Since 1990 There Has been a 41% Increase in Global Warming – The TreeZero News November 19-25, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record, WMO finds – The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin indicates that carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations reached 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017 – a non-El Niño year – up from the previous record of 403.3 ppm set in 2016. Since 1990, there has been a 41 per cent increase in total radiative forcing – the warming effect on the climate – by long-lived greenhouse gases, in particular, carbon dioxide.  https://bit.ly/2PPWtr1

Fourth National Climate Assessment – Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States – without mitigation climate change is expected to cause higher electricity costs and substantial net damage to the US economy throughout this century.  Additional increases in temperatures across the contiguous United States of at least 2.3°F relative to 1986–2015 are expected by mid-century.  Increasing wildfire frequency, changes in insect and disease outbreaks, and other stressors are expected to decrease the ability of U.S. forests to support economic activity, recreation, and subsistence activities.  Yields from major U.S. crops are expected to decline as a consequence of increases in temperatures and possibly changes in water availability, soil erosion, and disease and pest outbreaks.  The frequency and extent of high-tide flooding due to sea level rise threatens America’s trillion-dollar coastal property market and public infrastructure, with cascading impacts to the larger economy – many communities are expected to suffer financial impacts as chronic high-tide flooding leads to higher costs and lower property values. Climate-related impacts are expected to result in decreased tourism revenue in some places and, for some communities, loss of identity. https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

Webinar on National Climate Assessment: Today, Monday November 26 at 2:30pm ET. Very special webinar with @KHayhoe. Reviewing the latest climate science leading up to the next National Climate Assessment. Register and attend free at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/40b45083cb130d04d746f627e8486654 …

NPR Radio – New Climate Change Report Places Blame on Human Actions For Natural Disasters – NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Katherine Hayhoe of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University about a new report showing that recent extreme natural events are due to climate change.  https://n.pr/2OYKrpO

The Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) – The purpose of SOCCR2 is to assess the current state of the North American carbon cycle and to present recent advances in understanding the factors that influence it. The report describes carbon cycling for air, land, inland waters (streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs), and coastal waters.  The carbon cycle is changing at a much faster pace than observed at any time in geological history. These changes primarily are attributed to current energy and transportation dependencies on the burning of fossil fuels, which releases previously stable or sequestered carbon. https://bit.ly/2FAI9hm

The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard? – https://nyti.ms/2r54sRY

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy – Solar module costs have dropped by around 99 percent over the past 40 years.  A new paper in the journal Energy Policyseeks to identify, and quantify, the various forces that drove down costs.  https://bit.ly/2zmgv1L

Researchers defy 19th-century law of physics in 21st century boost for energy efficiency Research led by a University of Sussex scientist has turned a 156-year-old law of physics on its head in a development which could lead to more efficient recharging of batteries in cars and mobile phones.  Dr Jordi Prat-Camps, a research fellow at the University of Sussex, has for the first time demonstrated that it is possible to make one magnet connect to another without the connection happening in the opposite direction.  https://bit.ly/2TGPG12

Delta refinery will convert plastic waste to jet fuel with Sir Richard Branson-backed Agilyx – Monroe Energy, Delta’s subsidiary refinery, will start converting plastic waste into jet fuel under an agreement with Agilyxhttps://bit.ly/2P1UPNq

FedEx expands fleet to add 1,000 Chanje electric vans – The Chanje electric vans will have a range of more than 150 miles when fully charged, with maximum cargo capacity of about 6,000 pounds. The vans would be used for FedEx’s commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in California.  https://reut.rs/2BmkrBe

Vanuatu says it may sue fossil fuel companies and other countries over climate change – The Republic of Vanuatu says it will explore whether it can take legal action against fossil fuel companies and countries for their role in causing climate change. The Pacific nation says it is growing desperate for financial assistance to deal with the loss and damage it is increasingly experiencing due to extreme weather and global warming. The tropical cyclone that hit Vanuatu in 2015, wiped out 64.1% of its GDP, or $US449.4m. Vanuatu is home to 260,000 residents and is made up of 82 volcanic islands dispersed across 1,280km of sea. Many of its islands sit less than a metre above sea level.  https://bit.ly/2BskFGZ

Jump Start – is a crowdfunding platform that enables anyone or any company to fund clean energy projects anywhere in the world. We connect loans to thoroughly-vetted projects that have the highest marginal value. https://jumpstartenergy.co/projects

Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda – Several land-based negative emissions technologies are ready for large-scale deployment at costs competitive with emissions mitigation strategies. This report proposes a research agenda to overcome constraints and expand safe and economical negative emissions technology options. https://bit.ly/2KvhxNB

RE100 Progress and Insights Annual Report, November 2018 – Putting renewables at the heart of business strategy, the current 155 members are creating demand for 188 TWh of renewable power per year – equivalent to the 23rd largest country electricity consumption in the world. https://bit.ly/2TuVIBz

 

RECYCLING

Veolia and Tetra Pak team up to launch beverage carton recycling partnership – that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the EU to be recycled by 2025.  https://bit.ly/2A7j9rY

How Did Denmark Spark Its Miraculous Food-Waste Reduction? – 25% reduction in just five years – https://bit.ly/2k7wFHR

Coca-Cola, Keep America Beautiful Accepting Grant Applications – The 2018 program will distribute 4,500 recycling bins in public space locations ranging from athletic fields, to fairs and festivals, to downtown streetscapes and playgrounds, and other on-the-go settings. The program is funded through a $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to Keep America Beautiful, which in turn awards recycling bins through a competitive, merit-based application process.  https://bit.ly/2PI81fG

Ikea wants to clean up India’s skies by turning waste into products – Some of the pollution over India’s big cities comes from farmers burning straw after the harvest. Ikea wants to put that straw to better use.  https://bit.ly/2Dl7LvQ

COALITION CALLS FOR MANDATORY SEPARATE COLLECTION OF FOOD WASTE IN ENGLAND – More than 40 businesses, local authorities and trade bodies have called on government to introduce mandatory collections of food waste in England.   https://bit.ly/2TEU3cV

NERC: Recycled paper capacity increasing at 17 North American mills – The Northeast Recycling Council released a list of 17 North American paper mills that have announced an increase in their capacity to process recycled paper. It will be two to three years before much of it comes online, although some of is expected by the end of this year and into 2019.  https://bit.ly/2QgH95R

Glass-coated PET bottles can help address recycling challenge, says KHS – 23-Nov-2018 By Rachel Arthur – KHS expects to see increased uptake of its FreshSafePET technology as German and European packaging and recycling laws evolve. The PET bottle is lined with glass: and is easier to recycle compared to commonly used composite materials.   HTTPS://WWW.BEVERAGEDAILY.COM/ARTICLE/2018/11/23/KHS-LAUNCHES-RECYCLABLE-GLASS-COATED-PET-BOTTLES 

MEANS – video – was started with the belief it should be easy for those with excess food to share it with those in need. We’re now in 48 states and counting, helping divert food from the trash to local emergency feeding services with the ease and speed of the internet. https://bit.ly/2FvkNcM  https://www.meansdatabase.com/about/

AT&T partners with Grind2Energy – This equipment turns food waste from commercial kitchens into a nutrient-rich slurry that anaerobic digesters can turn into biogas — methane obtained from biological resources that can be turned into electricity or heat — and fertilizer, instead of being taken to a landfill where it decomposes and emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas.    https://bit.ly/2R8tB9Z

FoodKeeper App – The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It was developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices. https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/foodkeeperapp/

BASF Chemical recycling of plastic waste – Plastic waste will be transformed into a raw material using thermochemical processes. The raw material can be fed into the Verbund to create new chemical products with excellent product performance based on recycled plastic waste.  https://on.basf.com/2r4BrFW

 

DEFORESTATION

Deforestation in the Amazon: A Unified Framework for Estimation and Policy Analysis https://bit.ly/2DzfDty

Nearly a quarter of the Earth’s habitable surface has been changed – primarily from forest to agriculture – between 1992 and 2015 – https://dailym.ai/2R6ZUpK

Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon – Some of the oldest trees have been here for more than 1,000 years, but now, after centuries of human depredation, the cedars of Lebanon face perhaps their most dangerous threat: Climate change could wipe out most of the country’s remaining cedar forests by the end of the century.  https://nyti.ms/2JDzuY3

