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Digging deeper into carbon offsets

Dig Deeper articles share highlights and source links from recent reporting. Topics for this series focus on the environment, workplace wellness, sustainability, and smart technologies. What is a carbon offset? Carbon trading, described as emissions trading by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is designed to offset the Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions, often caused by use […]
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Hydroponics: Redefining the farm

In 2020, agriculture has moved farther from the traditional farm and closer to the table. For 11,000 years, farming was confined to the field, with the notable exceptions of Babylonian hanging gardens and Aztec floating gardens.[1] Then, by the 15th century, plants were being grown in controlled enclosures and, four centuries later, in greenhouses.[2] Hydroponics, the practice of growing […]
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List of 100 most sustainable corporations announced

Ørsted A/S, a Danish energy company that focuses on renewable energy, is at the top of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.[1] Rankings are based on up to 21 key performance measures (KPM) that assess management of resources, employees, and finances.[2] Data for the assessment is retrieved from sources available to the public. A […]
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2020 recycling update

Dig Deeper articles share highlights and source links from recent reporting. Topics for this series focus on the environment, workplace wellness, sustainability, and smart technologies. Curbside program changes An online tool at WasteDive.com reports the how China’s several restrictions on scrap imports have impacted each state. After a state is selected from a drop-down list, […]
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Looking ahead to 2020

The environmental and resiliency events planned for 2020 will offer education and inspiration in all four seasons. Some events may not require much travel! Relevant conferences and expositions will be held in several regions of the U.S. as well as internationally. FEBRUARY GreenBiz Phoenix/Scottsdale — February 4-6 More than 1,500 business, government, and academic leaders […]
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Progress in 2019

This year, a better environment and solutions to climate change were pursued locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2019, more lands were protected, more renewable energy was generated, and improvements in environmental design were experienced by more people than ever. MARCH A new law extends protection to more land and waterways The John D. Dingell, Jr. […]
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Thanksgiving thoughts amid climate concerns

In 2019, we found much to be thankful for! Advances in food security Scientists have unlocked the structure of key components of photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth. This discovery could lead to photosynthesis being ‘redesigned’ to achieve higher agricultural production yields that meet urgent food security needs.[1] Better batteries Storage solutions for renewable […]
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ESG factors: essential to investment

Disclosure of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors is an international business investment standard. European companies with more than 500 employees must disclose ESG factors in order to operate. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to require disclosure of ESG factors when they are material to investors. Those ESG factors […]
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Digging deeper into container deposit laws

This edition of Dig Deeper explores beverage container recycling laws and the benefits they bring. The third section describes reverse vending machines, a deposit return convenience found in many states. Links to relevant information are provided, including 25 sources for reverse vending machines. Where are beverage container deposits required? These 10 states, plus Guam, have […]