The TreeZero News August 13-19, 2018

Video Headlines on Sustainability – https://youtu.be/oKQaOtfCtuo – 1 minute and 39 seconds.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Renewable Energy Could “Effectively Be Free” by 2030, Says UBS Analyst – “In 2010, using solar power to boil your kettle would have cost you about £0.03,” the analyst writes in FT. “By 2020, according to estimates by our research team at UBS, the cost will have fallen to half a penny.” And just ten years later, the costs will be so minuscule, it will practically be free. https://bit.ly/2B9GWev

 Meet Astrid Helene, one of the world’s first fully electric work boats – She’s designed and built by Grovfjord Mekaniske Verksted, Norway. No engine noise, no diesel fumes, zero emissions, exceptional maneuverability. It’s electrification at sea. And Danfoss is proud to have helped make it happen.  https://bit.ly/2vUa8RP

 This house is heated on 2 hair dryers’ worth of energy in winter — and now it’s easier to have a home like it – Wayne Cole at Sustainable Renewal Planning was commissioned by Manitoba Hydro to develop a method of calculating the total cost of owning and operating a home over its expected lifespan.  Now appraisers can use Cole’s Sustainable Energy Efficiency Facility Asset Reporting (SEEFAR) tool to calculate how much more a low-energy house is worth than an otherwise similar house in the same area.  https://bit.ly/2Mlf2l8

Plug Power investing $2.8 million in new Saratoga County production plant – makes fuel cells used to power forklifts in warehouses and distribution centers. Plug has shipped more than 20,000 fuel cell units to dozens of customers including Amazon, Walmart and Nike.  https://bit.ly/2MCDMo0

Advanced IoT Solutions Expected to Serve Up Millions in Energy Savings for Pizza Hut Franchisee – Up to 18% reduction in average monthly energy usage; $2 million in savings expected over the next 5 years. Using the intelligent CORTIX™ AI and IoT platform, EcoEnergy Insights was able to deploy a three-pronged energy site control strategy at each restaurant. https://bit.ly/2MnELJE

The Global Energy Statistical Yearbook is Enerdata’s free online application that provides global energy statistics, diffused on an interactive interface with maps and graphs. https://bit.ly/2wej6IH

Fossil Fuel Industries – The Goliath of Climate-Related Lobbying Efforts, Spent Billions – A new study by Drexel environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. Brulle’s research confirms the spending of environmental groups and the renewable energy sector was eclipsed by the spending of the electrical utilities, fossil fuel, and transportation sectors. The full paper is published in Springer’s journal Climatic Change and is available here.  https://bit.ly/2B6XvaS

The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will host a hearing on “Energy Efficiency of Blockchain and Similar Technologies” on August 21 – “The purpose of the hearing is to consider the energy efficiency of blockchain and similar technologies and the cybersecurity possibilities of such technologies for energy industry applications.”  https://bit.ly/2vSbKLS

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030 https://bit.ly/2PhQeYZ

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Wind & Solar Conserve Freshwater Reserves That Other Electricity Generators Squander – In the U.S., 45.3 percent of the water withdrawn from lakes, rivers and underground aquifers is used to cool off thermoelectric power plants: nuclear reactors and plants that burn fossil fuels. Making enough electricity to power an average American home for a day requires 615 gallons of freshwater if the source of the electricity is a nuclear power plant, 199 gallons for a coal fired plant, and 114 gallons for a generating facility that operates on natural gas. By contrast, solar requires about 1 gallon of water to produce a megawatt-hour of electricity and wind none at all.  https://bit.ly/2Mr49y0

When asked to grade U.S. businesses on how often they contribute to sustainability efforts, the majority of Consumers graded them with a “C”.  https://bit.ly/2wapJvK

Sustainable Seafood Is on the Rise at U.S. Grocers, Greenpeace Says – The global NGO’s annual Carting Away the Oceans report evaluates seafood sustainability at 22 U.S. retailers based on things like sourcing policies, labeling and transparency practices, and inventory. When Greenpeace published its first report back in 2008, every single retailer failed. Fast forward 10 years later, and 90 percent of them received passing scores—a powerful indicator that change is brewing, the NGO said. https://bit.ly/2Mz0Q73

Global warming is making oceans so acidic, they may reach the pH they were 14 million years ago – according to a study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. https://read.bi/2L52Hfo

Ocean acidification is threatening fish in coastal waters – Scientists have found that river estuaries and coastal waters are more vulnerable to acidification compared to deeper ocean waters offshore. The experts have also determined that this acidification, can cause cognitive problems and disorientation among certain marine species such as salmon and sharks. https://bit.ly/2Bk86zB

 

DEFORESTATION

Industry Impacts on US Forests – Logging accounts for 85% of emissions from US forests, more than five times the emissions from conversion, fire, wind, insects, and tree mortality combined. Additionally, logging is diminishing the potential forest carbon sink by at least 35%.  https://bit.ly/2L7iGcJ

Despite rosy market, Camas facilities closed for good – The domestic market for copy-machine paper is sizzling, and there’s a huge demand for pulp to make paper in China since it banned imports of our recycled paper. But Georgia-Pacific’s pulp and copy paper-making operations in Camas, Washington, which shut down in May, won’t be reopened, said Kristi Ward, spokeswoman for the mill across the Columbia River from Portland. https://bit.ly/2MWOpPo

Paper mills suitors get no reaction to purchase offers – WestRock, which owns a paper mill in Newberg that could help revive Oregon’s curbside recycling program, says it’s in no hurry to sell shuttered millWestRock.   https://bit.ly/2nLqCan

Colombia: Govt rushes to save national park from rampant deforestation – Reports find more than 3 percent of Tinigua’s forest cover was cleared between February and April 2018. Officials worry the situation will worsen in the near future. The Secretary of Environment of the Colombian region of Meta says that the government and other entities are preparing combat deforestation. Tinigua Park is the only place in Colombia that connects the Orinoquía, the Andes and the Amazon. https://bit.ly/2L2FQ47

 

RECYCLING

Risk unwrapped: plastic pollution as a material business risk – The most pressing and immediate business risks derived from plastic pollution are transition risks from regulatory change, technological disruption and reputational risks. Intensive plastic users and producers should be aware of the material business risks derived from plastic pollution, manage those risks in a diligent way, and disclose them, as required by law. Existing corporate governance, risk management and disclosure practices need to be revisited to ensure they accommodate the issues presented in this briefing.  https://bit.ly/2L92mYT

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic next year – Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, while those containing non-recycled plastic up to 10 percent more. https://bit.ly/2nyCRqN

Expiration dates are a sham. Here’s the best way to tell if a food has gone bad. https://read.bi/2nyZefx

Could Chemical Recycling Help Solve Plastic Trash Problem?  https://bit.ly/2Md0Om5

Glass Recycling Survey Results – 92 percent of the total three groups surveyed indicated that their residents/customers expect to recycle glass.   https://bit.ly/2BpagxG

Video – Recycling Breaks Down: US Struggles to Keep Plastic From the Dump –   https://bit.ly/2PiaLfQ

Dow Chemical CEO: ‘I’ve never seen the industry more aligned’ around tackling plastic waste –  https://cnb.cx/2O7sfKu

Walmart aims for ‘zero waste’ to landfills by 2025 – Walmart diverted 81% of unsold products, packaging and other waste from landfills in the U.S. in 2017 and 78% globally, according to the company’s 2018 Global Responsibility Report. The company is working toward the goal of “zero waste” to landfills by 2025 from its supply chain and operations in Canada, Japan, the U.K. . https://bit.ly/2MpgsuH

On-Demand Food Waste Startup Goodr Closes $1.25M, Launches SaaS Tool, Expands to New Markets – https://bit.ly/2BoKR7o

State universities in Iowa trying to teach composting to students –  https://bit.ly/2BowdNA

Cheers to that: Beer waste transformed into energy-efficient window covering – CU Boulder physicists have developed an insulating gel that they say could coat the windows of habitats in space, allowing the settlers inside to trap and store energy from the sun—much like a greenhouse stays warm during the winter. https://bit.ly/2OJWgAF

BREAKING: Full Harvest Raises $8.5m Series A for Food Waste Marketplace – Full Harvest says it is the only business-to-business marketplace for the end-to-end purchase, sale, and logistics of surplus and imperfect produce. https://bit.ly/2nP3VSG

