The TreeZero News October 8-14, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn – Governments around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change. The report issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach “net zero” around 2050 in order to keep the warming around 1.5 degrees C.  https://cnn.it/2C4SVsS

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift – The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.  The $2.4 trillion needed annually through 2035 is also an almost sevenfold increase from the $333.5 billion Bloomberg NEF estimated was invested in renewable energy last year.  https://bloom.bg/2y6ZTuz

Half a Degree of Global Warming Is a Big Deal – The Earth has already warmed 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 19th century. Half a degree may not sound like much. Half a degree may mean the difference between a world with coral reefs and Arctic summer sea ice and a world without them.  https://nyti.ms/2RyQYtU

“Time’s up” – diesel bans must take effect in Berlin, rules German Judge – Berlin’s administrative court has ruled that the German capital must restrict the movement of diesel vehicles in the city to bring dangerous air pollution down and protect residents’ health.  Bans on diesel vehicles up to and including the Euro 5 standard must be active in Berlin by the end of March 2019. https://bit.ly/2Ef4MHr

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming? Scientists have been making projections of future global warming using climate models of increasing complexity for the past four decades.  These models, driven by atmospheric physics and biogeochemistry, play an important role in our understanding of the Earth’s climate and how it will likely change in the future.  Carbon Brief has collected prominent climate model projections since 1973 to see how well they project both past and future global temperatures, as shown in an animation.   https://bit.ly/2yy0pRx

CARB awards BNSF Railway $22.6M for clean technology pilot program; battery-electric locomotive  BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District were preliminarily awarded a $22.6 million Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facilities grant from the California Air Resource Board to pilot several emissions reducing technologies in and around railyards. BNSF will collaborate with various industry partners to test the feasibility of these technologies. BNSF will partner with GE Transportation on a battery-electric locomotive that will be paired with diesel locomotives to power a freight train traveling from Stockton to Barstow. https://bit.ly/2PwiTcj

Worldwide training in CO2 refrigeration – As retailers look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, CO₂refrigeration systems are rapidly emerging as alternatives to traditional HFCs. That’s why Danfoss launched the Mobile CO₂Training Unit in September 2016 to provide accessible knowledge and training to thousands of installers, service technicians and OEM engineers worldwide.We are thrilled to bring the Mobile CO₂Training Unit back to the United States for you to learn how to take advantage of the full potential of this natural refrigerant.  Trainings in Dallas take place Oct 22-Nov 1; in Atlanta Nov. 13-29.  https://bit.ly/2NkCAGf

Report: Audi e-tron GT electric sport coupe will fast-charge in 12 minutes – Although that model isn’t likely to be produced until 2020, at the earliest, it’s shaping up to be one of several game-changing vehicles in terms of charging time—because, as the company recently disclosed exclusively to Autocar, it will be able to take full advantage of 350-kw DC charging hardware and charge to 80 percent in just 12 minutes.  https://bit.ly/2NEUiQR

Nobel Memorial Prize In Economics awarded for research “about innovation, climate and economic growth.”  Yale University’s William Nordhaus was named for integrating climate change into long-term macroeconomic analysis and New York University’s Paul Romer was awarded for factoring technological innovation into macroeconomics.  They will share the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize, announced Monday.  https://bit.ly/2C3VviL

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a statement calling for a “step change” in investments, claiming that renewables are now often, the cheapest source of energy, due to significant cost reductions. https://bit.ly/2QHuPbG

E.P.A. to Disband a Key Scientific Review Panel on Air Pollution – The 20-person Particulate Matter Review Panel, made up of experts in microscopic airborne pollutants known to cause respiratory disease, is responsible for helping the agency decide what levels of pollutants are safe to breathe. Agency officials declined to say why the E.P.A. intends to stop convening the panel next year, particularly as the agency considers whether to revise air quality standards.  https://nyti.ms/2CgUMuo

General Motors will soon use wind power to build pickups and SUVs – GM wants to power all its global facilities with 100-percent renewable energy by 2050. https://bit.ly/2yvwUQd

 

RECYCLING

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) in Atlanta – Is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health buy encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems.  http://livethrive.org/charm/

BIR launches Global Recycling Foundation to champion worldwide initiatives – The Foundation will use funds from donors and partners across the globe to foster promotional and educational campaigns which highlight the vital role of recycling in creating a sustainable future for the planet. Donations may be eligible for tax benefits and donors will be able to build their involvement into their Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. https://bit.ly/2QDf6dD

A recent study points to three key strategies for getting people to participatein recycling programs – The most effective strategy for enhancing municipal recycling rates was having a pay-as-you-throw trash (PAYT) program within a community. With PAYT, residents pay a fee either per trash bag or per bin of waste disposed, but are not typically charged for recycled materials. In our study, communities implementing PAYT demonstrated an average of 8 percent greater rates of municipal recycling compared to municipalities without PAYT. https://bit.ly/2y4eI0M

Call to action as Australian recycling rates ‘stagnate’ – The Australian Council of Recycling is calling for an increase in landfill levies, a $1.5 billion investment into recycling in Australia and lower taxes for products with recycled materials, in a 10-point plan aimed at “rebooting” domestic recycling. The federal government is poised to announce six national targets – including the diversion of 80 per cent of waste from landfill by 2030 – to tackle the crisis precipitated by China’s import restrictions on recyclables. https://bit.ly/2RCgXk3

How this 32-year-old makes 6 figures selling other people’s stuff on Amazon and eBay – Mark Meyer buys abandoned stuff, estimates his business spends roughly $5,000 buying inventory every month — mostly through police auctions, liquidations and abandoned storage sales — that he’s able to turn around for nearly $15,000 on average per month.  https://cnb.cx/2pV5lfA

P&G joins Circular Economy 100 to accelerate closed-loop transition – Procter & Gamble (P&G) is among four new corporate members of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions. P&G has pledged to ensure all packaging is 100% recyclable or reusable by 2030.  https://bit.ly/2Oi8Jzz

PepsiCo agrees sustainable packaging supply deal with Loop – PepsiCo has signed a multi-year supply agreement with sustainable packaging producer Loop Industries, and PepsiCo says it will begin incorporating Loop’s plastic into its product packaging by early 2020. Loop’s PET plastic is made from 100% recycled materials, and the company’s technology allows it to convert no- and low-value plastics into virgin-quality PET plastic, allowing plastic bottles and packaging of any colour, transparency or condition to be converted into food grade packaging which meets FDA requirements. https://bit.ly/2ONGUP8

PepsiCo Recycling Offers Sustainability Funding to Colleges and Universities – Through the Zero Impact Fund, schools can submit ideas to accomplish their environmental, economic and social goals, with winning applications receiving up to $10,000 each from PepsiCo Recycling. In its first two years, the Zero Impact Fund received applications from more than 100 different campuses and awarded grants to 27 schools. For the 2018-2019 school year, colleges and universities interested in submitting project proposals for the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund should complete an application at PepsiCoRecycling.com on or before December 21, 2018. Schools selected to receive funding will be notified in February 2019. https://bit.ly/2yCFop1

