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From invasive fish to sustainable dish | Chesapeake Bay Program

When chef and fishmonger Fiona Lewis decided to move to Washington D.C., the Melbourne, Australia native assumed she would have access to excellent fresh seafood, due to being so close to the largest estuary in the nation. But when she got here, she found herself asking where all the seafood was.  “I was excited to be moving somewhere that’s about an hour from the ocean and thinking, ‘that’s it we’re getting amazing, fresh seafood all the time’ and that obviously wasn’t the case,” said Lewis.  Fish have always been a part of Lewis’ life; both of her grandfathers were fishermen, and she took her first cross-country fishing trip at only two years old…

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Feds invest $5M in Guelph for Canada’s first circular economy test platform

The federal government is putting nearly $5 million in Guelph’s pocket to support its circular economy-focused companies — where businesses maximize resources by reusing or repurposing materials as well as eliminate waste and greenhouse gas emissions in all stages of production.
On Friday, MP Lloyd Longfield announced the non-repayable FedDev Ontario investment which will be used to develop Canada’s first circular economy test platform and accelerator, the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL). The funding supports Guelph’s goal of being a leader in sustainable development and the Government of Canada’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Parallel Session – Realising Our Climate Ambitions: Circular Economy in National Climate Plans | Programme | WCEF+Climate

The circular economy is the world’s secret weapon in enhancing national climate plans and achieving our shared climate ambitions.
International climate agreements are mostly implemented and translated into action through national climate plans. What could be the role of a circular economy in national action plans? This discussion panel will centre on the potential mitigation and development opportunities that arise from including a circular economy in national climate plans. Governments, knowledge institutions and development partners will share best practices on how to incorporate the transition towards a circular economy in national climate plans.

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Sustainable Palm Oil for North American Organizations

Palm oil can be found in half of all packaged products, as well as many consumer goods. Learn about the significant misconceptions about palm oil and how to solve the problem of sustainability versus growing demand.
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Why should I attend?
Andy will explain what the issues are with palm oil relating to modern slavery, land grabbing and deforestation, which impacts wildlife habitat, including endangered orangutan populations. It is impossible to sustain the global requirement without palm oil, but if the issues around it are not dealt with properly, it could drive the orangutan into extinction. Andy will present a solution which will satisfy retailers, suppliers and consumers.

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Sustainability and Timber

Nature has a way of keeping balance and timber is one of its finest balancing tools. Growing trees absorb CO2. One cubic metre of living wood absorbs almost one tonne of CO2! The trees then break it down through photosynthesis and release oxygen into the atmosphere while storing the carbon in their wood for the life of tree.
If the wood is put to use after the tree has long died, the carbon remains stored in the timber, preventing it from being released into our atmosphere. It is only when timber begins to rot that the carbon is finally released. It is in this way that we can slow down the carbon release through prolonging the life of the timber as building materials, flooring and other wooded products.

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We need to empower innovation stakeholders in rural areas: EC forges cooperation to unlock rural hubs potential –

The European Commission has given political backing to a grassroots manifesto for a Rural European Innovation Area, as it prepares for the launch of a long-term strategy for the countryside in June.“We need to empower innovation stakeholders in rural areas, so that local players can unlock the innovation and connectedness potential,” Mariya Gabriel, EU research commissioner told the launch of the manifesto. “I’m happy to endorse the new platform,” she said.  The manifesto calls on entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and other public and private stakeholders in Europe to put rural innovation on the EU policy agenda. The Rural European Innovation Area brings together 70 partners from 17 countries and is being coordinated by the University of Salamanca. They call for the establishment of accelerators and incubators in partnership with universities to forge rural innovation networks across Europe.

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CPP Investments sets up sustainable energy business for renewables investments

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) on Tuesday said it is establishing a new investment group with some USD 18 billion (EUR 15.1bn) in assets, which will focus on sustainable energy investments, including renewables.
The new entity, dubbed Sustainable Energy Group (SEG), will combine the Canadian fund’s Energy & Resources (E&R) and Power & Renewables (P&R) groups and will operate in the renewables, conventional energy and new technology segments.

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Circular economy citizen space kicks off with info session – Delano – Luxembourg in English

Curious tinkers, repairers and creative people can check out the third FabLab, a centre focused on encouraging the public to find circular economy solutions to life’s challenges.
The Cyber‘n’Ethique Fablab opened within the Facilitec incubator at 37b rue de la fontaine, in Esch-sur-Alzette, at the end of March.

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Everlane Dives Deep Into Sustainability With Eco Swimwear For Diverse Body Types – DesignTAXI.com

With everyone getting ready for the summer, Everlane has launched its first-ever swimwear collection. The popular eco-friendly clothing brand has unveiled a line of premium-quality swimwear made from recycled fabric.
Everlane’s CEO Kimberley Smith told Elle that the brand had been working on the swimwear line since 2018, but didn’t want to “compromise on the quality or the environmental impact.”

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ASICS turns 5 tonnes of recycled textile waste into ‘Earth Day’ running shoe

A new collection of environmentally sustainable footwear and apparel has been launched by ASICS using new circular processes.
The new ‘Earth Day Pack’ is the ASICS brand’s most planet-friendly cross-category collection to date, it says, having been created using a circular manufacturing approach that saw around 5 tonnes of textile waste, the equivalent of 25,000 t-shirts, recycled into new shoes.
The pack includes products from across ASICS running, court, and Sportstyle ranges, including sports and running shoes, as well as a wide range of clothing. And all footwear feature a specially created sunflower icon symbolising the brand’s commitment to preserving the planet for future generations’, ASICS says.

