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To Zero and Beyond: Business & Environment Session Preview

April 24th, 2014

Have YOU gone zero-waste yet?

Last year, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company became the first company to receive a platinum certification from the US Zero Waste Business Council. Closer to home, Mayor Betsy Hodges has announced plans for a zero-waste Minneapolis. You’ve probably been to a zero-waste event where all leftover materials are recycled, reused, or composted; maybe your company has donated used office furniture or supplies rather than tossing them; or you’ve thought twice about purchasing the trendy new single-use coffee pods or individual water bottles. The movement toward reducing what we toss is definitely growing, and more and more businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals are taking on this ambitious zero-waste goal. (more…)

Georgia Rubenstein

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Senior Manager, Sustainability Program

Weekly Wrap-Up: Emerging Research

April 18th, 2014

Over the past few weeks, a series of new research endeavors and published studies have caught our eye. Here’s the latest so you can be informed and armed with interesting things to share at your holiday tables this weekend:

  1. Graphic: New study out of the University of Minnesota reveals that people of color live in neighborhoods with more air pollution than whites. (Star Tribune)
  2. What are Ultra Fine Particles and why is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency measuring them? (KARE 11)
  3. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received over 50,000 public comments on the PolyMet mining project. How on earth are they processing all of the input? (MinnPost)
  4. The seven most important findings from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Climate Science Report (Mashable).
  5. New survey reveals governments are failing to lead on sustainability. (GreenBiz)
Emily Franklin

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Director of Communications

The Secret Life of Used Electronics: Facts You Should Know

April 2nd, 2014

I recently wrote an article for Greenbiz.com titled The 3 rules of recycling electronics waste. The level of response I received and the questions it generated reinforced the notion that there’s a hunger for information on this issue. That’s the good news. The bad news is there continues to be considerable confusion on what to do and why things need to change.

If I were to write a FAQ for the article, the first, middle, and last question would be something along the lines of: “I’ve used company X for years to handle my e-waste. They pay me to take this stuff off of my hands. They’re obviously making money, so things must be ok, right?”

Well, no, not necessarily. The unfortunate reality is there are many perfectly legal and profitable ways to dispose of your IT assets and electronics, in ways that would turn your stomach. And, unless you ask the right questions, you’ll never know, and you could be incurring risks that you’re not even aware of.

Unless you’re working with recyclers that, at minimum, have either R2 or e-Stewards certifications, here’s what happens all too often: (more…)

Leo Raudys

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Founder and CEO, Riduvit.com
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