Green Business Bureau Blog
Many consumers and businesses realize the importance of protecting the environment through small behavioral changes.Today, a large number of businesses are engaged with sustainability. Jenny Beswick and Distinctive Doors share an infographic Green Manufacturing over Time.
According to the report by Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN), the economic impact of food waste in the United States is about $197.7 billion. Gina- Marie Cheeseman, from TriplePundit, discusses the causes and recommendations for reducing food waste. Read the article.
Here are some tips from the Green Business Bureau to help your business go green in the lunch break:
- Bring your own dishes and coffee mug to work.
- Replace plastic knives and forks in the break room with silverware or biodegradable utensils.
- Request your favorite restaurant to deliver food without napkins and plastic cutlery.
- Substitute plastic ziplocs and brown bags with reusable lunch bags and boxes available in the market.Start a Composting Project: Composting can minimize waste that goes to the landfill. Kitchen waste, leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper, cardboard boxes, fruits and vegetables can all be composted. Products like meat and bones should be kept out of the compost.
As 2012 comes to an end, individuals and businesses reflect on how the year was compared to previous years and what holds for future years. RP Siegel discusses the 2012 Year End Sustainability Wrap-up in this article on TriplePundit.
If you are making a holiday meal for a large group, chances are you will have a lot of leftover food. To minimize food waste, look at the tips from Earth911 to make leftover last longer.
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy helps businesses in creating sustainable community and business. David Jerome and Rob Kleinbaum discuss guiding principles for sustainable to your business. Read More.
Superfund sites, which are government-designated locations of hazardous waste, pose no small threat to surrounding ecosystems and its citizens. Looking back at Love Canal, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called “one of the most appalling environmental tragedies in American history,” the danger to communities is apparent.
Through the efforts of community, government and private contractors such as theSevenson Environmental CEO, Michael Elia, and his cleanup crew, Love Canal was restored to its former state after decades of diligent work. By learning from this unprecedented environmental disaster and becoming aware of Superfund sites, citizens can avoid contamination and perhaps join the effort to restore toxic waste sites to their former unsullied splendor.
A Brief History of Love Canal
In 1894, a Niagra Falls developer by the name of William Love proposed the construction of a model city powered by canal-generated electricity, as stated by TimesUnion.com. Love vigorously began building the city, but economic depression soon caused funding to deplete. Technological innovation and private-infringement prohibition laws only added to the project’s rapid demise. The model city failed, leaving behind a sole remnant — Love’s canal.
The hydroelectric channel was relegated to a chemical waste dumping ground after it was sold to Hooker Chemical in 1942. In a little more than a decade, Hooker buried 22,000 tons of chemical waste drums, according to Wired.com. The toxic site was sealed with heavily packed clay soil, the industry standard at the time. In the next 20 years, Niagra County sprouted several more chemical-producing companies as the population boomed.
The local school district sought land, and bought the site — aware of the buried chemicals — from Hooker Chemical for $1. The late 1970’s brought torrential rains that decimated the feeble clay-soil barriers, and toxicity overtook the community. Myriad health issues, birth defects and death ravaged the community leading to a state of emergency and evacuation.
Superfund has identified and analyzed tens of thousands of hazardous-waste sites for more than 20 years to mitigate contamination and protect communities, according to the EPA. By viewing the EPA’s website, you can learn of the ten Superfund regions in the nation and the sites where cleanup is underway. Using a Hazard Ranking System, the EPA assesses three factors relating to risk: the likelihood of hazardous substances being released, the toxicity and quantity of waste, and people affected by the the release.
Folks looking to relocate should be mindful of moving within proximity to a Superfund site. At its worst, contaminated topsoil and drinking water from Superfund sites — as in the case of Love Canal — foment physically and mentally deformed infants, miscarriages, strange illnesses and allergies, burns, chromosomal damage, noxious odors and even cancer, according to Wired. In addition to cleanup, the Superfund Enforcement program pursues companies responsible for the area’s contamination and holds involved parties legally responsible.
Contributed by Yasmine Rotterdam.