Daily Archives: October 15, 2013

Increase Water Efficiency by Tracking Water Usage

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

In many areas of the United States, water is not only in short supply, but becoming a chronic problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 36 states have experienced or can anticipate some type of local, regional, or even statewide water shortage this year and into at least the first half of next year. Water issues and shortages are already having a significant impact on both consumers and commercial facilities such as office buildings.

First and foremost, water is getting more and more expensive. In Chicago and neighboring communities that depend on the city for their water supply, a 25 percent rate increase took effect January 1, 2012. The rate went up again in 2013 by 15 percent, and will increase again in 2014. That’s a 55 percent rate increase over a three-year period. Even though American municipalities have traditionally underpriced water, a 55 percent rate increase in such a short amount of time is an indication that a serious problem exists—with no resolution in sight.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Green business, Water


New York State Pollution Prevention Institute Announces Greenovate NYS Student Competition

Read the full story from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

A third annual student competition sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will provide students across the state the opportunity to green their campuses or help to green their local communities.

As part of its Research and Development Program, NYSP2I is challenging teams of full-time students enrolled at any institute of higher education in New York state to identify a specific activity at their university or in their community with a large environmental footprint and define a solution for reducing it. Teams will compete in “Greenovate NYS” by undergraduate or graduate level.


Cornell Researchers Working to Solve Switchgrass ‘Laughing Gas’ Problem

Read the full story from Cornell University.

In the rapidly evolving science of biofuel energy, laughing gas is no joke.

Right now, a project led by Brian K. Richards, a Cornell researcher in biological and environmental engineering, is examining the long-term sustainability impacts of growing perennial grasses on marginal lands. One challenge that work is taking head-on: how to control one byproduct of growing switchgrass on marginal land – nitrous oxide, an ozone depleting gas.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Biofuels, Climate change


Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors

Read the full story from Baylor University.

Paying extra bucks to “go green” in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study.

The finding is significant because some segments of the older-consumer population control a considerable share of the discretionary income in the United States, and the population size of the “mature market” is growing rapidly, researchers said.

The study is published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Green lifestyle


Meet the world’s first natural capital management system

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Today, a company called Climate Earth is unveiling software that lets companies assess their natural capital impacts at a pretty granular level. It represents a major step forward in enabling companies to measure and manage the impacts of their operations and supply chains.

The Natural Capital Management System is a cloud-based software system that allows a company to map its organizational structure and accounting systems to a database of natural capital costs — that is, the financial value of a company’s depletion of nonrenewable resources, and its emissions into the air, water and soil.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Green business, Measurement


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