Ninety-three percent of consumers expect glass containers to be recyclable, according to a recent Glass Recycling Coalition survey. The results show that glass is "a core recyclable," said Jim Nordmeyer, Owens-Illinois' vice president of global sustainability.
Hospitals across the country are revamping their menus in a movement led by professional chefs to make the food healthier and more sustainable. The New York University Langone Medical Center has removed its deep fryers, changed the menu to offer more plant-forward dishes and swapped out some soda choices for sparkling and flavored waters.
Hotels are keeping energy usage in mind as they adopt new technologies. "As hoteliers, both technology and sustainability are important functions and responsibilities of our business," said John Power, general manager of Loews Hotel 1000 in Seattle.
Everybody wins from wind development in rural communities, says American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan, noting how the energy source keeps utility costs low for residents and helps fund community improvement projects. On Wednesday, AWEA recognized Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., with a 2018 Wind Champion Award for her work advancing the industry.
Many conservatives embrace wind and more should jump on board because it delivers on many of their goals, including job creation, economic development and energy security, writes Heather Reams, managing director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. "Another reason for the appeal is that wind energy is particularly important to rural communities where many conservative voters live," Reams writes.
Offshore wind is taking off in the US and the ongoing efforts of states will only serve to simplify the procurement process over time, says American Council on Renewable Energy Policy and Research Manager Tim Olson. He notes how the support of states is attracting European firms and contributing to cost declines for the industry.
Construction has started at Xcel Energy's 150-megawatt Foxtail Wind Project in North Dakota, which will become fully operational in 2019. "We're investing in North Dakota with Foxtail Wind and other projects that will provide millions of dollars in local lease payments and property taxes and deliver clean energy for our customers," said Xcel's Chris Clark.
Support for offshore wind is growing across Massachusetts, but the state is behind on its emissions reduction goals and state officials must act now to help renewables advance, write Vineyard Power President Richard Andre and Ariel Moyal, an intern at Environmental Massachusetts. "For the sake of breathable air, a resilient coast, the future of our economy, and the health of our children our leaders should take swift action to accelerate and encourage a renewable energy transition in the commonwealth," they write.
The New York Power Authority has kicked off a study to learn more about Europe's experience building out its offshore wind industry and transmission infrastructure. The study will cover a wide array of topics, including connections between projects and the mainland once the industry scaled up enough for costs to fall.
A new Advanced Energy Economy study shows a large share of alternative energy jobs in Colorado are linked to the wind industry and biofuels. The Denver Post's Aldo Svaldi recognizes four Vestas Wind Systems manufacturing facilities in the state and notes their role in creating wind jobs.