how businesses can create a culture of constant innovation which will allow them to quickly adapt to changing marketplace pressures.
In this episode of Stef Talks Trash, Editorial Director Stefanie Valentic interviews Nicole Baker, founder of Net Your Problem.
Net Your Problem provides a solution to fisheries and manufacturing through intercepting end-of-life fishing gear, bridging the gap for companies looking for recycled materials. Baker, a former North Pacific groundfish fisheries observer, found inspiration in the Parley for the Oceans collaboration with Adidas and since 2015 has been looking for fisherman with nets to get rid of and for recyclers who will take nets.
The University of Wisconsin-Madisoncovered their recently completed food and beverage pollution prevention (P2) work funded by EPA Region 5’s Pollution Prevention Grant Program.
The webinar provided attendees with:
An overview of the sources of emissions of ammonia from the industrial refrigeration systems commonly used in food and beverage processing facilities;
A summary of refrigerant inventory determination methods for industrial ammonia systems, including an Ammonia Inventory Calculator (Dynamic Charge Tool), which is a new online resource to estimate the operating charge of existing systems; and,
The use of dynamic charge calculations for flagging refrigerant losses from systems that would otherwise go undetected.
Applications of these methods, along with best practices for identifying and eliminating fugitive ammonia leaks identified during field work in Wisconsin food and beverage plants were also discussed.
Per and polyflourinated alkyl substances, known as PFAS for short, are a class of chemicals used around the globe in a wide array of products such as non-stick cooking pans, cosmetics, paper food packaging, clothing, and semi-conductor applications to name a few. PFAS are a clear risk to human and ecosystem health as they are extremely persistent and do not degrade into substances other than additional PFAS. This class of chemicals also has many characteristics of concern such as toxicity, bioaccumulation, mobility, and global transport. Increasing scientific evidence has linked exposure to PFAS to a number of serious health impacts such as lower birth weight and size, reduced hormone levels and delayed puberty, decreased immune response to vaccines, thyroid disease, liver damage and kidney and testicular cancer. Especially vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly are at increased risk.
The CHE-EDC Strategies Group is excited to bring you this three-part series of webinars featuring leading scientists who will explore such topics as the safety of fluoropolymers and connection to PFAS, the concept of essentiality as a means to phase out all but the most needed uses of PFAS and proposed actions on PFAS within the regulatory bodies of the EU as set out in EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.
As new science emerges and policy change is enacted, the CHE EDC Strategies partnership will continue this series of PFAS webinars.
This webinar highlights lessons learned in the field from delivering pollution prevention assistance to food and beverage manufacturers. The speakers highlight what has worked – and what hasn’t – in driving sustainability improvements in this diverse sector. They represent different locations, program approaches, and client types, but they all have hands-on experience working with businesses large and small.
This webinar is geared toward sustainability professionals working with the food and beverage sectors, such as technical assistance programs, water and energy conservation programs, green business certification programs, and consultants.
Mackenzie Boyer & Rain Richards, Arizona State University School of Sustainability
Josephine Fleming, CA Green Business Program
Donna Walden, greenUp! and the NV Green Business Program