Religious and indigenous leaders join forces on initiative to end tropical deforestation in Colombia – The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Colombia was launched at an event in Bogota convened by UN Environment and a coalition of Colombian and global multi-faith partners. Through the initiative, religious leaders from diverse spiritual traditions come together to express the urgent moral responsibility they share to put an end to the destruction of Colombia’s forests and protect indigenous peoples forest guardians.  https://bit.ly/2QmtFWe

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reaches decade high – Satellite images for the 12 months through the end of July 2018 showed that 7,900 square kilometers (3,050 square miles) of forest were cleared in the Amazon, equivalent to more than half the territory of Jamaica. That was a 13.7 percent increase from the same period in the prior year.  https://reut.rs/2QerQLa

Cleaner Burning Charcoal as a Transition Step to Save Lives and Climate – Cleaner burning charcoal and stoves can reduce indoor air pollution by 90-95%.  Eco-Charcoal makes safe, clean, healthy briquettes from pruned branches which are dried, carbonized and mixed with a natural binder. This ensures a quick regrowth of the pruned trees and helps with climate change mitigation. These briquettes have low-carbon emissions.  Toyola Energy is a small stove business in Ghana. They have sold over 150,000 charcoal stoves that are cooking meals for around 1 million low-income people in the country. It applies simple and readily available materials like scrap metal and clay to produce traditional charcoal stoves that use 30 percent less charcoal than ordinary stoves. https://bit.ly/2ApgrOr

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

New Report Highlights Untapped Potential for Corporate Water Efficiency in the Southwest – With the Bureau of Reclamation warning that the Colorado River could be in an official shortage as soon as 2020, a new report released today by Business for Water Stewardship offers hope that businesses can cut water use while growing the economy. The report, Corporate Contributions to Water Stewardship in Colorado and Arizona, found that just under half of Colorado and Arizona’s leading companies have voluntary water use targets. With the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) sector accounting for more than a quarter of water use in those states, policies and incentives to promote corporate water stewardship could result in significant savings.  https://bit.ly/2DINb8Y

20 Images of Devastating Coral Bleaching and Coral Death – Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33 percent of all warm-water reefs, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. And the remaining reefs are vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming.  Coral bleaching occurs when corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients. They expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. If the algae loss is prolonged and the stress continues, coral eventually dies. In 2005, the U.S. lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean in one year due to a massive bleaching event caused by warmer water temperatures, according to NOAA.  https://bit.ly/2Anaj9u

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Effort to reduce sustainability and financial reporting fatigue – The International Trade Center identifies more than 230 corporate sustainability standards applicable to more than 80 sectors and 180 countries—all with an amazing variety of acronyms. The Corporate Reporting Dialogue, has announced a two-year project on a quest for clarity, coherence, consistency and comparability between the different reporting frameworks. 85 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 Index published sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in 2017. Today, 1,600 global companies have already adopted integrated reporting.  https://bit.ly/2Q9tJsy

Nasdaq Helsinki leads ranking of world’s stock exchanges on sustainability disclosure – Helinski, Finland is home to world’s most sustainable stock exchange, according to a new report released by the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative at the World Investment Forum this October. The analysis of more than 4,300 companies listed on 35 stock exchanges provides a snapshot of disclosure practices for seven sustainability-related indicators including greenhouse gases (GHGs), payroll and water use.  https://bit.ly/2zgj5Gu

An “ESG” smell test to separate the wheat from the chaff – https://bit.ly/2r0hPTC

Lack of international standards holding back ESG investing, finds BNY Mellon study https://bit.ly/2DWARD1

Patagonia Action Works – We built Patagonia Action Works to connect committed individuals to organizations working on environmental issues in the same community. It’s now possible for anyone to discover and connect with environmental action groups and get involved with the work they do.  https://www.patagonia.com/actionworks/about/

Green Bonds Benefit Companies, Investors and the Planet – Green bond offerings are associated with a 2.4% increase in long-term value, measured by the ratio of the firm’s market value to the book value of its assets. Several measures suggest that after issuing green bonds companies improve their environmental performance. Their environmental score rose 6.1 percentage points on the Thomson Reuters’ ASSET4 scale, which is based on more than 250 key performance indicators such as CO2 emissions, hazardous waste, recycling, and so on.  https://bit.ly/2Bvw8FT

Regions Financial Corp. is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 30 percent within five years. According to figures Regions released, the company has already reduced its emissions by 45 since 2008, and its energy use by 37 percent over the same period. “Being good stewards of our resources, including natural resources, benefits the communities where we live and work and is simply good business,” Brett Couch, head of corporate real estate and procurement.  https://bit.ly/2zyxvST

Latin America Launches New Roadmap to Save the Jaguar – The jaguar is the largest apex carnivore in Latin America, ranging across 18 countries. However, 50% of the species’ original range has been lost and jaguar populations are declining due to illegal poaching, human-jaguar conflict and loss and fragmentation of habitat. Given this decline, including the jaguar’s extinction in El Salvador and Uruguay, governments from 14 of 18 jaguar range states have doubled down to save the species. https://bit.ly/2OUnoN3

World Green Building Trends 2018 – Currently, over one quarter (27%) report that the majority (more than 60%) of their projects are green, and slightly more (31%).  https://bit.ly/2SabgZY

3 Top Renewable Energy Stocks to Watch in November – Vestas Wind Systems (NASDAQOTH:VWDRY), SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), and NextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NEP).

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Sustainable Fashion Searches Surged In 2018 – Lyst has reported a 47% increase in shoppers looking for items that have ethical and style credentials with terms such as “vegan leather” and “organic cotton”.  https://bit.ly/2DUgtSI

Jeff Foote Will Be Speaking at Keep Cobb Beautiful Awards Luncheon on November 27 at 11:30 AM – 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

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Photo: Coffee plants in El Salvador

81 percent of global consumers say it’s extremely or very important for companies to implement programs to improve the environment, according to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen. Consumers in many emerging markets feel even more strongly about this, with India (97 percent) and Colombia (96 percent) at the top.  https://bit.ly/2FpcVJM

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Renewables can challenge existing coal plants on price – according to analysis from the research firm Lazard. The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) analysis finds that U.S. onshore wind energy costs average between $26/MWh and $56/MWh without subsidies, while utility-scale solar averages between $36/MWh and $44/MWh. That challenges the average cost for existing U.S. coal plants, which Lazard pegs between $27/MWh and $45/MWh. https://bit.ly/2QAUWkJ

K-State will save $200,000 a year by tapping into this natural resource – By 2020, half of Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus will be powered by wind, school officials announced Tuesdayhttps://bit.ly/2QFjBog

Argentina launches 400 MW mini renewables auction – Some 350 MW will be divided between wind and solar for projects of 500 kW to 10 MW in scale. The ceiling price for solar and wind has been set at $60/MWh.  https://nyp.st/2Fu4Wey

Freddie Mac launches new, “green” mortgage – The new GreenCHOICE Mortgage will allow Freddie Mac to assess mortgage loan performance between homes with and without energy efficient enhancements. The research will help the GSE design valuation guidance and uniform data collection tools and develop underwriting guidelines to account for energy efficient features. https://bit.ly/2QQX3ks

The World Energy Outlook 2018– “We have reviewed all current and under-construction energy infrastructure around the world – such as power plants, refineries, cars and trucks, industrial boilers, and home heaters – and find they will account for some 95% of all emissions permitted under international climate targets in coming decades,” said Dr Birol. “This means that if the world is serious about meeting its climate targets then, as of today, there needs to be a systematic preference for investment in sustainable energy technologies. But we also need to be much smarter about the way that we use our existing energy system. We can create some room for maneuver by expanding the use of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, hydrogen, improving energy efficiency, and in some cases, retiring capital stock early. To be successful, this will need an unprecedented global political and economic effort.”  https://bit.ly/2T6SxQx  Video – https://bit.ly/2A1ZARL

EU Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals. By 2030, energy efficiency in the EU has to have improved by 32.5%, whereas the share of energy from renewables should be at least 32% of the EU’s gross final consumption. Both targets are to be reviewed by 2023. These targets can only be raised, not lowered.  https://bit.ly/2JZKmBf

