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Monday, November 23, 2015
Unilever Finds That Shrinking Its Footprint Is a Giant Task
Unilever has pledged to cut its environmental impact in half while improving the health of one billion people, but sustainability is turning out to be complicated. Source: New York Times, 11/21/15

Greening the Federal Purchasing Machine -- Leading By Example
Did you know that the Federal government is the single largest consumer in the world, spending close to $500 billion each year on a wide variety of products and services? And did you know that in March the President issued an Executive Order directing federal agencies to meet a goal of buying 100% environmentally preferable products and services? This can make a big difference in reducing our environmental footprint. It can also spur consumers and the private sector to use and demand safer and greener products. Source: EPA Connect, 11/20/15

Facilities to Begin Reporting on 1-bromopropane
On November 23, EPA finalized a rule to add 1-bromopropane to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list. 1-bromopropane is used as a solvent, degreaser and adhesive, and often as a chemical intermediate in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, flavors, and fragrances. EPA believes this chemical meets the TRI listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans. EPA estimates that 140 facilities will be affected by this final rule. The first TRI data on 1-bromopropane are due to EPA by July 1, 2017. Source: U.S. EPA, 11/23/15

Friday, November 20, 2015
25 Years of Pollution Prevention (P2) at Ohio EPA- A Retrospective
This blog post provides a brief summary of Ohio EPA's P2 activities during the past 25 years. Source: Ohio EPA The Resource, 11/19/15

EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants in 24 States, Puerto Rico, D.C.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of the latest round of awards under the Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. Four projects were funded in Region 5. Source: U.S. EPA via Environmental News Bits, 11/20/15

Thursday, November 19, 2015
EPA Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications through January 29, 2016, for its second annual Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. Source: U.S. EPA, 11/19/15

Ribbon-cutting for UI's 'solar farm' set for this morning
A solar installation three years in the making is up and running at the University of Illinois, with an official ribbon-cutting and public tours scheduled this morning. Source: Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, 11/19/15

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Apple, Adidas have 'greenest' supply chains in China
Apple, Adidas and H&M have the "greenest" supply chains among the 167 brands evaluated by the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) (PDF), a system for assessing companies' sustainable sourcing practices. Jointly developed by Chinese nonprofit Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), CITI analyzes companies' supply chain environmental management in China based on government-issued and public data on suppliers contracted by evaluated brands over the past year. Communication records from 1,607 suppliers that expressed relationships to 86 brands also were evaluated. Source: GreenBiz, 11/18/15

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
EPA Proposes to Reduce Smog-Forming Pollution Transported Across State Lines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to the agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to address interstate air quality impacts for the 2008 ozone air quality standards. The proposed updates would reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in the eastern half of the U.S. Source: U.S. EPA, 11/17/15

A way out of food waste: Upcycle food to hunger relief
Although retailers are no longer able to sell the excess food directly to their customers, that food still holds tremendous value. Capturing perishable products by working with a food rescue partner provides an easy and scalable triple bottom line solution for grocers and food retailers to support community members in need, save costs on disposal fees and increase sustainability. Source: GreenBiz, 11/17/15

EPA Recognizes Governments, Organizations and Businesses for Outstanding Waste Reduction Efforts
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the waste reduction accomplishments of 29 participants in and endorsers of EPA's Waste Wise program and EPA's Food Recovery Challenge. These collaborative initiatives apply sustainable materials management practices to decrease wasted food and municipal and industrial wastes in the United States, leading to economic and environmental improvements. EPA provides tools, resources and support to help participants establish baselines, set objectives, track progress and realize their waste reduction goals. EPA reviews the data submitted by participants by employing an extensive quality assurance process. Source: U.S. EPA 11/13/15

Chemical Reform and Reporting: What's Next?
Using safer chemicals and improving chemical reporting has become a top priority for companies as the federal government moves closer to chemical reform legislation and consumers increasingly demand safer products and product transparency. The last few years has seen retailers and manufactures including Target, Walmart and SC Johnson take steps to phase out hazardous chemicals in their products while the Retail Industry Leaders Association has rolled out an initiative designed to streamline the required safety data sheet process used by suppliers and retailers to exchange chemical and product information. These companies are on the right track. Chemical reform and stricter reporting guidelines are well underway -- and industry should prepare itself, say business and advocacy groups. Here's what to expect in the upcoming months. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/17/15

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