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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Trash to Treasure: A New Sharing Economy Launches in Detroit
The Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory Detroit initiative brings together Michigan institutions, businesses, and entrepreneurs to develop zero-waste partnerships in which one organization's waste becomes another's raw material. Source: FastLane, 10/10/14

Friday, October 10, 2014
Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing
The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change -- though the implications of a price on carbon are far from clear. Source: Yale Environment360, 9/23/14

Icann: environmentalists to control use of .eco internet domain name
The .eco domain name will be controlled by the environmental community following a decision by internet regulators. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) this week granted control of the domain name to a coalition of about 50 environmental groups, assembled by a Canadian company. Green NGOs have fought to control the domain because they feared it would be hijacked by corporations to give their commercial activities an unwarranted environmental tinge. Source: The Guardian, 10/9/14

New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) Program Application Period Now Open
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) is pleased to announce the launch of the open enrollment period for the NYEL program for eligible businesses and organizations. The open enrollment period began on September 1st and applications will be accepted until October 31st. Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 10/7/14

How the Northwest is working to mainstream green chemistry
A new nonprofit is bringing together industry, researchers and educators to solve chemical policy issues. Source: GreenBiz, 10/10/14

GM Kokomo, Indiana Ops Recognized In Environmental Stewardship Program
The Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program has deemed General Motors' Kokomo Operations the newest member to its organization. The voluntary organization honors companies for going far beyond the state of Indiana's environmental regulations. Source: GMAuthority.com, 10/8/14

Why Americans need to ante up for water
Squeezed by drought, U.S. consumers and western farmers have begun to pay more for water. But the increases do not come close to addressing the fundamental price paradox in a nation that uses more water than any other in the world while generally paying less for it. And some of the largest water users in the East, including agricultural, energy and mining companies, often pay nothing for water at all. Source: GreenBiz, 10/10/14

How Ford aims to drive down its energy costs by $7 million a year
Ford will invest more than $25 million in LED lighting at its global manufacturing facilities -- cutting annual energy use equivalent to running over 6,000 average-sized homes a year. Source: GreenBiz, 10/10/14

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
How 10 manufacturers took best-in-state environmental trophies
Sustainable manufacturers are winning impressive environmental awards at the state level for cutting waste, reducing water and energy consumption, lowering emissions, and improving environmental performance. Although the companies exhibit environmental stewardship in most areas, many of them excel in one; often in one of regional significance, such as bioenergy from corn in Iowa, and water conservation measures in Texas. Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award winner J.L. Clark is one of the featured companies. Source: Sustainable Manufacturer Network, 9/22/14

Chicago greenhouse to be largest rooftop installation
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Gotham Greens and Method Products PBC are pairing to install the world's largest rooftop greenhouse in on Chicago's south side. The greenhouse, designed by William McDonough + Partners, will be capable of producing up to a million pounds of fresh produce annually for Chicago-area retailers, restaurants, farmers markets and community groups. It is planned for the rooftop of Method's newest plant, which is expected to be the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in its industry, according to a news release. Source: Produce Retailer, 10/7/14

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Who cares if 97 percent of scientists agree on climate change?
"Scientific consensus" doesn't work. Use the "ice cream argument" instead and win people over to the right side of the climate debate. Source: GreenBiz, 10/7/14

How to communicate your sustainability story
Social media and storytelling are two powerful tools to raise awareness of an organization's story. Five keys will help you focus the story. Source: GreenBiz, 10/6/14

Thursday, October 2, 2014
MSP Airport Building State's Largest Solar Energy Site
A $25.4 million solar energy project now underway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is being touted as the state's largest and is expected to create more than 250 jobs. Source: Twin Cities Business, 10/2/14

Seattle Assesses Fine to Homeowners for Wasting Food
The city of Seattle has embraced the composting idea with a creative edge: In an effort to encourage residents to stop wasting food, the city council passed an ordinance this last Monday that allows households to be fined $1 each time that garbage collectors find more than 10 percent of organic waste in their garbage bins. Source: Triple Pundit, 9/25/14

Top 10 Sustainable U.S. Breweries
To help you choose a sustainable sip for tonight's happy hour, this week we're rounding up 10 of the most sustainable breweries in the U.S. So, grab a cold one, and rest easy knowing it had little to no impact on our planet. The Great Lakes states are well represented on the list. Source: Triple Pundit, 9/26/14

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