Nestlé Australia Adds New Recycling Labels To Locally-Made Products – Nestlé Australia has committed to adding the Australasian Recycling Label to all locally made products by 2020. The new labels from the Australian environmental organization Planet Ark aim to help businesses in Australia and New Zealand reduce consumer confusion about recycling. Planet Ark says that the Australasian Recycling Label is an evidence-based system that provides easy-to-understand recycling information. Each label indicates if the packaging can be placed in curbside recycling, is conditionally recyclable, or is not recyclable. For conditional recycling, the label shows instructions.  https://bit.ly/2pK2tlo

Solve recycling chaos in the UK with traffic light labels on supermarket packaging, Government told – traffic light system should be introduced on food and household goods packaging to end recycling chaos, the Government has been told by the recycling industry. Under plans being considered by Ministers, manufacturers would be forced to carry red, yellow and green symbols on packs to show consumers whether or not they can be recycled. Alongside traffic light colours they would also carry numbers, which could be cross checked with a recycling key provided by local councils. It comes ahead of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Resources and Waste Strategy which is due to be published over the coming weeks.  https://bit.ly/2ypI8pH

In Search of the Plastic Holy Grail– Procter & Gamble is actively engaged in the task of driving up recycling of the 15 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste the EU produces annually – only 30 per cent of which is currently recycled. At the Sustainable Packaging Summit at Gothenburg’s Scanpack on 23 October P&G’s principal scientist – packaging R&D, Gian De Belder, will introduce the pioneering ‘Holy Grail’ project, which is developing an industry-wide programme for tracer and watermark technology.  https://bit.ly/2PnW9LP

Oregon State University Students to Sort Trash and Recycling– Two dozen students from an Oregon State University sustainability assessment class will sort through garbage from across campus on Oct. 12 as part of the second annual waste audit. The students will be divided into six teams and will sort and weigh waste from different areas of campus, including residence halls, academic buildings and dining centers. Trash and recycling will be sorted, weighed and documented, and all eligible items will then be recycled.  This audit will also raise awareness about how to effectively and correctly recycle on campus. The kinds of items accepted in recycling bins on campus has recently changed, meaning that some items previously accepted are no longer recyclable. These changes were instituted to meet requirements of Oregon State’s haulers and regional recycling markets. Everyone is affected by these changes, so staying up-to-date on which items are recyclable is integral to becoming a more sustainable university.  https://bit.ly/2IKNOPH

 

DEFORESTATION

Reducing Emissions From Deforestation And Forest Degradation (REDD) Plus Strategy To Be Implemented Across Pakistan– https://bit.ly/2yaj8Di

Biodiverse forests store double the carbon of monoculture forests – Not all tree stands are created equal. Forests rich in species diversity store twice as much carbon as monoculture forests, according to new analysis by climate scientists in Germany, Switzerland and China. To better understand the carbon cycle, researchers planted a variety of tree stands in China in 2009. The experimental forests included stands of a single tree species, as well as more diverse plots. The most diverse stands featured 16 species spread across an area of 7,000 square feet. After almost a decade of maturation, scientists measured the carbon absorption and storage abilities of the different tree stands. The miniature forest with the most diverse mix of trees stored twice as much carbon as the least diverse, the stand with only a single species. When forests take-up more carbon, it is a sign of greater productivity and health. A diversity of tree species provide food and shelter for a wider variety of animals.  https://bit.ly/2A3Nd98

Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests? There are two main data sources for tree loss, and they are increasingly contradictory. One, the Global Forest Watch (GFW), is compiled from satellite images by the World Resources Institute, a Washington think tank. It paints a gloomy picture, putting the decline in tree cover last year at 72.6 million acres, almost 50 percent more than in 2015. That analysis is supported by on-the-ground observations, especially in Southeast Asia, where forest continues to be converted to oil palm.  The other main source for deforestation data, the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), which is compiled from government inventories by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is less bleak. It estimates the annual net loss, once forest regrowth is taken into account, at barely a tenth as much: just 8.2 million acres. And it says deforestation rates have declined by more than 50 percent in the past decade.  https://bit.ly/2RI1grB

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling – A new large-scale hydroeconomic model, developed by the Water Program at IIASA, will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and agricultural sectors.  https://bit.ly/2yFT82l

How Accumulated Fertilizers Cause Water Problems Decades Later – Fertilizer can ​accumulate over ​time, causing ​environmental ​damage several ​decades later. ​ In a new study,​ scientists ​quantified the ​maximum amount ​of nutrients ​land can hold ​before ​fertilizers ​overflow into ​downriver ​ecosystems. ​Their analysis ​suggests an ​average square ​mile of land ​can hold 1,800 ​pounds of ​phosphorus — 2.​1 metric tons ​per square ​kilometer. ​”Beyond this, ​further ​phosphorus ​inputs to ​watersheds ​cause a ​significant ​acceleration of ​phosphorus loss ​in runoff,” ​researchers ​wrote in their ​paper, ​published this ​week in the ​journal Nature ​Geoscience. ​ https://bit.ly/2yeBD9R

How Does Drought Impact CO2 Levels? – A new study from researchers at the ETH Zurich university in Switzerland have found that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere increases during periods of excessive dryness caused by drought. This is because plants tend to conserve water and tissue by breathing less when the climate is drier and hotter, meaning that they absorb less carbon from the environment. Indeed, the results of the study show that water scarcity caused by droughts has such a large impact on the ability of plants to absorb carbon that the phenomenon must be factored in to future projections of climatic behaviour, and indicate that state-of-the-art air quality monitoring networks should not be the sole point of call when it comes to quantifying carbon in the air.  https://bit.ly/2OKFMvH

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Patagonia – The Footprint Chronicles – Includes an interactive map of sustainability efforts Textile mills, Factories and Farms in the Patagonia supply chain. https://www.patagonia.com/footprint.html

The Jewelry Industry Prepares for Supply Chain Traceability – Block chain technology is coming to the jewelry industry, and it’s coming fast. Ultimately, this means absolute trace-ability of every element in the jewelry supply chain; from the mine, to the refinery, to the alloy manufacturer, to the production company, the retailer, and on to the consumer. https://bit.ly/2E3LVz2

Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Designation Now Available From College for Financial Planning – The Chartered SRI Counselor™ (CSRIC™) designation, a groundbreaking certification in the fast-growing field of sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI), is now available from the College for Financial Planning (CFFP). Acclaim for the new CFFP program – developed in collaboration with industry-group leader US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment – has been swift and widespread, indicating a strong demand for the designation among innovative financial planners and corporate partners. The seven modules in the new chartered counselor program move from the Foundations and History of SRI through Portfolio Construction, ESG Performance and Risk, Fiduciary Standards, and Future Opportunities.  https://bit.ly/2Oj8iVz

Charting a Sustainable Advantage – RBC Global Asset Management’s 2018 Responsible Investing Survey found that at a global level, 72% of respondents either somewhat or signifcantly use ESG principles as part of their investment approach and decision making, up from 66% last year. The percentage of respondents who do not adopt ESG principles at all fell globally to 28%, down from 33% in the 2017 survey. Institutional investors in the US continue to view the application of ESG principles more cautiously, but the percentage who reject ESG outright shrank dramatically year over year, from 51% to 34%. The fact that the number of respondents who do not apply ESG principles fell by a third indicates that resistance is rapidly eroding at the same time that signi cantly more investors are adding elements of responsible investing to their toolkits.  https://bit.ly/2QHoOeR

