Day: August 12, 2011

All About the Super Greenies

Via Docuticker.

Source: Scarborough Research

From the report:

While everyone seems to be on the green bandwagon in one way or another, there is a subset of the environmentally friendy who are setting the landscape for the entire movement. According to Scarborough, five percent of the adult population are “Super Greenies” – those adults who engage in 10 or more green activities, such as recycling, using rechargeable batteries or or re-using grocery store bags.

+ Direct link to report (PDF; 4.11 MB)

Is ISO 14001 Certification Still Relevant?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

My first exposure to ISO 14001 was characterized by the words of a cynic and skeptic of the value of the global standard for environmental management.

“What does it mean to be certified?” he said, repeating my question rhetorically. “It means you can pollute to the ends of the earth, as long as it is well documented.”

Needless to say, the statement was a sarcastic hyperbole, since any polluter is at least held to account on legal and regulatory thresholds that affect the jurisdiction they operate within. But his remark highlighted a widespread perception of ISO 14001: Although it is capable of giving businesses a clear sense of where they’re at in terms of environmental performance, no intrinsic “moral compass” of environmental responsibility is built into the standard.

Marines base turns green from landfill gas

Read the full post at SmartPlanet.

The United States Army is famous for its green fatigues, but the Navy is immersing itself in green technology. A Marines base near San Diego will soon be meeting half its energy needs with landfill gas.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is opportunely located next to a massive 1.1 million ton municipal landfill. A project to reclaim enough methane gas to provide 25 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year began last month.

Innovative Tools Help EPA Scientists Determine Total Chemical Exposures

Read the full story in Science Matters.

Everyday activities – actions as simple as biting into an apple, or walking across a carpeted floor – may expose people to a host of chemicals through a variety of pathways. The air we breathe, the food and water we consume, and the surfaces we touch all are the homes of natural and synthetic chemicals, which enter our bodies through our skin, our digestive systems, and our lungs.

This makes determining how (and how much of) certain chemicals enter our bodies challenging. In most cases, there is not one single source for any given chemical that may be found in our bodies. Using sophisticated computer models and methods, EPA scientists have developed an innovative set of tools to estimate total exposures and risks from chemicals encountered in our daily lives.

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