Webinar: How to Reduce Wasted Food: EPA’s Food Waste Reduction Tools for Food Services & Restaurants

May 15, 2014, noon-1:30 pm CDT
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The Guide to Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment provides step-by-step instructions to conducting a one-time assessment of the food waste thrown in garbage bins. This instructional outreach material is useful for facilities new to food audits and for those who wish to better understand their current food waste management practices.

The toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants is designed to help food service establishments save money and reduce their environmental impact with suggested strategies, templates and case studies. Users first track the amount, type of, and reason for wasted food and packaging on paper. Entering the data into the Excel tool automatically creates graphs to help identify patterns and opportunities to reduce waste. The accompanying PDF guide provides intervention strategies and background information.

These free, new resources can be found at


Julie Schilf is an Environmental Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office where she is the regional coordinator for EPA’s WasteWise and Food Recovery Challenge programs.  She will provide a summary of the instructional outreach materials on Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment.

Amanda Hong is a graduate fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office working in Sustainable Materials Management and Pollution Prevention. She will provide a detailed overview of how to use the toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging.


America’s tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programs

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Once we had 2 billion tires scattered around the U.S. landscape, but now 90 percent of the piles are gone. Ground rubber from tires is becoming roadways, playground equipment and auto floor mats.
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Recycling


Levi Strauss wrings water out of jeans production

Read the full story at Smart Planet.

The iconic blue jeans company is testing systems for capturing and reusing water in denim manufacturing plants, part of a larger effort to reduce its environmental impact.


Marine drone concept: Plucking plastic pollution for profit

Read the article from the Smart Planet archives (August 2012).

Could all those water bottles and plastic toys bobbing around the oceans get snatched up and recycled?

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Plastics, Pollution


A few “problem wells” source of greenhouse gas

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

High levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above shale gas wells at a production point not thought to be an important emissions source, according to a study jointly led by Purdue and Cornell universities. The findings could have implications for the evaluation of the environmental impacts from natural gas production.

The study, which is one of only a few to use a so-called “top-down” approach that measures methane gas levels in the air above wells, identified seven individual well pads with high emission levels and established their stage in the shale-gas development process.


Position Announcement: Now Hiring: Sustainability Education & Engagement Coordinator at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.

Work for Johnson County Community College’s Center for Sustainability which was named by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools as the Best Two-year Higher Education Institution for 2012.

Job posting will close by 4/25/14 or until filled.

For an understanding of JCCC’s Sustainability program, see

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Job announcements


The Genius Entrepreneurs Who Turn E-Waste Into Usable Products

iFixIt is featured in Slate.



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