89% of investors have changed policy to be more attentive to ESG practices – The TreeZero News November 26 – December 2, 2018

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Thousand points of light – In memory of President George Herbert Walker Bush – June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018

 HONOR THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH BY PLEDGING YOUR TIME TO VOLUNTEER, BECOMING A POINT OF LIGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY. BY SERVING, YOU BRING TO LIFE HIS VISION OF ORDINARY CITIZENS FINDING A “SHINING PURPOSE,” UNLEASHING THEIR POWER TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE.

 More than 25 years ago, President George H.W. Bush gave voice and direction to a movement that has steadily grown ever since – changing countless lives, and building stronger, more resilient communities across this country and around the world. He inspired individuals to take voluntary action in their communities as points of light “spread throughout the nation, doing good.” https://beone.pointsoflight.org

President Bush’s Remarks on Clean Air Act – https://bit.ly/2Q5LE3X

In gratitude for your service to the nation, her citizens and the world. Thank you.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Rebates & Incentives – Many local utilities provide rebates and incentives to individuals and small businesses to help with purchase of energy efficient equipment. For example, any new or existing Georgia Power business customers can take advantage of rebates & incentives. Find money saving offers for your business at this link.  https://bit.ly/2ABcPsX

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help – https://bbc.in/2zB2VYO

2018 Global States and Regions Disclosure Report – 9% average emissions reduction compared to base year.     https://bit.ly/2QurMHk

 Bill Gates: It would be tragic if U.S. doesn’t lead in innovation for cutting emissions – “It’s very American to invent things to help the entire world. We’re always on the front of new science and new product development. So it would be tragic if this was the first time the U.S. didn’t play that role,”  https://cnb.cx/2At4LdC

Clean Energy 101 – What is renewable energy, and what are its benefits over fossil-fuel based sources? Time for an explainer!   https://bit.ly/2ScWIcg

Energy Impact of Smart Phones – Whereas Information Communications Tech represented 1% of the carbon footprint in 2007, it’s already about tripled, and is on its way to exceed 14% by 2040.  Mining the rare materials inside smart phones–represents 85% to 95% of the device’s total CO2 emissions for two years. That means buying one new phone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.  https://bit.ly/2B3B2cZ

Even Accelerated Energy Transition Can’t Keep Global Warming Below 2 Degrees – A new report by international energy market research firm Wood Mackenzie compares a base case and a “Carbon-constrained” scenario. Even in a world where 100% of new vehicles in the U.S., EU and China are all electric by 2040, WoodMac forecasts that 2 degrees is beyond reach.  https://bit.ly/2Q8qeDe

Atlanta Housing Board Approves Land Sale to Southface – The board of the Atlanta Housing authority Wednesday approved the sale of 1.8 acres of land near the Civic Center to Southface, the nonprofit that promotes sustainable and green building practices in the region.  The sale, which still needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ensures that Southface will be able to remain at the location where it has been since 1996. Atlanta Housing has agreed to sell the land to Southface for $3 million. “It is a great first step and an important step in the process,” said Andrea Pinabell, CEO of Southface. “It is a real estate transaction so there are some legal steps.” https://bit.ly/2zAbYZZ

Renewables May Prove Cheaper Than 96% of Coal Plants Worldwide by 2030 – A new global analysis of 6,685 coal plants finds that it is now cheaper to build new renewable generation than to run 35 percent of coal plants worldwide. https://bit.ly/2QbvxSM

How Google Keeps Its Power-Hungry Operations Carbon-Neutral – Google achieves this three ways: by reducing its demand, by buying renewables to match its use of non-renewable energy, and with other offsets, like capturing methane gas from animal waste. Google estimates that each search emits roughly 0.2 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere, due to the energy it takes to power the cables, routers, and servers that make Google work. That’s on par with the energy it takes to power a lightbulb for 17 seconds. https://bit.ly/2zEhBpY

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Developer to Invest $30 Billion in Green Energy – Orsted, which built the largest offshore wind farm on Earth, plans to invest 200 billion Danish crowns ($30.26 billion) in green energy between 2019 and 2025. https://bit.ly/2RoW2AF

The U.S. Could Cut Emissions By 80 Percent for Less Than The 2018 Federal Budget – It cost a projected $4.1 trillion to run the federal government in fiscal year 2018. Experts say it would take $1.3-$5.1 trillion to rein in emissions by mid-century.  https://bit.ly/2DTTeHz

