While the government puts unwanted appliances under the hammer, everyone else has to dispose of equipment via licensed recyclers – this needs to change…
Sharing practical circular economy solutions that are working for business is the focus of next week’s webinar from the Ethical Corporation.
Technology firm Loop Industries has announced that it has completed a multi-year supply agreement with food and beverage firm Danone. As part of the…
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has completed work on a pilot sustainable drainage scheme at Mill Street in Pontypridd – which has introduced green features to help reduce surface water flooding and divert it from traditional drainage systems in heavy rainfall. The pilot, which is fully-funded by Welsh Government, has introduced a tree pit and rain garden to provide an adaptive form of flood alleviation that improves the area’s aesthetics and biodiversity, and is also resilient for the future. The new rain garden is sized at 35m2, and will provide drainage for the surface water run-off from the nearby concreted car park, which is 1,085m2. Prior to the works, water run-off from this area would flow directly into the drainage systems – and it is hoped this will be reduced by up to 50% following the delivery of the pilot scheme.
Join us for support in navigating Bellingham’s upcoming single-use plastics ordinance. Learn best practices and strategies from food industry professionals who have already made the switch. Come with your questions, ideas, and success stories. This virtual event will be recorded for those who can’t make it live, please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you along with any resources mentioned in the event.
MEET THE PANELISTS
Administrative and Sustainability Manager
Melissa Elkins has worked for the Community Food Co-op since 1996 and has been the sustainability manager for the last decade. She works closely with Co-op management to create systems that support the Co-op’s mission, vision, and values.
Since 1970, the Community Food Co-op has provided our local community access to the largest variety of local and organic foods in Whatcom County. The Co-op is dedicated to a continued reduction of single use plastic in their deli and bakery production and maintaining a 90% diversion from the landfill for their internal waste stream.
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.