Recycling in the Burnaby Bear Area

Bear sightings and interactions have previously been reported in some areas of Burnaby. To reduce the presence of bear attractants and address public concerns of human-bear conflicts, the City has designated a Bear Area.
The designated Bear Area includes areas adjacent to Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, Robert Burnaby Park and other parklands. Click the map icon below to see/download a larger version. You can also view the Bear Area boundaries on BurnabyMap (select the following map layers: Geographical Features > Environmental > Bear Area Boundary). The designated Bear Area includes areas adjacent to Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, Robert Burnaby Park and other parklands. Click the map icon below to see/download a larger version. You can also view the Bear Area boundaries on BurnabyMap (select the following map layers: Geographical Features > Environmental > Bear Area Boundary).

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How to craft a recycling plan for your restaurant | DAR PRO Solutions

What your customers value in a brand is changing. Eco-friendly practices are becoming more prevalent in what consumers, particularly younger ones, value in brands. In fact, according to a 2018 report from the National Restaurant Association, over 50 percent of consumers in the United States are more likely to make a restaurant choice based on eco-friendly practices. Is your restaurant doing its part when it comes to recycling? Perhaps you need to formulate a plan to ensure your store’s efforts are consistent. Here are seven easy steps to build a recycling plan and execute it within your restaurant’s operations.

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Companies Need to Manage the Economics of Impact in Order to Advance Equity

A new purpose-led economy is in the making, with purpose anchored in corporate statutes, board and leadership accountability, and business strategy. The missing link, and the ultimate proof-point of a true transition in market systems towards equity and resource regeneration, will be the ability to manage the economics of impact, and systemically, actively, and transparently connect and reconcile the financial and societal objectives of the company. This is needed not just in management and internal decision-making, but to create the basis for collaboration with those most affected by inequities and resource depletion, and for reporting effectively to a rising tide of impact-oriented investors.

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Environment Minister says government will challenge UNESCO move to list Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ – ABC News

Environment Minister Sussan Ley says Australia has been “blindsided” by a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, suggesting the decision was politically motivated. The World Heritage Committee, which sits under UNESCO, has proposed moving the reef to the list because of the impact of climate change, and will consider the decision at a meeting in China, which is the chair, next month. Ms Ley described the decision as a “backflip” and said United Nations officials had assured the government the reef would not face this kind of recommendation before the July meeting. “We were blindsided by a sudden late decision,” she said.

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Valpak and RECOUP partner to boost recycling knowledge in schools

Valpak and RECycling of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP) have joined forces to introduce free interactive resources on plastic recycling in UK schools. The educational initiative, Sort It Out, follows the story of a littering alien and shows the different outcomes for the planet based on responsible behaviour. Sort It Out invites schoolchildren to make choices in order to generate their own story –  if they choose to recycle the bottles left by the alien, they are rewarded with an in-depth video showing the plastic recycling process.

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Circular economy in focus in Josoor Institute webinar

Josoor Institute, the training and education arm of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), recently held a new webinar focused on the circular economy – an economic approach aimed at minimising waste. Moderated by Orjan Lundberg, Sustainability & Environmental Expert at the SC, speakers discussed different strategies and best practices in implementing sustainable practices in relation to supply chain and waste management in the planning of large events held in urban settings. Alexandre Hedjazi, Director of the Global Environmental Policy Programme at the University of Geneva, emphasised the role urgency plays in encouraging event planners to unlock innovative solutions. In particular, he discussed initiatives that addressed challenges related to providing sustainable critical infrastructures during a large event while ensuring their long-term legacy afterwards.

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St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

The St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium is hosting a workshop to begin the conversation around incorporating Indigenous perspectives into strategic planning for universities and colleges. Our speakers include Erika Bailey-Johnson from Bemidji State University and Devon Fernandes from Humber College. Both have worked to incorporate the voices of Indigenous people and other cultural backgrounds into the process of strategic planning. Join them in a conversation on the process of meaningfully including multiple perspectives and voices into strategic planning. They will discuss ways they have worked to create a common vision of sustainability, include multiple cultural backgrounds, and authentically connect with all stakeholders in the university community. Come with your perspectives and questions to this lively conversation!

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Asia’s Richest Man Says ‘No Option’ But to Make Businesses Green

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, plans to transform each of the units under his refining-to-retail conglomerate to create a sustainable business model as Reliance Industries Ltd. chases a net carbon-zero goal by 2035.
“We have no option as a society, as a business but to really adopt a sustainable business model,” Ambani told Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin as part of the Qatar Economic Forum Monday. “I think that’s a prerequisite for every business to survive as we go forward.”
When asked if this green push will require dialing back on some of Reliance’s businesses, Ambani said “it means transforming our businesses and integrating that with the future,” without sharing more details.

