The TreeZero News June 18-24, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

How to save 60% more CO2 in the fresh supply chain– Reusable containers for fruit and vegetables result in no less than 60% lower CO2 emissions than cardboard packaging. https://bit.ly/2ynoNbG

10 Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home – According to This is Money, it is possible to cut between more than $100 and $250 a year off fuel bills without losing warmth or comfort – simply by using energy efficiently and effectively.  https://bit.ly/2Kd0jn3

Hytch Makes Carpooling Pay in Tennessee – Hytch pays people to carpool. Since launching in February of this year, the company has logged an impressive 2 million miles of shared rides in the state of Tennessee and signed up more than 6,000 participants. Hytch initially launched with Nissan as a sponsor. Nissan and their staffing agency signed up to offer anyone in the state of Tennessee a penny a mile if they teamed up with someone for a ride. They offer five cents a mile during certain commute hours. https://bit.ly/2IohhNu

Biz Group Vows $1T Renewables Investment in 12 Years – Nonprofit group, The American Council on Renewable Energy, or ACORE, includes Amazon, BlackRock, Deloitte, Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, NRG Energy, Consolidated Edison, Salt River Project, Wells Fargo, universities and advocacy and research organizations, among more than 100 members. https://bit.ly/2K2SIvr

This Florida Utility Has Become a Global Leader in Renewables Investment – NextEra’s recent success demolishes claims that the switch to renewables can lead to a cleaner environment at the cost of higher electric bills. The company says that its principal subsidiary, Florida Light & Power, bills its air conditioning-hungry customers 25 percent lessthan the national utility bill average – and has the lowest bills overall in the Sunshine State.  https://bit.ly/2InjbhC

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years. https://bit.ly/2tfiPUo

Looking to the long term, UPS boosts fleet with CNG trucks – UPS announced it’s investing $130 million in five new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and 730 CNG vehicles, a move that will help reduce CO2 emissions and boost the company’s renewable natural gas use. https://bit.ly/2tpisqy

Climate Change to Become ‘Greatest Pressure on Biodiversity’ by 2070 https://bit.ly/2toNij7

 

DEFORESTATION

DNA Database to thwart Deforestation – Project is a collaboration between the Norwegian government and the United States Forest Service’s international program. Initially, the project will focus on building a database for the bigleaf maple tree on the west coast. While the experts are gathered to create the DNA Database, it relies on volunteers and citizen scientists as well. And the best part is, you can also help gather samples for DNA testing. All you have to do is complete an online training course on how to collect samples and pass the test. https://bit.ly/2MUhiMP

Deforestation for fashion: The cost of rayon – According to TextileWorld, 5.2 million tons of rayon and related cellulose-based fabrics were produced in 2015.   Patagonia explains that the chemical processing is a concern: “The solvent used for this process is carbon disulfide, a toxic chemical that is a known human reproductive hazard. It can endanger factory workers and pollute the environment via air emissions and wastewater. The recovery of this solvent in most viscose factories is around 50%, which means that the other half goes into the environment.” According to non-profit Rainforest Action Network’s Out of Fashion campaign, 120 million trees are cut down annually to make our clothes.   https://bit.ly/2MQ3kvr

Plant trees in refugee camps to stop forest loss and conflict, U.N. says – https://reut.rs/2togQ1f

Of forests and floods: Devastatingly high water raises clear-cut questions https://bit.ly/2I2T6Eo

Certification ‘making no difference’ to supply chain labour abuses – https://bit.ly/2JPjwPu

A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees – After a three-year restoration project, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park has reopened, with less asphalt and more concern for the health of the trees. https://nyti.ms/2JLvolr

Opinion – We Need to Talk About How Logging in the Southern U.S. is Harming Local Residents – Deforestation in the American South is four times that of South America’s rainforests — and it’s disproportionately hurting low-income people and people of color. https://bit.ly/2wwH1qf

 

RECYCLING

EACH 2018 NIKE NATIONAL TEAM KIT IS MADE WITH AT LEAST 12 RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES – For both Nike’s Fast Fit Vaporknit kits (worn by BrasilCroatiaEnglandNigeriaPoland and Portugal) and Nike’s Match jerseys (worn by AustraliaSaudi Arabia and South Korea), the process involves melting down 12 or 18 recycled plastic drinking bottles, respectively, to produce a fine yarn. See picture below. https://news.nike.com/news/sustainability-football-kits

