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Waste Management

Seattle Company Unveils Commercial Food Waste-to-Energy System

November 30, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

A newly minted portable food waste digester hopes to revolutionize small-to-medium scale kitchen operations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.[read more]

World of Water: Rain and Flooding Across the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 18, 2015 by Joe Struggles

Following a weekend of heavy flooding across the UK, pump and dehumidifier manufacturers Andrews Sykes looks into the world's worst floods while offering advice on protecting and protocol when you're effect by flood.[read more]


Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]

New Chicago Compost Ordinance Eases Restrictions for Urban Farmers and Gardeners

The new regulation will allow community gardens in Chicago to compost various types of organic waste, including food scraps such as vegetables and eggshells. Previously, only landscape waste was permitted for compost, such as grass and shrubbery clippings.[read more]

The Waste Biz: A Comprehensive Look At Recycling Industry Woes

September 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Single stream: The ability to toss all of our recyclables into one bin has increased overall rates of recycling… but it’s also led to more contamination of materials. Furthermore, many of us toss items into our bins that may not be recyclable.[read more]

Upcycling Junk Mail Into Paper Plates And Tableware: The Junk Mail Press

September 9, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Paper plates, bowls, and other disposable picnic ware is awfully convenient: no dishes to wash once the meal’s over. That convenience comes at a cost, though: a single paper plate represents about a half gallon of water used in its production, as well as trees and energy.[read more]


Bottled Water Costs Consumers and the Environment [Infographic]

September 1, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

We’ve all heard that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. Yet year after year, people continue consuming a whopping 50 billion bottles worldwide. And that number, and the industry, keeps growing. What gives? As it turns out, there are many inaccurate notions about plastic water bottles and water bottle companies that work against making progress in this area.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz Shows How Cities can Address 21st Century Challenges

July 27, 2015 by This Big City

Before and after the tram

The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

Powered by biogas.

In 1994, Lille began developing a program to convert organic waste into energy. 20 years later, it has a fleet of over 400 buses running on biogas, with the compost byproduct used as fertilizer on large farms in the peri-urban area. It did this by coordinating the energy and other sectors to make its urban energy system more sustainable.[read more]


Using Waste Heat From a Refuse Incinerator to Grow 5,000 Tons of Tomatoes

July 6, 2015 by The Global Grid

Bessières Mayor Jean-Luc Raysseguier at the site

A small town in France, Bessières, is implementing a widely replicable project: using waste heat from the incineration of unrecyclable municipal waste in a cogeneration plant to heat nearby greenhouses that will produce 5,000 tons of tomatoes a year, as well as saving greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]