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Discover 5 Top Startups creating Prefabricated Homes

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into Smart Cities. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups creating prefabricated homes or “prefabs”.
Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups creating Prefabricated Homes out of 392
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.

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Phoenix Preps for Next Phase of Data Center Growth

Phoenix has established itself as a major market for cloud computing, and nearly every major hyperscale platform and wholesale data center developer has lined up land for future capacity in Greater Phoenix. The region is positioned for continued data center expansion, and the pace and location of that growth will be guided by deployment trends for large customers, especially regarding how they position their capacity and availability zones. This launches the Data Center Frontier Special Report series exploring the Phoenix market. 

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Circular economy interventions to go beyond the existing climate action in developing countries – Insights – Circle Economy

Commissioned by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which advises the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Circle Economy and Shifting Paradigms have researched how the circular economy can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in low- and middle-income countries. 
This report uncovers the range of socio-economic and environmental co-benefits that circular mitigation interventions can bring to GEF countries of operation.

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New Sealed Air shrink packaging is designed-for-recycling for circular economy – Innovations Food

Sealed Air has developed a market leading designed for recycling shrink-packaging solution to support food companies increasingly move to a circular economy.
 
The new CRYOVAC® brand Designed-for-Recycling Standard Presentation Shrink Bag and Shrinkable Rollstock are the world’s first RIC4 coded heat-sealable food packaging materials, meaning they are 100% recyclable* to help food processors and retailers further improve sustainability.
 
Enhanced efficiencies and environmental performance can also be realised through the range’s thinner, lighter EVOH barrier and excellent mechanical resistance. These features can help to reduce packaging material usage and overall carbon footprint by up to 60%, compared to widely used thermoforming packaging systems.

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How the circular economy can help heavy industry reduce emissions

The world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This is no easy feat, but one clear solution could lie in industry emissions.
Globally, industry emissions are responsible for 27% of our CO2 emissions, second only to the power sector. Four materials are responsible for up to 60% of these industry emissions – steel, cement, chemicals and aluminum – reaching a total of 7.1 Gt CO2 per year.

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First look at Ireland’s plans for a circular economy

The first draft of Ireland’s circular economy strategy introduces a €250,000 funding call and the EPA’s successor to the Waste Prevention Programme.  Efforts against the climate emergency are ramping up across Europe. Here in Ireland, recent initiatives include a new €10m fund to help companies compete in a low-carbon future and a five-year plan to help them prepare for the impacts of the climate crisis. Today (16 April) marks another step towards a sustainable future as the Government has published the first draft of its national strategy to transition to a circular economy.

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The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020_01 aims at student concepts that contributes best to our society referring to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the most important design prizes for students from all over the world, with about 10,000 submissions each year. Together with our sponsors, iF provides the platform for talented young designers and their future-oriented concepts. If you are also interested in supporting the young talents, click here.
The competition categories correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. That’s the reason why we are looking for submissions that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.

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HPE and Konica Minolta emphasising sustainability

For those wondering if the pandemic had knocked sustainability into touch, the answer is clearly “no” if the marketing from green organisations promoting the efforts of HPE and Konica Minolta is anything to go by.
Both firms have received backing over the past couple of days for the efforts they have made to support the planet. The awards should make it easier for their respective channel partner bases to include a green element in their pitches to customers.

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Asymmetry in knowledge, attitudes, and practices of shark conservation advocates: sustainable shark fisheries vs. bans on fisheries and trade | Research Square

Current shark conservation and management conflicts represent an underrecognized expression of long-standing debates over whether the goal of modern conservation should be sustainable exploitation of natural resources or maximum possible preservation of wilderness and wildlife. In the developing world, exploitation of fisheries resources can be essential to food security and poverty alleviation, and management is typically focused on sustainably maximizing economic benefits.

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Growing the Circular Economy in Guelph-Wellington and across Canada

Today, the Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Office received new funding for a far-reaching initiative that will advance its goal to help create and support circular economy businesses and organizations in the region, and across Canada.
The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario has committed nearly $5 million between 2021 and 2024 to support the creation of COIL – the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad.

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DS Smith Sustainable Ecommerce Packaging

We have developed simple, convenient and quick to assemble packaging solutions for the e-commerce, online retail, after-sales service and distribution industries.
The rapid growth of online retailing is creating new expectations for packaging, brand promotion, product protection and contributing to distribution efficiency.

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Your Favorite Chewing Gum Is Likely Full Of Plastic; Nuud Wants To Be Your New Plastic-Free Brand | Dieline – Design, Branding & Packaging Inspiration

Dieline is a global package design community and showcase of package design inspiration. We cover industry news, sustainable packaging news, design trends, and host our own packaging conferences, package design events, and Dieline packaging design awards.

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Discover 5 Top Sustainable Rubber Recycling Startups

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the Circular Economy. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups developing sustainable rubber recycling solutions.

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Brazil must cut deforestation 15-20% a year to reach 2030 goal, says vice president

razil needs to cut illegal deforestation by between 15% and 20% every year to eliminate it by 2030, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Friday, referring to a goal set by President Jair Bolsonaro in a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden this week. Bolsonaro is set to attend a U.S. climate summit hosted by Biden next week amid international pressure to slash deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, which surged to a 12-year high in 2020 as an area 14 times the size of New York City was destroyed, government data show.

