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

The TreeZero News October 22-28, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

How Scientists Cracked the Climate Change Case – Without human activities the planet would not have warmed over the past century. When scientists include all of the effects that humans have had on the climate system, they can match them with many independent and varied observations. Our best assessment is therefore that humans, at least the ones responsible for the bulk of carbon dioxide emissions, have been responsible for all of the recent trends in global temperatures. The forensics have spoken, and we are to blame.  https://nyti.ms/2CNQXgv

Home energy efficiency ratings explained – Mike Ross gives us an inside-look at energy efficiency and the ways in which a home’s efficiency rating is assessed. First Choice demonstrates a few of the efficiency tests which are used to gauge an overall home efficiency score, a score which can have a direct impact on client utility costs. https://bit.ly/2OcqnQm

Curve Ahead: The Future of Commercial Fleet Electrification – A 2018 UPS/BreenBiz Research Study – The primary motivators for electrifying fleets are achieving sustainability goals (83 percent of respondents) and lowering total cost of ownership (64 percent).  The top barriers are a prohibitive initial purchase price (55 percent), lack of EV charging infrastructure at facilities (44 percent) and lack of product availability (35 percent). 92 percent of GreenBiz web survey respondents indicated that their organization is not well- equipped with onsite EV charging infrastructure for commercial vehicles.   https://bit.ly/2yhWPvA

Carbon Lighthouse and Generate Capital Close $65 Million in Financing for Commercial Energy Efficiency Projects – Carbon Lighthouse, a clean energy services company, and Generate Capital, a leading financier, owner and operator of distributed energy and resource infrastructure, today announced the close of a $65 million project finance fund to support the rapid growth of Carbon Lighthouse’s clean energy and efficiency business. Carbon Lighthouse will use the funds to help more building owners and investors across the United States turn energy waste from existing assets into guaranteed, bankable revenue streams. https://prn.to/2R8UJ8k

EU and Gates agree green energy fund – The European Commission has signed an agreement with the Bill Gates Foundation’s Breakthrough Energy to establish a joint investment fund called Breakthrough Energy Europe (BEE).  The European research and innovation investment firm InnovFin and Breakthrough Energy will each provide half of the funding.  The European Union’s executive branch said the US$100-million fund would help “innovative European companies develop and bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market”. https://bit.ly/2EMiemn

Members of the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) have this week approved more than $1bn of funding for 19 projects supporting climate action in developing countries. https://bit.ly/2EXZjVw

Winds of change: Shell joins Global Wind Energy Council – Oil giant Shell has moved to expand its influence in the green energy space by joining the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) as a board level member. The move, announced late last week, will bring Shell closer to an industry it is investing heavily in around the world. https://bit.ly/2CZpYj5

US Tests Electric Bikes for Urban Delivery – The cargo eBikes will operate in the historic Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle area on sidewalks and in designated bike lanes. UPS started in Seattle in 1907 as a bicycle messenger company. Developed in collaboration with Silver Eagle Manufacturing using Truck Trikes. It will be able to make deliveries to areas conventional delivery trucks can’t access directly and currently require that trucks be parked on the periphery for long periods of time. This will reduce congestion in these areas by reducing truck dwell time, instances of double parking and other unintended consequences associated with downtown deliveries. https://pressroom.ups.com/pressroom/ContentDetailsViewer.page?ConceptType=Media&id=1540480005328-674https://bit.ly/2D5ot2Q

 

RECYCLING

Kellogg updates packaging aims and seals Pringles recycling deal – Kellogg’s will aim to use 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025, as part of new sustainability targets. The goals build on the company’s current sustainable packaging commitment to continue to ensure 100% of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced. Consumers in the UK will also now be able to recycle their Pringles’ cans thanks to a new deal struck between the Kellogg’s-owned crisp brand and recycling company TerraCycle. https://bit.ly/2yE95GX

Poll: Americans Value Curbside Recycling Programs But Seek Improvements – A new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reveals nearly 8 in 10 Americans have curbside programs where they live (79%). Of those with programs, almost 9 in 10 find the recycling services to be valuable (88%). Detailed results are available online. https://bit.ly/2PoLjs4

Charlotte is the first city in the United States to make a commitment to adopting the circular economy as a public sector strategy. In its circular future, all of the material resources that now end up in landfills will be the basis for Charlotte’s next industrial revolution: the foundation for an era of green manufacturing that unlocks new technological advances, increases local resilience, and supports workforce development.  https://bit.ly/2Pt10hK

The 5 Weirdest Things You Can Recycle Through TerraCycle – Writing Instruments – recycle your old pens, pencils, and markersrecycling your corksPersonal Care Accessories Zero Waste BoxBaby Food Pouches Zero Waste Boxrecycling your cigarette waste; And get this: TerraCycle is changing with the times. It now offers a recycling box for electronic cigarettes.  https://bit.ly/2ELNsKg

European Parliament calls for single-use plastics ban by 2021 – The parliament’s new measure would also go after products made of oxo-degradable plastics, which include bags, packaging and fast food containers made from polystyrene.  The parliament statement said member nations will create plans to reduce other single-use items not made of plastic by at least 25 percent by 2025, including sandwich boxes, as well as food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts, and ice cream. https://bit.ly/2D6NWsC

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AT RISK OF MISSING 2020 RECYCLING TARGET – Eunomia’s new report, produced for the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment, reviewed how all member states are progressing towards the EU’s 2020 recycling target of 50 percent. Over a dozen countries are at risk of not accomplishing this goal. The countries at risk are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.  https://bit.ly/2D8LXEy

What’s plaguing glass recycling in the Northeast – The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) recently released results of the glass survey in the 11-state NERC region. Of the 34 MRFs that answered a question on the quality of their glass product, 24 of them – or 70 percent – said their glass had at least 15 percent non-glass residue and fines. Only six said it was 10 percent or less non-glass residue and fines, and another four marked “not applicable.” “From the perspective of the MRFs, the primary issues with recycled glass are wear and tear on equipment, lack of markets, contamination and cost.” In June, the Glass Recycling Coalition released the results of its nationwide survey, which also touched on the handling of glass at MRFs. https://bit.ly/2qfmZe9

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recognized innovators and leaders in the industry at its annual Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELRT). The 2018 Sustainability Partnership Game Changer Award was shared by Florida Recycling Partnership (FRP), Waste Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Beverage Association. The 2018 Construction and Demolition Debris Recycler of the Year went to Waste Connections of Rhode Island. The 2018 Best Recycling Public Education Program Award went to Waste Management for its Latino Outreach Study and Campaign for its Odas al reciclaje (Odes to Recycling) outreach campaign, inspired by the work of Pablo Neruda and Odes to everyday items. The 2018 Recycling Facility of the Year Award went to Dem-Con Companies for its materials recovery facility (MRF). The 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year Award went to Vanguard Renewables.  https://bit.ly/2NZjgLa

PepsiCo Announces New Packaging Goal For 25% Recycled Plastic Content By 2025 – The goal includes an aim specific to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles to achieve 33% recycled PET content by 2025.  https://bit.ly/2yDNNck

The James Beard Foundation announced the launch of Waste Not, a multiyear campaign – The campaign will urge Americans to start with small changes just one day a week—on Waste Not Wednesday. If all Americans eliminated food waste on Waste Not Wednesdays, more than 7.8 million tons of food would be saved each year—enough to provide almost 13 billion meals to the hungry. Through both the ‘Waste Not’ book and ‘Creating a Full-Use Kitchen’ curriculum, more than 70 chefs are bringing inspiration as well as creative and practical ideas for chefs and home cooks to have an impact on food waste reduction.  https://bit.ly/2pLwfWU

Nat Geo, Wattpad Call for Stories About Global Plastic Crisis – National Geographic has joined forces with Wattpad — a global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories — to raise further awareness of the global plastic crisis through a creative storytelling challenge. National Geographic and Wattpad are asking writers to explore the alarming impact of plastic on the environment, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to do their part to protect the environment through creative storytelling and artistic activism. By sharing stories with the hashtag #PlanetOrPlastic, Wattpad users will be able to inspire others to take the pledge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in their lives. Participants in the contest will also get the chance to have their stories featured on NationalGeographic.com.  You can find the new National Geographic profile at www.wattpad.com/user/NationalGeographic, and join National Geographic’s efforts by pledging your commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic at natgeo.com/plasticpledge.  https://bit.ly/2RgIcj6

The National League of Cities Report – Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets– Provides an overview on China’s regulations impact on cities; short-term responses and strategies; city profiles; and a list of recommendations that can help city leaders to boost the resilience of local recycling systems and achieve long-term sustainable waste management goals. https://bit.ly/2ICtvDR

Former Mayors Goldsmith and Nutter Join the Rubicon Family in Key Board Roles – Rubicon Global announced significant smart city and sustainability expertise was being added to its Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Former Indianapolis Mayor and internationally recognized sart city expert, Stephen Goldsmith, has joined Rubicon’s Board of Directors and former Philadelphia Mayor and sustainability policy champion, Michael Nutter, has joined Rubicon’s Advisory Board. Both roles are effective immediately. The former mayors will work with the Rubicon executive leadership team in key advisory roles, specifically around technology adoption and the growth of Rubicon’s smart city offering. The RUBICON Smart City platform provides comprehensive waste, recycling and community infrastructure data that enables cities to reduce operating expenses, divert waste from landfills, implement and improve recycling programs, track metrics, and work towards long-term sustainability and quality of life goals.  https://bit.ly/2qd2zm5

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has for the first time specified numerical targets on reducing single-use plastics, aiming for a 25 percent reduction by 2030 through such measures as requiring retailers to charge for plastic grocery bags.  The targets were included in a preliminary draft of a strategy for recycling and reusing plastic products, which the ministry submitted to the Central Environment Council on Oct. 19. In addition to a reduction of single-use plastics, the draft specifies the introduction of 2 million tons per year of animal and plant-derived biomass plastic by 2030 — about 50 times the current amount. It also sets forth a plan to recycle or reuse 60 percent of all plastic containers by 2030 and to effectively use 100 percent of such plastic products by 2035, partly by burning plastic waste to produce thermal power.  https://bit.ly/2Peo5EY

