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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

EDF Webinar Series: Engaging Suppliers With EDF Climate Corps:

  • Setting Targets Based in Science

Thursday, October 11, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Quantifying Scope 3 Emissions and

Engaging Suppliers in Energy Reduction

Thursday, October 18, 1-2 pm EDT

  • The Potential for Corporate Renewable Procurement

Thursday, October 25, 1-2 pm EDT

  • Beyond a Building: Scaling Energy Efficiency

Thursday, November 1, 1-2 pm EDT

REGISTER HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The TreeZero News September 24-30, 2018

Photo: Texas Christian University

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The TreeZero News September 17-23, 2018

Photo: Fort Frederica, St. Simons, GA

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

The TreeZero News August 27 – September 2, 2018

First row center, my first cousin 3x removed, Arthur Havard age 13 in 1910.

LABOR DAY – On June 28, 1884, The US Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. According to the US Department of Labor, “Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

During this Labor Day weekend, I have been reflecting on the hard work of long-gone family members that helped build a better world and whose labor surely improved the quality of life as a legacy they bequeathed to future generations.

A large portion of my ancestry hail from Northeast Pennsylvania, Wales, Scotland and Ireland where many of them worked in the coal mines or associated businesses – from miners and teamsters to managing director at Atlas Powder Company. Both of my grandfathers worked for Orange & Rockland, an electrical and gas utility in Upstate NY now owned by ConEdison.   One of my great-great grandfathers, Evan Havard, was the Barn Boss at No 6 Colliery Pennsylvania Coal Company and his cousin, Arthur Havard, pictured here at 13 years of age, worked as a miner his entire career.

The energy industry is undergoing an amazing transformation.  Increasingly, the present and promisingly, much of our future power needs will be met by energy efficiency and clean renewables.  Nationally, clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs by more than 2.5 to 1, according to a new Sierra Club analysis of Department of Energy jobs data.

I am thankful to all of those who toiled to power our world; and I am very optimistic that collectively, we can inspire an efficiency and clean power revolution that Arthur and Evan Havard and so many other miners and fossil fuel veterans would be proud of.

Enjoy your Labor Day.

Video Headlines week of Aug 27 – Sept 2 – https://youtu.be/J5qRmnBH2Sk 1 minute, 26 seconds

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Inspiring Energy Efficiency – People.Power.Planet, a component of McKinstry’s powerED program, educates building occupants about the importance of energy efficiency and challenges them to take actions that reduce their energy use to better the planet. powerED is a systematic program designed to improve operational efficiency, save energy, track results, and drive sustainable behaviors within your facilities. https://www.peoplepowerplanet.com

Deadline extended for Atlanta solar installation program – The sign-up deadline for a solar bulk purchasing program sponsored by several local nonprofits and solar installers is being extended. The new sign-up deadline is Oct. 31. The programs uses bulk purchasing and a streamlined process over four months to cut the cost of solar by up to 25 percent for Atlanta residents.  https://bit.ly/2wm2or7

Europe To Ban Halogen Bulbs in September – LED’s are five times more energy efficient than halogens and last 15 to 20 years compared with the average two-year life cycle of a halogen bulb, a recent Forbes article says the European Commission estimates consumers will actually enjoy a savings of 115 Euros over the lifetime of an LED bulb, or close to $150.  https://bit.ly/2PV1MSe

How Much Hotter is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?  As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher. See how your hometown has changed so far and how much hotter it may get.  https://nyti.ms/2N58JBr

Nation’s 1st Pollinator-Friendly Right-of-Way Solar Project Moves Forward in Georgia –  Last week, the Georgia Public Service Commission (Georgia PSC) authorized the funding for Georgia Power to construct, own and operate a one-megawatt solar array on Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) property at Exit 14 off Interstate 85, which is known as “The Ray.” This unique project will pilot the use of native flowering plants as ground cover in test plots within the solar array, making Georgia the first in the nation to pilot pollinator-friendly, right-of-way solar.  https://bit.ly/2NFPw6A

A New Kind of Solar Cell Developed at UCLA Just Broke Efficiency Records – By adding a new layer to common solar cells, the researchers estimate they can reduce solar energy costs by about a fifth, in a relatively simple process that can easily be incorporated into mainstream solar cell manufacturing. Instead of 18.7 percent, these new cells were able to capture 22.4 percent of the sunlight’s energy, an increase of around 20 percent. https://bit.ly/2PoLyja

Question Of The Week: Has Your ENERGY STAR Score Changed? – As of August 26, 2018, facility managers and building owners who benchmark one or more properties in Portfolio Manager should be aware that their buildings’ 1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other source energy metrics have been updated across all time periods to reflect the latest performance metrics. https://bit.ly/2Npoxfu

Exxon Seeks Wind, Solar Power Delivery in Texas – The largest U.S. oil company sent out a request for proposals with a June 8 deadline, inviting solar or wind power suppliers to pitch contracts that would last 12, 15 or 20 years. https://bloom.bg/2Nh5Avm

What is the Global Cooling Prize? – a global competition to spur development of a radically more energy efficient cooling technology. The task, designing a room air conditioner for a typical tropical or sub-tropical home that consumes five times (5x) less grid-supplied electricity, per unit of cooling, than a typical unit in operation today. The prize will be launched in November 2018 and will be open for a period of two years. https://bit.ly/2NEaWBd

Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid? – Using real-time rates, utilities could encourage EV owners to charge up during the day, when there is excess (and therefore cheap) solar energy and sell back to the grid during times of high demand. https://bit.ly/2C6wHrZ

Facebook Pledges to Buy 100% Renewable Energy by 2020 – https://bit.ly/2Nxpylv

Pearl’s certification system enables home buyers to see and understand the value of a home’s high-performing assets when the home is sold. Research from across the U.S. shows that third-party home performance certifications like Pearl’s add an average of 4% to the sale price of high-performing homes, compared to similar homes lacking these assets. https://bit.ly/2wu8fvg

Salesforce Announces Largest Renewable Energy Agreement to Date, on Path to Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy – https://bit.ly/2opvBOe

California Assembly Passes 100% Renewables by 2045 Mandate – The bill now heads to the state Senate for a vote.   https://bit.ly/2wv1B8g

Xcel to Replace 2 Colorado Coal Units with Renewables and Storage – https://bit.ly/2C80CQr

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

FAO Report Presents Global Baseline Data for Monitoring Water-use Efficiency – https://bit.ly/2PRXkDG

Study: Meeting Paris Climate Accord goal would result in 217m metric tons more fish – The world’s oceans could produce 217 million more metric tons of fish, 25 billion additional servings of seafood, and $14 billion more in profits to the seafood industry if the goal of the Paris Climate Accord was reached and good fishery management practices were maintained, finds a study published in Science Advances.  https://bit.ly/2wzUCtK

Ocean and climate change: Time for a new wave of energy – by Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – https://bit.ly/2LOJ7V3

Measure home water use and detect leaks – Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff Phyn Plus measures tiny changes in water pressure — 240 times a second — to alert you the moment a leak is detected, mitigate costly damage through automatic shutoff, and diagnose potential plumbing problems before they become an issue. https://bit.ly/2wynCD6

World Water Week: Seven ways businesses are progressing water stewardship – https://bit.ly/2MIXfEn

More crop per drop: How UGA is redefining water sustainability in agriculture  Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are aiming to help farmers make smarter decisions about their water use through advancements in irrigation techniques. The project aims to combat the looming water crisis that plagues the South and Southwest. “Everybody’s using the water, and the resources are getting depleted very quickly,” UGA CAES professor George Vellidis said. Vellidis and a team of graduate students and researchers are seeking to increase agricultural sustainability and productivity through their research project. The project aims to use fresh water resources more sustainably in order to optimize crop yield for Georgia’s largest commodities, such as peanuts and cotton.  https://bit.ly/2MEDIFj

Ceres’ Assessment of S&P 500, MSCI World, MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) and Russell 3000 – shows more than 50 percent of the four indices holdings were found to be exposed to medium to high water risks, showing that water can be a very material issue for portfolio managers. https://bit.ly/2wCg55r

 

DEFORESTATION

Is Nigeria Losing War Against Deforestation? – While it is estimated that Nigeria loses 1.5 million trees daily due to illegal logging, the rate of deforestation pegged at 3.5 per cent annually is considered as the highest globally. https://bit.ly/2MPo09F

 

RECYCLING

Cobb County, GA conducts survey on plastics recycling – Keep Cobb Beautiful staff is asking Cobb residents, who want to participate in the Hefty EnergyBag program, to sign up as soon as possible. Survey: CobbCounty.seamlessdocs.com/f/HEBprogram Information: hefty.com/hefty-energybag/hefty-energybag-program  https://on-ajc.com/2wjhKxo