The World’s Most Reputable Companies for Corporate Responsibility 2018 – https://bit.ly/2CbtQMV

Scriptation Launches #PledgePaperless Campaign – Scriptation, the script-reading and annotation app used on thousands of film and television productions worldwide, teamed up with environmentally conscious companies in the entertainment industry to promote the paper-free initiative, including Green Spark Group, Creative BC, Reel Green, AdGreen, Earth Angel, Wrapal and Studio Binder.  “I’ve been making movies and TV shows for over 25 years, and on some shows we’ve used a million sheets of paper in a year,” said “Billions” actor Rob Morrow in a video to promote the campaign. “I’ve gone paperless and it’s more convenient and so much better for the environment. The campaign’s goal is to establish a digital standard on set and encourage policies where receiving scripts electronically is the default option. #PledgePaperless aims to eliminate the use of 10 million sheets of paper by the end of 2018.  https://bit.ly/2NAqntj

Photo Ark – SAVING SPECIES THROUGH THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY – The interaction of animals with their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out. That’s why National Geographic, along with photographer Joel Sartore, is dedicated to finding solutions to save them. With your support, we’re documenting every species in human care to inspire people to care and help protect these animals. You’re also helping fund on-the-ground conservation projects focused on those species in most critical need of protection, as well as education programs that are fostering a real connection with, and appreciation for, our fellow creatures. This multiyear effort will create intimate portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Once completed, Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence, and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.  https://bit.ly/2Eo9sux

Snapcrap app aims to provide exposure to San Francisco’s public poop problem – The free app, which launched last week for iOS users, allows people to take photographs of feces on sidewalks and streets and deliver an alert to the city’s Public Works Department. The app uses cellphone GPS to track the specific location of the mess and creates a ticket so that users can keep tabs on their complaints. San Francisco leaders have been grappling for years with its dirty streets. The city receives roughly 1,300 requests each month for human and animal waste cleanup, said Rachel Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Public Works Department.  This comes at a time when San Francisco, like other major metropolitan cities in California — including Los Angeles — are struggling with staggering numbers of homeless individuals in their communities.  San Francisco’s point-in-time count identified 7,499 homeless individuals in 2017, a number that has remained fairly steady the past five years. https://lat.ms/2IPYkFz

The TreeZero News October 1-7, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

States up efficiency investments & power savings; push net-zero buildings & electric vehicles; NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most; MA and CA lead —  according to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  https://bit.ly/2RrDyzS

Atlanta Housing Group Reaps Big Benefits of Energy Efficiency Programs – Chisom with help from Southface, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable development, applied for Georgia Power’s Energy Assessment and Solutions Program and ultimately received energy efficiency upgrades for two Georgia properties. Georgia Power installed LED (light-emitting diode) lightbulbs in all units in Chisom’s Oakland City West End Apartments in Atlanta. A 2016 study by the ACEEE and EEFA concluded that on average low-income households in Atlanta pay 10.2% of household income on utilities – double the amount that higher-income households pay. That means that making energy reductions such as those at Oakland City can be a substantial help.  https://bit.ly/2IHQI7R

“Solar Schools 2025” – announced that it is seeking 50 K-12 schools across the United States that it can “buddy up” with schools that already have gone through the process. Schools can contact Solar Schools 2025 to apply by emailing joinus@renewablenation.us. There are about 125,000 U.S. elementary and secondary schools, of which 72,000 are solar-ready. However, only 5,489 U.S. schools (under 8 percent) had gone solar through the end of 2017.  Researchers have identified 450 individual U.S. school districts which could each save more than $1 million over 30 years by installing solar. CONTACT: Max Karlin, (703) 276-3255 or mkarlin@hastingsgroup.com. https://bit.ly/2DUQD1K

EPA’s new carbon plan won’t slow coal unit shutdowns: utilities – A Reuters survey of 44 utilities that have announced plans to shutter coal units in coming years showed none of them currently expects the new EPA proposal will affect the timing of those retirements. Together, the 35 operators that responded account for more than three-quarters of the nearly 150 coal-fired units scheduled for retirement in the United States in the coming decade. The responses suggest that a years-long shift away from coal – driven primarily by competition from cheap and abundant natural gas, the rise of renewable energy sources and anti-pollution rules – will likely continue on the basis of economics and not regulation.  https://reut.rs/2y4MS4t

Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It – On Monday, the world’s leading climate scientists are expected to release a report on how to protect civilization by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the rise already in the global temperature average, this critical goal is 50 percent more stringent than the current target of 2 degrees Celsius, which many scientists were already skeptical we could meet. So we’re going to have to really want it, and even then it will be tough. https://nyti.ms/2zX7fSD

Amazon wants to help make it easier to lower your power bill – The e-commerce and tech giant has partnered with clean energy startup Arcadia Power to sell “home efficency bundles.” The bundles will include smart devices to upgrade customers’ homes to be more efficient, including smart thermostats, smart outlets, and smart LED light bulbs. They will also include Amazon devices like the Echo Dot, the Echo Show, or the Ring doorbell. Arcadia’s service aggregates traditional utility providers to help customers get a better deal on energy and use greener energy sources. Amazon will install the packages as part of the package, through its Amazon Home Services offering.  https://read.bi/2RpgaDd

13 ‘ocean-based solutions’ for tackling climate changehttps://bit.ly/2zQPGDK

Bank of America Pledges to Help Make EVs the ‘New Normal’ by 2030 – Bank of America committed to install additional EV charging infrastructure at its owned properties. Additionally, nearly 10,000 employees have participated in its low-carbon vehicle reimbursement program—which the company established a decade ago to incentivize purchase of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. https://bit.ly/2It0sTc

Climate action could prevent one million air pollution-related deaths – New research from C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energyand the New Climate Institute shows that climate action, such as doubling bus network coverage and frequency in cities, could prevent the premature deaths of over one million people per year from air pollution and traffic accidents.Climate Opportunity: More Jobs; Better Health; Liveable Cities also argues that climate action, which include energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, enhanced bus networks and renewable energy initiatives, could generate 13.7 million jobs in cities and save 40 billion hours of commuters’ time plus billions of dollars in reduced household expenses each year.  https://bit.ly/2QmpuGt

UK-based commercial law firm EMW has noted that the patents filed for solar power, wind energy, biofuels, hydropower, geothermal energy and waste-generated energy have nearly doubled over the last five years. The law firm explained that more than 14,800 renewable energy patents were filed globally last year, an increase of 43% in comparison to the previous year’s figure of 10,500.  Chinese companies are reported to have topped the renewable energy patents filings list last year with 76% (11,300), while the US-based companies occupied second place with 10% (1,500) filings. Of all the ‘green’ energy patents filed last year, 56% were for solar power.  https://bit.ly/2xTMQwt