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ESG Becomes Key To Sustainable Investment In Global Markets

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) factors as the core principles governing business processes, financial and investment decisions are considered, social, ethical and environment friendly, and hence more sustainable. Investing into socially responsible impact funds, also known as ESG investing, is fast becoming the preferred option for a growing number of investors worldwide.

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Maximizing energy for a sustainable future – Infineon Technologies

The world is at an inflection point. The need for electrical energy is ever increasing. Yet at the same time, economic, environmental, and technological pressures are closing in from all sides. This is the challenge that the engineers at Infineon Industrial Power & Control (IPC) face head on, every day. How do they help meet the seemingly endless demand for energy while ensuring sustainability? By building leading-edge products and solutions that ensure the smart and efficient generation, transmission, storage, and consumption of electrical energy.

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Fugro’s vulnerability assessment informs Port of San Francisco’s safe and sustainable future – Subsea UK, Aberdeen, Scotland

Fugro has completed a geotechnical site characterisation, earthquake hazard and geotechnical vulnerability assessment for the Port of San Francisco’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar Waterfront Resilience Program. The work was conducted over a period of 3 years as part of a multi-hazard risk assessment (MHRA) to identify immediate and long-term hazards, such as those associated with earthquakes, flooding and sea-level rise. As the port’s lead geotechnical engineer for future programme phases, Fugro will use the MHRA inputs to develop and design optimal retrofit solutions for the port’s ageing seawall.

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Tourism Industry Innovation: Liyang Tea Festival Sets Benchmark for the Integration of Experiential Tourism Plus Sustainable Economy

China Liyang Tea Festival and Tianmu Lake Tourism Festival simultaneously kicked off in Liyang, a city in Jiangsu Province in Southeast China on April 10, marking the 30th year since the tea culture was first celebrated in 1991. Celebrations will run for a month, all themed around the “Year of Ecological Quality Consolidation and Improvement”, and to highlight the wonderful vitality, leisure and entertainment of Liyang, a series of tea-related activities will be held focusing on culture, tourism, technology, economy and trade as well as publicity and promotion. The opening ceremony was also innovatively broadcast live across multiple online channels.

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Five Ways to Create A More Sustainable Workplace

Sustainable workplaces, eco-friendly workplaces, green workplaces; whatever term you use, it all means the same thing. It is ‘a workplace that is environmentally sensitive, resource efficient and socially responsible’, as defined by Springer Link.
Managing a sustainable workplace can have a wide range of benefits from increasing employee retention to improving brand image. Employees who are happy and feel they are working for an employer who cares about social issues are more likely to remain within the business.

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How Do Water Sensors Help You Live A Sustainable Lifestyle

There are many measures you can implement to conserve water and lead a sustainable lifestyle. Obvious options include rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, and little conscientious lifestyle changes like shortening showers and going easy on the sprinklers and repairing faulty leaks ASAP.
You may, however, be missing out on fixing small leakages from malfunctioning appliances like the water heater, dishwasher, or a hidden pipe leak. These leaks, besides wasting a lot of water, can run your utility bills high and herald major problems ranging from stained walls and black mold to potential flooding. 

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Microbial Services for Sustainable Agriculture | Frontiers Research Topic

Global food insecurity is a chronic issue that is likely to affect an increasing number of people worldwide in accordance with climate change, rapid population growth, and the increasing scarcity of arable land due to soil deterioration. To face the current growing challenge of environmental degradation caused by conventional farming practices (including the overuse of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that have immense and adverse effects on humans, animals, and environments) a potential suitable solution is the use of plant-beneficial rhizospheric microorganisms or whole microbiome management techniques to improve plant growth, coupled with the use of entomopathogenic fungi as biological control techniques.

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LOOK: Designers exhibit sustainable fashion at Sandton City’s Diamond Walk

African designers are big on sustainable fashion with their exhibition at Sandton City’s Diamond Walk.
The Sustainable fashion re-imagined exhibition, which started in March and will run until April 18, sees brands like Nicci, Lush, Shoetopia, Sunglass Hut, Poetry, Roberto Botticelli, Factorie, Skins Cosmetics, Daniel Wellington, Krispy Kreme, Woolworths, Grand Prix and Lindt chocolatiers, have their branded paper shopping bags exquisitely crafted into bespoke sustainable designs by Franz Grabe.

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Spotlight on Sustainability and Recyclability: Alfred Ritter Uses Koehler’s Flexible Packaging Paper for its ‘Mini Mix’ Pouches – Packaging Gateway

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG aims to create packaging solutions from renewable raw materials that are in harmony with both humans and nature and are recyclable. With a view to achieving this goal, the company, employing almost 1,700 staff and boasting a brand awareness of 99% in Germany, actively monitors changes in consumer behaviour, changes which have grown exponentially in recent months.

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Sustainable Forestry Management | Environment Programs | APRIL Asia

APRIL Group is a leader in applying responsible and best-practice sustainable forestry management across every aspect of its operations. In this way, APRIL Group balances the need to safeguard the environment and promote the interests of local people and their communities with a successful commercial enterprise.
That is why all APRIL Group products are PEFC certified, ensuring that all products are sourced from sustainably managed plantations.

