Applications now being accepted for 2014 MVP2 Awards

The application period for the 2014 MVP2 Awards is now open. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding and innovative P2 projects/programs. As in years past, awards are judged on the following five broad criteria: innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment, and optimization of available project resources. Awards are available in four categories: MVP2 Project/Program Award Best …

Natural citrus scent may produce renewable solvents, fuel

Read the full story in Biomass Magazine. A natural citrus scent called limonene may be the key to sustainability when it comes to making fragrances, solvents and perhaps even jet fuel, according to South Dakota State University doctoral student Charles Halfmann. The Luverne, Minn., native has been working with associate professor Ruanbao Zhou of the …

How This Suburb Made School Buses Obsolete

Read the full story in The Atlantic. When it comes to its schools, the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, does things the old-fashioned way. The city doesn't have a bus system for its 5,800 students, because it doesn’t need one. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school are all within walking …

The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just Got Sunnier

Read the full story in The Atlantic. The approach most cities take toward electric car charging can charitably be described as helter-skelter. With little data on where and when people need to juice their jalopies, local governments and businesses have spent millions of dollars to install chargers in the hope that if they build it, …

10 beautifully useful things made from ‘useless’ trash

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network. Nathan Devine's ReTrash is one of those projects that's such a great idea, it has grown much bigger than him. As an Australian kid during the '80s, Devine (that's him, pictured above) helped his dad in his landscaping and carpentry business, but his favorite part of the …