The Legal Guide to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act – Unfortunately, many in the retail food industry are not aware of the Bill Emerson Act and the protections that it provides donors; some potential donors even believe it is illegal to donate food and grocery items. The primary purpose of this paper is to inform those involved in the retail food industry of the Bill Emerson Act and how it operates.  Although risk is inherent to operating in the food industry, those participating in food recovery programs have their risks greatly reduced for the qualified donations they make. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act removes the risk of liability associated with food and grocery item donation and makes food donation a viable and beneficial business practice.  https://bit.ly/1ww1zc4

Singapore startups are coming up with innovative ways to tackle the country’s growing food waste problem. Leftovers are going to those who need them and are even being turned into products like essential oils. https://bit.ly/2OPZ0kp

Check Out the Top 10 Best Food Waste Apps in the UK – https://bit.ly/2Sot9pa

Georgia Tech start-up uses food waste to create sustainable, insect-based animal feed – Grubbly Farms takes pre-consumer food waste from bakeries, breweries and restaurants and feeds it to black soldier grub flies, which are then dehydrated and packaged as Grubblies chicken feed. According to co-founder Patrick Pittaluga, it’s the only chicken snack completely farm grown in the U.S., making it an attractive option for regional farmers in search of a nutritional, sustainable and local product. Grubbly Farms received support from CREATE-X, a student start-up accelerator at Georgia Tech. The program allows students to explore entrepreneurship through hands-on experience, including launching their own companies, and provides seed funding, legal assistance and intensive mentorship. Grubbly Farms recently closed a $1.5 million seed round of funding and has sold over 80,000 pounds of feed over the past two years. The start-up is now partnering with EnviroFlight, a Kentucky-based company that plans to open the first U.S.-based dried black soldier fly production facility.  https://bit.ly/2CM2OMr

 

DEFORESTATION

Declaration to halt expanded use of biomass – More than 100 organizations from across the globe have published a joint declaration calling on governments, financiers, companies and civil society to halt the expansion of the biomass-based energy industry and to move away from its use.  Bioenergy (energy from the burning of biological materials, mostly wood) has long been mistakenly regarded as a renewable and carbon neutral form of energy, like solar and wind. However, growing awareness of the actual climate impacts of burning forest biomass and related social and environmental impacts have radically changed this view. We now know that burning forest wood for large-scale energy production threatens biodiversity and climate resilience. Indeed, using forest biomass for energy can entrench, intensify and expand logging. Crucially bioenergy is not a climate solution as it is definitely not a carbon neutral form of energy and can even result in higher climate-changing emissions than fossil fuels. Protecting and restoring the world’s forests is a climate change solution, burning them is not. https://bit.ly/2yxSvsp

Radio – Why forests are crucial for reining in climate change – https://bit.ly/2OVuiXb

Stand4Forests – The movement for forest protection in the name of climate justice – More than 25 environmental organizations and climate justice leaders have worked together to collaboratively create the Stand4Forests platform. Stand4Forests endorsesseek a world where we value forests more standing than logged. We stand in solidarity to call for forest protection, climate action, and justice for all.   https://stand4forests.org/our-story/

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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President Signs America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 Formally Authorizing EPA’s WaterSense Program. Under the WaterSense program, plumbing manufacturers have developed more than 27,000 models of WaterSense-labeled products, including showerheads, toilets, urinals, faucets, faucet accessories, and commercial pre-rinse sprays. 1,900 WaterSense partners – including manufacturers, water utilities, building groups, retailers, associations and communities – collaborate on the program. https://bit.ly/2PUMFI1

California approves Ocean Acidification Action Plan – the action plan calls for a comprehensive assessment to identify the current and future risk to valuable fisheries like Dungeness crab and salmon, as well as California’s ocean-dependent tourism industry.  https://bit.ly/2yBNzlY

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Deloitte’s 2018 retail holiday survey – Two thirds of shoppers are willing to pay extra for sustainability, a trend driven by younger shoppers. https://bit.ly/2AwPr0T

The Coca-Cola Foundation Announces $1 Billion Giving Milestone – The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $1 billion to communities worldwide since its inception in 1984,  In addition to serving its hometown of Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Foundation has reached more than 655 million people worldwide over the last 30-plus years through its support of more than 2,400 organizations with a focus on protecting the environment, empowering women, education, and enhancing communities.  https://bit.ly/2CYRsoS

Buy Me Once tries to find the longest-lasting version of everything – Buy Me Once promotes and sells over 2000 items longest-lasting products. https://buymeonce.com/pages/about-us

In numbers: The state of corporate sustainability reporting – 89% of businesses are acknowledging the SDGs in reports; However, just 15% are measuring contributions to the Goals; Combined reports increased by 11% last year; Four in 10 businesses call their CSR documents ‘sustainability reports’; 53% have interactive websites for sustainability; There are 10 times as many reporting requirements now compared to 1992.  https://bit.ly/2qaU9eD

Changing The Status Quo: How Women Are Leading the Charge On Impact Investing – One of the biggest drivers of the growing interest in impact investing and ESG data is the fact that women are gaining access to significant capital and want to invest that capital into financial opportunities that align with their values.  “It’s the first time in history that women in the U.S. control more assets, or are allocating more assets, than men,” said Kiersten Barnet, deputy chief of staff and manager of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Stephanie Luedke of Citi Investment Management said, “We are absolutely seeing that the demographics of our client base are shifting. 90% of women surveyed have indicated that they want to invest at least a portion of their wealth in a manner that aligns with their values, and women are more inclined than our average investor to do this.”  https://bit.ly/2CDmORc

Ways to Create a Climate Change Investment Strategy – Since 1995, assets in sustainable and responsible investments have grown 18-fold, to more than $11 trillion, according to US SIF, a membership organization of sustainable investors.  There are two main approaches to creating a climate change investment strategy. One is investing in alternative energy. This can be done in a variety of areas, including solar, wind or geothermal production and distribution, or companies that make the infrastructure, like battery cells that power electric cars.The other way is what some call climate-proofing a portfolio. The premise is that a warmer Earth will create economic disruption and that companies need to prepare for this.  https://nyti.ms/2yCdJp3

BlackRock Bets Big on ESG Investing – The world’s largest asset manager has bundled six existing ESG ETFs plus a new bond ESG ETF into a core portfolio lineup, called iShares Sustainable Core, and it has introduced an ESG Portfolio Analyzer that advisors can use to score entire portfolios for their environmental, social and governance metrics. https://bit.ly/2yxL6co

Impact investing: Good Returns helps companies do more with their philanthropy – The social enterprise concentrates on mobilizing money donated by companies to benefit the most people possible. It has a distinct model that marries finance and success stories to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems. Good Returns uses a process it calls “the cycle” that connects impact organizations to capital provided by companies. For example, if an impact organization’s primary purpose is to bring solar energy to remote locations, Good Returns offers capital in the form of a one-year interest free loan. At the conclusion of that year, the organization then repays its loan to Good Returns, which then determines how much impact the money had and whether the scale of investment should be increased to that organization.  https://bit.ly/2OMHJsl

Te Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement, both by educating and empowering a diverse network of individuals to act on their campuses, and by fostering a national network for collective action. We empower young people to defend human rights and the environment while making both corporations and universities accountable to global stakeholders. Our goal is to foster social and environmental change by making responsible investment common practice amongst colleges and universities, and to support the next generation of activists.  http://www.endowmentethics.org/about

IOC PUBLISHES SUSTAINABILITY REPORT – With the publication of the “Olympic Agenda 2020 – The New Norm”, which, through 118 reforms, re-shapes the way the Olympic Games are planned and delivered, sustainability principles are now present throughout the entire lifecycle of the Olympic Games – from the earliest stages of the candidature process through to the handover to legacy bodies. The reforms aim to ensure the Games are affordable, beneficial and sustainable by reducing their cost and complexity, minimising risks, resource consumption and waste, and – consequently – lowering their environmental impacts and carbon emissions. Read the full report here. https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-publishes-sustainability-report

Impact Investing Case Study – The Russell Family Foundation developed a case study that outlines key learnings from their comprehensive journey in impact investing, including our 4-year path from 7% to almost 75% mission-aligned investments. The portfolio has also outperformed its blended benchmark by nearly 3 percent. An executive summary on the report can also be found herehttp://www.trff.org/impact-investing/

Xerox 2018 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Report Show cases Commitment to Sustainability, Social Investment, Governance – Xerox’s Global CSR report focuses on the company’s initiatives in sustainable services and products. One example features a program “You print one, we’ll plant one”; through a partnership with PrintReleaf, Xerox customers can reduce their overall environmental footprint and help global reforestation.  https://bit.ly/2yFJg9p

Waynesburg University, Chevron launch corporate social responsibility center – Waynesburg University and Chevron Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, thanks to $250,000 in initial funding from the oil and gas company. The center, which will be housed at Waynesburg’s facility at Southpointe, will work on building social responsibility initiatives among southwestern Pennsylvania’s corporate world. https://bit.ly/2Jk5Kkl

The Green White Paper: Sustainability in Meetings and Events – This paper investigates what has happened in the meeting and event industry since the adoption of event sustainability standards in 2012. Asking how the scope of sustainability has changed, and who in the supply chain has taken the lead for upholding key principles. https://bit.ly/2yGC50C

Why women give so much more to charity than men – Women give more than men, with 93% of high net worth women — defined as those earning more than $200,000 or having a net worth greater than $1 million minus the value of the home — giving to charity, 56% volunteering, 6% participating in impact investing and 23% serving on non-profit boards, according to a 2018 U.S. Trust study of high net worth philanthropy published in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. That’s compared to 87% of male donors and 41% of men who volunteer. And it’s not just rich women who give more, research shows. Last year, the UK-based Institute of Fundraising conducted a survey that revealed 54% of women had given to charity in the past year compared to just 40% of men.  https://bit.ly/2qdxnTo 

