Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

Campaign Delivers 150,000 Petition Signatures to Dollar General Calling for Nontoxic Products, But Executives Will Not Commit to Protecting Their Customers by Taking Toxics Off Their Shelves

 

Despite Independent Testing Which Shows Threat to Consumers from Toxic Chemicals Found in Dollar General Products, Executives Commit To Doing What's Legal but Not What's Safe

Today, consumers and families concerned about toxic chemicals found in products sold by the discount retail chain 'Dollar General' held a demonstration and delivered 150,000 petition signatures urging the chain to take action and protect its customers. Corporate officials from Dollar General accepted the petition signatures, but would not respond to the campaign's request that they work with suppliers to phase-out toxic chemicals from their products or even to a meeting campaign representatives to discuss just and equitable corporate chemicals policies to protect their customers and their families.

Read more...

UT Study Finds China's Newfound Mobility Increasingly Reliant on E-Bikes

China has long had the highest population of any country in the world, but its recent economic boom has presented it with a number of problems, especially transportation and air quality.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been studying the use of e-bikes in China, and their new findings shed light on the demographic and geographic use of the new technology.

Read more...

Did Dust Bowl's Ravages End in the 1940s? New Study Says No

 

This iconic photo taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now in the public domain shows a farm in Dallas, South Dakota on May 13, 1936 after a A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation's soil, even potentially altering history books.
 
The paper, soon-to-be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas.

Read more...

Picture This: National Eating Healthy Day

Before you pick up your fork today, the American Heart Association of Greater Nashville wants you to pick up your camera or smartphone to document your meal - if it is healthy - on social media.

Before you pick up your fork today, the American Heart Association of Greater Nashville wants you to pick up your camera or smartphone to document your meal - if it is healthy - on social media.

Today is National Eating Healthy Day, and Michele Money-Carson, vice president for communications and marketing with the association's Greater Southeast affiliate, said the association hopes that the photo-journaling campaign will inspire others to make healthy choices or even inspire new healthy meal ideas.

Read more...

Concern Over Old Design of New TVA Nuclear Plant

 A Tennessee nuclear reactor more than 40 years in the making now has its operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and will soon begin producing electricity for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers.  But environmental advocates say the Watts Bar 2 Reactor 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga is without modern safety features that would protect residents and the environment in the event of a natural disaster.A Tennessee nuclear reactor more than 40 years in the making now has its operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and will soon begin producing electricity for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers.

But environmental advocates say the Watts Bar 2 Reactor 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga is without modern safety features that would protect residents and the environment in the event of a natural disaster.

Read more...

Evergreen Packaging® Announces Winners of Student Sustainability Leadership Scholarships

Program honors students who demonstrate superior community engagement & commitment to sustainability

Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, announced the winners of its inaugural Evergreen Packaging Student Sustainability Leadership Scholarship Program. The program was open to high school and college students whose parent or guardian is a US-based Evergreen Packaging employee and who demonstrate sustainability leadership in their school or community. Each of the six nation-wide winners will receive a scholarship, with Evergreen awarding $4,000in grants to winners.

Read more...

Full of Useless Information