Ohio State Wins Environmental March Madness National Championship

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The Ohio State University is this year’s Environmental March Madness national champion.

The school beat out Colorado State University, George Mason University and University of Washington in last week’s “Finest Four” round of the tournament to win the 2013 title.

CRC Press announces availability of the CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds app

CRC Press, a member of the Taylor and Francis Group, an informa business, has announced the immediate availability of a new mobile app that provides access to The CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds table from the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. The app is now available through the iTunes App Store for $4.99 or GBP 2.99.

Interested parties may visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crc-physical-constants-organic/id615328782?mt=8&ls=1 to download The CRC Physical Constants of Organic Compounds app now.

The new app allows students, researchers and professionals to quickly and easily explore The Physical Constants of Organic Compounds table from the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics from their mobile device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch). Tapping in the search box will bring up tabs for chemical name, CAS number, Mol. Wt. and formula.

Data for the table are derived from many sources, including both the primary literature and evaluated compilations. The values for the normal boiling point and the melting point that are accompanied with uncertainties (in parentheses) are critically evaluated using the NIST ThermoData Engine. The uncertainties listed are combined expanded uncertainties (level of confidence, approximately 95%) representing the most comprehensive measure of the overall data reliability.

Federal and City officials team with community to fight Pilsen pollution

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From lead-contaminated soil to respiratory illness–inducing air pollutants, Pilsen’s industrial past and present have created problematic environmental and health issues for area residents.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is teaming with 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, City officials, and community partners to try to solve the problems.

Project leaders have targeted various sites, spread throughout the community, as confirmed or suspected former and current sources of pollution that must be dealt with, including Loewenthal Metals and former Peoples Gas manufactured gas plants. The community effort will go beyond preliminary soil testing already accomplished to major testing across the area this spring and

Initial EPA soil testing last year in an alley behind H. Kramer & Co., 1345 W. 21st St., a lead smelting facility still in operation, revealed abnormally high levels of lead. Workers have erected a fence on one end to prevent people from walking through the alley connecting Loomis and Throop Streets between 21st Street and Cermak Road.

U.S. Air Force flies high on energy efficiency

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The U.S. Air Force, the largest single energy consumer in the federal government, released its Energy Strategic Plan, which will continue its successful efforts in cutting energy use.

Finding your place in the sustainable-business landscape

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Editor’s note: This is an edited extract from the book “How to Make Your Company a Recognized Sustainability Champion by Brendan May (Dō Sustainability, November 2012).The sustainability publisher Dō is offering GreenBiz readers a 5 percent discount off any DōShort with the code GBiz5.

It is staggering how little companies, new to the sustainable-business agenda, understand the landscape in which they must operate (and of course I am not talking about the growing ranks of sustainability leaders who have highly sophisticated channels of communication with all stakeholders). At best, they might be aware of the pesky nongovernmental-organization movement. But the lens through which they believe their company is viewed is essentially a cozy and containable trio in which investors, media and regulators rule supreme and should be the primary focus of attention. They could not be more wrong.

Safe and sustainable chemicals: The case for action

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Note: This is the first part of a two-part series highlighting societal trends and drivers for companies to address chemical impacts. Part two will be published next month and will offer examples and information about how companies can approach chemical management.

In 1975, California implemented a law requiring that foam used in furniture be treated with chemicals to prevent the product from catching fire if placed in an open flame for 12 seconds. Across the United States, furniture manufacturers responded by adding flame retardants to their products.

More recently, however, the effectiveness of these fire retardants in reducing household fires has come under question, and scientific studies now indicate links between certain flame retardants and decreased fertility, lower infant birth weight as well as deficits in physical and mental development in young children.

Fast-forward 38 years, and California’s standard for furniture flammability is being rewritten — part of a broader change in societal views globally on the risks and benefits of chemicals. For the past several years, activists groups such as the Center for Environmental Health, the Environmental Working Group and the Green Science Policy Institute have been raising consumer awareness and creating successful campaigns to change business practices and laws.

London Olympics Set Bar for Waste Diversion at Legacy Events

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A case study recently released by London Bio Packaging illuminates the quantitative impact of the comprehensive waste-diversion plan implemented by the 2012 London Olympics. Utilizing data from the London 2012 Post-Games Sustainability Report, the case study shows how the Olympiad was able to divert over 90% of all waste generated at the Games from reaching landfills.