Illinois becomes 1st Midwestern state to pass a law to phase out fossil fuels

Good News Notes: “At a time when the Midwest is being battered by more severe storms due to climate change, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a landmark law this month that will transition the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045, with benchmarks along the way. While the effort has largely escaped national media attention, it…

McDonald’s says nearly all its paper packaging from sustainable fiber

Good News Notes: “McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) said on Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper food packaging in restaurants from recycled or sustainable fiber. The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that in 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based…

KFC Just Launched Oatly Vegan Ice Cream in China | VegNews

Good News Notes: “International fast-food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) just added Oatly’s vegan ice cream to its menus across China. The chain now offers Oatly’s oat milk-based ice cream in two classic flavors, Strawberry and Chocolate, and describes the flavor as “refreshing and dense.” The new oat milk ice cream options come in single-serve…

AeroFarms to expand with indoor vertical farm in St. Louis

Good News Notes: “AeroFarms, a Certified B Corporation and leader in indoor vertical farming, today announced its plan to expand to the Midwest region as part of a project with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the St. Louis Controlled Environment Agriculture Coalition (STLCEA) to demonstrate innovative strategies to minimize the environmental footprint of indoor agriculture….

Chicago 7th grader’s shoe donation organization sees no limits

Good News Notes: “She’s won a local pageant, created a cosmetic line and has supplied hundreds of shoes to children in Ghana. At just 12 years old, this 7th grader doesn’t see obstacles, only possibilities. Chicagoan Kerry Koranteng is one of Chicago’s Very Own. Christiana Arhen said when her daughter stated she wanted to send…

Just Salad Poised to Take Zero-Waste Dining Nationwide

Good News Notes: “Just Salad — a US-based, fast-casual restaurant chain with a commitment to healthy, sustainable food and zero- waste practices — today announced an infusion of capital, courtesy of circular economy-focused investment firm Closed Loop Partners and returning investor Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Express®. Just Salad will use the capital to expand its geographic footprint and…

LanzaTech Makes Products From Carbon Dioxide

Good News Notes: “Climate technology developer and commercializer LanzaTech has been awarded $4.1M from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a project leveraging technology that uses carbon dioxide (CO2)-rich gas, such as from corn grain ethanol refining, to make chemicals and fuels. A major benefit is that the CO2 is captured before it is released to the…

Chicago non-profit gifts apartment home to veteran

Good News Notes: “A Chicago veteran can now call his new apartment home after a group of volunteers with a non-profit spent hours decorating it. ‘Humble Design’ decorated William Wade’s apartment in a new beginning that’s long overdue for the U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “It feels much like home now. I’ve had obstacles keeping work,”…