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Sustainability News and Views Newsletter
Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT
An organization’s physical spaces – offices, retail stores, etc. – play a critical role in occupants’ wellbeing. Sustainable and healthy design strategies can transform buildings into tools for enhanced employee engagement and wellness, improved productivity and experience, and greater values-alignment. And now new, cutting-edge industry research compiling studies from over the past 4 decades makes the staggering business case for high performance buildings that integrate these sustainable and healthy design strategies.
Our Journey with BioGals – Creating a Non-Profit to Build Waste-to-Energy Systems in Central America
As fellows of the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, Dr. Shakira Hobbs and Evvan Morton were awarded funding to complete a collaborative research project. Their shared passion for increasing sustainability in developing countries led them to do their research project in Sittee River, Belize. The ongoing project uses anaerobic digestion as a sustainable waste management strategy to reduce the village’s traditional methods of burning waste, burying it, or throwing it into the river. Anaerobic digestion converts organic waste into biogas that can be used for cooking and generating electricity.
Circularity Notes of Interest.Many of our readers are interested in the Circular Economy and what’s happening in that area. We thought we’d share a few things that are happening now:
ISO Standards Development: A new ISO standard on the Circular Economy is in the works.
1st Circular Economy Barcamp in Berlin: Though we’d rather you join us at ISSST in Portland that week, the Circular Economy Barcamp is happening June 24th
And while the concept of the Circular Economy has it’s draw, don’t forget the first two of the R’s—Reduction and direct Reuse are our best ways to reduce our impacts.
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