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Vintners reach sustainability milestone

Vintners reach sustainability milestone | Sustainability Science |
ST. HELENA, Calif. — The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced today it has reached an important sustainability milestone: 50 percent of its eligible members (those who own a …
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The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot

The batteries in your favorite devices are literally covering Chinese villages in black soot | Sustainability Science |

Tracing the origins of the graphite in a phone, for example, requires finding out where the ­phonemaker obtains batteries, where the battery makers acquire the portion of batteries known as anodes, and where the anode producers get their graphite. Moreover, because there are multiple suppliers at each step and various types of graphite, it is difficult to know where any given batch of the mineral ends up.
Several companies declined to disclose the origin of their graphite. For example, Tesla, perhaps the best-known electric-car maker, uses Panasonic batteries. Tesla said those batteries have never included graphite from the Chinese company BTR, but it declined to identify its graphite source.

Via EcoVadis
EcoVadis's curator insight, December 20, 2016 8:55 AM

Air pollution drifts across the ocean and raises ozone levels in the western part of the U.S. How safe are we all with regards to this issue?

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The ‘Other NRA’ and the Future of American Food

The ‘Other NRA’ and the Future of American Food | Sustainability Science |
The 2016 annual meeting of the National Restaurant Association is all about “local” food — with a very liberal definition of “local.”
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Rubber meet road.  What is "local?"  Who makes our food?  All this and more is on display at the annual NRA meeting in Chicago.
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Should tackling climate change trump protecting nature?

Should tackling climate change trump protecting nature? | Sustainability Science |
Miles King: Planners have given the green light for a solar farm at Rampisham Down, a SSSI in West Dorset. But stopping biodiversity loss is as important as stopping global warming
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Food Industry Playing Catch Up on Sustainability

Food Industry Playing Catch Up on Sustainability | Sustainability Science |
Food and beverage companies are beginning to realize the importance of sustainability, with a growing number working to advance product improvements. But the sector as a whole is lagging behind other industries in taking sustainability action and generating the associated business benefits. What steps can these companies take to join the leaders?

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit
PIRatE Lab's insight:

We can sometimes get locked into our worldview/expectations.  It is important to periodically look around outside our regular haunts or industries to see what others are doing.  In this case, efforts to institutionalize sustainability within the food sector could well benefit from more management exchange with other non-food businesses.

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Changing the Global Food Narrative

Changing the Global Food Narrative | Sustainability Science |

There’s a powerful narrative being told about the world’s food system — in classrooms, boardrooms, foundations and the halls of government around the world. It’s everywhere. And it makes complete sense when you listen to it. The problem is, it’s mostly based on flawed assumptions.

Via Szabolcs Kósa
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Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery

Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery | Sustainability Science |

This beautiful, family-owned winery on a 32-acre site in Geyserville, California is noted for its red wine offerings as well as its stunning surroundings and spectacular views, not to mention an architectural design that features green strategies and sustainability as key design elements.

Reflecting Stryker Sonoma's 'bold but thoughtful' philosophy, the design expresses this spirit with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic that references the rural characteristics of the site, creating continuity between the natural and built landscapes.


Designed by Sonoma-based firm Nielsen : Schuh Architects, the winery building incorporates sustainable strategies and passive design concepts at the 12,600 square foot working facility. An environmentally-responsive and site-inspired design serves the needs of the program with minimal development impact to the existing vineyards. The design also conveys the the winemaking processes that occur within it through the thoughtful application of local materials, the incorporation of varying levels of visual transparency, and an environmentally-sensitive site layout.


For more images and to learn more about this beautiful, sustainable destination in Northern California, check out the complete article at the link...

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Free Virtual Conference on Green/Sustainable Business

Free Virtual Conference on Green/Sustainable Business | Sustainability Science |
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Great line-up here for next week's conference.
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This is where your smartphone battery begins

This is where your smartphone battery begins | Sustainability Science |
Workers, including children, labor in harsh and dangerous conditions to meet the world’s soaring demand for cobalt, a mineral essential to powering electric vehicles, laptops, and smartphones, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 2, 2016 6:47 PM

Links between the products we use and other people, places and environments - and the consequences of production. 