ChargePoint, The World’s largest network of electric vehicle chargers just raised another $240 million – In September, the company announced that it planned to expand its network nearly 50-fold by 2025, building out 2.5 million charging points for the customers that buy the equipment, from Target stores to Google offices. https://bit.ly/2zyihx3

France to increase renewables budget, triple wind capacity by 2030 – The French Government has pledged to increase its renewables budget to €71bn from 2019 to 2028, and plans to triple onshore wind power capacity by 2030. https://bit.ly/2Pdb6iY

Climate report author: Facts aren’t optional – Katharine Hayhoe, one of the co-authors of the US National Climate Assessment speaks to Anderson Cooper on the White House claim that the report is “not based on facts.” Source: CNN  https://cnn.it/2KEa6n2

Meet the scholar crafting the ‘Green New Deal’ – Rhiana Gunn-Wright, a 29-year-old Yale graduate and Rhodes scholar who will serve as the group’s policy director working to flesh out details of the plan. She’s working alongside Demond Drummer, an organizer and tech guru slated to serve as New Consensus’ executive director. https://bit.ly/2zKCn7x

Most & Least Energy-Efficient States – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2018, the average consumer spent another $1,968 on motor fuel and oil, up $59 from last year. The Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25 percent. https://bit.ly/1VSGWO9

Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050 – Many US cities may resemble hotter, more southern parts of the country today.  By 2050, in Cleveland, Ohio, the average summer high is going to heat up by 5.4°F. The average winter low will rise by 5.3°F. That means Cleveland will have the climate of a St. Louis suburb more than 500 miles away. We’ve mapped a few of the most striking transitions here: https://bit.ly/2SnZUlu

A New Study Says We Could Counteract the Effects of Climate Change by Spraying Chemicals Into the Atmosphere – Stratospheric Aerosol Injection – In a new study authored by scientists from Harvard and Yale, researchers claimed that the technique, also called “solar engineering” or “solar dimming,” would not only be effective, but relatively cheap compared to state or even national budgets: it would cost roghly $3.5 billion to develop the technology over 15 years, then $2.25 billion to carry out the aerosol spraying each year. https://bit.ly/2DTQ4DU

SK Innovation announces $1.67 billion commitment of hybrid electric vehicle batteries in GA – The Jackson County plant is a phased development that will eventually yield 2,000 jobs within a 1 million-square-foot facility in Commerce, Ga., half them in advanced manufacturing, according to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. SK’s new factory will begin construction next year and is to start production in 2022. https://bit.ly/2PgVdI2

 

RECYCLING

GETTING A MEDAL FOR RECYCLING: HOW OLD DEVICES ARE TURNED INTO OLYMPIC MEDALS FOR TOKYO 2020 – old electronic devices, will be recycled, with the gold, silver and bronze recovered and turned into Olympic medals for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. https://bit.ly/2AsnbLs

Survey finds 94 percent of Americans waste food at home, but simple changes can help – The survey found the top reason for throwing away food at home is that it’s past its expiration date, while 60 percent have tossed food because they didn’t think it was safe to eat.  https://bit.ly/2TP7APd

Like to Jog? Hate Litter? Do Both! – Many athletes have been doing it for a long time without even knowing it is now a fitness trend. It’s called plogging, a combination of jogging and picking up. And what is being picked up is trash. The Swedes are credited with starting the trend and now it’s spreading in the United States. https://bit.ly/2Q1AtJx

How is litter affecting the UK’s animal population? – In a recent study, Keep Britain Tidy estimated that 2.9 million small mammals – like shrews, hedgehogs and voles – are dying each year getting stuck in bottles and cans thrown onto grassland and parks.  https://bbc.in/2PYZHs5

Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings – Corona will now be the first global beer brand to pilot the new plastic-free rings, beginning in small tests in Mexico & the U.K. next year. https://bit.ly/2PdxVTH

Denver Expands Recycling To Include Paper Cups– Customers in Denver will soon receive information about how to recycle those cups. The change is expected to help the city reach a goal of increasing its recycling rate from the current 22 percent to 34 percent. https://cbsloc.al/2BM8160

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced Kyle Syndergaard as the recipient of its 2018 national scholarshiphttps://bit.ly/2AAGXEM

New bioplastic packaging could help prevent food waste – Plasticor, reveals the quality of the food and changes colour when the content is not suitable for consumption. According to the researchers the packaging’s ability to change colour is a better way to manage food consumption by giving consumers the ability to prioritise foods that are closer to expiration. It is also ensures the reliability of expired foods that can still be consumed safely. While common plastics can take up to five centuries to degrade, students estimate that Plasticor degrades in six months.  https://bit.ly/2FUdDPp

