Trick or Treat? The Frightening Threats to Bats

Read the full story from the USGS. Each year on Halloween, as children dress up and go door to door looking for treats and excitement, bats—the very animal we associate with the celebration—are in serious trouble and we need to “treat” them with the respect they deserve. Iconic Halloween animals that reinforce the spookiness of …

Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool

Using the scoring methodology of the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the downloadable Self-Scoring Tool gives you the ability to score the energy efficiency efforts of your community and compare it against its peers. By answering a series of questions, you’ll obtain a numerical score indicative of your community’s progress toward enacting and implementing sound …

Land Use Law Center’s 12th Annual Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center’s annual Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 200 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders learning about national, regional, and local challenges and innovations. This year’s theme: Leading Communities toward a Resilient Future Join us on December 6th at the …

Apple looks to outfit devices with solar power converters

Read the full story at CNET. Apple is looking at eliminating the middleman in solar power charging by outfitting devices with their own converters. Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application dubbed "Power management systems for accepting adapter and solar power in electronic devices," envisions a power management system that …

E-Waste Landfill Bans Aren’t Working

Read the full story at Earth911. While 20 states, plus New York City, currently have landfill or incineration bans on electronics, research suggests these bans may not be as effective as legislators originally hoped. The overall e-waste recycling rate remains dismally low. Only 25 percent of consumer electronics are recovered for recycling in the U.S., …

EU Crack Down on Illegal E-waste Trade: Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) Project Launches

The launch of the Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project was announced today by project co-ordinator, Interpol (International Criminal Police Organisation). The project will provide a set of recommendations to the European Commission and law enforcement authorities that will assist them in countering the illegal trade of WEEE ( Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), also …

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Scores Another “Emerald City” Point With New Green Infrastructure Initiatives

Read the full post from NRDC Switchboard. When many people think about Pittsburgh, the first thing that comes to mind is the city’s historical association with industry – especially steel.  These days, however, you may be more likely to see a green roof or a rain garden in Pittsburgh than a steel mill.  That’s because …