Gayle Kakac's curator insight, October 3, 2016 10:31 AM
I'm afraid this is a very sad aspect of our technology.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, October 4, 2016 2:29 AM
This is where your smartphone battery begins
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Sodexo Has A Beef With Food Certification Programs

Sodexo Has A Beef With Food Certification Programs | Sustainability Science |
Advocacy groups disagree about how to produce food sustainably and how to market it to consumers. Look no further than the more than 365 food certification programs out there, says one food company director.
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Sierra Magazine's Annual Cool Schools Ranking of American Universities

Sierra Magazine's Annual Cool Schools Ranking of American Universities | Sustainability Science |
Our Cool Schools 2014 scorecard
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Sierra Magazine “Cool Schools” edition is out and CSU Channel Islands has moved up to #45 in this national ranking of sustainable universities.  The University of California and California State University campuses are improving each year on this (and other ranking systems).  


While we should also always be skeptical of such ranking systems, those centered on sustainability are much better metrics than the popularity contests that are the norm for "Best Schools."  To be sure there remains a certain element of that here, I think the more useful way to look at these is the trajectory a given campus has had over time on such rankings. 

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Bye-Bye, Baby

Bye-Bye, Baby | Sustainability Science |
Birthrates are falling around the world. And that’s O.K.


Why do commentators, like Chicken Little, treat this worldwide trend as a disaster, even collective suicide? It could be because declines in fertility rates stir anxieties about power: national, military and economic, as well as sexual. In reality, slower population growth creates enormous possibilities for human flourishing. In an era of irreversible climate change and the lingering threat from nuclear weapons, it is simply not the case that population equals power, as so many leaders have believed throughout history. Lower fertility isn’t entirely a function of rising prosperity and secularism; it is nearly universal.

Via Seth Dixon
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This op-ed from the New York Times provides excellent material for discussing demographic issues, especially regarding declining populations.  Many countries do fear the demographic uncertainty and are actively encouraging pro-natalist policies (with salacious ads such as Singapore's National Night and a Travel agency's 'Do it for Denmark' campaign).  The author of this article though, seeks to quell those fears.  

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 2:18 PM

The dwindling birth rates may be seen as negative to some in a sense of power insecurities, but the reality is that it is great for economic growth and prevents population issues. With high birth rates, movement tends to be higher towards immigration while low birth rates mainly have movement towards urban spaces.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 17, 2014 7:35 PM

Unit 2

Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, October 12, 2016 8:51 AM
After reading this article, do you agree or disagree?  Remember, be specific with your arguments.
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Preserving the Future | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Preserving the Future | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) | Sustainability Science |

"These global examples of student sustainability efforts demonstrate that they have embraced protecting and preserving the future while touching almost every component of our institutions in some way. The stories in this week’s column illustrate students supporting the three pillars of sustainability — economic, environmental and social — while addressing climate change through learning, empowerment, action, and connections."

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Sang Hoon Moon's comment, January 15, 2013 5:23 PM
oecd193 Member States (Regional Road Mep: green green technology Green Finance Committee Policy Committee Association) global multinational company founded services: economic policy innovation. Services.
1) North America.
2) South America.
3) the European Union.
4) Asia.
5) Africa.
6) Oceania.

A. cyclone engineering knowledge of industry R & d scientific and technological innovation, service.
a) OECD193 member countries: the green country only conduct sales.
District environmental restoration roadmap (:. b) oecd 193 member states: a new growth engine. policy innovation) services.
c) oecd193 member states social stability, job creation, policy, innovation, and service.
d) oecd193-member disputes. confrontation, war, reconciliation policies, and services.
e) oecd193 Member States: earthquakes, floods,

Environment, housing buildings (feed waste generation suppression devices. Fertilizer, compost gas): job creation, a new growth engine. Services.