UK Recycle Now Campaign 2018-19 – Included in this collection is a host of adaptable campaign assets which have been designed for partners to start using from Recycle Week onwards. Recycle Week 2018- 24 September to 30 September 2018  https://bit.ly/2hiBZGR

 Video – Turning beer and food waste into electricity  https://bit.ly/2tsbAsx

 UK to have nationwide food waste collections – https://bit.ly/2tB8jaz

 U of W student starts organic waste pickup service – https://bit.ly/2KdNf0N

 Dr. Gupta: After all my years of reporting, this haunts me – I promise you that our children and grandchildren will rightly hold us accountable for this tragic misuse of food that has led to a plundering of our land, an accumulation of greenhouse gases and the loss of precious water used to grow and produce that wasted food.  https://cnn.it/2tr4EMp

Investors Demand Nestle, Pepsi and Others Cut Plastic Use – https://bloom.bg/2tkQpt2

Video – It’s not you. Date labels on food make no sense. Food labels don’t mean what you think they mean. https://bit.ly/2KbC1tx

 ShareWaste is an app that uses a digital map to connect individuals with food scraps to nearby neighbors who have a compost system like a heap or a bin. HTTPS://BIT.LY/2K2KN12

New Study Finds Recycling Bags Better than Carts at Reducing Contamination and Program Costs – York University study, “Thinking Beyond the Box” https://bit.ly/2tzB9YH

New technology to reduce food waste at grocery retailers – Apeel Sciences has developed a coating, made from leftover plant skins and stems, that it claims could more than double the shelf life of the fruit.  https://bit.ly/2ly9vb4

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

 Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’ –  https://bit.ly/2MR2bUc

 USAID and Coca-Cola work with Ohio State’s Global Water Institute to improve water access in Tanzania.   https://bit.ly/2MPGMuA

 This Tech Makes It Easy To Conserve Water In Your Home – Lōtik created a high tech water monitoring solution that acts like a Fitbit for water pipes. The device collects useful details like flow patterns which can help pinpoint problems like disastrous water damage lurking behind seemingly innocent walls.   https://bit.ly/2yBitO4

Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low – A government report released on Thursday said that India was experiencing the worst water crisis in its history, threatening millions of lives and livelihoods. Some 600 million Indians, about half the population, face high to extreme water scarcity conditions, with about 200,000 dying every year from inadequate access to safe water, according to the report. By 2030, it said, the country’s demand for water is likely to be twice the available supply. https://nyti.ms/2liNb50

 How to Extract Clean Water from the Ground: We’re No Longer Stumped! – In an article in Advanced Sustainable Systems, Professor Liangbing Hu and co-workers from the University of Maryland, USA, develop carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a means to efficiently extract ground water via the roots of tree stumps by means of vaporizing the water under sunlight. https://bit.ly/2HXPovC

 Why Bogotá Should Worry About Its Water – Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called páramosfor its water. The tropical plants and moss in the páramo act like a sponge, trapping moisture from the foggy air, storing it in the soil during the dry season, and releasing it gradually. HTTPS://BIT.LY/2JZB4SE

National temperature and precipitation maps are available from February 2001 to May 2018. https://bit.ly/2tlnBzJ

 

SUSTAINABILITY

CBS Documentary – Expedition Antarctica – A father and son journey to save the planet – Robert and Barney Swan.  https://www.cbsnews.com/video/expedition-antarctica/

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Momentum High Among Asset Owners – For more information, please see Sustainable Signals: Asset Owners Embrace Sustainability and reporthttps://bit.ly/2JXGZKr

 Harvard Business Review – How Marketers Can Connect Profit and Purpose – https://bit.ly/2tjpjBF

 Asics plans to cut 55% of its supply chain carbon emissions –  https://bit.ly/2I0WHm1

 Soil Health Educational Resources Now Online –  https://bit.ly/2MdkP7I

Corporate Knights seeks nominations for 4th annual Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders list – Accepting nominations until Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  http://www.corporateknights.com/us/30under30/

 Mars leads call for advertisers to donate percentage of ad spend to conservation projects – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s ‘The Lion’s Share’ fund was set up with the ambition of raising $100m a year within three years, with the money being invested in a range of wildlife conservation and animal welfare programs. “Animals are in 20% of all advertisements we see. Yet, they do not always receive the support they deserve. Until now,” said the fund’s special ambassador Sir David Attenborough. https://bit.ly/2KdM01v

 Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient – HTTPS://PEWRSR.CH/2ICQOOQ

 Hermes launches carbon ESG tool – The $60 billion global manager will launch a tool to calculate a fund’s carbon performance and carbon risk as a part of its ESG toolkit to help fund managers make better decisions about investments.   https://bit.ly/2IkmjuF

 Honey Bees Swarm to Cox Campus – Bee Downtown partners with businesses in cities to collaboratively rebuild healthy honey bee populations by installing and maintaining honey bee hives on corporate campuses. In June, Bee Downtown delivered and installed four honey bee hives to Cox’s Atlanta campus. https://bit.ly/2IiQCBV

 Measurabl, Green Sports Alliance Announce Partnership to Elevate Sustainability in Sports Culture – Measurabl is creating a first of its kind sustainability benchmark that accurately compares sports stadiums around the world, allowing them to evaluate individual performance relative to their peers. https://www.greenbuildermedia.com/green-builder-magazine-may-june-2018

Investors Are Right to Consider ESG Risks, Says New Report By Corporate Governance Association – https://bit.ly/2K651qH

 Sustainability Career Report – CSR/Sustainability Jobs Embedded in all Departments – Recent research identified that 87% of CSR/Sustainability professionals are embedded throughout different departments with multiple portfolios. https://bit.ly/2MgzaQP

TreeZero News June 11-17, 2018

SUSTAINABILITY

Ossabaw Preserve celebrates wild status after 40 years – The development of nearby Hilton Head Island in the 1960s alerted many in Georgia to the prospect of intensive development on barrier islands. It motivated the state to acquire land on barrier islands. And it motivated Ossabaw’s Eleanor Torrey “Sandy” West, whose parents had bought the island for $150,000 in the 1920s, to figure out a way to keep it protected despite a mounting tax burden. West and her family sold the island to the state for $8 million, half its assessed value, with the additional guarantee Ossabaw would be a heritage preserve used only for “natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education and environmentally sound preservation, conservation and management of the island’s ecosystem.” Philanthropist and longtime president of Coca-Cola, Robert Woodruff, donated $4 million toward the purchase and the state provided the rest. West, who was 65 at the time of the sale, remained on a 23-acre life estate on the island until 2016 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Savannah where she celebrated her 105th birthday in January. Her life estate ownership remains in place.  https://bit.ly/2HTlbOl

Nation’s first credit union that promotes clean energy adoption now open –  Clean Energy Credit Union   (CECU) today announced that it has officially launched and is now taking savings account deposits and making clean energy loans.    https://bit.ly/2l862Qf

Dear Future: Coca-Cola Co. USA Calls on Young Adults for Change – Making Ideas to Renew Local Communities – Through Oct. 15, 18 to 24-year-olds across the U.S. can submit ideas to tackle community-specific challenges at  coke.com/dearfuturecommunity . $30,000 grants to 17 change-making ideas. Video: https://bit.ly/2HVgKTb   https://bit.ly/2HDn6WV

50-State Food System Scorecard – Ranking the states on farm and food health. https://bit.ly/2y7lGEV

BlackRock, Wells Fargo Eye ESG Funds For 401(k)s –  https://bit.ly/2l9dKJW

Impact investments made by more than 70% of millennials and Gen Xers  –  https://bit.ly/2sUvI79

Video: Salesforce, Intel Part of a New Goldman Sachs Backed Impact ETF –  https://bit.ly/2JOQ9J3

How Bidets are Saving the Planet, One Spray at a Time – The toilet paper industry is responsible for the destruction of  27,000 trees per day , or a staggering 15 million trees per year. The toilet paper production process results in 15 percent of deforestation. There’s also water waste to the tune of  37 gallons  just by flushing a single roll of toilet paper, whereas a bidet uses only one pint.  TUSHY  is a stylish, modern bidet attachment that works with your existing toilet and it’s taking butt hygiene to a whole new level. https://bit.ly/2JGSyts

Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry –  Through new materials startup  Circular Systems , which converts natural waste fibers into usable materials, Isaac Nichelson wants to set the fashion industry on a new path toward more sustainable production and sourcing. https://bit.ly/2JOKJOr