Coca-Cola to continue investing in 2019 and advising on DRS – CCEP said it had achieved a 54% reduction in carbon footprint since 2010, and was continuing to trial bottles using 50% recycled plastic material. Nick Brown, head of sustainability at CCEP, said the UK needs a workable DRS system and was glad both the Scottish parliament as well as Westminster were looking at that, as well how to reform the waste collection system. https://bit.ly/2Q1kk6Z

Where Does NYU’s Recycling Go? – While a majority of NYU’s waste is sent to Action Carting Environmental Services’ Material Recovery Facility the company’s facility in New Jersey, the non-paper recycling is sent to the Bronx for more precise sorting, which decreases the amount of waste that goes to landfills.  https://bit.ly/2UaCotY

China: More Materials Banned at Year’s End – The April announcement described a phased-in ban, noting that starting next year, post-industrial plastic and a variety of scrap metals and slag would be prohibited, and the following year the ban would cover scrap stainless steel, a handful of other metals and scrap wood. But in last week’s announcement, the government said it will ban those materials all at once beginning Dec. 31, 2018.   https://bit.ly/2QoOm4b

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Enters a Supply Agreement With Loop Industries to Purchase 100% Recycled PET– CCEP is making a new strategic investment to purchase from Loop Industries a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles.  https://bit.ly/2RnLpOh

Dockless scooters are the litter of future – While scooter companies provide guidance about where their scooters should be left, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of penalties for leaving them elsewhere. https://bit.ly/2Q850FA

The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) ranks 67 countries on food system sustainability.

http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/country-ranking/

 

DEFORESTATION

Corruption, Poor Enforcement Hamper Global Efforts to End Deforestation – deforestation rates have risen 42 percent since 2014, which is the year that nearly 200 governments, corporations, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which is a pledge to end forest loss by 2030 – with an interim target of cutting it in half by 2020.  https://bit.ly/2SmTVgF

Paper industry around famous Chinese lake to be shut down by 2019 -The paper industry around one of China’s largest and most famous freshwater lakes will be shut down and removed by 2019. In 2006, a plan to control the water pollution was initiated, leading to the closure of over 200 waste paper pulping manufacturers and 30 pulp and paper-making manufacturers. https://bit.ly/2RoxOGx

The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partner and The Coca-Cola Foundation – The Coca-Cola Foundation today pledged $400,000 and The Coca-Cola Company pledged an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide emergency food, shelter and comfort to thousands of people who have been forced to evacuate their homes across Northern and Southern California.  https://bit.ly/2zxmlh9

Take Your Personal Palm Oil Audit – 3 steps and 3 minutes to make your first swap to sustainable palm oil or palm oil free. https://gikibadges.com/palm-oil/

Deforestation In Brazil: The Equivalent Of A Million Soccer Fields Cleared Out Within A Year – The biggest part of the Amazon Forest is on Brazilian territory, where the deforestation has risen by 13,72% between August 2017 and July 2018 according to official numbers. It is the equivalent of a million soccer fields says Greenpeace Brazil. https://bit.ly/2TV58GL

Protecting Earth’s Forests ‘Just As Urgent’ As Reducing Emissions, Scientists Say – Radio – Trees and soils play a pivotal role in locking up and storing carbon, says Ruth DeFries, an environmental geographer at Columbia University. https://bit.ly/2E3uJsl

RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under new standards – Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the ban at the group’s annual general assembly in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. https://bit.ly/2RtXgL0

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Sea level rise 3mm higher in 2018 than last year: report – A recent report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that the Global Mean Sea Level from January to July 2018 was around 2 to 3 mm higher than for the same period in 2017. https://bit.ly/2PfqivJ

The Race to Dam the Himalayas – More than 400 dams are under construction, or planned for the coming decades, in Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.  An estimated 660 square miles of forest will be submerged or damaged by the planned dam projects.  https://nyti.ms/2roDk0J

World Bank Begins Issuing $660M in Sustainable Development Bonds for Water Management – The bonds will be used to fund the protection of water resources in developing countries. https://bit.ly/2Ay9vyV

Litter on Britain’s beaches falls as public finally wakes up to scourge of plastic – The amount of litter on Britain’s beaches has fallen because of the plastic bag tax and an upswell of public activism inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet II, new figures show. https://bit.ly/2Q3Hl9u

Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool – In a new study, published Nov. 30 in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers at Stanford and the University of Oregon discovered that VR can be a powerful tool for improving environmental learning gains and attitudes.  https://bit.ly/2FW2aPm