The TreeZero News October 15-21, 2018

Red Top Mountain State Park, Bartow County, GA

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Phaseout of HFC’s from refrigerators and air conditioners could deliver half a degree Celsius of global warming by the end of the century – hydrofluorocarbons, better known as HFCs including HFC-134A – used in most American refrigerators traps 1,300 times more heat than carbon dioxide does. Another, 410a, used in most American air-conditioners, is worse. An international agreement known as the Kigali Amendment will begin phasing out HFCs in 2019. Though the United States, the biggest emitter of the chemicals, has yet to ratify the treaty, 53 parties, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and the Maldives have already done so. With American participation, the agreement is expected to prevent half a degree Celsius of global warming by the end of the century.  Already, there is plenty of support for the Kigali Amendment not just from environmental groups, but, critically, also from many Republicans and from the HFC manufacturers themselves.  https://nyti.ms/2QUihgT

Energy efficiency is the cornerstone for building a secure and sustainable energy system – Energy Efficiency 2018 examines the opportunities for improving global energy efficiency to 2040, and finds that efficiency gains alone could allow the world to extract twice as much economic value from the energy it uses compared to today. Doing so would reduce energy bills for consumers by more than $500 billion dollars per year, lower energy imports and cut air pollution in cities – a key issue for many countries. https://bit.ly/2RYIgFs

Properties participating in Greenprint are well ahead of schedule in their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, regularly achieving reductions topping 3 percent annually and demonstrating what is possible for the broader real estate industry.  https://bit.ly/2S54ndq

When, why and how is the global energy transition going to happen?  By 2035, close to 20% of global power needs will be met by solar or wind. Similarly, upwards of 20% of all miles traveled globally by cars, trucks, buses and bikes will use electric motors rather than gasoline or diesel. After 2035, we expect to see adoption rates for renewable generation and electrified transport increase rapidly as they become the default choice across many energy systems around the world. So much so that half of all new power plants constructed globally are either solar or wind, or a hybrid combination with storage. Plus, half of all additional miles traveled by road will use an electric vehicle. https://bit.ly/2CvPTxP

Renewables meet 19% of Estonia’s Q3 power – Renewable power generation in Estonia totaled 402 GWh in the third quarter of 2018, covering 19% of the country’s total demand, shows data by transmission system operator (TSO) Elering. The output of Estonia’s renewable energy facilities was almost 20% higher than in the year-ago period. https://bit.ly/2PaD0A0

By suing U.S. government over climate change, young people ‘take some of that control into our own hands’– The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, is scheduled to go to trial in federal court on Oct. 29.  On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the lawsuit could proceed after the federal government’s attempt to halt the case last week. https://bit.ly/2ymXVGz

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. For the second year in a row, Massachusetts is ranked number one and California number two. https://bit.ly/2CZ9tni

 

RECYCLING

Istanbul Vending Machines Offer Subway Credit for Recycled Bottles and Cans  The city is installing “reverse vending machines” at metro stations that allow passengers to add credit to their subway cards simply by inserting a plastic bottle or aluminum can into the machine. Once a value has been assigned to the recyclables, the machine will crush, shred and sort the material. A commuter would need around 28 1.5-liter bottles to buy a single-journey ticket. https://nyti.ms/2CT1eJl

Weekend Without Waste: Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Teams Up With Keep Texas Beautiful to Educate Texans About Recycling – Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB) and Keep Texas Beautiful helped create a “Weekend Without Waste” during one of the biggest sporting and festival event weekends in Texas. Volunteer recycling teams roamed stadium stands and parking lots from Oct. 4-6 with signs and recycling bins to remind Texans to recycle their bottles and cans when they’re finished. https://bit.ly/2QSjRzX

Amazon Primes Recycling Pump, Betting Market Will Bounce Back – Amazon will invest $10 million in Closed Loop Partners, a $100 million fund focusing specifically on municipal recycling programs and technologies aimed at eliminating packaging waste. “This investment will help build the local capabilities needed to make it easier for our customers and their communities to recycle and to increase the amount of material recycled across the country,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “We are investing in Closed Loop Fund’s work because we think everyone should have access to easy, convenient curbside recycling.”  https://bit.ly/2PL8R7i

Trump Administration Launches “Winning on Reducing Food Waste” Initiative – The agreement is aimed at improving coordination and communication across federal agencies attempting to better educate Americans on the impacts and importance of reducing food loss and waste. Signing the joint agency agreement were U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. https://bit.ly/2S4j1l3

ZERO WASTE GROCERY GUIDE – A list of stores throughout the country that will allow you to purchase unpackaged staples in your own containers. You can use this list to help you find bulk goods while traveling, or if you’re just starting your transition to a zero waste lifestyle. https://www.litterless.com/wheretoshop/

Major companies join platform to fight food waste in Latin America – Some of the world’s largest food companies have joined an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) initiative to combat food loss and waste in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Called #SinDesperdicio, the platform brings together businesses such as The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, Grupo Bimbo, Oxxo and Dow Chemical. The platform will promote four areas of activity: innovative projects, national and local public policies, knowledge generation, and responsible consumer habits. In the field of innovation, processes and technologies throughout the production chain will be promoted – from infrastructure that improves logistics, to novel food recovery and donation models. The platform will also foster public policies in areas such as adoption of labelling standards, norms and incentives for food donation, and support for national and municipal food loss and waste reduction. In the area of knowledge, efforts will be made to enhance the existing data on food loss and waste levels and their causes. https://bit.ly/2NYTyXf

Tesco Set To Pay Customers For Recycling Plastic Bottles – Tesco is trialling a series of in-store recycling bins that will pay customers 10p for every plastic bottle handed in. The Independent reports that the trials are currently taking place at selected stores in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, Swansea, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham and will be rolled out across the UK if deemed a success.   https://bit.ly/2S62Zav

CREATING A FULL-USE KITCHEN – The James Beard Foundation is proud to introduce Creating a Full-Use Kitchen, an online course by the James Beard Foundation—created with founding support from the Rockefeller Foundation, served up by Morton’s Salt®, and with our Food Waste Tracking partner, LeanPath—and designed to introduce food waste reduction methods into the culinary school classroom. Over the next year, we will be taking this course on the road in the form of culinary labs across the country. At these labs, we’ll walk you through the course platform, facilitate a training session, and give a hands-on demonstration of two of the course activities.

  • November 2nd, 2018 — Brightwater, Bentonville, AR
  • January TBD, 2019 — Seattle, WA
  • February TBD, 2019 — Miami, FL

https://bit.ly/2z1fnjt

Sodexo Announces Plastics Reduction Policy Balancing Inclusion and Environmental Impact –  The North American Single-Use Plastics Reduction Plan that will eliminate single use plastic bags and stirrers by 2019, polystyrene foam items such as cups, lids and food containers by 2025, and shift straws to a “by request” item that will still be available to customers who need them while moving toward more sustainable materials. More details about Sodexo’s Single-Use Plastics Reduction Plan are available on SodexoUSA.com. https://bit.ly/2PH5q1G

 

DEFORESTATION

Nestlé ready to share evidence of deforestation in palm oil supply chain – From March 1, 2019 onwards the company intends to make its suppliers’ adherence (or non-adherence) to Nestlé’s no-deforestation policy external link available to the public on a Transparency Dashboard published on its website. https://bit.ly/2EBEoHK

Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor – New work at the intersection of atmospheric science and ecology is finding that forests can influence rainfall and climate from across a continent.  https://bit.ly/2pSdSzP

Missing Pathways to 1.5°C The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action – THIS REPORT PROVIDES AN ALTERNATE RESPONSE TO THE – UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s request to the IPCC to analyse impacts of warming to 1.5°C and related greenhouse gas emission pathways. Prepared by representatives of the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA), a consortium of advocates, faith-based organizations and scientists concerned with climate mitigation and adaptation, the report responds speci cally to the concern that many IPCC pathways rely heavily on untested mitigation approaches such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). CLARA supports the IPCC’s objective of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change while meeting sustainable development goals and reducing poverty.  https://bit.ly/2NKnExt

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

A device that can pull drinking water from the air just won the latest XPrize – The design, from the Skysource/Skywater Alliance, just won $1.5 million in the Water Abundance XPrize. The competition, which launched in 2016, asked designers to build a device that could extract at least 2,000 liters of water a day from the atmosphere (enough for the daily needs of around 100 people), use clean energy, and cost no more than 2¢ a liter. The new system, called WEDEW (“wood-to-energy deployed water”) was created by combining two existing systems. One is a device called Skywater, a large box that mimics the way clouds are formed: It takes in warm air, which hits cold air and forms droplets of condensation that can be used as pure drinking water. The water is stored in a tank inside the shipping container, which can then be connected to a bottle refill station or a tap. Because the process uses a large amount of electricity, designers paired it with a biomass gassifier, a low-cost source of energy. When the gassifier is filled with wood chips, coconut shells, or whatever biomass is locally available, a process calls pyrolysis vaporizes that material. That makes the system hot and humid, the ideal environment to run the air-to-water machine. As it generates power, it also produces biochar, a charcoal that can be added to soil to store carbon and help plants grow. https://bit.ly/2yu1tqk

AB InBev teams up with WWF to champion supply chain water stewardship – The first phase of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) partnership with TNC will see the organisations collaborate to launch a series of four new Water Funds in Colombia, El Salvador, Argentina and Mexico. These Funds will be used to unite water catchment stakeholders in developing nature-based solutions and sustainable watershed management models. It is hoped that the move will help to bolster the climate resilience of catchments while creating jobs for local people. Meanwhile, AB InBev will work with WWF to develop “blended finance” approaches to catchment management in Bolivia and Africa. https://bit.ly/2R3vNza

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Fairtrade ready to help food firms move to self-certification – The Fairtrade Foundation said on Wednesday it wanted to help food companies create their own schemes to ensure farmers in developing nations were treated fairly, even if the firms want to drop the Fairtrade mark.Fairtrade said it championed what it termed authentic and transparent self-certification and said it was ready to support companies in their efforts to develop robust in-house schemes.“We’re not abandoning certification – far from it,” Fairtrade CEO Michael Gidney said. “What we are doing is we’re developing new ways of working with companies, large and small.”  https://reut.rs/2yK8y5k

