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Jeff Spencer sends out an email of "Tips" to the MBP3 members (Mich Business Pollution Prevention Partnership) and others.    There are several items here you might be interested in.   FYI
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1.  NEW PARTNERSHIP TO COMMERCIALIZE PLASTIC FROM CORN
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27379 - Metabolix, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Company have agreed to establish a 50,000-ton production facility to commercialize a new generation of high-performance natural plastics from corn.
 
2. GREENER-FLOORING PIONEER JOINS CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27381 - Interface Inc. has committed to reducing absolute GHG emissions by 1% per year through 2006 and to supporting emerging markets for GHG emissions in North America.   (GHG = green house gas)
 
3. REPORT OUTLINES IMPACTS OF NEW CHINESE FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS ON AUTOMAKERS
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27380 - New Chinese fuel economy standards are likely to affect companies differently and could produce significant gaps to fill for vehicles sold in China by GM and DaimlerChrysler.
 
4. U.S. COMPANIES HELP DRIVE NON-FINANCIAL REPORTING TO NEW HEIGHTS
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27374 - A new report finds a significant improvement in corporate efforts to build trust with shareholders, consumers, and other stakeholders through voluntary disclosure of non-financial performance.
 
5. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA OPENS WORLD'S LARGEST 'GREEN' DORM
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27370 - USC officials and students are celebrating the official opening of Carolina's "green dorm," the largest residence-hall complex of its kind in the world.
 
6. NEW REPORT TRACKS SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE IN U.K. MOTOR INDUSTRY
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27364 - A comprehensive new study examines the material resource flows in the motor industry, from manufacture through vehicle use to the final disposal of end of life vehicles.
 
7. WATTS From WASTEWATER: DEVICE PRODUCES POWER WHILE TREATING SEWAGE
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27359 - A new technology is being developed that can turn raw sewage into raw power. The device, called a microbial fuel cell, not only treats wastewater, but also provides a clean energy source with the potential for enormous financial savings, according to scientists at Pennsylvania State University.
 
8. EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONS TO CHAMPION CORPORATE SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27358 - Corporate sustainability research organizations from across Europe have come together to form the Association of Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research.
 
9. COMPANIES FAIL TO IDENTIFY KEY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RISKS
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27354 - Corporate boards are failing to disclose to financial investors how environmental and social issues pose strategic risks and opportunities for their businesses, according to an international review of corporate sustainability reports.
 
10. IFC AND WWF PROJECT TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY TRADE
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27347 - The International Finance Corporation and the World Wildlife Fund are teaming up to develop environmentally responsible wood trade in Latin America.
 
11.  SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY TECHNOLOGY GRANTS
November, 2004 - The Department of Energy (DOE) is offering grants of up to $100,000 to small businesses developing new energy technologies. DOE's solicitations for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs are for small businesses to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of energy technologies that appear to have commercial potential. Due December 13, 2004.  For more info:  http://medc.michigan.org/ttc/NewsAndEvents/news/combo.asp?ContentId=55A2B683-2AD4-4E8E-B9B5-16425C17D96B&QueueId=1&ContentTypeId=13
 
12. NEW ECO-FRIENDLY PRINTING SERVICE COMBINES QUALITY WITH SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27396 - GreenerPrinter.com, a new environmentally friendly printing service, offers businesses the first online, certified "green" printer to ship products in a "climate-neutral" way -- having a zero net-impact on the earth's climate.
 
13. STARBUCKS BREWS UP FIRST FDA-APPROVED RECYCLED-CONTENT CUP
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27395 - Starbucks Coffee Co. has received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to use recycled content in food packaging, specifically Starbucks hot beverage cups. Following successful testing, Starbucks expects to convert its hot beverage cups to 10% recycled material, an industry first.
 
14. NEW RAZOR HAS ENVIRONMENTAL EDGE
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27393 - A leading environmental consumer products company has introduced the first environment-friendly alternative to the disposable razor.
 
15. FEDERAL AGENCIES COMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF ELECTRONICS
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27390 - The White House and 11 federal departments and agencies have committed to advance the federal government's electronics stewardship goals and practices.
 
16. U.S. MANUFACTURERS LANDMARK AGREEMENT ON AIR CONDITIONER EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=27388 - If enacted by federal regulators and Congress the new standards will avoid the need for 25 new power plants, advocates say.
 
17.  GREEN SEAL FLOOR CARE PRODUCT STANDARD
Green Seal is pleased to announce that our final environmental standard for floor-care products (finishes and strippers) is now posted on our Web site at http://www.greenseal.org/standards.htm#environmental.  The Response to Comments received on the proposed standard can be viewed at http://www.greenseal.org/draftdocs.htm.

Jeff Spencer 
MBP3 Program Coordinator
Environmental Science & Services
P.O. Box 30457
Lansing, MI 48909-7957
 
517-241-5719    SPENCEJL@michigan.gov