New air-conditioning design cools without using fossil fuels scientists at Stanford are working to develop air-conditioning free of fossil fuels. The device creates a heat sink and then cools a targeted area through radiative cooling. The device remains in development and is far from ready for commercial use.  https://bit.ly/2qTisOw

Columbia University CleanTech: Designing Batteries for a Sustainable Future – The Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center plans to study how battery systems interact with other efficient technologies, including thermal storage.  https://bit.ly/2A1EUte

Richard Branson just launched a $3 million prize for a better air conditioner – The number of AC units may swell from 1.2 billion worldwide today to 4.5 billion by 2050–and household air conditioning, alone, could push global warming up half a degree by the end of the century, according to a new report.  The new competition is designed to provide an incentive to create higher-efficiency air conditioners and support startups in a field that’s currently dominated by a handful of major corporations. To participate, companies need to submit a solution that has five times less climate impact than a standard air conditioner, at no more than twice the cost, so it has a payback period of less than four years.  https://bit.ly/2QvAP7w

2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey: More than half of global organizations plan to increase energy efficiency spending in next 12 months – The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57% of organizations in the United States and 59% of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency in the next year.  https://bit.ly/2PBN06s

Tesla offers glimpse inside Buffalo Gigafactory – The 1.2 million-square-foot plant RiverBend gigafactory, which makes solar roofing tiles.  https://bit.ly/2PB8foI

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” – with the aim of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy trucks and publishing a new proposed rule for tighter federal nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standards by 2020, according to a Tuesday press release issued by the agency. https://bit.ly/2FrTY9t

How to create a sustainable portfolio – Key components include: Exclusion; Best-in-Class ESG reporting; Active Ownership; Thematic Investing; Impact Investing; ESG Integration.  https://bit.ly/2Q4MLA7

Schneider Electric Ups Innovation Drive Via $565M Venture Capital Funding Outfit – The unit – ‘Schneider Electric Ventures’ – will have up to €500 million ($565 million) of dry powder to invest in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs, and specialized funds, and would “welcome ideas” from innovators and entrepreneurs eager to turn their concepts into reality.  https://bit.ly/2FqxSny

Scientists Create Energy-Producing “Bionic Mushroom”– A team of researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey have created a “bionic mushroom” that can produce electricity without using fossil fuels. The mushroom is covered in cyanobacteria, tiny organisms found across the globe that turn sunlight into electrical current. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nano Letters.  https://bit.ly/2qRUtQ5

 

RECYCLING

Despite China’s National Sword, US PET recycling rate improves in 2017 – The rate hit 29.2 percent in 2017, up from 28.4 percent in 2016, according to a report released Nov. 15 by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers.  U.S. and Canadian plastics processors used 1.57 billion pounds of recycled PET in 2017, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year. Fiber, strapping and thermoformed products/sheet all posted increases, while recycled PET use in bottles dropped.  https://bit.ly/2zXGvQQ

Startups targeting food waste reduction raise $125 million this year – according to a report from ReFED grants for food waste reduction groups hit $134 million from January through September 2016, a 70% jump over five years, ReFED reported. https://bit.ly/2QLL5bP

A true/false quiz on preventing food waste during the holidays – Here with a fun quiz with Olivia Horwitz, Ecofellow from the Center for Ecotechnology.  https://bit.ly/2DNfF22

How to Reduce Food Waste over the Holidays [VIDEO] – NFRA’s “No Taste for Waste” Video Demonstrates How Buying Frozen Foods Can Help…and Save You Money. https://prn.to/2KcsBPo

Garbageman pulls 93-year-old into truck as Camp Fire spreads – https://bit.ly/2FtXmAK

Video Young people say not recycling is a deal breaker – https://nyp.st/2Fu4Wey

Recycling 101: No Plastic Bags in the Recycling. No Bagged Recyclables – Did you know that plastic bags don’t belong in your recycling container? Did you know that plastic bags should be returned to a grocer or retail outlet to be safely recycled? Did you know that plastic bags not only prevent items from being recycled, but also damage recycling equipment and even create a hazard for recycling workers? https://bit.ly/2Fsd0fI

Radio – What Do We Get Wrong About Recycling? – How has America’s attitude toward recycling changed over the years? What more can be done to educate and empower people to start recycling or improve the status quo? Experts on the forefront of recycling efforts in Texas spoke to “The Source” on National Recycling Day.  https://bit.ly/2FtWXOv

Video How to keep recycling from turning into ‘wishcycling’  The impact of recycling is being undercut by materials not being sorted properly, which drives up the cost to process them and makes the contents useless. Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership, called the issue “wishcycling,” and it makes recycling loads impossible to process and resell.  https://cnb.cx/2QQO3vR

New Beyond 34 Recycling Improvement Projects Launched in Orlando – The goal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a new Economy (Beyond 34) is to move the United States beyond its current 34 percent recycling rate. Thanks to the generous support of The Dow Chemical Company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and The Coca-Cola Company, USCCF has engaged a number of implementation partners to conduct more than $100,000 worth of prioritized projects to increase recycling in the Orlando region, some likely to commence before the end of the year. https://bit.ly/2KcA4xX

E-Commerce Mogul Amazon Launches “Second Chance” to Promote Sustainability – Amazon has launched a new portal which is called “Second Chance,” The concept behind the Second Chance portal is to compile information on how to recycle, repair and return electronic devices. Amazon is calling it a “one-stop shop” where people will be able to learn how to responsibly get rid of old gadgets. You can visit Second Chance to find out how much you can get if you trade your devices in and to learn how to start the process. Second Chance also provides the service of finding repair options for broken devices. For devices that are broken beyond repair Second Chance will instruct you on how to get Amazon to take your broken gadgets and recycle them. The initiative also encourages clients to purchase refurbished gadgets at a discount price. https://bit.ly/2DFLJ7X

Turn trash into toys with this maker kit for kids – A new kit of 64 small connectors, wheels, and other parts–is designed to turn water bottles, juice boxes, and other items that might otherwise end up in the trash into toys.  https://bit.ly/2z4Vmcz

Why Procter & Gamble will start delivering Tide in a shoe box -Tide laundry detergent will soon be shipped in a shoe box, part of its parent company Procter & Gamble’s push to adapt to online deliveries.  P&G rolled out the new “Tide Eco-Box” on Friday. It features a twist-to-open pour for the detergent, a pull-out stand, and a measuring cup. The liquid formula, which contains less water than normal Tide, comes in a sealed bag.  The version uses 60% less plastic than shipping an equivalent 150 ounce bottle of Tide since it doesn’t require additional layers of cardboard boxing or bubble wrap. https://cnn.it/2OHWPKC

 

DEFORESTATION

At the root of the problem: the best books about deforestation – Entomologist EO Wilson 2002 book The Future of Life; Richard Powers, 2018 novel, The Overstory; Kenyan Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai autobiography, Unbowed.  Indonesian environmental advocacy group Walhi, Mistaking Plantations for Indonesia’s Tropical ForestThe Falling Skyhttps://bit.ly/2KbbTjh

An advertising watchdog has deemed supermarket’s Christmas ad campaign too “political” for broadcast in the UK – The ad, which highlights the destruction of rainforests for palm oil production, was originally created for Greenpeace.  UK supermarket Iceland, which has a partnership with Greenpeace, was given permission to place its logo on the commercial and run it as part of the store’s Christmas campaign. However, a bid to broadcast the ad on commercial television was blocked.  https://ab.co/2DCCdTh

EU states call for tough action on deforestation to meet 2020 UN goal – The UK, France and Germany have called on the European commission to launch tough new action to halt deforestation by the end of the year.  To help meet a UN goal of halting deforestation by 2020, the EU should show “a leadership role, mobilising its political and market leverage, and promoting broader international dialogue and cooperation”. https://bit.ly/2zKjEbl

Extreme logging in Haiti is causing an irreversible change it the tropical rainforests and the habitat they provide – Ninety-nine percent of the country’s original wooded areas have fallen victim to deforestation. 42 of Haiti’s 50 largest mountains have lost all of their primary forest. Likely the world’s most deforested nation, Haiti saw its primary forest cover decline from 4.4 percent of total land area in 1988 to 0.32 percent in 2016.  https://bit.ly/2K4jS1K

