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The Case for Solvent Recycling (With Video)

Recycling, and to a greater extent tolling, decouples used solvent generators from the high cost and volatility of virgin solvent prices.

Keerthi Venkataramanan

Bacteria Eats Glycerol and Makes New Products

A University of Alabama graduate student is using Clostidium pasteurianum bacteria to break down a biodiesel waste product and find uses for its byproducts: butanol, propanediol, and ethanol.

Recycling managers should lend a hand to streamline office printing systems.

Case Study: Greening the Print Infrastructure for a Large, Regional Bank

BMI+ImageNet helped the bank adopt a reduce, reuse, and recycle attitude in its print environment.

Most Americans Don't Use, Recycle, or Want the White Pages

New survey findings are released; WhitePages and its Ban The Phone Book initiative announces $10,000 research grant to examine the environmental and economic impact of printing, distributing and disposing of the phone book.

Southwestern Virginia College Gets Grant for Solar-Powered Coffee Shop

The non-profit business will involve 100 percent organically grown and recyclable products, local suppliers, Energy Star appliances, and both solar hot-water heating and solar photovoltaic technologies.

Phoenix to Cut Traffic Signal Light Energy Use by 90 Percent

The City of Phoenix Public Works and Street Transportation departments have signed an agreement with Ameresco to provide lighting retrofit services, materials, and equipment for the installation of traffic signal LED lamps.

Penn. Collected Record 5.5M Tons of Recyclables in 2008

Pennsylvania communities collected a record 5.48 million tons of recyclable materials in 2008, according to Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

Chevy Volt Components Created from Gulf of Mexico OilSoaked Booms

Oil-soaked plastic boom material used to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is finding new life in auto parts for the Chevrolet Volt.



University Constructing 2.8-Megawatt Fuel Cell that Runs on Waste Methane

Construction of a fuel cell with enough capacity to power 2,800 homes has begun on the University of California’s San Diego campus as part of a renewable-energy project to turn waste methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant directly into electricity without combustion.

Tips for Greening Your Holidays, From Presents to Parties

Amid the holly and jolly, don't forget to be nice and not naughty when it comes to recycling during the holiday season.

Small-Scale Generator Runs on Used Motor Oil – With Low Emissions

Preliminary emissions testing of a small-scale waste-oil power generator have found that the system generates low emissions.

Arizona Cement Plant Earns Perfect Energy Efficiency Score for Third Year in a Row

The Salt River Materials Group’s Phoenix Cement Company Plant in Clarkdale, Ariz., achieved a perfect efficiency record for the third straight year.

Reusable Grocery Bag Companies Confirm Their Products Meet Federal Requirements

Amid concerns of dangerously elevated lead levels in the reusable grocery bags many earth-conscious consumers have been using for several years, the Earthwise Bag Company Inc. and the Green Bag Company Inc. announced that regular, independent testing has confirmed their reusable grocery bags have consistently met federal standards.

Monitoring Program Chops Dining Hall Food Waste by One-Third

A Sodexo pilot program at eight college campuses has cut kitchen waste by about one-third by tracking and monitoring food waste, lowering both costs and unnecessary methane emissions from decomposing food.

Unilever Intends to Make Consumption Sustainable

The global firm will seek to grow its business in developing countries while minimizing its environmental footprint.

EREF Issues RFP for Sustainable Solid Waste Management Research

Applicants have until Jan. 8, 2011 to submit their proposals.

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15 Profiles Show How Material Reuse Can Change Construction

The “Design for Reuse Primer,” a free e-book, looks at the untapped potential of material reuse through the perspectives of the architects, contractors, and clients committed to its use.

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A Re-think on Fly Ash Ponds in India

Bioremediation of ash ponds has the potential to reclaim the contaminated environment and return it to a more natural condition.

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Getting the Elephant Out of the Mud

Sustainability initiatives require a clear, steadfast plan.

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