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Climate change vs. global warming: How to talk sustainability risk
Source: GreenBiz, 3/6/15
Summary: There is growing concern in sustainability circles that efforts to reverse or mitigate the effects of Earth's changing climate are not gaining momentum fast enough to match mounting risk factors. That's despite over half the general US population saying that they worry "a great deal" to "a fair amount" about our climate, according to a Gallup poll. One reason for the disconnect increasingly supported by research: the language we use to describe the problem, which has climate hawks speculating that perhaps the issue could use a name change to something that elicits greater emotion, -- and thereby more effectively spurs action.
Bowing to pressure, 3M agrees to reshape its sustainable forestry policies
Source: MinnPost, 3/6/15
Summary: In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, 3M veep Jean Sweeney said the Maplewood-based corporation will end its reliance on assessments by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, widely regarded as a greenwashing arm of large logging companies, to ensure that its purchasing doesn't needlessly harm forests, communities or workers' rights.
2015 Indiana Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence accepting nominations
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 3/3/15
Summary: The State of Indiana is seeking nominations for the 2015 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. These awards recognize Indiana's leaders who have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes. The Governor's Awards are open to all Indiana manufacturers and other organizations with projects that qualify under the categories of Pollution Prevention, Energy and Renewable Resources, or Environmental Stewardship. Nominations must be received (not postmarked) by IDEM by 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 17, 2015.
EPA Approves New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants
Source: U.S. EPA, 3/2/15
Summary: As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This final action addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan that calls on EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals.
ISTC Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award
Source: ISTC, 3/2/15
Summary: The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015.
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