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Sustainability in Detroit, Part 4: The Dirt

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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 
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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 

Aligning Business Purpose to the Sustainable Development Goals: Why Companies Should Put Social and Environmental Impact First

By Wilma Rodrigues, Saahas Zero Waste Founder and CEO
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These days I am often introduced as a social entrepreneur. I am not sure this tag enthuses me:  I believe that the original purpose for setting up an industry or business is public good and by that measure all businesses should be social businesses.  

Unfortunately in the last century, shareholder value became the dominant narrative for a successful business. Consequently today the management and employees in companies are driven by profitability above everything else.

ScottsMiracle-Gro Recycles 5 Billion Pounds of Green Waste Annually

Next Generation Compost project spreads to more facilities
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ScottsMiracle-Gro is relentless in our effort to find a product solution that is a win for the environment, consumers and business. Green waste recycling is an example of one solution, offering the opportunity to divert waste from landfills by incorporating it into beneficial new soil products. Our company is one of the largest green waste recyclers in the world, incorporating 5 billion pounds annually of woody and green biomass into our products.

Composting at Sappi Transforms Food Waste Into Community Resource

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Sappi’s shared service center in South Portland Maine has implemented a program that collects the office’s organic solid waste on-site, adding a compost container to complement the existing single-stream recycling and landfill waste containers.

By working with Garbage to Garden, a Mainebased organization and one of the fi rst in the US to offer residential pick-up of solid organic waste, the office has further reduced waste to landfill.

INFOGRAPHIC | ScottsMiracle-Gro Recycles 5 Billion Pounds of Green Waste Annually

Green waste, cranberries and coffee grounds find new life in lawn and garden products
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Finding a product solution that is a win for the environment, consumers and business is challenging. Green waste recycling is an example of one solution, offering the opportunity to divert waste from landfills by incorporating it into beneficial new products. Our Company continues leading in utilizing green waste, incorporating 5 billion pounds annually of woody and green biomass into our products. Procurement, R&D, sales and operations teams also work together to find food waste--such as coffee, fruit and potatoes--that meets stringent criteria for inclusion in our products.

Rush2Recycle Plans to Recover More Than 40 Tons of Stadium Waste

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. February 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Aramark is teaming with the NFL and PepsiCo, along with U.S. Bank Stadium partners, for a landmark sustainability project at Super Bowl LII – Rush2Recycle -- aimed to recover more than 90% -- more than 40 tons -- of stadium waste on game day. The project is part of the NFL’s initiative to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl LII activities and leave a “green” legacy throughout the area.

Food Well Alliance Releases Atlanta’s First Local Food Baseline Report

Organization receives $2 million grant from James M. Cox Foundation
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ATLANTA, October 9, 2017 /3BL Media/ - At its annual Love Local event, Food Well Alliance released Atlanta’s first Local Food Baseline Report, a snapshot of the social, economic, ecological and nutritional impact of the city’s current local food system. A $2 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation was also announced at the event.

Republic Services of Northern California Hosts Compost Giveaway

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Republic Services Northern California team recently hosted a compost give-away event for City of Martinez residents at the Martinez Yacht Club. Republic Services employees along with community partners and volunteers attended the event to support the give-away. Residents were encouraged to bring 5 gallon buckets to fill with the compost material, and were allowed to take up to 30 gallons per household. More than 80 residents attended the event where Republic gave away roughly 20 yards of compost material. The remaining compost was donated to a local community garden in need. 

Republic Services Recognized with Recycler of the Year Award in Oregon

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CORVALLIS, Ore., June 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Republic Services is pleased to announce that the Oregon Recycling Association has recognized the Pacific Region Compost (PRC) facility with the Recycler of the Year Award. The Award was presented last week at the Association’s annual conference in Gleneden Beach, Ore.

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