The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap

Read the full story at The Hustle.

Hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used bars of soap every day. A nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose them.

Uncovering the hidden gems of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American parks

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Olmsted is best known for designing Central Park, but he also designed hundreds of other spaces around the country. A new guide highlights some of his lesser-known works.

‘Collegiality’ influences researchers’ promotion prospects

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A study of university review and promotion documents suggests that collaboration and teamwork are widely considered, but not consistently assessed.

The power of shit

Read the full story at Aeon.

Our excrement is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource – if only we can overcome our visceral disgust of it.

Food waste is top of mind for climate-conscious shoppers

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Sustainable attributes associated with a product, like ingredient sourcing or recyclable packaging, may be less important to shoppers than individual behaviors during and after a trip to the grocery store, according to data from 84.51°, a subsidiary of Kroger Co.  

Contaminated water from Florida mining facility dumped a year’s worth of hazardous nutrients into Tampa Bay in just 10 days, study shows

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All it took was 10 days to devastate the waters of Tampa Bay for months. The nearly “catastrophic failure” of Piney Point, a former phosphate mining facility, unleashed millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into local waterways, and new research, published on the anniversary the leak at the facility began, reveals just how devastating it was. 

The incident began last year when the company in charge of Piney Point, HRK Holdings, found a tear in the liner of a gypsum stack. That liner is what essentially prevents millions of gallons of mining wastewater and dredged materials from seeping through a phosphogypsum stack – a massive mound made up of phosphorus mining byproduct. That leak started to impact the structural integrity of the entire stack, prompting officials to evacuate residents over concern that the stack would totally collapse and unleash a massive wave of water.

To prevent that from happening, officials had to pump that wastewater into local waterways. Over the course of 10 days, more than 215 million gallons of wastewater filled with environmentally toxic levels of nutrients were unleashed into Tampa Bay.

This high school is contaminated with lead. It blames the recycling plant next door

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Generations of students at Jordan high in Los Angeles lived with extreme pollution nearby. Now, could things finally change?

Upper Peninsula tribes work to restore wild rice in areas contaminated by mining

Read the full story from the Detroit News.

Dangerous metals such as arsenic and mercury have been found in wild rice beds located on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation and surrounding areas, according to research from Michigan Technological University scientists and their associates.

The contamination is a toxic legacy of copper mining in the western Upper Peninsula.

Stem sell: An often-discarded mushroom part becomes a natural preservative

Read the full story at Food Engineering.

Startup Chinova Bioworks transforms mushroom stem fiber into a clean-label additive for food and beverage processing.

Green Jobs Now: Illinois

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We estimate that there are over 30,712 workers across core, enabled, and enabling green jobs
in Illinois’ green economy, and there were 9,045 green job openings in the state in 2021. By
comparison, this is more than twice the demand for general accountants in Illinois. Demand for
these green workers is also growing rapidly, which may put a strain on the training community
helping to develop the next generation of green workers. We project that in the next five years,
employment for green jobs will increase by 6.5%.

Green jobs have shown stability in Illinois in recent years. Looking from 2018 through 2021,
there has been steady and significant demand for core, enabled, and enabling green jobs. While
we see demand across Illinois for green workers, the greatest concentration is in the Chicago
metro area with 71.5% of all green job postings in 2021. The strong uptick in green job demand
in 2021 in Illinois is an indication that the green economy in the state is strengthening. Coupled
with projected demand above the national average for the next five years, there is a promising
outlook for green jobs in the state.