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Some former combat divers are now working to restore ocean health – “The idea behind FORCE BLUE is to take the training these guys already have and repurpose it, and re-tool them to do conservation work — to be able to apply what they’ve already been taught and do it in a way that helps the greater good, which is what they’re all about,” explains Executive Director Jim Ritterhoff. HTTPS://BIT.LY/2METV9B

Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants: Study – Of all the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And of the mammals left in the world, 60% are livestock, 36% are pigs, and a mere 4% are wild.  Marine mammals, meanwhile, have plunged by 80% over the past century, the report found. https://glblctzn.me/2nAdh4F

EARTHSHARE OF GEORGIA SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DENNIS CREECH– Southface, 241 Pine Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA Thursday, September 20 at 6:00pm  https://bit.ly/2APTDed

Sustainability professionals from around the world will gather at Yale University this October 9-12 for four days of thought-provoking lectures and interactive discussions at the third annual Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum.   https://bit.ly/2vHguDY

A Look Back: Interface’s Sustainability Journey – Our Sustainability Journey: Mission Zero® –  https://bit.ly/2B8FuJs

Tax havens and global environmental degradation – We show that  while only 4% of all registered fishing vessels are currently flagged in a tax haven, 70% of the known vessels implicated in

illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are, or have been, flagged under a tax haven jurisdiction. We also find that between. October 2000 and August 2011, 68% of all investigated foreign capital to nine focal companies in the soy and beef sectors in the Brazilian Amazon was transferred through one, or several, known tax havens. https://go.nature.com/2wfhEWN

Lifecycle Building Center 2018 Annual Dinner, September 6, with keynote speaker John R. Seydel 

To purchase tickets visit: goo.gl/zWUtmV or www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org

Callan’s 2018 ESG Survey – Overall, incorporation of ESG factors into the investment decision-making process nearly doubled to 43% in 2018 compared to 22% in 2013.  https://bit.ly/2PlUXca

Reebok Launches Plant-Based Corn and Cotton Sustainable Sneakers – https://bit.ly/2L0SoJa

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

August 21, 1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th US state

August 23, 1990 – East & West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3

August 24, 1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed

August 25, 1916 – US Department of Interior forms National Park Service

August 26, 1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power

The TreeZero News August 6-12, 2018

VIDEO – TreeZero Sustainability Headlines – https://youtu.be/uRCdbqjfD6o 1 minute 25 seconds

August 12 – World Elephant Day – http://worldelephantday.org/about

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

One-third of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings, but most are inefficient. “Just implementing today’s best practices could cut global energy demand by one-third by 2050” https://bit.ly/2vq0cPs

US Renewables Are Closing In on Nuclear Generation – Renewables produced more electricity than nuclear for the first five months of 2018  https://bit.ly/2nwHv8p

Carbon Offsetting: The Basics – https://bit.ly/2Mca9KO

Asia, where coal consumption grew by 3.1% a year from 2006 to 2016, accounting for almost three-quarters of the world’s demand for the most polluting fossil fuel.  BP notes that coal’s share of global electricity generation—by far the largest source at 38%—has not shrunk in over 20 years, despite the rise of gas and renewable energy.  https://econ.st/2Omrk99

Researchers at Syracuse University are looking to the geologic past to make future projections about climate change.  Christopher K. Junium, assistant professor of Earth sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) says, “the past enables us to test and hone models on which future projections are based. It also helps us determine what processes are missing from our current Earth system models,” he says. “These things combined help us understand and prepare for what is on the horizon.”  https://bit.ly/2MGVyDi

The UK and Ireland arm of Aldi is planning to go carbon neutral by next year.  https://bit.ly/2B0ocOq

Ball Corp. sets emissions reduction target – Ball has committed to reducing scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent and scope three emission by 25 percent by 2030 https://bit.ly/2vYEamC

Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Provider Orion Lighting Q1 Revenue Rose 10% to $13.8M – https://read.bi/2MeiInR

Harley-Davidson® to commercialize electric motorcycle, LiveWire™ in 2019. https://bit.ly/2mUpeBC

The global wind and solar power capacity has reached 1 terawatt (TW) at the end of June and is expected to double by the middle of 2023, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said last week.   https://bit.ly/2LUCSE7

Here’s how community solar works.   https://bit.ly/2LYwco8

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

International Coastal Cleanup – September 15th, 2018 – Volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.  Next time you’re headed out to the beach or a nearby park, download Ocean Conservancy’s app, Clean Swell and take along a trash bag to collect and document the debris you find. https://bit.ly/2s2rKu0

Microfibers shed from your clothing are polluting our oceans – https://bit.ly/2B07AGE

WKU developing statewide drought warning system – Western Kentucky University is developing a statewide drought warning system with the help of a $200,000 federal grant. Officials will use the money to install soil moisture and temperature probes at 10 sites within the Kentucky Mesonet, a network of 69 weather monitoring stations across 67 counties.  https://bit.ly/2MjyopD

 

DEFORESTATION

Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index – an assessment of how 60 global livestock and aquaculture companies disclose and manage key ESG risks, including deforestation and biodiversity loss. 84% of the land-based protein companies in our Index – suppliers to some of the biggest food brands in the world – do not have targets or policies to address deforestation risk.  https://bit.ly/2MDUYWW

Iceland’s Comeback Story – In this wonderful short film, Throstur Eysteinsson, director of the Icelandic Forest Service and EUFORGEN National Coordinator, speaks about the work he’s doing to bring the forests back to Iceland.  https://bit.ly/2nvqnjx

Despite Deforestation, Earth Is Gaining Trees As Land Use Changes – analyzing 35 years of satellite data to determine the changes in land cover. While deforestation remains a major problem in the tropics, global tree cover area increased by 870,000 square miles (2.25 million square kilometers), a 7.1 percent change from 1982. https://bit.ly/2w0BXa3

 

RECYCLING

China to enact tariffs on OCC and other recycled paper –  https://bit.ly/2MjmHPM

A Twist On Recycling: Retailers Rebuying Their Merchandise For Resale – Staples accepts any brand and type of electronic at its stores for free recycling.  https://bit.ly/2Mk0Ac4

CRISPR licensing deal could lead to better traits in food, reduce waste – Simplot, which provides fresh, frozen and chilled products including potatoes, avocados and strawberries, said it plans to use the technology to develop desirable traits in certain fruits and vegetables and bring those products to the U.S. market to benefit farmers and consumers.  https://bit.ly/2npvf9Y

Video – Obaggo explains its revolutionary solution for recycling your plastic bags and packaging film. https://youtu.be/xs9Elk0u–E

Worst types of litter: Plastic straws not even in the top 5 – top five most common forms of litter, according to Keep America Beautiful’s latest national study. Cigarette butts, paper, food wrappers, confections and napkins/tissues topped the list. https://usat.ly/2MCQj7R

City of Enterprise to end curbside recycling program –  https://bit.ly/2vANU7b

Whole Foods’ Walter Robb Is Taking on Food Waste – Robb joined the board of FoodMaven, a digital platform and logistics company that sells oversupplied and imperfect food to restaurants and institutional kitchens at a significant discount. Last week, he also became a board member and investor in Apeel Sciences, a company that extends the shelf life of produce through a naturally derived coating. https://bit.ly/2MydLmC

Seventh Generation Reaches Packaging Milestone – introducing its new green cap for its Natural Dish Liquid, marking the first 100% post-consumer recycled plastic cap on the market.  With this innovation, Seventh Generation has converted nearly 85 percent of their packaging to virgin petroleum free materials. https://bit.ly/2vuQLP2

CHEP Supply Chain Solutions – Discover how by sharing and reusing our equipment throughout the supply chain we can help reduce our customers’ environmental footprint and encourage circular economy.  https://bit.ly/2Ou6Jjr

Indorama Ventures Expands PET Recycling Capabilities with Acquisition of Sorepla –   https://bit.ly/2vQ59AP

Webinar on Steel Recycling: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm EDT, Speaker: David Keeling, Director, Recycling, Steel Recycling Institute. REGISTER NOW! Click Here

Video – Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic – https://cbsn.ws/2MlfdIX

Sonoco set out key commitments for more sustainable use and increased recyclability of packaging by 2025 – https://bit.ly/2OTWN3K