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Sustainable Energy Information & Sources | Sustainability | Sempra Energy

At Sempra Energy, we recognize we have a role to play in the broader world. Our infrastructure makes lower-carbon energy possible, every day and in every market we serve. We support customers and communities by delivering affordable energy safely and reliably. And we embrace diversity as critical to our future.

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Eastern and Southern Africa’s Vast Renewables Potential Offers Route to Sustainable Growth

Eastern and Southern Africa are vast, geographically diverse regions with rapidly growing populations and rising demands for energy. According to master plans for the two regional power pools, electricity demand is set to grow at between 3.4 and 5 per cent per year to 2040. Meeting that demand is key to bolstering long-term growth in the region’s 21 countries, leaving planners and policy makers with highly consequential decisions to make on the future of the energy mix.

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A&O to host a virtual conference on the global transition to a sustainable economy – Allen & Overy

Policy programmes are increasingly focusing on sustainability and ESG (environment, social and governance) issues, with ambitious new policy, regulation and law expected across the world. Coupled with increased ESG litigation and shareholder activism, and market-led developments in green, blue and sustainable finance, businesses across the globe are facing a plethora of new developments.  Please join us on 28 April 2021 as we discuss some of the key themes of the transition, look at how different regions are addressing these issues and consider the challenges across the investment chain.

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Data Is the Sustainable Secret to a More Profitable Future

Understanding the impact of oil and gas operations and embracing transparency around data better equips companies to take transformative action and “bounce forward” rather than back. The increased speed in realizing actual value delivers benefits to the bottom line, now and in the energy future.

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Green travel: Your holidays can be sustainable and fun at the same time

Are you someone who books sustainable holidays that protect nature and communities, then read on.  Beyond Green, a sustainable travel company, launched a curated guide for travelers seeking a more purposeful way to explore the world, which features a global portfolio of 27 hotels, resorts, and lodges that promote sustainability in action.

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Walmart invests in GM’s Cruise ahead of starting autonomous deliveries

Walmart has invested in autonomous car company Cruise, ahead of a pilot delivery program with the GM-backed company’s self-driving vehicles. The pilot was announced late last year and is expected to begin in 2021, as Walmart explores new options for the so-called “last mile” of getting groceries and more to shoppers.

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Van Oord and Ansys Accelerate the Design of Highly Sustainable Offshore Wind Turbines

Van Oord is working with Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) to speed environmental sustainability while expediting new product designs for the offshore wind turbine industry. Ansys is aiding Van Oord engineers in their development of cutting-edge wind turbine foundations, helping them increase product quality and deliver new innovations to market faster than ever before.  Designing wind turbine foundations typically requires Van Oord engineers to invest considerable time developing numerous complex, dynamic analysis finite element models.

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Brune Poirson joins Accor as Chief Sustainability Officer – Appointments – Luxury hospitality news

Brune Poirson will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, and will become a member of the Executive Committee. Her role will be to define, drive and monitor the commitments, the strategy and the roll-out of the Group’s action plans in terms of sustainable development. She will also be responsible for the Accor Solidarity Foundation and the ALL Heartists Fund.

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Numerous Swiss startups among Solar Impulse’s 1000+ sustainable solutions Startupticker.ch | The Swiss Startup News channel

Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have officially surpassed their target of identifying and awarding 1000 clean and profitable solutions with the Solar Impulse Label. More than 1100 solutions worldwide have received the Label.  The Solar Impulse Foundation, led by explorer and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, has passed the mark of 1000+ identified solutions to protect the environment in a financially profitable way.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: DEP Accepting Applications For Growing Greener Plus, EPA Section 319 Watershed Restoration, Protection, Mine Reclamation Grants Starting April 22

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for two watershed restoration and protection grant programs– Growing Greener Plus and EPA Section 319 Grants.  Applications for both programs can be submitted starting April 22 – Earth Day – through June 25.  Growing Greener Plus – Grant applications under this program are for watershed restoration, protection and mine reclamation projects.

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Edinburgh drafts in urbanism expert to lead sustainable placemaking future

Daisy is currently director of urbanism forSustransand will bring with her a wealth of experience in policy and public realm design, gained through work as an architect and urban designer in India, Singapore, England and Scotland. She is also a member of the Edinburgh Climate Commission and Scotland’s Climate Assembly’s Evidence Group, so will contribute expertise in this area to support the council’s zero carbon goals.

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Colby College’s New Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center Sets Benchmark for Large, Sustainable Sports Facilities –

Colby College opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center to tremendous reception in August. Designed by London-based Hopkins Architects as lead design architect and Boston-based Sasaki as executive architect, the 350,000-square-foot building transcends conventional athletics and recreation center design, efficiently and elegantly integrating all of Colby’s indoor competition venues, training areas, and other support spaces to comprehensively serve every athletics, recreation, and wellness program on campus.

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PhD student recognized with Award of Excellence for advocacy work on sustainability in health care | Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Services Research Program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), was named a University of Toronto Alumni Association Graduate Scholar through U of T’s Awards of Excellence program.  The prestigious award program, which dates back to 1921, celebrates students, staff and faculty who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the university experience of their peers, and leave a significant impact on the institution through their leadership.

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Energy models as “laboratories” for exploring smart and sustainable energy systems

The Paris climate goals, the European Green Deal and the Energy Union Strategy call for a climate-neutral economy and society by mid-century. For this to happen, our energy system must be profoundly transformed: from electricity and heat to transport and industry. That is why it is particularly important that different actors – such as companies and households – actively participate in the energy transition.

