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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

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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