MAKING CRUDE OIL FROM PAPER PULP? VERTORO CREATES THIS ‘GREEN GOLD’ https://bit.ly/2vCWOkt

Reduce food waste? There’s an app for that – Steve Hamilton, professor of economics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has studied a number of different possibilities that have the potential to impact food waste. Companies he studied include: Imperfect Produce; Food CowboyWaste No Food and Food Rescue US.  https://bit.ly/2AZv8vp

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The EPA Is Making It Easier to Use Asbestos Again. Why Is It Dangerous?- https://bit.ly/2nnYQk5

What New EPA Rulings on Asbestos Mean for Consumers and Business – https://bit.ly/2nsVzQj

HSBC, one of the largest banks, issued an alarming warning that Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life https://read.bi/2M4ykdz

Mastercard Commits to Science-Based Emission Targets – https://bit.ly/2AXqNsH

New database highlights benefits of integrated reporting – The database, which is a freely available resource, can be accessed at: http://www.iracademicdatabase.org.  https://bit.ly/2OtwXCC

Majority of impact investors satisfied with investment performance:  https://bit.ly/2B1bWx5

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? – 17 Global goals include eliminating poverty, protecting the environment, reducing economic inequality and ensuring peace and justice for all. New topics such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice have been added.  https://bit.ly/2MyG3xc

Video: Interface CEO: We’re Going Green By Using Other People’s Waste – https://for.tn/2P1AN71

ESG adoption gaining among U.S. asset owners – More than 40% of U.S. asset owners have incorporated environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decisions, up from 37% in 2017 and 22% in 2013, said Callan‘s annual ESG survey report.   https://bit.ly/2nrY3yx

LOLIWARE is the first and only edible disposable cup that provides a completely new drinking and eating experience.100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved. https://www.loliware.com/pages/about-us

How advisers can capitalize on impact investing – A recent report from Morningstar and WSJ shows that funds focused on sustainable investments have offered superior performance to non-sustainable investments over periods of one, three, five, and 10 years.  https://bit.ly/2Mf4XVZ

Coast to Coast Sustainability Tour Summer 2018 – https://bit.ly/2vJTunZ

 

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

August 13, 1913 – Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, Sheffield, England

August 14, 1980 – 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement

August 15, 1248 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun

August 16, 1954 – “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing

 

The TreeZero News July 30 – August 5, 2018

VIDEO – TreeZero Sustainability Headlines – https://youtu.be/FNCriMv62oI 1 min. 28 sec.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change – tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers – an agonizing revelation – to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it.   https://nyti.ms/2ODANK6

Corporate Giants Are Buying So Much Clean Power This Year They Already Broke 2017’s Record –  https://bloom.bg/2OIvadE

 LEDs: A great deal for consumers – LEDs have plummeted in price and now cost as little as a dollar more than a comparable halogen bulb. Their 10-year savings range from about $38 to $92. http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/bulb-standards-0730.pdf

 Beijing will shut around 1,000 manufacturing firms by 2020 as part of a program aimed at curbing smog and boosting income in neighboring regions, state media said on Monday. https://yhoo.it/2vjttvm

J.M. Smucker Co. signs wind power agreement as it embraces renewables –  https://cnb.cx/2M8UGHs

edEx to deploy the first batch of 48 electric vehicles in 13 Chinese cities to replace its traditional gasoline-fuel vehicles. https://bit.ly/2LV7AwE

Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck unveiled – https://toyota.us/2vDDzXd

UPS partners with LA-based startup to develop electric delivery truck – The truck, developed jointly with electric commercial vehicle startup Thor Trucks Inc, is expected to have a driving range of about 100 miles.  https://reut.rs/2ACUD5n

Alliant Energy plans to stop using coal in its power plants by 2050 – https://bit.ly/2vgyAwe

Lloyds Banking Group Moves To Cease Financing New Coal-Fired Power https://bit.ly/2M2ovMX

Atmospheric carbon last year reached levels not seen in 800,000 years – https://bit.ly/2Krq7uU

Levi Strauss & Co. Takes Aim at Supply Chain Emissions – At the top of the company’s list is a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in all owned-and-operated facilities. In addition, LS&Co. is targeting a 40% reduction in GHG emissions in their supply chain. https://bit.ly/2viH6ep

According to the 2018 US Energy and Employment Report (USEER) Georgia has 59,065 jobs in Energy Efficiency (2.6 percent of all U.S. Energy Efficiency jobs).  https://bit.ly/2LTRJhi

Offshore Wind Is Likely The Next Big U.S. Renewable Sector – https://bit.ly/2LTvGaa

Onshore and offshore wind power rose by 34% last year in the UK compared to 2016, new government statistics show.   https://bit.ly/2NYhJ8D

Forest Green Rovers named world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football club –  https://bit.ly/2LATkcq

The European Commission (EC) approved on July 27 a German scheme to support rail companies that invest in energy efficiency technologies which it says will promote the shift of freight traffic from road to rail and contribute to a reduction of CO2 emissions.  https://bit.ly/2LSqNOB

Mapping mountaintop coal mining’s yearly spread in Appalachia – A new mapping tool uses satellite imagery to reveal where mountaintop coal mining is underway in Appalachia, going back more than three decades. This analysis places the total estimate since the 1970s at about 1.5 million acres. “That is an area 18 percent larger than the state of Delaware, and only 3 percent smaller than Everglades National Park,” said first author Andrew Pericak, who conducted the research in the lab of biology professor Emily Bernhardt at Duke University.  doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197758  https://bit.ly/2mSU1ig

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

AB InBev Launches 100+ Accelerator To Fund and Support Local Entrepreneurs Solving Global Sustainability Challenges –The world’s leading brewer announces 10 inaugural challenges Selected winners will be announced in September 2018 and invited to be part of the 100+ Accelerator, which will kick-off in New York City in October and run through March 2019. The program will culminate in a Global Demo Day in Leuven, Belgium where startups have the opportunity to pitch for further funding from 100+ as well as from external investors.   https://bit.ly/2KqAsHL

Chewing Gum – 100,000 Tons of Plastic Pollution Every Year – https://bit.ly/2LCgcbp

8 steps to solve the ocean’s plastic problem – Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceanhttps://bit.ly/2F8vWzN

Is PFAS, a Family of Chemicals used in Products such as Scotchgard, Gore-Tex and Teflon, Going to be one of the Next Environmental Management Challenge Facing Communities? – Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of chemicals used in a variety of products for the past 80 years.   https://bit.ly/2vjwziL

 

DEFORESTATION

The 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge: We’re calling on businesses, states, city and local governments, and global citizens to take action for better forest and habitat conservation, food production and consumption, and land use, working together across all sectors of the economy to deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030. https://climatelandchallenge.org

REDD: A Vital Part of the International Effort to Address Climate Change – REDD+ offers a financial incentive for communities to not cut down trees.   https://bit.ly/2n92QEQ

 

RECYCLING

U.S. Commerce Department reduces tariff on Canadian paper used by newspapers – The tariffs, which had been as high as 22.16 percent, will be capped at 16.88 percent. The tariff was in response to a complaint from a single paper mill — North Pacific Paper Co. in Washington state. https://bit.ly/2vhqpzH

Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that creates brand new, high-quality coats for children in need. Each Green Guardian™ coat will keep the equivalent of 32 plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans. In 2018 alone, Operation Warm’s Green Guardian™ will save nearly 500,000 recycled plastic bottles.  https://bit.ly/2M0j9z7

Fast fashion: Inside the fight to end the silence on waste – https://bbc.in/2vANAEz

Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste – Sarah-Jeanne Royer found that the plastic bottles holding the samples were a bigger source of methane than bugs in the water.  What’s causing these emissions? In short it’s the Sun. Solar radiation acts on the surface of plastic waste. As it breaks down, becomes cracked and pitted, these defects increase the surface area of plastic available to sunlight which accelerates gas production. https://bbc.in/2Mjwmme

These sandals replace petroleum with sugarcane – Allbirds, the shoe brand known for stylish sneakers with a merino wool upper, have announced a line of flip-flops that swaps traditionally-manufactured soles for a material made with Brazilian sugarcane. https://bit.ly/2M7v2pE

10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste – Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that’s never been served. https://bit.ly/2O7Lx2v

Spinnova has found a way to spin any cellulose–wood, potato peels, even old T-shirts–into new, strong fiber https://bit.ly/2KrZXbu

