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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates
Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer. Source: ProPublica, 7/18/17

Watch your waste: The problem with airline food and packaging
According to the International Air Transport Association, airlines produced 5.2 million tons of waste last year, and will produce over 10 million tons annually by 2030. While the statistic includes a host of disposable products -- from wine bottles to plastic toothbrushes -- a large chunk is directly related to food service. From harnessing behavioral data and using cups that can be composted to donating nonperishable food items and on-board recycling, here's what airlines are doing to divert cabin waste from landfills. Source: CNN, 7/18/17

Monday, July 17, 2017
Connecting blighted Great Lakes cities to boost economy
The Great Lakes connect many blighted cities in a network that could supply recycled building materials. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 7/14/17

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Recycling your home: Can structural wood be reused for the same purpose?
A group of researchers at Michigan State University studying the science of domicology -- the term they use to describe the policies, practices and consequences of abandoned structures -- are examining how wood from abandoned buildings can be reused. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 7/12/17

Monday, July 10, 2017
Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable
Ecosystem and bioproduct researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working with professional sports franchises to make their venues "greener" and reduce the environmental impact of their events. Source: Penn State University, 7/6/17

Two Environmental Buzzwords, Same Meaning?
"Zero waste" and "circular economy" are often used interchangeably. Source: Governing, July 2017

Greener City Streets Aren't Just About Traffic. They're About Rainwater, Too.
As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets. Source: Governing, July 10, 2017

Can sustainable stadiums be a better deal for cities and environment?
D.C. United's forthcoming soccer field, funded in part with a green loan, offers more than a place to play. Source: Curbed, 7/6/17

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. Source: The Guardian, 7/10/17

Friday, July 7, 2017
Attempts to limit the use of hazardous substances in Europe are being hindered by poor implementation of Europe's chemical laws
Governments who want to limit the use of toxic chemicals are being set a high burden of proof while industry concerns are being accepted with little evidence by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), analysis by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has found. Source: European Environmental Bureau, 6/22/17

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