India sets 260GW-by-2024 target | Saudi capital aims to recycle 81% of municipal waste by 2035 | Deposits, bans part of legislation meant to reduce plastic waste
July 19, 2019
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Adidas to use only recycled plastic by 2024
Adidas wants to only use recycled plastic in the manufacturing process of its product lines by 2024. The company has already eliminated more than 40 tons of plastic waste in offices, stores, warehouses and distribution centers in 2018, according to Gil Steyaert, senior vice president and European managing director for Adidas.
Forbes (7/18) 
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Setting the Example
India sets 260GW-by-2024 target
An Indian government official says that the country will hit a renewable energy capacity target of 260 gigawatts by 2024, as capacity has risen almost 150% in the past five years. The current goal is 175 gigawatts by 2022.
Reuters (7/19) 
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Saudi capital aims to recycle 81% of municipal waste by 2035
Three entities in Saudi Arabia have teamed up to bring widespread recycling and integrated waste management to the capital city of Riyadh. Officials want to recycle 81% of the city's municipal waste and 47% of its demolition and construction waste by 2035.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (7/14) 
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Deposits, bans part of legislation meant to reduce plastic waste
Lawmakers have introduced legislation that will help reduce plastic waste, which will require national deposits for containers and ban the use of expanded polystyrene in certain products. The legislation would force product makers "to design, manage and finance programs for end-of-life management of their products and packaging," wrote Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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District to curb food waste with share tables
District to curb food waste with share tables
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A Tennessee school district is preparing to adopt a share table program to cut down on cafeteria food waste. Officials say the shared food, to be available on a cart, will be monitored to ensure that nothing is contaminated and that milk and other perishable foods are placed on ice.
The Manchester Times (Tenn.) (7/17) 
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Powering Tomorrow
N.Y. gets into offshore wind power
New York state has awarded contracts to the US unit of Norwegian developer Equinor and a joint venture between Orsted and Eversource Energy to develop offshore wind projects that will have a combined capacity of 1,700 megawatts. The move is part of the state's goal to reach 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2035.
Engineering News-Record (7/18),  The Associated Press (7/18),  Spectrum News (7/19) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
Collaboration is the key to strategic change
Act on issues that cross organizational boundaries to set yourself apart as a leader, preparing to collaborate while managing the hurdles that may arise, writes Art Petty. "There are risks, but in my experience, the biggest threat comes from failing to try and make a difference," he writes.
Art Petty (7/18) 
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It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.
Michael Collins,
astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission
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