Continue Reading... City holiday string lights recycling available through Jan. 31 – City of Georgetown Texas

City holiday string lights recycling available through Jan. 31 – City of Georgetown Texas

The City of Georgetown has partnered with Texas Disposal Systems to offer free holiday string-light recycling to all Georgetown residents. Residents can drop off their old or broken string lights through Jan. 31 at one of three collection stations:
City of Georgetown Collection and Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road
Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
Sun City residents may also drop off old or broken string lights at the Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City. The program is limited to string lights. Lights must be taken to a collection station and cannot be placed in residential or commercial recycling bins because they will damage the sorting machines at the recycling center. Yard art, inflatables, and other holiday lighting will not be collected.

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Continue Reading... Seafood, Sustainability and Seaspiracy event – Young Seafood Leaders Network – 2050 Climate Group

Seafood, Sustainability and Seaspiracy event – Young Seafood Leaders Network – 2050 Climate Group

The 2050 Climate Group and Young Seafood Leaders Network (YSLN) are hosting this joint event for their members to explore sustainability in seafood.
This event is for members of the 2050 Climate Group and the Young Seafood Leaders Network who are keen to explore the controversial Seaspiracy documentary, marine conservation and the seafood sector’s journey for sustainable solutions.
It brings together Young Leaders from across sectors to share points of view, knowledge and ideas. Join us to focus on the future and share perspectives and stories as we work towards a sustainable future.

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Continue Reading... Growth In Zero Energy Buildings

Growth In Zero Energy Buildings

In September 2020, New Buildings Institute (NBI) released its “2020 Getting To Zero Buildings List,” a document showcasing growth and trends for zero energy and zero carbon buildings across North America. Based in Portland, OR, NBI is a nonprofit organization working in the industry for better performance in buildings, and has been tracking these zero energy developments across the building stock for the past decade. “Getting To Zero” is just one of the initiatives the organization oversees, collaborating with many other industry groups and stakeholders.

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Continue Reading... US senators write to Biden to promote biofuel, praise India on setting ethanol target

US senators write to Biden to promote biofuel, praise India on setting ethanol target

A group of nine American senators on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to promote biofuels as a key solution for the country’s energy and climate agenda and said that India’s efforts in this regard to set up targets for ethanol are encouraging.  ”Mr President, biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserve full consideration, not only for helping to stem the recent increase in fuel prices which has subsequently accelerated inflation, but to serve as a foundational source of transportation emission reductions as part of your energy and environmental agenda,” the senators wrote.  Led by Senator John Thune, a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, the nine GOP senators called on the Biden administration to utilise the full capacity of American agriculture to deliver on both fronts.

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Continue Reading... Prince Charles warns of race against time to save our treasured literary collection for the nation  | Daily

Prince Charles warns of race against time to save our treasured literary collection for the nation  | Daily

Priceless manuscripts from some of Britain’s greatest poets and authors could be lost to the nation without urgent action, Prince Charles warns today.  Writing in the Daily Mail, the heir to the throne said it was ‘too awful to contemplate’ the loss of handwritten texts by some of the country’s best-known writers – including Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Charlotte Bronte.  And he warned that the UK is facing a race against time to save a collection of literary treasures from being auctioned off and potentially taken abroad.

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Continue Reading... Covestro Digital Circular Economy Days 2021

Covestro Digital Circular Economy Days 2021

Our Digital Circular Economy Days 2021 are packed with insightful talks around the principles of RE-duce, RE-use and RE-cycle of material solutions to support you on our common path towards a more sustainable future.  Whether it’s an insightful highlight or an expert talk on circularity in the value chain, on circular design, or product solutions, you can always look forward to a range of new impulses and opportunities. Register now for as many talks as you like and experience our latest sustainable innovations, exciting exchanges of information and live interaction with our experts during our webinars and Q&As.

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Continue Reading... All households in Victoria will be forced to sort their waste into FOUR bins by 2030 | Daily

All households in Victoria will be forced to sort their waste into FOUR bins by 2030 | Daily

All Victorian households will have to sort their waste into four separate bins by 2030, under new laws to be introduced to state parliament.  The Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Bill, to be introduced on Wednesday, will establish Recycling Victoria, which will oversee and regulate the state’s recycling sector from July 2022.  The body, which will be a part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will oversee the transition of all local councils to the four-bin system by 2030, as well as a container deposit scheme from 2023.

