Renewable Energy
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2/25/2020

Anchorage, Alaska, is making a pilot glass recycling program for businesses permanent and having the glass crushed for use in construction projects. "A lot of our products end up getting shipped out of state, so to be able to recycle something here locally, that's really super sustainable," says Suzanna Caldwell, recycling coordinator for the city's Solid Waste Services.

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Solid Waste Services
2/25/2020

Major producers of strawberries, blueberries and other berries have pledged to make the plastic clamshell packaging for their fruit 100% recyclable in the next five years. The producers will use glue and labels that don't interfere with recycling as current ones do.

2/25/2020

Perennial crops and genetic diversity among livestock are two key areas of ag research farmers need in their efforts to cope with changing climates, writes Melissa Hemken. Researchers at The Land Institute are working on developing new perennial grains that can replace wheat and other annual crops in an effort to reduce soil erosion and chemical use.

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The Land Institute
2/25/2020

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is developing limits for phosphorus runoff known as "total maximum daily load," but observers say the rules won't sufficiently reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie because they don't address agricultural pollution. If a voluntary incentive program promoted by Gov. Mike DeWine doesn't solve the problem, advocates may ask a judge to regulate agricultural runoff under the Clean Water Act, says Frank Szollosi of the National Wildlife Federation.

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The Associated Press
2/25/2020

Police in Canada on Monday cleared a rail blockade put in place to protest a proposed natural gas pipeline. The blockade has hampered freight shipping for over two weeks and may make it difficult for some cities in Ontario to source chlorine for water purification.

2/25/2020

The Virginia Department of Health will receive a $737,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct voluntary lead testing of water at child care centers and schools. "This funding will support Virginia's efforts to detect and reduce lead in drinking water, thereby protecting children's health at schools and elsewhere," said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.

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The Associated Press
2/25/2020

Trees are natural "speed bumps" that slow stormwater runoff before it enters waterways and potentially harms ecosystems, writes Anna Reh-Gingerich of the Heal Our Waterways program in Wilmington, N.C. Trees are just one natural solution people can use to keep pollution from entering two local creeks, she writes, adding that some nearby homeowners may qualify for free trees through the program.

2/25/2020

Wristsponsible buys handmade, woven bracelets from local artisans in Nepal, Thailand, Greece and Kenya. It sells these bracelets around the world, using the profits to fund the purchase and installation of water filtration systems, or to support beach or wetland cleanups.

2/24/2020

A growing number of diamond brands including Brilliant Earth, Clean Origin, Do Amore and Vrai are making engagement rings and other luxury pieces with more sustainable materials and methods to appeal to millennials and Gen Z. Concerns about climate change have companies using recycled metals and cutting carbon emissions.

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Vrai
2/24/2020

Leaders get better results from their teams when they express empathy and kindness and model how to calmly handle challenges, writes J.M. Lacey. "[W]hen employees are genuinely happy and receive encouragement and praise, they will push themselves to do even more for their supervisor and company," Lacey writes.

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