Sustainable Resolutions for 2017

By Alex Shim Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group Now that 2016 is over, it is time for us to look towards 2017. There was a huge growth in the sustainability sector in 2016. 2016 was the year that Paris Agreement became actionable, ocean plastics joined production after being recovered, pollinators became a business issue (honeybees… more info

How to Recycle Styrofoam (Polystyrene)

A common misconception is that Styrofoam is the same thing as polystyrene. However, they are two different items, sort of. The foam like product is a trademark brand of extruded polystyrene foam presently constructed for craft applications and thermal insulation. It is owned and manufactured by Dow Chemical Company. Somehow the word Styrofoam got misconstrued.… more info

Stormwater Runoff: A Top Cause of Water Pollution

Damage to commercial property resulting from stormwater runoff is a serious growing environmental concern throughout Georgia, the Southeast, and the nation. Stormwater runoff can impact commercial businesses, home associations, homeowners, neighborhoods, towns and cities. In fact, stormwater runoff has become one of the most important issues facing commercial and residential developers today. The U.S. Environmental… more info

Mine Spill in the Anima River, Colorado

By Yagesh Panta Sustainability Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) On August 5, 2015, a mine spill occurred in the Animas River in Colorado. The spill was a result of releasing mine wastewater, and the waste, approximately three million gallons, subsequently got mixed with the river. The spill was caused by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers while conducting studies… more info

Liquid Gold: Waste Water Recycling Systems and LEED Certification

For all practical purposes, residents of the United States tend to view water as an unlimited resource. The great engineering accomplishments of Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam showcased America’s ingenuity and expanding urban environments that relied upon the power and availability of water in the twentieth century. However, global warming and exploding population growth… more info

Siemans+ BMW Design A Recyclable Train Car

The Siemens Inspiro system uses light-weight aluminum cars to increase recyclability and efficiency. The sustainable train cars were designed for Poland’s new light rail system and aims for a 2012 installation. Siemens, BWM and Poland collaborated on the design. The design is cutting edge and will help divert wastes from the landfill. However, recycled materials… more info