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Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies 21.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What do ice cream toppings, mushroom-based packaging and paving stones in common? They all can be greener. Here's how three companies are doing it.

Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies
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Pacific Islanders Blockade World's Largest Coal Port To Protest Rising Seas (PHOTOS) 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week a group of Pacific islanders and Australians worked together to form a flotilla of kayaks and traditional canoes to blockade the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia. The action was led by a group of Pacific Climate Warriors , who traveled from their home countries to protest coal's contribution to climate change and the threat of sea level rise to their low-lying islands. The group targeted Australia in particular because it is the second-largest coal exporter in the world and plans to expand production. Just this summer, the government approved a project that will lead to the creation of the country's largest ever coal mine . According to 350.org, hundreds of people participated in the blockade, including representatives from 12 Pacific island nations. They were successful at keeping at least two coal ships from passing through the port. Mikaele Maiava from Tokelau told 350.org, "It is very important for us to take direct actions against climate change because it is threatening ...
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New Biofuels Faciility Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol, Is 90 Percent Cleaner Than Gasoline 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as stalks and leaves, for production and thus do not compete for food crops. The second-generation ethanol plant operated by Abengoa, a Spanish multinational corporation, began operating in late September and has the capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. Moniz said the biorefinery was built in the spirit of next-generation biofuels, solar and fossil technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions. The facility also includes a $150 million electric generation plant that powers its ethanol operations while still producing up to 10 megawatts excess that is sold to the local power grid. "We work across the entire innovation chain with the idea that we need to push innovation and cost reduction at ...
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How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's an inside look at the food giant's sustainability menu, including engaging employees, reducing food waste and sharpening the supply chain.

How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience
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Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay 13.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine taking the world's largest cruise ship and dumping it into a landfill 700 times a year. Every year. That's how much trash new building construction and demolition produces in the U.S. alone - that's approximately 160 million tons of sometimes toxic trash . When we think about building for the future and what kind of legacy we're going to leave for our children, we need to revisit simple solutions like reduce, reuse, and recycle. Twelve months ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation broke ground on the Brock Environmental Center -- what will be one of the most energy efficient and environmentally smart education and community centers in the world. When completed later this fall, the center intends to meet the strictest LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge environmental standards. When people think about cutting-edge architecture and design, they often think about high-costs and space-age technology. But a key component of the Living Building Challenge is to use as many recycled and reusable ...
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Sweden and the Wakening of Eco-Integrity 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Startling news: Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its waste. At least that's what people are saying, including an official website of Sweden itself: "Less than one per cent of Sweden's household waste ends up in a rubbish dump." There may be less to this statement than meets the eye, but before I address that issue, I need to pause at the jolt of ecstatic excitement and jubilant incredulity I felt for a moment -- that maybe the resource-consuming, planet-destroying, multinational political and economic system I'm part of is capable of correcting its own insanity, committing itself to a sustainable future and embracing the circle of life. I've gotten used to living with despair: that so little of our effort, energy, intelligence and determination are invested in creating a sustainable future; and, indeed, that humanity's macro-organizations, its national governments, its multinational business enterprises, expend their enormous power not only contributing to the devastation but sabotaging every effort to ...
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More Space for You, a Second Life for Your Things 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Has your youngest started grade school? Or maybe, as if in a blink of an eye, she's finished college and moved into her first apartment. Now you and your husband are thinking of downsizing. Or you could simply be hoping to free up some space, and wishing those bunk beds would just disappear. Should you haul them out to the street as garbage? Heavens no! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 10 million tons of perfectly good furniture is dumped in landfills each year. Such a waste. But rather than collect dust in the attic or use up precious space in the garage, here's a much better solution: Give your well-loved but lightly-used furniture a second life by donating them to Habitat for Humanity Restores. If you make your donation on the second Saturday of the month, Sustainable Furnishing Council (SFC) will award you with 500 PIPs, reward points you earn for doing good things... like recycling furniture. It's all part of SFC's new #SustainableSaturdays program . SFC is an education ...
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Why renewable methane fuel smells like a rose 8.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Forming a closed-loop system, renewable natural gas is the most sustainable fuel available. How can we get a big RNG initiative moving?

