Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Green Chemistry in 2017: The State of the States

Source: National Law Review, 5/16/17.

This article discusses current and potential state green chemistry regimes that have developed since the journal's last article on this topic, discuss some chemical-specific laws, and assess what might be on the horizon now that TSCA reform has been enacted.
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2016 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: Marathon Petroleum Corporation -- Illinois Refining Division

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) has extensive refining, marketing, and transportation operations concentrated primarily in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Southeast regions of the United States. MPC is the third-largest refiner in the U.S. and the largest in the Midwest. The Robinson refinery, also known as the Illinois Refining Division (IRD), is located in Robinson, Illinois, has a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 231,000 barrels per calendar day and encompasses approximately 920 acres. MPC improved the environmental impact of their operations by: reducing solid waste by 2,038 tons; conserving 3,000,000 gallons of water; diverting 393 tons household hazardous waste from landfills; eliminating 18,972 metric tons of carbon dioxide; and restoring 247 acres of certified wildlife habitat.

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Small companies save big with tech advice

Source: ISTC Blog, 5/9/17.

A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.
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U.S. Laboratory Finds Plastics-to-Fuel Technology Helps Reduce GHG Emissions

Source: Waste360, 5/16/17.

PTF facilities use pyrolysis, a process that converts post-use non-recycled plastics into liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks by heating them in the absence of oxygen.
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Mountains of waste could lead to new US manufacturing, jobs

Source: Science Daily, 5/15/17.

Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. Scientists have discovered how to make high quality carbon fiber from lignin.
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Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

Source: NPR, 5/15/17.

More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from researchers who documented the accumulating trash.
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Ikea's solution to peak stuff? Invest in plastics recycling plant

Source: The Guardian, 5/15/17.

Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain domination.
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Trying to Reverse Americans' Rotten Record on Food Waste

Source: Stateline, 5/16/17.

States are trying to reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfills.
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Event: Disaster Preparation through Pollution Prevention

Could your business cope with a major flood, snowstorm, or power failure? Do you use hazardous chemicals? Surveys show that many businesses have not prepared for disasters by taking precautions such as emergency planning, having adequate insurance, & arranging for emergency power. This webinar for Massachusetts businesses will show you how to manage hazardous chemicals safely so that they are not at risk of release during a flood or other natural disaster. Registrants will receive a presentation with links to on-line resources. Learn how to:
  • Use online maps to quickly find out if you are in a floodprone area,
  • Assess your flood risk & elevation onsite,
  • Reduce risk & save money by switching to less hazardous chemicals & using energy more efficiently,
  • Comply with regulations for managing hazardous wastes & materials, and
  • Find financing & technical assistance.

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American households use a variety of lightbulbs as CFL and LED adoption increases

Source: Energy Information Adminstration, 5/8/17.

As lighting technologies evolve and adapt to federal standards, lighting in U.S. homes is in a state of transition. Data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that, as of 2015, most homes in the United States used more than one type of lightbulb, primarily a mix of incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL). Adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs has been increasing, with 29% of U.S. households reporting at least one LED bulb installed.
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Event: Teaching Systems Thinking to Fill the Climate Literacy Gap

What will it take to produce a workforce that understands the relationships between environmental, social, and business factors so we can better address the risks of climate change in the coming years? A number of interrelating systems comprise each factor so incorporating systems thinking into the public and private educational systems should result in graduates better prepared to understand the interrelationships and make or contribute to better climate decisions and policies. In this 90 minute webinar join leaders from education, business and philanthropy as they discuss:
  1. The validity of the climate literacy gap and its impact on the workforce
  2. Existing and emerging ways to teach systems thinking about climate disruptions, mitigation, adaptation and risk management
  3. Concepts for developing the national/international capacity to support climate literacy
  4. The role of philanthropy in accelerating deployment
  5. How community colleges can be at the center of better preparing the workforce for climate risk decisions

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Nike and H&M try reused threads on for size

Source: GreenBiz, 5/11/17.

Companies joining the Circular Fibres Initiative set out to unravel the textile industry for a new, circular model.
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More people, more trash? Rethinking waste from New York to Beijing

Source: GreenBiz, 5/11/17.

It would be difficult to find a more fundamental urban environmental issue than solid waste disposal. It is clear that effective waste management is essential to the development of sustainable cities. Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans.
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Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable conference presentations now available

Did you miss the Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Minneapolis last week? If so, you'll want to check out the presentation slides and other resources, which are now available on the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable web site. The conference featured Pollution Prevention 101 training, workshops on client engagement and materials substitution, and […]
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