Ketchup Packets to Get Makeover in Kraft Heinz Recycling Push –The Chicago-based food giant said Tuesday it will make 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. https://bloom.bg/2KeLr6F

Lidl To Fight Food Waste With £1.50 ‘Too Good to Waste’ Veg Box – containing fruit and veg that is still good to eat – despite being past its best. If the trial rolls out, nationwide, it could help save 10,000 tonnes of surplus produce a year.  https://bit.ly/2nc51Yv

Indra Nooyi: Recycling Rates Are Declining. PepsiCo Has a Plan to Change That – “The PepsiCo Foundation is investing $10 million in what we hope will become a $25 million industry-wide fund. In addition to the contributions from our industry, the more than 2,800 communities that participate in the initiative will triple our collective investment, catalyzing roughly $75 million in municipal funding, and bringing the total amount of support to $100 million.”  https://for.tn/2LPPFqy

Meet The American University Entrepreneur Fighting The Food Waste Epidemic – Maria Rose Belding developed Matching Excess and Need for Stability Database (MEANS) an online platform for any soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food bank, or folk in need, that connects them with restaurants and food retailers who have food to donate. It’s a free database that helps distribute the 133 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in the US to those in need.  https://bit.ly/2vyaHj7

 

SUSTAINABILITY

As Ban on Plastic Straws Spreads, Demand for Paper Alternatives Increases – David Rhodes of Aardvark Straws tells NPR’s Ailsa Chang his paper straw business is booming.  Paper straws cost about 1 penny more than a plastic straw.    https://n.pr/2OwdIcw

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90% –  https://nyti.ms/2KhXvUP

The ANZ Green Property & Renewables Bond is the world’s first bond certified under the new Low Carbon Buildings criteria in the Climate Bonds Standard.  https://bit.ly/2O2tVVT

Sustainable Investing for Institutions A Case Study – Sustainability issues are business issues that affect corporate value, and investment analysis must consider ESG information to be considered complete; for example, energy use is a cost, and different sources of energy present different risks.  https://bit.ly/2n7h7lv

Business Reporting on the SDGs – Outlines a three-step process to embed the SDGs in existing business and reporting processes. Three step guide: Step 1: Define priority SDG targets; Step 2: Measure and analyze; Step 3: Report, integrate and implement change.    https://bit.ly/2KoVGpk

Office Depot Donates 2,000 Bookbags To Cobb Students –  https://bit.ly/2LRzLww

New approach to super slippery packaging aims to cut down on food waste –https://bit.ly/2OKaXUX

Here’s How America Uses Its Land – Using surveys, satellite images and categorizations from various government agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture divides the U.S. into six major types of land. https://bloom.bg/2NVl5sY

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. In 2018, it fell on August 1 – We are using 1.7 Earths.  We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.  https://www.overshootday.org

Aon has developed an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating system for buy-rated investment strategies. The system is designed to assess whether and how well investment managers integrate Responsible Investment (RI), and more specifically ESG considerations, into their investment decision making process.  https://bit.ly/2OKdO0j

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

August 6, 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada

August 8, 1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

August 9, 1944 – Smokey Bear debuts as spokeman for fire prevention

August 11, 1968 Satchel Paige (62) & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves

 

The TreeZero News July 23-29, 2018

VIDEO – TreeZero Sustainability Headlines – https://youtu.be/bQW1gyoWHk81 min 46 sec.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING – by Jeff Foote – There is no waste in nature.  As plants and trees die, they decompose and provide nutrients that help new flora sprout and prosper.  The same can come true for organic material generated where you live – including scraps from meal prep, food waste and grass clippings and leaves.  Do you compost? If not, why not give it a try?

By weight, food waste is the largest component of household waste going to landfills.  Together, food waste and yard trimmings make up as much as 30% of the waste stream.  16% of all methane gas emitted comes from rotting wasted food in landfills.  Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than CO2.

Your plants and yard need food – why not feed them your leftovers.  Make your own NPK – Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium are key nutrients vital to healthy soil and productive plant growth.  Compost can be a great and free source of each.  Compost also helps retain moisture in soil, while reducing methane emissions from landfills, and can help you save money on disposal, fertilizers and mulch.

Composting is easy to do.  It is a natural process where micro-organisms and or worms break down organic materials. It is recommended that you use a 5 to 10 gallon container with a lid to collect prep waste, peelings and plate scrapings in your kitchen.  You will also need a larger container for the composting process.  Commercial bins are available from local hardware stores and online.  For example, Amazon has dozens of options from wire mesh for just under $60 to large barrels or bins from more than $200.  You can also build your own bin or pile out of chicken-wire or old wood pallets.  It is recommended that you don’t add meat or bones to your compost – they can attract rodents and other animals.

Each time you add materials to your bin or pile, it is recommended that you turn – mixing the materials, moisture and oxygen helps facilitate the composting process.  You can expect as much as a 90% reduction in as soon as 14 days.

No backyard or limited on space?  Consider Vermiculture – A form of composting that uses red wiggler earthworms to breakdown food waste.  The end result – worm pooh – natural form of plant food.  For additional resources checkout the following: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormbin.htm

https://www.atlantarecycles.com/composting.html

https://www.georgiarecycles.org/tools-resources/citizen-resource-guides/composting-in-georgia/

 

RECYCLING

Delta upcycling 350k pounds of ‘retired uniforms’ into travel bags, passport covers – https://bit.ly/2vgJUIa

Chinese mills face shortages RISI reported last week that six major Chinese mill operators will take downtime on more than 40 recycled paper and board machines during the coming month. https://bit.ly/2NULNSu

Eco-tip: Tossing toner cartridges wastes resources and money, so consider recycling – Of the 500 million printer cartridges sold each year in the United States, 350 million are disposed of in landfills, according to Earth911.org. Each toner cartridge is worth a credit of about $2 in the largest retailer trade-in programs at Staples and Office Depot. https://bit.ly/2sVxDHI

Artificial Intelligent (AI) Recycling Sorting Robot – SumurAI – Video from manufacturer claims up to 70 picks per minute vs 30-50 picks by manual sort; up to 95% efficiency of targeted product recognition. https://bit.ly/2KNdgEM  Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling Systems recently became the first company in the U.S. to install.  Each of the bots will reportedly replace two full-time staff members  and translate to about $120,000 to $130,000 in annual savings.  https://bit.ly/2uRMqFk

Dell is using ink made from smog to print some of its packaging – The ink is made from the exhaust of polluting diesel generators. https://bit.ly/2LHFtNh

This London Lab is Using Technology to Help Feed the Planet – Green Lab has created cost-effective animal feed by taking waste from common businesses such as restaurants and bars, feeding that waste to insects, grinding the fast-growing insects down into a protein powder, and then creating a protein-dense bar that can feed both livestock and pets in a healthier way and for less cost.  https://bit.ly/2uSbPhc

Rutgers University nixes dining hall trays – Instead, students carry their food to the table with their hands. The results: 14 to 22 percent reduction in what students tossed after they ate and going trayless saves Rutgers about $30,000 a week.  https://njersy.co/2Ol16Vh

The Dirty Truth Is Your Recycling May Actually Go To Landfills – municipalities — from Sacramento, California, to Hooksett, New Hampshire — have canceled or significantly curtailed their recycling programs, leaving residents with no choice but to throw their recyclables in the trash.  https://bit.ly/2uRVGt4

A 2,000-sq-ft home can generate more than a ton of the gypsum board product – A team from Washington State University has designed drywall bricks, made from 80% drywall waste and a binder from industrial products to make blocks, lighter than earth blocks, bricks or concrete blocks come waterproof and fire resistant. Now the researchers want to partner with local contractors to get additional waste and use architecture students to use a press to build the blocks, which look similar to masonry bricks. In the next year, reports WSU, the researchers will test the blocks to meet building, seismic and fire codes. They also aim to build a 160-sq-ft demonstration structure. https://bit.ly/2mQkehJ

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new material made from crab shells and tree fibers. Researchers hope the material will serve as a more sustainable replacement for flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh. https://bit.ly/2M11uXO

UK theme parks to offer half-price entry in exchange for used plastic bottles Legoland and Thorpe Park among the attractions that have joined Coca-Cola in a trial offering instant incentives for recycling  https://bit.ly/2LvwCSf

