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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
How companies can save money with bolder water goals
Setting corporate water targets tied to the latest science would be good for business and the environment. Source: GreenBiz, 4/19/16

The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction
For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and danger of global warming hasn't translated into government action, much less a public that accepts climate change as reality. Now, a diverse team of scientists has an answer: Basically, human psychology is ill-suited to comprehend and deal with what's going on with the environment. Source: Pacific Standard, 4/18/16

Monday, April 18, 2016
Unlocking the black box of agricultural supply chains
Jennifer Schmitt, the University of Minnesota Institute on Environment's North Star Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise lead scientist, talks about teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund to understand the environmental footprint of corn. Source: University of Minnesota, 4/18/16

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) publishes 2015 Environmental Benefits Report
The implemented waste, energy and water conservation resulting from MnTAP efforts has resulted in an impressive set of environmental outcomes for the calendar year 2015. MnTAP staff conducted over 970 assistance activities with over 245 Minnesota companies, including 144 site visits and team meetings and 13 intern projects. As a result of these interactions, 56 companies have realized reductions totaling 503,000 pounds of waste, 2.3 million kWh and 238,000 thousand therms of energy and have conserved 23.7 million gallons of water. Combined, these reductions add up to first year savings of $922,000 annually. Read MnTAP's full 2015 environmental benefits report, which highlights special projects and the organization's overall achievements. Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The greenhouse that acts like a beetle and other inventions inspired by nature
For a new generation of innovators, biomimicry -- the imitation of nature's ecosystems -- may help solve some of humanity's toughest resource problems Source: The Guardian, 4/10/16

Net Impact's Sustainable Food Idea Competition
Forward Food Competition invites proposals that present sustainable food ideas to industry experts. Ideas should focus on addressing a food systems challenge such as creating more sustainable products or addressing food waste. Application submission deadline is May 15. Source: Net Impact, 4/12/16

Waste not: Food recovery keeps surplus from becoming trash
The Daily Bread trucks rumbling through Fargo-Moorhead last year collected enough food to provide 2.45 million meals that fed the equivalent of one of every 10 metro residents.

Not all that many years ago, all of those leftovers would have been dumped in landfills instead of being delivered to homeless shelters and soup kitchens, or turned into more than 165,000 food baskets for the needy.

The food recovery program, run by the Great Plains Food Bank, is the area's largest and most comprehensive effort to prevent food from going to waste. Source: Bismark Tribune, 4/11/16


Thursday, April 7, 2016
Researchers cook up new battery anodes with wild mushrooms
Carbon fibers derived from a sustainable source, a type of wild mushroom, and modified with nanoparticles have been shown to outperform conventional graphite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers at Purdue University have created electrodes from a species of wild fungus called Tyromyces fissilis. Source: Purdue University, 4/6/16


Food Companies, Retailers Urge Stricter Big Rig Emissions Rulesl
The EPA and US Department of Transportation's proposed rules to cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty trucks should be stricter, according to a dozen major food and retail companies. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/7/15

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