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April Shift 2020

April 2020
Sustainability News and Views Newsletter

Thankfulness During a Pandemic

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Seeking out things to be thankful for — in spite of the pandemic situation, or perhaps because of it.

As someone whose nature is to seek out silver linings, I thought I’d highlight some of those objects of gratitude, with an eye towards appreciating what we have now, and thinking about what we’ll most enjoy when something closer to everyday life resumes.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020  1:00pm EDT 

Free Brown Bag Webinar: LCA of an Innovative Shelf Life Extension Technology

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Globally one-third to half of all food produced for consumption goes to waste, and fresh fruits and vegetables have the highest food waste rates due to perishability. Many existing solutions that extend the shelf life of produce, such as refrigeration technologies or single-use plastics, have significant environmental impacts. Apeel Sciences has developed a plant-derived coating for fresh produce that slows the rate of water loss and oxidation, the primary causes of spoilage, and can keep the produce fresh two to three times longer. By reducing loss and waste across the supply chain, the Apeel technology effectively increases yields and simultaneously reduces the embodied emissions and resource consumption associated with that otherwise wasted food.

Presenter: Shannon Thoit, Apeel SciencesApeel Sciences logo

Shannon Thoits is a Sustainability Analyst at Apeel Sciences in Goleta, California. She conducts life cycle assessments to analyze environmental impact of Apeel’s products across various produce types and customer supply chains.

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Happy 10th Anniversary Senior Sustainability Analyst Nathan Ayer!

Nathan Ayer is a senior analyst at EarthShift Global

Reasons to celebrate are always welcome, and never more so than in these times. So we’re happy to be able to honor our senior sustainability analyst Nathan Ayer, who recently marked his 10th anniversary with our organization. We caught up with Nathan at his home outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, and got some of his perspectives on this mutual milestone.

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Take Advantage of Working from Home — New! Practical LCA Online Course

Our life cycle assessment training helps attendees understand life cycle thinking and build simple models to make effective product design decisions.

May 5-6  —  Practical Life Cycle Assessment in EarthSmart  10:00-12:00 pm EDT (14:00-16:00 UTC)  

The objective of this course is to demystify common LCA concepts and principles and teach participants how to use LCA in a practical manner within their organizations. The application of LCA towards an organization's sustainability goals is most successful when LCA knowledge is shared across the members of your team: from product designers and engineers to marketing reps and senior managers.

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May 5-6 — Practical Life Cycle Assessment in EarthSmart  10:00 - 12:00 pm EDT (14:00-16:00 UTC)  

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Recent Blog Posts

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