Guinness plans to use recyclable, biodegradable cardboard in place of plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap on multipack beer products. The move is part of brand owner Diageo's 2020 sustainability goals, which include 100% packaging recyclability, sustainable paper and board packaging sourcing and a 15% reduction in total packaging weight.
The Nutrient Removal and Recovery Symposium will bring together environmental professionals to discuss and debate the current state of the art for nutrient removal, recovery, and management and the parameters that influence technology boundaries. This year's event, located in Minneapolis, July 23-25, will provide a forum for the discussion of research collaboration to promote the rapid application of new innovative solutions for nutrient removal and recovery.
The 730-mile TransWest Express is a critical infrastructure project that will help Wyoming and other Western states access clean, low-cost energy while supporting necessary grid modernization efforts, says American Wind Energy Association Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Amy Farrell. "Moving new transmission projects forward strengthens our national grid by making it more resilient while also creating good jobs and boosting local tax revenues for years to come," she says.
Jobs in wind energy and other renewables are soaring in the US as costs continue to fall and more states set clean energy goals, writes Energy Innovation Communications Director Silvio Marcacci. "But the best aspect of renewable energy job growth is that it doesn't matter how states voted in the last election," Marcacci notes, citing an American Wind Energy Association report that shows wind's footprint is in all 50 states.
Wind power is once again taking the lead on wildlife conservation. At AWEA's Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, the Wind Wildlife Research Fund (WWRF), an industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind and wildlife solutions, announced support for seven research projects aimed at tackling the industry's most difficult wildlife challenges. The initiatives are part of the industry's efforts to maximize wind's conservation potential.
Orsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource will invest $3 million in offshore-wind education at the University of Rhode Island and $1.5 million for job training with the state labor department as they prepare to jointly develop the 400-megawatt Revolution Wind project near Martha's Vineyard. The pledge strengthens the state's role in as an offshore-wind leader, says Gov. Gina Raimondo.
The Public Service Co. of New Mexico has set a goal to source 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040, and it will begin by pursuing approval in June to add up to 140 megawatts of wind. It will also shutter natural gas plants beginning in 2028 and offset the output with wind, solar and energy storage.
The University of Chicago (UCH) released a "working paper" this week examining renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). Unfortunately, it's based on false pretenses and uses a questionable economic model to claim RPSs are substantially more costly to consumers than previously thought. While it is important to understand the effectiveness and impacts of these programs, the authors' use of unrealistic assumptions and faulty logic leads to biased estimates that don't align with real-world outcomes.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will work with the University of Michigan's Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research to study and share data on Lake Erie, where the former is developing the six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind project. "This data-sharing collaborative will give us the opportunity to work side by side with the research community to design the most advanced lake monitoring system in the Great Lakes," says LEEDCo President Lorry Wagner.
There's no such thing as communicating too much, but leaders must communicate effectively by telling inspiring stories and engaging all levels of the organization, writes Robert Ford, president of The Ford Consultancy Group. "When leadership communication is absent during change, as an individual it is the loudest, clearest most powerful message heard," he says.
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