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Friday, April 24, 2015
Home Depot Says It Will Phase Out Chemical Used in Vinyl Flooring
Facing pressure from consumer groups, Home Depot said it would discontinue use of a potentially harmful chemical in its vinyl flooring by the end of the year. Source: New York Times, 4/22/15

A New Documentary Probes the Vast Human Experiment of Unregulated Chemicals
The Human Experiment, released recently in select theaters, as well as on iTunes and other video-streaming platforms, tells the story of some of the many chemicals we come in contact with every day, and the lengths industry interests have gone to keep their products on the market even after chemicals within them were determined to be harmful to human health. Source: Newsweek, 4/17/15

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This zoo is crowdfunding tech that turns animal poop into energy
Monday, April 20, 2015
No More Expiration Dates: MIT Is Developing Sensors To Detect When Food Is Going Bad
Forget dubious dates on containers. These sensors could tell when food is starting to rot and reduce food waste. Source: Fast Company, 4/17/15

'One water' can solve many supply problems
While stakeholders will not start with a clean sheet of paper in addressing water scarcity in California and elsewhere in the world (such as Brazil and China), there is a move towards a "one water" strategy, which takes a holistic view of water rather than viewing it in silos. Source: GreenBiz, 4/20/15

How GM gets its employees to row the boat together
When General Motors executive vice president of global manufacturing Jim DeLuca spoke at the GreenBiz Forum 2015 main stage in Phoenix, he didn't come to talk about the Volt, Spark, or Bolt. Instead, he came to tell the audience how GM is working on sustainability in its manufacturing operations for all its vehicles. Talking with GreenBiz's Joel Makower, DeLuca said that GM's strategy is top-down, focusing on making sure every worker in the company is engaged. Source: GreenBiz, 4/20/15

It's time to stop managing waste and start preventing it
Diverting the world's estimated 12 million tons of daily waste is no easy task. Today's waste management strategies are often costly, cumbersome and bad for our environment. In order to really reduce impacts on the environment while increasing profitability, companies need to aggressively shift the focus from waste management to waste prevention. Source: GreenBiz, 4/17/15

Friday, April 17, 2015
EPA: House bill could delay review of toxic chemicals 'indefinitely'
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned that a House proposal to reform the nation's toxic chemical laws could "delay evaluations for some of the most dangerous chemicals indefinitely," a top official said Tuesday. Source: The Hill, 4/14/15

Thursday, April 16, 2015
California's Drought Grabs Headlines, But Other States Face Water Woes Too
With all the attention focused on California's water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State's drought is the exception. It isn't. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency. Source: Stateline, 4/16/15

Taking a splash: US water parks face up to drought
Water parks require thousands of gallons of water a day to stay afloat, but experts say it's important to put their water footprint into perspective Source: The Guardian, 4/16/15

NRDC: sustainability saving Chinese textile mills money
On its fast-track path to global leadership in manufacturing, China had not until recently factored in environmental costs, and Mother Nature finally has come to collect. But a new NRDC report, released today, suggests that there may be a growing business case for China's textile manufacturers to change course. Source: GreenBiz, 4/16/15

Inside the shotgun marriage of design and supply chain processes
Joining design and supply chain processes is a necessity, owing to customers' increasing demands for responsible environmental stewardship and worker safety, along with numerous countries' regulations enforcing those two protections. Source: GreenBiz, 4/16/15

Scientists develop mesh that captures oil -- but lets water through
The unassuming piece of stainless steel mesh in a lab at The Ohio State University doesntt look like a very big deal, but it could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn't, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its surface. The mesh coating is among a suite of nature-inspired nanotechnologies under development at Ohio State. Source: Ohio State University, 4/15/15

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