Making it happen — the road ahead

June 29, 2018 by  
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Last December, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to commit to 100% renewable fuel sources for public and private ground transportation, with a target of 2045 (and a pledge to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewables by 2035). This was not only historic, but an incredibly ambitious proclamation by the state’s four mayors.

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How Medicine Makes the Environment Sick

December 1, 2016 by  
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Sea life is swimming in a brew of sugar and spice this holiday season, according to a 2006 Seattle study that found an influx of vanilla and cinnamon in the Puget Sound in the months of November and December. The sugary surge is likely due to all…

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India’s clean energy policy is crucial for climate change

September 1, 2015 by  
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Here’s why all eyes will turn to India at COP21 in Paris in December.

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GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 by  
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Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we’re beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that’s yet to come. For starters, we’re planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Boca Raton; and at the 2015 GreenBiz Forum , in February in Arizona, which is shaping up to be another winner. That is to say, it’s business as usual here, albeit with a wistful eye to a year that’s just beginning to wind down. Welcome!  We’re very pleased to welcome associate editor Lauren Hepler , the newest member of the GreenBiz team. Lauren comes to us from the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Slate magazine and Congressional Quarterly. She chipped in two piece in her first week and we are looking forward to many more. Recycling 2.0: That’s the title of our next webcast, on December 9. It will focus on how cities are reinvigorating their recycling programs, which have plateaued in recent years, though the insights are equally applicable to companies. You’ll hear new data about what consumers think about recycling and what messages resonate with them. It’s free; registration required .   Newsletter Date:  Monday, December 1, 2014 Newsletter Type:  GreenBuzz Daily

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Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

November 21, 2014 by  
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Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers, recyclers, municipalities and consumers, working together to find solutions. In this hour-long webcast, you’ll hear how waste streams are changing;  the latest data about what consumers think about recycling and what messages resonate with them; how one of the nation’s largest recycling companies is working with cities to increase recovery rates; and the secrets behind one of the most successful municipal recycling programs in the United States. Among the things you’ll learn: Current recycling trends and the true bottom-line impacts of non-recyclable materials such as “flexible packaging” How recycling programs influence how consumers think and recycle The differences between what consumers say about recycling and how they actually recycle (what they are actually doing) Specific examples from Hennepin County, MN demonstrating how their innovative recycling education initiatives work     Click here to register to attend the webcast and receive the recording when it concludes. Speakers: Susan Robinson, Director of Public Affairs, Waste Management   Susan Robinson is the Director of Public Affairs for Waste Management.  She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector.  Since joining Waste Management in1999, Susan has been instrumental in the company’s implementation of new recycling programs in the Western U.S.  She currently supports the company’s public policy efforts associated with materials management technologies.  Susan is on the Board of Directors of Ameripen, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington, and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences and English.  Her Masters work in Environmental Studies is from the Evergreen State College.    Julie Colehour, Principal, Colehour & Cohen   Julie Colehour is a Partner at Colehour+Cohen, a 36 person social marketing and public relations firm with offices in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. She has 24 years of experience creating and implementing social marketing campaigns that encourage consumers to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviors. Her experience includes 17 years working with EPA on ENERGY STAR including creating the plan that launched the brand in 1997. She works on behavior change campaigns that span a number of important social issues including recycling, waste reduction, water efficiency and healthcare. She is frequently called upon to speak on social marketing at venues across the country. Julie has been recognized for her work through many awards including eight Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America. In 2001, she was named one of The Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 young outstanding executives. She is also co-author of The Environmental Marketing Imperative (Probus Publishing).   Angie Timmons, Environmental Education Coordinator, Hennepin County, MN   Angie is the Communications Coordinator for Hennepin County Environmental Services. She has fifteen years of environmental education experience. Recent projects include launching a multimedia campaign called “Recycle Everywhere” to encourage away from home recycling and promoting an environmental recognition program for businesses. Angie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas Moderator: Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group  For 25 years, Joel has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. Joel is co-founded GreenBiz Group Inc., including its website, research reports and events on the corporate sustainability strategy and trends. He hosts the annual  GreenBiz Forums  and  VERGE conferences  around the world, and is author of the annual, award-winning  State of Green Business report . In 2012, he was  awarded the Hutchens Medal  by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame  of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Topics:  Waste Waste Management Recycling Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 1:00pm Sponsored by:  Waste Management Webcast URL:  Register Here

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World Food Prices Close to Record High

January 6, 2011 by  
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Image: MenuPages The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization announced yesterday that in December, food prices surpassed their 2008 levels , often remembered for the riots that broke out around the world. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Spam Drops Dramatically in December – Energy Used Selling You Stuff You Don’t Want Falls Fourfold

January 6, 2011 by  
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image: Thomas / Creative Commons You may have seen headlines this morning about how global spam email levels have suddenly fallen , declining from approximately 200 billion spam messages in August to just 50 billion in December. Which got me thinking: Since spam is about 80% of email traffic , how much energy and gr… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Oil Spill Panel: Failures that Led to Disaster are ‘Likely to Recur’

January 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: US Coast Guard The presidential oil spill panel is gearing up to release its final report on the BP disaster , and it isn’t pulling any punches. Chief among the findings is that one of the primary causes of the spill were “bad management” practices from all the companies involved, and a lack of good government oversight on drilling procedures

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Giant Pink Snails Invading Miami Beach Vandalized

December 28, 2010 by  
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Parade of pink plastic snails on Miami Beach offer recycling message. Photo by Phillip Pessar via Flickr Dozens of giant pink snails have overtaken Miami Beach this December as an environmental message about recycling by the REgeneration Art Project that’s gone bad.

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2 Turtle Doves & 1 Partridge- Tis The Season For The 111th Christmas Bird Count

December 27, 2010 by  
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Christmas bird count volunteer braving the cold Photo: Gabriel Willow This holiday season marks the 111th year of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The 111th CBC runs from December 14, 2010 through January 5, 2011. It is the longest running citizen science survey in the world

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