Why You Might Want Kitchen Composting Convenience

Why You Might Want Kitchen Composting Convenience

Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year to celebrate our abundance. Unfortunately, much of it goes out with the trash after the gathering. “Two hundred million pounds of turkey thrown out, alongside more than 150 million pounds of side dishes like veggies and potatoes and 14 million pounds of dinner rolls,” laments the Center for Biological Diversity, a sustainability-focused nonprofit. In addition to the tremendous waste of food and money, this organic refuse also generates methane in our landfills, a contributor of greenhouse gasses. Composting is one approach to reducing this problem.

NASA’s James Webb detects chemistry of an exoplanet’s atmosphere that could help find aliens

NASA’s James Webb detects chemistry of an exoplanet’s atmosphere that could help find aliens

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) could be a significant player in the search for alien life after it successfully revealed the makeup of an exoplanet’s atmosphere in never before seen detail.  JWST’s powerful instruments captured atoms and molecules, along with signs of active chemistry and clouds – features Hubble and Spitzer were unable to detect when they observed the planet and those that hold evidence of signs of life. Astronomers used WASP-39b, a hot Saturn 700 light-years away from Earth, to test the telescope’s capabilities, and the telescope used its infrared capabilities to pick up colors chemical fingerprints that cannot be detected in visible light.

LAND.TECHNIK – International Conference on Agricultural Engineering

LAND.TECHNIK – International Conference on Agricultural Engineering

European agriculture, both crop and animal production, currently faces major challenges such as the need to protect biodiversity, increasing bans or limitations on the use of pesticides, soil quality degradation, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the overarching challenge of climate change. To overcome these challenges, scientific and industrial research and development in agricultural and biosystems engineering, across all areas of agriculture and nutrition, must work together to offer strategic pathways and technological solutions. The AgEng-LAND.TECHNIK 2022 conference, part of both the EurAgEng AgEng and the VDI LAND.TECHNIK conference series, brings together these competences and expertise to provide an arena to connect and drive forward the needed solutions to these global challenges.

Achieving Our Agricultural Climate Targets: Pathways For Success

Achieving Our Agricultural Climate Targets: Pathways For Success

To achieve our climate targets and ensure the long-term sustainability of our sector, agriculture is working towards the development of more climate resilient systems and the reduction of agricultural emissions. Significant transformation is needed and this requires joined up thinking and long-term strategic planning in both research and practice. This Symposium aims to raise awareness, exchange knowledge and provide research- based information on current policy approaches, farm-level initiatives and address the contribution of sustainable diets in food security debates.

PDC Summit 2023

PDC Summit 2023

The 2023 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction March 12-15, Phoenix The PDC Summit brings together thousands working in all disciplines of health care planning, design and construction to learn, network and discover ways to create value for the health care built environment. The field comes together to share their findings, challenges and best practices with the shared goal of advancing safe and trusted health care. Professionals from every stage of their careers can benefit from sessions, networking and solutions. Attend the PDC Summit and get the information you need to elevate your career and team.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions | Elevate Packaging

Sustainable Packaging Solutions | Elevate Packaging

Elevate is the leading authority and industry expert for compostable packaging and labels. Our clients enjoy access to the leading sustainable packaging innovations and developments – allowing them to do better for themselves while helping improve our planet.  Transparency and authenticity are at the core of how we do business.  We can provide valuable advice and direction, or work hand-in-hand with a brand seeking an innovative sustainable solution.  We sincerely hope the facts covered here provide enough information to fully describe our sustainability efforts, both with our product offerings and our company culture. If you have any unanswered questions, though, simply ask us, and we will do our best to provide you with the answers you need.  It is our ultimate goal to be your sustainable packaging company!

LG Chem to build $3 billion Tennessee cathode plant for GM Ultium EV batteries

LG Chem to build $3 billion Tennessee cathode plant for GM Ultium EV batteries

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd said on Tuesday it will invest more than $3 billion to build a battery cathode factory in Tennessee, as it ramps up plans to meet rising demand for U.S. electric vehicle components.
It’s one of the first major EV-related investments announced by a South Korean firm in the United States since a new U.S. law was passed in August that puts automakers and battery suppliers relying heavily on China for sourcing at a cost disadvantage.
Mass production is set to start outside of Clarksville in the second half of 2025 and the plant will create more than 850 jobs, LG Chem said in a statement. The plant is slated to have an annual production capacity of 120,000 tons of cathode materials by 2027, enough to power about 1.2 million electric vehicles, it added.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Pursues Organics-To-Energy Vision 

