Day: October 25, 2012

KUPEE Energy Initiative

The KUPEE Energy Initiative is a collection of resources from four universities in Kentucky who have been working in partnership with Earth Force for the past three years, educating undergraduate and graduate students about service-learning and also implementing the Earth Force Process within the community. The Earth Force Process is a six-step problem-solving process that young people use to identify and address issues of concern in their community.

This initiative highlights the successes and some of the challenges encountered as a university partner and can be applied to anyone currently or interested in doing service-learning. Many different resources are available, including syllabi, podcasts, lesson plans, instructional videos, and project stories.

BPA’s Real Threat May Be After It Has Metabolized

Read the full story from the University of California San Diego.

Bisphenol A or BPA is a synthetic chemical widely used in the making of plastic products ranging from bottles and food can linings to toys and water supply lines. When these plastics degrade, BPA is released into the environment and routinely ingested.

New research, however, from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests it is the metabolic changes that take place once BPA is broken down inside the body that pose the greater health threat.

Inherently Safer Technology Gaps Analysis Study

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This project consisted of an analysis of the current state of knowledge for improving safety regarding toxic industrial chemicals, including an examination of current and state-of-the-art techniques and technologies capable of increasing safety and security in production, transportation, storage, and use of hazardous chemicals. The primary goal was to improve national security through improved safety by providing a
foundation for a comprehensive evaluation of the current state of knowledge surrounding the source and production methods of the “Release – Toxic” chemicals in DHS CFATS Appendix A list of chemicals of interest. Additionally, this project assisted in the data gathering and development of the CSAC IST Metrics. This involved an in-depth effort to understand specific  chemical processes followed by a conceptual effort to redefine the Chemical Release Reduction Modifier that was included in the original Index.