Trump Admin Says 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Warming Inevitable by 2100 – The Trump administration acknowledged the existence of climate change in an environmental impact statement released last month, The Washington Post reported Friday, but then used that acknowledgement to draw a surprising conclusion. The statement, written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), said that global warming would reach a disastrous seven degrees Fahrenheit (around four degrees Celsius) by 2100. It then went on to argue that an administration proposal to rollback Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020 was justifiable because the greenhouse gas emissions prevented by the Obama standards would have been negligible in the grand scheme of total emissions. https://bit.ly/2RldUwm

The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond– Carbon Brief has extracted data from around 70 peer-reviewed climate studies to show how global warming is projected to affect the world and its regions. https://bit.ly/2OENNCm

How biofuels can help struggling airlines – https://bit.ly/2zRtnOp

Want a more sustainable supply chain? L’Oreal says avoid air freight – In analyzing the company’s transportation networks, François-Régis Le Tourneau, L’Oreal’s corporate supply chain standardsfound that 1% of product weight sent on L’Oreal’s distribution network — namely air freight — emits 30% of the company’s overall carbon emissions.  https://bit.ly/2xXjz3O

Controversial Studies on the Impact of Wind on Climate Change – Two new papers out on Thursday in Joule and Environmental Research Letters  look at how wind power could create localized warming and how much energy wind farms produce. The results show that wind farms generate comparatively low power for the area they take up, and that installing a bunch of wind farms could heat up the surrounding land.  https://bit.ly/2OIYm7y

 

RECYCLING

PBS Video – Why your recyclables might have no place to go –  https://to.pbs.org/2y3TU9x

Global luxury hotel chains phasing out plastic straws to help reduce pollution https://bit.ly/2Rh0wJN

Produced but never eaten: a visual guide to food waste – Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted, including about 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat. https://bit.ly/2IN1OqP

Behind the scenes look at the orange bag recycling program – The bright orange Hefty EnergyBags were introduced in mid-April, in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Garden City, just after China’s ban on imported plastics. This was the plan for these cities to alleviate landfill costs and do their part to protect the environment. So what does go in the orange bag? Curb It Boise has your list, here.  https://bit.ly/2PbLALA

Walkers answers critics with launch of UK crisp packet recycling plan. Manufacturer to collect and repurpose packaging after campaign against firm’s waste.  From December, crisp eaters will be able to deposit empty packets, regardless of the brand, at hundreds of collection points or post them in a box or envelope free of charge to the recycling firm TerraCycle. https://bit.ly/2zUvaSv

Drowning in Plastic review – In Drowning In Plastic, (BBC One)wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin watches a team of scientists examine flesh-footed shearwater chicks as they emerge from their burrows for the first time. They are just three months old and have never seen the sea. And yet, as one is made to swallow water and vomit into a bowl, 20 jagged pieces of plastic emerge. https://bit.ly/2Rn7HQT

University of Michigan Spilling the tea on the U’s number one contaminant to recycling – According to Keith Soster, director of Student Engagement at Michigan Dining, Starbucks cups commonly used for coffee and tea specifically contaminate University of Michigan recycling bins most frequently. Angela Porta, outreach and zero waste coordinator at Recycle Ann Arbor, said the city of Ann Arbor is not able to recycle these cups either, citing reasons such as food contamination and the wax lining to the cup.  Recent reports estimate 16 billion coffee cups are used each year. During the transition to compostable packaging, a company called World Centric helped the University acquire approximately 200 types of compostable packaging, replacing the existing, unregulated packaging for cafe foods and drinks with compostable material which can be mistaken for plastic, but is in fact compostable.  https://bit.ly/2ya2HpH

Eos Launches National Recycling Program Via TerraCycle – Eos Products, known for its lip balms, shave creams and hand and body lotions, has partnered with TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling complex materials. Participating in the eos recycling program is free and simple. Consumers register for the program via TerraCycle and use any existing box or envelope to package empty eos products. All participants are incentivized to recycle with the opportunity for their product shipment to result in a charitable donation. For every 1 pound of empty eos product shipped, collectors can earn $1 to donate to a school or nonprofit organization of their choice.  https://bit.ly/2xW6k3e

Columbia Launches Updated Recycling Signage – The new signage features increased specificity and detail on what can be thrown into each bin, and includes visual icons to further aid users. The icons were voted on and selected by members of the Sustainable Leaders Network.  https://bit.ly/2P7jJwa

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR – 5 Issues Regarding Compostable Foodservice Ware Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – 10 am – 11 am PST | 1 pm – 2 pm EST – Sponsored by Rubicon Global and Sustainable Brands – https://bit.ly/2y3PW0D

Welcome to the future? Coca-Cola China integrates retail, recycling and AI technology in vending machine – The Coca-Cola Company has launched a new vending machine concept in China where consumers can purchase beverages, as well as return and recycle used bottles and cans, marking the first concept equipment to combine beverage sales and packaging recycling by Coca-Cola China. The vending machine also uses AI technology such as facial recognition and sound interaction to provide an interactive experience to the consumers.  https://bit.ly/2P90odP

Bottles Collected at Tampa Beach Cleanup Will Be Recycled and Reused to Make New Coca-Cola Bottles – Plastic bottles collected from Tampa Bay beaches and waterways will make their way to local store shelves within a month as part of a pilot recycling and reuse program launched by The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. More than 150 volunteers from Coca-Cola Beverages Florida joined forces with Ocean Conservancy on Sept. 15 to collect trash and recyclables the Tampa marina across the beaches of St. Petersburg. All plastic bottles collected will be recycled in the area and return to the Tampa/St. Petersburg market by mid-October as Coca-Cola 20-oz. bottles made with small amounts of recycled PET collected from the cleanup.  https://bit.ly/2NosKzg

Timberland, Community Recycling help consumers recycle – Beginning this week, consumers can easily recycle their gently used footwear, apparel and accessories through Community Recyling, either online or at one of 65 Timberland stores across the US. Online shoppers simply pack up items they wish to donate in a box or bag, print a free shipping label, and post their packaged recyclables at a local UPS drop-off location. Or, they can visit a Timberland store and drop off their gently used items in a shipping box sleeve. In addition to doing good, participants receive 10 per cent off their next Timberland purchase.   https://bit.ly/2ycEDmh

Kazakhstan to ban plastic, paper and glass burying by 2019, construction and food waste by 2021 – Kazakhstan will be employing sustainable waste management to reduce environmental pollution and increase the volume of recycling to 40 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev at an Oct. 2 cabinet meeting.  https://bit.ly/2Nu9K28

Containerboard mill on the way in Pacific Northwest – McKinley, which is a subsidiary of Mexican paper giant Bio Pappel, announced last week that it plans to reopen the Port Angeles mill in September 2019.  The converted mill will “produce paper without cutting trees,” the company wrote.  https://bit.ly/2IAVELE

Empty, Clean and Dry.  King County re-education campaign – “We need to eliminate the contamination,” says Pat McLaughlin with King Co. Solid Waste Division. “The best way to do that is at home.” “If we don’t put those resources in the right bin: empty, clean and dry– then we’re actually at risk of contaminating the good resources that are in there,” says McLaughlin.  https://bit.ly/2O4zyqJ

