Industry standards for recyclable packaging lack sufficient data for a truly circular design, writes Rachel Morier, sustainability director at the PAC Packaging Consortium. Companies must first assess current packaging practices, determine where improvements can be made and implement life-cycle assessment tools to meet their goals, she suggests.
The USDA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Innovation Center for US Dairy aimed at improving the dairy industry's environmental sustainability. "USDA and the Innovation Center will continue to work together to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies and increase energy efficiency improvements on US dairy farms," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved solar plants proposed by Blue Planet Renewable Energy and a subsidiary of Invenergy Solar Development North America. The solar plants will supply a combined 275 megawatts of renewable energy to the state.
Egypt has improved its wind energy portfolio by licensing four wind farms for energy production, according to a Daily News Egypt report. The new wind farms will add a combined 1,420 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to the country.
The wind turbines comprising the Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island have formed an artificial reef, supporting a thriving marine ecosystem filled with mussels and fish, according to footage shared by the American Wind Energy Association. Deepwater Wind Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs Aileen Kenney said the company worked closely with fishermen to ensure the project wouldn't hinder the industry.
Organizations in New Orleans are collecting and recycling beads, aluminum and plastic waste generated by Mardi Gras celebrations. Officials said New Orleans has scooped 93,000 pounds of beads from catch basins before this year's event, and a Louisiana State University professor is trying to create affordable biodegradable beads for future celebrations.
Humanity United has raised $23 million to help fight human rights violations in global supply chains. Its Working Capital fund has earned support from Walmart Foundation, The Walt Disney Co. and other organizations.
Industries comprising the clean energy sector employ 3 million workers nationwide, making clean energy a powerful force in the US economy, write Charles Hernick, director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, and Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, citing a BCSE report. "A growing economy does not have to be at odds with lowering greenhouse gas emissions," they write.
Dynamic Line Ratings, power flow control and other grid operations technologies proved effective during a bomb cyclone weather event that swept the Northeast US this year, writes Rob Gramlich, executive director of the WATT Coalition. "Grid operators and state and federal economic and reliability regulators should take note of the reliability, resilience and efficiency benefits of modern grid utilization technologies based on recent experiences and a large and growing body of experience in the U.S. and abroad," he writes.
MidAmerican Energy has contracted Mortenson to build the second phase of its Beaver Creek wind farm in Iowa, said the firms. The project will have a capacity of 170 megawatts and features 85 V110 2-MW machines from Vestas.