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Friday, April 6, 2018
How to Ensure a Seat at the Table: Three Tips from Dennis Hu
Environmental managers, who are increasingly charged with not just implementing sustainability initiatives but with ensuring those initiatives boost the bottom line, are becoming more involved in shaping a company's overall strategy. These executives play an important role in accomplishing their organizations' business goals. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/5/18

This blockchain startup is hungry to address the grocery industry's food waste dilemma
A new app from startup INS Ecosystem, which will be tested in several markets starting later this year, could help balance supply and demand. Source: GreenBiz, 4/5/18

Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste
Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there's new research that's found microplastics in fertilizer -- organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact. Source: NPR, 4/6/18

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Farm Bureau launches 'No Taste for Waste' campaign
The American Farm Bureau Federation launched a "No Taste for Waste" campaign this week to increase consumer awareness of food waste. Partners include Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, Valent BioSciences Corporation, FLM Harvest, the CropLife Foundation and Meredith Agrimedia. Source: Food Dive, 4/5/18

UNSW launches 'world-first' e-waste microfactory
The University of New South Wales' microfactory uses a variety of modules that sort and transform discarded laptop and smartphone parts into reusable materials. Source: ZDNet, 4/5/18

Unilever Joins Partnership to Turn PET Waste into Virgin Grade Material
Unilever, Dutch chemicals start-up Ioniqa, and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin producer Indorama Ventures (IVL) have joined forces to develop a food packaging system that converts PET waste into virgin grade material. Source: Environmental Leader, 4/4/18

Energy Hogs: Can World's Huge Data Centers Be Made More Efficient?
The gigantic data centers that power the internet consume vast amounts of electricity and emit as much CO2 as the airline industry. To change that, data companies need to turn to clean energy sources and dramatically improve energy efficiency. Source: e360, 4/3/18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products: Court Order; Compliance Date
On March 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana vs. Scott Pruitt, which resulted in the compliance date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling (i.e., the manufactured-by date or import-by date) becoming June 1, 2018, rather than December 12, 2018. This case involved the formaldehyde regulations for composite wood products under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and, specifically, a challenge to EPA's extension to December 12, 2018 of the December 12, 2017 compliance date in a September 25, 2017 rule. Source: Federal Register, 4/2/18

Livestock emissions still up in the air
Congress exempts farms from reporting air pollutants to federal agencies, leaving states to deal with animal waste releases. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 4/2/18

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Michigan OKs Nestle Water Extraction, Despite Over 80K Public Comments Against It
In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestle's plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments -- with 80,945 against and 75 in favor. Source: NPR, 4/3/18

UTC adopts circular mindset to put brakes on water usage
Earlier this month, a United Technologies manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, officially opened the valve on a new water reclamation project -- one that will siphon off its draw on the freshwater resources there by 25 million gallons annually. Source: GreenBiz, 4/2/18

Monday, April 2, 2018
How green became the new black for Orsted
As companies embrace sustainability goals, they're taking incremental steps to conserve and reuse in various parts of the supply chain. Some are working with suppliers to reduce water use in farms. Others are making electric fleets to transport goods a priority. But what happens when a company's core mission and product is connected to goods and services no longer considered sustainable? Source: Supply Chain Dive, 3/27/18

U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand
The U.S. electricity sector is eyeing the developing electric car market as a remedy for an unprecedented decline in demand for electricity. Source: NPR, 3/29/18

3-D printer emissions raise concerns and prompt controls
Scientists want to set a voluntary standard that manufacturers compete to meet. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 3/26/18

Toilet-to-tap: Gross to think about, but how does it taste?
Researchers asked 143 people to express a preference among recycled water, bottled water, and tap water. They hypothesized that all three would score similarly. In fact, tap water was the least popular among the tasters; recycled water and bottled water scored about the same. Source: Science Daily, 3/13/18

8 Ways To Be An Environmentally Conscious Manager
What does it mean to bring your individual environmental values to work every day? Here's how eco-friendly managers can practice what they preach. Source: Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School), 3/19/18

Army Ramps Up Food Waste Diversion and Prevention
A number of Army bases across the U.S. are working to reduce food waste, collecting and turning it into a resource. Source: Waste360, 3/15/18

Packaging as Part of Retailers' Supply Chain Planning
As more retailers play in the traditional consumer packaged goods space, whether through private label, ecommerce, or other, more consumer-direct initiatives, they would be smart to think more about packaging, too, according to several packaging experts. By doing so, and specifically by paying special attention to how packaging fits into their overall supply chain, retailers could improve their efficiencies, contribute to a more sustainable planet, and even find some hidden cost savings. Source: Progressive Grocer, 3/30/18

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