Tinderbox California: Drought, Dry Soil Cover 100% of State – Drought and dry soil conditions widened to 100 percent of flame-whipped California from 26 percent a year earlier, providing tinder for this month’s Camp Fire conflagration — one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history, according to data for the week ended Nov. 13.  https://bit.ly/2Q4k865

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is soliciting applications for technical assistance grants for Climate Smart Agriculture programs.The grants are for organizations that can provide assistance to applicants to the CSA programs. Nonprofit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts are eligible to apply. Applicants may receive up to $60,000, depending on the number of programs and funding cycles. Applications must be submitted by email to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov no later than Nov. 30. Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. To learn more about eligibility and requirements, visit the CDFA website.  https://bit.ly/2zhIM9U

Attis Industries Launches Video Series to Demonstrate Bio-Based Technologies and Discuss Targeted End Use Products – “Our [processing] outputs include pulp and a unique form of high purity lignin…. While the pulp can be used in traditional pulp and paper markets or to produce cellulosic ethanol, it’s this high purity form of lignin that allows Attis to substantially increase the value and products made from biomass….  For every 1.0 pound of cellulosic ethanol produced, Attis is able to recover about 1.3 pounds of high purity lignin…. This is an alarming amount of highly concentrated carbon, captured from carbon dioxide and stored by photsyntheisis in plants, that has been overlooked for decades….  Attis plans to convert its lignin into transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel and/or jet fuel, which could double the fuel output of biomass, or to convert the lignin into various materials such as plastics, adhesives or carbon fiber.   https://bit.ly/2JZMsB7

Attis Industries Launches Video Series to Demonstrate Bio-Based Technologies and Discuss Targeted End Use Products –  https://bit.ly/2z2F0Ry

2018 AF&PA Sustainability Report – Advancing US Paper and Wood Products Industry Performance – The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative includes the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry.  https://sustainability.afandpa.org

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Processing human urine to recycle nutrients into fertilizer – Fertilizer is made of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus that require energy to produce. Human urine is full of those same nutrients, but we literally flush them down the toilet. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), University of Michigan environmental engineer Nancy Love and a team that includes the non-profit, Rich Earth Institute, are fine-tuning new methods to process human urine into fertilizer. The team wants to create a more sustainable fertilizer while at the same time eliminating a waste that contributes to water pollution. https://bit.ly/2S6LOF5

Next generation ‘may never see the glory of coral reefs’ – The warning follows a landmark UN climate report that upgraded risk assessments for corals following faster-than-expected global bleaching. Scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that if warming reached 2C, currently very likely in the next 50 years, there would be a more than 99% chance that tropical corals would be eradicated.  https://bit.ly/2Qz3gS8

Your water footprint is just as important as your carbon footprint – The average American water footprint is 7,800 liters per day. Compare that with Germans who have a water footprint of 3,900 liters or the Chinese with 2,900 liters. So what can you do? Buy from brands who take caring for water seriously. Look at what companies are doing to use water sustainably across their value chain by studying sustainability reports, reading water-disclosure statements, and learning about their water stewardship programs. https://bit.ly/2KhSDkt

Purple bacteria ‘batteries’ turn sewage into clean energy – The first reported use of photosynthetic microbes in a battery-like ‘bioelectrochemical system’ shows that purple bacteria could turn wastewater treatment plants into zero-carbon fuel generators.  Organic compounds in household sewage and industrial wastewater are a rich potential source of energy, bioplastics and even proteins for animal feed – but with no efficient extraction method, treatment plants discard them as contaminants. Now researchers have found an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective solution.  Published in Frontiers in Energy Research, their study is the first to show that purple phototrophic bacteria – which can store energy from light – when supplied with an electric current can recover near to 100% of carbon from any type of organic waste, while generating hydrogen gas for electricity production.  https://bit.ly/2FrRJmk

POD Cast: The Blue Economy: How Impact Investing Can Help It Grow – Dale Gavin from the Meloy Fund and Aimee Gonzales from Partnerships and Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSA) discuss creative solutions for balancing the need for sustainable fishing with protecting the livelihoods that depend on it.  The world’s oceans provide food security to 3 billion people who rely on fish as their primary source of protein. However, their livelihoods are under threat as 90% of the global fisheries are being fished at above their maximum sustainable levels. Asia will face the maximum adverse impact of that overfishing, as it accounts for 84% of all people employed in the fisheries and agriculture sector worldwide. Globally, the push for the so-called “blue economy” or sustainable use of oceans aims to protect economic activity worth $3 billion-$5 billion annually that coasts and oceans support.  https://whr.tn/2qNsbpR

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Commercial PACE Financing – Available in 35 states.  CleanFund is the leading direct provider of commercial PACE (C-PACE) financing, offering long-term, fixed-rate, non-recourse capital for commercial, multi-family and alternative non-residential property types. CleanFund’s PACECapital product finances up to 100% of both hard and soft building improvement costs for value-add, respositioning and retrofit projects through property taxes.  https://bit.ly/2Tgcnc6

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency – http://www.dsireusa.org

50 companies with the highest ESG scores indicate a strong correlation between financial performance and sustainability performance. https://bit.ly/2PJFd5R

Investing’s Final Frontier: Impact Measurement – Video – Measuring the impact or “social return” of money spent on enterprises and initiatives aiming to solve pressing social problems. Social returns can manifest in myriad ways, from increased literacy, to healthier infants, to reduced pollution. In general, each type of social return calls for its own metrics to answer this basic question: Is this social impact investment/initiative having the intended effect?  https://bit.ly/2Tddklz

 Why it’s now easy being green in the bond world – A green bond is a debt instrument in which the issuer commits to using the borrowed money for projects deemed environmentally beneficial. These can include everything from installing solar panels at factories to improving energy efficiency to constructing green buildings. Today there are almost $475 billion in green bonds outstanding, with over $150 billion issued in 2017 alone (source: BlackRock, Bloomberg, as of 6/30/2018). https://bit.ly/2DoGwR7

Duke, Dominion issue $1.3B in green bonds – Duke’s green bonds have a weighted average coupon of 3.74% between the three-year and 10-year maturities. https://bit.ly/2z87NUP

How to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability – In a survey of 89 institutional investors by Callan, 43% of respondents said they incorporate sustainability factors into their investment decisions — up 21 percentage points from 2013.  Compensation committees often start by tying bonuses and long-term incentives to goals related to compliance and risk management. Boards should demand entirely new kinds of strategic thinking from management, the kind of thinking that not only makes the company more sustainable but also aids suppliers and customers in becoming so. https://bit.ly/2OFHREX

BSR – The State of Sustainable Business 2018 – Key Findings: Companies are defining a new sustainability agenda:Corporate integrity and diversity and inclusion, are top priorities for sustainability efforts, Climate change and human rights remain in the top four priority issues;Sustainability needs to be integrated into strategy; SDGs are driving strategy; Companies have limited focus on value chain impacts; There is a need for more cross-functional collaboration; There is room to improve communications. https://bit.ly/2A0ArHa

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has committed to sourcing 100 percent of its coffee responsibly and to improving the lives of 1 million people in its supply chain by 2020, and is making significant progress in both areas. These goals are designed to bring KDP beyond the audit “checklist” and bring true, meaningful impact to coffee communities.  https://bit.ly/2qToXBh

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival is the largest film festival devoted exclusively to celebrating the work of corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals, their companies, and programs. The eleventh annual Film Festival, presented by BBVA Compass, is now accepting submissions. Winners will be honored at the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, being held April 28-30, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The Film Festival is open to all companies regardless of size or location. To participate, an organization is asked to submit a short film depicting one or more aspects of a recent corporate citizenship initiative. Click here to submit your film for the 2019 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. If you have questions, please email filmfestival@bc.edu. https://bit.ly/2zg5D5Q

The ROI of Philanthropy: Consumers Willing to Spend 6% More for Products from Socially Responsible Companies – New findings from Nucleus Research show that philanthropy is good for business, with the average consumer willing to pay up to six percent more for a product from socially responsible companies. The research is part of a guidebook developed by Nucleus for Saleforce.org Philanthropy Cloud – a platform that connects consumers and corporations with the causes they care about.  Consumers are 64% more likely to recommend socially responsible companies to friends Consumers are 63% more likely to try new products from socially responsible companies 50 percent of respondents believe it is important or very important to work for a company that supports philanthropic causes that they favor. https://bit.ly/2OGilPR