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Starlight Park Phase 2 Project Receives “Envision Gold Award” for Sustainable Infrastructure

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and NYC Parks announced today that Phase 2 of the project to construct a continuous greenway through Starlight Park in the Bronx has been selected to receive an Envision Gold Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The project is being managed by DDC for NYC Parks.

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The PAN Group – From circular economy to sustainable development – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports – VietNam News

The amount of resources currently exploited is four times more than it was half a century ago, according to the 2019 report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   The bad news is that the amount of natural resources used is still increasing rapidly. The Global Footprint Network estimates that humans are currently using 60 per cent more resources than what the Earth can renew.

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Nigel Hardy on LinkedIn: Nestlé gears up for Travel Retail Sustainability Week which is days

Nestlé gears up for Travel Retail Sustainability Week which is days away International Travel Retail (NITR) has expressed its pride after confirming it will sponsor and support the inaugural Travel Retail Sustainability week event which is just days away (19-23 April).  Stewart Dryburgh, Nestlé’s International Travel Retail, General Manager, who will be a speaker during the Lead by Example: Sustainable Investments From Industry Leaders webinar on Tuesday 20 April, 2021.

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How can you build a business hall sustainably?

Today, we are increasingly taking the environment into account. It has to be because the environment is under pressure. The environment is largely affected by the construction and use of buildings. It is a very good reason to have a business hall built sustainably. You can learn how to do that in this blog.  Have your industrial metal buildings built with a steel construction.

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Sustainability Matters 2020

Sustainability Matters 2020 Published: 2021Download British Precast has published the 2020 edition of “Sustainability Matters”, the sector’s sustainability performance report. The report, which is based on 2019 data, reveal that our Charter 2020 targets for factory energy consumption, carbon emissions, factory waste, LTIFR and coverage by quality & environmental management systems, have all been met one year early. Download

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Index Digital | Sustainable Home DIY Tips | Index Digital UK

Keen to embrace the sustainability trend? These expert tips will guide you towards greener living.  Sustainability is something that we need to start thinking about in every aspect of life. Giving your home a bit of a makeover can increase your property value significantly, but how can you do this in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment? More importantly, what steps can you take to make your home more sustainable and kinder to the planet?  Here are some useful tips.

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Why the circular economy is a trillion-dollar opportunity for Africa

New research shows that creating five new industries in Africa could pose the biggest opportunities for increased circularity in sectors that will support the economy, jobs, and the environment.

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PRISM Bags Launches Innovative Bag for Quarantine, Made of Single-use Plastics from COVID-19

Rachel and Helen-Sage Lee, identical twins and Co-Founders of PRISM Bags, launched the ultimate, hands-free bag for quarantine on Kickstarter. The ACTIVE Recycled Fanny Pack innovatively reimagines single-use plastic waste from the pandemic by using 100% recycled nylon, engineered from plastics such as water bottles and takeout containers.  A new line of functional fanny packs inspired by our new normal. Made of 100% recycled nylon from single-use plastics.  The product is fitting for our times, as the COVID-19 pandemic has not only had a severe impact on the environment, but also had a disruptive effect on the lives of many women. Waste from single-use plastics, namely disposable masks, takeout containers, and plastic bags, has globally surged, with enough plastic waste produced to cover the entire land mass of Switzerland. In addition, women have had to adapt to their new lives during the pandemic, since there has still been a need to run errands masked up, go for an outdoor walk, or grab take-out. Women’s fashion lacks function and purses and backpacks on the market are too big for the work-from-home culture.

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India can be key player in global supply chain but has to rethink what its place will be: Nooyi

India can become a key player in the global supply chain in the post-COVID era but it has to carefully ”think through” what its place would be and take control of its destiny in terms of critical items, else it could be left holding at the negative end of the whole supply chain, former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi said on Thursday.  Interacting with Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in an event organised by e-commerce major Amazon, Nooyi also stressed on the need to revamp the education system in India stating that all of the country’s 1.3 billion people deserve the opportunity to have access to outstanding education and then participate in any way in its economic growth.

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Sustainable tourism for Carlingford will create jobs, says Dundalk senator – Dundalk Democrat

Sustainable tourism is the way forward for the village of Carlingford, according to Senator John McGahon.  Speaking recently in the Seanad on a debate on tourism Senator John McGahon emphasised the importance of sustainable tourism.  “Tourism that fully takes account of economic, social and environmental impacts is so important”, he said.  “Sustainable tourism should ultimately be committed to having a low impact on local culture and the environment but should be looking to generate future employment for local people.”

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Making Industry more sustainable through Smart Electrification – Paul Hobcraft on Ingenuity

Electricity drives us towards a cleaner, more efficient, and more versatile world of energy, a world we need to care about individually to manage finite resources, environments, and inhabitants. The backbone of this move towards a cleaner world requires a safe, modern, efficient, and reliable power supply needs; for this, we need smart electrification.  The pressures of globalization, climate change and urbanization will shape how and where we live. In a keynote at Hannover Messe 2021, Matthias Rebellius is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure, argues as the world changes at a growing and rapid pace, sustainability will become at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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Solar-Powered Savings: Impacts of Net Zero Electricity at BEER NUTS – ISTC blog

BEER NUTS operates manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and office spaces in a multi-level, 100,000 square foot facility on a 16/4 schedule. It produces a variety of snack products and exclusively manufacturers its own products with a wide range of recipes. Products are distributed through various retail outlets and direct to consumers.