Your Small Business Needs a Corporate Social Responsibility Report – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)  offers introductory guidelines  on SME sustainability reporting.  https://bit.ly/2sZxlR2

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between more than 70 innovative Queensland cane growers, Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The project aims to support sugarcane growers and promote groundbreaking farm practices that improve water quality from sugarcane farms impacting the Great Barrier Reef.    https://bit.ly/2JXsOZ3

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Exclusive: Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow growth – UN draft –  “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” according to the report, Temperatures are already up about 1°C (1.8°F) and are rising at a rate of about 0.2°C a decade, according to the draft, requested by world leaders as part of the Paris Agreement.  https://reut.rs/2sUkxeS

The European Union has agreed a 32% target for renewable energy after earlier talks on energy efficiency failed to find an agreement. –   https://bit.ly/2l7ojwX

Video Can Kenya sustain its charcoal consumption? – The high demand for charcoal in Kenya is leading to major issues like deforestation, and now companies are finding ways to use it sustainably. –  https://cnn.it/2MqK9rC

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble –  Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.    https://wapo.st/2l5P8By

How to save Antarctica (and the rest of Earth too) – Under the worst-case scenario of high greenhouse gas emissions and low or ineffective regulations, the global air temperature would rise nearly 5C above 1850 levels. Antarctica would contribute more than 25 cm to a total global sea level rise of more than a metre.  This could lead eventually to the collapse of the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and around 3.5 m of  sea level rise .   https://bit.ly/2JFkJsz

The #IceBoxChallenge  is a contest and an experiment to demonstrate how a home can be super energy efficient AND comfortable.  https://bit.ly/2JpTu58

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds –   https://bit.ly/2y20r7b

Millions of Florida Homeowners Owners Can Access HERO Program to pay for energy efficiency and wind resistant upgrades overtime – www.renovateamerica.com/financing/hero/communities .

What Is A Cool Roof? A Pro Explains This Affordable, Energy Efficient System – DOE Video –   https://bit.ly/2LHIuwH

This concrete can trap CO2 emissions forever –  Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world’s second largest industrial source of carbon dioxide. Canadian startup  CarbonCure’s system  takes captured CO2 and injects it into concrete as it’s being mixed. Once the concrete hardens, that carbon is sequestered forever. Even if the building is torn down, the carbon stays put. That’s because it reacts with the concrete and becomes a mineral.   https://cnnmon.ie/2t4bWFn

Students from Columbia University Place First in Net Impact’s Inaugural “Drawdown INNOVATE” Challenge Sponsored by Interface – https://bit.ly/2HPvAdP

All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers – https://bit.ly/2HHudOf

In Argentina,  Coca-Cola FEMSA will become the first company to use 100 percent renewable energy –   https://on.nrdc.org/2JVysrg

Scientists find affordable way to recapture CO2 and burn it –  https://bit.ly/2MxPfT2

 

DEFORESTATION

3D View of Amazon Forests Captures Effects of El Nino Drought  –  https://bit.ly/2HHPIhX

Amazon deforestation surges in Colombia, report says –  https://bit.ly/2ldtziI

England ‘highly likely’ to be suffering from deforestation, campaigners warn https://ind.pn/2JUaDUc

RECYCLING

Chinese company also wants to restart Newberg paper mill – The Atlanta-based owner of Newberg’s shuttered paper mill now says it’s open to “all options” for selling the mill, after the Portland Tribune published a story documenting the company’s efforts to assure the mill’s papermaking machinery is turned into scrap metal so it can’t be reused to make pulp or paper.    htts://bit.ly/2JQPR7Y

American Express is creating credit cards made from plastic found in the oceans –  https://bit.ly/2JEgahu

 Spokane businesses are saving thousands by recycling, thanks to this local company’s help  –  Erik Makinson, founder of Resource Synergy, will literally dive through your dumpster to help you find out just how much money you’re wasting. “What I’ve found is unless four components exist, a program won’t go forward: those are time, knowledge, capital and motivation.   https://bit.ly/2t9I4Yn

 Hello, Recommerce: The North Face Launches Used Clothing Line – https://bit.ly/2JD79C7

