Alaska Airlines to eliminate plastic straws | Neb. shoe retailer recognized for recycling efforts | DTE Energy, Consumers set 50% by 2030 clean energy goal
May 21, 2018
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Alaska Airlines to eliminate plastic straws
Alaska Airlines will replace single-use plastic items including citrus picks and plastic stirring straws with more sustainable alternatives beginning July 16. "Plastic is a serious issue for our planet. What's important is continuing to move the global supply chain toward making sustainable materials accessible and affordable," said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Shaunta Hyde.
USA Today (5/21) 
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Neb. shoe retailer recognized for recycling efforts
Lincoln, Neb., has given a zero-waste award to Lincoln Running Co. for recycling 90% or more of its waste. The retailer donates used shoe boxes to the Capital Humane Society and public school camps, while returned shoes are donated to schools and a recreation center's Feet First program.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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Creating Accountability
DTE Energy, Consumers set 50% by 2030 clean energy goal
DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, two Michigan-based utilities, have partnered with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan to set a new 50% by 2030 goal for clean energy, according to the groups. "Michigan wants clean energy, and we saw support across the state from the moment we started this campaign," said Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan campaign manager John Freeman.
North American Windpower online (5/18) 
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Shaw Industries Group says its manufacturing is carbon-neutral
Shaw Industries Group says its commercial carpet manufacturing is carbon-neutral after successful efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions while increasing its use of renewable energy.
Environmental Leader (5/21) 
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Green Marketing
Seafood eateries stress sustainable catch
Restaurants are feeding consumers' growing demand for sustainable seafood, making it a top menu trend this year, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2018 sustainability report. At Pacific Catch West Coast Fish House, all of the seafood on the menu is sustainable, and it's a selling point on the restaurant's website and social media pages, said sustainability director Jennifer Bushman.
Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (5/18) 
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Powering Tomorrow
Report: 80% of city buses to be electric by 2040
Researchers predict that 80% of city buses around the world will be electric by 2040, according to a report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. City buses are ideal candidates for a switch to electric power because they travel predictable routes and can be charged at central locations, writes Katie Fehrenbacher.
GreenBiz (5/20) 
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EIA: Extending wind PTC would result in 50% more capacity by 2050
EIA: Extending wind PTC would result in 50% more capacity by 2050
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Extending the full wind-energy production tax credit through 2050 would result in a near-term drop-off in new additions but would ultimately bring 40% more new installed wind capacity online by 2050 compared to if the credits are ended, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report said that without the PTC, the nation's total installed wind capacity would likely increase to 55% above 2017 levels by 2050.
Daily Energy Insider (5/17) 
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Being busy is not the same as doing things that matter
Procrastination leads people to fall behind and feel anxious, and many times this is because they are busy during peak hours but work on the wrong things, Dan Rockwell writes. "Important trivialities prevent you from doing the thing that pays the bills," he writes.
Leadership Freak (5/19) 
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