CMU students earn 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award | Central Michigan University

​Central Sustainability, a Central Michigan University student initiative, has been awarded a 2021 Student Sustainability Leadership Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Central Sustainability is being recognized for their work over the past two years, including developing the 2020 Central Sustainability Campus Survey Report and other data collection efforts, creating the Sustainable Purchasing Policy for CMU, helping to create and lead the CMU Earth Week Conference and several other events, creating educational resources for students and the public, and more.

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Solar-driven hydrogen production from water splitting

For the sustainable development of humanity, future efforts are necessary to develop effective technologies to reduce fossil fuels. Solar-driven hydrogen production from water splitting can be an attractive way to supply clean energy. However, the efficiency of the water splitting is limited by the reaction at the anode. Therefore Qiuhua Liang investigated some promising anode materials that may help improve the efficiency of the water splitting.  The reaction that takes place at the anode is called oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which is often regarded as the main bottleneck in water splitting because it is a so-called four-electron transfer process. The efficiency of the OER relies heavily on the anode material. Qiuhua Liang found some anode materials that may increase the efficiency of the OER.

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Mandatory food recycling to begin in California next year

Starving manatees will soon be fed by hand in Florida, a rare wildfire intervention to save the marine mammals whose natural food is vanishing from the effects of pollution, state officials told Reuters. “Unified Command does have approval to move forward on a limited feeding trial,” said Carly Jones of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in an email to Reuters ahead of a formal announcement later this week. The move, authorized by the federal government, is highly unusual in conservation, which tends to favor leaving wild animals to their own foraging and hunting lest they become dependent on human handouts.

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Meredith Corda: The worker and the queen

Meredith Corda has three tattoos.  The first she got, the one she yearned for from the age of 14, is of a bee. The bee rests on her right wrist, its wings spread to span the length of her palm.  It isn’t the only manifestation of Corda’s affinity for the black-and-yellow insects: She’s dedicated a song to them, as well as an Instagram highlight reel. Since elementary school, she’s interacted more closely with them than most are willing to.  “The bee thing has been very present in my life for as long as I can remember,” Corda said. “I was obsessed with them. Starting in third grade, I used to pick up bees with my bare hands. I’m not kidding, I would literally pick up bees like this,” Corda said as she clasped her hands together, “and walk around to kids on the playground and scare them with the bees.”  Rest assured, bees hold a special place in Corda’s heart beyond their potential for preteen harassment.

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GSA Statement on the President’s Executive Order Catalyzing America’s Clean Energy Economy Through Federal Sustainability

President Biden signed an executive order that demonstrates how the United States government will leverage its scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis. The executive order will reduce emissions across federal operations, invest in American clean energy industries and manufacturing, and create clean, healthy, and resilient communities. The President’s whole-of-government effort will create well-paying jobs, grow industries, and make the country more economically competitive.  “Right now we have a massive opportunity to create millions of clean energy jobs, save taxpayer money through reduced energy costs, and build a more sustainable future for generations of Americans,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “Today’s actions demonstrate how GSA and our federal partners will move forward with a bold vision that meets this moment in history by harnessing the power of American ingenuity and innovation.”

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Protecting components means protecting production — Transmission

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America has been using a packaging technology called RP System to protect its products like auto parts and electronics in Japan for many years.  On this episode of Transmission, Sebastian Blanco talks to Sean Hael, sales and marketing general manager at Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, about this technology and its uses.  The company is working on introducing RP System to production facilities in the U.S., and Hael says there’s no time like a pandemic to make sure limited supplies are protected from moisture and oxygen damage.

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From Source to Sea to Sustainability | environmentacademy.org

Land-based sources of pollution have a major impact on planetary health and on the oceans, evidenced by the development of a Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA). Growing populations, increasingly intensive and large-scale agriculture, and booming urbanization mean a growing amount of wastewater discharge into aquatic ecosystems and nutrient runoff to waterways. Together, these lead to eutrophication, toxic algae blooms, greater incidence of water-borne disease, lowered resilience of ecosystems to environmental change, and harm to species, including humans. Wastewater pollution and nutrient runoff are evident in freshwater and fluvial systems, but in this MOOC we also aim to focus on the impacts and solutions that pertain to coasts and oceans.