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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center News: April 2021

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center contributes solutions for a sustainable future through basic and applied research, extensive expertise, and a wealth of objective data to benefit the people, economy, and environment of Illinois. ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

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Prescott College – Sustainable Food Systems Webinar Series

COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity and health disparities and laid bare systemic inequalities in our society. The pandemic has also highlighted how the charitable food system of food banks and pantries can respond and innovate. In this session, we will discuss some lessons learned from the pandemic and strategies for food pantries to emerge stronger to promote health, stability and financial wellbeing. We will discuss a paradigm shift from emergency to empowerment.

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Maisie Williams Joins H&M as ‘Sustainability Ambassador,’ But Both Face Greenwashing Claims

H&M’s drive to encourage the “reuse, remaking and recycling of unwanted garments” in the fashion world now features  actress Maisie Williams, well-known for her role in Game of Thrones, as the company’s “global sustainability ambassador.” The company, striving toward a goal of only using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030, says Williams will help drive change in fashion.

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industriAll Europe | NEWS | Commissioner Breton: “Together we can put European industry on a sustainable path”

Addressing the members of industriAll Europe’s Executive Committee today, Commissioner Breton expressed confidence in the capacity of European industry to emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.
To achieve this, lessons must be drawn from the crisis, stressed the Commissioner. Several essential pre-conditions for a sustainable recovery are already evident: Europe’s strategic independence, a well-functioning internal market, accompanying Europe’s workforce through the green and digital transition through skills development, differentiated strategies for each industrial ecosystem that consider specific challenges as well as co-designing these strategies in a broad and inclusive dialogue with stakeholders, including trade unions.

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3D-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment

Graphene excels at removing contaminants from water, but it’s not yet a commercially viable use of the wonder material.
That could be changing.
In a recent study, University at Buffalo engineers report a new process of 3D printing graphene aerogels that they say overcomes two key hurdles — scalability and creating a version of the material that’s stable enough for repeated use — for water treatment.

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What We Can Expect From Sustainable Design in 2021

With the climate crisis continuing to mount, the design world will undoubtedly focus on sustainability in the new year. In order to get a sneak peek of what 2021 might have in store, we asked industry experts what trends they envision for the future.
Based on their responses, we expect to see an emphasis on the classic principles of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” which will manifest in minimalism, DIY upgrades on vintage pieces, and a dedication to reclaimed materials.

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Chief sustainability officers may help companies operate more responsibly

RESEARCH BRIEF – The presence of a chief sustainability officer (CSO) increases a firm’s socially responsible activities and decreases its socially irresponsible activities….

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Lidl-owner Schwarz gains EU okay to buy Suez’s recycling business | Headlines

Lidl-owner Schwarz secured EU antitrust approval on Wednesday to acquire French waste and water management company Suez’s recycling business in four EU countries after agreeing to sell Suez’s Dutch packaging sorting business. Suez announced in September the sale of its Recycling & Recovery operations in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland as part of its 2030 strategic plan.

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Sustainability and digitization hold the key to long-term value for family businesses

Not every family business begins with ambitions of multigenerational longevity, but that’s where the most successful land, even though the odds are stacked against them: Only one in 10 family businesses makes it past the second generation. The COVID-19 pandemic and the global recession brought home just how much hard work it takes to create a legacy and how important agility is. And the response from family businesses has been impressive.

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Shining a Spotlight: A critical assessment of food and beverage companies’ delivery of sustainability commitments

From 2013 to 2016, Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign called on the world’s 10 biggest food and beverage companies to adopt stronger social and environmental sourcing policies and spurred significant commitments on women’s empowerment, land rights and climate change.

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Investing In Petrochemicals In A Circular Economy

The goal of a circular economy is to reduce the production of waste and to maintain the value of products, materials and services in the economy longer.   
However, the transition from the linear model to a circular ecosystem is a critical challenge to the industry. With that, the key to competing in global markets is cost and developing breakthrough technologies.
Within the context of 3 ecosystem levers, understand the change as framed. In order to address increasing volumes of plastic waste, the quantification of investment in infrastructure and technology at scale is defined, while the end-of-life situation of plastics becomes much worse before it gets better.

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BYD ‘eMobility pioneer’ status to boost profile in Norway

BYD – one of the world’s leading New Energy Vehicle (NEV) manufacturers – believes its global reputation as an ‘eMobility pioneer’ will help build a positive BYD brand profile in Norway following the recently-launched BYD Tang SUV.  The company points to its 26-years of experience in electric battery development and also its credentials as the only NEV manufacturer to offer a truly complete eMobility solution, including its own powertrain systems, rechargeable batteries, motor-control systems and, significantly, its own IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) power semiconductors.

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Banking sector initiative for a more sustainable construction sector – Handelsbanken

Financial crime and illegal labour in the construction industry lead to significant negative effects for society, in the form of a loss of tax income and difficulties monitoring whether human rights are respected at construction sites. In their role as a credit provider to construction companies and property companies, banks have the capacity to make a difference through the terms and conditions they apply to their lending.