Interface’s futuristic Midtown ‘Base Camp’ is complete – With water filtration system and green roof, company’s West Peachtree Street headquarters is designed to refresh. From the exterior, the forest motif is designed to allow for natural light, reduce heat, and reflect Interface’s commitment to sustainability, officials said. The building uses 48 percent less energy than city code requires, with a 15,000-gallon water collection system for flushing. The company is applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Platinum certification. “Every aspect of the building’s design, seen and unseen, is collaborative and restorative in nature,” Jay Gould, Interface CEO, said in a press release. https://bit.ly/2PEGJ5U

Sustainability Certification Program for Industrial and Commercial Uniforms – Clean Green certified linen, uniform and facility services operations meet quality standards for effectiveness in conserving resources and minimizing environmental impact. Customers that use Clean Green certified companies to supply, launder and maintain linens, uniforms, mats and other reusable textiles can be assured that their provider maximizes sustainable practices.  https://bit.ly/2PaDwxP

How To Choose Eco-Friendly Fabrics – Follow this eco-friendly textile guide to make more informed purchases. Here are the top green textile choices to seek out in your next wardrobe.  https://bit.ly/2R2mqiS

Only 6% of Older Investors Are Familiar With ESG Investing: Survey – Only 40% of investors older than 60 were familiar with values-based investing, compared with 84% of millennials, and a mere 6% of senior investors knew what environmental, social and governance investing involved, versus 80% of millennials. The survey also found that as investors grow older, their financial advisors speak with them less about these various forms of investing. Only 25% of senior investors’ advisors were discussing options for portfolio construction around values-based investing, versus 85% of millennial investors’ advisors.  https://bit.ly/2J9vVKE

Impact Shares Receives $1 Million in Additional Funding from The Rockefeller Foundation – Impact Shares, the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit exchange-traded fund (ETF) platform, has secured an additional $1 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to expand its partnerships with leading nonprofits and help translate their social values into investable products. Impact Shares’ goal is to build a capital markets bridge between leading nonprofits, investors and corporate America to direct capital and social engagement on societal priorities. impactetfs.org.

Yale May Consider Exiting Private Funds in Social Investment Shift – Yale University, facing pressure to address ethical issues like gun violence, may consider exiting private equity and hedge fund investments that it deems socially irresponsible. Yale, which has about 60 percent of its $29.4 billion endowment in such alternative assets, made the statement as part of its ethical investment policy. The Ivy League school said it will work with its outside managers to adhere to its standards. https://bloom.bg/2EBJJim

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $450,000 to the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation (RICSI) to further its mission to prepare the next generation of business leaders by integrating social innovation, sustainability and shared value creation into Rutgers Business School’s curriculum. The funding will support curriculum development by building collaborative networks between corporations and faculty committed to providing students the education, skills and will to drive sustainable and socially responsible enterprises to create healthy communities across New Jersey, the country, and beyond.  https://bit.ly/2S3jx2J

Smart Catch is a sustainable seafood program created by chefs for chefs – the program provides training and support to chefs so they can serve seafood fished or farmed in environmentally-responsible ways. If you would like to join this initiative, please take a look at this summary, complete this form, or email smartcatch@jamesbeard.org.  Suppliers: If you are a supplier and are interested in working with us, please complete this Supplier Interest Form.

See a map of current Smart Catch Leaders.

For a list of restaurants Committed to the Smart Catch program, click here. https://www.jamesbeard.org/smart-catch

Why General Mills Is Turning to ‘Throwback’ Farming to Fight Climate Change – To fight climate change, General Mills is looking to its past. The 152-year-old food company is turning to “a throwback of classic, old farming practices” combined with new methods to contribute to a more sustainable future for the food industry, according to Carla Vernón, president of its natural and organic operating unit. That means expanding its organic acreage and implementing regenerative farming practices with perennial grains, cover crops, and pollinator habitats.  https://for.tn/2R5gCFo

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

REGISTER HERE

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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

Photo: Texas Christian University

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.

HTTPS://WWW.FOODNAVIGATOR.COM/ARTICLE/2018/09/25/WHAT-GETS-MEASURED-GETS-MANAGED-TESCO-SUPPLIERS-COMMIT-TO-SHARING-FOOD-WASTE-DATA 

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

The TreeZero News September 17-23, 2018

Photo: Fort Frederica, St. Simons, GA

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Interface unveils goal of becoming carbon negative by 2040 – The new aim will apply to Interface’s supply chain as well as its direct operations, with the company claiming that it will “innovate” its approach to emissions across its raw material sourcing, supply chains and direct operations in order to remove more carbon from the environment than it generates. The company notably unveiled of its first carbon-negative carpet tile prototype in 2017. Earlier this year, the firm announced that it would only offer carbon-neutral products as standard to buyers, after its entire product range achieved Carbon Neutral Floors certification.  https://bit.ly/2poIqcb

Video – How big is the energy efficiency resource? – Amory B Lovins – “Oil deposits and ore bodies are finite assemblages of atoms; mining and dispersion deplete their negentropy…but energy efficiency resources are infinitely expandable assemblages of ideas that deplete nothing but stupidity — a very abundant if not expanding resource.” https://bit.ly/2NXnQNX

Reaching for a Zero-Emission Goal – The numbers behind Costa Rica’s progress. https://nyti.ms/2MSdHh1

Shell and NREL Launch Cleantech Incubator: the new Shell GameChanger™ Accelerator Powered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (GCxN) will initially focus on technologies enabling the grid of the future through long-term energy storage and controls, leveraging the resources available through both Shell and NREL to help de-risk emerging technologies and accelerate their path to market.Upon successful application and review, companies selected for participation will be eligible to receive up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding in the form of technical support and validation from both NREL and Shell GameChanger™ Accelerator experts, with the opportunity for future follow-on funding and beta testing with a strategic program partner. http://bit.ly/2xx6DS1

Boston University says it will buy power from a South Dakota windfarm to offset its carbon emissions in Massachusetts. The school announced Tuesday it will buy wind power for 15 years starting in 2020 as part of a plan to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2040. Although the power will be used in the Midwest, the school will receive legal credits proving it bought renewable power. https://bit.ly/2OGUNLI

Alliant Energy adding more wind in Iowa as it moves toward eliminating coal by 2050 – Alliant will invest more than $2 billion on renewable energy sources, doubling its Iowa-based wind sites from 6 to 12. The new wind farms will be owned by the utility and funded by rate basing. The farms will connect to existing transmission lines. Alliant notes that the moves will enable the firm to exceed voluntary goals for carbon reduction laid out by the United Nations Paris Accords but economic issues are also guiding the policy. While the accord calls for reducing carbon 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant’s plans are expected to result in a 40 percent reduction by that time. https://bit.ly/2NrQx67

31 Percent Of U.S. Households Have Trouble Paying Energy Bills – Nearly a third of households in the United States have struggled to pay their energy bills, the Energy Information Administration said in a report released Wednesday. About one in five households had to reduce or forgo food, medicine and other necessities to pay an energy bill, according to the report. “Of the 25 million households that reported forgoing food and medicine to pay energy bills, 7 million faced that decision nearly every month,” the report stated.  https://n.pr/2QN5kGM

SEMINAR: A Virtual Energy Audit for Commercial Building Energy Savings – October 3 Noon to 1 Pacific – Seminar Abstract – Conventional energy audits typically require invasive, expensive, and time consuming methods. In contrast, a virtual energy audit that conducts a robust analysis without setting foot in the building would bring the industry significant value. Join via web: Meeting ID: 420377542 https://bit.ly/2PT5CdD

In U-turn, Exxon, Chevron to join industry climate initiative – Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum are joining a group of major international oil and gas companies in an initiative aimed at curbing carbon emissions in the sector, they said in a statement on Thursday.  The OGCI created a $1 billion fund to develop technologies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the sector as the world aims to shift toward a low-carbon economy.  https://reut.rs/2NZdhtH

Toyota enters $82 million partnership to roll out hydrogen trucks in Los Angeles port – The updated model can go 300 miles between hydrogen refills, rather than 200 for the initial truck.  https://bit.ly/2NrqdZW

Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record – The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere.  https://bit.ly/2nRSGc6

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain – In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy.   “What we’ve done this week just underscored what we’ve known for decades: generating assets are never the main vulnerability,” said Chris Burgess, projects director for the Rocky Mountain Institute, a research and consulting firm that specializes in clean energy issues. The most breakable parts are “the wires themselves, the overhead lines,” he said.”I know sometimes we think, ‘Oh it’s the wind, it’s the panels flying around.’ But we haven’t found that to be the case,” said Randy Wheeless, a spokesman for Duke, the largest electric utility in the state. “Our bigger worry usually is flooding.”  https://bit.ly/2pscIef

What If You Could Pick Your Renewable Power Source And Pay Less For It? – Imagine if you could buy your power directly from a renewable power plant of your choice and pay less for it than you currently pay for electricity from the grid. No longer would you need to install solar panels on your roof, or buy nonspecific green energy credits to get your renewable power. Instead, you could point to a specific wind farm or solar array and say conclusively that your power was purchased from that plant. It’s possible. And it’s happening right now in Texas, where a startup called RPD Energy connects local renewable plants with commercial customers. RPD has partnered with Intuit (maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, ProConnect and Mint) and a retail energy provider—Just Energy—to make it happen. The program, launched earlier this summer, is called Purely Green. By leveraging Intuit’s larger, corporate wind power procurement, the program will allow tens of thousands of residential and small business customers to purchase power from a specific wind farm—EDP Renewables’ Lone Star II wind farm located near Abilene, TX—at prices that are generally below prevailing market rates.  https://bit.ly/2Dh618i

Global Fossil Fuel Demand Could Peak In Only Five Years, Studies Find – Fossil fuel demand could peak as early as 2023, according to a pair of studies released this month.  Overall, Carbon Tracker expects a 1 to 1.5 percent annual growth rate in global energy demand over the next decade, while the global deployment of wind and solar power increases by 15 to 20 percent each year. If that happens, “fossil fuel demand will peak between 2020 and 2027, most likely 2023,” according to the study.  https://bit.ly/2QN5kpW

Toyota to chip in for $270m renewables fund – The Mirai Renewable Energy Fund will aim to raise 30 billion yen ($267 million) in capital, with Toyota supplying 10 billion yen. Sparx will manage the fund from November and solicit other investors.The fund will target a variety of facilities, such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal power plants.  https://s.nikkei.com/2NXDTv8

