Day: September 26, 2006

2007 National Environmental Partnership Summit

Please join us in New Orleans for the 2007 National Environmental Partnership Summit: Local Actions, Global Results. This will be the third national Summit to bring together public, private and NGO leaders in pollution prevention, environmental leadership, compliance assistance and sustainability.

Mark your calendars right now! The 2007 Summit will be held in New Orleans on May 7- 11 and will include local activities both before, during, and after the event. This year, local actions and global results – global trends and local responses, will weave throughout sessions devoted to the following: Critical Global Environmental Issues; New Orleans/Gulf Coast Challenges and Outcomes; Culture and Sustainability; Community and Economic Infrastructure; Business, Local Activities and Results; Industry and Manufacturing; Managing Environmental Impacts; Policy Strategies and Innovations; Measurement, Metrics and Indicators; Research and Technology; and Environmental Futures Forecasting.

New Orleans Welcome
We are excited to be moving the Summit this year to New Orleans because we believe it will inspire us all to deepen the meaning and relevance of the content of the Summit. The community of New Orleans is the most powerful symbol in the world of the importance of partnerships, the interconnections between local and global, and the urgency of action today for a truly sustainable future.

Please take a moment to read this welcome letter from William Bozzo, New Orleans resident and 2007 local chair (http://www.environmentalsummit.org/NewOrleansWelcome.cfm)

IMPORTANT DATES

Call for Content
Deadline: November 20, 2006

Don’t miss the chance to help shape your Summit by proposing your content for one of the 36 concurrent breakout sessions. Our content abstract submittal form will be published October 2, 2006. Please save the following link to review the form and instructions:
http://www.environmentalsummit.org/

Call for Formal Summit Trainings
Deadline: November 14, 2006

Summit selected trainings and workshops are regarded by attendees as one of the most important and effective aspects of the conference. Each year we recieve more proposals than available training slots. Please be sure to propose your training before the deadline.
If you have a formal half or full day training you would like to propose for the 2007 Summit please use this link, fill out the MS word form, and email your application to us by November 14, 2006. Decisions will be made by November 22, 2006.
http://www.environmentalsummit.org/Trainingform.cfm

Early Registration Ends February 16, 2007
Registration for the full Summit including the EPA Performance Track Awards Dinner starts at $375 for Government, Academic, NGO and $595 for Industry. Please see our site for more information.
http://www.environmentalsummit.org/RegistrationFees.cfm

WHERE: Sheraton in New Orleans on Canal Street
500 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Tel: (504) 525-2500 Fax: (504) 595-5552 Web: http://www.sheratonneworleans.com/

For questions or suggestions please call: (202) 299-9701

Wilmette thinks global, acts local on car fees

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Riding the wave of towns trying to make global warming a local issue, Wilmette has unveiled a new vehicle-sticker plan that increases fees for most cars and trucks by 50 percent but gives a break to those that pollute less.

The environmental load of 300 million: How heavy?

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

In many ways, Americans have mitigated the impact of their increasing presence on the land. Since reaching the 200 million mark back in 1967, they have cut emissions of major air pollutants, banned certain harmful pesticides, and overseen the rebound of several endangered species. Despite using more resources and creating more waste, they’ve become more energy efficient.

The danger, experts say, is that the US may simply have postponed the day of reckoning. Major environmental problems remain, and some are getting worse – all of them in one way or another connected to US population growth, which is expected to hit 400 million around midcentury. Some experts put the average American’s “ecological footprint” – the amount of land and water needed to support an individual and absorb his or her waste – at 24 acres. By that calculation, the long-term “carrying capacity” of the US would sustain less than half of the nation’s current population.

Structure to be World's Largest Built with Recycled Industrial Materials

A major commercial development in Syracuse, N.Y., will be the world’s largest sustainable structure to be built with recycled industrial materials, incorporate energy efficient features, and reduce vehicle emissions. The developers of Destiny USA, a multi-use project, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, promising to use a variety of environmentally sustainable practices.

