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The latest products, services and cleantech applications and how they are tackling some of our most pressing social and environmental issues.

Scarcity Breeding Increasingly Innovative Water-Saving Strategies in Agriculture

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. By incorporating new technologies and tactics into farming practices, agriculture can promote more efficient irrigation and water management — and play a major role in global water conservation and reuse.

Chicago Parks Contribute to Cleaner Air with Renewable Fuel

How biodiesel use supports the Chicago Park District's mission to preserve its world-class park system for future generations.

Embracing Collaboration Is Key to Delivering the Low-Carbon World We Need

A recent collaboration between Shell Energy and Wells Fargo shows how the corporate world has responded to the evolving market — and how using renewable energy just makes good business sense.

Precision Ecosystems: An Improved Model for Better Indoor Crops

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The progress of humankind is heavily linked to technological changes in how farming is done. Today, farming in the US faces challenges never before seen that require supplementing traditional agriculture with new approaches.

Soybean Farmer Takes Active Role in Biodiesel Industry

Rob Shaffer — a fourth-generation soybean, corn and Angus cattle farmer — has been active in industry organizations for more than a decade. He was invited to join the National Biodiesel Board in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

Biogen Puts $250M Toward Protecting the Climate, Human Health, Social Justice

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. With its commitment to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2040, Biogen aims to accelerate progress on improving air quality and addressing the harm being done to vulnerable communities around the world.

The Slow, Steady Climb on the Road to Higher Blends of Biodiesel

Advocates for biodiesel notched a big victory in December when President Trump signed into law a new budget deal that included a five-year extension of the $1/gallon tax credit for biodiesel blenders. The credit was retroactively applied to 2018 and 2019.

Does Adopting Renewable Energy Feel Complex? 4 Considerations to Get You Started

When adopting a renewable energy strategy, here are four considerations all executives should keep in mind that will streamline the process and ensure their end results achieve their sustainability goals.

River Cruise Giants Make Big Waves, Smaller Impacts with Biodiesel

For Hornblower, the integration of biodiesel into its latest boats was a natural evolution of its environmental stewardship. The company has led the charge in the industry, in terms of reducing its fleet’s impacts on the environment.

Walmart Announces Goal to Become a Regenerative Company

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The world’s largest retailer targets zero emissions by 2040 and aims to protect or restore at least 50M acres of land and 1M square miles of ocean by 2030 — but are there gaps in its plan?

Why the American Lung Association Supports Renewable Fuels

Experts with the ALA recognize that biodiesel not only reduces carbon emissions but can also provide health benefits associated with cleaner air.

Google Has Erased Its Entire ‘Carbon Legacy,’ Sets Sights on 100% Carbon-Free Power

Google was the first major company to become carbon neutral, in 2007. Now, the tech giant says it is the first company in the world to eliminate its entire carbon footprint.

From Carbon Sinks to Carbon Banks: Could Mycelia Help Resolve Our Climate Crisis?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. NetZero’s forthcoming “Mycelium Balls” will put the massive carbon-sequestration ability of mycelium — which can double the environment’s natural carbon-capture rate — into the hands of everyday people.

Cook-Illinois’ Sustainable Fuel Evolution

As one school bus company leads the charge toward more sustainable transportation, it shares lessons learned for businesses that want to cut greenhouse gas emissions in their own operations.

Casey’s General Stores: Fueling Community Growth Through Biodiesel

Through its commitment to supporting local producers and providing customers new fuel options, Casey’s has become a key player in the biodiesel industry.

US Soybean Industry Protocol Addresses Sustainable Farming Practices

As soy production and uses have expanded worldwide, so have calls for more responsible farming practices to conserve vital natural resources.

Chicago Parks Fight Hand Sanitizer Shortage Through Innovative Biodiesel Partnership

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. An unlikely partnership has enabled the Chicago Park District to produce enough much-needed hand sanitizer to keep its employees and park visitors safe during the pandemic.

Strengthening Collaboration Between Farmers and Landowners Key to Improving Conservation

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The relationship between non-operating landowners, which own 62% of Midwest farmland, and the farmers to whom they rent land is vital to achieving wide-scale adoption of soil-health and nutrient-management practices across US croplands.

Illinois City’s Success with Biodiesel Influences Neighboring Communities

By selling B20 biodiesel to neighboring municipal agencies and organizations, Moline has expanded its impact on air quality across the Quad Cities region — and shown the community that improving air quality is a collaborative effort.

Illinois Soybean Farmers Sowing Seeds of a Sustainable Future

Illinois has maintained its leadership in US soybean production for nearly a century, thanks to its climate and ongoing commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation best practices.