Costco Taps Zest Fresh to Improve Produce Supply Chain – The solution helps reduce waste. Initial work is underway to provide analytic insights on the supply chain to help better manage freshness.  https://bit.ly/2AsDeMX

 

DEFORESTATION

Video: Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, Kenya – Founded in 1997, Wildlife Works has been a pioneer in market based solutions for conservation for 21 years.  https://bit.ly/2AeykmA

17 Companies, Including TreeZero, Call for Protection of Canada’s Boreal Forest – Seventeen companies representing a range of sectors have urged Canada’s federal and provincial officials to implement safeguards around industrial activities that threaten species and landscapes in Canada’s boreal forest. The company letter can be found here.  https://on.nrdc.org/2uVT0dQ

Kenyan Company Using Slingshots to Plant Trees and Fight Deforestation – The initiative by the SeedBalls Kenya company, which makes and sells seedballs globally, is meant to encourage children have slingshot competitions using charcoal covered seeds instead of stones. About 2 million seedballs have been planted in Kenya alone in the past year and a half in what has been called “guerrilla gardening”. The company recycles coal dust collected around Nairobi and buys the seeds from the Kenya Forest Research Institute.  https://bit.ly/2AeDfny

The first database of primary forests in Europe – The map, which first appeared in the journal Diversity & Distributions in May, identifies more than 3.4 million acres in 34 European countries. According to their research, 89 percent of the primary forests fall under protected areas, but only 46 percent fall under what the team considers strict protection. That means that the other areas, despite being designated sites, can still be used for legal timber harvesting or salvage logging. https://bit.ly/2OpecB3

The southeastern U.S. is losing trees fast – Between 2000 and 2012, trees in the region were cut up to four times faster than in South American rainforests.  https://bit.ly/2LBYHr2

Rivers in the sky – Every tree in the forest is a fountain, sucking water out of the ground through its roots and releasing water vapor into the atmosphere through pores in its foliage. In their billions, they create giant rivers of water in the air – rivers that form clouds and create rainfall hundreds or even thousands of miles away. https://bit.ly/2K4w9S5

 Deforestation skyrockets in the Amazon rainforest – Imazon, an NGO that independently tracks forest trends in Brazil, this week released its monthly deforestation alert, which pegged June’s forest loss in the Amazon at 1,169 square kilometers, an area 343 times the size of New York’s Central Park. That represents a 108 percent increase over last June and tops the previous record of 1,112 square kilometers, which was set back in September 2007.  https://bit.ly/2LHzAmA

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on record – https://cnn.it/2NUnPqs

 Shrink Your Dorm Print – Check out shopping guide and tip sheethttps://bit.ly/2OlymvL

BROKEN: Costs to Operate, Maintain Electrical Generation Facilities Have Soared Over Two Decades – From 1998 to 2017, non-fuel related operational and maintenance costs rose 74 percent.  https://bit.ly/2v75tdO

The Southern Ocean sucks up 40 per cent of the CO2 that humans send in to the atmosphere – but for how much longer? https://bit.ly/2mNdhxI

Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification” https://bit.ly/2uOW8re

Can Atlanta Run Entirely on Renewable Energy by 2035? https://bit.ly/2LfAHum

Environment Massachusetts Releases ‘Roadmap’ To 100 Percent Renewables https://bit.ly/2OsvFbN

A Century of Global Warming, in Just 35 Seconds – https://bit.ly/2uL2bOd

A Troubling Look at the Human Toll of Mountaintop Removal Mining – Heart defects were the most common – the risk for these was 181 percent higher in mining areas. https://bit.ly/2Bkxn7O

The Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill: A Breakthrough GOP Proposal on Climate Change? – Curbelo’s carbon tax bill visit here and herehttps://bit.ly/2mJixCD

Bloom Energy Rocks Into IPO – https://bit.ly/2LDhKkM

 Renewable energy is way too expensive, right? Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe – Renewable energy is a nice fad and all, but it’s way too expensive. What about poor people? Find out in this all new episode of Global Weirding. https://bit.ly/2OjzVu5

Baltimore Lawsuit Blames Oil and Gas Companies for Climate Change https://bit.ly/2mQhfpx

This eco-friendly concrete traps CO2 forever while being stronger – Thomas Concrete is using carbon cure on a mixed-use development which will be the largest building ever made with carbon cure concrete. https://bit.ly/2Oqt0zB

Britain to hand out 557 million pounds of renewables funding via auctions https://reut.rs/2Ak6bdI

Food Processing Grants Available to Help Improve Energy Efficiency – The state of California will be offering $57 million in food processing grants in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The grant funding will allow food processors to save money as well as conserve energy. https://bit.ly/2LZ33Wa

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Oceans cover approximately 70 percent of the earth’s surface and just 13.2 percent of the world’s seas remains truly wild.  https://bit.ly/2Ah50vI

What is your Flood iQ? Are You at Risk from Tidal or Hurricane Flooding? – Will you be at risk in five years as sea levels continue to rise? Enter your address or city to find out. Currently they have data for addresses and cities in: FL, GA, SC, NC, VA. Flood iQ is a nonprofit focused on empowering homeowners to protect their property from flooding. It was created using the most advanced open source data from partners like:  NOAA; USGS; National Weather Service; US Army Corps of Engineers; and Columbia University.  https://www.floodiq.com

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Webinar – Understanding ESG as an Investor Relations Professional – Aug 23, 1 PM EST – This 30-minute webinar will focus on understanding how disclosed environmental, social and governance (ESG) data is leveraged by IR departments and investment professionals. We’ll cover the state of industry disclosure, materiality, peer analysis, supply chain, and UN Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to addressing some of the implications for investment research.   https://bit.ly/2JTKxww

ESG / Sustainability – Are Companies Realizing Real ROI? –  https://bit.ly/2uH2zxa

Staples and Jessica Alba Team Up – to help students succeed in the upcoming school year with a scholarship sweepstakes and in-kind donations to support classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. Together, Staples and DonorsChoose.org have funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and positively affected more than 18 million students across the country. Parents, students and teachers can visit local Staples stores or Staples.com to support a classroom project or enter to win the scholarship today. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180724005499/en/

Time is running out for the tropics: Extinction of hundreds of species due to deforestation, over-fishing and climate change is ‘imminent’ unless we act NOW, new research warns.  https://dailym.ai/2AnSLgC

New app to help consumers track where, how garments are made – Shoppers will soon be able to scan a barcode on a item of clothing to trace its origin. Ethical clothing advocate Samantha Jones is developing an app which allows consumers to find out where and how their clothing is made. https://bit.ly/2AoDAEi

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has opened the global public consultation of its first set of benchmarking criteria. https://bit.ly/2veEhtF

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

July 30, 1960 – President Johnson signs Medicare into law

July 31, 1965 – J.K. Rowling born

August 1, 1914 – First World War erupts

August 3, 1823 – Union General Thomas F. Meagher is born in Ireland

The TreeZero News July 16-22, 2018

VIDEO – TreeZero Sustainability Headlines – 1 min. 30 sec. https://youtu.be/ab08Sr9tJr8

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

As Americans Experienced the Warmest May on Record Their Acceptance of Global Warming Reaches a New High – 73% of Americans now think there is solid evidence of global warming. https://bit.ly/2uQwJgF

Renewables on the Rise 2018 – America produces nearly six times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as it did in 2008, and the average American uses nearly 8 percent less energy than a decade ago, due in great part to improvements in energy efficiency. https://bit.ly/2L1Y8qJ

A Massive Iceberg Is Threatening to Destroy a Village in Greenland – An 11-million-ton iceberg has lodged dangerously close to a tiny coastal village in Greenland. If it breaks apart, enormous waves generated by the falling ice could wash away parts of the town. https://ti.me/2NpM4wv

Does the Time of Day I Use My Appliances Matter? – The short answer is “Yes, it does!” As a rule-of-thumb, after 9 pm and before 9 am are off-peak in most situations and can reduce cost and can help avoid the need for your utility to ramp up an additional power plant. https://bit.ly/2Nzvqub

Two-thirds of Africa’s population still don’t have access to electricity – More than 640 million people, two-thirds of the continent’s population, do not have access to electricity. https://ind.pn/2O5ndyZ

Renewable Energy Won’t Succeed Without This — and Utilities Are Already Preparing – when energy saved is considered an “energy source,” it’s by far the cheapest form of electricity, with levelized costs as low as $0.028 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). By comparison, the average American household pays $0.102 per kWh of electricity.   https://bit.ly/2O9nnFQ