Wastewater Treatment Facility Pursues Organics-To-Energy Vision 

In Pennsylvania, the Derry Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) has taken a big step on its journey toward energy and nutrient recovery from organic waste at its Clearwater Road Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF). Ongoing upgrades at the five million-gallons-per-day WWTF are part of a $12 million biosolids facility improvements program. These improvements will expand capacity and increase energy efficiency, boosting the plant’s sustainability.  The Derry Township Municipal Authority’s Clearwater Road Wastewater Treatment Facility. (Source: Brown and Caldwell)  Already accepting organic waste from industrial and municipal sources, and with plans to receive future additional waste streams, the DTMA has a long-term vision to recover and reuse resources, reduce landfill waste, and generate alternate revenue sources to lessen the financial burden to customers.

The Energy Transition: Sustainable Marine Powertrains And Alternative Fuels

The Energy Transition: Sustainable Marine Powertrains And Alternative Fuels

For several years at METSTRADE, we have been asking our Sustainability Panels the question: ‘‘How green is green in the leisure marine industry?” The topics we have covered have included disassembly, life cycle assessment, material selection for better recyclability at end-of-life, and the development of clean energy storage and propulsion solutions.  For the 2021 sustainable panel at METSTRADE, we considered the intensifying global pressures on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. For instance, the climate change targets set out by the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and the EU Green Deal. With this in mind, we decided to narrow the focus, by homing-in on the latest innovations aimed at achieving these climate change targets.

PV Windows Cut Emissions for Highly Glazed Buildings up to 40%, Study Finds

PV Windows Cut Emissions for Highly Glazed Buildings up to 40%, Study Finds

Research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found that for highly glazed buildings, like the shimmering skyscrapers of big cities, photovoltaic (PV) windows make a sizable difference in the building’s carbon footprint, reducing energy use and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%.  The study, published in the journal One Earth, outlines how PV windows can be an important component for designing highly glazed buildings that reach net-zero targets. According to the study, about one-third of global energy consumption comes from buildings, showing the need to reduce energy demand and related emissions. But despite the known downsides of highly glazed buildings, like poor energy performance and thermal efficiency, they are still a popular choice in the industry.

How the Philadelphia Flower Show Funds Sustainability

How the Philadelphia Flower Show Funds Sustainability

For more than 190 years, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has delighted attendees with a nine-day celebration of all things floral and gardening. Year after year, this event brings joy to hundreds of thousands of people each winter as they anticipate the newness of spring.  But the Flower Show is more than just a singular event — it serves as the main fundraiser for PHS’s year-round efforts to put trees, gardens, and gardeners to work to help build strong social connections, as well as provide access to fresh food, healthy living environments, and jobs and business opportunities across the Greater Philadelphia region. When you buy a Flower Show ticket, you directly contribute to making a greener, healthier, and more sustainable region that improves health and well-being for everyone.

Earth911 Podcast: Turning Surplus Resources Into Reuse Gold

Earth911 Podcast: Turning Surplus Resources Into Reuse Gold

Garry Cooper Jr., co-founder and CEO of Rheaply joins Mitch Ratcliffe for this episode of the Earth911 podcast. Mitch is the publisher at Earth911.com and the sustainability leader at Metaforce, a global marketing firm. A veteran tech journalist, Mitch is passionate about helping people understand sustainability and the impact of their buying decisions on the planet.
In this episode, the two discuss Rheaply’s vision of “Circularity for every business.” Much of the waste in our world is the result of overstocking and excess inventory in business and government. As much as $600 billion in surplus goods are lying unused in some of the largest organizations in the world, including universities, hospitals, and industries that span the planet, like construction and heavy manufacturing.

Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy – Position paper release

Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy – Position paper release

Enel Foundation is proud to announce the newly-released Position Paper on Circular Design Criteria by the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, an independent organization open to all stakeholders recognizing the urgency of tackling the climate emergency according to the principles of a just transition and the need to promote and embed sustainability and social responsibility in the renewable energy industry. It comprises a wide range of members (from NGOs to industry leaders, from universities to OEMs) sharing the objective of a better future for all. More information about the Global Alliance is available on its official website.

