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The Future of Recycling, Waste Management is Resource Management, Experts Say

The recycling industry has taken a beating lately in the press. Earlier this year Waste Management CEO David Steiner declared the US recycling industry is facing a “nationwide crisis” as recycling facilities increasingly lose money and demand plummets for recyclables. And while it’s not a new debate, John Tierney’s latest … Read more »

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UC Irvina Tops Sierra’s Annual College Ranking

The University of California, Irvine, for the second year in a row tops Sierra magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s “greenest” colleges and universities. UCI took the top spot for diverting more than 80 percent of campus waste from landfills and using clean energy. The UC system has … Read more »

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi has begun joint research with three American universities aimed at reducing the time required for decay in the radioactivity of nuclear waste materials and using radioactive waste as fuel. The research, conducted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley will … Read more »

How Much Can Human Behavior Affect Supply Chain Sustainability?

My past articles have included discussions of the Ricoh Comet Circle and the circular economy as reasonable representations of several (perhaps oddly) connected elements in a more holistic view of sustainable systems as they influence green manufacturing. Connections in the context of those discussions have been about “material” interactions and movement … Read more »

Using Slurry for Economical, Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture

By combining carbon-capturing solids and liquids to develop a “slurry,” scientists from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, University of California-Berkeley and Beijing  have created a carbon capture method that is relatively simple to implement on a large scale, economical and energy efficient, according to Nature Communications. Currently, carbon capture is … Read more »

Environmental Leader

Environmental Leader Introduces Editorial Advisory Board

Environmental Leader LLC has assembled a group of experts from across the environmental, energy and sustainability industries, including end-users, vendors, consultants and academics, that will advise on the editorial direction of its leading group of environment and energy publications: EnvironmentalLeader.com, EnergyManagerToday.com and EnvironmentEnergyPro.com. “The Environmental Leader LLC editors and I … Read more »

IBM Discovers New Materials to ‘Transform Manufacturing’

IBM Discovers New Materials to ‘Transform Manufacturing’

IBM scientists have discovered a class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics. The researchers say the new materials are the first to demonstrate resistance to cracking, strength higher than bone, the ability to reform to their original shape … Read more »

Golden Gate Bridge

Ecofys-Led Consortium Develops Product-Level GHG Benchmarks

An Ecofys-led consortium has helped the California Air Resources Board (CARB) establish product-level greenhouse gas emission benchmarks for various production processes. The benchmarks will be used to determine the amounts of free emission allowances for individual plants in the California cap-and-trade program, the energy and climate consultancy says. In addition … Read more »

Could Smart Chairs End the HVAC Wars?

As every facility manager knows, all the HVAC wizardry in the world won’t matter if your staff aren’t comfortable. Companies have shelled out big bucks for control and automation systems promising to deliver huge energy savings – only to find those savings out the window when employees are too hot … Read more »

McGill Feeding McGill

Universities’ Sustainability Initiatives Save Money, Resources

The University of Toronto uses solar panels to heat water for athletes’ showers and McGill University imposes a student fee of 50 Canadian cents per credit that is matched by the university for its Sustainability Projects Fund. These are two examples of how Canadian campuses are integrating sustainability into university … Read more »

Effective Utilization of Resources

How about resource productivity? As part of thinking about mechanisms and metrics, for driving green manufacturing, it came to mind that there is always a lot of talk, specially in the US, about the tremendous advances in labor productivity that have occurred over the last several decades. The Bureau of … Read more »

Green Chemistry Commitment

Universities Sign Green Chemistry Commitment

The University of California-Berkeley, University of Minnesota, Northeastern University and 10 other colleges and universities that have signed the Green Chemistry Commitment, intended to increase the number of green chemists and scientists in the US and the business opportunities available to them. Dow Chemical is an official partner, a Green … Read more »