 NBA’S HAWKS OFFER SUSTAINABILITY LESSON – The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks partnered with Atlanta’s Rubicon Global, to spend five days pulling out seats and then recycling as much as possible, diverting the seats from a landfill and saving 265 tons of carbon emissions in the process.  “Our partnership with the Hawks and Philips Arena is a great example of a sustainable renovation on a large scale,” said David Rachelson, vice president of sustainability for Rubicon.   https://bit.ly/2sNH9NU

 Stop Junk Mail For Good –  https://www.catalogchoice.org

CNN Money Video Interview with James Quincey, President & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company – How big brands are trying to pull off a recycling revolution.   https://cnnmon.ie/2JD0M1u

 Podcast: Sancroft consultant, Ross Lakhdari, is joined by Lord Deben and Alison Hampton to discuss the evolving narrative around plastics from an investor’s perspective. https://bit.ly/2HLw5pc

 US, Japan abstain from Ocean Plastics Charter, reactions vary – https://bit.ly/2t2X5Ly

 British retailer Tesco  has announced  that it will sell ‘green’ lemons to help customers facing a UK shortage, and to cut down on food waste.   https://bit.ly/2JPR0MQ

 PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally Program Challenges Schools to Reduce Waste, Increase Recycling –  https://bit.ly/2lbjXFe

 How recycling more steel and aluminum could slash imports without a trade war –  https://bit.ly/2lgXsi6

 Wishful recycling turns wasteful: Athens-Clarke County warns of recycling contaminants – The recycling plant takes in about 80 tons of materials each day, Joe Dunlop , waste reduction administrator for the ACC Recycling Division said. About 17 percent of those materials are not recycled and are sent to the landfill because of contamination.     https://bit.ly/2ycsIrH

 McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws – McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September. https://bbc.in/2MtFwgz

 Burger King has announced that it will roll out compostable straws in its UK restaurants this year as it works to make all its packaging recyclable, biodegradable or compostable by 2025.      https://bit.ly/2HLRYVt

 SeaWorld getting rid of plastic straws, plastic bags at all US parks – https://fxn.ws/2LMvTsd

 How to Rinse Your Recyclables Without Wasting Water   https://bit.ly/2l4TpW1

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

 IS AUSTRALIA’S DROUGHT CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE?    https://bit.ly/2HHQag9

Coral reefs save humans billions of dollars every year –   https://bit.ly/2yiVWpd

 Sushi Served with a Secret Ingredient: Microplastic – the remnants of plastic bags, takeout containers and straws that almost-but-not-quite disintegrate in the oceans — are found in 3 out of 4 fish, such as squid, cuttlefish and swordfish in markets around the world, say the authors of a February study.   https://bit.ly/2MpJved

NEW ONLINE PORTAL FOR FLOOD AND DROUGHT MANAGEMENT NOW LIVE – http://www.flooddroughtmonitor.com/home

 

#WorldEnvironmentDay2018

While today, June 5th, is officially World Environment Day, for so many of you, World Environment Day happens each and every day.  Your friends at TreeZero want to give a heartfelt thank you to all those individuals who have made stewardship of the environment their mission.  It is due to your dedication, vision, inspiration and leadership that we are so optimistic about the future.

More and more organizations are measuring their impact and setting science based, public, timebound goals to increase recycling; eliminate threats of deforestation from supply chains; and reducing carbon footprints.

Designers are adopting circular economic principles that mimic nature.  Where no waste is created; and products and services provide community, environmental and economic value.

Innovation and technological advances are making renewable energy not only competitive with fossil fuels, but in many cases, superior in service and cost.

Purchasing agents are creating demand for efficient, sustainable products and services by incorporating the full lifecycle costs of the goods and services we use and purchase.

Marketers are investigating the entire supply chains of their products from raw material extraction to final disposal and embedding sustainability into their brand value architecture.

Employees are volunteering to protect watersheds, pick-up litter and prevent pollution.

Consumers are demanding companies and brands provide increased levels of transparency, take greater responsibility for reducing impacts and provide solutions to any leftover pollution.

Individual, institutional and corporate investors are using social, environmental and governance commitments and performance as primary criteria for investing trillions of dollars annually.

Each of us has responsibility in our personal and professional lives to strive to leave the earth a better place than when we arrived.   We can all, and must, do more.

Please accept our thanks and gratitude for your vision for environmental excellence, your servant leadership and partnership with the environment.

 

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