EPA sued over ocean acidification – The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration for refusing to recognize that ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel pollution is impairing the quality of Oregon’s coastal waters.   https://bit.ly/2Q58CIs

A French-American plastic pollution campaigner has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organisers have said. Ben Lecomte had completed about 2,780km (1,500 nautical miles) of the 9,260km (5,000-nautical mile) journey. The trip was to take him through 1,600km of the “Great Pacific garbage patch”, in an attempt to raise awareness of plastic pollution. The 51-year-old called the premature end to the swim a deep disappointment. “We’ve faced treacherous winds, rain and ocean swells that have forced us to alter our course, and the irreparable damage to the sail is an insurmountable blow,” he said in a news release. https://bit.ly/2BEw2vu

El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought – https://cnn.it/2FN6kcp

 

SUSTAINABILITY

WWF Living Planet Report 2018 – Over the past 50 years our Ecological Footprint has increased by about 190%.  Wetlands are the most impacted category, having lost 87% of their extent in the modern ERA.  https://bit.ly/2Q7hh9d

The Plan for a Green New Deal: Plan includes: 100% of national power generation from renewable sources; upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety; decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries; decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure; funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases. https://ocasio2018.com/green-new-deal

Stella McCartney UN charter for sustainable fashion – will be launched at climate talks in Poland.  https://bit.ly/2E3jEaO

Patagonia Donates $10 Million Tax Break To Green Groups –  https://bit.ly/2BHOuDB

You are not gluten intolerant, you are glyphosate intolerant – “Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,”. https://bit.ly/2FMKq9d

Paul Polman, a ‘Crucial Voice’ for Corporate Responsibility, Steps Down as Unilever C.E.O. – He rolled out a long-term strategy to make Unilever a better steward of the environment and a more socially responsible business, known as the Sustainable Living Plan.  https://nyti.ms/2E6rHno

Oprah Winfrey SUPER SOUL Conversation with John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism – Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO – https://bit.ly/2RnIi93

Unlocking Endowments: Foundations Are Stepping Up Impact Investing – Podcast:Today, foundations across the U.S. and globally are increasingly looking to use their endowments to achieve social or environmental goals. https://whr.tn/2BFloVp

Swell Investing Review 2018 – For investors seeking to align their investment strategy with their values, Swell presents a compelling choice. Investors can choose from seven SRI-themed portfolios, with limited customization available.  Management fee:0.75%; account minimum:$50; Promotion: $300 bonus for every three friends who sign up and fund an account.  https://nerd.me/2KLpjmu

KICKSTARTER: A guide to reducing the environmental impact of your product.  https://www.kickstarter.com/environment

Textile industry joins hands with WWF to promote sustainable energy, water use – The Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association and conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature launched two flagship products and an initiative designed to promote improved river basin governance, improve water quality and develop sustainable energy use in the textile and garment sector.  https://bit.ly/2U42fDS

Global supermarkets’ corporate social responsibility commitments to public health: a content analysis – The aim of this study was to investigate the world’s largest and most powerful supermarkets’ publically available CSR commitments to determine their potential impact on public health. https://bit.ly/2U7VuB1

Download the Free Ebook: Advanced Technology for Energy and Water Conservation – This free Ebook also delves into the role of occupant behavior on the efficiency of a house, and how technology can help people live more efficiently in their homes without undue sacrifice. https://bit.ly/2ADksPChttps://bit.ly/2Q5x78w

ESG fixed income products exceeded supply – according to new research by Cerulli Associates.   https://bit.ly/2PcELbH

Eight-out-of-10 corporate leaders believe companies now have an obligation to speak out on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to new research on brand advocacy conducted by GlobeScan and 3BL Media.  https://bit.ly/2G4VAq7

The Internet of Disposable Things Will Be Made of Paper and Plastic Sensors https://bit.ly/2zFO27B

 Companies must address ESG issues to be deemed trustworthy by investors — Results of the second annual Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors show that 89% of investors have changed their voting and/or engagement policy to be more attentive to ESG practices, with 63% reporting that this change has taken place in the past year.  https://bit.ly/2zAiIXE

The Insect Apocalypse is Here – What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?  https://nyti.ms/2DU1jw5

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

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TreeZero News November 12-18, 2018

Photo: Coffee plants in El Salvador

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

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The TreeZero News November 5-11, 2018

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

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

The TreeZero News October 29 – November 4, 2018

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

https://bit.ly/2PFd7bG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://bit.ly/2NhD8Zq

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