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Allegheny County, Pa., Emphasizes 'Green' Infrastructure in $2 Billion Stormwater Control Effort

8.12.15
Source: FutureStructure, 8/5/15

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Greening the county's antiquated sewer network can be accomplished through a series of regionally focused, strategically placed solutions, such as green roofs, permeable pavement and stormwater planters.


5 core competencies of sustainability leadership

8.4.15
Source: GreenBiz, 8/4/15

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To achieve lasting change, the entire C-suite should demonstrate emotional intelligence, systems thinking and these other qualities.


EPA Reaches Agreement with Manufacturer to Stop Use of TCE in Spray Fixative Products Used on Arts and Crafts

7.31.15
Source: US EPA, 7/30/15

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with a manufacturer to voluntarily phase-out the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in an aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product as part of EPA's ongoing efforts to reduce the public's exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.


Can the plastics industry create a collaborative model for change?

6.5.15
Source: GreenBiz, 6/1/15

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Plastic is an inherently ubiquitous and valuable material -- which is why it's time to finally move the needle on doing a better job reusing it.


Winnow Scores Seed Funding For Its Food Waste Smart Meter

5.18.15
Source: TechCrunch, 5/11/15

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Winnow is on a mission to help the hospitality industry cut down on food waste by making the kitchen 'smarter.' It does this via the Winnow smart meter, a set of smart scales and accompanying tablet app that lets kitchen staff easily log what food is thrown away. That data is then uploaded to the cloud, analysed by Winnow's algorithm, and disseminated so that food waste can be reduced.


Materiality matters: why don't companies have to disclose sustainability risk?

4.28.15
Source: GreenBiz, 4/28/15

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Although more companies are disclosing sustainability information, there are few standards and the reporting is often vague and subjective.


Sprint Names Winners in Upcycled Smartphone Contest

4.28.15
Source: Sprint via Business Wire, 4/27/15

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Sprint, in conjunction with Brightstar Corp. and HOBI International, has announced the winner of its inaugural Smartphone Encore Challenge, a contest for Net Impact college students to find profitable and innovative ways to repurpose old smartphones or their components. The winning team from the University of California, Berkeley, created TouchCart, a "smart" grocery cart that aims to transform traditional shopping carts into multi-purpose shopping assistants, providing savings for grocery stores and an improved shopping experience for customers. Two teams were selected as runners-up in the challenge. The first, a team of two MBA students led by Sreekanth Krishnakumar from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, converts old smartphones into onboard monitoring devices for vehicles. The StreetSmart device calculates automobile insurance premiums based on individual driving behaviors, provides feedback and financial incentives for users to adopt better driving practices, and serves as a black box recorder that can be reviewed in case of accidents. The second runner-up is a team of three led by Biplab Deka, a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Their entry, Neo, transforms pre-owned smartphones into affordable computers for budding programmers. The device would help address the "digital divide" by providing computer access to school-aged children who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of programming tools.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Reduces Microprocessor Serial Link Power Consumption, Improves Data Center Energy Efficiency

4.1.15
Source: Semiconductor Research Corporation, 3/31/15

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers are working to reduce the serial link power consumption, thereby helping data centers and mobile platform operate more energy efficiently.The University of Illinois research--sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) through the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE)--was presented last month at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Serial links consume about 20 percent of microprocessor power and constitute about 7 percent of overall energy consumption in a data center. These serial links are only sporadically used, such as when there is a request to access a webpage or a miss in the last level of cache. As part of the research, the Illinois team designed a 7-gigabit per second transceiver with the first reported on/off embedded clock architecture. The new transceiver achieved an order of magnitude lower serial link power-on compared to existing transceivers. The team estimates that data centers in North America can save $870 million annually using this approach, with the yearly serial link power savings at data centers worldwide by 2020 equaling Japan's yearly electricity consumption.


Public Libraries, U. Wisconsin-Madison Team Up on Climate Change MOOC

3.13.15
Source: Library Journal, 3/11/15

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The University of Wisconsin--Madison (UWM) is offering a new four-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. What's different about this endeavor, besides the strong local interest angle, is that the university, in coordination with Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), is partnering with 21 public libraries across the state. The collaborative venture will share scientific information about global warming via video, readings, an online discussion board, and quizzes, as well as in-person discussions at the libraries with scientists, staff, and graduate students from UWM, the National Weather Service, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee.


ISTC Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award

3.2.15
Source: ISTC, 3/2/15

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The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015.


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