“Destiny USA’s pledge is the first of what we hope will be many similar commitments to use recycled industrial materials and promote other environmentally sustainable practices in major construction projects,” said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Increasing the use of recycled materials preserves our natural resources, protects the environment, conserves energy and saves money.”

As part of its agreement with EPA, Destiny USA has agreed to:

  • Employ green building techniques
  • Become a partner in EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge, WaterSense, and Energy Star programs
  • Use more than 3,000 tons of coal ash in concrete, reducing greenhouse gases by more than 3,000 tons
  • Retrofit more than 100 construction trucks to reduce emissions by 85 percent
  • Incorporate hybrid and diesel vehicles in to its fleet
  • Promote EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to its carriers, shippers, and tenants to reduce truck emissions
  • Implement a commuter benefits program

EPA is asking developers nationwide to expand their use of recycled industrial materials including coal combustion products, foundry sand and construction and demolition debris. Instead of disposing of these materials, they can be used to make products like concrete, wallboard, steel beams and asphalt. Each year, U.S. businesses generate more than half a billion tons of industrial waste, which, in some cases, can be recycled and used as valuable resources.

Information on EPA’s Industrial Materials Recycling program is available at: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/priorities/bene-use.htm

PIA/GATF comments on EPA's Control Techinques Document for Offset Lithography and Letterpress, Flexible Packaging Materials, and Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations

From the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation:

In response to losing a court case in March of this year, EPA is required to develop a Control Techniques Guideline for Offset Lithography and Letterpress, Flexible Packaging Materials, and Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations. The proposed CTGs were officially released on August 4 and PIA/GATF submitted comments on September 5, 2006.

EPA expects to release the final document on September 30, 2006. PIA/GATF has prepared a one page and detailed summary of the proposed CTG for Offset Lithography and Letterpress. Also posted at this site are a copy of the actual proposed Control Techniques Guideline and PIA/GATF’s comments on the proposed CTG for Offset Lithography and Letterpress.

UIUC Facility and Services and Environmental Council Announce Call for Proposals

Faculty and students on campus are tremendous resources for new ideas and innovative solutions to our campus environmental issues. We plan to utilize that resource to make tangible, significant improvements to our campus, to add value to F&S scheduled projects, to provide support for academic and student research and to demonstrate how our campus can be more sustainable.

As such, F&S will provide $30,000 to stimulate thinking about and demonstration of innovative solutions toward real campus environmental challenges. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bio-fuel reactors to fuel campus cars or buildings;
  • Living Machine to replace the waste water treatment plant at Allerton;
  • Supply exchange web site for campus departments and students;
  • Food waste composting system for dorms or food service facilities on campus; and
  • Solar pond/waste water detention facility.

Specifications for all topics, or questions about additional ideas, can be discussed with Lisa Merrifield, lmorrisn@uiuc.edu or 217-333-0045. Two page proposals are due November 13. Projects can begin between mid-December and January 30. More information can be obtained at www.environ.uiuc.edu/FSRFP.htm.

How clean is the electricity I use?

U.S. EPA’s Power Profiler can help you figure it out. You can use the Power Profiler to generate a report about your own electricity use. All you need is your ZIP code.

City Debates Use of Urban Park

Read/hear the full story from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Environment Report.
Big city residents expect a lot out of urban parks. They want open space, things to do there, and literally, a place to breathe. But if the park’s beautiful, it’s bound to attract out of town visitors, who might make it crowded. Shawn Allee meets one man who wants to expand the welcome mat in his park.

Global Temperature Highest in Millennia

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

The planet’s temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Earth has been warming at a rate of 0.36 degree Fahrenheit per decade for the last 30 years, according to the research team led by James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Saving Farmland from Sprawl

Read/hear the full story from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.

Some counties near big cities are trying to save farmland from being developed into sprawling suburbs. Lester Graham reports the problem is finding money to fund programs that would preserve the rural character of an area:

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