How the U.S. Open aced a sustainable transformation

September 29, 2017 by  
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Efforts involved the U.S. Tennis Association, Billie Jean King and Venus Williams.

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Bee-killing pesticides have been found in US drinking water

April 7, 2017 by  
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We’ve known that neonicotinoid insecticides are bad news for bee populations for several years now, but one thing we don’t know about these pesticides is how they impact human health. A new study from the US Geological Survey and the University of Iowa reveals how terrifying that question could be, revealing minute traces of neonicotinoid chemicals are present in at least some drinking water in the US. In the study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters , researchers took samples from two water treatment plants in Iowa. Though many might assume waste treatment plants would be able to remove pesticides from drinking water, trace amounts of the neonicotinoids were still present after passing the water through the facilities’ carbon filtration systems. Granted, the amounts present ranged from 0.24 to 57.3 nanograms per liter, which Gizmodo describes as “like a single drop of water plopped into 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.” The amount is obviously incredibly small, but unfortunately scientists have no idea whether the residue that remains in drinking water could potentially impact human health. The Environmental Protection Agency has set no regulatory limits on the use of these substances, saying that previous studies have shown they have only low rates of adverse health effects for humans. There’s a catch, though – those older studies only looked at brief exposure to high concentrations of neonicotinoids. It’s still unknown whether low-level chronic exposure could result in long-term health problems. Related: Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction Ideally, more research would be done to learn more about the effect these chemicals have on human health. But with Donald Trump and his cabinet attempting to loosen regulations on industries that pollute the environment and hobbling critical environmental research, it may be a few years before we know for certain whether low levels of neonicotinoids are harmful or not. Via Gizmodo Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Interface: How our engineers slash massive waste, emissions

March 17, 2014 by  
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Striving for zero impact drives a push for new tech. Here are 6 lessons to help other businesses innovate.

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Cleveland Browns kick off a new waste-to-energy plan

November 26, 2013 by  
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FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the NFL team, will divert tons of food waste this season and turn it into electricity and fertilizer.

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What’s in store for energy management companies in 2014?

September 10, 2013 by  
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Corporations almost universally say they need better data about energy usage, and 45 percent plan to spend more to manage energy next year.   

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Dow and DuPont rank among the top ‘Toxic 100’ polluters

August 28, 2013 by  
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Which companies deserve the most blame for air and water pollution? Some of the worst offenders are also making progress in sustainability.

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How Kroger turned food waste into warehouse-powering energy

August 9, 2013 by  
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The company's Ralphs/Food 4 Less division is using biogas to power a California distribution center.

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Do people actually act on sustainability research reports?

August 9, 2013 by  
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A survey in the retail sector yields insights into how to create effective, actionable reports.

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Want lower building costs? Hire a data guru

June 10, 2013 by  
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A facility data manager takes responsibility for implementing a structured data management system used to boost efficiency and performance.

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How Big Data and analytics change the game for HVAC systems

May 30, 2013 by  
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Big data is sending the winds of change through heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for commercial building owners and operators.

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