Webinar: The State of Green Business 2013

February 12. 2013, 12-1 PM CSTRegister at http://info.greenbiz.com/state-green-business-webcast-01.html Join Joel Makower, the report's principal author, in conversation with Trucost CEO Richard Mattison on the day of the report's publication, for a lively discussion on how, and how well, business is doing from a sustainability perspective. Among the topics: How and why companies are looking to …

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and “Negawatts”

Read the full story in Renewable Energy World. A recent study by Ceres — Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know — concluded that the least cost and least risk for future energy resources is energy efficiency. Indeed, the lowest cost unit of energy is one that is not used.

Food Scrap Pilot Program in Madison County

Via the Illinois Recycling Association's Material Matters Newsletter. Instead of throwing away their food scraps from breakfast and lunch, East Alton District #13 students are participating in a Food Scrap Pilot Program.  The food scraps are collected and composted to become food for plants. This Food Scrap Pilot Program is sponsored by the Madison County …

Phase I of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options Project Started in East Central Illinois

Local county and municipal governments and area health agencies regularly receive inquiries from residents about how to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).  Historically, HHW collection options available to east central Illinois residents have been inadequate. In December, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission received grant support from the Lumpkin Family Foundation and Illinois Sustainable …

Boom in Mining Rare Earths Poses Mounting Toxic Risks

Read the full story at Yale360. The mining of rare earth metals, used in everything from smart phones to wind turbines, has long been dominated by China. But as mining of these key elements spreads to countries like Malaysia and Brazil, scientists warn of the dangers of the toxic and radioactive waste generated by the …

Google Science Fair 2013

Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world, working alone or in teams. Students sign up for the Science Fair with their Google account. Then they'll carry out a test or experiment on their chosen subject, entering all the information on …