APR Releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide -In an effort to facilitate greater consistency in plastic sorting, the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently announced the development of The APR Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices Guide to standardize how data is collected in studies that seek to identify the composition of plastics in the waste and recycling stream. https://bit.ly/2pyXp3o

Preventing Food Waste at the Buffet – A Guide for Chefs and Managers – https://bit.ly/2E0cJzV

Life Cycle Assessment of BioHiTech Digester for Food Waste Management – University of Delaware

https://bit.ly/2E43DCg

All Austin, TX food businesses now required to divert organics — including restaurants, bars, farmers markets and grocery stores — to divert organic materials from landfills. The deadline to comply with the ordinance was Oct. 1, in keeping with the overall goal of achieving “zero waste” by 2040 set by the city’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO).  https://bit.ly/2zPzEdc

 

DEFORESTATION

Political will and company pledges are insufficient to curb tropical deforestation: Deforestation remains at record highs Summary of the 2018 Progress Assessment of the New York Declaration on Forests – From 2014-17, average annual emissions from gross tree cover loss increased in over 70 tropical forested countries compared with a 2001-13 baseline.  Agricultural expansion (Goal 2) accounts for about 80 percent of global deforestation, mostly due to the production of commercial goods such as palm oil, soy, beef, and timber products. Many multinational corporations have recognized that protecting forests is a smart growth strategy, with the number of corporate commitments to reduce or halt deforestation driven by agricultural commodity supply chains reaching 797 in 2018.  An increasing number of companies report that they are adopting policies and procurement standards and engaging with suppliers to implement their forest commitments.  https://bit.ly/2O87lj7

Video – Purus-Madeira: journey to the Amazon’s newest deforestation frontier – In August, Mongabay contributor Gustavo Faleiros and filmmaker Marcio Isensee e Sá visited the unique biodiverse Amazon forests located on the divide between the Purus and Madeira river basins, where a decades-delayed plan to improve the BR-319 highway is gaining momentum, bringing environmental transformation.   https://bit.ly/2Qkucoa

MPP Marketing Group Launches ‘Paper to Trees’ (P2T) Sustainability Initiative to Restaurant & Foodservice Industry – MPP Marketing Group (MPP) is proud to announce the official launch of their “Paper to Trees” (P2T) environmental sustainability program in partnership with One Tree Planted (OTP). This program, the first of its kind in the Restaurant & Foodservice marketing industry, aims to empower brands to return to the environment the natural resources used in the creation of their paper-based marketing materials by automatically funding the planting of trees in deforested regions equal to or exceeding their consumption.  https://prn.to/2OtqbjR

Cerrado towns terrorized to provide toilet paper for the world, say critics – https://bit.ly/2OuUneA

UN urges Africa to re-strategize programs against deforestation  Elsie Attafuah, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Africa Regional Technical Advisor for UN REDD, told the governments to incorporate integrated approaches that are aimed at benefiting communities. “There is need to adopt approaches that promote community benefits from natural resources through sustainable land use and reduction of deforestation,” Attafuah told delegates attending the 2018 Africa Knowledge Exchange on tackling deforestation in Nairobi. https://bit.ly/2zOqzkP

Forests: A natural solution to climate change, crucial for a sustainable future – The UN-REDD Programme is a proven model for the joint creative action we need in order to overcome the climate crisis. Now it is time to scale it up.  https://bit.ly/2QstLYR

For illegal loggers in the Brazilian Amazon, ‘there is no fear of being punished’ – Deforestation rates jumped almost 30 percent in 2016, eased up somewhat last year and seem to be rising steeply again this year.  https://bit.ly/2DYR8YV

Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions – Protecting and restoring forests would reduce 18% of emissions by 2030 and help to avoid global temperature rise beyond 1.5C.  https://buff.ly/2P5jAcl

Welcome to the Idea of Carbon Removal – Welcome to the idea of carbon removal, where we not only reduce our emissions to zero, we actually go BELOW ZERO.  https://vimeo.com/91675226  For more information, visit http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/moving-below-zero.html

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Widespread ​Nitrate ​Pollution in U.​S. Drinking ​Water ​– In a report ​released Oct. 2,​ 2018, the EWG ​analyzed tests ​of public water ​systems and ​found that 1,​700 communities ​across the U.S. ​regularly have ​nitrate levels ​that the ​National Cancer ​Institute says ​can increase ​the risk of ​cancer. Two-​thirds of those ​systems, ​serving more ​than 3 million ​Americans, have ​no nitrate ​treatment ​process. ​https://bit.ly/2y44gX1

2018 WaterSense Partners of the Year – On October 4, 2018, the 2018 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winners, Partners of the Year, and Excellence Award winners were announced at the WaterSense and Alliance for Water Efficiency Awards Luncheon. Learn more about:

https://bit.ly/2RuIX98

UW launches EarthLab to drive collaboration between scientists, business – The University of Washington is launching a new effort called EarthLab. It will help fund the salaries of scientists so they can write fewer papers and have more time for collaboration with businesses and non-profits outside of the classroom and lab.  https://kng5.tv/2O7gvvX

Ocean Solutions to Address Climate Change and Its Effects on Marine Ecosystems – A comprehensive and systematic assessment of 13 global- and local-scale, ocean-based measures was performed to help steer the development and implementation of technologies and actions toward a sustainable outcome. https://bit.ly/2PfD4eB

GreenBlu Begins $1.6 Million U.S. Department of Energy Award to Commercialize Adsorption Desalination Technology – The goal is to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies by reducing the cost and expanding the market for creating freshwater from unusable waters. https://read.bi/2OsZDzj

Keep America Beautiful and Anheuser-Busch Announce National Watershed Grant Program – to bring high impact, public space community watershed restoration projects to 10 communities through the 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Watershed Grants Program. Grant funds total $95,000 for volunteer initiatives ranging from river cleanups to invasive species removal to riparian restoration planting to river bank stabilization and stream buffers, all designed to improve the health and vitality of local watersheds. The projects will engage volunteers from Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partnering organizations working with the input and participation from local Anheuser-Busch wholesalers. https://bit.ly/2IFRGBF

Denmark Pilots Water-Recycling Pavement – A Danish organization has launched a pilot project where porous pavement tiles recycle rainwater to reduce the impact of heavier rainfalls on the city’s wastewater system.  So-called “Climate Tiles” have been installed in a 50m (164ft) strip along Heimdalsgade street, in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighborhood. The tiles have holes that lead to pipes, which can be arranged in a way to deliver water to nearby plants and fountains. https://bit.ly/2OqFx90

Economic losses caused by drought in China may double if the global temperature rises by 1.5°C to 2.0°C above pre-industrial levels, with increasing drought intensity and areal coverage across China, a new economic assessment study by Chinese scientists found. https://bit.ly/2IzQ5wY

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The Impact Management Project is a global network of standard-setting organisations who have come together to accelerate widespread adoption of impact measurement and management. The network is an unprecedented collaboration between UNDP, the GIIN, GRI, PRI, IFC, GSG, OECD, World Benchmarking Alliance, and Social Value International.  https://impactmanagementproject.com

8 Global ESG Funds to Diversify Your Sustainable Portfolio – To help you keep your portfolio both ESG friendly and diversified, here are eight global ESG funds to consider.  https://bit.ly/2RguoWL

