Environmental Protection


Pace of Amazon Deforestation Reaches Lowest Rate Ever Recorded

Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon declined 14 percent from August 2009 to July 2010, reaching the lowest rates ever recorded for the second consecutive year.

Desertscape in New Mexico

Part 4: Prefurbia, Landscaping, and Pad Shaping

This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series on some of today's problems in land development and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help overcome them.

United Water Developing Plan for Haverstraw, N.Y.

Pilot plant will help identify best ways to purify Hudson River water.

Water Stewardship Group to Base Initiative in Milwaukee

The effort is expected to create a LEED-style program for water conservation.

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California and Massachusetts Lead Energy Efficiency, ACEEE Says

In its annual scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated the states and found Mississippi and North Dakota needed the most improvement while Texas and New Hampshire lost the most ground over last year.

Technical Document Targets Utilities' Energy Management Efforts

The document includes cost information developed from literature sources, manufacturers, and operating facilities.

WaterSense Honors Four Partners for Water-Saving Efforts

Cascade Water Alliance, Moen Inc., Lowe's and Judy Benson received awards at a banquet last week.

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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.

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.

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