July 30, 2021
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Recycled cell phones were turned into Olympic medals
A security guard works by an Olympics gold medal monument at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)
Gold, silver and bronze medals for the Tokyo Olympics were made from recycled cell phones and other small electronic devices. The 5,000 medals needed for the event were made over a two-year period from 78,985 tons of electronic devices, which were smelted to separate gold, silver and bronze elements.
Full Story: Insider (7/30) 
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Setting the Example
Sims Lifecycle Services, a US company specializing in recycling electronics products, can recycle or repurpose up to 6 million pounds of electronics waste every month. Jim Puckett of Sims says, "It's very hard to recycle electronics. They're not designed to be recycled."
Full Story: Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Amazon testing electric delivery vehicles in 16 cities
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Amazon is kicking off what it describes as "one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs" by testing electric delivery vehicles in Detroit and 15 other cities. The retail giant could operate 10,000 electric vehicles as early as 2022, en route to an eventual fleet of up to 100,000 vehicles.
Full Story: DBusiness Magazine (Detroit) (7/28),  WDIV-TV (Detroit) (7/28) 
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Residents in low-income neighborhoods around Roxbury, Mass., will soon have access to electric vehicles thanks to a car-sharing nonprofit. Good2Go is working with Mobility Development on the pilot project, which they hope can be replicated in other cities.
Full Story: Streetsblog (7/29) 
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This piece by the World Economic Forum highlights the potential of hydrogen and electric powered flight to reduce emissions associated with flying. "By some estimates, all flights of less than 2,500 miles, representing today more than 50% of CO2 emissions of aviation, could be electrified or powered by hydrogen," write Timothy Reuter and David Hyde.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (7/29) 
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Integrated solar roofs are an emerging market, but Meyer Burger hopes to bring the solution to scale with a new type of solar roof tile due out in 2022. The product was designed with ease of installation in mind and can be installed just like traditional roof tiles.
Full Story: PV Magazine (Germany) (7/29) 
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Companies aren't doing enough to transition to a lower-carbon future, and 53 investors organized by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change are ready to apply some pressure. The group overseeing $14 trillion in assets is calling on every company to disclose its climate work, craft a transition plan and put it to a shareholder vote.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (7/30),  Reuters (7/30) 
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Forget "hot girl summer," it's "hot FERC summer" on the House floor and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., is singing to the tune of "FERC-alicious" as he looks to rally support for a bill targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rehearing process. "[A]n electric transmission system that keeps everything from electric vehicles to steel mills running with zero-carbon electricity -- FERC-alicious!" said Casten.
Full Story: The Hill (7/28) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
Remote work is table stakes for multinational organizations, and the challenge for HR leaders is "global fluency" -- sourcing the best talent and aligning it through data-driven decisions regardless of location, culture or regulations, writes Brian Dames, chief strategy and marketing officer at Safeguard Global. "Moreover, global fluency can help HR professionals hire proactively, reduce burnout and overwork, predict market shifts, allocate resources appropriately and streamline workforce-management processes," Dames writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/28) 
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