CleanChoice Launches New Renewable Energy Broker Program – The new program allows energy brokers and consultants to make CleanChoice’s regional solar and wind power and community solar products available to both their business and nonprofit customers. The new program will initially be available to partners serving Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. https://bit.ly/2O9rOjO

 Global Energy Spending Totaled $1.8 Trillion In 2017 As Clean Energy Investment Dropped 3% – Total global energy investment fell by 2% in 2017, totaling $1.8 billion according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2018 report which was published this week.  https://bit.ly/2LuDZcr

Our Energy Programs Need an Efficiency Upgrade, Too – Energy Efficiency for All, a national initiative to improve efficiency programs for lower-income residents, recently released a fact sheet documenting how comprehensive one-stop-shop energy efficiency programs can cut the waste—enabling residents and affordable housing owners to save more on bills and enjoy the increased health and comfort that efficiency upgrades provide.  https://on.nrdc.org/2LmNJWg

4 Notable Sustainable Fund Launches – there are now 285 sustainable open-end funds and ETFs available to U.S. investors.  https://bit.ly/2uRoBN6

Nevada officials verify 50% by 2030 renewables initiative will be on the ballot – Nevada’s Secretary of State confirmed that Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future had collected enough valid signatures to put its motion for a 50% by 2030 renewable energy mandate on the ballot on November 6.  https://bit.ly/2uHUWFI

 

DEFORESTATION

The World is Losing Vital Forests Quicker than Ever – In 2017, the world lost 29.4 million hectares (72.6 million acres) of tree cover — that’s around 80 percent the size of Germany. This was only slightly down from the 2016 record of 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres), according to new data by Global Forest Watchhttps://bit.ly/2zT5wzw

 Colombia pledges deforestation-free cocoa by 2025 – The world’s tenth largest cocoa producer has joined the Cocoa & Forests Initiative as it looks to combat a 46% increase in tree cover loss last year.  https://bit.ly/2uNn4HA

INDEPENDENT REDD+ GOVERNANCE MONITORING: A GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS – This guidance document is an overview of key steps and considerations for the design and implementation of effective independent REDD+ governance monitoring systems. Download the report HTTPS://BIT.LY/2LDPSIT

Soy giant Louis Dreyfus pledges deforestation-free supply chain https://bit.ly/2Nhmxpe

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. https://www.globalforestwatch.org/about

The Climate Alliance Mapping Project (CAMP) is an initiative led by a team of geographers, storytellers, and archivists at the University of Arizona. CAMP builds interactive climate justice story maps that bring together scientific data and digital stories produced by affected communities to educate the public, connect local communities with global climate justice networks, and inform policy decisions.  https://climatealliancemap.org/home/

Southeast Asian deforestation more extensive than thought, study finds –  https://bit.ly/2Lh58QM

 

RECYCLING

VERITIV now offers a tree-free paperboard-based packaging option made with 100% sugarcane bagasse fibers. https://bit.ly/2L5tTPO

ADIDAS has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024 – also said it would stop using virgin plastic in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centers, a move that would save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.  https://cnnmon.ie/2NjMB2O

Exclusive: Starbucks and McDonald’s team up to rethink cups – McDonald’s and Starbucks plan to leverage their combined scale to change the way all single-use cups are made and disposed of. The initiative is called the NextGen Cup Challenge, and it invites entrepreneurs, large and small, to develop materials and designs that can replace today’s cups. The challenge will provide grants to good ideas, and help startups work together to combine them into market-ready solutions.  https://bit.ly/2LoTDmx

Single-Use Plastic: Are Paper Straws Really the ‘Eco-Friendly’ Answer? –  paper straws were invented by the Sumerians for beer some 7,000 years ago, and later redesigned in the 1800s. Perhaps the broader challenge at this point isn’t to find new sources with which to manufacture old standby products as we seem to be increasingly doing, but develop alongside those products, new, reliable ways to ensure they make it into the recycle stream. https://bit.ly/2uOIunG

14% of all global wood harvest is used to make paper. Is it really worth it to cut down our life saving trees for this product?  http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Paper-Waste-Facts

About 14 billion tons of biomass/year are produced in agricultural cycles, and of this nearly 12 billion tons/year are essentially discharged as waste. Significant developments are taking place across the waste-to-fuel and waste-to-product industries, in the form of thermal — pyrolysis, hydrothermal, gasification — and non-thermal technologies.  https://bit.ly/2Lbf6TO

Coca-Cola sets out its view on what constitutes a good deposit return scheme – With consultations underway in England and Scotland on the benefits of introducing a deposit return scheme (DRS) to recycle cans and bottles, Coca-Cola European Partners has said what it believes will be a well-designed system. The company has revealed 11 points that it argues should be used to form a UK DRS. https://bit.ly/2uwDYLk

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn – The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators, or energy-from-waste plants, tripled between 2010-11 and 2016-17. By contrast, household recycling rates have stalled since 2013https://bit.ly/2LkIm6w  

Anellotech and Suntory take major steps towards the reality of a 100% bio-based plastic bottle.  https://bit.ly/2LuCwzu

Are you recycling right? Probably not – https://bit.ly/2LgasnL

Price Of Recycling Skyrockets In Broward County, And One City Isn’t Paying – https://bit.ly/2uEjlwH

2,000 tons of recycling are landfilled against King County code – https://bit.ly/2LuO7SC

Lancaster Co. PA trims recycling program to the ‘Big Four,’ cites market collapse – https://bit.ly/2Lkpzsf

EU PRESSED TO SET MANDATORY RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTENT REQUIREMENT – ‘Call for EU action on recycled content mandates for plastics’ has the support of groups including FEAD (The European Federation of Waste Management and Environment Services), Keep Britain Tidy, Plastic Recyclers Europe, the Resource Association, the European Environmental Bureau and the Marine Conservation Society.  https://bit.ly/2LqUcPU

Wrap report reveals food waste progress – but there’s a sting in the tail – The industry has increased the amount of food surplus sent to charities and commercial redistribution organisations by 51% in a two-year period. Also encouraging is that the greatest gains were in the form for charitable donations, up 80%.  https://bit.ly/2NrSHy2

Trash to treasure: Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) composting machine turning food waste into fertilizer (VIDEO) – http://news.nau.edu/composting/

The 2018 U.S. Food Waste Summit: Our Reflections – Measuring food waste provides “an empirical representation of inefficiency,” LeanPath CEO Andrew Shakman explained during a session titled Measurement of Food Waste. Without knowing what food, how much, and why it is being wasted, it is near impossible to start a reduction program. But where you sit in the food supply chain can dictate how easy it is to obtain an accurate measurement of food waste generation. Think about quantifying waste in an office cafeteria versus a 300,000 square foot warehouse.  https://bit.ly/2LtF4Oj

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Do CSR Initiatives Influence Millennial Consumers? – In 2014, 7,838 corporations released CSR reports, a 30% increase over the previous four years – roughly 80% of Fortune 500 companies released CSR reports in 2016. The 2017 Millennial Impact Report indicates that millennials are even more invested in philanthropy than they were in 2016, indicating that a focus on CSR is here to stay. https://bit.ly/2JsfebD

Sustainability in Treasury: A View Beyond Financing – Treasuries have a responsibility to support the overall corporate sustainability strategy, but many may not realise that the organisations they deal with on a daily basis – their banks – can be a valuable source of information and assistance with this task. Digitisation, automation, accelerating the trade cycle and cloud treasury systems are just some of the areas that banks can help with.  https://bit.ly/2mmXfdL

Pension schemes in the UK must take ESG factors into account – From October 2019, trust-based pension schemes will need to say how they take account of financially material ESG considerations including climate change; outline their policy on engaging with the companies in which they are invested, typically through their fund managers; and from 2020 report on how they have done this. https://bit.ly/2LiADJq

J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management Launches ESG Forum Promoting ESG Integration to Hedge Fund Managers – https://bit.ly/2JHRNv3

 Sustainable investing grows in popularity, but is dogged by performance questions –  https://on.mktw.net/2ms581m

Ratings that Don’t Rate – An individual company can carry vastly divergent ratings from different ESG rating agencies simultaneously, due to differences in methodology, subjective interpretation, or an individual agency’s agenda.  https://bit.ly/2LBwvky

