Video details Great Lakes governors’ protection efforts

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

A video featuring former governors, scientists and policy experts details projects financed by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

The fund has committed more than $63.9 million to 245 projects to advance conservation, produce sustainable technologies and restore ecosystems in an economically viable way.

The Great Lakes have some of world’s most concentrated plastic pollution

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Plastic pollutants circulate in pockets of the Great Lakes at concentrations higher than any other body of water on Earth, according to a recent State University of New York study.

The study is the first to look at plastic pollutants in the Great Lakes. It is part of a larger global endeavor to understand the origin and prevalence of plastic pollution in water and was conducted with the Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute.

Webinar: Sustainable Food Management: Food: Too Good to Waste

Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Register at

Join us to learn first-hand from local community stakeholders about the toolkit developed as a direct result of a community pilot titled: ‘Food: Too Good to Waste‘. This toolkit can be customized and used by any interested local government or community group. By viewing this webinar you will hear and learn:

  • How the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum communities collaborated to develop this toolkit focusing on 5 key waste prevention behaviors to reduce wasteful household food habits
  • How development of this toolkit resulted in both cost savings and environmental benefits
  • At a retail value of $125 billion annually, Americans throw away about 25% of all food purchases
  • FACT: A family of four can save more than $1,600 a year by making small changes in how they shop, prepare and store food to prevent food waste
  • Food is among the single largest, yet the least recovered, waste streams in the U.S.
  • How to tailor this toolkit for use by any interested local government or community.

Algae biofuel not sustainable now-U.S. research council

Read the full story from Reuters.

Biofuels made from algae, promoted by President Barack Obama as a possible way to help wean Americans off foreign oil, cannot be made now on a large scale without using unsustainable amounts of energy, water and fertilizer, the U.S. National Research Council reported on Wednesday.

USA Today’s Green Inc. series

USA Today is running a series entitled “Green Inc. : Environmentalism for Profit”. Articles include:

Green moves from ground to rooftop

Read the full story at

Used to promising customers green grass, MRW Lawns in La Plata has greened something else — its roof.

Planted with hardy vegetation, the “green” roof of the company’s office is the only one of its kind in Charles County, company officials said. The technology helps capture rainwater and keep the building cool in summer, people involved in the project said.