Wind turbines ‘taking deadly toll on migrating birds’: Map highlights ‘collision hotspots’ | Daily

Wind turbines ‘taking deadly toll on migrating birds’: Map highlights ‘collision hotspots’ | Daily

They may be considered an eco-friendly way to generate energy, but wind turbines pose a major threat to migrating birds, which are at high risk of colliding with the giant blades while in flight.  Now a new study has identified the collision ‘hotspots’ where migrating birds such as owls, swans and eagles are most at risk of being killed by turbines or power lines.  The researchers have produced a map, revealing that birds are more likely to get too close to turbines and power lines on key migration routes, on the coast and at key breeding grounds.  Many such spots lie in Mediterranean regions including the South of France, Southern Spain and the Moroccan coastline – such as around the Strait of Gibraltar.  They are also vulnerable in Eastern Romania, on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and along Germany’s Baltic coast.  Researchers say in light of their findings that power lines should not be built in places where birds risk colliding with turbines as they migrate.

ESG and fintechs: how firms are benefiting from an ESG focus

ESG and fintechs: how firms are benefiting from an ESG focus

Whether it’s the billions of dollars being invested in green and sustainable instruments, serious institutional efforts to address ESG as a risk factor in lending and investing, big banks restructuring themselves to adopt net zero pledges, or fintechs developing new solutions to address climate-related issues, all these efforts point to recognition that the financial services industry can play a major role in addressing ESG objectives.  ESG-focused fintechs have a unique ability to achieve rapid growth, deliver ESG-focused innovation, and attract investment capital to support their efforts to improve the environment and society while generating substantial returns.

Smart water saving techniques in hill agriculture By GT Patle

Smart water saving techniques in hill agriculture By GT Patle

Climate change expected to intensify the demands of water use in agriculture as climate is the major driving force for crop production and water use. Studies on climate change have indicated the variation in temperature and precipitation patterns globally due to increased concentration of greenhouse gases. Global warming and its consequences have shown remarkable impacts on regional hydrologic cycle.  Temperature and precipitation are two important climate parameters and plays a vital role in crop production system. The rise in air temperature and varying precipitation pattern may affect the crop yield and water use efficiency. Rise in temperature is likely to increase the evapotranspiration demand and water requirement for agriculture.

CSR-in-Action, Ford Foundation highlight plight of extractive community women in new documentary

CSR-in-Action, Ford Foundation highlight plight of extractive community women in new documentary

The themes of social justice and gender inclusion dominated discussions at the premiere of “Earth Women”, a poignant documentary that explores the plight of women living in areas impacted by extractive activities, including oil and gas exploration and mining.  Earth Women is an initiative of CSR-in-Action Advocacy, the development-focused arm of the CSR-in-Action Group and primarily funded by Ford Foundation.  The grand premiere, which was sponsored by Access Bank, had in attendance prominent personalities from business, entertainment, the media, public sector, and the international community.

Cisco joins SVG Europe as a Gold sponsor

Cisco joins SVG Europe as a Gold sponsor

Cisco has joined SVG Europe as a Gold sponsor. The company’s sports and entertainment solutions have helped hundreds of venues, teams and leagues around the world better engage fans and solve real business challenges, with everything from the Super Bowl and the Olympic Games, to the US Open and League of Legends World Championships relying on Cisco solutions.  Last month, Cisco and Real Madrid announced a multi-year global partnership during which they will deploy the largest WiFi 6 stadium network in Europe to date, making Santiago Bernabéu Stadium one of the most technologically advanced sporting venues in the world.

UNGCNA calls on Federal Government to reallocate budget, placing sustainability at its core

UNGCNA calls on Federal Government to reallocate budget, placing sustainability at its core

With the 22-23 Federal Budget soon to be released, the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) urges the Morrison government to prioritise ‘building back better’ to ensure a resilient economy in line with the key principles of sustainability such as climate action, human rights and bribery and corruption prevention.  As Australia rebuilds its economy after two pandemic-induced years, the Budget must be reflective of the geopolitical landscape and its knock-on effects. With the imminent fuel crisis, anticipated rising interest rates and looming inflation, Australians and businesses are bracing for another challenging year.  This year’s Budget provides an opportunity for the Federal Government to prioritise economic growth in alignment with the United Nation’s (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Where Do ESG and Sustainable Finance Go from Here? | Greenbiz

Where Do ESG and Sustainable Finance Go from Here? | Greenbiz

The finance and sustainability worlds are converging faster than ever before. For investors and companies, that means having a clear understanding of the key issues, both now and in the coming months, from setting targets and timetables to learning the language of Wall Street. It means having a shared understanding with internal stakeholders: the risk department, government relations, investor relations and those overseeing energy, emissions reductions, water use and more.  All of this has been taking place for years, never more so than in the past 24 months. So, where are we? What are the emerging issues? What are the changing expectations of investors, regulators and financial institutions around the world? And, perhaps most important: Are we even making progress?

Justice through School Gardens | Humanities Lab

Justice through School Gardens | Humanities Lab

This course on school gardens will provide students with interdisciplinary approaches on how to make our food system more sustainable and just by connecting students to local elementary schools. Through the school garden, Lab students will support an elementary school’s environmental and nutritional education curriculum. Lab students will use their experiences to create a model for state policy on gardens in school. As part of our intellectual scaffolding for understanding the importance of school gardens at the intersection of food justice, environmental justice, and climate justice, students will investigate the problems with the modern food system and how it exacerbates inequalities, for example, health outcomes and children’s performance in school. In this Lab, we will look at food and food systems to get at some of the fundamental justice questions raised and then how school gardens might be part of the solution to those inequities. Fulfills (HU or SB) general studies requirements.

Top 10 Garbage & Trash Bags Manufacturers | Reports and Data

Top 10 Garbage & Trash Bags Manufacturers | Reports and Data

A trash bag is a disposable bag used to hold solid waste. It is also known as a garbage bag, a bin liner, or a refuse sack. These bags can be used to line the insides of garbage cans to prevent them from becoming clogged with trash. The majority of trash bags are black, white, or green in colour and are constructed of plastic.  Plastic bags are a convenient and sanitary way to dispose of rubbish that is widely used. Plastic garbage bags are lightweight and ideal for waste that is sloppy or moist, such as food scraps. They can also be used to wrap garbage to keep it from smelling bad. Litter, waste, and recycling containers and bins are typically lined with plastic bags. By preventing the container from coming into contact with the garbage, this helps to keep it clean. Trash bags are a need in today’s world. According to Reports and Data, the garbage bag market is predicted to develop significantly in the future years.
Read the full article at: www.reportsanddata.com

The Danish SME Nortech Solutions – Enterprise Europe Network

The Danish SME Nortech Solutions – Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on their path to green business models and sustainable initiatives. The Danish SME Nortech Solutions is a case in point. With the Network’s aid, Nortech teamed up with a Czech company to launch a successful green business in 2019. Fast-forward to today, the Network’s sustainability advisers are helping small businesses develop strategies that build long-term value and reduce risk.  As the severe effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, entrepreneurs have to quickly adapt to new challenges and opportunities. Building international partnerships is one way for SMEs to pivot to new markets, accelerate innovation and rethink their strategies. Enterprise Europe Network’s advisers are here to help.
Read the full article at: een.ec.europa.eu

How to incorporate sustainability in your commercial portfolio

How to incorporate sustainability in your commercial portfolio

The fashion label Stella McCartney sources its materials from sustainably-managed forests. Miyoko’s Creamery, the vegan cheese brand, launched a program to help struggling dairy farmers transition to plant-based alternatives. Elate Beauty, the ethically-made cosmetics company, has diverted more than 10,000 kgs of waste from landfills—so far.  In recent years, brands have stepped up and committed to more sustainable practices. In honor of Earth Day 2022, we wanted to take a closer look at what commercial photographers can do to help raise awareness about climate change and the protection of our environment, while also helping companies and consumers realize their goals.

The Road to Achieving the European Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Nanomaterial Sustainability-A PATROLS Perspective on New Approach Methodologies

The Road to Achieving the European Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Nanomaterial Sustainability-A PATROLS Perspective on New Approach Methodologies

The European Green Deal outlines ambitions to build a more sustainable, climate neutral, and circular economy by 2050. To achieve this, the European Commission has published the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: Towards a Toxic-Free Environment, which provides targets for innovation to better protect human and environmental health, including challenges posed by hazardous chemicals and animal testing. The European project PATROLS (Physiologically Anchored Tools for Realistic nanOmateriaL hazard aSsessment) has addressed multiple aspects of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability by establishing a battery of new approach methodologies, including physiologically anchored human and environmental hazard assessment tools to evaluate the safety of engineered nanomaterials.

Sustainability in Commercial & Residential Property

Sustainability in Commercial & Residential Property

ESG/Sustainability continues to grow in importance to landlords and occupiers every day, not purely from a legislative perspective, for example ensuring compliance with EPC ratings or ESG reporting, but also as part of attracting investors, employees, and customers.  Our ESG/Sustainability service is focused on helping our clients develop and achieve tangible, sustainable outcomes to fulfil environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) aims across their assets.  We support our clients from a broad platform of property management, facilities management, business continuity, development and agency. From our vast experience in Property when it comes to ESG/Sustainability, we have first-hand experience of an assets needs and requirements from both stakeholders and their customers.

Crwe World | TC Transcontinental condemns a City of Montreal regulation which would put an end to the Publisac

Crwe World | TC Transcontinental condemns a City of Montreal regulation which would put an end to the Publisac

TC Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), owner of the Publisac, reacts today to the City of Montreal’s announcement of its intention to implement an opt-in system for the distribution of flyers beginning in May 2023, that would lead to the end of the distribution of the Publisac on its territory. As already indicated by TC Transcontinental, an opt-in model is unsustainable because of its complexity and the prohibitive costs it would generate.
“In the current inflationary context, and at a time when the population is facing an unprecedented rise in prices, the social and economic relevance of the Publisac is greater than ever,” said Patrick Brayley, Senior Vice-President of the Distribution Group of TC Transcontinental. Indeed, the Publisac, in addition to giving consumers access to discounts, distributes local newspapers at an advantageous cost, helps merchants to attract customers and compete against the giants of e-commerce, and supports thousands of direct and indirect jobs. We intend to assert our rights and those of our customers if necessary.”

Wastewater Treatment 2022 – Better Plants

Wastewater Treatment 2022 – Better Plants

Wastewater Treatment Virtual In-Plant Training 2022 Wastewater treatment operations and processes at Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) consume considerable energy, and their energy requirements are only increasing with stricter effluent quality standards and growing direct and indirect water recycling demands. To operate cost effectively, sustainably, and reduce their carbon footprint, these critical utilities must deliberately manage their energy use and costs. The Better Plants program has developed a special series of INPLTs for this purpose.The Better Plants program will deliver virtual INPLTs for wastewater treatment systems (Wastewater VINPLTs) from April 12 to May 31, 2022. The Wastewater VINPLTs will be performed online by wastewater experts and energy efficiency experts. The Wastewater VINPLTs comprise eight (8) 2.5-hour online training sessions (2-hours formal training and optional 30 mins Q&A) that will be delivered every Tuesday 10:00 AM–12:30 PM ET for eight (8) consecutive weeks.

Federal government announces investment of up to $376K for Canadian Produce Marketing Association to improve packaging

Federal government announces investment of up to $376K for Canadian Produce Marketing Association to improve packaging

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $376,200 for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), to support the transition towards more sustainable food and produce packaging.  Packaging serves many useful and essential functions in the food system, such as protecting food from contamination, preserving food and facilitating transportation. With the funds received under CASPP, the CPMA is undertaking a national pilot project that explores effective ways for industry to migrate to using sustainable packaging design and material options that enhance recyclability or compostability. The funds are being used to develop a strategy and enable steps towards the migration.

MetTel Launches Mobility Device as a Service for the Distributed Workforce

MetTel Launches Mobility Device as a Service for the Distributed Workforce

MetTel, a digital transformation leader and nationwide mobile communications provider, today announced the launch of Mobile Device as a Service (MDaaS), coupling MetTel’s leading wireless service with a fully managed device offering that covers the entire lifecycle of secure enterprise mobility, from device deployment to return and ultimately, to recycling, enhancing the experience of its mobile services portfolio to enterprises nationwide.  In today’s distributed work environment, mobility is playing an integral role in helping many businesses maintain daily operations with full mobile network access to all applications and services regardless of where employees are working.  At the same time, managing hundreds, if not thousands, of devices for businesses introduces complex operational challenges often requiring special expertise as IT balances multiple types of devices, plans and carriers. MetTel’s MDaaS solution solves for all of these challenges, and will be on display at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2022 (April 11-14, 2022). MetTel will be showcasing the MDaaS solution at its meeting room (MR13).

Depot Open Days: The Art of the Poster

Depot Open Days: The Art of the Poster

Join us for a four-day spring extravaganza as we throw open the doors to our treasure trove in Acton.  As part of the BBC’s Art That Made Us Festival we’ll be exploring how art and design have uniquely characterised London transport for over 100 years.  Hear about contemporary art commissioning and the wonders of our world class poster collection through a varied programme of talks, tours and creative activities, or simply enjoy exploring the Depot and its transport delights at your own pace.

New case study: Climate-smart architecture and renewable energy to power a rural hospital in India | Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

New case study: Climate-smart architecture and renewable energy to power a rural hospital in India | Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Located in the rural area of Masarhi, state of Bihar, India, the Vistex Hospital was founded in 2019 with a grant from the Vistex Foundation and is operated by the NGO Doctors for You. The hospital is one of the main health care centers in the region.  Since its inception, the goal of the organization was to build a sustainable, energy-efficient hospital in order to provide consistent and dependable health care and services for their community with a small environmental footprint.  The area where the hospital is located experiences frequent power cuts. By using on-site solar energy generation, energy-efficient equipment, and climate-smart architecture.  The walls of the top floor were constructed using agribio panels made from straw, a residue from the harvest of rice the hospital reduced its energy consumption and associated costs by 58%, saving approximately 10,000 US Dollars per year.