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Continue Reading... Countdown to Dark Matter Day with CERN

Countdown to Dark Matter Day with CERN

On and around 31 October, CERN and other laboratories around the world will celebrate the global hunt for the universe’s missing matter – the dark matter that is thought to make up most of the matter in space.  Simulation of the dark-matter distribution in the universe.  Experiments worldwide are searching for this unseen matter using many different tools, such as telescopes in space and on the ground, particle beams and deep underground detectors.  CERN is home to several experiments that seek out the particles that may make up dark matter. These include experiments based at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), such as ATLAS and CMS, which have broken new ground in the search for dark-matter particles, and non-LHC experiments such as CAST and NA64, which too have added new knowledge about the properties of these hypothetical particles.

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Continue Reading... EuropaBio response to the public consultation on the roadmap on Sustainable Food Systems – Europabio

EuropaBio response to the public consultation on the roadmap on Sustainable Food Systems – Europabio

EuropaBio supports the ambition for a sustainable EU and global food system, as enhanced sustainability in the food chain can benefit both people and planet. This initiative, as with all new EU initiatives addressing sustainability, should consider the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social.  Rather than commenting in detail on the policy options that will be part of the impact assessment at this stage, we would like to comment on some more specific items included within the roadmap:  In terms of the sustainability assessment of products to be placed on the market, we consider that all products should be assessed equally. Assessment of products to be placed on the market should remain science- and risk-based, with any new sustainability requirements ideally falling into existing informational requirements for approval and assessment to avoid increasing the administrative burden on food chain actors.

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Continue Reading... Electronics Recycling Opportunity In Berrien County Wednesday

Electronics Recycling Opportunity In Berrien County Wednesday

Berrien County residents have an extra chance to get unneeded electronic items recycled for free Wednesday. Berrien County Parks Director Jill Adams tells WSJM News Green Earth Electronics Recycling in St. Joseph will stay open later than usual so people can drop off items. They’ll take anything with a cord or that runs on batteries. Adams says it’s better to dispose of those items in this way for multiple reasons.  “All electronics contain things like plastic, metal, glass, and other recyclable materials, but some electronics also contain hazardous components such as lead or mercury,” Adams said. “So keeping these materials out of the regular waste stream is good for environmental health as well as public health.”

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Continue Reading... Battery life predicted with resistance measurement

Battery life predicted with resistance measurement

University of Michigan engineers have identified internal resistance, measured immediately after cells are made, as a key indicator of how long a battery will last. The measurements can be done in seconds towards the end of the manufacturing process at little to no additional cost. Lifespan prediction is already possible, but it requires repeated cycling-charging, discharging and recharging to gather data needed to train an algorithm. Similarly, ageing tests can take weeks to months to complete and are restricted to a handful of cells per batch of batteries produced.

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Continue Reading... A quick guide to climate change jargon – what experts mean by mitigation, carbon neutral and 6 other key terms

A quick guide to climate change jargon – what experts mean by mitigation, carbon neutral and 6 other key terms

As a major U.N. climate conference gets underway on Oct. 31, 2021, you’ll be hearing a lot of technical terms tossed around: mitigation, carbon neutral, sustainable development. The language can feel overwhelming.  “It sounds like you’re talking over people,” one person said of the terminology during a recent study colleagues and I conducted through the USC Dornsife Public Exchange.  Climate reports are often written at a scientific level. So we thought it would be helpful to clarify some of the most common terms.  To do that, we interviewed 20 people about common terms used by climate scientists and climate journalists. We then used their feedback to explain those terms in everyday language. With the help of the United Nations Foundation, we chose eight terms from reports written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Continue Reading... Halloween waste reduction, recycling and reusing

Halloween waste reduction, recycling and reusing

The seeds and pulp of carving pumpkins can be eaten, but more than half of the UK (59%) don’t realise this, resulting in more than 12 million carving pumpkins being wasted every year. Before home composting or throwing away any leftover pumpkin we have recipe ideas for how to cook and enjoy this seasonal squash. And don’t forget that once you’ve eaten all you can, your home compost bin will love the rest of your pumpkin. Find out here more about the best mix for composting at home

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Continue Reading... PECO Pallet expands dedicated network with company-operated pallet management depot in Memphis – Modern Materials Handling

PECO Pallet expands dedicated network with company-operated pallet management depot in Memphis – Modern Materials Handling

PECO Pallet, Inc., one of North America’s largest providers of pooled rental pallets to the beverage, grocery, and consumer products industries, announced today it has launched a PECO-owned and operated depot in Memphis. The facility becomes PECO’s eighth company-operated facility in North America.  The Memphis site complements more than 80 additional pallet management locations operated by contract partners, typically businesses also involved in commercial and industrial packaging supply, warehousing and freight operations.

