St Kitts coastline

Circular Economy and Sustainable Travel to St Kitts 

I have been recently writing again about the circular economy. My readers may remember by blog about  the Beer Industry and Sustainable Water with a Cherry Stout. Well, as much as I like a cold beer, I also like to practice yoga and run on the beach. With this in mind, let’s look at how one Caribbean nation is changing to renewable energy. First, some background. St Kitts and Nevis is a tropical two-island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Both of the mountainous islands were formed by…


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Teaching & Learning in the Circular Economy

  Since the industrial revolution there have been waves of technology and innovation.  We all remember the movie “The Graduate” and that technology wave told to Dustin Hoffman in one word: PLASTICS.  The next wave came along in the chemical/petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.  It also brought along the US Environmental Protection Agency, where, as many of you know, my career began.  Now, we all see the next wave coming with the Circular Economy. What does this mean?  The three…


Beer Industry Sustainable Water and a Chocolate, Cherry Stout

My readers know that I exercise, run, and practice yoga. There is nothing better than a good beer after all of this work. I recently had a Chocolate-Cherry Stout produced by the Firestone Walker Brewing Company from the central coast of California. The beer was great, and it also got me thinking about beer industry sustainable water efforts. Really, what can be better than a dark chocolate and cherry flavor combo? The result from Firestone Walker is a quintessential seasonal stout offering…


Palladium Recovery

Inventive Filtration Technologies for Palladium Recovery 

  Palladium image source Many times we encounter an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” mentality. Process engineers in particular run up against this constantly. Yet, when it comes to palladium recovery, we’ve seen some strong results from taking an inventive approach to the filtration technologies uses. Currently, in recovering palladium catalysts the slurries are clarified with the use of filter presses, manual plate or nutsche filters, bag filters, or cartridge filters.   All of these…


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Innovation Grown from Oranges

Photo credit: photoschafl via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND I have written over the years about sustainability; you may remember Ford & Jose Cuervo. Today, I'm writing about a new idea for sustainable innovation grown from the rinds and seeds of Sicily’s most famous citrus fruit — the orange. The orange, which Sicily harvests several hundred thousand tons each year, is being used in a wide range of greener and healthier business initiatives. The innovation is as impressive as the filtration…