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Tool Helps Manufacturers Use Safer Chemicals (10/22/2014)
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will offer a material health certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to avoid chemicals of high concern, shift to safer ones in their products and encourage product and supply chain transparency. The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has offered reporting of its methodology in only one category. Several companies are pursing the new certificate, including Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. Owens Corning, which produces residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, is in the process of pursuing the material health certificate on three product lines while having already earned Cradle to Cradle certification on a product line.

EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools' Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency (10/17/2014)
WASHINGTON --- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations. "This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment."

EPA Honors the Winners of the 19th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (10/16/2014)
WASHINGTON --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. "From academia to business, we congratulate those who bring green solutions and help solve critical environmental problems," said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "These innovations reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, and sparking investments. Ultimately, these chemicals and products are safer for people's health and the environment. We will continue to work with the 2014 winners as their technologies are adopted in the marketplace."

Massachusetts Statewide Commercial Food Waste Ban (10/09/2014)
BOSTON - The Patrick Administration today celebrated the start of its first-in-the-nation, statewide commercial food waste ban. The ban will stimulate increased food donation, recycling and conversion of food waste into valuable products, including renewable energy and compost. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today kicked off a Food Waste Ban "Full Harvest Tour" to demonstrate key components of the ban with events at a Hannaford's Supermarket in Waltham and a dining facility on the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) campus. Other tour events will be held in Hadley on Friday, Gardner on Monday and Dartmouth and Wrentham on Tuesday

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