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HNB wins two awards at Best Corporate Citizens Sustainability Awards 2021 – Businesscafe

Continuing its trailblazing legacy at the Best Corporate Citizens Sustainability Awards (BCCSA) 2021, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector HNB PLC was presented with two awards in recognition of its outstanding CSR initiatives, which includes the Bank being ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens in Sri Lanka.  “Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, we put sustainability at the heart of our business practices, driving digital experiences exponentially and taking many innovative measures to reduce our carbon footprint.  Working in alignment with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, we contributed towards the revival of businesses by supporting customers who were severely impacted.  Our policies and commitment to these initiatives has ensured financial security and growth for MSMEs across the island. We are honoured by the accolades presented to HNB today and pledge to continue as a partner in progress for the nation,” HNB Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer, Dilshan Rodrigo stated.

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Sustainability Meets Accountability! COP26 Reflections & Role of Technology Leadership in Climate Change

As the headline image showcases above, that’s my overriding perspective fresh from attending COP26 and the Social Innovation Forum, and in many ways we saw Gen Z lighting the way – some incredible youth leadership on show! And this all supported by expanded awareness of key issues, for example levels of E-waste anticipated to double by 2050, a renewed global appreciation of the power of the collective, the rise of conscious consumerism, deepened focus on supply chains, reflection on individual, organizational and brand purpose, and all alongside enhanced technological solutions and convergence too …. the list of catalyst vectors just goes on! Indeed, embedding sustainability considerations by design is now an imperative to business success and competitive advantage, the very definition and actualization of you ‘can do well by doing good’.

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Corporate Sustainability | Flowserve

Flowserve is committed to our purpose of making the world better, together. We will continue to adapt, innovate and deliver for current and future generations by addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas through our sustainability program.  Our sustainability program has three key objectives – valuing our people, protecting the planet and promoting operational excellence. These three objectives serve as our guide as we reduce our environmental footprint and advance technologies that support energy transition, build a safe and inclusive culture for our associates, contribute to our communities, and maintain strong governance practices and drive efficient business processes.

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Crowley commits to ‘bold’ emissions, sustainability targets

Crowley Maritime Corp. is the latest shipper committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.  The Jacksonville, Florida-based company announced it submitted its emissions-reduction targets, which include scope 1 (direct), scope 2 (indirect) and scope 3 (all other) emissions, to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Tuesday.  “On emissions, admittedly this is a bold goal, and we need to ensure our goal and targets are credible. This is why we are submitting our interim targets to reduce emissions through the SBTi, which is the world’s expert on validating companies’ methodologies on emissions targets to include monitoring progress along the way to net-zero,” Alisa Praskovich, vice president of sustainability at Crowley, told FreightWaves.  In October, SBTi released a global standard for setting credible net-zero targets backed by climate science. Crowley is expecting its net-zero target to be approved by SBTi in the next few months.

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Science News Roundup: Japanese billionaire Maezawa blasts off into space; Alien ‘super-Jupiter’ breaks the mold on where planets can exist and more | Science-Environment

The 46-year-old fashion magnate and art collector successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan along with his assistant Yozo Hirano, who will document the journey, as well as Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Medicago’s plant-based vaccine trial shows 75.3% efficacy against Delta variant Canadian drug developer Medicago’s plant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, enhanced by GlaxoSmithKline’s booster, was 75.3% effective against the Delta variant of the virus in a late stage study, the two companies said on Tuesday.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: Appalachian Chapter Of Audubon Society: Hog Island Audubon Camp Scholarship For Students Ages 14-17

The Harrisburg-based Appalachian Chapter of the Audubon Society now accepting applications for a scholarship for students ages 14-17 to Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Maine. The deadline for applications is January 21.  Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine provides an opportunity for enthusiastic young birders to connect with people their own age, learn field identification and explore bird ecology from talented educators on an amazing island.  Primary scholarship consideration will be given to applicants who reside within the Chapters zip codes.

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Convoy partnership adds to CHEP’s long story of sustainability

The sustainability culture at CHEP, a global leader in pallet and container pooling services, was upheld as an aspirational standard for the industry during this week’s episode of Net Zero Carbon. But this culture is baked into CHEP’s history.  “CHEP was founded when the allies left all these pallets for moving equipment during World War II in Australia,” said Tyler Cole, FreightWaves’ director of carbon intelligence. “It started as a way to get rid of waste with all the excess pallets laying around, and through a big global growth expansion and standardization of pallet size and forklift offloading, they’ve been able to scale and get rid of a lot of that waste.”
As the current climate crisis spurs supply chain constituents to join the movement, CHEP has continued its efforts by partnering with Convoy to reduce empty miles. Like many shippers, CHEP was paying for those empty backhauls, but during an initial trial of Convoy’s technology, it was able to reduce empty miles by 50%. Behind that optimization lies cost savings, a more efficient supply chain and emissions reductions. 