Cambridge Network – From zero-emission bikes to crops that grow without soil: Cambridge Cleantech has announced the names of the first group of companies selected to pitch at its high-profile investment event, Cleantech Venture Day, to be held in London on 31st October 2018. www.cambridgecleantech.org.ukwww.cleantechday.com/london https://bit.ly/2zKIokI

EDF Webinar Series: Engaging Suppliers With EDF Climate Corps:

  • Setting Targets Based in Science

Thursday, October 11, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and

Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction

Thursday, October 18, 1-2 pm EDT

  • The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement

Thursday, October 25, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency

Thursday, November 1, 1-2 pm EDT

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Office Depot – helped thousands of students, parents and teachers go “Back to School Proud” this year through its newest philanthropic program, Start Proud!™. Office Depot associates hosted backpack bundling bashes in local markets where they filled 20,000 backpacks, valued collectively at over $1 million, with back-to-school essentials like notebooks, folders, pencils and glue. https://bit.ly/2Rk80eX

FedEx driver holds onto suicidal woman who jumped off bridge until police arrive – “I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to hold her. Fortunately, where I work at FedEx, I load boxes all day, and you kind of get used to holding on to heavy things,” he later said.  https://bit.ly/2DPH9EV

Peer Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility – https://bit.ly/2zOtpWV

GRI 403: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 2018GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety sets out reporting requirements on the topic of occupational health and safety. This Standard is e effective for reports or other materials published on or after 1 January 2021. Earlier adoption is encouraged.  https://bit.ly/2zSmYT5

U.S. Investors Warming Up To ESG Investing, Survey Says  The 2018 Responsible Investing Survey” by RBC Global Asset Management shows 24 percent of U.S. investors now believing that ESG-integrated portfolios will outperform non-ESG portfolios, up from 5 percent of U.S. respondents in 2017. Globally, 72 percent of investors in the survey are now using ESG methods or screens to make investment decisions.  https://bit.ly/2y29QsW

This year, the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business (“Center”) celebrates its fifth anniversary. It launched in 2013 as the Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability. In January 2015, after receiving a $5 million commitment from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Center was renamed for Anderson, a sustainable business visionary and Georgia Tech alumnus (IE 1956, Honorary PhD 2011). https://b.gatech.edu/2pBMi9Z

Hilton Launches “Big Five” for Sustainable Tourism in Africa – Following the recent launch of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 goals to double its investment in social impact and cut its environmental footprint in half, the hotel giant announced an initial investment of $1 million to drive sustainable travel and tourism in Africa. To reach its lofty goals, Hilton is focusing on five key areas, which it bills Hilton’s Big Five: Youth Opportunity; Water Stewardship; Anti-Human Trafficking; Local Sourcing; Protecting Wildlife.  https://bit.ly/2Rv8WO3

Farm bill expiration puts dozens of programs on hold – The expiration of the farm bill this week has left dozens of programs that promote foreign trade, conservation and specialty crop farming frozen until Congress passes a new bill — and that could take weeks. “It’s a huge deal,” said Greg Fogel, the policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. “Just with the conservation programs, we’re talking about close to $1.5 billion that’s now on hold. That’s money that’s not going out to farmers and ranchers to preserve their land, or help conserve natural resources or market their products.” In all, 39 programs lost funding when the bill expired, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. Other programs have money, but no authority to act, Fogel said.  https://bit.ly/2CrnObH

The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (Alliance), member companies will prioritize U.S. public policy advocacy and action in five key areas: Consumer Transparency; Environment: Food Safety; Nutrition; People and Communities. https://bit.ly/2Ljc1NB

Sodexo Launches New Plant-Based Menus Across Hundreds of University, Healthcare and Corporate Services Accounts Nationwide – https://prn.to/2IFua7v

‘Green’ Home Improvements Can Pay Off: Appraisal Institute – The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged home sellers to consider making energy-efficient improvements to their properties and urged potential buyers to seek homes with those features. By purchasing an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for a home, the owner may be eligible for a federal tax credit. Three recent studies confirm that green homes sell for more than non-green properties: “Green Homes Sales Prices in Northern California; “Appraisers Analysis of Pearl National Home Certification Sales Premiums,”; “The Value of LEED Homes in the Austin-Round Rock Real Estate Market,” Download the Appraisal Institute’s “Guide to the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.”  https://bit.ly/2CtgrAq

State Street Global Advisors Report – Aim Higher: Helping Investors Move from Ambition to Action with ESG Investment Approaches – 50% of ESG investors plan to increase the degree to which they incorporate ESG in their portfolio in the next three years, and 23% of non-ESG investors plan to add ESG.   59% of investors believe that it is important to invest in companies that are trying to make the world better for the next generation.  69% of ESG investors say ESG has helped manage volatility.   https://bit.ly/2NqonUo

Investors with more than $5 trillion in assets petition the US Securities and Exchange Commission to require ESG reporting – https://bit.ly/2Pg52qz

Inside the Only Company That Makes Paper Straws in America – https://bloom.bg/2OI2lkx

Shortages of rare earth elements could limit clean energy development – elements like scandium, neodymium, and dysprosium — have found their way into every aspect of our daily lives, from the highly visible, like smartphones and fluorescent lamps, to the seemingly invisible: hybrid cars, rechargeable batteries, and wind turbines. There are even cancer treatments requiring rare earth elements. Contrary to their name, however, rare earth metals are not actually rare. Or at least, not exactly. On average, they’re about as common as copper or nickel in the Earth’s crust. But unlike copper or nickel, rare earth elements don’t occur in mine-able pockets, meaning that obtaining them is a lot more expensive and labor-intensive.  https://bit.ly/2PfMVRF

Corporate responsibility? Don’t make me laugh – Most companies are trying to fight on both sides of a war, says Anand Giridharadas. They want to make a merciless profit and also get good PR. The result? Irresponsible company practices covered up by disingenuous ‘corporate social responsibility’ initiatives. https://bit.ly/2QACLLL

Kansas State University Professor Is Using Aquaponics to Teach Sustainability – https://bit.ly/2C12Q2n

The TreeZero News September 24-30, 2018

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Report: Clean energy technologies could save UK industry £540m on bills – The UK’s energy-intensive industrial and manufacturing sectors could save at least £540m on their energy bills by adopting clean technologies such as solar arrays and battery storage systems, according to a new report by British Gas owner Centrica – the report analyses a range of major manufacturing and production activities. https://bit.ly/2zpt7G0

Charting a Path to Cut Transportation Energy Use in Half  Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency released a report and launched a campaign to cut U.S. transportation energy use by 50 percent by 2050 (dubbed the “50×50” goal) while also improving mobility.   https://bit.ly/2InwwYG

Utilities Look Toward a Clean Energy Future, Yet the Administration Keeps Looking Back – Eli Kahan gathered data on more than 100 of the nation’s largest electric utilities and parent energy companies—more than 30 of which have set quantitative targets for reducing CO2 emissions, achieving higher percentages of renewable energy, and/or completely moving off of coal. Together, these companies, including 7 of the 10 largest electric utilities by market value in the country, account for nearly 40% of 2016 US electricity sales.  https://bit.ly/2Ici0To

