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Sharing the secret…

I honestly think that I have found the secret to happiness and I want to share it with you. I just returned from Bhutan which is a tiny Buddhist Kingdom in the Himalayan mountains. Bhutan is nestled between India in the South and China in the North. With a population of 850,000 people, that’s smaller […]
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Climate action update

This edition of Dig Deeper covers recent events and actions that focused on climate change. Links are provided for exploring the Global Week for the Future, Climate Week NYC, and the UN Climate Summit even deeper. Global week for the future September 20-27, 2019 Protests and strikes held at 4,500 locations in 150 countries  voiced […]

Conference to share and celebrate green building best practices

Each year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) brings education and inspiration to the sustainable buildings community through its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The 2019 event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, on November 19th through 22nd. Conference sessions will explore green building best practices, resource conservation, and strategies to […]
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Major coffee chains commit to resiliency

In one year, hot beverage purchases at one coffee chain left 3.85 billion paper cups in the global waste stream.[1] That company, along with other large coffee shop and restaurant chains, has set Solid Waste Management (SWM) goals and is implementing improvements. SWM of coffee cups, lids, stir sticks, and more is an industry-wide problem. […]
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Wish-cycling sends needed glass to the landfill

Only a third of the 11 million tons discarded glass in the U.S. is recycled. If clean, most of it could be crushed into cullet particles, blended with sand, soda ash, and limestone, then melted to be reformed new glass containers. Instead, much of it is crushed and used as day cover at landfills. In […]
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Insights from greenhouse gas research

Scholars at leading universities are studying, quantifying, and predicting the impact of climate change. They are also publishing fresh ideas for limiting and mediating that impact. Transition to renewable energy recommended Research project at the University of Michigan In the United States, 28% of greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions are the result of generating electricity from […]
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Report shows progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

A recent report documented how more than 100 major metropolitan areas are progressing toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with comparison rankings, the report shows where further action is needed to reach goals by 2030.[1] The SDGs were adopted unanimously at the United Nations in 2015. The 17 wide-ranging goals address human needs and […]
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Online game explores sea level rise concerns

An online Los Angeles Times article, posted 7/7/2019, describes the favorable weather of “sea level rise suppression” which has encouraged waterfront development. Conditions are likely to change. The article reports that sea level rise has been less than 9 inches over the past century. By the year 2100, that could exceed 9 feet.[1] An online […]
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Digging deeper — with a focus on recycling

Recycling has recently been in the news locally, nationally, and internationally. Several articles explore how a California community responds to the China ban,  what Orlando is doing in response to wish-cycling, and the waste sorting now required in Shanghai, China. Market challenges require changes in plastics recycling Restrictions recently implemented by China have substantially limited […]