Athena Sustainable Materials Institute celebrates 20 years of innovation in the Green Building sector

    The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and with a US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is a leading pioneer in the Green Building Sector and proud to have been on the forefront of sustainability metrics for two decades. This small non-profit has had significant industry impact over the past decades.

    PhD Fellowship announcement: North Carolina State University

    The Forest Biomaterial Department at North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for a PhD Fellowship to do research in biobased products through an awarded USDA grant titled, Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry (approximately $2.75 million over the next four years).  The Fellowship is for a maximum of four years of support including a stipend of about $23,000, tuition, and benefits.

    BIMobject AB: BIMobject adds sustainability and environmental data in cooperation with FED Spinoff

    Today, BIMobject AB (BIMobject) and FED Spinoff - Future Environmental Design (FED) announce the agreement to cooperate to develop new functionalities and services for the platform BIMobject® Cloud regarding product information on sustainability and environment. This will allow manufacturers to share data on the environmental sustainability of their products, and enable designers and architects to perform sustainability calculations and simulations of BIM-based projects.  

    Largest shed in southern hemisphere gets 6 Green Stars for environmental features

    One of the largest sheds in the southern hemisphere, a half-a-kilometre-long storage and distribution facility the size of eight MCG playing fields, has won a 6 Star Green Star As Built rating, based on a ‘whole life cycle assessment’. The giant shed leased by global logistics giant CEVA is owned and managed by Singapore-listed Frasers Property Australia in its West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina.

    Need for a scientific basis of EU climate policy on forests

    A group of scientists has sent an open letter to EU decision-makers, warning that a planned increase in harvesting levels of forests for bioenergy use risk having a negative impact on the climate.

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    The SDG Club - a new crowd funded project just launched

    Since the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were published 2 years ago, much has been said on the difficulty in implementing them into business practice. The main difficulty comes from the sheer number of goals (17) and accompanying targets (169) and indicators (so far 230). 

    Job Opening (Australia): Senior Sustainability Consultant, WSP

    The WSP Sustainability team is looking for a new, experienced professional for the role of Senior Sustainability Consultant for their office in Brisbane. 

    Circular Economy - Using Mine Waste to Improve Mining Sustainability

    Dr Raquel Balanay, Associate Professor, Caraga State University, Philippines and alumnus of Minerals Policy and Economics 2014, shares her research on circular economy. Her research is a collaboration with Dr Anthony Halog, University of Queensland and is funded through a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship.

    Research Team Explores Impact of Climate Change on Future of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    Environmental problems including changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition for resources threaten the world's supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Marty Matlock, executive director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center, and professor of ecological engineering, and Greg Thoma, professor of chemical engineering, are part of a team of researchers exploring this problem. The tools the team will use include crop modeling, risk assessment, and life cycle assessment. 

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     The world's biggest logistics company races towards net-zero emissions

    DHL is the largest logistics and express delivery company in the world. It’s not surprising that its carbon emissions are massive. But those emissions have declined substantively in the last nine years, and those reductions will be tiny compared to what DHL will achieve if its aggressive projections are realized. Emily Davis, the sustainability program manager at DHL North America’s Supply Chain unit, discusses how the largest logistics company in the world will go about achieving its net-zero emissions goal by 2050.