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

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

https://bit.ly/2PFd7bG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RECYCLING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DEFORESTATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Foote

Jeff Foote is Executive Vice President, Sustainability at TreeZero. He’s also an investor. He has helped hundreds of organizations, both large and small, successfully incorporate sustainability strategies into core business functions. Jeff has traveled to all seven continents working to protect and preserve the environment. Jeff’s mission is to help organizations and individuals use fewer resources to sell more, more profitably.