Government Regs and Consumer Awareness Drive Bioplastic Packaging Market – Government regulations and rising awareness of sustainable packaging solutions among both consumers and manufacturers will drive significant growth of the bioplastic packaging market, according to a new report. The global bioplastic packaging market is expected to grow at a pace of 18.1% between 2017 and 2025, the report from The Insight Partners. Bioplastics are plastics made from plants rather than fossil fuels.  Coca-Cola has sold more than 50 billion of its bioplastic-based PlantBottles. But the food and beverage industry can’t drive the market alone, the company says: retailers need to increase demand for bioplastics to really make the market thrive. “It won’t ever work if there’s just one big consumer company like a Coca-Cola trying to drive suppliers,” said Ben Jordan, head of environmental policy at Coca-Cola. “You need more demand out there in industry.” While bioplastics currently make up just 1% of the plastics market.  https://bit.ly/2C7Xc03

U.K. Considers Doubling Levy on Plastic Bags to Tackle Waste – The U.K. is proposing to double the mandatory charge for single-use plastic bags dispensed by retailers to 10 pence (13 cents). https://bloom.bg/2PqNCHA

Earth911 Quiz #25: Recycling Changes Build Momentum – This week’s quiz challenges your knowledge of recent recycling changes in Asia and the U.S. recycling industry. https://bit.ly/2MJlP8m

Registration for 2018 America Recycles Day Now Open – America Recycles Day, which takes place on and in the weeks surrounding Nov. 15, educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. Registration for Recycle-Bowl is also open at http://www.recycle-bowl.org.  https://bit.ly/2PaQMPj

Video – Canadians get creative in solving food waste problem – CBC News spoke to several businesses to see how they’re developing creative solutions and technology to reduce the tons of food that end up in landfills.  https://bit.ly/2MDAvFO

Webinar: How brands can drive sustainable innovation in plastics and packaging – Thursday 6th September at 9am EDT / 2pm. You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/2okCHUf

 

SUSTAINABILITY

How to fight modern slavery: question company supply chains – Today, there are more than 40 million people suffering in some form of modern slavery. Modern slavery is a lucrative, US$150 billion industry. And it’s hidden in plain sight. While most firms mandate formal anti-money-laundering training, they’re far less likely to do so for identifying slave labour and human trafficking.  https://bit.ly/2MRaORy

SIERRA CLUB Annual Cool School Ranking – Our annual Cool Schools Rankings assess colleges’ performance in everything from what they teach to how they obtain their electricity to their sources of cafeteria food and how they manage their water.  https://bit.ly/2wttxbB

This Company Is Making Footwear Out of Wool, Sugar and Trees – https://bit.ly/2My2Ttd

Quantis and EIT Climate-KIC Launch the GeoFootprint Project to Develop a Tool to Measure and Monitor Environmental Impacts of Crops https://bit.ly/2BMbKlX

How Can Retailers Keep Ugly Produce Out of Trash? Paying You A Compliment Helps, Study Finds https://bit.ly/2C5L9QM

Turning Haiti’s mountains of plastic garbage into high-tech printer gear – Last June, HP started selling the first ink cartridges made from Haiti’s bottles.  https://bit.ly/2CQ1Zjo

Fledge is a global network of conscious company accelerators and seed funds, helping entrepreneurs create impactful companies and co-ops at scale through intense, short programs filled with education, guidance, and a massive amount of mentorship.  http://fledge.co/about/

Impact Investing Market Map – PRI launched the Impact Investing Market Map. Its goal is to bring more clarity to the process of identifying mainstream impact investing companies and thematic investments so that asset owners and fund managers can better assess opportunities in this market.  https://www.unpri.org/download?ac=5292

How Do You Assess a Fund’s Carbon Risk? – The Carbon Risk Score is a new metric that is based on underlying information from Sustainalytics, our ESG data provider, that is trying to assess a company’s risk in relationship to the transition to a low carbon economy. It primarily focuses on carbon emissions in a company’s operations and in its products and tries to assess what kind of financial risk does this company face in a transition that would cause them to have to reduce emissions significantly. About 100 out of 500 funds in the large-cap blend category get a low carbon designation, meaning, on average, their portfolios have low carbon risk. https://bit.ly/2ox2VTA

Now Available: 6-Pack Rings Touted as Eco-Friendly & Safer for Wildlife – Eco Six Pack Rings (E6PR), are made with all-natural ingredients, including straw and wheat fiber. https://bit.ly/2PXh4Wr

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Valdez Streaty of Cox Automotive wants to talk with you about recycling car floor mats and other ways to achieve zero waste – https://bit.ly/2MK6Uur

From the deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon to a ‘lake of toxic sludge’ in China: How building a smartphone devastates planet Earth – https://dailym.ai/2Nb78ds

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 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