Reducing Embodied Carbon and Operational Emissions in Buildings – Microsoft announced it is the first large corporate user of a new tool to track the carbon emissions of raw building materials. Microsoft is piloting the tool, called the Embodied Carbon Calculator for Construction, or EC3, in the remodel of its 72-acre Seattle campus. The open-source EC3, which is running on Microsoft Azure, was developed by Skanska with the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum, Interface and C-Change Labs. https://bit.ly/2xq3JP8

 

RECYCLING

California passes law barring restaurants from automatically offering plastic straws– California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law (AB 1884) barring full-service restaurants throughout the state from providing plastic straws, unless a customer asks for one. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Restaurants that violate the law will be given two warnings before being fined. Levied fines will be capped at $300 per year. https://bit.ly/2OJPBqi

Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid ‘knee-jerk’ plastic phase-outs – Specifically, Deben argued that sustainability professionals were likely to replace their company’s plastic packaging ranges with “potentially disastrous” alternatives due to a lack of clear policy guidance on the best solutions to the plastic problem. “Even the best of Governments is never properly joined up and always has to be dealt with in bits, which we tend to forget,” the former Environment Secretary said. “Without an integrated answer, people go rushing after what seems to be an easy solution. They think there is a silver bullet when, of course, it isn’t like that.” “It’s very easy to make knee-jerk decisions and to catch the headlines and, therefore, to decide to do things that simply don’t work. Plastic and packaging, on the whole, are there for a reason and have been an essential part of the overall change that we have seen in our lifestyles.” https://bit.ly/2MOR64Y

This Is the World’s First Flat Wine Bottle – Garçon Wines has developed a cool-looking flat wine bottle. The U.K. brand designed its wine bottles this way so they could easily slip through a letterbox slot; wine delivery is big thing in Britain, but problems like missed deliveries and smashed or stolen bottles persist.  “Using 100 percent post-consumer recycled [plastic] instead of glass significantly reduces shipping weight and cost, eliminates potential breakage in transit and offers a more eco-friendly packaging material solution than regular plastic or glass,” Dow wrote of the product. The brand is currently only available at a handful of retailers in the U.K. https://bit.ly/2ODu96w

Daily Digest: BioHiTech’s landfill alternative moving forward in New York – The Rensselaer City Planning Commission in New York recently gave unanimous approval for BioHiTech Global’s new $35 million High Efficiency Biological Treatment (HEBioT) facility. As described by the company, this process can convert about 40% of MSW into a solid recovered fuel for use in cement kilns, steel mills, power plants and “other industrial applications.” https://bit.ly/2xEdCI3

Research provides higher U.S. disposal estimates – A study published by the Journal of Industrial Ecology pulls from multiple data sources to calculate weights of different materials landfilled. It was conducted by Jon T. Powell and Marian R. Chertow, both from the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. The researchers’ total 2015 landfill calculation, 230 million metric tons of municipal solid waste, is far larger than the EPA’s number for 2015: 124 million metric tons. For their study, the researchers used a new model to estimate disposal weights. According to their report, it triangulates measurements spanning 1,161 landfills and 15,169 solid waste samples collected and analyzed at 222 sites across the U.S.“The model provides major advances in the accuracy of estimates of just what types of waste are being created and where they end up,” said Reid Lifset, industrial ecology research scientist at Yale and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. In contrast, the EPA uses what’s called a materials flow methodology that relies on a mass balance approach. It relies on data gathered from industry associations, businesses and government agencies, supplemented by waste characterizations and research reports from governments, industry or the press. The researchers estimated total landfill costs at $10.7 billion, or about $47 a metric ton. They put a number to how much the lost paper, plastic and metal commodities may have been worth: $1.4 billion. And they estimated landfill methane emissions were 14 percent greater than the U.S. government’s estimate.  https://bit.ly/2NX6hNW

Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report —according to the World Bank’s new What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 report. Driven by rapid urbanization and growing populations, global annual waste generation is expected to jump to 3.4 billion tonnes over the next 30 years, up from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016, the report finds. https://bit.ly/2DrBl4e

A new textiles economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future – This report outlines a vision for a new textiles economy based on the principles of a circular economy.   Globally, customers miss out on USD 460 billion of value each year by throwing away clothes that they could continue to wear. Less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing, representing a loss of more than USD 100 billion worth of materials each year. https://bit.ly/2PV9drR

Coffee cup recycling firm wins entrepreneurs’ award – Carbogenics uses an old technique called pyrolysis which involves heating such products to very high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. The cups can be broken down into gas and bio-oil which can be used to produce energy. It also leaves behind a carbon-rich solid, known as CreChar which can also be used as a fertiliser. https://bbc.in/2DkC5Iq

Wrangler Adopts the Denim Industry’s First ‘Dry-Dyeing’ Process – Mary Mazzoni – Wrangler confirmed an agreement to implement a new foam-dyeing process to give its jeans the same classic blue color without the water waste. The company will be the first to use the technology, which it says can eliminate 99 percent of the water typically used in the dyeing process. Researchers at Texas Tech University developed the new dyeing system thanks to early-stage funding from Wrangler and the Walmart Foundation.  https://bit.ly/2OI1MUJ

Two brothers want to revolutionize the food industry with maggots – The two brothers own a company in South Africa that gets flies to lay hundreds of millions of eggs on food waste every day. The larvae are then sold as animal feed. The Drews’ company, AgriProtein, says its maggot meals are an environmentally friendly alternative to fish meal, a widely used animal feed made with ground dried fish.  “We take waste and convert it into our three products — one of which is protein,” Jason Drew, the company’s CEO, told CNN. The others are an animal feed made using oil extracted from larvae, and a fertilizer made with a blend of larvae and garden compost.  Today, AgriProtein has fly factories in Cape Town and Durban. Each factory contains 8.4 billion flies, and takes in 276 tons of food waste every day. The company plans to roll out facilities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.  https://cnnmon.ie/2I8KsFG

Lagoons of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence. Yes, That’s as Nasty as It Sounds – Because of the storm, at least 110 lagoons in the state have either released pig waste into the environment or are at imminent risk of doing so, according to data issued Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. That tally more than tripled the Monday total, when the department’s count was 34. When a pig in a large-scale farm urinates or defecates, the waste falls through slatted floors into holding troughs below. Those troughs are periodically flushed into an earthen hole in the ground called a lagoon in a mixture of water, pig excrement and anaerobic bacteria. The bacteria digest the slurry and also give lagoons their bubble gum-pink coloration. North Carolina has 9.7 million pigs that produce 10 billion gallons of manure annually, mostly on large-scale farms and primarily in low-lying Sampson and Duplin counties. Both counties were affected by Florence. When storms like Florence hit, lagoons can release their waste into the environment through structural damage (for example, when rains erode the banks of a lagoon and cause breaches). They can also overflow from rainfall or be swept over by floodwaters.  https://nyti.ms/2D8h2c9

Most shoppers think supermarkets should do more to reduce food waste –  More than nine in 10 shoppers think supermarkets should play a larger role in reducing food waste, according to research commissioned by operational improvement specialists Newton. The YouGov survey of 4,000 consumers revealed that 92% of respondents felt that supermarkets can do more to combat food waste, with 69% of respondents citing the sale of imperfect fresh produce as the top method of preventing produce from being thrown away.  https://bit.ly/2xt417E

2018 G&S Business Communications Sense & Sustainability Study – Public perspectives on corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship and institutional accountability.  After declining for several years, there is a considerable increase in the number of Americans who rely on news media for information about corporate social and environmental responsibility (49 percent in 2018; up from 43 percent in 2017, the five-year low). For the fourth consecutive year, the news media remains the top source, ahead of word-of-mouth (34 percent) and social media and blogs (33 percent). Significantly fewer Americans are staying uninformed (25 percent in 2018; down from 34 percent in 2017). There is a five-year peak among those who read sustainability reports (18 percent in 2018; up from earlier highs of 16 percent in both 2017 and 2014).   Conserving natural resources (57 percent), providing goods or services that are certified (53 percent), creating local jobs (52 percent) and supporting environmental or social causes (51 percent) are the top business attributes or activities that contribute to a company’s positive reputation for sustainability.  https://bit.ly/2OCBHpW

 

DEFORESTATION

Wildlife Works Elephant Protection Trust – In partnership with Wildlife Works, The Elephant Protection Trust raises funds to support the 100+ rangers who protect a vital area of 500,000 acres between Tsavo East and West National Parks called The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor in Kenya.. There are over 11,000 elephants and other endangered species in our eco system threatened by human-wildlife conflict.  The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor is located between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park and covers 200 square kilometers.The 14 group ranches that collectively make up this corridor provide an important habitat and dispersal area for wildlife between these two protected areas.There are approximately 11,000 elephants in the Tsavo ecosystem and roughly 2,000 of them rely on the corridor as part of their movements in search for food and water between the two national parks.The Kasigau Corridor is part of the protection area covered by Wildlife Works’ REDD + Project (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), which covers over 500,000 acres of dry land forest.  https://bit.ly/2IIVyjZ. Learn more about REDD+ and Wildlife Works at www.wildlifeworks.com

Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to brands – Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia’s rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains. The environmental group said in a report released Wednesday that 25 palm oil producing groups it has investigated destroyed more than 130,000 hectares of natural forest in Indonesia since 2015. It says that’s an area nearly twice the size of the island nation of Singapore. The report said all but one of those producers had supplied palm oil to consumer companies that are household names around the world in the past year. They include giants such as Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive.  https://bit.ly/2DhXORg

Rwanda Eyes Biogas to Help Curb Deforestation – In Rwanda, a small nation of about 12 million people, 82 percent of the population relies on charcoal or wood for cooking. “By promoting alternative cooking energy, the government of Rwanda hopes to halve the dependence on biomass,” or energy from plants and plant materials, “as the main source of cooking energy by 2024,” said Oreste Niyonsaba, manager of social energies at the Energy Development Corporation, the government agency leading efforts to promote alternative fuels. Much of sub-Saharan Africa relies on wood and charcoal, which is made by slow-burning trees in dirt-covered pits. The process has led to severe deforestation as growing populations boost the demand for cooking fuel.  https://nyti.ms/2NuDuRD

