Heartland Community College offers College Campus Energy Management 101 on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

College Campus Energy Management 101
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 10:45 AM to 12:30 PM (CT)
Normal, Illinois
Free, registration required: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2942596385

An in-person training providing a framework for energy management to build awareness of general energy efficiency opportunities and how that creates motivators for energy conservation for both staff and students. This training demonstrates, to sustainability professionals and higher education “movers and sharkers” a  broad spectrum of where and how buildings use energy, along with a general perspective on campus energy costs is explained.

Targeting Better Health: Target Bans Sandblasted Jeans

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It looks like sandblasted jeans may finally go the way of Hammer pants and big bangs. Target announced Tuesday that it will ban sandblasted denim from its stores by the end of this year to help protect garment workers’ health.

Unilever Calls on Companies to Tackle Mountain of Food Waste

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Unilever will today ask other companies, trade bodies and public sector organizations to join its campaign to tackle the 400,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste that is discarded every year.

In a meeting in London the company will issue a call for more signatories to join organizations such as WRAP, Whitbred and Sodexo in supporting its United Against Waste campaign, ahead of a larger push in the spring that will aim to bring together fragmented food waste initiatives.

DOE Data Explorer and Science Accelerator

Use the DOE Data Explorer (DDE) to find scientific research data – such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images – generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines. The DOE Data Explorer provides access both to collections and to individual datasets that have been submitted to OSTI by their creator, by a DOE National Laboratory, or by a DOE Data Center.

See also Science Accelerator, a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.

EPA Provides $15 Million to Help Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the Country

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will provide up to $15 million in funding for training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems, defined as systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, and private well owners. The funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and supports EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health, restore watersheds and promote sustainability in small communities.

Most of the funding, up to $14.5 million, will provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and to small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by on-site systems, and private well owners to improve water quality.

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover.

EPA expects to make available up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to tribally-owned and operated public water systems. Applications must be received by EPA by April 9, 2012. EPA expects to award these cooperative agreements by Summer 2012.

EPA to Help Citizen Scientists Learn More about Air and Water Pollution in New York City Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging individuals and community groups in New York City to apply for grants that will allow “citizen scientists” to collect information on air and water pollution in their communities and seek solutions to environmental and public health problems. Citizen science is a form of research that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data and is considered a developing tool for expanding scientific knowledge and literacy. The EPA will award a total of $125,000 for five to 10 New York City projects related to air or water pollution.

“Community residents and organizations can provide invaluable insight into pollution problems in their communities and the best ways to reduce air and water pollution,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “By providing citizen scientists with the funding needed to advance their knowledge about local air and water pollution, the EPA is expanding its own scientific base and building collaborations with communities that will lead to effective and innovative solutions.”

Projects receiving funding through the citizen science grants will be expected to promote a comprehensive understanding of local pollution problems and identify and support activities that address them at the local level. Proposed projects must also consider environmental justice and should engage, educate and empower communities.

All applications are due no later than April 20, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Additional information on the grants, including guidance on eligibility and procedures for applying, is available at http://www.epa.gov/region2/grants/ or through www.grants.gov.