The TreeZero News November 5-11, 2018

Barney Swan Wins Global Re-imagining Photo Competition – The competition, designed to highlight inspiring ways to fight climate change, was sponsored by Olam International and Eco- Business. Swan won the youth category for his entry depicting a facility for removing carbon dioxide from the side of a geothermal power facility in Iceland. The director of carbon reduction programme Climate Force, Swan said he hoped his photo could help spread awareness to potential investors about carbon capture technology. “It is an honour to win this competition. We have to incentivise big and small solutions that drive us to be able to clean up our emissions effectively,” said Swan. “Connecting the corporate world and everyday people to projects like these can create a global system change that will lead us towards a net positive future.” For more about Climate Force, go to www.2041.com. https://bit.ly/2qnosis

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The Cost of Inaction – as future energy costs continue to rise, this report shows how business will be impacted if you don’t take action.  Most UK businesses can expect to see their energy costs increase by 25% by 2020. Inenco has calculated that if businesses don’t take action to manage their consumption throughout the year, UK organisations combined can expect to pay an extra £7.42 billion on their energy costs by 2019. https://bit.ly/2PlGwIH

13 ways you’re wasting electricity that are costing you – https://read.bi/2RNJXVd

Energy Efficiency for Your Home – Tips on thermostats, lighting , water heating, smart power strips and more from the Energy Smart Academy  https://bit.ly/2AYKEFJ

Renewable Mandates and Carbon Taxes Lost Big on Tuesday – Coloradans handily rejected (57 to 43 percent) Proposition 112, which would have prohibited oil and gas drilling activities within 2,500 feet of homes, hospitals, schools and “vulnerable areas.” In Arizona, voters overwhelmingly rejected (70 to 30 percent) Proposition 127, a ballot initiative that would have required the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables.  The biggest rebuke of carbon taxation occurred in Washington State, where voters defeated Initiative 1631 by a twelve-point margin. https://bit.ly/2FeoOlC

Oil pucks and pellets; Canada eyes new ways to move stranded crude – https://reut.rs/2T3aEqu

ROUSH CleanTech Launches First Available Near-Zero Emissions Engines Fueled by Renewable Propane – Roush revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. Renewable propane is a non-fossil fuel that is produced from 100-percent renewable raw materials, such as waste, residue and sustainably produced vegetable oils. It can be used as a “drop-in” replacement fuel because it’s chemically nearly identical to conventional propane.  https://bit.ly/2SX2aRA

The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas – renewable energy development in the state produced a nearly $1 billion direct injection into the Texas economy last year and more than 10,225 permanent jobs.  Customers saved a total of $5.7 billion in electricity costs from 2010 to 2017 compared to what they would have paid if renewables were not part of the portfolio, including $855.9 million in 2017.  https://bit.ly/2qJap7c

China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions – 1.1-million volt transmission line will be capable of delivering the output of 12 large power plants over nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers), sending 50% more electricity 600 miles further than anything that’s ever been built. (Higher-voltage lines can carry electricity over longer distances with lower transmission losses.). The longer, higher-capacity lines make it possible to balance out the dimming sun in one time zone with, say, wind, hydroelectric, or geothermal energy several zones away.  https://bit.ly/2RNMHSN

Britain Achieves the ‘Unthinkable’ as Renewables Leapfrog Fossil Fuel Capacity – The total available capacity from windsolarbiomasshydro and other renewables reached a record 42 gigawatts between July and September, overtaking the 40.6 gigawatts available from fossil fuels, according to a report commissioned by Drax’s Electric Insights and produced by Imperial College London researchers.  https://bit.ly/2T0hgpH

According to a New Study, Oceans Are Actually Warming Faster Than Once Thought – In a recent study published in Nature, a group of researchers found that previous models to assess how much heat our oceans have absorbed over the last few decades was a little off. How off? For starters, the team suggests that the Earth’s oceans likely absorbed 60 percent more heat over the last 25 years than previously thought.  https://bit.ly/2qIaGXL

Powering On: Four Factors to Energize a Corporate Renewable Energy Program – Scottmadden Management Consultants – https://bit.ly/2DvN15g

sonnen and Pearl Homes Partner to Develop the First Affordable, Carbon-Free Home Community — The network of homes, dubbed ‘Hunters Point — Pearl Homes Community and Marina,’ is the first community implemented by the sonnen-Pearl Homes partnership, one designed to help decarbonize Manatee Countyand surrounding regions of Florida by making green living affordable to a broader market.  https://prn.to/2SVBmBv

Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline – saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change.  https://nyti.ms/2qzZ892

New Green Energy Solution Could Create 22,000 US Jobs – Replacing coal with a green technology that uses biomass and carbon capture and storage technologies could create 22,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2050, according to a new study led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. These new jobs will be in forestry and transportation.The research is published in the journal Joule https://bit.ly/2z3brPN

A proposed framework to incentivise energy efficiency while transitioning away from high-GWP HFCs – https://bit.ly/2JGk1Ii

Washburn University in Topeka says it is committed to providing most of its energy from a Westar wind farm in the future.  https://bit.ly/2qx2AkX

GE to sell energy efficiency business Current as it cuts debt – Private equity firm American Industrial Partners will purchase Current, which sells energy efficiency technology to commercial, industrial and municipal customers in a transaction expected to close in 2019.  https://bit.ly/2POyZ4H

 

RECYCLING

America Recycles Day is November 15: Here are Six Tips to Improve Recycling in Your Home!  https://bit.ly/2DaK21c

Video: Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop – A Starbucks and Sustana Partnership – The “Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop” partnership project is an innovative collaboration between Sustana and three other supply chain partners, working together to demonstrate that Starbucks cups could be recycled and turned into new cups.  https://bit.ly/2RPNOkC

Colgate partners with TerraCycle to launch recycling scheme for oral products and packaging – Anyone in the UK can sign up to the Recycling Programme for free, either as a private collector or as a public location, which will be visible on the TerraCycle map and allows other people in that location to drop off their oral care waste for recycling. https://bit.ly/2zvW9CA

Casella Waste Systems reports revenue growth for Q3 2018 – Company says outperformance in solid waste, customer solutions and organics operations offset commodity pricing.  https://bit.ly/2yUYCqS

Recycle electronics at Staples and get a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase – Reward members who bring in electronics to recycle — from computers to scanners to tablets and fax machines — on Nov. 11-17 will get the coupon printed on a receipt. It’s free to join the rewards program. The company is accepting 30 types of recyclable items, including coffee brewers, to celebrate America Recycles Day.   The company says only 40 percent of electronics are recycled. Incinerating or tossing electronics into landfills releases lead, mercury and cadmium into our air, soil and groundwater. https://bit.ly/2qCDalW

ALIBABA, WORLD FOOD PROGRAM PARTNER TO TACKLE HUNGER – Alibaba Group will partner with the United Nations World Food Program to build a digital “World Hunger Map” to monitor the status of global hunger, while also digitizing WFP’s overall operations.The World Hunger Map is aimed at helping WFP improve assessment and monitoring of hunger crises around the world to improve its response times and strategies, according. https://bit.ly/2D7VOJB

Amazon Celebrates America Recycles Day– Join us on our mission to recycle! On Thursday, November 15, Amazon will celebrate America Recycles Day with an electronics collection event in 5 cities across the country – Redmond, WA; Landover, MD; San Jose, CA; Arlington, TX; and Denver, CO.  https://amazoncelebratesamericarecycle.splashthat.com

WATCH: THE PAPER PULP 3D PRINTER RECYCLING WASTE INTO MODELS – Beer Holthuis, a product designer and concept developer from the Netherlands, has created a 3D printer designed to recycle paper. Called the Paper Pulp Printer, it extrudes the paper waste with a natural binder, making 3D printed models “endlessly recyclable.” https://bit.ly/2Duns4M

Waste audit finds food scraps most common trash placed in recycling bins – A recent audit of George Washington University (GW’s) recycling showed that food scraps are the most prevalent trash incorrectly placed in recycling bins. Officials said the most recent waste audit last spring found beverage containers and paper are the most frequently recycled items on campus. Beverage containers are also one of the items that are most often incorrectly placed in trash bins when they could be recycled, along with plastic food containers, junk mail and paper inserts. https://bit.ly/2FdOgYv

