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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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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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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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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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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