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Employee-driven initiatives Underscore AVEVA’s Commitment to Sustainability

WaterAid, CALM and Save The Children Supported by AVEVA Employees during Pandemic…

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8 Sustainable Construction Techniques: How You Build is as Important as What You Build

In a previous blog post, I discussed the Design Lifecyle as having three primary stages: Pre-Building, Building and Post-Building. I spent considerable time in the Pre-Building phase focused on the sourcing and manufacture of sustainable construction materials. In this installment, we’ll segue into the Building stage and plumb the depths of sustainable construction techniques.
In his 2011 book “Waste,” Mohamed Osmani estimated that construction waste produced on a typical job site is as much as 30% of the total weight of the building materials delivered to the site. So for every 100 pounds of construction material brought to the site, 30 of it will be wasted. That means that by 2025, the amount of construction waste generated each year will be over 2.2 billion tons.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: Glass Half Full – Planning For Pennsylvania’s Water Future Webinar April 21

With so many factors affecting our water quality — from fracking and runoff, to lead and over development — it can seem daunting to know where to begin. But the good news is there are plenty of strategies and solutions to combat these challenges!
Join the webinar with legislators from across the state to learn more about the challenges facing our drinking water and rivers and streams, and what we can do to help ensure clean water for everyone.

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European Business Aviation SAF Summit – The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Building on past events, such as the Virtual 2020 Business Aviation Sustainability Summit in Washington, the Business Aviation Coalition on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is organising the first-ever European counterpart: 
The European Business Aviation SAF Summit
The event – to be held virtually on 20 April – brings together high-level EU officials from all relevant institutions; the EU Commission, Council, and Parliament, and the entire Business Aviation value chain under one goal: accelerating the availability and use of SAF.

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Innovation Forum – Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference

Through focused discussion, this virtual conference will address how apparel brands can adapt practices to deliver on growing stakeholder expectations. We’ll equip delegates with the best-practice and guidance to transform factories, engage consumers, drive circularity and reduce climate impacts across fashion and textile supply chains.

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CW Specialty Strategies Forum: Portfolio management, sustainability, China key to success in specialties | Chemical Week

Active portfolio management and successfully meeting the need for more sustainable products and solutions, including in high-growth markets in China and the rest of Asia, are key to success and value creation in the specialty chemical sector, said Clariant CEO Conrad Keijzer in a keynote presentation at Chemical Week’s first-ever Specialty Strategies Forum, held online 14 April.
“In the last 10 years, Clariant has successfully repositioned its portfolio from a diversified, in part commodity-driven business, towards a focused and truly specialty chemicals business,” Keijzer said.

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Marshall Sustainability Lead Malene McElroy Promotes ‘Green’ Action

With spring in the air and Earth Day fast approaching, Malene McElroy, sustainability coordinator in the Environmental Engineering & Occupational Health Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, says it doesn’t take a green thumb to promote environmental awareness in the workplace and at home.
“You just need a green heart,” she said.

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24-hour Global Digital Marathon for Sustainability on 22 April 2021 | UNIMED

On 22 April 2021, to celebrate the 51th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Day, the Future Food Institute (FFI) and the FAO elearning Academy are organizing the second edition of the 24-hour Global Digital Marathon on Sustainability entitled: “Food for Earth”.
The global event brings together bright minds and good practices on sustainable food systems for regenerating the Planet.

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Science and Solidarity for a Sustainable Planet

More than a year since the emergence of COVID-19, the pandemic continues to devastate lives and economies. There is hope in vaccination programmes, but we have a long way to go. Our sympathies lie with those struggling with physical and mental health, grief and financial problems.
We must overcome this pandemic, for all of our sakes. But as we do so, we must understand that COVID-19 is not something we can fix, forget and return to normal.

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Green consumption: Closing the intention‐behavior gap – Nguyen – 2019 – Sustainable Development

Green consumption has become an important academic and practical topic. However, a recurring theme in the literature has been the attitude‐behavior gap in green consumption. Taking the cognitive view in studying consumer behaviors, this study theoretically developed and tested two key moderators to the relationship between green consumption intention and behavior, namely green product availability and perceived consumer effectiveness. Under high levels of the moderators, the relationship between the intention and the behavior were hypothesized to be stronger.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: Penn State Environmental Resources Management Program Alumni Wayne Kober Celebrating 50 Years Of Impact, Inspired By First Earth Day

Earth Day 1970 spurred Wayne Kober, then a college sophomore at Penn State McKeesport, to become one of the trailblazers in a new bachelor’s degree program at Penn State — environmental resource management.
“I was inspired by Earth Day events and wanted to make a difference via a multidisciplinary environmental career,” said Kober, who, as a youth, spent summers at Pymatuning Lake in northwestern Pennsylvania.

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ESG ETFs: the ideal vehicle for sustainable investing

Today’s investors are interested in more than a company’s size or market worth. Particularly in the younger generation, they expect companies to operate according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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Sustainability Podcast Series | Podcasts

The average unit costs a property $1,020 per unit in energy expenses—30% of which is due to inefficiency losses. The RealPage Sustainability Success Series will show you how you can recover these losses and generate even more in value per unit. This multi-part series of 20-minute episodes examines the top-trending sustainability issues impacting multifamily portfolios across the country.

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Technologies enabling a more sustainable food supply chain

The world produces enough food to support an estimated 10 billion people, but each year, roughly one third of it is lost to supply chain inefficiency. This staggering amount of waste – 1.3 billion tons annually – not only fuels a global crisis of food insecurity, but also exacerbates the adverse environmental impacts of industrial agriculture.

