Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

2015 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit Call for Presentations

June 24-26, 2015
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Conference web site

This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

Please consider answering the call for presentations and discussions by completing the Call for Presentations form and submitting it to the Summit organizers no later than January 9, 2015.

EPA releases updated biogenic emissions framework

Read the full story from Biomass Magazine.

On Nov. 19, the U.S. EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources. According to a notice published by the EPA, the second draft of the framework will undergo further review. The agency has also issued a memo providing regulatory guidance on how the updated framework will impact the Clean Power Plan and Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program.

25 essential questions to ask your suppliers on product stewardship

Read the full story from 2Degrees.

Product stewardship in a product’s lifecycle must be a journey that incorporates the “seed” of a contract, through to the “shoots” of product design, manufacture, transport, sale, and the “fruits” of product use, all the way to the “composting” at the end of a product’s life.

How can procurement support this journey and challenge their suppliers? Find below the 25 most essential questions, which you can ask your suppliers in order to create more sustainable products.

A truly smart city is more than sensors, big data, and an all-seeing internet

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Investing billions in big data and smart technology isn’t the only answer to building more sustainable urban areas. We need to focus on the big levers.

DuPont Tragedy One of Many Toxic Gas Releases

Read the full story in the Texas Tribune.

A Saturday morning tragedy introduced Texans to an invisible killer.

Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four – including two brothers – and sending another to the hospital.

Such rapid deaths from toxic chemical exposure are rare, experts say.

But dozens of times in the past two years, a Texas Tribune analysis shows, plants across Texas have reported accidentally releasing gases that can be deadly in relatively small amounts.

S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance Webinar Series

In 2014, the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance delivered a series of free webinars aimed at helping hotels, motels, and restaurants be more sustainable. The recorded webinars provide examples of how other hotels and restaurants in South Carolina are improving their bottom line and customer relations by going green. Each recording is about 30 minutes long.

ESRC E3 Project Profiles

The ESRC E3 Project Profiles provide a detailed look at E3 (Economy, Energy, Environment) projects recently completed or currently under way in EPA Regions 3 and 4. The information, gathered primarily from the ESRC February 2014 survey, will help our respective programs network and develop responsive, coordinated efforts for achieving E3 goals.