Unregulated Social Investment Ratings Threaten Booming Energy Economy – https://bit.ly/2Leo9DD

Northern Trust Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report – https://bit.ly/2zRef5q

BB&T releases annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report – https://read.bi/2L5CnGO

Ossabaw Island Service Weekend – Join the Georgia Conservancy and the Ossabaw Island Foundation for a weekend service trip to Ossabaw Island on September 14-16.  https://bit.ly/2JAhf5F

CSRHub.com — an aggregator of company environmental and social responsibility data — rated clothing brands. https://bit.ly/2NxQiSA

Georgia Conservancy is proud to honor Rob Williams of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and Georgia State University as the 2018 Distinguished Conservationist. Mr. Williams will be honored at the ecoBenefete 2018 on September 21 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, Atlanta, Georgia  https://bit.ly/2uPWJJd

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

July 23, 1880 – 1st commercial hydroelectric plant begins, Grand Rapids, MI

July 24, 1847 – Rotary type printing press Patents received by Richard March Hoe

July 26, 1835 – 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii

The TreeZero News July 9-15, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Global quadrupling of cooling appliances to 14 billion could see staggering increase in world’s energy consumption – the University of Birmingham report authors forecast that the 14 billion devices needed by 2050 will consume five times the amount of energy currently predicted for cooling usage. The report – A Cool World – Defining the Energy Conundrum of ‘Cooling for All (PDF)’  https://bit.ly/2KYLoBt

Apple announces $300m China Clean Energy Fund to help power greener supply chain – https://bit.ly/2Ne7a0G

US household energy use falling as homes become more energy efficient – U.S. household energy use fell by more than 10 percent between 2009 and 2015, despite a 4 percent increase in the number of households over the same period, according to analysis of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. https://bit.ly/2Li4sKo

Journey to the Pole – The South Pole Energy Challenge – Video from Shell – Discover the physical and mental strength it takes to walk to the South Pole using only renewable energy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izAoe2iBDLo

How Much Renewable Power Does the World Use? – Modern renewables achieved a growth rate of 5.4% of total energy consumption across the globe, representing its biggest ever increase.

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Kenya’s ban on charcoal production affects millions – Extraction of wood to be used as fuel has contributed to deforestation in the east African country, forcing the government to ban production of charcoal. But, this has left millions of people without an important source of energy.  https://bit.ly/2uz5t6o

California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early – In 2016, California’s greenhouse gas emissions were lower than in 1990, despite a larger population and booming economy, the state’s air resources board reportedhttps://for.tn/2uvQda8

New York Announces Plan Of Action For Procuring Offshore Wind – New York has a goal of 2.4 GW of new offshore wind generation by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million New York households. https://bit.ly/2LfNKrN

New investor-backed campaign targets a trillion dollars for US renewables – ACORE has introduced a new campaign to get investment in U.S. renewables and related grid infrastructure to a cumulative $1 trillion by 2030. https://bit.ly/2mgAVCI

Introducing Climate Innovation 2050 – In a new initiative we call Climate Innovation 2050, C2ES is bringing together companies in key sectors to look collectively at plausible pathways to decarbonizing the U.S. economy. https://bit.ly/2un6q27

London’s zero carbon city plans kick-started with £500 million energy efficiency fund – https://bit.ly/2J7fYTp

Ireland will be the first country to divest from fossil fuels – Ireland passed a bill in its lower house of parliament that will require the country’s national investment fund to sell all of its investments in oil, coal, gas, and peat. The fund currently holds investments worth more than $400 million in 150 fossil fuel companies.  https://bit.ly/2me9Xvr

More than 45,000 businesses could be hit with fines of up to €1 million (£0.88m) if they fail to comply with EU energy efficiency reporting rules. Organizations with at least 250 employees or annual revenues of more than €50 million (£44m) must conduct energy audits. That includes calculating their total energy consumption and identifying saving opportunities across their estate every four years, with the next deadline on 5th December 2019.  https://bit.ly/2NedZiQ

 

DEFORESTATION

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders – Last June the Northside Hospital Cancer Center in Atlanta began to formally offer forest therapy as part of a pilot project in collaboration with the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Twelve patients with newly diagnosed cancers recently signed up for a session, according to Christy Andrews, the executive director of Cancer Support Community Atlanta. “It was a four-hour session that seemed to have an impact on the patients,” she said. https://nyti.ms/2JhhN0p

Explainer: Drought creates a perfect storm for wildfires in U.S. West – The number of wildfires larger than 25,000 acres on U.S. Forest Service land in the West nearly quadrupled in the decade to 2014, compared with the 1980s, according to data from the Department of the Interior. An expected 1.8 Fahrenheit (1C) temperature rise by mid-century is expected to double or triple the annual acreage burned from a current 7 million acres average, according to a study by the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Agriculture. https://reut.rs/2mgxRGB

 

RECYCLING

Nearly 1,000 recycling centers in California have closed in the last two years, about 40% of the total, leaving consumers in many communities with no local place to leave their bottles and redeem their nickels.  https://lat.ms/2uhwjzD

Solar panel recycling to reach new highs thanks to Veolia’s dedicated plant – The state-of-the-art facility is located in Rousset, France, which is currently the 4th biggest solar panel market in the entire EU. The new solar panel recycling centre will process approximately 1300 tonnes of solar panels this year. https://bit.ly/2NzPXj4

Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020 – https://usat.ly/2KY7dQC

ALDI Adds How2Recycle Label to All Exclusive Brand Products https://bit.ly/2m57KSH

How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city – the city diverts about 80 percent of its waste from landfills, or more than 1.5 million tons every year. https://cnb.cx/2NSQSeD

IFIXIT– The free repair guide for everything, written by everyone.  https://www.ifixit.com

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

Synthesis Report Highlights Challenges in Meeting Global Water Goals – The world is not on track to reach the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), according to an UN-Water Report based on the latest data available for the 11 SDG 6 global indicators. Preliminary estimates suggest that, in high to middle-income countries, 59% of household wastewater flows are safely treated. https://bit.ly/2m9YBZm

Emerald invests in HydroPoint – Emerald Technology Ventures is pleased to announce an investment in HydroPoint Data Systems Inc. HydroPoint helps commercial, government, education and community sites maximize water savings, reduce operating costs and minimize risk.  https://bit.ly/2KOui9o

LifeStraw, a global leader in developing innovative filtration and purification products for safe drinking water, today released its first responsibility report highlighting 13 years of global safe drinking water efforts. LifeStraw is now supporting over one million kids in 1,621 schools where 10,677 purifiers are installed, and over 10,000 follow-up visits have taken place and continue monthly.  https://bit.ly/2Nev9wy

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Krill fishing firms back Antarctic ocean sanctuary – companies responsible for 85% of krill fishing in Antarctic waters announced a “voluntarily permanent stop” to their operations in key areas, including the proposed sanctuary and “buffer zones” around penguin breeding grounds. https://bit.ly/2NFkHzd

When will “socially responsible investing” become just “investing”? https://bit.ly/2L1KZxq

General Mills Utilizes SDGs as ‘Common Language’ for Global Sustainability Initiatives 

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Air pollution is triggering diabetes in 3.2 million people each year – The new estimate, reported in July in The Lancet Planetary Health, holds air pollution responsible for about 14 percent of new cases of diabetes worldwidehttps://bit.ly/2u6Ryor

Raymond James has boosted its model portfolio offering with the launch of its first ever environmental, governance and social (ESG) model portfolios. https://bit.ly/2N2zfIk

How Laundry Is Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint – About 60 percent of the energy used by an item of clothing happens after its purchased, when it enters the home and it’s washed, worn, and washed again.  In 2005, only 11 percent of U.S. households had washers that meet EnergyStar criteria; that number rose to 41 percent in 2016. According to the Department of Energy, replacing all washers in the U.S. with EnergyStar models would save 11 billion kilowatts of energy and 550 billion gallons of water per year.  https://thebea.st/2L9j8rX

Joint Statement Calls on UK Government for Central Modern Slavery Registry – Of the 25 million people estimated to be in modern slavery around the world today, 16 million are thought to be working within the private sector. https://bit.ly/2ueymFh

The State of Restaurant Sustainability 2018 Edition – The National Restaurant Association is committed to helping members move forward on their sustainability path. Additional tools and resources can be found at Restaurant.org/Conserve.  https://bit.ly/2sBONeg

Recruiting Top Talent For Your Company Begins With Social Impact – https://bit.ly/2mhbUXL

Companies Can Improve The World: How CSR And Marketing Tie The Knot https://bit.ly/2LdjVen

FOUR BIG FOOD COMPANIES LAUNCH SUSTAINABLE FOOD POLICY ALLIANCE – Danone, Mars, Nestle and Unilever, have launched a new trade organization, the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities and the planet. https://bit.ly/2umhhts

HP links $700 million in revenue to sustainability strategy – https://bit.ly/2uiZp1o

PepsiCo Reports Waste Diversion and Packaging Progress – By the end of 2017, the company diverted 95% of their waste from landfill, up two percentage points from the 2016 rate.  For 2025, the company also aims to design 100% of their packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. PepsiCo’s new report highlighted progress toward their packaging and waste reduction goals. https://bit.ly/2udWCaM

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

July 19, 1799 – Rosetta Stone found.