Mars aims to tackle “broken” cocoa model with new sustainability scheme – Under the new sustainability scheme – which will cost the company $1 billion over 10 years – all the cocoa it buys will be responsibly sourced by 2025, Mars said. This means the cocoa will fit the company’s internal criteria – including full traceability to ensure it doesn’t contribute to deforestation – and carry a stamp of approval from a third-party verifier. Mars had previously committed to buying 100 percent certified cocoa by 2020.  https://reut.rs/2pnrW3V

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

The Coca-Cola Company Signs Ocean Plastics Charter at G7 Meeting – Recognizing the threat of marine plastic litter, The Coca-ColaCompany joined with government representatives and industry leaders from around the world to sign onto the Ocean Plastics Charter in Halifax.  Originally adopted by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the EU at the 2018 G7 Summit, the Ocean Plastics Charter calls on governments, industry and the public to rethink their relationship with plastics. By advocating a lifecycle management approach to this valuable resource, the Ocean Plastics Charter aims to prevent waste and ensure plastics are designed to be recovered so they can be reused or recycled. https://bit.ly/2NxRkTh

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Wealthy U.S. Investors Slow to Adopt Sustainable Strategies – Most wealthy investors say that doing good for society and the environment are practices they live by, but only 39% globally are investing in sync with these values, according to survey results published early Wednesday by UBS. The real stunner in the UBS research: Just 12% of wealthy individuals in the U.S. have at least 1% or more of their portfolio assets in sustainable investments versus a majority of the wealthy surveyed in China (60%), Brazil (53%), and the United Arab Emirates (53%). For a copy of the survey: https://bit.ly/2xHOSP1 https://bit.ly/2xyg4Qc

How one beer company is ditching plastic six-pack rings – If you buy a six-pack of Carlsberg beer in a U.K. supermarket this week, it will no longer come with standard plastic six-pack rings. Instead, the cans will be held together with a new kind of glue. The company estimates that the switch will reduce plastic waste by more than 1,200 metric tons a year, or the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags. It can also help address the problems that the packaging causes when plastic rings end up in the ocean, potentially choking wildlife or breaking down into pieces of microplastic that can enter the food chain.  https://bit.ly/2NWtsrO

The Gates Foundation just released its Goalkeepers Report.  By one estimate, someone escapes from extreme poverty roughly every second.  To put it bluntly, decades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling. This is because the poorest parts of the world are growing faster than everywhere else; more babies are being born in the places where it’s hardest to lead a healthy and productive life. If current trends continue, the number of poor people in the world will stop falling—and could even start to rise.  https://bit.ly/2PVx9eB

Is Tesla or Exxon More Sustainable? It Depends Whom You Ask – As investors back more companies based on social factors, questions arise about how to grade them.  The problem here isn’t the ESG ratings, but that they are used as though they were some sort of objective truth. In reality they are no more than a series of judgments by the scoring companies about what matters – and investors who blindly follow their scores are buying into those opinions, mostly without even knowing what they are.  The explanation comes down to what is measured, and how the measurement is affected by disclosure.  https://on.wsj.com/2MQCC4m

By 2050, Auburn will be climate neutral — or at least that’s the Office of Sustainability’s goal. Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability is making waves of green around campus as they lead the eco-friendly charge, and that’s a positive thing. Their quest is about more than just the environment; instead, their approach is an all-encompassing approach based on a four-point sustainability compass with nature, well-being, economy and society representing each direction. The office hosts initiatives and events on campus, usually raising awareness of various issues, but most of its efforts involve enabling other offices, departments, entities or groups on campus to succeed with their sustainable initiatives. This approach allows the campus’ green headquarters to have further reach and more favorable outcomes.  https://bit.ly/2Dq7Ik5

The TreeZero News September 10-16, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The case for renewables has never been stronger, says Deloitte study – In the US, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that once the United States reaches Denmark’s penetration levels of 40–50 per cent renewables, some states will see the dawn of “energy too cheap to meter.”  https://bit.ly/2MuUMbD

US Voter Poll on Attitudes Related to Climate Change – 73.8% concerned about climate change; 63% think their state should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from renewables sources such as wind and solar; 72% support their state government committing to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050; 80.8% support their state government requiring businesses and industry in their state to become more energy efficient.  https://bit.ly/2NKr7zT

Lyft: “We are now a fully carbon-neutral company”– “We’re now a fully carbon-neutral company,” says Sam Arons, Lyft’s director of sustainability. Lyft’s offsetting efforts, which total over 1 million metric tons of carbon, are equivalent, according to the company, to taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road. https://bit.ly/2Mz0NnT

144 RE100 companies have made a commitment to go ‘100% renewable’. Read about the actions they are taking and why.  http://there100.org/companies

Starbucks brews a greener plan for 10,000 environmentally friendly stores – Among the goals of the program, is for the company to generate enough energy by solar and wind power to offset all the electricity needed to run the chain’s stores in U.S. and Canada. Working with environmental verification firm SCS Global Services, the World Wildlife Fund and other experts, https://usat.ly/2NgrHpV

How Accounting Can Save The Planet | Arnaud Brohé | TEDxColumbiaUniversity – In this talk, Arnuad Brohé, CEO of CO2logic, discusses the staggering benefits of carbon accounting in a global effort to save the planet from warming. https://bit.ly/2Mjz0rA

UN Secretary-General Urges Leadership to Face “Direct Existential Threat” of Climate Change – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “we face a direct existential threat” as “climate change is moving faster than we are,” and the world risks crossing “the point of no return” on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them.  https://bit.ly/2xbW1YL

These jackets are made from wool that fights climate change – Two-thirds of the wool produced by a flock of sheep at Bare Ranch, a large ranch in Northern California, is now going to The North Face. The ranch was the first to adopt a so-called “carbon farm plan” to change its practices to help reverse its own emissions, sequestering more carbon in the soil than it produces. Native plants and trees are being planted to restore the ecosystem around a stream. In total, all of the changes are estimated to help the ranch sequester more than 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, or the equivalent of taking 800 cars off the road .https://bit.ly/2NKwJKM

Restaurants Can Slash Energy Use With Electric Induction Technology – Testing confirmed a steam-based system with 18 to 23 pans consumed 10,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. But a replacement electric induction system consumed just 5,100 kilowatt-hours. Beyond avoided food waste, the induction warmers deliver an average of 65 percent electricity savings.  https://bit.ly/2Mlj5J0

Kaiser Permanente to become carbon neutral in 2020, signs PPA for 180MW of clean energy – As part of the deal, Kaiser Permanente has signed off on a power purchase agreement for 180MW of clean energy that will see the construction of numerous utility-scale PV and wind farms. These renewable-energy projects will be built and operated by NextEra Energy Resources. Most of the projects will be developed in Riverside County, California, while the wind farm will be developed across the border in Arizona. These projects are all expected to come online in 2020 and 2021.  https://bit.ly/2MmYPHj

CA Gov. says 100% clean electricity not enough, state must go carbon neutral –  California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that the state’s utilities move to 100-percent zero-emission electricity generation by 2045.  Brown also issued an executive order requiring the state to become carbon neutral by 2045, that is, mandating that the state remove as much greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as it puts into the atmosphere. https://bit.ly/2OaYcSz

Sony lays out plans for 100 percent renewable electricity use – Sony wants to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all its business sites by the year 2040.  https://cnb.cx/2MhI53P

Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) will preview a new Server-based solution for generating clean electricity from waste biogas – https://bit.ly/2x4sAH3

 

RECYCLING

Coca-Cola CEO, James Robert B. Quincey, sees solutions in plastic recycling, sugar reduction – “The good news about plastic is it’s a completely solvable problem, especially PET, because PET is fully capable of being collected, recycled and turned back into bottles,” “By 2030, we want to make sure we recover a bottle or can for everyone we sell, and we want to be able to use as much as possible, recycle back into our own bottles and cans, no new technologies ultimately needed,” Mr. Quincey said.  https://bit.ly/2x7yPd1

 PepsiCo joins Nestlé and Danone’s bottle research alliance – PepsiCo has joined the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, a research consortium formed by Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials to accelerate the development of 100% renewable and sustainable bottles. The overall goal of the alliance is to create packaging solutions which significantly reduce the carbon impact of plastic beverage bottles, and the alliance is currently attempting to produce a PET bottle made purely from bio-based materials such as cardboard and sawdust. https://bit.ly/2wY8z4W

The new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr will use recycled tin in their logic boards, preventing 10,000 tons of tin ore from being mined per year. The phones will also use 35% post-consumer recycled plastic in their speaker enclosures, and 32% bio-based plastic for the frame around the cover glass.  https://bit.ly/2xckXhE

Project probes recovered film market potential – The Plastics Industry Association recently released the results of Phase I of a project to find new end markets for mixed PE film. https://bit.ly/2x6YAev

‘REVERSE-ENGINEERING’ THE RECYCLING PROCESS: MONDI TO INTRODUCE 100% RECYCLABLE POUCH –  https://bit.ly/2MnyWqA

Industry insiders reject dual-stream switch – https://bit.ly/2OfFfy7

23 Cities and Regions Commit to Pathway Towards Zero Waste – Leaders from 23 cities and regions have signed C40’s ‘Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration.’ The Declaration commits signatories to reduce the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15%, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incineration by 50% and increase the diversion rate to 70% by 2030. https://bit.ly/2OpKcof

WasteNot App campaign launched on Indiegogo. WasteNot is a mobile app designed to help reduce food waste at home by tracking inventory and providing rewards for reducing individual and household food waste. WasteNot is hoping to raise more than $50,000 over the next 35 days to complete the app http://igg.me/at/WasteNotApp https://prn.to/2Mz6fa8

Waitrose steps up action to remove plastic bags – Bags for fruit and veg to be replaced by compostable versions and 5p bags to be axed.  https://bit.ly/2OpYV2o

Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, farmer groups, and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030. Executives preside over institutions that have the ability to impact food loss and waste reduction at scale and that are dedicated to meeting Target 12.3.  https://champions123.org/about/

 

