Day: November 20, 2013

Xanterra Cuts National Parks’ Water Use, Pledges 25% Reduction by 2015

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

National park concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts has implemented several water-conservation initiatives at its properties as part of its goal to reduce water use by 25 percent from 2003 levels by 2015.

P&G Uses More than 99% of Materials Entering Its Plants

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

More than 99.35% of all materials entering Procter & Gamble plants were used, either in products or through recycling, reuse, and conversion of waste to energy, according to the company’s 15th annual sustainability report. More than 50 of the company’s global sites achieved the goal of sending zero waste to landfill, including every site in Germany.

The P&G sustainability report says that since 2010, the company has reduced manufacturing waste by 56% per unit of production – more than double the company’s original goal.

State fails to keep track of hazardous waste

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

On paper, California’s rules on the transport and disposal of hazardous waste are among the nation’s strictest. But there are huge holes in the system.

First BC branch of World Computer Exchange opens at BCIT

Read the full story from the British Institute of Technology.

BCIT is now home to the first West Coast branch of World Computer Exchange (WCE). The World Computer Exchange at BCIT will receive used computers from both BCIT and the community at large, refurbish them with a suite of free academic software, and then give them to communities in need—both locally and internationally.

The non-profit organization is dedicated to addressing the millions of tonnes of e-waste inundating landfills every year, and to improving opportunities for youth in both local and overseas communities by repurposing and supplying donated equipment for academic use.

Park this way: Colleges find high-tech solutions

Read the full story in University Business.

Campus parking—once a process-oriented, back-end part of the higher education ecosystem—is emerging as an avenue for supporting sustainability efforts, saving costs, and providing campus stakeholders a (gasp) pleasant experience. From online maps that pinpoint parking availability to smartphone apps that steer drivers toward lots and allow them to pay parking fees with the swipe of a fingertip, smart technologies are flipping the parking process on its head.

Energy awards program lets users keep fruits of their labor

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

Little things like flipping the lights off or big things like replacing fume hoods will earn equal respect under the new Campus Energy Conservation Incentive Program.

The new program, sponsored by Facilities and Services and the Office of the Provost, is an annual awards program that recognizes the most prolific energy-saving buildings on campus.

Awards are based on a proven one-year reduction in energy use, as measured by the campus Energy Billing System and certified through the F&S Utilities and Energy Services Division…

In addition to the recognition, winners will be allowed to recapture some of their energy savings and use the money to improve their buildings – either aesthetically or by reinvesting in more energy-saving improvements.

Zapping a Safer Nanocoating

Read the full story in PaintSquare.

“Serious health and safety concerns” over nanoparticles in the newest paints and coatings is driving innovative European technology to make those products safer and less environmentally damaging.

The idea: Remove the particles.

The EU-funded NANOFLOC project, now nearing the midway point, aims to develop a system that can remove nanoparticles from coating wastewater in an efficient and cost-effective manner to prevent pollution.

Gymnasts highly exposed to flame retardants

Read the full story in Environmental Health News.

Eleven-year-old Katya Olsen has practiced gymnastics since she was two years old. Now in sixth grade, she trains for competitions four hours a day, five days a week at a gym near her home in Arlington, Va.

Katya’s gym, like most, contains an enormous pit filled with thousands of foam blocks – a soft landing for gymnasts learning new tricks.

Now research suggests that young gymnasts may be exposed to hormone-disrupting chemicals from ingesting or inhaling dust created by these polyurethane blocks.

A small study of collegiate gymnasts detected four to 6.5 times more flame retardants in their blood than in the general U.S. population’s.

Green Gridirons: University of Illinois

Each week, Great Lakes Echo highlights a Big Ten football stadium’s attempts to do the most to impact the environment the least. This week, they look at University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.

View the Green Gridirons series at

Can A Smart Beehive Network Of Open-Source Hives Help Stop The Bee Apocalypse?

Read the full story in FastCoExist.

The Open Source Beehives Project aims to lower the barriers to backyard beekeeping with simple, low-cost hive designs. With bees dying by the millions, they need to spread the buzz.

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