The Maryland Food System Map has been revamped to go beyond plotting food deserts and offer more actionable details about the state's food system, such as distances between local farms and food deserts or a supermarket and farmers market. The program run by Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Livable Future has inspired other states and cities to undertake mapping initiatives.
Shop Made in D.C., a retailer and restaurant focused on showcasing products made in the nation's capital, was scheduled to launch this week. There are approximately 250 producers on the wait list for shelf space at the shop, which is a collaborative effort between the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and a government-sponsored program called Made in D.C.
EcoEnclose owner and co-CEO Saloni Doshi, who is laser-focused on environmental protection, said the startup produces biodegradable, compostable and recyclable shipping materials, as well as customizes and brands orders for ecommerce companies. EcoEnclose also prioritizes making its products in America, because "claims around sustainability and raw materials are extremely difficult to verify" for products made in other countries, Doshi said.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers has introduced a campaign aimed at getting North American manufacturers to use more polyolefin post-consumer resin in "Work in Process" items such as trash cans and crates. The American Chemistry Council and other partners have backed the initiative.
Regardless of which city Amazon chooses for its second headquarters, the retailer should decline tax incentives and invest in that city's local community, a coalition wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos, saying Amazon should "pay [its] fair share if you end up being our neighbor." Amazon did not comment on the letter, which is signed by numerous pro-labor, pro-community and responsible-development advocates, and which includes several civic responsibility requests.
Major tech companies are among those forming a coalition to push for legislation that would give young people brought to the US illegally as children a way to become permanent residents. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel and Uber are among the companies listed as members in documents drafted to form the coalition.
Alaska's Pebble Mine, which would be established to search for gold and copper, may cause "irreversible harm" to the area's Bristol Bay, which supplies over 40% of the world's sockeye salmon, chef and restaurateur Rick Moonen writes. "At a time when Americans are being told to eat more fish and consume more sustainable forms of protein, we should be doing everything we can to protect the last remaining wild seafood we still have," he writes.
Facebook has agreed to purchase 200 megawatts of output from the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Dixon County, Neb. Tradewind expects to break ground on the project this year ahead of a late 2018 start date.
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming have signed a memo of understanding to draft a plan for electric vehicles in their region. The goal is to create the infrastructure for electric vehicles traveling along the major corridors among the states, and that includes creating enough charging stations along the way.
Discover what personal and creative strengths are unique to you, and use those to find your role in the workplace, writes Scott Mautz. He spotlights filmmaker Nora Ephron, who used her writing and directing platform to send powerful messages and to mentor other women.