“Turkey Buck Joe” brings smiles, raises money for charity

Good News Notes: “Going through a grocery line, especially on busy days like Thanksgiving, isn’t always fun, but one local Tucson man makes sure every person who goes through his lane, smiles. Head to the Safeway on Ina and Oracle and it’s hard to miss Joe Encinas. Thursday, he wore a felt turkey costume, complete…

New solar farm in Tooele County will deliver big on renewable energy

Good News Notes: “Some of Utah’s big energy consumers will be getting a significant amount of power from a planned solar plant in Tooele County, helping them to reach their renewable energy goals much more quickly than planned. Thanks to approval from the Utah Public Service Commission of a renewable energy tariff for Rocky Mountain…

Amcor Designs Lightest 900-ml PET Bottle for Brazil

Good News Notes: “Lightweighting of packaging continues apace, as companies seek higher efficiencies in plastics processing and greater sustainability. Amcor in Ann Arbor, MI, a global developer and producer of packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, and other products, has developed the lightest 900-ml PET bottle for a customer in Brazil. The custom-designed container for agribusiness…

Disney wishing well coins donated to homeless charity

Good News Notes: “Some $20,000 in coins that tourists tossed into Walt Disney World’s wishing wells and fountains became a Thanksgiving gift for Central Florida’s largest homeless shelter. Allison Krall is the CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. She says she’s thankful, especially with everything Disney has gone through during the…

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively Donate $500,000 to Homeless Youth

Good News Notes: “Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have opened their wallets to at-risk youths struggling with homelessness in Canada. The couple donated $250,000 to both Covenant House Vancouver and Covenant House Toronto, an organization which Reynolds, 44, has supported for a long time, according to a press release. The nonprofit provides homeless youth with basic needs like food…

Alternative materials could shrink concrete’s giant carbon footprint

Good News Notes:  “On the list of materials people use most, concrete may be a runner-up, but it isn’t small potatoes. Second only to water in terms of how much is used across the globe, the ubiquitous construction material is produced in staggering quantities. According to industry analysts, some 30 billion metric tons of concrete…

A miracle, and a second chance

Good News Notes: “On the morning of June 3, Doug Pogue went for what seemed to be a routine walk. The longtime football coach at Chaffin Junior High then was going to head to the school to conduct a routine off-season practice. But all of a sudden, during his walk up a hill on 89th…

Vodafone targets net zero carbon emissions by 2040

Good News Notes: “Vodafone announced it has committed to reducing the company’s total global carbon emissions to “net zero” by 2040, which cut 10 years off of its original deadline. As part of the Paris Agreement, Vodafone also confirmed that its 2030 carbon reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. By 2030,…

PGB to decrease carbon footprint by 50% in 2022

Good News Notes: “The €29.4bn Dutch pension fund PGB wants to halve the carbon footprint of its total investment portfolio in two years’ time. Separately, the fund is also planning to divest from coal, shale gas and oil sands from 1 January 2021. The multi-sector pension fund is taking both steps with a view to…