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Why is geothermal energy the forgotten renewable?

Why is geothermal energy the forgotten renewable? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes.
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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Welcome to Sustainability Science

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Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Sustainable aviation fuel: A journey to greener skies

Sustainable aviation fuel: A journey to greener skies | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, Finnish energy company Neste decided to change its course. Since 1948, Neste was in the oil business, but the health of the planet and future generations began to weigh on the company’s leadership. 

With much of the world still viewing climate change as an inconvenient truth, Neste’s executive committee and board of directors decided to embark on an ambitious transformation from fossil fuels to renewables. Now, Neste is a global leader in renewable fuels and the third most sustainable company in the world, according to Corporate Knights.

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Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah: 'Did air pollution kill my daughter?'

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah: 'Did air pollution kill my daughter?' | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new inquest into the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah could list air pollution as a cause of her death.
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‘Urgent action’ required as UK air pollution soars to higher level than before pandemic, think tank warns

‘Urgent action’ required as UK air pollution soars to higher level than before pandemic, think tank warns | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Authorities must take ‘bold action’ to prevent surge in toxic air, think tank says
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CSUCI installs cost-saving solar array on campus

CSUCI installs cost-saving solar array on campus | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
CSU Channel Islands is set to begin installing a solar array that will provide approximately 68% of the University’s electrical energy needs on an annual basis.
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Mars teams up with Huhtamaki to use recycled plastic for pet food

Mars teams up with Huhtamaki to use recycled plastic for pet food | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Mars teams up with Huhtamaki to use recycled plastic for pet food
Confectionery giant Mars has announced plans to use recycled polypropylene plastic into the primary packaging for some of its popular pet food brands.


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Regulators have been giving utilities higher returns. Why?

Regulators have been giving utilities higher returns. Why? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Electric utility regulators claim to use a model to decide how much a utility should earn. But the data don’t support that idea, as returns to utilities have steadily risen over the past 40 years. CMU researchers try to understand what they might be doing instead.
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Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions

Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new study reaffirms that contrail clouds produce more global warming than carbon dioxide from flights, a finding that could help reduce emissions from air travel.
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Procurement as a Force For Good: UC Revamps Sustainable Procurement

University of California Recognized by CHESC with Innovation Award for Sustainable Procurement Excellence
University's procurement department selected by CHESC as a sustainability leader for its innovative use of supplier sustainability ratings in partnership with EcoVadis


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UC has been an SPLC member and part of the EcoVadis network for over three years

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THE SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM JOINS U.S. PLASTICS PACT, COMMITTING TO MEET AMBITIOUS CIRCULAR ECONOMY GOALS BY 2025 

THE SUSTAINABILITY CONSORTIUM JOINS U.S. PLASTICS PACT, COMMITTING TO MEET AMBITIOUS CIRCULAR ECONOMY GOALS BY 2025  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Today, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. The first North American Pact of its kind, the U.S. Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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BrewDog Is Officially The First Carbon Negative Beer Business

BrewDog Is Officially The First Carbon Negative Beer Business | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain announced yesterday it became carbon negative, which makes it the world’s first international beer business to reach this status.

Thanks to a £30 million investment plan, BrewDog launched a series of unprecedented initiatives to remove carbon from the atmosphere and so help the fight against climate change.

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The North Face Produces Limited-Edition Tees From Recycled Plastic Bottles

The North Face Produces Limited-Edition Tees From Recycled Plastic Bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The North Face has unveiled its new limited-edition Recover Tee, showcasing the label’s sustainability commitment by recycling plastic bottles. Titled “Bottle Source,” the three-tee capsule has been produced from more than 18,000kgs of plastic bottles that were collected from waste streams in the Alps.

The T-shirts themselves come in either long or short sleeve, and feature a new version of the The North Face’s heritage logo. For the capsule, the logo is decked out in blue, pink or green.

As well as aiming to reduce the plastic waste in the Alps, “Bottle Source” is also intended to raise awareness for the rubbish dumped in the mountains. With each item created, The North Face will also be donating 1 Euro to the Summit Foundation. This foundation supports the clean-up programs in the Alps and helps to protect wild places, ensuring that the mountains remain a great place to explore.

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Decarbonization can fix the jobs crisis and the climate crisis, scientist says

Decarbonization can fix the jobs crisis and the climate crisis, scientist says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Saul Griffith is the co-author of a new report that outlines a plan to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels while creating millions of jobs.
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Electric Cars Are Better for the Planet – and Often Your Budget, Too

Electric Cars Are Better for the Planet – and Often Your Budget, Too | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New data published Thursday shows that despite the higher sticker price, electric cars may actually save drivers money in the long-run.
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Meet 2 environmental pioneers taking responsibility amid the COVID e-commerce boom 

Meet 2 environmental pioneers taking responsibility amid the COVID e-commerce boom  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Slashing carbon emissions
Danish firm DSV Panalpina is the fourth largest third-party logistics business in the world. It orchestrates the movement of goods by road, air, sea and rail. 

