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Green chemistry is theme for 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

2.7.18
Source: Franklin Institute, 2/7/18

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The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry--chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Objectives of green and sustainable chemistry include: minimizing the use of chemical raw materials, reducing waste, lowering the toxicity of utilized chemicals, and improving lifecycle through the use of more sustainable or renewable raw materials to produce fuels or chemicals, thereby minimizing the environmental impact of chemical processes. Prize is $250,000 USD. Submission deadline is May 31, 2018.


Bio-renewable process could help 'green' plastic

1.23.18
Source: Science Daily, 1/21/18

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Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To change that, scientists are trying to take the pliable nature of plastic in another direction, developing new and renewable ways of creating plastics from biomass.


Minnesota Out Front on Addressing Nitrogen Problems

1.19.18
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, 12/28/17

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Minnesota is the first state in the nation to try telling farmers how to apply fertilizer to their crops.


4 Steps to Building a Business Case for Efficiency (Hint: Avoid the 'Poor Performer' Tag)

1.10.18
Source: Environmental Leader, 1/8/18

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Many large organizations have lofty efficiency goals, but struggle to turn them into reality -- often because there's limited buy-in where it truly matters. One of the most critical, often-overlooked steps to launching successful efficiency- and environmental-management programs is creating an effective business case that not only promotes projects internally, but helps to ensure success during the implementation phase and beyond. Far too many plans either don't get approved, or are approved and then stall, earning the "poor performer" tag and positioning resource efficiency poorly on any future priority lists. So how can energy managers turn their efficiency dreams into a company-backed reality? They should start by following these four steps as they build a business case to fund critical efficiency programs.


Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money

1.9.18
Source: ProPublica, 12/21/17

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This year ProPublica documented the many ways waste is baked into our health care system, from destroying perfectly good medication to junking brand new supplies. Eliminating the waste could insure millions of Americans.


Aquapod water treatment studied for water conservation at power plants

1.8.18
Source: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 12/7/17

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A low-energy water treatment system developed at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has been selected for development by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an improved technology for water conservation in power plants.


Will China's crackdown on 'foreign garbage' force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

12.13.17
Source: The Conversation, 12/13/17

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With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where that waste will end up. China, the world's largest importer of scrap, is looking to clean up its act.


When and how to use the term 'zero waste' -- and when to avoid it

12.12.17
Source: Waste Dive, 12/11/17

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Do we need the term "zero waste" to guide our consumption and waste behaviors, or are we better off without it?


Will people eat relish made from 'waste' ingredients? Study finds they may even prefer it

12.12.17
Source: Drexel University, 12/12/17

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A new Drexel University study found strong potential for consumer acceptance of a new category of foods created from discarded ingredients.


A First Among States, California Plugs the 'Carbon Loophole'

11.30.17
Source: Governing, 11/30/17

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The new Buy Clean California Act is the world's first legislative effort to address supply chain carbon emissions.


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