Bill Gates-led $1 billion energy fund is expanding its portfolio of startups fighting climate change – Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) recently announced several of its investments including: QuantumScape: A startup building an all-solid-state battery, which many experts believe is key to the future of electric cars. Pivot Bio: A biotech company developing a microbial solution that can replace nitrogen fertilizers, reduce nitrogen runoff, and eliminate the related production of nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas 300 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. CarbonCure: A firm working on trapping carbon dioxide in concrete blocks, while endowing them with greater strength than conventional concrete and thus enabling the use of less concrete in construction.  https://bit.ly/2QadXtH

Renewables set new records in first half of 2018 — Non-hydro renewable energy sources (such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released  by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  https://bit.ly/2QeUtE7

The US Department of Energy has awarded a 3-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from the UMass Lowell, the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. to develop renewable fuel additives made from “woody biomass” – particularly sawdust from sawmills.  https://bit.ly/2QgQXcI

Registry of ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants – https://bit.ly/2IrCjfU

PSE&G: Energy-efficiency plan will raise bills now, save you money later – If the proposal is approved by regulators, a typical residential customer who receives both electric and natural gas service would see their bill rise by 50 cents more a month beginning in 2019, a utility spokeswoman said. That would rise to about $7 a month by 2024.  The $2.8 billion plan, the largest part of PSE&G’s efforts, encompasses 22 energy-efficiency programs. It will help customers use upfront rebates and other financial incentives to purchase efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other equipment. Besides rebates, it will also fuel energy audits, reports, free and low-cost energy efficiency kits and installations.  Eventually, it will save enough electricity to power 5.5 million homes for a year and an enough natural gas to supply 675,000 homes for a year, said Dave Daly, PSE&G’s president and chief operating officer.  https://on.app.com/2OTu3HX

 

RECYCLING

14 EU Member States have been identified as at risk of missing the 2020 recycling target of 50%   https://bit.ly/2MSilLX

Workshop on Reducing Food Waste – On October 17th, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) program will host a workshop on reducing food loss and waste. Workshop participants will discuss the impacts of reducing food loss and waste on farmers, food prices, food availability and the environment. The workshop will also build on two previous workshops hosted by STS addressing the sustainability challenges associated with providing food security.   https://bit.ly/2ObVtMg

Role of plastics in decoupling municipal solid waste and economic growth in the U.S. – Analysis of data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on municipal solid waste (MSW) generation rates correlated to personal consumption expenditure (PCE) uncovers a decoupling event occurring between 1997 and 2000. A comparison of waste generation rates for each material category found in MSW reveals that plastics increased by nearly 84 times from 1960 to 2013 while total MSW increased only 2.9 times. The increase in plastic waste generation coincides with a decrease in glass and metal found in the MSW stream. In addition, calculating the material substitution rates for glass, metal and other materials with plastics in packaging and containers demonstrates an overall reduction by weight and by volume in MSW generation of approximately 58% over the same time period. A quantitative calculation of a scenario where plastics were not used in packaging and containers to replace glass, metal, and other materials demonstrates that MSW generation rate rises equally with PCE. https://bit.ly/2pzVMCB

The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the most comprehensive resource outlining the plastics recycling industry’s recommendations in the marketplace today.  The intended audience is the package design engineer for use in designing packaging that complies with the capabilities of the recycling infrastructure.   https://bit.ly/2N9RHy7

The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap shows actions that large businesses will take to address food waste in their own operations, support their suppliers in taking action and engage with consumers and innovate to reduce their food waste. https://bit.ly/2xCMZUA

Community Food Waste Programs Make Good Fit for Farmers’ Markets – In Lehigh Valley, Pa., the Easton Farmers’ Market launched a food scrap collection and composting program in July. Falls Church, Va., started its food waste collection program at the farmers’ market in 2015.  In the District of Columbia, residents can bring food waste to designated farmers’ markets in all eight district wards, free of charge. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) Food Waste Drop-Off program on Earth Day in 2017.  https://bit.ly/2MZrQc0

Aldo becomes first fashion retail to be carbon neutral – https://bit.ly/2R00C8t

How NFL Teams Are Supporting Communities and Saving Dollars by Eliminating Food Waste – https://bit.ly/2Ongdk0

Food Waste Apps – Feedie turns food photography into a charitable donation. Users visit a participating restaurant in the U.S. or South Africa and take a photo of their meal.  Flashfood. re-sells grocery foods approaching their best-before date at a discount, and it saves “not good enough” retail items and ships them to customers. Food Cowboy arranges efficient communication between food donors and charities and fast delivery of excess food in the U.S. Delivery drivers, caterers, and anyone working with large volumes of edible but rejected food create alerts in the app.  Food for All eliminates last-minute restaurant food waste in Boston and New York City. It connects customers to restaurants one hour before they close, for meal discounts as high as 80 percent. The Food Rescue US app fights food insecurity by connecting food donors with hunger relief organizations. In New York City, goMkt connects restaurants that have unsold food with customers looking for discounts.  With a 24/7 service in Atlanta, Goodr picks up excess food from businesses and delivers it to nonprofits. ImpactVision combines the topics of food safety and food waste to enable a transparent food system. NoFoodWasted aims at reducing food waste in the Netherlands by 50 percent in the next five years. No Food Waste crowd-sources data on hunger spots in India to facilitate surplus food donations. OLIO taps into the conscious consumer mindset to offer a food-sharing platform, connecting people with neighbors and local shops all over the worldTransfernation diverts 1.8 to 2.26 metric tons of food per week from landfills to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and church feeding programs in the New York City metro area.  Winnow seeks to minimize kitchen food waste through smart meter technology attached to a food waste bin. https://foodtank.com/news/2018/09/apps-preventing-food-waste/

Cities should offer compost services to reduce the impact of America’s waste problem – According to the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, food waste makes up 15.1 percent of municipal solid waste in the U.S., but only 5.3 percent of food scraps are recovered or diverted for composting. Yard trimmings, paper and wood are also compostable under the right circumstances and make up another 45.4 percent of municipal solid waste.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2016, landfills were the third largest anthropogenic emitter of methane in the U.S.. https://bit.ly/2DtzdsX

What gets measured gets managed’: Tesco suppliers commit to sharing food waste data – 25-Sep-2018 By Katy Askew – Tesco CEO Dave Lewis is calling on the global food industry to be more transparent about food waste by publishing food waste data – and some of the retailer’s largest suppliers have already signed up to the initiative.

