Environmental Protection

Sustainability


EPA Revising USTs Regulation

"These changes will better protect people's health and benefit the environment in communities across the country by improving prevention and detection of underground storage tank releases," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

UK Court Fines Recycling Firm After Amputation

A worker was seriously injured when his arm became trapped in a conveyor belt he was maintaining.

EPA Honors Winners of 2015 Safer Choice Partner Awards

To qualify for the Safer Choice label (formerly named "Design for the Environment"), a product must meet EPA's Safer Choice Standard, which is based on human health and environmental criteria.

Construction Company Chosen for Sustainable Surf Park

After the initial fill, NLand Surf Park's lagoon will be 100 percent sustainable with rainwater, even in drought conditions, according to the companies involved.

Louisiana Utility Launches Refrigerator Recycling Program

Cleco Corp. will pay customers $50 to have outdated, working refrigerators and freezers picked up at their homes and hauled away to be recycled.

Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Receives First National ZERH Certification for Multifamily Rental Property

Mutual Housing California just received certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of the first multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home for a rental development in the nation.

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

Always-On Devices Waste Billions of Electricity Each Year

Approximately $19 billion worth of electricity, equal to the output of 50 large power plants, is devoured annually by U.S. household electronics, appliances, and other equipment when consumers are not actively using them.



New Pig Launches Grant Program

"With our customers' environmental expertise, plus funding, PIG products, and leadership, we believe this program can make measurable improvements in communities around the country," said Doug LaPlante, New Pig's vice president, Strategy.

Earth Day Turns 45, but Local Groups Say We

Earth Day Turns 45, but Local Groups Say We've Got a Ways to Go

In the 21st century, the big challenge facing the world is climate change.

NYC SAFE Disposal Events Expanded, Starting This Weekend

This is one of the world's largest programs for recycling harmful household products. The New York City Department of Sanitation administers the program.

For a Repentant Company, a Novel Punishment Is Considered

The state energy and environmental agency often splits civil enforcement actions -- part fine, part remediation project of a significant value. But for a financial crime in federal court, this, all agreed, was a novel concept.

South Sacramento Communities Re-open After Major Green Rehab

Three Mutual Housing California communities recently re-opened after a $6.3 million rehab that emphasized water and energy efficiency.

Kutai to Become Model Smart City in Indonesia

The Kutai Kartanegara district in Indonesia will be the first smart city model in Indonesia.

Many materials past their original useful life can be repurposed, keeping them out of landfills. (repurposedMATERIALS photo)

Diving Into Repurposed Materials

The thing about repurposed materials being used in place of new products and machines is that they are much cheaper but no less effective.

White Paper Examines Future of Efficiency Kit Programs

"Utility companies will do whatever it takes, including distribution of efficiency kits and educational tools to help lower energy and water use. These programs help utilities save money on infrastructure and meet government regulations, as well as provide cost saving benefits to consumers," said Todd Recknagel, CEO of AM Conservation Group.

After an analysis by Juniper Research, 5 cities have been named as the top Global Smart Cities, with Barcelona leading the group.

The Top 5 Global Smart Cities of 2015

After an analysis by Juniper Research, 5 cities have been named as the top Global Smart Cities, with Barcelona leading the group.

Industry Group Calls for Action to Prevent Plastic Marine Pollution

William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, said ocean litter "is a global problem that threatens our health, our marine wildlife, and the livelihoods of millions who depend on a healthy ocean."

Illinois leads among all states for the second consecutive year; newcomers Georgia and Arizona show momentum with LEED in the South and Southwest.

Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita Released by USGBC

Illinois leads among all states for the second consecutive year; newcomers Georgia and Arizona show momentum with LEED in the South and Southwest.

The proposed budget for 2016 reflects robust Administration support for science-based decision-making in managing natural resources.

President’s 2016 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for the USGS

The proposed budget for 2016 reflects robust Administration support for science-based decision-making in managing natural resources.

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