Weekly podcast: Coca-Cola on how to cut plastic waste and GAR on the future for rural communities – This week: Coca-Cola’s Joe Franses on what Coke is doing to develop better plastic recycling rates and to leverage the power of its brand to encourage consumers to do the same.  https://bit.ly/2zEHkO8

Coke Recycling Ad – Across the Tracks – https://bit.ly/2RJqfKo

Carpet Recycling & Stewardship Webinar – Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm EST.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every year 4 billion pounds of carpet are discarded in the U.S. and only about 1 percent is recycled. This webinar will discuss California’s efforts in establishing a sustainable carpet recycling and stewardship program.  REGISTER NOW! Click Here   

 

DEFORESTATION

Increased gold mining is worsening deforestation in the Amazon – Scientists at Wake Forest University have found that more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon has been destroyed by small-scale gold mining. This is over 30 percent more deforestation than was previously realized. https://bit.ly/2zPyTzw

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

 Wall Street and water —  A 2017 MSCI analysis of food companies in its All Country World index noted that $459 billion in revenue may be at risk from lack of water available for irrigation or animal consumption and $198 billion is at risk from changing precipitation patterns affecting current crop production areas. https://bit.ly/2D9LssU

 The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought – One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether.   https://nyti.ms/2RyWhc4

 XPRIZE announced the results of The Water Abundance XPRIZEpowered by Australian Aid and Tata Group during Visioneering 2018The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is very honored to have received this magnificent award, $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE. It’s been over two-years of hard work, competing against 97 teams from 27 countries to collect a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.  http://www.skysource.org/#making-water-from-air

Paper towels or air hand dryers: Which is better for the environment and hygiene? – https://ab.co/2K0zZxm

Michael R. Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX Announce Over $185 Million for New Partnership to Increase Ocean Exploration and Protection – https://bloombg.org/2Svhm8e

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Authenticity Matters: Three Ways To Reach College Students – Gen Zers feel strongly about brands investing in corporate social responsibility efforts: 94% of them believe companies should be helping to address social and environmental issues. Offering a voice on issues that plague college campuses and the world at large can position your brand as a compassionate, socially conscious organization that cares about real issues students face, not just how much money students are spending.  https://bit.ly/2qvS2lZ

EU: Investment Firms Must Tell Clients about Environmental Risks – The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs decided on Monday that investment firms will from now on have to make sure they inform their clients about the risks of their projects infringing upon human rights, endangering the environment, or similar violations.  The Regulation “lays the foundation for an EU framework which puts environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of the financial system to help transform Europe’s economy into a greener, more resilient and circular system,” the document titled “Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks” said.  https://bit.ly/2qBJDxh

European Commission, Partners Launch ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles’ – The European Commission (EC), European Investment Bank (EIB), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy at the fifth edition of the Our Ocean Conference.  The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles put forward 14 Principles.  The Principles provide guidance on how to ensure that investments support more sustainable marine and coastal development and ensure the sustainability of ocean ecosystems. The Principles aim to engage investors, insurers and banks “to bring sustainability into the boardrooms of all ocean-based industries,” including aquaculture, biotechnology, energy, fisheries, shipping and tourism. https://bit.ly/2QByM1E

The TreeZero News October 29 – November 4, 2018

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking – past, present and future. Located in the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech, the museum’s exhibits feature Hunter’s historic collection, tools from the early industrialization of papermaking, environmental issues related to papermaking, and changing gallery spaces. http://paper.gatech.edu

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The Princeton Review Releases Its “Guide to 399 Green Colleges” For 2018 – is accessible for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. It profiles colleges that the education services company names as having the most exceptional commitments to sustainability out of several hundred institutions. Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 63% overall said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. The full survey report is at www.princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worrieshttps://bit.ly/2pTYbYQ

The Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) has released its Green Supply Chain Index detailing the top green supply chains of brands operating in China. Developed by the non-governmental Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the rankings are the result of independent environmental management evaluations of brands across 16 industries. CITI’s evaluation criteria include: “responsiveness and transparency, compliance and corrective action, extended green supply chain practices, energy conservation and emissions reduction, as well as performance disclosure.” https://bit.ly/2OYiAej

Time to end modern slavery in supply chains – The International Labor Organization estimates that 40.3 million people are affected by modern slavery. One in four of these people are children.  This week, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, a group of MPs within the Canadian government, took a step in the right direction. A new report, entitled A Call to Action: Ending the Use of All Forms of Child Labour in Supply Chains, outlines bold recommendations to eradicate child and forced labour in supply chains.  https://bit.ly/2AyDYxH

Human Pressures Have Shrunk Wildlife Populations by 60 Percent – Humans have wiped out about 60 percent of the world’s wildlife populations in the last four decades, a new report has found.

Over-exploitation of species, deforestation and agricultural use have destroyed key animal habitats around the planet from 1970 to 2014. And now, the growing threat from human-caused climate change is increasing pressure on animals, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s 2018 Living Planet report.

https://bit.ly/2PFd7bG

Firms’ Environmental Ratings Reduce Analyst Coverage, UC Davis Study Finds – As investors and creditors demand to know about the environmental performance of firms, the cost of processing that information is leading analysts to cover fewer firms and affecting their earnings revisions. That’s among the major findings of new study from the University of California, Davis. Paul Griffin, lead author and a professor at the university’s Graduate School of Management, said the higher the costs, the less information and less timely information analysts provide. And that means it takes longer for capital markets to reflect earnings announcements and discover the right price of stocks. “These results have implications for firm managers considering voluntary environmental disclosures and for investors deciding on what stocks to include in socially responsible portfolios,” Griffin said. The higher costs come mainly from the time analysts spend trying to understand the environmental performance of each firm in their portfolio through environmental ratings or indicators such as the use of renewable energy and the liability for hazardous waste. https://bit.ly/2DhkPTI

Sustainalytics Launches its Sustainable Products Research – Sustainalytics, a leading provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis, today launched its Sustainable Products Research, designed to identify companies that derive revenue from sustainable products and services. Investors can use this research for sustainability-themed product creation, portfolio construction and capital allocation strategies, integration of product involvement data into ESG analysis and for client portfolio reporting. With its Sustainable Products Research, Sustainalytics assesses the products and services of more than 10,000 companies, identifying those that derive more than five percent of their revenue from sustainable products and services. https://prn.to/2QhvqRt

6 Ways to Boost Corporate Support For Your Nonprofit – Corporations donated more than $20 billion to nonprofits and charities last year, according to Giving USA. But forming successful and lasting relationships with corporate partners remains a challenge for many nonprofit groups. How do you attract a corporation’s attention? How do you interact with their team? And how do you create a bond that will stand the test of time? Social Solutions—a technology company based in Austin, Texas—provides performance management software to help government agencies and nonprofits, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United Way of Metro Chicago, maximize their impact by tracking the outcome of their programming. Top tips: Be clear about the business case; Keep your mission front and center; Understand the company’s culture; Form relationships across the company; Treat donors as people, not paychecks; Don’t forget donor-advised funds.  https://bit.ly/2F14m82

Americans Demand Authenticity in Corporate Citizenship, According to New Research by Changing Our World – Over 75% of Americans think companies can be more talk than action when it comes to supporting social issues, according to Changing Our World’s latest report, “The Authenticity Opportunity.”  Nearly 70% of people will endorse a company that they believe is genuinely committed to making a difference in society, while 67% will speak out against a company they don’t believe is authentic in its actions. https://bit.ly/2EU7n9Y

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment One – By voting YES on Amendment One, voters will support the allocation of up to 80% of the EXISTING sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to:

  • Protect lands critical to clean water
  • Acquire and improve parks and trails
  • aintain and improve access to wildlife management areas
  • Support Georgia’s $27 billion outdoor recreation industry

Weather you enjoy fishing within Georgia’s globally-significant salt marsh ecosystems, taking brisk autumn morning hikes in our State Parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or biking with your family through your favorite local park, support for Amendment One this week will only help to enhance those experiences and expand opportunities for others – throughout Georgia and beyond – to share in them.  https://bit.ly/2DcoXUV

