SUNRISE: Solar energy for a circular economy

UNRISE is coordinated by Prof. Huub de Groot from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 20 partners from 13 European countries. The SUNRISE consortium includes: seven universities (Leiden University, University of Uppsala, Imperial College of London, University of Turku, University of Warsaw, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Louvain); eight research centres…

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Marching towards a circular economy

In this video, Jean-Claude Lévy, an expert at the Institut National de l’Économie Circulaire, discusses implementation of circular economy dynamics within territories. He discusses several aspects such as law, territorial added value, semantics, or scientific research,…

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Surfrider and Coalition Partners Announce WA State Bill to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags

Washington State Legislators Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) recently held a press conference at the Seattle Aquarium, and were joined by the Surfrider Foundation and a coalition of advocates in support of the “Washington Reusable Bag Act” to announce they are introducing companion bills in January, 2019, at the state legislature to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags. The reusable bag legislation will build off the existing 23 local ordinances already in place in the state of Washington.  The coalition organizations supporting this policy include: Environment Washington, Puget Soundkeeper, Seattle Aquarium, Surfrider Foundation and Zero Waste Washington.  Washington State Represenative Strom Peterson speaks at the Seattle Aquarium along with coalition partners. Photo credit Seattle Aquarium. Surfrider Foundation Washington chapters have been active leaders on this issue in Washington for many years. They have helped to pass plastic bag ordinances at the local level, most notably playing a lead role in the city of Bellingham, which served as a model for other communities. The chapters have also played a key role in the passage of a bag ban in the city of Tacoma.  The problem:  Plastic bags are problematic in the litter…

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