Environmental Protection


ICMA Survey: Local Governments Slow to Walk the Sustainability Walk

The International City/County Management Association found that while local governments recognized the need to create sustainability, they generally have not been able to act on that knowledge.

Cleveland Chooses EnergyCAP for Climate Protection Pact

The city of Cleveland's mayor is one of more than 1,000 mayors who have signed an agreement to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 7 percent by 2012.

SEPTA to Deploy Smart Electrical Grid Technology Project

Viridity Energy will deploy its software optimization system to allow SEPTA to recycle the energy created from the regenerative braking ability of trains and trolleys at a high use propulsion substation in Philadelphia, which will in turn improve power quality, produce energy savings and generate revenues.

West Basin Grants Will Help Local Businesses Install HETs

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded nearly $300,000 to the California district to help conserve water by using high efficiency toilets.

Researchers Learn More about How Plants Deal with Water Stress

University of Wisconsin professor says these small steps in understanding plant dehydration effects may eventually help in the development of crops that can withstand this type of stress.

Kansas Home to 1,387 Bodies of ‘Impaired’ Water: EPA

"The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s extensive monitoring system helps locate waters in need of our attention. We now must take action to clean them up,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks.

AWWA Plans Public Outreach for Conservation Webcast

Details on how to register for the Aug. 25 webcast are available on the American Water Works Association website.

SAWS Earns Permits for One of Its Largest Water Supplies

The project will bring Carrizo Aquifer Supply to San Antonio, enough water for 40,000 households per year.

New Water Impact Index Adds Consumption, Resource Stress Factors

Veolia Water North America has tested this tool in Milwaukee, which will use the information to lower its water impact and carbon footprint as well.

NWF, Sierra Club Offer Ways for Texas to Lower Outdoor Water Use

Better irrigation, drought-tolerant grasses, and rainwater harvesting are a few of the suggestions from the "Sprayed Away" report.

NYC Building Projects Affected by New Energy Code

The Department of Buildings has launched the New York City Energy Conservation Code, part of the city’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Lighting, power, and HVAC in new projects or renovations must comply.

WRI, Big Room Vet Ecolabel Claims

The World Resources Institute and Big Room Inc. compare different ecolabel standards to help companies and consumers make better choices to reduce their environmental impacts.

Canadian Forest Industry, Groups Forge Agreement

Industry agrees to halt new logging and develop conservation plans while environmental organizations will suspend "Do Not Buy" campaigns.

USDA to Fund Wetlands Conservation in 22 States, Puerto Rico

The Natural Resources Conservation Service program expects 75,000 more acres expected to be enrolled in Wetlands Reserve Program.

Donated Water Revives Unique Murray-Darling Wetland

Australians donated money to the Australian Conservation Foundation for water to replenish the Hattah Lakes wetlands in northern Victoria.

Jacksonville, Fla., Selected as One of Nine Environmental Justice Communities

Over the next two years, EPA will provide $100,000 to help the city develop projects in Health Zone 1.

Workplace Waste Reduction Efforts Work

Companies take grassroots measures until ROI emerges, Consortium says.

North Shore-Long Island Hospitals to Improve Sustainability

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has agreed to join EPA programs that will help lower energy and water usage, waste, and air pollution at 12 areas hospitals.

AWE Slates Workshop on Conservation Tracking Tool

The Alliance for Water Efficiency's executive director, Mary Ann Dickinson, will speak about the tracking tool, which is free to members.

ELI Recognizes 6 Wetlands Award Winners

The Environmental Law Institute honors five individuals and one family for their efforts to wetlands conservation.

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