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Uncovering Sustainability Outcomes in the Context of AEC Industry Maturity

Sustainability factors are critical to successful project outcomes in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, from exceeding performance requirements to improving cost control. Building design and construction stakeholders are faced with global challenges regarding limited resources and the impact of development on the surrounding environment. This panel will explore where responsibility for sustainability outcomes lies as we experience the convergence of design, engineering, and construction teams in common data environments. We will discuss the state of the industry in terms of solution maturity for advanced building insights on topics such as embodied carbon, resiliency, and materiality. We will also seek to understand key workflows that meet financial project goals while addressing environmental concerns and uncovering sustainability outcomes at the intersection of performance and ethics.

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Regenerative Organic Wine, Cider, Sake

Patagonia Provisions has launched their inaugural collection of 10 fermented drinks including wine, cider, and sake, ranging from a sparkling cider made from a blend of fruits grown on a South Island family farm, to a red wine made from local Nerello Mascalese grapes grown on the Mt. Etna volcano. The vineyards are run using regenerative practices such as inter-row crops, use of animals as pest-control, and natural nutrient sources to avoid soil damage.

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Biden Tax Credit Excludes Most Models of Electric-Bike Brand Serial 1

Serial 1, the electric-bike company started by the US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson in 2018, signals an progression of the bicycle industry’s business model and independent development. However, most of its models would not qualify for a proposed tax credit in President Biden’s infrastructure bill.  Sales of electric cars have received an estimated $10 billion in US tax credits, but electric bikes could finally get some of that assistance from the federal government. Last month, the “Build Back Better” spending bill passed the House and it is now waiting for a decision in the Senate. The 2,000 page bill contains a 30% tax-credit for up to $3,000 spent on a new e-bike, but excludes models that sell for more than $4,000.

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Sustainability in Cloud Providers

n this Research Note, we look at the sustainability and carbon footprint of leading cloud providers to help provide enterprises with the insight they need to make the server decisions that are right for their business.
Introduction
One of the most straightforward ways an enterprise can reduce its carbon footprint is to make use of cloud servers. Larger, centralized operations are often more efficient and, recently, have been prioritizing the lowering of carbon emissions. In determining which cloud provider is the right choice, an enterprise will consider numerous variables, including sustainability. Looking at the track records, future goals, and current actions that providers are taking in climate and sustainability can help an enterprise make the right choice.

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“Central African Forests Forever”: Championing Sustainability Solutions in the Congo Basin

The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest rainforest after the famous Amazon, and a large amount of it is uninterrupted. However, in recent years, human activity has increasingly become a threat to this incredibly diverse ecosystem. From excessive logging to encroachment, governments in the Congo region have realized it is time to form a plan to protect this important forest. In the latest edition of Central African Forests Forever, author Meindert Brouwer takes on these challenges and proposes various ways to deal with them.  The book was presented at the global United Nation’s conference on protecting biodiversity in Kunming, China last month. FSC is featured as one of the means through which the government of Gabon is acting to protect the Congo Basin forest. This includes an interview with Lee White, Minister of Forests of Gabon, about the country’s unprecedented transition to FSC-certfied sustainable forest management in an effort to push back illegal and destructive logging. FSC can be a strong tool for governments to protect forests, and if successful, this example set by Gabon can change forestry in the Congo Basin and worldwide.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: Physicians For Social Responsibility-PA Host Dec. 10 Virtual Conference On Health Hazards Of Oil & Gas Industry In Pennsylvania

Physicians for Social Responsibility in Pennsylvania will host a half-day virtual conference– Cradle to Grave: Health Hazardous Of The Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania– on December 10 from Noon to 4:30 p.m.  The Conference will focus on worker’s often uninformed exposure to chemicals and radioactivity, the exposure to their family, and throughout their community, and beyond.  The speakers will include: Dr. Carl Werntz, Occupational Physician; Wilma Subra, Environmental Scientist; Lee McCaslin, Master Driller; Justin Nobel and Kristen Locy, Investigative Journalists; Dusty Horwitt, PSR consultant and attorney; Paul “Bobby” Manion, Wayne State University/PSR PA Research on Radioactive Emissions. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Pouné Saberi.

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