As an asset-light company, DSV Panalpina has set ambitious science-based targets to reduce the carbon emissions from all shipments and decarbonize its entire supply chain.

 

One company, Sendle, is the first 100 percent carbon-neutral shipping carrier in Australia and the United States. As a certified B Corporation, Sendle considers concerns about the environment to be a key stakeholder in business decisions. 

 

Sendle reduces the environmental impact of shipping by tapping existing carriers and filling vehicles to ensure every trip is maximized. Then, it offsets the carbon emissions of every package. 

 

Since its launch in 2014, Sendle has offset more than 9 million miles of carbon emissions. That’s equivalent to driving a one-ton truck from Earth to Mars and back 128 times.


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Heathrow wins court battle to build third runway

Heathrow wins court battle to build third runway | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In a blow to campaigners, judges say ministers' decision to approve the runway was legitimate.
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EU to target 30 million electric vehicles by 2030

EU to target 30 million electric vehicles by 2030 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The European Commission, in a strategy due next week, will lay out measures to tackle EU greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. Reports speak of 30 million electric vehicles by 2030 and related infrastructure.

According to a draft document seen by Reuters, “The EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 cannot be reached without introducing very ambitious measures to reduce transport’s reliance on fossil fuels.” The news agency further quotes the EU Commission estimating that the targets would require “at least 30 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030”.

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Mandarin Oriental Progress Update on Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Across Portfolio

Mandarin Oriental Progress Update on Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Across Portfolio | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In October 2019, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its portfolio of 33 luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021.

A year on from the Group's pledge, this second progress report highlights both the achievements made to date and some of the continuing challenges.

The company has committed to eliminating single-use plastic across all areas of its hotels, including rooms, spa, transport, restaurants and bars as well as in areas unseen by the guest, such as offices and kitchens.

The focus remains on the elimination of 60 of the most common single-use plastic items identified by hotels which are estimated to make up 95% of the total number of items. Many of these items have now either been eliminated or are in the process of being phased out as plastic stock is depleted. So far, the Group's hotels have eliminated an average of 70% of the 60 most commonly used items, excluding supplier packaging, with steady progress across all departments.

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Sustainability concerns are growing. But can companies make products that consumers can afford?

Sustainability concerns are growing. But can companies make products that consumers can afford? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The desire to switch to lifestyles with gentler environmental impacts is on the rise. But as the pandemic slims down wallets, firms must offer lower prices to inspire responsible consumption, states a new study.

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Gas Companies Are Abandoning Their Wells, Leaving Them to Leak Methane Forever

Just one orphaned site in California could have emitted more than 30 tons of methane. There are millions more like it.
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Newsom orders California regulators to end sales of new gas powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035

California will outlaw sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state. 

 His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people. 

“Pull away from the gas pumps,” Newsom said in announcing his executive order to state regulators to draw up guidelines. “Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.”
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Unilever to drop fossil fuels from cleaning products by 2030

Unilever to drop fossil fuels from cleaning products by 2030 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Unilever Plc said on Wednesday it would invest 1 billion euros to eliminate fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030, cutting the carbon emissions created by the chemicals used in making the products.

The household goods conglomerate behind the Omo, Cif, Sunlight and Domestos brands said that, instead of petrochemicals, the products would use constituents created from plants and other biological sources, marine sources such as algae and waste materials.

Chemicals in its cleaning and laundry products make up 46% of its Home Care division's carbon emissions across their life cycle.

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Review: Polestar 2, a Tesla Model 3 rival with Volvo roots

Review: Polestar 2, a Tesla Model 3 rival with Volvo roots | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Polestar 2 is the first car that could pose a real challenge to Tesla's dominance of the electric car market. And it's a joy to drive.
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'Money is freedom': Poor most mobile as flexible wealthy isolate

'Money is freedom': Poor most mobile as flexible wealthy isolate | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new UC Davis study links social distancing to income, showing America's wealthy have become its least mobile while poorer people face more exposure.
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Where Will Everyone Go?

Where Will Everyone Go? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found.
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Gardens nourish body and soul during pandemic, say therapists

Gardens nourish body and soul during pandemic, say therapists | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- At first glance, lugging around heavy water containers in a wheelbarrow or pulling weeds under the hot mid-day sun may not see
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