California lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have made the state the first to partially phase out single-use plastic packaging and foodware. The two bills, Senate Bill 54 and legislation Assembly Bill 1080, sought to slow the production of virgin plastics through requiring…
The Port of Seattle Commission hosted a study session today to review progress implementing the Port’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) strategic plan and significant investments of the private sector in SAF production and use in Washington. The study session occurs just days after the Washington state legislature approved policy creating a low carbon fuel standard. The policy to lower carbon emissions from fuel now goes to Washington state Governor Jay Inslee for his signature.
Envisioning a future with healthy & thriving resource systems for all What We’re Doing Put our heads together GW is one of a handful of organizations exploring how an institution can enhance ecosystem services. This is a rich opportunity to bring together the resources on campus, the energy and dedication of our students, the ingenuity of faculty researchers and the expertise of staff to use the platform a university provides for sharing insights and increasing the impact on and off campus.
Over the past few years, the term “climate risk” has risen to the fore, taking up residency inside the world’s biggest banks and investors. Today, it is part of many companies’ toolkit as they seek to understand the impacts of climate change on their business and society. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — the folks who organize the annual COP events — defines “climate-related risks” as those: …created by a range of hazards. Some are slow in their onset (such as changes in temperature and precipitation leading to droughts, or agricultural losses), while others happen more suddenly (such as tropical storms and floods). It’s time to update that definition to include sudden, dramatic swings among judges and juries.
Ruminant production systems have been facing the sustainability challenge, namely, how to maintain or even increase production while reducing their environmental footprint, and improving social acceptability. One currently discussed option is to encourage farmers to follow agroecological principles, that is, to take advantage of ecological processes to reduce inputs and farm wastes, while preserving natural resources, and using this diversity to increase system resilience. However, these principles need to be made more practical. Here, we present the procedure undertaken for the collaborative construction of an agroecological diagnostic grid for dairy systems with a focus on the mountain farming relying on the use of semi-natural grasslands.
The world is slowly getting greener. Electric cars are on the uptake, solar panels are becoming the norm, and wind power has taken off (becoming 10% of UK renewable energy source). When it comes to being conscious about our clothes, there seems to be a sense of sustainability. Which leads to the question, what constitutes an item of sustainable clothing? Who is trying to recycle?