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EPA Reports on The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy

Posted in Agriculture and Food, EPA, Sustainability, Sustainability Policy, Water
Water and Economy Cover Page  EPA issued a new report synthesizing initial analyses on the broad impact that water quantity, quality, reliability, location, and timing have on our nation’s economy.  The report is relatively short (less than 30 pages), but the EPA’s resource web page has links to the technical report document and research studies that have been developed as part … Continue Reading

Pollutants from Poultry Operation Exempt from Clean Water Act Permit

Posted in Agriculture and Food, Water
A U.S. District Court in West Virginia has issued an order clarifying the extent of the Clean Water Act’s exemption for agricultural stormwater.  Alt v. EPA, Case No. 2:12-cv-00042, N.D. W.V. (Oct. 23, 2013). The case concerned EPA’s issuance of Findings of Violation and Order for Compliance under the Clean Water Act that alleged the operator of … Continue Reading

Yum! Brands Moves Boldly Toward Sustainability

Posted in Agriculture and Food, Energy, Sustainability Policy, Waste, Water
Roger McClendon, Chief Sustainability Officer of Yum! brands, recently spoke at a meeting of  our firm’s Sustainability & Emerging Technologies group. McClendon,who reports directly to the company’s Chairman and CEO, described Yum!’s goal to “become The Defining Global Company that Feeds the World.” The company’s food business includes well-known brands KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. … Continue Reading

Kentucky Research on Algal Fuel Production

Posted in Agriculture and Food, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, Energy, Sustainability Policy
Kentucky scientists are investigating methods to make algal and plant-based biofuels sustainable alternatives to traditional petroleum-based fuels and chemical feedstock. Engineering and biological/genetic processes are central elements of these efforts. Rodney Andrews of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research is working with an electric utililty to install algal photobioreactors at a coal-fired … Continue Reading

Water Resources: What California Can Teach the East

Posted in Agriculture and Food, Sustainability Policy, Water
California’s size, diversity of environments, population distribution, and history of water management issues make it a microcosm of what works, and what doesn’t work, in managing water resources. The Public Policy Institute of California recently released its exhaustive review, Managing California’s Water From Conflict to Reconciliation. The almost 500-page book details the history of California’s … Continue Reading

Businesses Increase Commitment to Sustainability

Posted in Agriculture and Food, Energy, Sustainability Policy
In Sustainability: The ‘Embracers’ Seize Advantage, a report issued by the MIT Sloan Management Review, 68% of the companies surveyed said they intended to increase their commitment of investment and management on sustainability in the coming year.  The level of commitment to sustainability is up from 25% reported in 2009 and 59% in 2010. The most common … Continue Reading