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Turtles vs. turbines

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

The Ontario Divisional Court has ruled in favor of a wind turbine project that put groups with environmental interests at odds with each other.

On one side is an alternative energy project. On the other is protection of a threatened turtle species and fragile soil.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Environmental law, Wildlife, Wind

 

Chemical Engineers Push for Climate Change Policy

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has signed the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a global call to arms from businesses and organizations that demand a proactive policy response to climate change.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Climate change, Green business

 

Fieldprint Calculator Updated

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

Field to Market updated its Fieldprint Calculator to include a metric to measure water quality.

The new metric from the non-profit relies on a tool from the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS Water Quality Index for Agricultural runoff, or WQIag, enables farmers to input variables about their field, such as slope, soil characteristics, nutrient and pest management, and conservation practices to calculate impact on water quality.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Agriculture, Web resources

 

U.S. Green Building Council Launches Real-Time Green Building Data Resource for U.S. States

Read the full press release.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.

Also available from USGBC is the Green Building Information Gateway, which provides green building case studies, certifications, awards and disclosures.

 

Sustainability Trends Drive Change in the Housing Industry

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

As home builders grapple with the demands placed on them to develop more sustainable housing, they will increasingly look to their suppliers to help them meet this challenge. Companies serving the housing industry will have many opportunities to help accelerate sustainability. If the housing sector is to become energy and carbon neutral with full recyclability of raw materials, then we need to produce insulation, wood protection, heat reflective materials and other solutions to do this.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Green building

 

The Pyroformer: Reforming Low Value Biowaste Treatment

Read the full story at Waste Management World.

Pyrolysis is a process that breaks carbon based materials down by heating them in an oxygen deprived environment. In its simplest form it has been used for thousands of years to produce charcoal.

In more modern iterations pyrolysis can be used to process a variety of abundant biowastes, producing not only solid output, or biochar, but a variety of useful liquid and gaseous products. But as a technology it hasn’t really taken off in a big way. That’s something that the Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) is hoping to change with the development of its new Pyroformer™.

While currently still in development at the EBRI’s new £16.5 million facility, the technology offers the potential to integrate into existing technologies such as Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and gasification to improve efficiency and operating economics. The facility itself has been jointly funded by the University and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and features six research suites, laboratories and technology demonstration facilities.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Biochar

 

2014 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards nominations open for innovative projects

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has opened nominations for the sixth annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards.

The Governor’s Awards recognize advances that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into design, manufacturing, or use of chemicals and materials. The awards honor innovative efforts to design, implement, and promote safer and more sustainable chemicals, processes, and products.

Awards are open to individuals, groups, and organizations, both non-profit and for profit. Entries must be sent no later than July 18, 2014. The awards will be presented at the 2014 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, which will take place this fall at Michigan State University.

The program was established by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable to celebrate innovation in Michigan, with fifteen winners having been presented with an award in the first five years of the program.

To find a copy of the nomination packet, examples of past award winners’ projects, or more information on the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, visit the DEQ Web site at www.michigan.gov/greenchemistry. You may also contact Mr. Chris Affeldt, 517-284-6851, affeldtc@michigan.gov.

 
 
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