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Connect Bridgeport News: BHS Alumna Amanda Green has Article Published on World Food Sustainability in Anthropology News

A 2001 Bridgeport High School graduate continues to make her mark as it relates to world food sustainability. Amanda Green, the daughter of Hal Green and Ann Laretei Soderberg, recently had an article published in Anthropology News, which is under the American Anthropological Association.

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4 Powerfully Sustainable Fashion Hacks –

The easiest, most practical sustainable fashion hack is simply to dress with what we have. That is, to wear, mend, and care for the wardrobe that we own already.

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Sustainable energy project longlisted for humanitarian energy award | SNV World

SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation, a not-for-profit international development organisation, has been longlisted for the Ashden Award for humanitarian energy. Ashden, a UK charity, has been supporting transformative climate solutions for 20 years. More than 800 organisations applied for the 2021 Ashden Awards, and SNV is one of just 38 to have made it to the longlisting stage.

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Morgan Stanley pledges to mobilize $1 trillion to support sustainability initiatives –

Morgan Stanley has renewed its commitment to mobilize $750 billion to support low-carbon solutions by 2030, following its initial commitment of $250 billion announced in 2018, representing a three-fold increase. The commitment builds on Morgan Stanley’s leadership position as the first large U.S. bank to commit to net-zero financed emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement, and its role as the sole large U.S. bank on the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). The firm will achieve this commitment through increased activities such as clean-tech and renewable energy finance, green bond financing and other transactions that enable a transition to a low-carbon economy.

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The Cumaru Outdoor Collection Is Sustainable Sophistication

Everything about the Cumaru outdoor collection spells out relaxed sophistication. It’s a group of furniture that makes you seek out reasons to spend time relaxing in it, to spend time in nature. Designed by Aristeu Pires for Sossego Design, the collection is named after the Cumaru wood used to craft it. With a dense interlocked grain that all but ensures durability, it’s perfectly suited for outdoor use (and has been used in everything from home building to musical instruments!).

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Expo 2020 Dubai and Sustainability at greenloop | blooloop

Find out how the Terra Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is inspiring visitors to make sustainable change.  Ggreenloop, a new online event taking place 20-21 April, 2021, is the world’s first conference looking specifically at sustainability in visitor attractions.  Our international line-up features speakers leading sustainability programmes at some of the world’s leading visitor attractions, from major museums to theme parks and Expos, who will outline best practice, highlight key initiatives and developments. See our agenda here.

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Environmental Sustainability on Campus and Beyond |

Interested in getting involved in environmental sustainability related initiatives? Want to make a change and learn more about Climate Action? Manpreet Kaur shares her experience of engaging with environmental action on campus and the lifestyle changes she has made to become more environmentally friendly.

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‘Smart, Active and Sustainable Micromobility’ PhD position | Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

You will explore micromobility in the Netherlands and the UK to understand how they can support transitions to sustainable mobilities. The focus is specifically on electrically assisted modes that also require some physical activity such as bicycles, cargo bicycles, push (step) scooters, skateboards, etc, both for p

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Business model and best practices of Italian tanning industry and its implications on circular economy

On 16 April 2021 at 17:00 CEST (10:00 in Mexico) UNIDO ITPO Italy will host the online workshop “Business model and best practices of Italian tanning industry and its implications on circular economy”, a business training program to promote competitiveness on circular economy for companies in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico.  Co-organized by UNIDO ITPO Italy, the UNIDO Regional Office in Mexico (in the framework of its programme with Instituto de Emprendimiento Eugenio Garza Lagüera of Tecnológico de Monterrey) and Lineapelle, this 90-minute webinar will be dedicated to the perspectives of Italian experts operating in the leather sector, sharing updated information about sustainable best practices for the application of circular economy business models to the tanning industry.

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Crwe World | Ralph Lauren Debuts Team USA’s Closing Ceremony Parade Uniform and Apparel Collection, Featuring First-To-Market Innovations in Sustainability

Ralph Lauren today unveiled the Team USA Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms and apparel collection for the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. For these Games, Ralph Lauren worked to use more sustainable materials and manufacturing practices across the Team USA collection. The Company has developed and invested in ground-breaking innovations in sustainable materials and manufacturing technologies that will debut with this collection and will have global, industry-changing implications.

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Accelerator to net zero — Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

For a successful transition to net zero, we need both to propel forward innovative, scalable,  decarbonising technologies and to ensure that they are sustainable throughout the supply chain. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Accelerator is uniquely positioned to foster competitive, sustainability-led, growth-driven companies.  This programme is designed for scaling up companies with novel technology-based products that have rapid market adoption and high impact potential for the net zero transition. The priority technology areas are renewable energy generation, distribution, storage, demand reduction, efficiency and electrification of energy use.

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The Whisky Business: JOHNNIE WALKER LAUNCHES NEW SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

Diageo, has today announced the launch of a new sustainability initiative, for its Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whisky brand.  The Next Steps initiative, is Johnnie Walkers most ambitious sustainability drive to date, and according to the brand, it will be putting the focus firmly on more sustainable socialising for everyone.  Johnnie Walker launches new sustainability initiative.  The initiative is a wide-ranging action plan that will see the whisky maker become more sustainable by design from ‘grain to glass’. The initiative is part of the brand’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, restore natural landscapes and reinvent how its whisky is made, distributed and enjoyed in every corner of the world.