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Continue Reading... Premier’s Sustainability Awards – 2021…

Premier’s Sustainability Awards – 2021…

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories were revamped for 2021 to reflect the current focus of sustainability activity in Victoria and align with global best practice. There are 6 categories, with 2 award types per category. These are the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards category finalists. The winners will be announced at the online ceremony on Tuesday 23 November. Registration is required to attend the live and interactive event, where you’ll hear positive sustainability stories from Victoria’s inspiring changemakers.

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Continue Reading... Fossil Fashion: How Green Growth is Undermining the Circular Economy

Fossil Fashion: How Green Growth is Undermining the Circular Economy

As the world comes to terms with the climate crisis and the environmental devastation of our over-consumption, we are increasingly being told that switching to greener products  will not only save us, but be good for the economy. This is the principle behind “green growth”, which encourages us to continue consuming as long as the products we buy are more sustainable. But could it be that someone is pulling wool over our eyes? The fashion industry has become one of the main culprits in the blaming-and-shaming for carbon-emissions, and numbers have been thrown around at a rate that rivals fast fashion. One of the most used statistics is that textiles in 2015 emitted 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent or more than maritime shipping and international flights combined, a number that has since been challenged. However, the fashion industry is far from off the hook. 

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Continue Reading... Hair care disruptor Hairstory wins new investment to push forward with sustainability

Hair care disruptor Hairstory wins new investment to push forward with sustainability

Hairstory, an American-based disruptor hair care brand, has landed a minority investment from equity investor Summit Partners.  The brand’s core product, New Wash, was developed without the use of detergents in an effort to stop consumers from over-washing their hair.  Founded by a team of hair care veterans in 2015, the company believes that cleansing the hair without shampoo is healthier for the hair and scalp, and better for the environment.

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Continue Reading... Countries most at risk, lead the way on climate action

Countries most at risk, lead the way on climate action

Vulnerable countries are stepping up and taking climate action, amid a slow response from some of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday.  In a new analysis, released ahead of the COP26 climate negotiations, the agency said that 93 per cent of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) have submitted enhanced national climate plans (NDCs), or plan to do so.  On the other hand, UNDP says, some countries in the G20 bloc of leading industrialized countries have been “dragging their feet on adhering to the core principles of the Paris Agreement to ‘ratchet up’ their climate ambition.”  The G20, meeting in Rome this weekend, is responsible for more than three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Continue Reading... How sustainability achieved gender parity and what it means for women in business | Greenbiz

How sustainability achieved gender parity and what it means for women in business | Greenbiz

Our recent report on chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the U.S. revealed that women went from holding 28 percent in 2011 of the CSO positions to 54 percent in 2021. That’s a 94 percent increase.  It’s a positive development to see the playing field level for women in sustainability, but what’s driving this trend? And what are the implications for women’s leadership in business more broadly? Before diving into those questions, it’s interesting to look at the trends in gender and leadership in sustainability and business. 

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Continue Reading... Sustainability-oriented team brings semi-pro soccer to Vermont –

Sustainability-oriented team brings semi-pro soccer to Vermont –

Vermont Green Football Club announced its launch Oct. 12, bringing sustainability into sports and semi-professional soccer to Burlington.  The club starts in May 2022 and will play its home matches at UVM’s Virtue Field. Vermont Green intends to use its platform to focus on environmental justice and sustainability by partnering with environmental justice organizations and selling sustainably-sourced merchandise, according to the club’s website.  “We felt that [environmental justice] was the perfect lens, the perfect way to talk about the issues, to bring awareness to the issues, and to think strategically about how do we as a club put forward solutions to some of these things,” Chief Purpose Officer Keil Corey said. 

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