UMass Amherst finds new way to make p-xylene from biomass

Read the full story in Biomass Magazine. Chemical engineering researchers Wei Fan, Paul Dauenhauer and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reported that they’ve discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Details are in …

10 things we learned about making your firm more energy efficient

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Last summer, EDF embedded nearly 100 EDF Climate Corps fellows in companies, cities and universities across the nation. EDF Climate Corps recruits and trains students from the nation's top graduate programs to accelerate adoption of smart energy management practices in commercial America. Here's what our EDF fellows learned about saving energy …

IEPA Annouces Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The Illinois EPA has announced three locations for its 2013 HHW collection events. June 1: Richton Park (Cook County) Rich South High School 5000 Sauk Trail Richton Park, Illinois June 8: Morris (Grundy County) Grundy County Building 1320 Union Street Morris, Illinois June 22: Galesburg (Knox County) Galesburg High School 1135 Fremont Street Galesburg, Illinois …

Illinois Recycling Association Announces Award Recipients for Outstanding Recycling Programs

The Illinois Recycling Association has selected its award recipients for outstanding recycling programs throughout the state. The awardees will be honored at a luncheon at the Illinois Recycling Association's annual conference, "Growing Green in '13" being held on June 4 at noon at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The outstanding business recycling program …

Kaiser Permanente to Pursue Minimum of LEED Gold for all New Major Projects

Read the full story from Kaiser Permanente. As part of its ongoing commitment to create healthy communities, Kaiser Permanente today announced it will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for new construction of hospitals, large medical offices and other major projects.