Vienna’s green mini-city offers a model for sustainable, urban living

Good News Notes: “On a recent winter afternoon, Phillip Naderer-Puiu and his partner picked up their 4-year-old daughter from day care in aspern Seestadt, a new community focused on green living on the edge of Vienna.  Naderer-Puiu was one of the first residents when he moved there in 2015. He loves the sense of community….

Bill Gates Wants Us to Eat 100% Synthetic Beef: What Is It?

Good News Notes: “Bill Gates has a big idea to fight climate change. The Microsoft cofounder and chair of the investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures recently suggested that ‘all rich countries should move to 100 [percent] synthetic beef’ in an interview with MIT Technology Review. Why is Gates, a direct and indirect investor in brands like…

Electric buses put Harvard on road to fossil fuel-free future

Good News Notes: “In 2018, Harvard set a goal to eliminate the use of fossil fuels on its campus by 2050 and to achieve fossil fuel-neutrality by 2026.  To achieve this, the University made a commitment that all Harvard-owned vehicles will operate without fossil fuels. Taking a major step toward that goal, the University recently…

Germany says it beat 2020 goal to cut greenhouse emissions

Good News Notes: “Germany’s economy minister says the country beat its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% last year compared to 1990 levels. Peter Altmaier said figures show Germany’s emissions of planet-heating gases were 42% lower in 2020 than three decades ago, confounding warnings that the country couldn’t meet its goal. While the…

Toy companies are cutting back on plastic to reduce waste

Good News Notes: “Many large toy companies are trying to become more eco-friendly after decades of relying on environmentally destructive plastic in their products and packaging. The pandemic has created an unanticipated surge in demand for toys as parents have hunkered down with children at home, and holiday toy sales are expected to be huge this year….

How Tommy Hilfiger is working toward sustainability and inclusivity

Good News Notes: “On the roof of Tommy Hilfiger’s European distribution center—located in the Dutch town of  Venlo—are 48,000 solar panels, just one of the latest steps the fashion brand has taken to be more sustainable. CEO Martijn Hagman announced the completion of the solar panel roof at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Tuesday,…

Johnnie Walker paper bottle first step in sustainable packaging race

Good News Notes: “Collaboration is the way to go when it comes to tackling climate change, according to one of the world’s largest alcoholic drinks makers. Like many large manufacturers, Diageo found that a lot of its carbon footprint is produced early on in its supply chain, including from raw materials and in packaging. These are classified…

Maine going green with large vehicle purchases

Good News Notes: “Maine is moving toward a greener future when it comes to large vehicles. Maine is among 15 states and the District of Columbia to announced they are committing to accelerating the process to get electric trucks and buses on the road.” View the whole story here: https://www.wabi.tv/2020/07/14/maine-going-green-with-large-vehicle-purchases/

Scientists reveal how coronavirus lockdowns in China reduced air pollution

Good News Notes: “Researchers have revealed more details of how China’s coronavirus lockdowns reduced air pollution.” “The research is part of a special collection of papers published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the journal Science Advances. The papers examine how pandemics affect – and are affected by – global environmental conditions. The coronavirus first…