Harvard Office of Sustainability Launches E-Waste Collection Program

Read the full story in The Harvard Crimson. Harvard’s Office for Sustainability has placed clear, blue, e-waste collection tubes in over 50 locations across campus. The new program strives to increase the degree to which Harvard students recycle smaller, handheld e-waste from laptops, batteries, chargers, and phones that is harder to keep track of than …

Tools of Change soliciting nominations for its 2013 Landmark behavior change case studies

Tools of Change is soliciting nominations for its 2013 Landmark behavior change case studies in two topic areas - (1) home / building energy conservation and (2) sustainable transportation. If you know of anyone working on a particularly effective or innovative approach for changing energy or transportation behaviours, please consider nominating them - or yourself. …

Scientists Solve Mercury Mystery

Read the full story from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, scientists today have taken a significant step toward protecting human health. The question of how methylmercury, an organic form of mercury, is produced by natural processes in the environment has …

New Energy Department Funding to Establish Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships

In support of President Obama's Executive Order "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency" the Energy Department announces a new funding opportunity to establish regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs). These CHP TAPs will accelerate deployment of 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective combined heat and power (CHP) by helping remove market …

What can business learn about sustainability from higher ed?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. You may think that universities and corporations don’t have much in common from a sustainability perspective. But a decent-size university manages the equivalent of office buildings, restaurants, hotels, laundry services, hospitals, auto repair, retailers, waste haulers, and even small energy utilities. As such, universities and companies have a lot …

EPA Releases State Enforcement Performance Information and Comparative Maps

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of state dashboards and comparative maps that provide the public with information about the performance of state and EPA enforcement and compliance programs across the country. “Transparency and access to information at all levels helps to drive improvements in environmental performance,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant …

Mercury contamination in water can be detected with a mobile phone

Read the full story from Plataforma SINC. Chemists at the University of Burgos (Spain) have manufactured a sheet that changes colour in the presence of water contaminated with mercury. The results can be seen with the naked eye but when photographing the membrane with a mobile phone the concentration of this extremely toxic metal can …