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September 13, 2019
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Largest solar, battery plant in US to provide energy to L.A.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has agreed to purchase power from an 8minute Solar Energy battery and solar facility to be built in Kern County, Calif., pending City Council approval. The facility will cover a US-record 2,650 acres and will produce 400 megawatts of solar energy, with the ability to store as much as 1,200 megawatt-hours.
The Construction Index (UK) (9/12) 
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Setting the Example
Nestle Institute tasked with reducing plastic waste
Nestle has opened a research lab to help meet its goal of using all recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025. The Nestle Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland, also aims to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions for Nestle by 2050.
Reuters (9/12) 
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Assessing the long reach of microplastics
Studies of the Great Lakes and elsewhere show the vast reach of microplastics, which reach the oceans, rivers, streams and lakes through wastewater treatment facilities, writes Sherri Mason. "The plastic we use ultimately comes back to us in the food we eat and the water we drink," she writes.
American Scientist magazine (09/2019) 
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Australian project converts sugarcane, cotton into usable materials
The federal government of Australia will fund a midstage Queensland University of Technology project that converts sugarcane and cotton biomass into animal feed, fuels and bio-based plastics. Sugarcane waste is being converted into jet fuel, while chemicals produced from the biomass are being used to manufacture plastic beer and soft drink bottles.
Manufacturers' Monthly (Australia) (9/13) 
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Airline to plant trees on behalf of passengers bringing water bottles
Airline to plant trees on behalf of passengers bringing water bottles
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Alaska Airlines will plant a tree on the West Coast each time a passenger brings a pre-filled water bottle onto an Alaska flight and posts a photo to social media tagging @AlaskaAir and using the hashtag #FillBeforeYouFly. "Our ultimate goal is to work together with our guests and employees to improve the health of our water by reducing plastic use," said Alaska Airlines' Diana Birkett Rakow.
Sustainable Brands (9/12) 
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Salt Lake City affordable housing building uses net-zero approach
Salt Lake City's Project Open is a six-story, solar-powered building with 112 one-bedroom rental units set aside as affordable housing. Individual heat pumps provide heating and cooling for each unit, with a supplemental resistance heating system also providing warmth during winter.
Building Design + Construction (free registration) (9/10) 
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Powering Tomorrow
Siemens Gamesa building test site for longer turbine blades
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is installing a test stand in Denmark where it can perform "full-scale tests on the next generations of SGRE rotor blades." The project will likely launch by the end of the year and will allow SGRE to try out its new 10-megawatt 193DD offshore wind model.
Recharge (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
D&I requires bold communicators, business relevance
Internal diversity and inclusion efforts should start by identifying a specific business problem that, in real terms, can be improved, says Janet Stovall, executive communications manager at UPS. "No matter where you are on the org chart, the mere fact that you're a communicator and in the building means there's somebody you can talk to about what the company is doing in D&I," she says.
PR Daily (9/12) 
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Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.
Shonda Rhimes,
television producer, writer
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