The most influential generation is challenging luxury brands to become more sustainable, showing that relevant messaging, product categories or interesting digital storytelling is not enough. Their expectations are significantly different from the millennials, for the younger generation sustainability matters, and even young investors would prefer to support brands with clear sustainability agendas. For example, Apple has become the leader in sustainability, after all the criticism regarding the waste their devices are producing. They have reinvented the entire customer lifecycle model. Digital practices with sustainability involve two components: the software side and the hardware side. The energy consumption put towards digital solutions and mobile devices will be a priority for consumers in the future. Consumers would likely demand more transparency on energy consumption and energy sources for the digital services they will receive.
To advance its Ambition 2030 sustainability objectives, P&G has opened a new Product Supply Innovation Center (PSIC) in Germany’s Rhine-Main region. The Center will serve as a hub for collaboration with a network of local suppliers, tech companies, R&D institutions and top universities to develop solutions to decarbonize its global supply chain. By 2030, the company is aiming to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% across operations, purchase 100% renewable electricity globally, and achieve overall carbon neutrality.
The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) recently announced its 2021-2022 Scholarship Winners. A total of $137,600 in scholarships was issued. For 40 years, MHEFI has supported material handling, logistics and supply chain students at many universities. MHEFI scholarships are awarded each year to students dedicated to entering the material handling, logistics or supply chain field, either within MHI member companies or the user community. These students are pursuing careers in the industry as engineers, project managers, management, researchers and professors. Many will be employed in manufacturing and the supply chain.
Sitting at the mouth of the Patapsco River sits Baltimore’s inner harbor. A point of pride for a city that’s most known for Cal Ripken, John Waters, and only the bestest crime drama ever made, Baltimoreons enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, rafting, and famous blue crabs from the water surrounding Charm City. To keep enjoying the beauty, bounty, and recreation that begins in Baltimore’s inner harbor, the waterways can’t be allowed to get filled with garbage, and keeping trash out of them is critical to maintaining rivers and bays that bring joy and pleasure to the area’s citizens and visitors. Often, that single-use water bottle that doesn’t make it into the trash bin can find its way to a storm drain where it can end up in the harbor, and eventually, the ocean.
As the Asia-Pacific region confronts and recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must continue our pursuit of sustainable development and take action on global climate change, the existential challenge of our time. Our region must take its place at the front lines of this effort. The region, which now accounts for 36 percent of global GDP, has made great progress in economic development and poverty reduction. But it is also responsible for around 80 percent of the world’s coal consumption, and up to 60 percent of CO2 emissions. Many countries have experienced the devastating consequences of climate change: floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has completed work on a pilot sustainable drainage scheme at Mill Street in Pontypridd – which has introduced green features to help reduce surface water flooding and divert it from traditional drainage systems in heavy rainfall. The pilot, which is fully-funded by Welsh Government, has introduced a tree pit and rain garden to provide an adaptive form of flood alleviation that improves the area’s aesthetics and biodiversity, and is also resilient for the future. The new rain garden is sized at 35m2, and will provide drainage for the surface water run-off from the nearby concreted car park, which is 1,085m2. Prior to the works, water run-off from this area would flow directly into the drainage systems – and it is hoped this will be reduced by up to 50% following the delivery of the pilot scheme.
The increasing demand for applying shape memory polymer to tissue culture and biomedical engineering has opened up research opportunities in the field of 4D Printing. The biocompatibility of the scaffolds as a culture medium resulted in the use of plant-based polymers to provide an ambient environment for the growth of cells. This research investigates the 4D printing of acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO), a plant-based shape polymer.
BlockMint Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire a facility for cryptocurrency mining located in Manitoba, Canada, which will be powered by clean, sustainable and low-cost hydropower. The facility is currently configured for approximately 3 MW of power to be sourced from Manitoba Hydro. Until recently, the facility operated as a bitcoin mining operation and is being sold to BlockMint without the bitcoin mining rigs. Power costs are highly competitive and there is potential to further expand available power beyond 3 MW. Following the proposed acquisition, BlockMint intends to install cryptocurreny mining hardware either directly purchased and/or through revenue share arrangements with one or more third parties.
Everyone in the world could have access to clean, affordable energy within the next nine years if countries modestly increase investments, according to new reports released today, in advance of a major ministerial meeting on 21-25 June where countries and businesses will begin to announce energy plans for the decade. Annual investments of around $35 billion could bring electricity access for 759 million people who currently lack it, and $25 billion a year can help 2.6 billion people gain access to clean cooking between now and 2030. The required investment represents only a small fraction of the multi-trillion-dollar global energy investment needed overall, but would bring huge benefits to one-third of the world’s population.
That Which Sustains Us is a long-term exhibition that explores the convergence of different knowledge traditions in the Vancouver area through an examination of people’s interactions with forests and their natural environment. It does so by showcasing traditional ecological knowledge related to forests; consequences of the deforestation and urbanization of Vancouver; and the possibility of returning to sustainable land use practices in the Greater Vancouver area. The thread that connects these narratives is the idea that culture ultimately shapes how people choose to interact with the natural world. Teachings that embrace stewardship leave less obvious traces on the land, when compared to historical viewpoints that commodified “natural resources” like wood and promoted the clearing of land as a pre-requisite of “ownership”.