* Co-housing buildings. Dominion through discarded waste dehydration use and reuse the resources immediately. To block non-motorized waste fundamentally fair system.

Environment, housing buildings: power supply)
Local government, and all the precious water supply in buildings.
* I unpowered the application process technology. By each generation of electricity, there is a need to distinguish between the industrial power and household electrical supply.
1) per household power usage may need to be coordinated.

* Prerequisites: policy challenges)
Emphasis on theory and discussion they should be. Engineers first run is always available even if
Sang Hoon Moon's comment, January 15, 2013 10:31 PM
Climate change, global environmental restoration technology commercialization. : (Goal: 1950s innovation).

* Technology holding company (licensing, marketing), please apply for a joint venture.
oecd193 member states. District environmental restoration. Science, Technology and Innovation. Power the new economic policy: global warming, climate correspond the Earth environmental restoration policy service.

OECD Committee for licensing. M / A. To attract foreign investment. Joint ventures.

* Environment, housing buildings: project implementation. Design, and construction. (Central government, local government: Section 1.2.3. Sector: innovation Urban Development.)

* Alternative water lay-out: (environment, housing buildings: manure using sewage and domestic sewage. Flow-shheet.) Life feed flume used.

A. water shortages oecd193 member states environmental problems cause?
a) co-housing (toilet culture: the toilet.) changing history
1) from 1930 to 1960: lack of water. Were no environmental problems.
2) from 1970 to the House of Commons culture, development, water usage period (beginning)
3) 1980 ~ Dam (securing water resources) .... Inflicting exponentially increasing.
* Sea, mountain fields. Environmental destruction. Abnormal weather conditions seriousness.
4) due to the water shortage from 1990 to come up with measures.
* More than climate (mountain sea) climate change appears
5) rivalry between 2000 and due to the lack of water. Water wars, securing water resources. (R & d)
* Climate crustal movements. Swine Pulau When the animal's death, earthquake, typhoon, tidal wave, tsunami, Pacific waters of change has come to the increasingly serious.
2010 ~ 6): planet of the environmental disaster created a culture of human alleles from natural ecosystems and motivation.
Suicide rate reaches the point of a serious imbalance.
* G20 world summit. Earth Environmental Restoration and seriousness of the global economy were discussed.

B. oecd member countries. General architecture of common (problem):
1) domestic sewage. And a waste of resources. Discard.
2) to discard food waste.
Toilet (3) toilet precious water about 60 to 70%:)
* Train, airplane example. Use a small amount of water.
Use the portable toilets: toilet bubbles.
C. Improvement: Improvement of general building and toilet
1) use the toilet bubbles toilet.
2) water used by domestic sewage domestic sewage, manure transported Alternative water. Is approximately 60 to 70% water reduction (environmental ecosystem restoration).

* OECD countries (Conclusion: (water and sanitation, local government ordinance).: Environment, housing capital gains tax exemption building green national policy and sustainable service policy. Born again.

Interested advice:)
Many of securing water resources. Interested in environmental issues, problems, and have So the idea of ​​participation is recommended.
But no experience of practice (theory: Professor, Ph.D., licensed, honor the title.) Exclusion relations agencies, among other things, the transfer of technology as soon as communication can be coordinated to ensure that it is even more important.

Technology, my technology is executed immediately.
OECD member national (each, also municipalities: Licensing, (Dedicated conducted sales): spc. contractor services, can will tell.

* Business Organizer: Engineering and other companies
Representatives (pto.seo): sanghoonmoon.
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How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | Sustainability Science |

Tags: infographic, food, agriculture, sustainability, urban, urban ecology, locavore, land use, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.

Via Seth Dixon
Crissy Borton's comment, September 11, 2012 8:36 PM
Looking at purchasing a house in the next year or so and this is one thing we have been looking at. Although we don't want to raise our own meat we would like to grow everything else we eat.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:44 PM

Good visual representation of what it would take to be self sufficient.

Chris Scott's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:51 AM

If you need a backyard that is about 2 acres to live off the land imagine how big of a backyard you would need if you had a family of 8.