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LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced a $32,440.00 pollution prevention loan awarded to North Bridge Chiropractic, P.C. to fund the purchase and installation of a new digital x-ray system, thereby eliminating wastes from their former conventional x-ray system.
Local governments are increasingly adopting sustainability-based initiatives, but many of them limit their efforts to those within their direct control such as bike paths, greening public buildings, recycling programs, LED street lights, etc. The vast majority do not proactively engage local businesses in their sustainability efforts.
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium, in partnership with organizations such as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, will showcase a new system that aims to recycle stadium food waste into valuable renewable energy and fertilizer sources. This effort will annually divert 35 tons of food waste from landfills to facilities producing sustainable, natural resources for Cleveland residents.
TRENTON, N.J. -- The Christie Administration has taken decisive action to force the removal of an illegal mountain of construction and demolition debris in Newark that has accumulated next to the New Jersey Turnpike, announced Bob Martin, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner. The DEP issued two enforcement orders, known as Administrative Orders and Notices of Civil Penalty Assessments, totaling $2.9 million in penalties against Theodore Fiore and his companies, T. Fiore Recycling and T. Fiore Demolition Co.
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Chicago Department of Aviation, in partnership with Clear Channel Airports, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., has unveiled the new Green Education Kiosk at O’Hare International Airport. Constructed using sustainable materials and incorporating a biophilic design, or nature-inspired architecture, the Fly Green Chicago exhibit is a one of a kind eco-friendly centralized hub for displaying the CDA’s industry-leading environmentally green airport initiatives.
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey’s municipalities and counties will receive more than $18.6 million in state recycling grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced. The funds, based on 2011 recycling data, include $13.1 million in recycling tonnage grants for cities and towns and $5.5 million allocated to counties. The grants are being awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demonstrated at an event in San Francisco, Calif., the results of a $74,500 grant awarded to the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance to develop and identify less-toxic graffiti removal products, graffiti resistant paints, graffiti covering paints, and abrasive removal methods using alternative blasting media such as dry ice and recycled glass.
DOVER, Del. -- To help Delaware’s businesses and institutions comply with their Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for the Universal Recycling Law, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with $1.5 million available for disbursing to help the commercial sector succeed in recycling. DNREC is encouraging not just businesses, but also non-profit organizations and schools to apply for recycling grant funding.
Water resources are taken for granted in many parts of the United States, but the drought of 2012 and increasingly unpredictable rainfall in many parts of the country since then are making communities rethink their water use and resources, whether they have too little or too much.
Lisette Provencher, senior vice president of Operations Support for United Water reflects on initiatives to meet sustainable development commitments and enhance the sustainability of a national water utility and environmental service operator.
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the citywide blue cart recycling program is in the final week of cart delivery, completing the citywide recycling expansion to more than 600,000 Chicago households and following through on a key 2013 budget initiative.
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., announced the release of a new smart solution for water. The new Intelis residential ultrasonic water device features the latest in measurement technology and high-performing embedded communications and sensors to help water utilities better measure, manage and analyze water use.
DOVER, Del. -- This year’s DNREC-sponsored 27th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup held on Sept. 21 drew 1,900 volunteers, who collected 4 tons of trash from nearly 50 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island. Nearly half of that trash, aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles, was recycled this year.
One of the most complex issues facing the purchaser of electronics is what lies at the other end of the product's life cycle – what the Green Electronics Council calls "end-of-life issues."
Computers have transformed our lives at home and in our workplaces, but they've also introduced a dizzying array of difficult decisions. From the non-recycled plastic of a copier to the mercury in a battery, tradeoffs come with each electronic device. How do you make good choices? How do you reward manufacturers who support your values, and avoid those that don't?
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kyocera Solar, Inc., announced that 25 kW of Kyocera photovoltaic modules now help power Chicago’s Midway Airport’s new environmentally friendly consolidated rental car facility. Installed by Green Power Solutions, the PV system is on the roof of the Quick-Turn Around facility, where hundreds of rental cars are washed and refueled daily.
Making a personal commitment to sustainability is simple, but there's only so much that even the most dedicated hybrid-driving recycler can accomplish alone. And trying to get a workplace or a community behind sustainability efforts can feel like an uphill battle.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $66 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After operating for more than a hundred years, the Langdale and Riverdale textile mills were a central part of Valley, Ala.,’s heritage and economy. With the help of a Brownfields grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Valley is working to make the former mills part of life in Valley once again.
Deconstruction is the dismantling of a structure with reuse and recycling as a primary goal. The practice is a responsible, cost-effective and “green” alternative to demolition. It was the featured topic of a recent webinar titled “Maximizing Reuse and Recycling Through Deconstruction” that accompanied the launch of a statewide initiative to promote the emerging industry.
What do hair nets, stained glass and cookie dough have in common?
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has partnered with the city of Hampton to convert shipyard trash into steam power. As part of the new Single Stream Recycling Program, the shipyard's solid waste is incinerated at Hampton's steam plant facility and converted to steam through a process known as "waste-to-energy." The energy is then used to power NASA Langley Research Center facilities.
As population and consumption trends continue to squeeze the nation's available landfill space, one public works professional sees a possible solution: Why not try "cap and trade" for solid waste?
NEW CASTLE, Del. -- With the recent grand opening of ReCommunity’s 35th Materials Recovery Facility, the largest pure-play recycling company in the United States launched into a 20-year agreement with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to operate a state-of-the-art automated recycling facility that will serve Delaware statewide.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Bill Finch announced that the city of Bridgeport, Conn., increased its recycling participation rate by 67 percent as compared to the previous two-year period. The increase follows the City's switch to single-stream recycling and the expansion of the Recyclebank rewards program citywide. Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions, like recycling, with discounts and deals from locally-based businesses and national brands. Bridgeport has dramatically increased its recycling participation rate since it launched the enhanced recycling program in September 2011.