Arnott’s Group and CleanPeak Energy to deliver one of Australia’s largest behind the meter solar and battery installations

Arnott’s Group and CleanPeak Energy to deliver one of Australia’s largest behind the meter solar and battery installations

The Arnott’s Group and CleanPeak Energy, a specialist distributed renewable energy company, have signed an agreement to transition the worldclass Huntingwood manufacturing facility to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2029.
The project, based in Sydney’s western suburbs, is expected to be one of Australia’s largest integrated behind the meter solar and battery installations.
The 44,000sqm manufacturing facility operates 24-hours, seven days a week, running five different automated manufacturing lines, producing around 53 per cent of The Group’s total biscuit volume. The site employs over 400 people and bakes around 56 million kilograms of biscuits annually, including some of Australia’s favourites like Tim Tam, Shapes and Jatz.

The Ideas That Inspire Us

The Ideas That Inspire Us

Harvard Business Review published its first issue 100 years ago with a mission to help leaders put the world’s best management thinking into practice. To mark its centennial, they asked eight current and former CEOs from some of the world’s top companies to describe the ideas that have propelled their own careers and organizations. Two themes emerged: first, the need for constant innovation and out-of-the-box thinking as markets become more dynamic; second, the importance of purpose and a vision that encompasses all stakeholders.

KOPE

KOPE

The Product Platform Rulebook is an open-access guide, developed by the Construction Innovation Hub and industry leaders, for various stakeholders within the supply chain to develop and deploy Product Platforms. The Rulebook aims to enable and promote the adoption of Product Platform approaches by providing guidance, tools, and a common framework for the industry.  The construction industry needs disruption, which the innovators and early adopters have initiated over the last few decades with the adoption of Modern Methods of Construction. But we now need guidance to build confidence in the approach for the majority to follow.  A Product Platform is often referred to as a ‘Kit of Parts’ which is a group of common and repeatable assets that can be configured and combined with interoperable components to deliver a range of distinct projects.

Naviva Is a New Four Seasons Hotel Merging Sustainability and Luxury Hospitality

Naviva Is a New Four Seasons Hotel Merging Sustainability and Luxury Hospitality

If tented living sounds like roughing it, think again. Naviva, a new Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, has redefined the glamping concept, injecting top-of-the-line luxuries into every indoor-outdoor detail. Situated on 48 forested acres, with views of the Pacific Ocean, the 15 biophilic suites defer to the spectacular setting while incorporating upscale amenities like plunge pools and alfresco showers. “All building forms, interior designs, and guest narratives can be tied back to a natural phenomenon found in the surrounding context,” explains Graeme Labe of Luxury Frontiers, a sustainability-focused design studio that specializes in remote hospitality projects.
Read the full article at: www.architecturaldigest.com

India’s road to Net Zero

India’s road to Net Zero

In 2020, PwC India joined PwC network firms in a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. Our net zero commitment is underpinned by a science-based target to reduce our emissions to a 50% absolute reduction of our scope 1 and 2 emissions as well as a 50% absolute reduction in scope 3 business travel greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as compared to our 2019 levels. Our commitment is aligned to a 1.5 degree scenario which is necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
Read the full article at: www.pwc.in

Two-day conference connects students with leadership skills and businesses | Iowa Department of Education

Two-day conference connects students with leadership skills and businesses | Iowa Department of Education

The past two days have been a whirlwind of activity for over 1,000 students, educators and advisers from across the state.  The 2022 United Fall Leadership Conference, themed this year as “Amplify,” convened in Des Moines on Nov. 13-14 to bring together Iowa’s three business career and technical student organizations (CTSO). Held every four years, this conference provided members from Business Professionals of America (BPA), DECA and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) with workshops and panel sessions on leadership, professional skill-building and innovation in business.  CTSOs enhance career and technical education (CTE) programs and provide opportunities for students to apply the skills they have developed in classrooms through conferences, competitions, community services events, worksite visits and other activities. More than just an extracurricular activity, participation in CTSOs help students explore careers paths, develop skills and make connections within their community.

Deloitte BrandVoice: Sensible Cities And 5G: Taking It to the Subsequent Stage –

Deloitte BrandVoice: Sensible Cities And 5G: Taking It to the Subsequent Stage –

Singapore’s deliberate eco-smart metropolis Tengah goals to make use of synthetic intelligence to help good power administration. Fukuoka, Japan, is drawing on sensor knowledge to construct fashions that may assist monitor water use. San Diego, California, makes use of an app to attach, coordinate, and handle service requests. Vienna, Austria’s WienBot, a chatbot that gives solutions to a variety of person questions, repeatedly learns from its “conversations” to seize the general public’s most frequently-asked questions—of explicit significance throughout the COVID pandemic.  These international examples of how good cities are utilizing expertise are ever-growing. However with all this modern software comes the potential for bottle necks that may decelerate operations, diminish the power to scale options, and impede the event of the good metropolis ecosystem.