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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2014.  This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.  PRE-PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013.

Detailed instructions for DoD, Non-DoD Federal, and BAA proposers are available on the ESTCP website: http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/ESTCP-Solicitations.

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Environmental Restoration — Technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response — Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation — Tools, technologies, and methodologies that advance DoD’s management of its natural and cultural resources.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Technologies to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of wastes and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals (CFP) are seeking pre-proposals for environmental technologies in the following topic areas only:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • In Situ Management of Contaminated Sediments
  • Wastewater Treatment at DoD Facilities
  • Military Munitions Detection, Classification, and Remediation
  • Regionally Based Airfield Natural Resources Management Technologies/ Methodologies to Reduce Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazard (BASH) Threats

WEBINAR – JANUARY 29:   ESTCP Director Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee will conduct an online seminar ESTCP Funding Opportunities for Environmental Technologies on January 29, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This “How to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/s4f72ca5w4xw.

If you have any difficulties registering, please contact Jonathan Bunger at jbunger@hgl.com or 571-372-6384.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Department of Defense, Funding

 

Recycled tailpipe heat may power car electronics

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

It may soon be possible to use wasted heat from your vehicle’s tailpipe to power electronics in your car, thanks to a new thermoelectric material developed by researchers in Michigan.

That’s just one of many potential uses of the new material, which is based on tetrahedrites, natural minerals found in abundance.

 

Using RSS Feeds to Stay Current

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way for content publishers to make news, blogs, and other content available to subscribers. For a more detailed explanation of RSS and how it works, check out RSS Made Simple from Common Craft.

You can discover new RSS feeds in several ways. On Web sites that offer this feature, you might see the Button image, RSS button or, XML button. In most common Web browsers, when you click these buttons, you can subscribe to the associated feed. You can also enter a feed’s web address (URL) directly into your reader’s Subscribe area. Most literature databases allow you to subscribe to topical or table of contents alerts via RSS.

RSS feeds can be read using software called a feed reader, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. Google Reader is a good web-based reader with excellent Help files. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds using Outlook.

If you’d rather receive updates via e-mail, BlogTrottr is a free service that allows you to have RSS feeds sent as e-mail.

For more information, see also the University of Illinois Library’s excellent Current Awareness LibGuide for assistance with using RSS feeds to keep you up to date. See also the News & Current Awareness section of the Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance LibGuide for a list of useful RSS feeds for pollution prevention professionals.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Information tools

 

How Walmart associates put the ‘U’ and ‘I’ into sustainability

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Walmart has taken seriously the task of making the global supply chain more sustainable, but also helping its own associates make sustainability-conscious choices in their lives. The tale of Walmart’s personal sustainability initiative for employees began in 2007, when an associate pilot program boasted impressive results. Within the first few years, the company saw 20,000 U.S. associates kick their smoking habits; recycle three million pounds of plastic; and, as a group, shed a collective 184,000 pounds from their bodies.

Walmart (full disclosure: a client of my firm, Weinreb Group) quickly figured out it was onto something big. With 1.4 million U.S. employees and 2.2 million globally, Walmart associates’ collective action has the potential to be a real game changer in positive behavioral change for themselves, their families, as well as the 200 million customers they serve each week.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Green business

 

JSTOR Journal Archives Now Free to Public

Via ResourceShelf.

From Library Journal:

The archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited free reading by the public, JSTOR announced today. Anyone can sign up for a JSTOR account and read up to three articles for free every two weeks.

This is a major expansion of the Register & Read program, following a 10-month test, during which more than 150,000 people registered for access to an initial set of 76 journals. The new additions bring more than 4.5 million articles from nearly 800 scholarly societies, university presses, and academic publishers into the Register & Read offerings.

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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Scientific publishing

 

Study Finds Flame Retardant Pollutants at Far-Flung Locations

Read the full story from Indiana University.

Chemicals used as flame retardants are present as environmental pollutants at locations around the globe, including remote sites in Indonesia, Nepal and Tasmania, according to a study by researchers from Indiana University.

Full citation for research article: Amina Salamova and Ronald A. Hites (2013). “Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants in Tree Bark from Around the Globe.” Environmental Science & Technology 47 (1), 349-354. DOI: 10.1021/es303393z.

Abstract: Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants were measured in about 40 samples of tree bark from 12 locations around the globe. The analytes were polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), Dechlorane Plus (DP), decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), hexabromobenzene (HBB), pentabromoethylbenzene (PBEB), pentabromobenzene (PBBz), and tetrabromo-p-xylene (pTBX). The highest concentrations of these compounds were detected at an urban site in Downsview, Ontario, Canada. Total PBDE and DP concentrations ranged from 2.1 to 190 ng/g lipid weight and from 0.89 to 48 ng/g lipid weight, respectively. Relatively high levels of DP (46 ± 4 ng/g lipid weight) were found at a remote site at Bukit Kototabang in Indonesia. The concentrations of total PBDE, DP, PBEB, and HBCD in the tree bark samples were significantly associated with human population in the nearby areas (r2 = 0.21–0.56; P < 0.05). In addition, the concentrations of total PBDE and DP were significantly associated (r2 = 0.40–0.64; P < 0.05). with the corresponding atmospheric concentrations of these compounds over a concentration range of 2–3 orders of magnitude.

 

 

Engineering Alternative Fuel with Cyanobacteria

Read the full story from Sandia National Laboratories.

Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels. Micro-algal fuels might be one way to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign energy. Such fuels would be renewable since they are powered by sunlight. They also could reduce carbon dioxide emissions since they use photosynthesis, and they could create jobs in a new industry.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Biofuels

 

5 thriving, sustainable communities

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Ecovillages are communities of people drawn together by the common goal of living more sustainably. Their commitment and practices vary from ecovillage to ecovillage but all share the bond of not being satisfied with the status quo. Ecovillagers seek to live in harmony with the environment and develop their land with an eye on protecting vital natural systems and on fostering good relations with neighbors, both of the human and animal variety. They farm and garden, pool their buying power to save money, and may share other community resources like cars and tools. Does every house on the block really need to have its own lawn mower?
The modern-day ecovillage has its roots in the communes that first popped up in the ’60s and ’70s. As the environmental movement was born and matured, more eco-centered communities started forming. In 1991, sustainability experts Robert and Diane Gilman wrote “Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities,” a study on ecovillages undertaken on behalf of Gaia Trust that helped lead to the formation, four years later, of the first ecovillage conference that took place in Findhorn, Scotland. That event led to the founding of the Global Ecovillage Network and to countless ecovillages all around the world.
We scoured the web in search of five American ecovillages that have taken root and thrived. Whether you’re reading because you’re just curious about ecovillages or are looking for a new place to call your eco-home, these five make for a good read.
 
 
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