Sustainable investing assets reach $12 trillion – The US SIF Foundation’s 2018 biennial Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, released on October 31, 2018, found that sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets now account for $12.0 trillion—or one in four dollars—of the $46.6 trillion in total assets under professional management in the United States. This represents a 38 percent increase over 2016.  https://bit.ly/2qrOIbp

Wheels of Happiness: Coke’s Enzo Piscopo Creates Foundation to Help People With Mobility Disabilities in the Underdeveloped World. Vincenzo Piscopo is paralyzed from the waist down, but says he has neither reason to complain nor inclination to give in. His responsibility, he says, is to give back.Piscopo – who has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 22 years – established the Wheels of Happiness Foundation shortly after suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury in 2010. Inspired to pay forward all the support they’d received during his rehabilitation and return to work, they established The Wheels of Happiness (WOH) Foundation in 2011 to help victims of spinal cord injuries and people with mobility disabilities in underdeveloped countries. WOH provides medical supplies, hygiene products, psychological support and more to help them become independent, reintegrate into society and add value to their communities.  To date, the foundation – which is staffed by 10 volunteers around the world and supported by corporate and individual donors – has helped 70 people in Uganda, Kenya, Colombia and Venezuela. https://bit.ly/2PBmfhC

Cities urge the G20 to work with them to tackle climate change, the future of work and social integration – The communiqué, endorsed by the mayors of 34 cities, representing 1.5 billion citizens, called on G20 member states to implement a series of measures, including: Fully and rapidly implement the Paris Agreement, to achieve emissions neutrality by 2050 and keep global atmospheric temperatures from rising above 1.5°C Accelerate a global shift away from fossil fuels toward clean and renewable energy, including carbon pricing that reflects the social cost of carbon. https://bit.ly/2DmdLFu

What’s that green thing on top of Georgia State Stadium?Georgia State Stadium on Georgia State’s campus has a garden sprouting on its rooftop. The year-old stadium made Georgia State one of three finalists for the United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) NACDA Sustainability Award, given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG. The award is given to universities who incorporate “sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.” Georgia State did not win the award but still received $10,000 in USG merchandise to put towards athletic and academic buildings.   One of Georgia State’s student organizations, the Student Environmental Team (SET), is building the garden and has optimistic goals for the future. SET member Gina Sheridan said the club will use the garden to provide educational opportunities for students and the Georgia State Athletics staff. It will engage the community by letting them grow in the garden, providing them the opportunity to improve their agricultural literacy.  https://bit.ly/2Dl9Jgq

 

RECYCLING

Republic Services CEO says recycling has become a ‘broken’ system – CNBC’s Jane Wells reports from a Republic Services facility on the “broken” recycling business as the commodity value of recyclables drop. https://cnb.cx/2znQRt0

Consumer Goods Industry Moves to Act on Plastic Waste – The Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) issued a statement calling for the consumer goods industry to play a leading role in eliminating plastic waste on land and sea and endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy vision. https://bit.ly/2Q48RzA

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging – Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. “We will introduce a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which contains less than 30 percent recycled plastic transforming the economics of sustainable packaging,” Hammond announced as part of his annual budget. “The tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of packaging which in turn will create greater demand for this material,” the Treasury said, following Hammond’s announcement.  https://cnb.cx/2Q6A2tq

SC Johnson Accelerates Progress Boosting Plastic Recycling and Reuse – SC Johnson is announcing a series of commitments to further reduce its own plastic footprint, by boosting recycled plastic content in its packaging, supporting reuse of plastic bottles through concentrated refills, and launching an effort to make Ziploc® bags recyclable at curbside.  https://prn.to/2CQyFeX

HP Inc. and IKEA Join Initiative to Develop First Global Network of Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chains – NextWave Member companies are committed to having maximum impact today and currently are on track, in alignment with UN SDG 14.1, to have diverted a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastics, the equivalent to 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles, from entering the ocean by the end of the year 2025. There is currently more than 86 million tonnes of plastic in our ocean. And each year, up to 12 million tonnes of new plastic will enter the ocean. Given this crisis, NextWave Members are continually looking for ways to have more impact.  www.nextwaveplastics.orghttps://www.nextwaveplastics.org/release-hp-ikea

These socks and underwear are made from 100% recycled yarn – Arvin Goods doesn’t make its socks from manufactured, uniformly dyed threads. Rather, they compile them from scrap fabrics, sourced from factory cutting-room floors, sorted by colors, and ground up and woven into a new, 100% recycled fiber. The name “Arvin,” comes from an old English and Germanic word meaning “friend of the people.”  A pair of socks goes for around $10, and a pack of six boxer briefs goes for $69. https://bit.ly/2yH7xfu

Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste – Ahold Delhaize has teamed up with almost 300 organizations as part of an international effort to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, signed by packaging manufacturers, retailers and recyclers representing 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced worldwide, officially kicked off Oct. 29 at a conference in Bali. https://bit.ly/2PAdXX6

Danone Striving for 100% Circular Packaging by 2025 – Danone has committed that by 2025 all its packaging will be designed to be 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable. At present, 86 percent of Danone’s packaging is circular, Danone says the company also is planning to launch alternatives to single-use and plastic packaging in all its major water markets by 2025. It is also evaluating alternative solutions to replace plastic straws through a pilot program to be launched in Indonesia in 2019.  https://bit.ly/2EZqijw

Costa enlists Ogilvy to study consumer behaviour for ‘solutions’ to meet recycling pledge – Costa Coffee has embraced Ogilvy UK’s behavioural science unit to help it, and customers, recycle more disposable coffee cups. The findings will be piloted by Heathrow Airport before they are scaled up globally.  https://bit.ly/2Rs1fXL

Sealed Air Corporation has announced a sustainability and plastics pledge to design its packaging solutions to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company will accelerate its use of recycled materials, expand reuse models for packaging and lead the collaboration with partners worldwide to ensure execution.  https://bit.ly/2CQGIbr

Recycle your HP packaging in the UK – We are working to replace hard to recycle materials with more easily recycled substitutes. If you need help recycling your packaging, please fill out the form completely so that we may properly assist you. https://bit.ly/2cYSeRU

Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle vow to cut all plastic waste in bid to tackle ocean pollution  Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle are among 250 major brands pledging to cut all plastic waste from their operations – a move described by the UN as the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. “We are focused on improving the sustainability of all of our packaging, regardless of the type, and increasing the amount of recycled and renewable material,” said Ben Jordan, senior director of environmental policy at Coca-Cola. https://bit.ly/2JDIVrX

Darling Ingredients uses larvae to produce oil, animal feed and other products. Darling converts recycled animal fats and oils used in cooking into feed and fuel ingredients, such as biodiesel. Even residual bakery products can be turned into feed ingredients. The Irving, Texas-based company also acts as an environmental cleanup provider, with grease collection and disposal for food service firms.  https://bit.ly/2OpKKdb

 

DEFORESTATION

ForestMapper – This interactive tool is the only one of its kind to visually represent ancient and endangered forests at a global scale. ForestMapper includes information on numerous ecological values divided into four categories: forests, species, carbon and landscapes. ForestMapper is the first iteration of a mapping tool that incorporates geospatial data from scientific experts to assist companies transitioning to more sustainable fibre supply chains and to help identify areas of potential sourcing risk. https://bit.ly/2yLd5VZ

The Forest Resilience Bond – is a public-private partnership that enables private capital to finance much-needed forest restoration across the western U.S. Investors provide upfront capital with public and private beneficiaries then making contracted payments based on the water, fire, and other benefits created by the restoration activities. By scaling restoration treatments, the Forest Resilience Bond can decrease the risk of severe wildfire while protecting air quality, water supply, rural communities, and habitat. The Forest Resilience Bond utilizes investor capital and cost-sharing among beneficiaries to redefine how society addresses environmental challenges. https://www.forestresiliencebond.com

Over 5,000 trees to be planted for 2022 FIFA World Cup – According to Jose Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager at Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee, reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to delivering a sustainable and inclusive 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and football experience, as evident in the various 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium projects. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will help further plant more than 5,000 trees, and create more than 850,000 m2 new green spaces and parks. https://bit.ly/2JrqKpC

Sheedo – experts in original ecofriendly corporate gifts. They create original business products and gifts that can be planted.  Seed paper that grows into trees when planted – Made from residual cotton from the textile industry, Sheedo’s seed paper doesn’t require trees to be cut down nor does it involve toxic bleaching — it’s a 100% sustainable product and it ends up germinating into a plant at the end of its life.  https://read.bi/2OpQYts  https://sheedo.es/en/

