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U. Mass. Lowell Office of Sustainability turns dining hall food waste into revenue source

5.16.18
Source: University of Massachusetts Lowell, 5/10/18

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Thanks to a pilot program run by the Office of Sustainability, community members can now purchase bags of nutrient-rich compost generated from the university's dining hall food waste for use at home. The 1-cubic-foot bags, adorned with the UML logo, are available for $9 apiece (plus tax).


American University just graduated to carbon neutral, thanks partly to energy efficiency

5.14.18
Source: ACEEE, 5/14/18

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As college students across the country graduate, proud parents and friends are celebrating, but my alma mater also deserves some fanfare. American University (AU) did more than graduate the class of 2018 last weekend; it recently became the first carbon-neutral university in the United States. Located in the nation's capital, it is also the first carbon-neutral urban campus, demonstrating that AU is as environmentally conscious as it is patriotic (yes, the school's colors are red, white, and blue).


ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company Maximizes Material Transparency: Q&A with Brad Nemeth

5.14.18
Source: Environmental Leader, 5/11/18

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Environmental Leader interviews Brad Nemeth, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company's VP of sustainability for the Americas, about material transparency.


How sustainable designer Bill McDonough is re-fashioning the fashion industry

5.14.18
Source: GreenBiz, 5/14/18

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In early 2017, when Bill McDonough decided to launch his global initiative, "Fashion for Good," he wanted to introduce more "good" into the fashion world: "good materials, good water, good energy, good economy and good lives."


EPA won't reverse findings of danger from paint stripping chemical

5.10.18
Source: The Hill, 5/10/18

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it won't reverse an Obama administration report that enumerated various harms from exposure to paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride.


Response to The Home Depot's new strategy to remove toxic chemicals from cleaning products

5.7.18
Source: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, 4/20/18

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The Home Depot announced plans to remove harmful chemicals in cleaning products, in an expansion of the company's chemical strategy. The Home Depot will require suppliers to remove nine toxic chemicals from cleaning products by the end of 2022, including certain phthalates, parabens, and triclosan. This follows the 2017 release of the company's chemical strategy, which restricts toxic chemicals in paints, carpets, flooring, and insulation.


SC Johnson reveals criteria for selecting 'Greenlist' ingredients

5.2.18
Source: Chemical Risk Manager, 4/26/18

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Consumer products giant SC Johnson has revealed the criteria behind its Greenlist ingredient selection programme. Its sustainability report, The Science Within, gives a detailed breakdown of how the company evaluates the ingredients in its products to "better protect human health and the environment".


US rivers are becoming saltier -- and it's not just from treating roads in winter

4.20.18
Source: The Conversation, 4/17/18

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Research shows that when salts from different sources mix, they can have broader impacts than they would individually. It also shows the importance of supporting water quality monitoring nationwide, so that we can detect and address other pollution problems that have yet to be recognized.


Michigan OKs Nestle Water Extraction, Despite Over 80K Public Comments Against It

4.3.18
Source: NPR, 4/3/18

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In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestle's plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments -- with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.


Packaging as Part of Retailers' Supply Chain Planning

4.2.18
Source: Progressive Grocer, 3/30/18

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As more retailers play in the traditional consumer packaged goods space, whether through private label, ecommerce, or other, more consumer-direct initiatives, they would be smart to think more about packaging, too, according to several packaging experts. By doing so, and specifically by paying special attention to how packaging fits into their overall supply chain, retailers could improve their efficiencies, contribute to a more sustainable planet, and even find some hidden cost savings.


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