Why renewable methane fuel smells like a rose
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The dark side of solar: Why waste concerns abound 8.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Developing countries don't often recycle or reuse their solar devices. But one organization is taking action to change this.

The dark side of solar: Why waste concerns abound
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Can ditching diesel make recycling less cost-prohibitive? 7.10.2014 TreeHugger
Waste management companies, big and small, are coming together to make recycling more affordable, sustainable and scalable.
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Watching Our Health Go Up in Smoke 7.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout )The medical waste incineration industry was given birth to in the late 1980s by the confluence of two high profile media circuses: one - the HIV hysteria - and two - multiple media accounts of bags of syringes, needles, plasma bags, IV tubing, bottles of pills and even body parts washing up on the shores of some of the most popular resort beaches on the East Coast stretching from Maine to Florida. In 1987, in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 children were found playing with HIV-infected vials of blood that came from an unsecured dumpster used by a medical clinic. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the knee-jerk response was a widespread call to burn hospital waste so that the various avenues of incompetence, corruption and profiteering that led to dirty needles washing up on exclusive beaches could be closed down through a back door. Little thought was applied to the consequences of incineration, until plumes of black clouds began billowing from ...
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20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators 5.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An industrial incinerator, as viewed from a church playground in Midlothian, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Bornhorst) Joe Poole Lake is a popular destination for Dallas and Fort Worth residents looking for a weekend escape to the great outdoors. Lined with barbecue grills, hiking trails and sandy beaches, the 7,400-acre lake and its wooden welcome sign invite endless opportunities to relax and unwind. For Becky Bornhorst, a stay-at-home mom who never missed a PTA meeting, this lake was where she went to relax and create memories by sailing on a catamaran with her husband and two children and walking the family dog, a yellow lab named Nellie. Six years ago, Becky was forced to find a new spot to make these memories after she became aware that levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, were increasing in the lake — an increase she blames on the industrial incinerators nearby. Commercial/industrial waste-burning incinerators like the one near Joe Poole Lake burn waste produced from utilities and mining, ...
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Alison Teal Visits The Maldives' Trash Island And Reveals The Plastic Problem That Isn't Shown On TV 5.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last year, Alison Teal arrived on an uninhabited Maldivian island completely naked and ready to do 21 days without food or water for Discovery Channel's reality show, " Naked and Afraid ." While the world watched Teal survive the scorching hot beach with coconut water and hats made of palm fronds, Teal struggled with something else. She was overwhelmed with how much plastic trash she saw washed up across the small island. She even handcrafted a raft from the pollution and paddled back to civilization, thus winning the challenge. "I told myself that I had to come back," she told The Huffington Post. "I wanted to see what I could do for a land that helped me survive for almost a month." This past summer, Teal returned to the Maldives with photographer Sarah Lee and Australian filmmaker Mark Tipple to show the world what wasn't filmed during the 40 minutes that ran on TV. In the photo above, Teal poses with plastic bottles and trash she found in just 50 feet of beach. Teal filmed her return to the Maldives ...
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Here's what's on Olive Garden's sustainability menu 2.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Amid shareholder conflict and other turmoil, Darden Restaurants shows progress in reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste.

