Two billion tons go into the trash yearly and thirty percent of that trash consists of paper that could have been recycled.
Researchers Remi Trudel and Jennifer Argo at BU conducted studies to understand and develop a theory about why people throw out certain recyclable material into the trash and other recyclable material into the recycling bin.
Their experiments showed that human participants threw out fragmented papers and disfigured cans into the trash. Trudel and Argo believe that this pattern in behavior is due to the way how people use heuristic technique to determine how useful a product is. People view dented cans and small bits of paper as being useless, and incorrectly assume that those materials cannot be recycled.
The dedicated sustainability experts at Cornell University would like to know your thoughts on adding Red Frowny Face on trash bins.
Abena Sackey Ojetayo '07, MEng '09, Project Engineer at Cornell University
Excellent video on technology and sustainability at Cornell. From the post:
Technology and Sustainability—Pushing the Boundaries It’s an engineer’s dream: design Cornell Tech’s campus in New York City with a green infrastructure that is a model of sustainability. Happily, it is Abena Ojetayo’s current focus.
A LEED accredited professional, Ojetayo is one of the 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering for 2013, named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the industry’s next generation of leaders.
The man chosen to lead the Texas Sea Grant College Program’s extension program says he wants to put the power of university research into the hands of Texas' coastal citizens.
Prominent Houston-based coastal development expert John Jacob, who became Director of Texas Sea Grant Extension Program on April 1, said he intends to apply the cooperative extension model to issues facing Texas’ increasingly urban coast.
Through the National Sea Grant Network, Dr. Jacob's expertise can help costal states all over the country on critical issues like water quality. Congratulations Dr. Jacob!
From the article:
Jacob has garnered much attention for coastal development issues through his very successful Texas Coastal Watershed Program, a cooperative effort of Texas Sea Grant and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that provides education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.
He has pioneered the use of innovative coastal planning tools like the weTable and the Community Health and Resources Management (CHARM) computer model.
Scarcely noticed in the wake of the much-discussed spat between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and New York Times reporter John Broder was the opening last week in Estonia of the world’s first nationwide network of fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs).
According to Reuters, money for construction of the quick-charging station network came from a 2011 deal under which the government of Estonia sold 10 million surplus CO2 emission permits to the Mitsubishi Corporation. Terms of the deal also included the government fleet of 500 EVs.
Managing and protecting the state's water—in the face of an ongoing drought, increasing population, and a robust business climate—will lead off the matters facing lawmakers when the 83rd legislative session convenes, Jan.
Running out of water is definitely a possibility...
A hotel stay might have once been thought of as an opportunity to overindulge on rich buffet food, multiple luxuriant baths and mini-bar nightcaps, but is the modern business traveller more likely to demand gluten-free breakfasts, in-room yoga mats and a green-energy policy?
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Great story from Cornell on how recycling soap helps children around the world!
From the aticle:
“That’s a lot of soap,” says Rebecca Rypkema, director of rooms who has headed the recycling initiative. Clean the World, however, doesn’t limit itself to soap.
The program working with Statler also discards shampoo and lotion as waste and recycles their plastic bottles.
Current data shows that, in collaboration with the company, the Statler has recycled more than 988 pounds of waste (shampoo and lotion) and 388 pounds of plastic. The used soaps are melted (and thus sanitized), made into new soap bars and distributed to communities in more than 55 countries.
Diarrhea kills about 760,000 children annually around the world, according to the World Health Organization. This preventable and treatable condition is the second leading cause of death among children under five years old.
Roger Soule of Statler Hotel housekeeping said that room attendants separate the soap bars and bottle products into two separate bins. Then, every week the bins are sent to Clean the World, which redistributes the products.
Cornell is harnessing the power of the sun, and state funding, for a proposed solar facility on Snyder Road in the Town of Lansing...
Distributed Sun — a Washington, D.C., company that builds solar-power generation systems nationwide — will construct and operate the facility with Cornell buying the electricity as part of a power purchase agreement. The energy will be used for campus buildings that have yet to be determined, according to Sarah Zemanick, a sustainability management specialist in Cornell’s Campus Sustainability Office who led the project team.
“Solar has been something that Cornell has been thinking about for a long time,” said Zemanick. “It was looked at when the Climate Action Plan was put out publicly in 2009. At that time it wasn’t economically feasible to do. Folks in energy and sustainability have been watching for opportunities to do solar.”
A recent survey of Texas citizens revealed that, contrary to some earlier predictions, Texans are very interested in, and concerned about, the quality and quantity of water in the Lone Star State. Respondents report being concerned about the increasing number and severity of droughts in Texas and about the availability of enough water to serve all the State’s water needs.
As usual, Texas A&M uncovers relevant data so important to the state's ability to sustain its growing population.
Scientists have been charting the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana for three-quarters of a century. Hundreds of surveys have provided glimpses of different regions, in different levels of detail. But only recently did all of that work come together. Scientists from Texas A&M University compiled decades of work to produce sharp digital maps of the hidden sea floor.
This is an example of the amazing value the scientist at Texas A&M provide to our society.
4. Model more than you share. In the over-sharing culture we live in, we're in danger of forgetting that leadership comes through leading, not by telling.
Seeing it isn't doing it. Sharing it isn't doing it. Only doing it is doing it.
Try this: Next time you see a leadership need in your organization--whether it's about how people should be treated (customers, clients or employees); how you communicate internally or externally; or what your long-term mission, vision or values are--try modeling the change you want to see without the use of emails, memos or powerpoint presentations.