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SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2018 Progress Report – https://bit.ly/2DyYJNs

The Food Waste Atlas allows governments, companies and countries to understand how much, where, and why food loss and waste is occurring so they can measure and manage it, playing their part in creating a more sustainable food system.  https://www.thefoodwasteatlas.org/about

 

DEFORESTATION

TROPICAL FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE: THE LATEST SCIENCE FROM WRI – Conservation, restoration, and improved management of tropical forests, mangroves, and peatlands could provide 23 percent of cost-effective mitigation action needed by 2030 to limit global warming to 2°C.This is nearly two-thirds of the combined cost-effective mitigation potential of forests and other natural climate solutions in the land sector globally. https://bit.ly/2Q9PF3d

Seeing the Forest – Natures Solution to Climate Change – Includes 6 infographics – including estimate of emissions from US forests; a single mature tree can sequester up to 48 pounds of carbon per year; and how restoration, emission reduction and stopping deforestation can lead to zero emissions. https://bit.ly/2xxLasf

NORWAY HAS BECOME THE FIRST COUNTRY TO BAN DEFORESTATION  The Norwegian Parliament pledged on May 26th that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free. In addition to this, any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country. The Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment recommended the plan as part of the Action Plan on Nature Diversity.  https://bit.ly/2xAoK9K

Carbon stocks of the Amazon mangroves were over twice those of upland evergreen forests and almost 10-fold those of tropical dry forests.  https://bit.ly/2OduQ9x

The Other Deforestation Crisis in Brazil – Spanning more than 1.2 million square miles, the Cerrado is the largest savanna in South America and the most biologically rich in the world. It’s also one of the most endangered, with less than two percent protected by national parks and conservancies. This, combined with global demands for agricultural products, has led to rapid deforestation. Since 2008, the Cerado has lost more than 105,000 square kilometers of foliage—50 percent more than the Amazon in the same period. And, like the rainforest, the savanna is essential for storing greenhouse gases and curbing climate change. At the 2017 COP23 Climate Summit, Brazil’s former Minister of Environment Jose Sarney Filho proposed an international plan to compensate landowners who preserve native habitats. The proposal has yet to attract any major backers, but it will take a worldwide effort to save the Cerado.  https://bit.ly/2py3sFt

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Lowe’s Reduces Water Use at 900 Stores, Saves Millions with Smart Irrigation Tech – The home improvement giant installed AT&T HydroPoint technology to reduce water use for store landscaping and is saving about 650 million gallons of water per year, for a total annual reduction in water costs of about $5 million. And, because water treatment and pumping is so energy intensive, the technology is reducing carbon emissions by almost 750 metric tons a year, the company says. AT&T adds that it has saved millions of gallons of water at its own operations by using the technology. The company says the technology leads to average water use reductions of 16% to 59%.  https://bit.ly/2Nby3SB

Colgate launched its save water campaign in 2016 with a “turn-off-the-faucet-while-brushing” message. Today, nearly three out of four (70%) Americans who were aware of the Save Water campaign said it influenced their personal actions with regard to saving water, according to a YouGov survey1 fielded for Colgate. Fifty-eight percent of those influenced reported turning off the faucet more often while brushing their teeth after hearing the campaign’s message.  Globally, the turn-off-the-faucet campaign can lead to a potential reduction of 50 billion gallons of water per year. Since water and wastewater treatment systems are energy intensive, every drop of water saved means less energy used.  So the projected global water savings comes with an additional benefit of approximately two million metric tons of greenhouse gas saved. “Nearly five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are associated with water and wastewater treatment,” said Colgate-Palmolive’s Global Director of Sustainability Vance Merolla. “That’s 45 million tons of emissions a year, so conserving water can make a difference on many fronts.” https://prn.to/2Neq7ja

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The quick and easy way to clean your smartphone – the University of Arizona found that phones contain 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. According to the study, the bacteria found on phones are quite dangerous, such as Streptococcus, MRSA and even E. coli. Without a doubt, the worst place to use a phone is the bathroom. Do note that when you’re flushing the toilet, germs will spread everywhere and end up on your phone, including fecal bacteria like E. coli.  So what are the safest ways to clean your smartphone?  Mix water with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol in a small spraying bottle, using a 60:40 ratio. Spray a little bit of the mixture onto a non-furry microfiber cloth. Use the cloth to wipe the entire front and back area of the phone. Let the phone’s surface dry entirely for at least 15 minutes before you turn it on or operate it again.   https://bit.ly/2O1modx

Webinar on: ‘Sustainable commodities: Is the landscape approach the future?’

10th October at 15.00-16.00 BST. Through an hour’s interactive discussion with Unilever, Olam and The Coca-Cola Company, we’ll discuss the latest methods in sustainable commodity sourcing and how these can be adopted into a landscape approach.  You can sign up here.

The FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers, and other stakeholders. The Task Force will consider the physical, liability and transition risks associated with climate change and what constitutes effective financial disclosures across industries. The work and recommendations of the Task Force will help companies understand what financial markets want from disclosure in order to measure and respond to climate change risks, and encourage firms to align their disclosures with investors’ needs. https://www.fsb-tcfd.org

Is Greenwashing Prevalent?  Primary Findings: Firms that made announcements of environmental efforts beyond compliance significantly reduced their overall releases of chemicals and thereby improved their environmental performance compared to firms that did not make such announcements. The research suggests that so-called “greenwashing,” or exaggerating a firm’s commitment to green environmental performance, does not appear to be prevalent.  https://b.gatech.edu/2OGRmoa

Assessment of Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting by Large Health Care Organizations – In this cohort study of 49 large US health care organizations – 12% of all health care corporations published a sustainability report compared with 78% of Fortune 500 and 82% of S&P 500 corporations.  The health care industry represents 18% of the US economy, employs more people than any other economic sector, and is responsible for 10% of US carbon emissions. Conclusions and Relevance – The health care delivery sector lags behind other US economic sectors in sustainability reporting. Publicly reporting sustainability activities would provide HCOs with an incentive to quantify and reduce their environmental impacts, lower costs, and protect human health.  https://bit.ly/2MkLU9D

This bird’s eye view of America’s most polluted sites will break your heart – For his new book, Waste Land, photographer and activist David T. Hanson captured stunning aerial images of 67 of the country’s Superfund sites, the most dangerously polluted sites in the U.S.  https://bit.ly/2xGuDCk

EcoVadis has published the second annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report provides an updated look at the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of more than 33,000 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, across the calendar years 2015 through 2017. index.ecovadis.com

Hormel Foods Corporation has launched a new podcast series called Our Food Journey™. The first season of the Our Food Journey™ podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music, and has launched with 10 episodes. The series is hosted by esteemed American journalist and author Ethan Watters and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. https://prn.to/2xOzyB9

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network – Given the demonstrable failure of corporate social responsibility schemes and multi-stakeholder initiatives, Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) is the only existing model with the proven potential to afford protection for the most vulnerable and lowest-wage workers in global supply chains. In 2015, a multi-disciplinary WSR Network was created to develop and implement a strategy to expand the model into other sectors and regions. The Network’s goal is to build understanding of the model among a wide range of relevant actors, provide support and resources for worker-led efforts to replicate the model, and shift the paradigm to establish the model as the baseline for workers’ rights programs within global supply chains.  https://wsr-network.org/about-us/mission/

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – connects businesses and investors on the financial impacts of sustainability. Financially Material: SASB’s mission is to help businesses around the world identify, manage and report on the sustainability topics that matter most to their investors.  Market Informed: SASB standards are developed based on extensive feedback from companies, investors, and other market participants as part of a transparent, publicly-documented process.  Industry Specific: SASB standards differ by industry, enabling investors and companies to compare performance from company to company within an industry.  https://www.sasb.org