Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

The buzz on BEES: New web app simplifies use of NIST’s economically green building products tool

A powerful scientific tool for selecting cost-effective and environmentally preferable building products is now available as a free, web-based application. Developed and maintained by the National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST), BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) Online is … Continue reading

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What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network. In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 plastic bath toys was lost at sea when it fell overboard on its way from Hong Kong to the United States. No one at the … Continue reading

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Sign Up Now for March Webinars

In March, there are some good webinars being offered by WSPPN (a P2Rx center) and EPA.  WSPPN will talk about planning communities for optimal connectivity to reduce the carbon footprint and feed-in tariffs.  U.S. EPA Regions 4 and 5 Present … Continue reading

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In Seattle, a neighborhood that models affordable urban sustainability

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. The High Point neighborhood, in Seattle, is walkable, green, dense, and best of all it’s affordable. But it wasn’t always that way. In 2000, this low-income neighborhood started its redevelopment with grants from the … Continue reading

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Ranking offers reminder: Responsibility isn’t just about environment

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. A new ranking of corporate responsibility activities among pretty darn big public companies is a great reminder that overall sustainability is about much more than just environmental sensitivity or just about your company’s position … Continue reading

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In clean energy R&D, a spark–but then what?

Read the full story at CNET. Although its short-term funding remains uncertain, the 2-year-old Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program has so far delivered on its mission to pursue high-risk, high-payoff research. But even at this week’s ARPA-E Summit, a … Continue reading

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Dayton signs on to big shift in environmental oversight

Read the full story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation Thursday that hands the responsibility for environmental assessments to the corporations pushing the projects, drawing sharp criticism from environmentalists and giving a solid victory to the state’s … Continue reading

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N-Viro develops mobile fuel-producing facility

Read the full story in Biomass Power and Thermal. N-Viro International Corp. is developing its first full-scale facility that will produce its patented N-Viro fuel from wastewater residuals. The mobile unit will begin operation in western Pennsylvania, but the company … Continue reading

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UBC receives $11.2 million for CHP project

Read the full story in Biomass Power and Thermal. Freshly armed with another round of federal and provincial government funding, the University of British Columbia’s combined-heat-and-power system is on track to be operational in 2012.

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EPA: Cleaning Up Our Land, Water and Air

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2011. http://scout.wisc.edu/ EPA: Cleaning Up Our Land, Water and Air [pdf] http://www.epa.gov/cleanup/ The Environmental Protection Agency has been cleaning up the nation’s land, water and air for four decades, and there’s still much … Continue reading

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