Outdoor activities that boost economy can influence restoration
Ecosystem assets in the Great Lakes region, such as sport fishing, boating, beach use, park visits and birding, contribute significantly to the tourism economy of shoreline communities and can help shape restoration priorities for the lakes, according to a new study
that incorporates highly detailed maps. Source
: Great Lakes Echo, 11/13/15
Healing fractured water: How Michigan's roadways impact our waterways
In the Great Lakes, we drive to get where we are going. And with tens of thousands of lane-miles of roadway across the basin, in both urban areas and rural areas, the impact of all of that hard surface on our waterways adds up. Source: Metromode, 11/12/15
What Will Revolutionize Sustainability Reporting in 2016 and Beyond?
Major players in the corporate reporting field joined forces this week to help businesses navigate the complex sustainability reporting landscape. In a move that they say will "revolutionize" reporting, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Ecodesk created the Reporting Exchange, a freely available, multi-lingual, global sustainability reporting knowledge platform. This platform will provide businesses with relevant reporting information at the national, regional and international level, the partners say. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/13/15
Storage and Treatment of Liquid Waste from Landfills Doesn't Remove All Contaminants, Including Pharmaceuticals
New research from the U.S. Geological Survey details that even after the storage and/or treatment of leachate -- liquid waste that moves through or drains from a landfill - it can still contain a multitude of chemicals and reflects the diverse nature of residential, industrial, and commercial waste discarded into landfills in the United States. Source: U.S. Geological Survey, 11/12/15
A New Material Made From Trash Can Help Clean Mercury Out Of The Ocean
A new type of rubber made from a combination of industrial waste and food scraps quickly absorbs mercury. Because it's made from trash--a material found in orange peels called limonene, and sulfur waste from the petroleum industry--the material is very low cost to make. Source: Fast Company, 11/11/15
Should we abandon the language of sustainability?
How can we evolve sustainability to a language that is more accessible and motivational? Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15
The big green ball orchard
Yankee Stadium is, arguably, the most iconic sports stadium in the world (the British might vote for Wembley Stadium in London.) The House That Ruth Built opened in 1923 and the Yanks won their first World Series that season. The new stadium opened its doors across the street from the original in 2009 and the Yanks won their 27th World Series that year.
Sustainability was a key facet of the design process and is an integral part the new ballpark's operational DNA. GreenSportsBlog visited with Doug Behar, the Yankees' VP of stadium operations, at his offices in Yankee Stadium to discuss the many sustainable aspects of the Big (Green) Ball Orchard in the South Bronx. Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15
The rise of the non-toxic buyer: 6 case studies on safer chemistry
Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs initially focused on recycled content and energy efficiency. Now, they are increasingly taking into account the issue of toxicity, nudging buyers toward the purchase of products with less toxic chemistries. Source: GreenBiz, 11/12/15
Adrian Grenier to Uber around NYC, collect e-waste for Dell initiative
Entourage star and Dell Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier has teamed up with Uber and Goodwill for Dell's NYC Tech Takeback initiative. For the initiative, Uber will offer to pick-up old e-waste from NYC residents and deliver the waste to Goodwill, which will then recycle it through Dell. Source: WasteDive, 11/13/15
NYC Students Establish "Restart Center" to Help Peers with Computer Problems
Later this month, a new resource will be available to Fieldston students looking to replace failing computer parts, troubleshoot software, or fix glitches. Student volunteers, who will receive community service credit for their work, will be manning "Restart Centers" on campus, helping students diagnose their computers' problems and guide them toward buying new parts and learning how to make repairs. Source: Ethical Culture Fieldston School, November 2015