3 Stillwater area sisters create nonprofit to help provide books to area youth

Good News Notes: “Stillwater area children will have free books delivered to their doorsteps every month thanks to three Minnesota sisters.  Laurann Kirschner, Katie Bang and Nickie Ferguson have created Bridge to Books that they hope will boost child literacy. The program has enrolled more than 300 families, and expects thousands more. The idea comes from…

Ridley couple creates ‘Keep Delco Smiling’ nonprofit

Good News Notes: “Most people choose hobbies that make them smile. Woodlyn residents Amanda McGuigan and her husband Scott Andersen enjoy a hobby that not only makes them smile, but makes countless other residents of Delaware County smile, too. McGuigan and Andersen are the founders and operators of “Keep Delco Smiling,” a local nonprofit organization…

Purdue University develops new way to recycle polyolefin plastics

Good News Notes: “Single-use plastic scrap continues to be a growing problem internationally with only 9 percent of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced in the last 65 years being recycled. One of the biggest contributors to this issue is polyolefins, such as polypropylene and polyethylene. Researchers at Purdue University are working to solve that problem…

BP partners team researching converting CO2, waste and biomass into fuel

Good News Notes: “BP and Johnson Matthey are partnering with Cardiff University and The University of Manchester in a £9m project that aims to convert CO2, waste and sustainable biomass into fuels and products that can be used across the energy and transportation sectors. The project is one of eight business-led Prosperity Partnerships announced in…

Mississippi-based biorefinery project to convert CO2 into sustainable aviation fuel

Good News Notes: “Sustainable fuel technology company Velocys has signed a strategic framework agreement with Koch Project Solutions (KPS) to develop a biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi, that will utilise both renewable power and carbon capture and storage. Sharing the news today (June 30th), Velocys said that the project is expected to produce approximately 33…

New discovery: Scientists turn plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring

Good News Notes: “While the world is slowly taking small steps to reduce plastic consumption, it becomes more and more evident how global plastic pollution has alarming effects on humans, wildlife, and the environment.  Plastics lose their material value after one use, which is why it is important to find more ways to upcycle them…

€1 Million Prize for Plastics-to-Protein Research Awarded to Steve Techtmann, Ting Lu

Good News Notes: “Plastic waste and access to nutritious food top the list of humanity’s challenges. Yet humans are nothing if not innovative, especially in the face of adversity. Michigan Technological University’s Steve Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences, aims to convert plastic waste and inedible biomass into edible protein — a biological sleight of hand…