The Promise and the Potential of Comprehensive Commercial Building Retrofit Programs

Download the document. Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States, a significant portion of which can be saved through comprehensive retrofits that take into account the interactive effect of the energy use of the various energy systems in the building. While many utility programs offer incentives for comprehensive retrofits, …

A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria

Read the full story in the New York Times. Beyond a stack of hay bales, past the site of Indiana’s first soil-judging contest, high school students in this tiny eastern town stroll down a grassy slope to reach their newest classroom: a fenced-in field of cud-chewing cattle. Starting in the next academic year, the cattle, …

Review of EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Process

Download the document or read it online (hard copy available for $44). The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a program within the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is responsible for developing toxicologic assessments of environmental contaminants. An IRIS assessment contains hazard identifications and dose-response assessments of various chemicals related to cancer and noncancer …

EPA Announces Availability of $335, 000 in Technical Assistance for Integrated Planning

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management is pleased to announce the availability of $335,000 in technical assistance forcommunities seeking technical support to develop an integrated planning approach to meeting Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management. The primary purpose of the technical assistance is to help EPA …

Adventures on the Frontiers of Carbon Reduction

Read the full post from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. Environmentalists in the United States have long pushed for reductions in carbon emissions. Now, it seems the era of carbon regulation may be upon us. But implementing these complex regulations is complicated and takes place at both the federal and state levels. …