Seed Phytonutrients– Created the first shower-friendly paper bottle, made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper with a post-consumer recycled liner. https://bit.ly/2witzDc

OZ Paper industry to transform biowaste with research hub – The Australian Research Council (ARC) Hub for Processing Advance Lignocelluosics into Advance Materials, launched by Monash University, will enable pulp and paper companies to become biorefineries. Over five years, a total of $6.8 million will be invested to convert wood, plant-based matter and other biomass into materials such as cellulose-based hydrogels for personal medicine, nanocellulose films to replace plastic food packaging and nanogels to help farmers maintain crops in the ever-changing climate.  https://bit.ly/2EQzabm

Bamboo Stakeholders Appeal To Local Banks For Support As They Gear Up To Start Paper, Value-Added Production – The organisation overseeing the development of a bamboo industry in Jamaica has launched an appeal to financial institutions for support. Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said several initiatives were currently under way that would see Jamaica producing paper and other valued-added products from bamboo in a year’s time. https://bit.ly/2Q02PA4

Asda commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy – Supermarket giant Asda has this week made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for agricultural raw materials and animal feed is “net-zero deforestation” verified by 2020.  Through its membership to the Consumer Goods Forum and with support from parent company Walmart, Asda will work with suppliers to identify those in at-risk areas for deforestation caused by soy planting.  https://bit.ly/2JBracN

Koalas among species threatened by Australia deforestation – A new study says that the country’s east coast is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years.  Australia‘s east coast has become a global deforestation hotbed, according to a new study. The World Wide Fund says that part of the world is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years, eradicating the habitats of animals such as koalas.  https://bit.ly/2D1QQOL

Deforestation continues upward trend in the Brazilian Amazon – On Monday, Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, published its monthly report on deforestation in the Amazon from its satellite-based Sistema de Alerta de Desmatamento (SAD) forest monitoring platform. Imazon reported 444 square kilometers of clearing in September 2018, an increase of 84 percent over September 2017. More importantly given the variability of month-to-month deforestation figures, the twelve month total according to the system amounts to 4,859 square kilometers, the highest level since July 2008.  https://bit.ly/2ALPA0B

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Water Scarcity Atlas – The Global Water Scarcity Atlas provides an introduction to water scarcity and showcases analyses that cover the whole world, based on cutting-edge research. Water scarcity means there is not enough water to go around. There is a need to reduce demand or increase supply – or someone loses out. https://waterscarcityatlas.org

How Coca-Cola Is Committing to Sustainability By Reducing Water Usage – The Coca-Cola Company is keeping our sustainability promise with water stewardship efforts, focusing on the areas where the Company can have the greatest impact: Replenishing water we use in finished beverages across communities and watersheds; Improving water-use efficiency and reuse in bottling plants; Helping manage water resources in agricultural ingredient supply chain. Since 2015, The Coca-Cola Company has replenished 100% of the water we use in it’s beverages, returning it to nature and communities.  https://bit.ly/2CO9NUY

Human urine bricks invented by South African students – They combined urine with sand and bacteria in a process that allows the bricks to solidify at room temperature. “It’s essentially the same way that coral is made in the ocean,” Dyllon Randall, their supervisor at the University of Cape Town, told the BBC. Normal bricks need to be baked in high-temperature kilns that produce large amounts of carbon dioxide. The engineering students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been harvesting urine from men’s toilets. After first making a solid fertiliser, the leftover liquid is then used in a biological process “to grow” what the university calls “bio-bricks”. The process is called microbial carbonate precipitation. The bacteria produces an enzyme that breaks down urea in the urine, forming calcium carbonate, which then binds the sand into rock hard, grey bricks. A “bio-brick” needs between 25 litres and 30 litres to grow – this may sound a lot, but most of this urine is also used to produce about 1kg of fertiliser

So to make one urine brick, you’d need to go to the loo about 100 times.  https://bbc.in/2PVyCBY

The Seafloor Is Dissolving Because of Climate Change – According to a new study, ocean acidification is setting off a dangerous feedback loop that’s dissolving the very bottom of the ocean.  According to a study published this week in PNAS , this sets off a feedback loop that acidifies the ocean even more quickly, a process that is already killing off foundational marine life species such as coral and threatening the balance of all ocean ecosystems on which we depend. https://bit.ly/2yRIaaB

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Majority of Americans Want Cleaner Energy from Renewable Sources – According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, 53% percent say they would be willing to install solar panels on their own roof or participate in a community solar garden or array if they could recover their investment in five years. 48% percent say they’d be willing to pay $5 more per month for energy that comes from renewable sources. https://bit.ly/2qhfZ0f

American Energy Over the Last 45 Years – The amount of oil used in the transportation sector today is roughly 50% greater than that used in 1973 — and the US population has grown by roughly the same percentage in that timeframe. If one looks at each energy use sector (e.g., buildings, appliances, transportation, industrial), it is not far-fetched to conclude that it is technically and economically feasible to curb current energy use by at least 50% without risking harm to the economy, jobs, or lifestyles. https://bit.ly/2SvUohF

Y Combinator, the famed startup school that birthed companies like Airbnb Inc., Stripe Inc. and Dropbox Inc., said it would start looking for startups working on breakthrough technologies in the field of carbon capture, the science of pulling carbon-dioxide molecules out of the atmosphere. The customary deal for startups at Y Combinator is a $150,000 investment in exchange for a 7 percent stake in the company. https://bloom.bg/2Q7pRFg

Online tool designed to calculate property energy efficiency in EU – Achieving energy efficient housing while maximising economic profit is the objective of RentalCal, an online tool designed by the University of Alicante together with experts from eight European countries. This is the first tool, open to anyone, designed for calculating the incentives and costs involved in energy efficiency renovation works in housing. https://bit.ly/2AzoeKV

Energy Efficiency and Corporate Sustainability – nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies have targets for reducing GHG emissions, increasing renewable energy production, or decreasing energy usage. https://bit.ly/2Suujzb

7-Eleven’s RENEW™ Reduced Emissions Program and Customers Help Plant 100,000 Trees With The Arbor Day Foundation – A total of 934 7-Eleven® locations offer the RENEW program. Click here to locate a 7-Eleven store offering the RENEW program near you.  https://bit.ly/2OouCIQ

Indiana’s NIPSCO Lays Out Coal-To-Renewables Plan – to transition northern Indiana’s energy generation away from coal and toward renewable energy sources. The initiative accelerates the anticipated retirement of NIPSCO’s five remaining coal-fired units and a transition to renewable energy. https://bit.ly/2yNEZ3Q

Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles – NantEnergy has made some new and exceptional claims about its latest zinc air batteries: that they can be reliably recharged thousands of times, that the tech can be extended to cars in the future, and that they already clear the $100-per-kwh manufacturing-cost barrier—right now, in 2018.  https://bit.ly/2R8Oj9o

Movie Theater Company Cinemark Inks Texas Wind Agreement – with Trent Mesa wind farm in Nolan County, Texas. Cinemark’s VPPA will support up to 40 MW of renewable energy from the Texas project; this is equivalent to the power consumption of approximately 120 Cinemark theaters, or nearly 14,000 homes. Cinemark will receive renewable energy certificates for the 40 MW of wind power capacity.  https://bit.ly/2EPaxf4

Jet biofuel mass production to begin in Japan – Japan’s biotechnology company euglena is to start mass production of bio jet fuel and biodiesel out of algae and waste oil, with the aim of being the first company to fuel green commercial flights out of Japan. The cost of biofuels is expected to drop from the current 10,000 yen ($88.6) per liter to 100 yen by 2025. This will be close to the current price of petroleum-based jet fuel at about 70 yen.  https://s.nikkei.com/2JBrgBb

Tesla wades into tidal energy with Scottish developer – The Scottish tidal energy developer Nova Innovation has teamed up with Tesla to demonstrate the world’s first tidal energy storage system (TESS).  https://bit.ly/2OnOBat

2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator – Johnson Controls conducts an annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey tracking current and planned investments, key drivers, and organizational barriers to improving energy efficiency in facilities. https://on.jci.com/2zpNBxb