When heat waves hit, people start looking for anything that might lower the temperature. One solution is right beneath our feet: pavement. Think about how hot the soles of your shoes can get when you’re walking on dark pavement or asphalt. A hot street isn’t just hot to touch – it also raises the surrounding air temperature. Research shows that building lighter-colored, more reflective roads has the potential to lower air temperatures by more than 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 C) and, in the process, reduce the frequency of heat waves by 41% across U.S. cities. But reflective surfaces have to be used strategically – the wrong placement can actually heat up nearby buildings instead of cooling things down.
Iowa Learning Farms is “looking back to look ahead” through a webinar June 23 at noon that focuses on the history and progress of sustainability titled “Lessons Learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.” Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will review the history of the Leopold Center. This history illustrates that many of the issues and challenges in agriculture that were points of contention when the Leopold Center was created are still with us today. “Progress at times has been slow and demonstrates that sustainability is a continual journey rather than a set endpoint,” said Rasmussen. “New approaches to old problems are needed to keep Iowa agriculture vibrant.”
ALDI has committed to removing single-use plastic from all of its own-brand tea bags by the end of this year. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket will replace the oil-based plastic sealant on the bags with biodegradable materials. It follows a similar move by Sainsbury’s in January. Aldi said the outer plastic wrapping on boxes will also be dropped. The move means 1.4 billion pieces of single-use plastic will be removed. Richard Gorman, of Aldi, said: “The changes we’ve made to our tea range will help us reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally sustainable options.” He added: “By the end of this year, all of our own-brand tea bags will be biodegradable and contain no plastic whatsoever.”
Cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Ice crystal contrail formations can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way Earth is heated and cooled. They produce localized increases in temperature – which over time impacts climate change. “We know that contrail formation from jet exhaust has a larger, more immediate impact on climate than carbon dioxide emissions,” said Richard Moore, a NASA scientist at Langley Research Center in Virginia. “This research shows we have an opportunity using alternative fuels to make immediate changes that could help the planet.”
Sustainable Gastronomy Day was first observed on 18th June 2017, led by the UN General Assembly, UNESCO and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). What is sustainable gastronomy? Many of us use these buzzwords in everyday conversations but the FAO break it down in a more thought-provoking way: Gastronomy can be described as the style of cooking of a particular region; a cultural expression of the world’s natural and cultural diversity. Sustainability considers how to carry out processes in a way that is not wasteful of natural resources – and that can be continued into the future without any detrimental effects.
At a time of increasing interest in enhanced and evolving sustainability disclosures and broad-based agreement on the immediate need for an established set of collaborative global sustainability reporting standards to supersede the numerous and non-mandatory reporting frameworks which currently exist, being responsive to stakeholder disclosure demands is challenging. However, many companies recognize the need for more robust disclosure to underscore the ability of their businesses to create long term sustainable value. Join BDO and our guests, Bob Hirth, Vice Chair of the SASB, and Andrew Buchanan, BDO Global Head of IFRS and Corporate Reporting, as we discuss the current and future state of corporate reporting from both a global and a U.S.-based lens.
Associate Professor Masatoshi Kondo (Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology) spoke at a press webinar hosted by the Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology. Kondo presented findings on the theme of “Going sustainable in construction – Using ‘liquid metal’ to make eco-friendly concrete.” Kondo explained the cutting edge of research on reinforced concrete made with fusible metal fibers to realize a resource-recycling society.
The Australian construction industry is transitioning to becoming more sustainable. Despite their crucial role, Australian communities as the end-users of this transition have been overlooked. Buildings contribute as much as 30% of the total waste produced and as much as 40% of total greenhouse gases. Residential construction makes up the biggest sector in construction; about 80% by cost. If sustainable construction is to be realised, it must take root in the housing sector. Little progress, however, has been made. Current literature places much of the blame with the owners and occupiers of houses – The line goes that builders would build sustainable houses if people really wanted them. The question arises: are reported societal concerns for sustainability merely superficial or supported by intention and commitment to act.
After a year long hiatus, in which single-use plastics were encouraged for Covid-safety, Bernalillo County is reinstating its single-use plastic ban. County manager Julie Morgas Baca is rescinding the order she implemented last summer allowing businesses to use the bags during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the county. Bernalillo County intends to work closely with business owners to ensure a smooth transition while offering counseling on any possible violations, as well as working with vendors so they might help remind business owners that it is no longer allowed.
What’s on the outside is just as important as the inside. That’s the message that more and more consumers are sending to the mass-market beauty industry. They applaud manufacturer efforts to clean up formulas, eliminating potentially toxic ingredients. Now the focus shifts to packaging with a clarion call for sustainability. The personal care/beauty category is among one of the most serious packing-waste offenders, according to many industry officials. Consumers tend to recycle grocery containers, but toss shampoos and other personal care items in their garbage bins. Even if they do recycle, many of the products have decorations on them that must be scrubbed off to be accepted at recycling centers.