July 20, 1969 – Armstrong walks on the moon.

July 21, 1861 – First Battle of Bull Run.

July 22, 1862 – President Lincoln tells his cabinet about Emancipation Proclamation

The TreeZero News June 18-24, 2018

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Round-Up: Water Stewardship – Some, for all, forever

Access to clean water and sanitation services are human rights.  And, yet, according to Water for People, 1.8 billion people around the world still don’t have access to safe water. 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases.

Each of us lives in a watershed.chickencreek watershed sign The US Geological Survey defines a watershed as the area of land where all of the water that falls in it and drains off of it goes to a common outlet. Watersheds can be as small as a footprint or large enough to encompass all the land that drains water into rivers that drain into a bay, where it enters an ocean.

Often it seems we waste water by design.

We flush our toilets with drinking water.

54% of urban water use in the US is for landscape irrigation1.

Water lost due to aging infrastructure in the US is 1.7 trillion gallons annually2.

The estimated cost of upgrading infrastructure: $2 trillion over 25 years2.

As much as 70% – 90% of the world’s fresh water is contained in the ice that cover the Antarctic continent.

As much as 43 gallons of water is used to produce a pound of paper3.

A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers4.leaky water faucet

Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10% on water bills4 .

The Food Service Technology Center has tools and calculators to help estimate the cost of leaks in restaurants and food service operations.

Stormwater pollution is the #1 source of water pollution in the United States; and the # 1 pollutant in stormwater by volume is sediment.  One gallon of motor oil can contaminate one MILLION gallons of water.

Thirsty business: CDP 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure.  The report and underlying data analysis aim to shine a light on the linkages between water, energy and private sector efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The report, written on behalf of 643 investors with $67 trillion in assets, revealed water-related impacts cost business $14 billion, a five-fold increase from last year.  Additionally, 24% of greenhouse gas reduction activities depend on a stable supply of good quality water with 53% of companies reporting that better water management is delivering GHG reductions.

Liquidity crisisAs water becomes ever more scant the world needs to conserve it, use it more efficiently and establish clear rights over who owns the stuff . “NOTHING is more useful than water,” observed Adam Smith, but “scarcely anything can be had in exchange for it.” The father of free-market economics noted this paradox in 18th-century Scotland, as rain-sodden and damp then as it is today. Where water is in ample supply his words still hold true. But around the world billions of people already struggle during dry seasons.

Drought and deluge are a costly threat in many countries. If water is not managed better, today’s crisis will become a catastrophe. By the middle of the century more than half of the planet will live in areas of “water stress”, where supplies cannot sustainably meet demand. Lush pastures will turn to barren desert and millions will be forced to flee in search of fresh water. But putting food on their tables requires floods of the stuff. Growing 1kg of wheat takes 1,250 liters of water; fattening a cow to produce the same weight of beef involves 12 times more. Overall, agriculture accounts for more than 70% of global freshwater withdrawals. And as the global population rises from 7.4bn to close to 10bn by the middle of the century, it is estimated that agricultural production will have to rise by 60% to fill the world’s bellies.

This will put water supplies under huge strain.  Overall about 41% of America’s withdrawals go towards cooling power stations. Climate change will only make the situation more fraught. Hydrologists expect that a warming climate will see the cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation speed up. Wet regions will grow wetter and dry ones drier as rainfall patterns change and the rate increases at which soil and some plants lose moisture. Deluges and droughts will intensify, adding to the pressure on water resources. Late or light rainy seasons will alter the speed at which reservoirs and aquifers refill. A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture (the water content of air rises by about 7% for every 1ºC of warming) increasing the likelihood of sudden heavy downpours that can cause flash flooding across parched ground. This will also add to sediment in rivers and reservoirs, affecting storage capacity and water quality.

US Drought Monitor.  Established in 1999, the US Drought Monitor is a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The map, which comes out every Thursday based on data through the preceding Tuesday, is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Eleven climatologists from the partner organizations take turns serving as the lead author each week. The authors examine all the data and use their best judgment to reconcile any differences in what different sources are saying.

Watering Restrictions Currently in Effect in Atlanta Area – Drought conditions across Atlanta and most of Georgia have worsened.  52 counties have moved from Level 1 to Level 2 Response, requiring outdoor water use restrictions. In the City of Atlanta, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week, determined by odd- and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Even on allowable days, it’s encouraged that watering be limited to when plants are showing stress.

Drought and forest loss cause vicious circle in the Amazon – If dry seasons intensify with man-made climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss increases even more and could put the Amazon rainforest further at risk, an international team of scientists found. Researchers at the German Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) found the Amazon rainforest could be exposed to higher risks of dieback if dry seasons intensify and rainfall decreases. This could lead to a vicious dieback circle, they said in a study published in Nature Communications.

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The dramatic effects of drought.

“The Amazon rainforest is one of the tipping elements in the Earth system,” said lead-author Delphine Clara Zemp, who conducted the study at PIK. “We already know that on the one hand, reduced rainfall increases the risk of forest dieback, and on the other hand, forest loss can intensify regional droughts,” she said.  “So more droughts can lead to less forest leading to more droughts and so on.” The researchers found the close relationship between deforestation and drought could put the Amazon further at risk. When it rains, trees absorb water through their roots and then release it back to the atmosphere. Tropical forests produce most of the water they need themselves: they pump moisture which then rains back to them.

ISCIENCES: Global Water Monitor & Forecast monitors fresh water resources worldwide and forecasts changes with their Water Security Indicator Model.  Each month they document current anomalies and provide forecasts with lead times from 1-9 months.

The Coca-Cola Company is the first Fortune 500 Company to replenish all of the water it uses globally. Being a steward means holding something in trust and taking care of it. And that’s really what everyone does with water. Water is a finite resource, but it’s infinitely renewable. And that’s where stewardship becomes very important. At the end of 2015 Coke met its 2020 goal to replenish 100% of the water used across its entire system by replenishing 337.78 billion liters of water to nature and communities. Working with a whole host of different charities and conservation organizations, Coke supported 248 community water partnership projects in 71 countries and over 2,000 communities, which focused on safe water access, watershed protection and water for productive use. In many cases, these projects also provide access to sanitation and education, help improve local livelihoods, assist communities with adapting to climate change, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, engage on policy and build awareness on water issues.

Beer giant AB InBev’s former water guru offers some advice – By Hugh Share – There’s no single definition of “water stewardship.” My view is that it is something to be continually strived for, not something that can be simply achieved, and I’d challenge any company that claims to have achieved it.  When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) talks about stewardship, it uses the words progression, improvement, direct operations, value chain and commitment. The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) states that its members are aiming to continually improve and to act, engage and influence on matters related to water stewardship. Much like our health, we can’t simply lose weight or apply an intervention and declare we’ve achieved “health.” We must continue to eat well, exercise and maintain ourselves if we’re to stay healthy.  We need more pragmatic thinking that generates real-world results. I’ve seen the same case studies for years, examples that are force-fitted into different guidance documents, over and over again. The bottom line is we all need to talk less, act more and work together — quicker, more efficiently and to scale. See the great tips on water stewardship Hugh has for NGOs, businesses and governments.

Sources:

  1. Hydro Point Data Systems
  2. US Council on Competitiveness: Leverage: Water and Manufacturing.
  3. Environment Canada
  4. US EPA