Environmental Protection

Sustainability


London’s Getting Energy from Discarded Cooking Oil

Fat and oil used for cooking are often poured into sinks and cause buildup in drains and ultimately end up in sewer systems. This waste, called fatbergs in England, will be reused as energy at a fat-fueled power station in east London.

Cascades Unveils Unbleached, 100 Percent Recycled Beige Facial Tissue

Cascades Moka facial tissue marks an extension to company’s growing line of sustainable, single-use paper products that eliminates chemical whitening and reduces 25 percent of its environmental impact.

Participate in the Kansas City Chiefs Recycling Drive

In an effort to help launch their new sustainability program, the Kansas City Chiefs partnered with the EPA to hold a community-wide recycling drive at Arrowhead Stadium on April 20.

Recycling Tires May Produce Synthetic Fuels and More

In a new European project, researchers are investigating how tires can be recycled and turned into synthetic fuels and other useful materials.

Water Report Helps Utilities Conserve Energy, Decrease Emissions

The latest report from the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) measures energy use and greenhouse gas emissions produced by water utilities.

N.S. Industrial & Design makes the Revolution 360™ waste and recycling receptacles.

Vermont Schools Agency Selects Ergonomic Receptacles

N.S. Industrial & Design's Revolution 360™ series receptacles eliminate bag liner overlap, according to the company.

MWH Global Will Acquire Outback Ecology

By combining the Australia-based Outback Ecology with MWH Global, the companies will be able to provide more opportunities to serve mining industry clients across the full lifecycle of energy and natural resources engineering projects.

Registration Open for Adopt-A-Highway in West Virginia

The West Virginia DEP is accepting applications from now until April 12 for the Saturday, April 27 Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup.



More Than 930 Million Pounds of Rigid Plastics Recycled Each Year

In 2011, 934 million pounds of rigid plastics, which does not include plastic bottles, was recycled. That number is expected to be higher for 2012, especially since local access to recycling centers increased from 40 percent to 57 percent between the last two years.

It’s Annual Fix a Leak Week

March 18-24 is annual Fix a Leak Week, and the EPA is encouraging Americans to replace leaky plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems as a way to help households save more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water per year. According to the EPA, one in 10 homes has some sort of water leak that results in 90 wasted gallons of water each day.

Aiming to Develop Environmentally Friendly Electronic Devices

Researchers at the UPNA (Public University of Navarre) are leading the ENEIDA project, which is trying to tackle the technological changes needed to create more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly electronic devices.

U.S. Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

A list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012 has been released by the EPA. Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. ranked in the top five.

Energy Efficiency and Pollution Prevention Grants for Small Businesses

The DEP in Pennsylvania has given 36 small businesses across the state a total of $290,010 in grants for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects.

Serving Sustainability – a Company and its Cloud

While many companies tout their efforts to operate more sustainably, or lessen their environmental impact, few can measure how they are helping other businesses do the same. Salesforce.com is ready to do both, as documented in its first sustainability report.

Arizona State University Honored by EPA

In a ceremony on campus yesterday, Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network was recognized by the EPA’s Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Green Government Award was presented to Anne Reichman, program manager for the Sustainable Cities Network at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Cascades’ Lachute Plant Receives LEED Certification

Cascades has expanded its Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Quebec and has received the LEED Gold certification. The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain the certification in Canada.

New Tool for Environmental Compliance in Construction

A team of graduate students from Concordia University have developed a new tool that rates the level of compliance between environmental impact and the urban planning goals of development projects, which will also help increase the potential for long-term sustainability.

10 Million Wireless Device Trade-Ins and Counting

eRecyclingCorps reached the milestone last month, less than five years after the organization was founded.

New Harmony Going for Bigger Green Rating

Staff at Mutual Housing California is expecting its most recent development in Davis, Calif., to get a high rating when its Build It Green (BIG) certification from the Oakland-based nonprofit comes through.

Sustainable Materials Management Workshop Held in Austin

The EPA, the City of Austin, and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling are hosting a workshop, Sustainable Materials Management: Bringing Everyone and Everything Together, on Feb. 25 and 26.

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