Category Archives: Manufacturing

W. K. Kellogg Foundation Funds an Endowed Chair in Sustainable Environmental Food Systems at the UNM

Read the full story from the University of New Mexico. The Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico Sus­tain­abil­ity Stud­ies Pro­gram has received a $1.5 mil­lion grant for an endowed chair in sus­tain­able envi­ron­men­tal food sys­tems and $150,000 in start-up funds from the … Continue reading

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Ecovative: The new plastic is made from mushrooms

Read the full post at SmartPlanet. Poking around in my mom’s attic recently, I was reminded that I still have the shipping box from my Macintosh SE, because the box is gigantic, and it’s great for storage. But the equally … Continue reading

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Winter 2011 issue of Energy Matters now available

The Winter 2011 issue of Energy Matters, the quarterly newsletter for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program, is now available. Energy Matters provides in-depth articles to help industry professionals save energy, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

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Wal-Mart bypasses federal regulators to ban controversial flame retardant

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Wal-Mart is banning a controversial flame retardant found in hundreds of consumer goods, from couches to cameras to child car seats, telling its suppliers to come up with safer alternatives. In perhaps … Continue reading

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Greenwash Watch: A Second Skin for Bananas

Read  the full post at Treehugger. Here is a tough call: is this in the Wretched Excess Dept. or the Greenwash watch? Bananas come in the perfect package already, a disposable, compostable skin that doubles as a handy banana holder … Continue reading

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Can we live without plastic?

Read the full post at SmartPlanet. Last week I went to a program at the National Building Museum, Life After Plastic, during which panelists discussed the impact of rising oil prices on the cost of plastic building materials; the life … Continue reading

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Inventor turns brewery waste into natural gas

Read the full story from the Associated Press. Before he started “saving the earth, one beer at a time,” all inventor Eric Fitch knew about home brewing was that it could make quite a mess. Once, he accidentally backed up … Continue reading

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Turning One Company’s Trash Into Another’s Treasure, RecycleMatch Brings Site Out Of Beta, Hires New CEO

Read the full story at TechCrunch. On Tuesday, RecycleMatch — a Houston-based startup that helps businesses sell or give away stuff to recyclers and manufacturers so that they don’t have to send it to a landfill — took its online … Continue reading

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DOE Technical Assistance Program February Webinar Schedule

Keep your energy up this winter with the February Technical Assistance Program (TAP) webinars! These webinars will discuss valuable strategies to overcome grantee challenges as well as address best practices and technical information for state, city, county and tribal energy … Continue reading

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Latest American Chemical Society Podcast: Biodegradable Foam from Milk Protein and Clay

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society (via Newswise). The latest episode in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) award-winning podcast series, “Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions,” focuses on development of a new ultra-light biodegradable foam plastic material made from two … Continue reading

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