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Infographic – What can we learn from the Flint
Michigan city of Flint is only beginning to recover from the water crisis which
has seen thousands of children fall sick from lead contamination after drinking
from the Flint River’s water supply and almost $400 million worth of aid
granted to the city to remedy the crisis.
shocking about the crisis, though, is the unscrupulous catalogue of actions
from local, state and federal governments in response to the problem. The city
switched its water supply from Detroit to the local river to save $5 million, a
miniscule amount considering the potential health risks posed to its population
from an unsafe water source. There was also an abundance of buck-passing from
people in authority, whose unwillingness to accept responsibility and take
timely action exacerbated the crisis. Indeed, some state officials even railed
against citizens who took a stand and spoke out about their plight.
infographic from The Water Filter Men (https://www.thewaterfiltermen.ie/) looks at how the crisis unfolded and
attempts to explain how it was let to develop to such an epidemic degree. It
also highlights important lessons that other cities and states can learn from
the failings of those who should have handled the Flint Water Crisis in a far
more competent and responsible manner. This was a sorry tale of greed being
valued over people’s health and welfare.
Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, April 18 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Eric Smith and Dave Sainato from the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) will discuss the IIAR’s scope and mission. This will include the development of guidelines and standards, research projects, and other efforts that should benefit the application of small charge ammonia systems and CO2 systems. They will discuss the perceived benefits and detractions of using ammonia as a primary refrigerant as well as IIAR’s efforts in code development, education and international outreach.
We can joke about how often we feel the need to upgrade our smartphones, but the fact of the matter is that what happens to our old cellphones and other electronics is no laughing matter.
Nearly 60 percent of e-waste — unwanted electronics such as computers, TVs and cell phones — end up in landfills around the world, where the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture can contaminate the environment. Other e-waste is incinerated, releasing clouds of noxious chemicals into the air. Many times, developing countries bear the most significant brunt of the health and ecological problems caused by e-waste.
Dealing with e-waste has become one of the most pressing problems facing the world in the 21st century, and although progress has been made in terms of recycling and disposing of e-waste responsibly, there is still a lot of work to be done. Even at the level of the individual consumer, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the amount of e-waste and deal with it properly, and responsible consumers can make a difference.
The following infographic details some of the main reasons why e-waste has become such a concern around the world, as well as some of the steps consumers can take to reduce the amount of electronics that become e-waste.
Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, March 21 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern.
As the regulatory landscape continues to shift around the commercial refrigeration industry, retailers and contractors are under increasing pressure to reduce — and even eliminate — refrigerant leaks. Do you know where in your facility leaks can occur and how you can use detection technologies more effectively? Join John Wallace from Emerson Climate Technologies as he discusses: what an effective leak detection program looks like and the benefits of putting such a program in place; an overview of the regulatory environment related to leak detection; and how to apply various leak detection technologies, including tips on interpreting results.
Sustainable Packaging is Sensible Packaging – Infographic
The modern consumer is environmentally conscious, so businesses who make a demonstrable commitment to sustainability are increasingly likely to have an edge over competitors who are blasé about their environmental responsibilities. Likewise, many of the world’s most recognizable brands are embracing the concept of sustainable packaging. For example, Apple has reduced the weight of packaging for the iPhone 7 by 34% from the 6S and 6S Plus.
This infographic from Bracken Foam Fabricators (http://www.foamfabricators.ie/) explores trends in packaging sustainability and outlines examples of sustainable and unsustainable packaging. There’s also some recommendations as to what manufacturers can do to make their packaging as environmentally friendly as possible.
Businesses now realize that the decisions they make at the packaging stage can have a seismic impact on whether a consumer buys the product or opts for a greener competitor. Sustainable packing is very much the way forward.
Green home improvement is a hot topic these days. With the cost of water rising throughout much of the country and energy policies facing an uncertain future, more homeowners than ever before are showing an interest in energy-saving remodeling projects and upgrades.
Greening your home is good for the planet, but let’s face it: The biggest incentive for most homeowners is the bottom line. The problem? Energy-saving home improvement projects won’t necessarily save you money. That’s because many green home upgrades have a high upfront cost, and it can take a long time before the savings pay you back. The following infographic takes a look at a few upgrades that will save you money within two years or less.
People need to start realising the incredible job trees do for us. They ask so little but give so much, yet we still don’t give trees the respect they deserve. Too many rainforests are being depleted and too many trees are being cut down and not being replaced.
Trees produce enough oxygen to keep a family of four breathing for one whole year. That really is an extraordinary statistic. Trees also help us to relax, can lower our heart rates, and reduce our stress levels. Moreover, they can help with the production of many important products for humans but it’s important we do this sustainably.
Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Wednesday, March 8 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Tom Land from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an overview of the GreenChill program and the resources it has developed for the supermarket industry.
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Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, March 7 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Tom Land from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an overview of the GreenChill program and the resources it has developed for the supermarket industry.