Category Archives: Environment

EPA: Greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2012

Read the full story at The Hill.

Greenhouse gas emissions fell in the United States by 3.4 percent in 2012 from the previous year, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The EPA’s annual report on greenhouse gases found a 10 percent drop since 2005.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Environment


NASA Releases 1,000 Apps To Public

Read the full story in Information Week.

NASA writes a lot of software, and that software performs a wide variety of functions. The nation’s space agency also makes much of that software available to other federal agencies, organizations, businesses, and the public through approximately 1,500 software usage agreements. Now NASA wants to make better use of its intellectual asset portfolio and is releasing a software catalogue with more than 1,000 applications that are available for free to the public.

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Environment


Inside SC Johnson’s strategy to clean up the environment

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

If you know one thing about SC Johnson, it’s that it’s a family company. The tagline that adorns adverts for Mr Muscle, Glade, Pledge, Toilet Duck and all the other products in the cleaning product giant’s portfolio would be easy to dismiss as another example of cutesy marketing fluff from an American multinational, but for the fact that SC Johnson is actually a family company. The Wisconsin-based firm is now onto its fifth generation Johnson chief executive in the form of Herbert Fisk Johnson III. And while it may boast operations in around 70 countries, it remains a privately-held company that still manufactures the floor wax that it started producing back in 1886.

According to Clint Filipowicz, senior director for manufacturing in Europe, Middle East and Africa, it is this heritage that informs a global sustainability strategy that is aiming to slash waste levels, increase the use of renewable power and deliver cuts in greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Private status gives the company the freedom to both “do what is right” and overcome the “constraint” of quarterly reporting by taking long term sustainability decisions, he argues. Or, as the fourth generation Johnson CEO, Sam Johnson, summarized in the company’s unofficial mission statement, “every place should be a better place because we are there.”

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Environment


This Eco-Village Is An Environmentalist’s Dream

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, who previously dreamed up this Dragonfly vertical farm to be placed in New York City as well as the idea of Chinese “farmscrapers,” has been deemed an eco-utopian architect, a description that seems perfectly apt in relation to his latest project: Flavours Orchard is a concept created for a private Chinese developer to build a high-tech eco-friendly city in China that centers on community gardening.

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Environment, Green lifestyle


FY 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

Proposals are due March 11, 2014. The full solicitation is available at

Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards are issued annually, subject to Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received. This Request for Proposals announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Offices (herein referred to as the Regions) anticipate having up to $147,000 per region or up to $1,029,000 in total award funding to issue SRA awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to reduce or eliminate pollution at the source.

Collectively, the Regions are interested in funding projects that support five strategic goals of EPA’s P2 program — 1) reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), 2) reduce hazardous substances, 3) increase resource conservation, 4) promote efficient business practices and 5) encourage P2 integration. Proposals will need to demonstrate P2/source reduction through surveys, studies, research, investigation, experimentation, education, training and/or innovative practices.

Proposals that principally support recycling, clean-up, treatment, disposal and/or energy recovery efforts (e.g., incinerating solid waste to generate electricity) will not be considered for funding. Eligible applicants include: the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.

Note, Regions 1, 7 and 9 representing the U.S. states and territories of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa and Guam will not participate in this announcement and will not accept proposals under this competition. Projects proposed in these Regions will not be reviewed. However, applicants working or residing in Regions 1, 7 or 9 are free to propose grant work in a participating Region. Proposals should be sent to the appropriate Region where work will take place.

Region 5′s priorities are for projects that promote:

  • Hazardous substance reduction through the use of environmentally sustainable tools, processes, practices and/or programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate new, innovative practices that promote measurable P2/source reduction efforts.
  • Geographically-based initiatives and sustainable manufacturing through the use of P2. These projects must make use of initiatives such as Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) partnerships or other local collaborations to provide technical assistance to the sector.
  • Promote tribal college/university-based technical assistance programs that assist tribal facilities in preventing pollution through the use of tools that promote environmentally-sustainable processes, practices and/or programs.
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Environment


Seeking Articles for P2Rx P2 Impact Column for 2014 – Respond by January 27

P2Rx has a successful monthly column called P2 Impact (currently Pathways) running in

We are looking for article contributors for the calendar year 2014.  If you have a unique article idea that promotes the virtues of source reduction to a general business audience, please forward to by January 27 to be considered for our 2014 lineup. The article ideas will be evaluated by the P2Rx review committee and accepted articles will be published this year.  Article and submission guidelines for the GreenBiz column appear below.

Here is the link to the articles published to date:

Guidelines & Instructions for Submitting Articles to P2Rx GreenBiz Column

P2Rx hosts a monthly P2 column for the GreenBiz newsletter and a landing page on their website. We are seeking authors to write articles according to our guidelines. Articles need to be exclusive to P2Rx and GreenBiz among green-focused websites, with the exception of summaries appearing on your own company or personal site.

What We Want: Current topics relevant to P2 and sustainability program managers and to the green business community. We will accept both shorter (400-600 word) and longer (800-1,200 word) pieces across a range of topics. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Stories of companies or initiatives
  • Insights into business process, operations, or technologies
  • Profiles or Q&A with business leaders or thought leaders
  • Case studies and best business practices with respect to P2
  • Advice and how-to pieces

What We Don’t Want: Technical or scientific debates; politics, except to the extent it directly affects business strategy; reviews of consumer products; rants; or repurposed press releases.

Article Content and Messaging

Articles need to be practical and P2 relevant. A good example is a case study where people can see how P2 programs were implemented. What are the barriers and what are challenges? Are there areas that require more work? Behavioral change is an important element. Article should revolve around a business interest and not necessarily a public agency need. Articles need to be timely, current and unique. Articles should be source reduction oriented and ideally focused on priority programs or projects that align with EPA’s strategic goals. Topics need to have transferability and relevance across sectors. For example, “how a company changed cleaning processes in order to reduce VOC use.”

Please include a quote, testimonial or case study in your article for better readership.

General Guidelines: Articles need to have a human interest element to better address the business focused audience. Do not use P2 jargon; rather use language that’s being used in the general environmental and business community. We want to keep on point about the merits of pollution prevention. Must be original content (not repurposed articles). Articles must address the general business community.

How to Submit an Article Proposal

Send article proposals to Include a brief paragraph of the planned article theme, length, focus, topics covered and possible arguments. Include a short biography of the author including P2 experience.

Article Acceptance Process

Article proposals will be judged by a review committee and you will be notified if your proposal is selected. Once accepted, you will be approved to write a professional article according to P2Rx guidelines and timelines. Generally, the article is due three (3) weeks prior to the publish date and accepted any-time after approved concept. Include author biography and digital photo with submission. Once article is finished, the P2Rx article review committee will give you suggestions for improvement if applicable. We may change the order of publishing of articles depending upon timeliness of submittal and content in the article. Any articles that do not meet the author guidelines and acceptable writing standards will be rejected.

What to Submit with your Article Copy

Please send all this information along with your final revised article:

  • A headline (please keep it to 65 characters, including spaces)
  • A short summary (no more than 120 characters, including spaces)
  • Headshot photo and bio: If you or the person you are submitting does not have an profile on GreenBiz, please submit a headshot photo (heads and shoulders only) with a short bio (one paragraph is fine, more if you wish)
  • Photos (landscape orientation only) with photo credit: If you do not have permission to use it, please don’t send it and suggest that it should be used with the blog. Photos are optional, but real-life (and good quality!) photos accompanying the posts are invaluable additions. If you want to earn extra credit, you can resize them to 550×413 pixels.

About GreenBiz

GreenBiz is B-to-B, focusing on the greening of business. Their goal is to help environmental leaders in mainstream companies to be more effective in their jobs by better understanding how they can help their companies by cutting costs, improving reputation, tapping new business opportunities, and generally creating value.

GreenBiz Target Audience: Senior leaders in large corporations. Some have “environment” or “sustainability” in their titles, but many don’t. They come from operations, HR, marketing, purchasing, facilities, real estate, fleets, finance, etc. Their firms are driven by hardcore business goals as much as by environmental ones, and they’re seeking to align the two.

For more information on GreenBiz or the P2Rx P2 Impact column, visit the site:

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Environment


SERDP and ESTCP Announce 2013 Projects of the Year

Congratulations to the six SERDP and ESTCP 2013 Projects of the Year, recognized for outstanding research and technology developments that will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD). These efforts are helping DoD enhance its mission capabilities, improve its environmental performance, and reduce costs.

Environmental Restoration, SERDP Project of the Year
Coupled Diffusion and Reaction Processes in Rock Matrices: Impact on Dilute Groundwater Plumes
Dr. Charles E. Schaefer, Jr., CB&I
Project Highlights

Munitions Response, SERDP Project of the Year
Acoustic Response of Underwater Munitions Near a Sediment Interface: Measurement-Model Comparisons and Classification Schemes
Dr. Steven G. Kargl, University of Washington
Project Highlights

Resource Conservation and Climate Change, SERDP Project of the Year
Development and Use of Genetic Methods for Assessing Aquatic Environmental Condition and Recruitment Dynamics of Native Stream Fishes on Pacific Islands
Dr. Michael J. Blum, Tulane University
Project Highlights

Weapons Systems and Platforms, SERDP Project of the Year
Nanostructured Copper Alloys as an Alternative to Copper-Beryllium
Dr. Jonathan L. McCrea and Dr. Brandon Bouwhuis, Integran Technologies Inc.
Project Highlights

ESTCP Project of the Year
Demonstration and Testing of ClimaStat® for Improved DX Air-Conditioning Efficiency
Dr. Michael West and Dr. Richard Combes, Advantek Consulting
Project Highlights

ESTCP Project of the Year
Compressor Airfoil Protective Coatings for Turbine Engine Fuel Efficiency
Mr. Gregory Kilchenstein, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Logistics and Materiel Readiness
Project Highlights

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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Environment


Environmental News Bits 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The most-read posts this year were:

  1. Neat reuse idea: Pallet sofa
  2. 12 eco-themed Halloween costumes
  3. Creative reuse of an old entertainment center
  4. ES&T Congratulates The 2011 Best Papers Winners
  5. 48C Phase II (Advanced Energy Manufacturing) Tax Credit Announced; Webinar Scheduled for February 12, 2013

Click here to see the complete report.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Environment


US conservatives don’t mistrust all science – just science that could lead to regulation

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb.

Contrary to popular belief, US conservatives do not trust science or scientists across the board less than liberals do. But they do show less trust in scientists who study the environmental and health impacts of new technologies. Scientists who help create new economic products are trusted slightly more by conservatives than by their left-leaning compatriots.

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Environment


Portland’s Testing a Greener Kind of P3

Read the full story in Governing.

Online crowdfunding has been around for a little while. But it’s a new approach for governments, especially for environmental projects. Since the recession, revenue has primarily supported essential services; there hasn’t been extra for new parks, energy-efficient retrofits or renewable energies. So states and localities have had to get creative.


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