Environmental Protection

Sustainability


Texas Ranks 10th on USGBC’s List of 2012 Top States for LEED

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top states for new LEED certifications in 2012. According to the results, Texas ranks No. 10.

Office Park in Atlanta Receives LEED Gold Certification

Shorenstein Properties LLC obtains LEED Gold certification for its office park in Atlanta, Ga.

A New Electronics Recycling Law in Pennsylvania

As of Jan. 24, consumers and businesses in Pennsylvania will no longer be allowed to throw away any electronic devices with their trash.

New Water Recycling Technology for Two Power Plants

With new water recycling technology powered by GE, two Texas power plants will be able to recycle more than 98 percent of wastewater and eliminate wastewater discharge to drought-ridden areas.

A New Partnership to Battle Environmental Concerns

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), a non-profit humanitarian organization, and MWH Global, a strategic consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector, launched a new partnership to improve the lives of people around the world.

Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells Available in Near Future

The NREL and Stanford are teaming up to develop peel-and-stick solar cells, which could become devices to charge battery operated products, such as cell phones, in the future.

Green Steam Project in Pennsylvania Completed

The completion of the new, clean rapid-response boilers and pipeline expansion will contribute to Philadelphia’s environmental and economic goals.

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U.S. Manufacturers Gain Edge over Foreign Competition with Quality and Sustainability Initiatives

Environmental sustainability is being increasingly linked to initiatives in “lean manufacturing”, an area in which U.S. manufacturers have excelled for years. The focus of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste—wasted materials, motion, time, effort, inventory, transportation expense, and other expenses involved in the manufacturing process.



Attend a Rain Garden Program for Free

On Jan. 14, there will be a program relating to bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, help at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

Ocean Harvest Technology Earns Entrepreneurial Award

Frost & Sullivan announced the Canadian company is its 2012 European Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.

Housing Authority Signs Energy Performance Contract with Ameresco

Ameresco has signed a second energy performance contract with the Fall River Housing Authority to upgrade their energy infrastructure.

As convenient as the newest gadgets are, we should not not forget that most of them contain harmful substances and should be properly recycled, refurbished, or reused. (Dynamic Recycling photo)

Proper E-Waste Disposal and Environmental Sustainability

Do your own, personal part in making proper decisions about recycling e-waste. Don't be afraid to call someone out or voice your opinion about how important our planet is and what it means to you.

Mini-Grants Available for Sustainability Projects

Communities in West Virginia that are interested in accomplishing their sustainability goals can apply for mini-grants that are being offered through the Sustainability Institute at Bridgemont Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Sustainable Comunitites (WVSC) program.

DEP to Reveal Interactive Exhibit at 2013 Farm Show

Pennsylvania’s DEP will be introducing a new “DEP at Home” exhibit at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg from Jan. 5 to 12.

Delivering trust to consumers and retailers is aided and simplified by third-party scientific validation and certification of product and lifecycle attributes. Third-party certification and validation will, therefore, become increasingly important.

Will Consumers & Transparency Drive the Janitorial/Sanitation Industry in 2013?

As the industry waits to see the impact of the FTC Green Guides, there is no question that the issue of managing and controlling information will continue to rise throughout 2013.

This screen shot comes from a Dow Chemical video explaining how Omega-9 Oils have helped eliminate more than a billion pounds of bad fats from the diet of people living in North America. Dow announced June 25, 2012, that Omega-9 Oils are its first Breakthrough to World Challenges, addressing a 2015 goal in the area of health.

Sustainability Driving Dow Chemical's Transformation

The business case for it is stronger than ever, said Dow's vice president of sustainability and EH&S, Neil C. Hawkins.

Recycling and Composting Grants Awarded to Puerto Rico Communities

The EPA has awarded nearly $50,000 to two Puerto Rico organizations, Leaders of the World and the Scuba Dogs Society, to educate low-income communities about effective waste management, recycling and the negative effects of improper waste disposal on people’s health and water quality.

Recycled Christmas Trees to Aid Coastal Marshes

"Together, we can save thousands of trees from being thrown out to waste and also provide critical support to help preserve our wetlands," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

Bricks Made from Paper Waste

Researchers from the University of Jaen (Spain) have created a new way to mix paper waste with a ceramic material in order to make bricks, resulting in a durable product that can act as a good insulator.

Entries Now Open for Second Annual Environmental March Madness Tournament

America’s second Annual Environmental March Madness Tournament is now open for entries and will evaluate environmental academic programs and sustainability practices used by colleges and universities across the nation.

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