The multi-year partnership between Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the Environmental Management and Business Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (EMBI) has proven to be very successful. Best practice manuals, cost-benefit analysis, waste minimization, and true cost metrics were developed by interns. True energy efficiency means more than simply reducing energy usage, rather, it means doing more with less. Aurora has realized great savings and has the opportunity to continue to improve efficiency as more projects are developed and implemented.
Industry recycling rates for aluminum beverage containers in the U.S. have increased to 67% in 2012, according to data released by the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Carbon pollution from power plants has decreased 10 percent from 2010, according to EPA data.
Milwaukee has launched a campaign to increase the recycling of plastic bagsand other plastic film products. In Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett, the Department of Public Works and members of the grocery, plastics and recycling community have joined together to promote plastic film recycling.
$2.5 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grants were awarded to 19 Wisconsin colleges and universities. These grant recipients will create new paid internships and convert existing unpaid internships into paid internships for nearly 1,300 college juniors and seniors by working closely with businesses throughout the state.
UW- Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and the Center for Public Affairs will share $150,000 to administer internships to UW-Green Bay students active within the two programs.
After nearly three years of engagement with As You Sow, McDonald’s agreed on September 24, 2013 to replace its polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all 14,000 U.S. restaurants.
The Bloomberg administration hopes to introduce legislation requiring hospitals, hotels, universities and other large-scale producers of food waste to make it into something useful rather than just send it to landfills or incinerators, sources told Crain’s New York Business, a sister publication of Waste & Recycling News
Dairy’s Sustainability Journey is a new video series produced by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund ®. It features the 2013 winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on our farms, sharing our stewardship stories and sustainability practices in action. To view the videos, go to: WorldWildlife.org/SustainableDairy, Facebook.com/DairyGood, and USDairy.com/Sustainability/Awards.
Around the world some 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste is produced annually, at a direct economic cost of some $750 billion, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
At the newest power plant in Wisconsin, fuel will come from close to home.
Unlike coal, which is brought in by train from Wyoming and Appalachia, biomass will be culled from the sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin.