Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

Read the full story by Pro Publica.

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water.

In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.

EPA records show that portions of at least 100 drinking water aquifers have been written off because exemptions have allowed them to be used as dumping grounds.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Pollution, Water


Best of 2012: The Greening of American College Campuses

112 new case studies from National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program Show 2012’s Best Green Projects. Limit your search by academic year to view the most recent year’s case studies.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Case studies, Colleges and universities


Biochar Affects Macronutrient Leaching from a Soilless Substrate

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Biochar, a byproduct of pyrolysis, is being used as an alternative fertilizer amendment product in the agriculture industry. The use of biochar is justified by its ability to moderate soil acidity, improve soil microbiological properties and increase water retention, thus decreasing leaching of beneficial nutrients. However, very little is known about how these materials react with commonly used greenhouse container substrates. The objective of this research was to determine the effects of one form of biochar on nutrient retention and release in a typical commercial greenhouse container substrate.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Biochar, Publications


Report grades Great Lakes states’ water efficiency

Read the full post at Great Lakes Echo.

A report grading water efficiency gives the Great Lakes states some low marks.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Great Lakes, Publications, Water


Deadline Extended for Annual Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

The due date for applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program has been extended to January 4, 2013. The program recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening. A comprehensive approach incorporates environmental learning with improving environment and health impacts. Participating schools will be scored on their high achievement in the following three pillars:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs; and
  • Improve the health and wellness of students and staff; and
  • Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Schools demonstrating exemplary achievement in all three pillars will receive the highest rankings.

NOTE: Only state education agencies can nominate schools. Schools that wish to be nominated should contact their state education agency for state application deadlines and further information.

For more information, visit

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Awards & contests, K-12


Making Data Visible So You Can Act On It

Read the full story from the MIT Sloan Management Review.

At AT&T, John Schulz, a director of sustainability operations, first had to make the company’s energy and water use data visible before the company could establish a program to reduce those numbers.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Green business


2012 K-State Pollution Prevention Intern Presentations

The presentations from the Kansas State Pollution Prevention Institute’s 2012 intern program are now available on Vimeo.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Pollution prevention, Video


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