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Battery recycling gains speed as new EU regulation pushes investment | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 18.06.2021

As the popularity of electric vehicles starts to grow explosively, so does the pile of used batteries. Only about half of them are currently recycled. New EU regulation could boost investment in the nascent industry.
Household batteries have changed in their makeup, making recycling increasingly complex
In the yard of the Redux recycling company in Bremerhaven, Germany, a truck is slowly backing into a slot at a cargo ramp. A forklift driver is waiting to unload its cargo of grey barrels, each one of them marked with a green banderole. As he shows the driver where to store the barrels, production manager Alexander Schwarz explains that the green package band signifies “household batteries.”
Redux is a recycling specialist for these types of batteries. The plant in Bremerhaven has a capacity of processing about 10,000 tons of them every year and is run by Chief Executive Martin Reichstein and Managing Director Detlef Schmeer.

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Toy market news: UK: Kids’ magazine publishers sign up for Wastebuster’s plastic toy recycling scheme Recycle to Read

A group of the UK’s biggest names in children’s magazines, including DC Thomson and Redan Publishing has signed up to become founding members of the education, research, and recycling programme, Recycle to Read, a campaign aimed at creating a more circular economy for children’s toys. This week will see the programme begin sign up for schools for pilot collections in the autumn term, and will be announcing additional partnerships from the book publishing, retail, and toy sectors over the coming weeks. Recycle to Read is a new toy and tech recycling initiative launched by Wastebuster in association with EPPIC and Products of Change with the aim of providing a solution for recycling all plastic toys with ‘take back’ collections housed across retailers, schools and household recycling centres in the UK.

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Swine Waste-to-Energy (Loyd Ray Farms) | Sustainability | Duke

Loyd Ray Farms (LRF) is an 8,600-head feeder-to-finish swine operation located in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Traditional waste management systems on swine farms store waste in open-air lagoons that release methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. To reduce these greenhouse gas emissions, produce renewable energy, generate carbon offsets, reduce odor, and minimize the overall environmental impact of the swine farm, an innovative waste management system was installed at the farm.
The project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Duke University, Google Inc., and Duke Energy, and grants received from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation’s Lagoon Conversion Program. The system generates carbon offsets for Duke University, while all renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the project are contracted to Duke Energy for their project partnership. The electricity generated is either used onsite by the swine-farm facilities, the innovative system, or is fed back into the grid.

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Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

Reframing the Curriculum is a practical, hands-on guide to weaving the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies, and social justice into academic disciplines. Developed for future and practicing teachers, this volume is perfect for teacher education courses in instructional design, social foundations, and general education, as well as for study in professional learning communities. The author outlines the philosophies, movements, and narratives shaping the future, both in and out of classrooms, and then challenges readers to consider the larger story and respond with curriculum makeovers that engage students in solving problems in their schools, communities, and the larger world. The book’s proven method for designing units gives educators across grades and disciplines the tools to bring sustainability and social justice into experiential, project-based instructional approaches.

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Can Chemical Recycling Technology Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem? | Emerging Tech | TechNewsWorld

The current use of plastics is not sustainable due to the tremendous amount of discarded plastic waste accumulating as debris in landfills, oceans and other natural habits across the world. Mechanical recycling, which as related to plastics is also called back-to-plastics recycling, has been used since the 1970s. However, the quantities of recycled plastics vary geographically. Lately there has been a noticeable uptick in buzz around chemical recycling technology as a potential solution to the plastics crisis. Meanwhile, critics point to drawbacks which include environmental health risks, inefficiency in terms of the amount of waste plastic that becomes new plastic, and high costs.

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UCSF Sustainability

UCSF is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2025—both its direct emissions from sources that UCSF owns or controls and its indirect emissions from buying electricity. To this end, UCSF is investing in strategies that reduce overall energy consumption and GHG emissions, as reported in the FY20 Annual Sustainability Report. A few concrete ways that UCSF has reduced its emissions include installing a 244-kW solar array on its Gateway Medical Building, building its first all- electric building, purchasing carbon-free electricity, and reducing its Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by two percent per year, despite adding 116,000 square feet.

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4 Sustainability Masters Programs Right Here in the U.S.

For those interested in conservation efforts, green careers, or environmental masters programs, the United States may not seem like an obvious destination. After all, in recent years, our government has exited, then rejoined, the Paris Climate Agreement. We saw budgets slashed for eco-focused initiatives, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And despite wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, there is still an immense population of climate change deniers. That’s why we need more climate change experts in the U.S. to champion innovative ideas and strategies, run sustainable businesses, and teach the next generation of environmentalists.

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UK launches plan to capitalise on science and technology breakthroughs | Health

Johnson will chair a group set up to “provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world”, his office said. Seeking strategic gains for post-Brexit Britain, the plan looks to build on the success of the country’s coronavirus vaccine programme and identify other areas where the research and development sector can benefit from government funding.

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Groupe Renault and Solvay collaborate to create a circular economy for EV batteries

Two of the Foundation’s Strategic Partners, Groupe Renault and Solvay, have joined forces to create a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries. They have created a consortium with Foundation Partner Veolia to collaborate across the battery value chain — collecting end-of-life batteries, then recovering and purifying the metals to be reused in new batteries. The circular economy represents systemic change and requires collaboration between all actors — in order to achieve this, the Foundation’s Network brings organisations together to mobilise systems solutions at scale. Each organisation has a key role to play in the collaboration — Renault brings its experience in extending the life-cycle of EV batteries, through repair and recycling schemes, and Solvay brings its expertise in the chemical extraction of battery metals.

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