Dunkin’ Donuts has committed to eliminate the use of polystyrene cups worldwide by 2020. The company said this change will eliminate 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.
As a February 7 Boston Globe article notes, some towns in Massachusetts have already banned the use of all foam containers in fast-food restaurants. Massasoit’s cafeterias have not used foam containers in several years, as part of our commitment to sustainability.
Why the move away from polystyrene (sometimes known by its commercial name of Styrofoam)? Some people mistakenly think that containers made from this material can be recycled because they have a number on the bottom inside a symbol ( ) suggesting otherwise. In fact, polystyrene cannot be recycled through traditional residential or commercial recycling programs and almost always ends up in the trash.
October 2, 2017
If you thought eating only “grass-fed” hamburgers could absolve you from climate change guilt, think again. There’s a lack of evidence that livestock (such as cattle, sheep, and goats) dining on grassland has a lower carbon footprint than that fed on grains, as some environmentalists and “pro-pastoralists” claim, according to a new report [Grazed and Confused] by an international group of researchers led by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), based at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
“Switching to grass-fed beef and dairy does not solve the climate problem—only a reduction in consumption of livestock products will do that,” says one of the report’s authors, Pete Smith of the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom.
Livestock is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions, researchers estimate. The animals emit gases such as nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane in amounts that have significantly changed our atmosphere. And the impact is growing. As more people worldwide are lifted out of poverty, many more can afford to eat meat regularly; global demand for animal products, now 14 grams per person per day, is expected to more than double by 2050.
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Commonwealth has been named the most energy efficient state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the seventh consecutive year. Massachusetts continues to receive top marks for its energy efficiency policies and programs, particularly the energy efficiency programs offered by the Commonwealth’s utilities under the Mass Save® brand and for promoting smart growth development in cities and towns. The full 2017 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard can be found here.