Day: June 24, 2013

Former National Guard Armory becomes $4 million biomass project

Read the full story in Biomass Magazine.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Maine School Administrative District No. 27 broke ground on a $4 million biomass heating project on the site of the former Fort Kent Armory.

Largely funded by the USDA, the project will feature two, multifuel boilers and consume 1,000 tons of wood pellets per year.  Terence Kelly, director of university relations, said the dual boiler system will provide the campus with greater heating flexibility. He explained each boiler will provide 50 percent of the needed heat, but is also capable of taking over if the other unit goes offline. Kelly added the next stage of the project is to select a boiler manufacturer for the facility.

EPA Announces Application Period for 2014 Climate Leadership Awards: June 24-September 13, 2013

State and local entities are invited to apply for the third annual Climate Leadership Awards. The application period runs from June 24 to September 13, 2013. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize and incentivize exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

The awards ceremony takes place during the Climate Leadership Conference, which will be held in San Diego, California on February 25, 2014. EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three partners: The Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry.

In February 2013, the second annual awards were presented to two individuals and 21 organizations from across the United States who are leading the way in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The 2013 winners included the following local and regional governments and agencies: Boulder County, Colorado, the City of Austin, Texas, the Port of San Diego, and the Sonoma County Water Agency.  To see a full list of the 2013 winners, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/2013winners.html.

For more information on the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards and the application process, visit: http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/.

How Laundry Detergent Became A Catalyst for Green Innovation

Read the full post at Yale 360.

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Adam Lowry, co-founder of a company that has pioneered the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, discusses how a small firm has been able to nudge large corporations down the path of sustainability.