How Skanska is building sustainable infrastructure that will endure

Building sustainable infrastructure for future generations has never been more important as populations expand, climate change threatens livelihoods, and the need for better-connected infrastructure grows more rapidly by the day. Skanska has always been committed to building what matters. Thanks to programs like Envision™, we have a solid roadmap for sustainability, and we are building projects that deliver meaningful social, environmental and economic benefits to our communities.

Why Packaging Is Wine’s New Sustainability Frontier

ou may assume you’re making a responsible, even laudable choice by sipping a glass of locally produced organic and biodynamic wine. And you may be. But so much more goes into a wine’s carbon footprint than simply how and where it was produced. 
A wine’s carbon footprint, as it turns out, has much less to do with vineyard practices—although those are indeed important for the quality of the wine and the health of its workers and surrounding community—than it does with how it’s packaged. 

Antarctic ice sheet could suffer ‘chain reaction’ collapse as retreating ice exposes land underneath | Daily

The Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a chain reaction collapse as melting ice exposes land underneath, leaving less heat to be reflected away and causing temperatures to rise further and weather patterns to be changed, a study has warned.
Researchers used climate modeling and data for the Middle Miocene period – which was 13 to 17 million years ago – when carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures were similar to those expected at the end of the 21st century.

Merchant Tailor & Ferdinand von Hapsburg launch sustainable team kit – Fibre2Fashion

The sustainable apparel designer and merchandiser Merchant Tailor has joined forces with Ferdinand von Hapsburg, the APR racing driver, to launch the APR team kit, sourced from ocean plastic and other recycled materials. The collection of sweats, tees and caps celebrates Hapsburg’s recent gear change to offset his carbon emissions to a tenth of a tonne.
Merchant Tailor and Hapsburg will collaborate on a series of new sustainable collections, they said in a joint press release. The apparel designer has also announced the launch of its own brand 8SIX400, a sustainable, motorsport apparel collection made entirely from recycled materials. The number 86400 refers to the number of seconds in a 24-hour day.

Uncertain future? From Overtourism to Re-starting tourism

The notion of overtourism captures the situation when tourism has grown out of proportion, either in terms of societal implications or natural impacts. It is the situation when tourism is not improving the quality of life for inhabitants but rather decreasing it and also when tourists are experiencing deteriorating service and a widening gap between what they pay for and what they get … With the current global halt of tourism due to COVID-19 the attention of researchers, policymakers and tourism entrepreneurs has swiftly moved away from overtourism towards the state of no-tourism and further how to re-start tourism in post-covid times.

American Eagle Launches Sustainable Collection With Jeans Redesign Project

In the continued effort to fight fast fashion and make the fashion industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly, American Eagle is rolling out its new limited edition jean collection in conjunction with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project.
Made from 100 percent organic cotton, easy to recycle, and produced without any environmentally harmful chemicals, the collection is meant to put the planet first while simultaneously being stylish. American Eagle released a statement explaining its goal behind the collection and why it’s important.

Managing the Commons- Eight Principles to Self-Govern | Serve Learn Sustain | Georgia Institute of Technology | Atlanta, GA

In 1968, Garrett Hardin postulated that humans were doomed to suboptimal outcomes, due to the tragedy of the commons. Individuals behaving rationally would lead to overconsumption and thus, collectively suboptimal outcomes. He, and many who came after, argued that the solutions to this tragedy were either privatization of a resource, or alternatively government control and top-down regulation.
But decades of research have demonstrated that local communities have demonstrated the capacity to avoid this “tragedy” through the formation of institutions that are collectively designed, monitored, and enforced.

FIA WRC switches to 100% sustainable fuel from 2022; P1 Racing Fuels as exclusive provider

The World Motor Sport Council has approved P1 Racing Fuels as the exclusive provider for the series under a three-year agreement commencing in 2022 by an e-vote on April 19, 2021.
P1’s industry partners and in-house experts have worked to produce a fossil-free hydrocarbon-based fuel, with a blend of synthetic and bio-fuel components. It will be the first of its kind to be used in a FIA World Championship series, powering the high-performance engines.

