New database demonstrates benefits of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic energy efficiency programs

The Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED), a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), provides a one-stop resource to readily access energy efficiency program data, including energy and peak-demand savings, costs, avoided emissions, and job impacts. The REED database allows users to generate reports and download underlying data showing the impacts of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs …

Impact of biochar and hydrochar addition on water retention and water repellency of sandy soil

Stefan Abel, Andre Peters, Steffen Trinks, Horst Schonsky, Michael Facklam, Gerd Wessolek (2013). "Impact of biochar and hydrochar addition on water retention and water repellency of sandy soil". Geoderma 202-203, 183–191. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.03.003. Abstract: Application of biochar (BC) and hydrochar (HTC) in soils is being increasingly discussed as a means to sequestrate carbon and …

Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, and EKO Asset Management Partners release Creating Clean Water Cash Flows report

This report provides guidance on key strategies that cities can deploy to attract private capital to fund green infrastructure development. Municipalities and state governments can potentially direct billions of dollars of private investment to modernize broken, aging stormwater systems and keep stormwater pollution out of waterways. Natural infrastructure, such as porous pavement, green roofs, parks, roadside plantings …

Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

Download the document. NIOSH issues Current Intelligence Bulletins (CIBs) to disseminate new scientific information about occupational hazards. A CIB may draw attention to a formerly unrecognized hazard, report new data on a known hazard, or disseminate information about hazard control. CIBs are distributed to representatives of academia, industry, organized labor, public health agencies, and public …

How 3 academics developed brilliant green marketing plans

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Commercializing a business in an emerging field is a messy enterprise. No matter how systematically the process begins, charting a new course inevitably involves throwing stuff against a wall to see what sticks. In such instances when you cannot control the outcome, focus on what you can control: marketing.

Biochar: A possibility for solid waste disposal

Read the full article in Leather International. The aim of this work was to investigate whether biochar could be used in the leather industry to safely and cost-effectively dispose of wastes. The study was broken down into two parts; firstly, could leather wastes be used to form biochars; and if so were the biochars safe, …

Toxic Substances: EPA Has Increased Efforts to Assess and Control Chemicals but Could Strengthen Its Approach

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-249 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653277.pdf What GAO Found Since 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made progress implementing its new approach to managing toxic chemicals under its existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority; particularly by increasing efforts to obtain chemical toxicity and exposure data and initiating chemical risk assessments--which EPA uses, along with other …