DEFORESTATION

18 Foundations Pledge Nearly $500 Million to Support Forests, Rights, and Lands for Climate   https://bit.ly/2N4Ydv9

Join Dogwood Alliance for a screening of BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? – followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Chris Hardee. The award-winning documentary film takes a hard look at the latest false solution to climate change: woody biomass. Wednesday, September 26th Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Dr Atlanta, GA 30308 The doors open at 6:30pm. Screening at 7:00pm. https://bit.ly/2NLs9M3

Effects of the sustainable forestry initiative fiber sourcing standard on the average implementation rate of forestry best management practices in Georgia, United States – by Puneet Dwivedi – Our results suggest that the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard affects 80% or more of total forestland in Georgia. We also found that the average BMP implementation rate on harvested sites located within the sourcing radius (about 65 km) of certified mills is about 2% higher relative to harvested sites located outside the sourcing radius of such mills over time. Our results indicate that the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is helping in ensuring sustainability of forestlands in Georgia, as forestry BMPs are an important indicator of sustainable forest management. https://bit.ly/2D4syp4

Walmart and Unilever made big news at this week’s Global Climate Action Summit. At the center of their commitments are critical actions in support of jurisdictional approaches, which encourage companies that source deforestation-related agricultural commodities to collaborate with local governments, communities, and producers in their sourcing region. https://bit.ly/2NdLfeD

A new map reveals the causes of forest loss worldwide – Of the roughly 3 million square kilometers of forest lost worldwide from 2001 to 2015, a new analysis suggests that 27 percent of that loss was permanent — the result of land being converted for industrial agriculture to meet global demand for products such as soy, timber, beef and palm oil. The other 73 percent of deforestation during that time was caused by activities where trees were intended to grow back, including sustainable forestry, subsistence farming and wildfires. https://bit.ly/2xjs8oD

As Colombia battles deforestation, other post-conflict regions show there’s hope for conservation  https://nbcnews.to/2wXXZeV

Apple is investing in a huge mangrove forest in Colombia – The coastal forests suck up a huge amount of carbon from the air. Protecting them and growing them could be a key to help stop climate change.    https://bit.ly/2Mwpb9E

Nestlé accelerates No Deforestation commitment by implementing 100% satellite monitoring coverage of its global palm oil supply chains –  https://bit.ly/2MBWQyG

Leading Global Investors Managing $6.4 Trillion Call on Companies to Eliminate Deforestation in South American Cattle Production https://bit.ly/2CYPHJb

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Traditional top loaders use a lot of water during the wash and rinse cycles — 20 gallons or more per load. More importantly, HomeAdvisor’s smart home strategist Dan DiClerico points out, “they don’t do a great job extracting that water during the spin cycle, so your clothes spend more time in the dryer, the most energy-intensive phase of the laundry process.” High-efficiency, front-load washing machines use less water to get clothes clean—as little as 7 gallons per load. Plus their fast-spinning drums are better at extracting water, which shortens your drying time. “Replacing a 10-year-old top-loader with a new front-loader could save you upward of $200 a year,” says DiClerico. https://bit.ly/2D0m8Hj

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 Roster Announced – https://bit.ly/2cktPd3

DWS, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG, launched the first money market fund in the United States, the DWS ESG Liquidity Fund, that utilizes environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to select its holdings.  https://bit.ly/2Qq8UXd

Big Law Donates $15 Million to Global Environmental Pro Bono Effort – Seven firms—Arnold & Porter Kaye ScholerCooleyDentonsHolland & KnightLatham & WatkinsMorrison & Foerster and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati—said they would contribute $2 million apiece by 2020. Two others, Hogan Lovells and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, will contribute $500,000 each. https://bit.ly/2xdbdoi

H&M has launched a new childrenswear collection made entirely of sustainable materials. The collaboration includes everything from cosy sweatshirts and soft leggings, to fun hooded dresses made from organic cotton. The best bit it is that 10 percent from the sale of each item will be donated towards WWF’s conservation work.  https://ind.pn/2p7H1GC

Commodity Mapping Tool – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC’s) Commodity Mapping Tool is designed to help members visualize and communicate the risks present in their product supply chains.  https://bit.ly/2NJZN56

The TreeZero News September 3-9, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Curbing carbon emissions could boost the economy way more than doing nothing – In a more than 200-page report released Wednesday, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate projected that a set of policies aimed at combating global warming could yield $26 trillion in economic gains through 2030 if governments and businesses get busy enacting them in the next two to three years.  https://cnnmon.ie/2CCJlz7

What Is Energy Star? –  It is a voluntary program the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started to help both individuals and businesses save money by using less energy throughout their homes. An actual Energy Star rating can appear on anything from televisions to windows — as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum federal efficiency standard. That standard varies depending on the specifics of the device. Refrigerators need to be at least 15 percent more efficient than the minimum federal standard. Televisions need to consume three watts or less when switched off, while non-energy star TVs consume nearly twice that. Even upgrading your light bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs can help make your home a little bit more energy star-friendly — these light bulbs use two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.  https://bit.ly/2oQLPAi

What is Old Is New – Norsepower Oy Ltd., together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell Shipping & Maritime announced that the Maersk Pelican – an oil tanker – has been retrofitted with a pair of Norsepower’s 30 foot high rotor sails providing auxiliary wind propulsion for the vessel. The rotor sails are expected to harness sufficient wind power to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 10 percent, according to the joint press release.  https://bit.ly/2oDctwr

A survey of UK attitudes towards climate change and its impacts by the charity ClientEarth – More than three in five feel the government is not doing enough in preparing for and adapting to climate impacts; Seven in ten believe fossil fuel companies should help pay for damage caused by extreme weather events; Three fifths would be interested in a pension fund or financial institution that considers climate change impacts of the companies it invests in; Two thirds thought investing in fossil fuel companies is a risky strategy for the long term; A majority of consumers would like to install both solar panels and a home energy storage device for their homes, if greater assistance was available.  https://bit.ly/2MORVyQ

The Bugs Are Coming, and They’ll Want More of Our Food – Worldwide, insect pests consume up to 20 percent of the plants that humans grow for food, and that amount will increase as global warming makes bugs hungrier, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The amount of wheat, corn, and rice lost to insects will increase by 10 to 25 percent, the study says. Temperate agricultural regions, like those in the United States and Western Europe, would be particularly hard hit. https://nyti.ms/2wyzu7b

General Motors has developed a relationship with EV charger builders Delta Americas to build Extreme Fast Charger stations with the capability to add 180 miles of range in just 10 minutes. https://bit.ly/2PYQqMZ

The European Commission has announced it will end punitive tariffs on solar panels imported from China, five years after they were put into place. The Commission announced on Friday it will end those tariffs, from today. “The trade measures have made solar much more expensive than necessary in Europe, by removing them, solar will now be cheapest form of electricity in many E.U. countries.  https://bit.ly/2Q1HMxh

UC sets higher standards, greater goals for sustainability – The University of California will aim for 100 percent reliance on clean electricity supplies across its campuses and medical centers by 2025.  https://bit.ly/2ClScFh

Nanoparticles for Improving Smart-Window Energy Efficiency – U.S. buildings leak an estimated 30 percent of their energy through inefficient windows, costing consumers an estimated $42 billion annually. But that could begin to change if efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are successful in commercializing a patented new process for synthesizing vanadium dioxide nanoparticles that makes manufacturing energy-efficient ​“smart windows” economical. The conventional windows must reach 154 degrees Fahrenheit before they begin to block infrared heat. Windows containing vanadium dioxide nanoparticles that include tungsten achieve this critical transition temperature at 77 degrees Fahrenheit.  https://bit.ly/2wTNIQc

Two million risk hunger after drought in Central America – Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could leave more than two million people hungry, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, warning climate change was creating drier conditions in the region. https://bit.ly/2QhbY7J

Greenhouse gases aren’t just warming the planet. They’re also acidifying our oceans – Since the first coal-burning fires of the Industrial Age, about 30% of the atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by humans has been absorbed by our surging seas. When carbon dioxide combines with seawater, it undergoes a series of chemical reactions that increase the acidity of the water. https://lat.ms/2NvzSxL

RST Cleantech to debut its automated solar panel cleaning system for the US at SPI Studies have demonstrated that dust accumulation, bird droppings, and other pollutants can reduce the output of solar panels by up to 35%. Current methods of cleaning and maintenance are often inefficient and labor-intensive. Some may lead to voiding the solar panel manufacturer’s warranty. At Solar Power International this year, RST Cleantech says it is introducing a new method of cleaning solar arrays in the U.S. that will be low-cost, fully automated, low-maintenance, highly efficient and fully compliant with solar module warranties. https://bit.ly/2MfToJR

A solar-paneled German car aims to make your daily commute free – A car that runs on sunshine is in the works from German startup Sono Motors. The company is testing what it says will be the first affordable electric car with a battery that gets an added boost from sunlight, acting as a sort of self-charging power pack. The Sion electric vehicle is the brainchild of Laurin Hahn and Jona Christians, who together with Navina Pernsteiner founded Sono Motors in 2016. The car, which will cost €16,000 ($18,300), plus €4,000 for the battery, is scheduled to hit the streets in 2019. It features a lichen air-purifying system, and is covered with 330 integrated solar cells on its roof, sides, and rear. It promises a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles) on a fully-charged battery, and claims the solar panels will give it an added boost of up to 30 km.  https://bit.ly/2wV5ofi

The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm in the UK has been officially opened in Cumbria. The 659-megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project takes over the top spot from the London Array. Walney Extension’s 87 turbines are capable of generating enough green energy to power almost 600,000 UK homes. Covering an area of 145km2 in the Irish Sea, the project becomes Danish company Ørsted’s 11th operational offshore wind farm in the UK. https://bit.ly/2NZq6B6

New York Announces $15 Million For Clean Energy Workforce Programs – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced $15 million in support of two initiatives that will promote clean energy workforce development and training programs on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses. Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships across the state. These initiatives are part of Climate Jobs NY, a component of the Clean Climate Careers initiative.  https://bit.ly/2Q4ddXL