Rice engineers set sights on implantable ‘living pharmacy’

Five Rice University engineering laboratories are part of a $33 million national effort to develop a wireless, fully implantable device that can control the body’s circadian clock, halving the time it takes to recover from jet lag and similar disruptions to the body’s sleep/wake cycles.
In this artistic illustration, a user with an NTRAIN implant and its accompanying external hub works in the field. The user inputs a desired time shift (due to shift work or travel across time zones). Based on cues from the body’s physiology, the external hub detects the user’s circadian rhythm and triggers the implant to produce precisely-dosed peptide therapies. (Image courtesy of Northwestern University)
Led by Northwestern University and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project will blend bioelectronics, synthetic biology and traditional electronics to create a “living pharmacy” that produces the same peptide molecules the body naturally makes to regulate…

Sustainability

Sustainability is an increasingly important philosophy in today’s business and consumer world. Now more than ever, our industry is being faced with higher expectations from interested parties on how chemical distributors and those responsible for the warehousing, transportation, storage, and related servicing of chemical products are meeting those sustainability challenges. 
A brief look at some of NACD’s members’ and Chemical Handl

10 Breathtaking, Sustainable Vacation Rentals in the U.S.

here are a lot of ways to build a home sustainably, including many creative ways to maximize natural heat from the sun and collect your own rainwater. If you’re interested in building an off-grid home, it might be worth it to stay in one before you get started to help inspire the design.
These on- and off-grid houses around the U.S. all feature sustainable design and blend well with their natural surroundings. Even if you’re not trying to build your own home, any one of them would be an amazingly scenic getaway from city life.

Driving: Congestion charges could encourage motorists to opt for smaller, more efficient cars | Daily

The introduction of congestion charges in cities can act as encouragement for motorists to opt for smaller, more efficient cars, a study has concluded.
Experts from Washington State University found that drivers who often encounter traffic jams are drawn to larger cars, which they see as safer and more comfortable.
However, modelling suggests that congestion charges can reverse this effect — freeing up drivers to feel comfortable buying more fuel efficient vehicles.

GlobalData : Airlines must forge meaningful partnerships to tackle environmental sustainability, says GlobalData | MarketScreener

By forging meaningful partnerships that address root causes, airlines will give themselves the opportunity of becoming environmental leaders within their industry. Reducing plastic usage and adopting environmentally friendly materials is not enough to tackle sustainability issues, and more must be done, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Sustainable Wedding Ideas – Wedinsync

Involving the use of natural products and energy at your wedding in a way that does not harm the environment is crucial. A sustainable lifestyle is the call of the hour and as millennial couples tie the knot, they are starting to bring this awareness to their wedding plans as well. Here are some tips to turn your wedding into a sustainable one.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly – April 2021 – Healing through Nature: New Sandy Hook School Creates a Welcoming, Safe, and Sustainable Space for Learning

Designing sustainable, nurturing school environments presents many challenges. One of those challenges involves designing for safety and security. How do you design a beautiful, sustainable school that is both welcoming and secure, without the trappings of a “hardened” approach to school safety? In the case of the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, answering this question involved listening to and engaging the school community throughout the design process.

Sustainable Local Businesses

With every small businesses page we publish, we always focus on including as many sustainable and eco-friendly businesses as possible. To make it easier for anyone looking to shop more sustainably and/or looking to replace their every day items with eco-friendly alternatives, we compiled all the businesses we love on this page. Do it for the planet!

Engineered bacteria show promise for sustainable biofuel industry, researchers say | Hiroshima University

Scientists from Hiroshima University and AIST in Japan engineered the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to produce a volatile chemical from gaseous substrates at high temperature. It will realize economical thermophilic syngas fermentation process to produce bulk chemical from organic matters and wastes.
Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan.

IIT develops portable tech traditional eco-friendly mobile cremation system

ndian Institute of Technology, Ropar has developed a prototype of a moveable electric cremation system which claims to be using first of its kind technology that involves smokeless cremation despite using wood, the Ministry of Education said on Thursday. As per an official release, the moveable electric cremation uses half of the wood otherwise required for the cremation and is still eco-friendly because of the technology that uses combustion air system.

Sustainable Luxury Homes : Prospera Island Project

The Prospera Island Project by Zaha Hadid Architects turns luxury architecture into environmentally-friendly living. The Roatan Prospera Residences project is set on the Caribbean Island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras. The goal is to curate a population that can “prosper socially and ecologically” in 15,000 individual, personalized “voxel” units.