Here's what's on Olive Garden's sustainability menu
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Innovation Earth: Can the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban End Hunger? 1.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I first started writing this column , I envisioned covering breakthroughs that could enable us to live sustainably on a world inhabited by 7 billion people and rapidly counting. The population predictions then were pointing toward perhaps 10 billion people by century's end, and that seemed an unfathomable throng of humanity; but a recent study in the journal Science has throttled whatever sense we had of exponential expansion -- predicting with 80 percent likelihood that as many as 12.3 billion people will live on earth by the year 2100. A deep breath, then the logical next question: How will we feed all those people? (And in a climate-altered, resource-depleted world, no less?) Interestingly, the most talked-about solutions are technological ones. There are the highly controversial, &agrave la genetically modified food . Other solutions sound snazzy, yet at present seem respectively outlandish or unappealing: 3D-printed hamburgers , for instance, or bug-based protein bars . Either way, the message ...
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The Food Waste Fiasco: You Have to See It to Believe it 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You may have already heard a few appalling facts about food waste but just in case you haven't, here are a few tidbits of information to catch you up on the issue. -We throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food per year in America. That's more than the budgets for America's national parks, public libraries, federal prisons, veteran's health care, the FBI, and the FDA combined. -About 50 million of our 317 million Americans are food insecure yet we produce enough food to feed over 500 million Americans. -To create just the amount of food that ends up in the landfills we waste enough water to meet the domestic water needs of every American citizen. Even with these mind-blowing statistics you probably still need to see it to believe it. That is where I come in. This weekend I arrived in New York City from my second bike ride across America living on food from grocery store dumpsters. On my first ride dumpster diving across America , about 70% of my diet came from dumpsters, totaling up to about 280 ...
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World Tourism Day: An opportunity to reflect on tourism and community development 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our sustainable tourism class this week celebrated World Tourism Day with listening to World Tourism day messages, and a good discussion on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Sustainable Tourism Class Following the reading of the message from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , and the video message from Taleb Rifial, Secretary General of the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). We then enjoyed some fair trade coffee and special tourism cake as we discussed the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and its relationship to community development and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Tourism Cake To Celebrate World Tourism Day The discussion resulted in three important conclusions by the class. The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is necessary for good and responsible community development to take place in the tourism industry. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) certification process could be an opportunity for community ...
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8 Inspiring Videos Of The People's Climate March 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the days following the People's Climate March , videos from all aspects of the event have been posted online. According to organizers, more than 400,000 people joined the march last Sunday , making it by far the largest climate march in history. Videos show just how far people came from, why they marched, what climate solutions they were excited about and the huge size of the march. Here are a few of our favorites. This recap was posted by march organizers, highlighting the attention the event received and encouraging participants to keep the momentum going. Executives and employees from Ikea, Unilever and NRG joined the march along with others who believe businesses can help provide solutions to climate change. This video was made by students from Bard College's MBA in Sustainability program, who speak with march attendees about why they came and what their favorite solutions to climate change are. Indigenous communities turned out in force for the march as well, leading the pack as communities on ...
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Abundant Natural Gas Won't Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Enough, Study Says 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Natural gas may not be a "bridge fuel" to a clean energy future, according to a new study by researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University and the energy nonprofit Near Zero. Their modeling found that having a high supply of natural gas does little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future, largely because the use of gas slowed the transition to renewables. The study, published on Sept. 24 in the journal Environmental Research Letters , modeled the impacts of high and low supplies of natural gas on overall emissions from the energy sector. Researchers studied the impacts of abundant natural gas over a range of potential future climate policies, including no limit on carbon emissions, a moderate carbon tax, a strict carbon cap and a federal requirement that 50 percent of energy come from renewable sources by 2050. They found that though increased availability of gas led to less use of coal, it also slowed the adoption of renewable technologies under all scenarios but the requirement to use ...
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How Sustainable Tourism Is Becoming A New "Mega-Goal" At The 65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference entitled "Beyond 2015 : An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations" at U.N. Headquarters in New York. One of the key purposes of the conference was to provide input for the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will succeed the 15-year framework of UN Millennium Development Goals, set to expire in 2015. The conference resulted in an Outcome Document composed of a Declaration and a Resource Document - the 2 parts may be read independently or as a unit - on the 17 proposed SDGs that have been suggested by an intergovernmental working group that worked for the last 18 months and that included inputs from people all over the world. The Outcome Document provides specific goals and objectives, all of which can be related to sustainable tourism. Three highlights related to sustainable tourism include: Tourism and the teaching of sustainable tourism in universities were ...
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