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

The World Bank to launch world’s first sustainable water bond – aimed at advancing water and ocean stewardship and has priced the first bond at SEK1bn (£85m).  The seven-year bond, announced on Friday (31 August), is the first in a new series of Sustainable Development Bonds that aim to raise at least $3bn for projects that improve sanitation, water access and marine protection efforts.  The series of bonds form part of The World Bank’s ongoing efforts to engage investors with the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, they have been created to encourage investment in achieving the aims of SDG6, clean water and sanitation, and SDG14, life below water. https://bit.ly/2NdYF9A

Pani, a smart-home IoT company building consumer products that help people understand their water usage, incentive water conservation and reduce water bills, has raised $1M in seed round financing. Pani’s new capital will fund hiring, product development, and strategic initiatives with key go-to-market partners.  https://bit.ly/2N0tgIs

ASEAN banks need to better manage climate risk to ensure region’s food and water security – The report finds that ASEAN banks are not disclosing how they manage climate risks in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Of the 34 banks assessed, only four disclosed that senior management has oversight of climate change risks and opportunities, a key recommendation of the TCFD. Meanwhile, no banks disclosed whether they review their portfolio exposure to climate risks nor disclosed their portfolio alignment with the Paris Agreement or the SDGs.  https://bit.ly/2NARzMF

A 28-year-old MIT graduate has created a leak-detecting robot that could eliminate some of the 2 trillion gallons of wasted drinking water annually – You Wu, MIT graduate has developed a robot to find leaks in water pipes. As the robot moves with the water through a pipe, its “hands” touch the pipe and feel the suction forces caused by leaks, Wu told Business Insider. The robot is designed to inspect pipes without interrupting the water service, and it can be put into pipes in hydrants and in three-way junctions.  “My eventual goal is to put our robotic tools into the hands of field technicians in every single city around the world, so that every single city in the world can have less water loss due to leaks and support more population growth,” Wu said.  https://read.bi/2NA2m9S

Atlanta’s ‘Riverwalk’ along the Chattahoochee gets major boost Invest Atlanta, at its meeting on Aug. 29, voted to approve a pivotal land swap between the city and the development group of Chattahoochee Trails LLC and Kovach Development.  In the swap, Atlanta will receive 22 acres while the developers will get about 8 acres. That will give the city the ability to build nearly one mile of trails along a 200-foot buffer along the Chattahoochee River and a 75-foot buffer along a portion of Proctor Creek. https://bit.ly/2wCGOiQ

Coca-Cola Water Stewardship – Projects implemented by the end of 2017 are replenishing an estimated 248 billion liters per year through community and watershed projects globally. You can learn more about some of these projects through our Water Map. In 2004, we were using 2.7 liters of water to make 1 liter of product. At the end of 2017, we were using 1.92 liters of water to make 1 liter of product, with the goal to reduce it to 1.7 liters of water by 2020.  https://bit.ly/2NMsknp

 

DEFORESTATION

Deforestation in South America causes extinction of 8 bird species – The Spix’s Macaw is officially extinct. The macaw has been listed among eight bird species that have gone extinct in South America in the last decade in a new study conducted by BirdLife International. Stuart Butchart, a scientist who lead the BirdLife International study, said that the extinctions in South America indicates a rise in extinction events on large continents that are “driven by habitat loss from unsustainable agriculture, drainage and logging.”  https://bit.ly/2MhwH8a

California sets stage for global forest protection through state’s cap-and-trade program – A draft standard proposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sets out comprehensive requirements for credits from large-scale reductions in emissions from tropical deforestation to be considered for inclusion in California’s cap-and-trade program. https://bit.ly/2wYx4Py

 

RECYCLING

Google Launches Interactive Site to Fight Food Waste – Google has introduced “Your Plan, Your Planet”—an interactive web app intended to help people understand the impact of their waste.  For its app, which can be found at g.co/yourplanyourplanet, Google partnered with the California Academy of Sciences to present information on three common types of waste: food, water, and electricity. https://bit.ly/2CwFHXG

US recycled pulp mill purchased by paper giant – Nine Dragons announced Aug. 30 that it will purchase a Fairmont, W.Va. recycled paper mill from Resolute Forest Products. The mill produces air-dried recycled pulp and has a capacity of 240,000 short tons per year. The product from the Fairmont mill is a bleached pulp, said Brian Boland, vice president of government affairs and corporate initiatives for ND Paper, Nine Dragons’ U.S. subsidiary. Feedstock is sourced from sorted office paper, newsprint and other grades, and some of the material comes from recycling programs in the region. “The end uses into which the pulp is sold are anything from printing and writing papers to tissue products,” Boland said.Financial filings show that the Fairmont mill produced about 152,000 short tons of pulp in 2017, meaning it was running at 63 percent utilization. Boland noted that Nine Dragons is looking to ramp up production, although he noted it’s too early to announce any specific plans on that front.

“The mill has a lot of potential,” he said.  https://bit.ly/2wVN6un

Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in America.  Today, we’re the largest student movement against food waste and hunger and have recovered and donated more than 2 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. That’s more than 1.8 million meals that’s gone to those in need.  https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/aboutus/

North Texas Retiree ‘Can’t Stand to See’ Food Wasted After Cowboys Games, Delivers to Mission Arlington – 90 year-old Clarence Fink has collected stadium food donations for 20 years.  https://bit.ly/2oRdMrN

New pet food packaging initiative utilizes sustainable sugarcane – Only Natural Pet is integrating at least 30% bioplastic packaging material into every bag of its recently launched line of Mindful Meals dry dog food. The new sustainable pet food packaging utilizes Braskem’s sugarcane-based I’m greenTM biopolymer and supports Only Natural Pet’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and carbon reduction. Braskem’s I’m greenTM polyethylene (PE) is a bio-based resin made from ethanol, a renewable and sustainable resource produced from Brazilian sugarcane. The cultivation of sugarcane utilized in the production of I’m greenTM PE captures carbon dioxide (CO2) and releases oxygen (O2), which means Braskem’s bioplastic has a negative carbon footprint. According to Braskem, from a cradle-to-gate life-cycle perspective, every ton of I’m greenTM PE used in the production of packaging equates to 3.09 tons of CO2 captured from the atmosphere. https://bit.ly/2oV5sr0

Baltimore and Denver each receive $200,000 grants from the Rockefeller Foundation as part of the “Food Matters” pilot project.  https://bsun.md/2CKIaOm

The food waste calculator, created by food tech company It’s Fresh!, lets you work out the financial cost of the fruit and veg you throw away. Users can input how often they buy fresh fruit and veg – from avocados and raspberries to asparagus and spinach – and estimate how much of this ends up in the bin each month. The tool then works out the environmental impact as well as how much damage it’s doing to your bank balance. https://r29.co/2wZdqCX

Defining Sustainable Materials Management for Local Communities – In 2009, the US EPA introduced a framework policy called Sustainable Materials Management (SMM).  SMM focuses on the value of using and reusing of materials in the most productive and sustainable ways across their entire lifecycle.  The idea behind SMM is to minimize materials use, thereby minimizing associated environmental impacts.  SMM can replace the antiquated weight-based recycling and diversion model with goals that prioritize environmental impacts using the concepts of lifecycle thinking. By looking at our world from a lifecycle perspective, we can have frank discussions about the true costs and benefits of recycling. The information arms us to make smart choices.  https://bit.ly/2NaREGl

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Cleantech Stocks in OZ Outperform ASX200 – Last month, the Advisory Australian CleanTech released a report claiming that ‘cleantech’ companies outperformed the ASX200 for the fifth year running.  The index returned 13.9% in the year to June 2018, and 13.1% for the prior year.  https://bit.ly/2Q0t4qc

A complete guide to buying ethical clothes on a budget – To help you in your own ethical shopping adventures, I’ve compiled a list of brands that will allow you to shop responsibly, while still keeping an eye on your budget.  https://bit.ly/2LVIKaY

NAEM’s EHS & Sustainability Management Forum Oct 23-26 Louisville, KY – is the largest annual gathering for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. This year’s program will offer attendees 5 tracks of breakout sessions emphasizing alignment of EHS and business strategy, leadership excellence, and tools and tactics for day-to-day EHS excellence. Check out the preliminary agenda now!  http://ehsforum.naem.org/index.php

RayDay will be at Serenbe on Sunday, October 14, 2018. REGISTER HERE. RayDay celebrates bringing people together, encourages conversations and connections, and continues to spread the word about sustainability. Imagine a one-day course on sustainable living, outdoors in a Serenbe country meadow with over 1,800 other classmates. It was Ray Anderson’s tireless efforts to make this a better world for Tomorrow’s Child that inspired the creation of RayDay.  https://bit.ly/2wV85gF

Socially responsible investments are at a ‘tipping point’ says Triodos Bank – New research by Triodos Bank has found that the UK market for socially responsible investments (SRI) has reached a tipping point of growth. In its annual Impact Investing survey, it says SRI is set to increase by 173% and will be worth £48bn by 2027 – driven by a new socially conscious group of younger investors, 47% of whom say they are planning an ethical investment.  https://bit.ly/2Nwt1Ej

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action – The GIIN’s 2018 Annual Impact Investor Survey revealed that more than half of impact investors surveyed reported tracking some or all of their impact performance against the SDGs, showcasing the potential for impact investing to catalyze progress towards the goals. The GIIN’s latest report, Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action, reiterates the need for impact investors to raise and direct new capital to help meet the SDGs by 2030 and showcases how select impact investors are taking action. https://bit.ly/2wXkLUp

ESG Investing: A Blue Ocean For Corporate Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans – The $28.0 trillion U.S. retirement market offers opportunities for growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets under management (AUM), particularly among corporate-sponsored retirement plans. 60% of corporate plan sponsors that participated in a recent NEPC survey indicated that they were not interested in incorporating ESG investing, which means considering ESG factors in both investment decisions and ownership policies and practices. Of plan sponsors that incorporated ESG investing, 70% were defined contribution plans, or plans in which benefit payments to retirees depend on investment returns. Nevertheless, fewer than 10% of 401(k) plans—a type of defined contribution plan—offer ESG investing options. An even smaller 6% of defined contribution plan sponsors, or those promising a specified monthly benefit at retirement, incorporate ESG. Accordingly, corporate-sponsored retirement plans are a relatively uncontested market space, or blue ocean, for ESG fund managers.  https://bit.ly/2MkUp3G