Webinar: The Secret to Managing a Successful Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

June 21, 2017 -- noon CDT Register at https://www.re-trac.com/the-secret-to-managing-a-successful-mandatory-recycling-ordinance-webinar/ Does your community use mandatory recycling to support its waste diversion goals? This presentation will teach you how to work with your community to increase recycling, improve compliance rates, and monitor progress. Register to attend this webinar to discover how local governments use technology to manage and measure their …

Illinois researchers explore ‘self-healing’ for energy storage batteries

Read the full story from Midwest Energy News. Batteries — whether they’re powering a smartphone or storing energy on the grid — take a beating. Repeated charging and discharging causes all kinds of wear and tear on the devices we increasingly rely on to keep our gadgets, cars and renewable energy sources running. But what if batteries …

Survey finds farmers feel responsibility to protect land and waters

Read the full story from the Illinois Natural History Survey. Agricultural producers are typically blamed for applying fertilizer that pollutes local waters and carries oxygen-depleting nitrogen and phosphorus to the northern Gulf of Mexico. However, a strong majority of Illinois farmers believe they are doing their part to protect the environment, according to a study …

Intern gets his hands dirty building Peoria rain garden

Read the full story from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. As a new intern with Illinois Water Resources Center, I attended a workshop last month with about 30 people from organizations including Peoria Public Works Department, Peoria Innovation Team, and Illinois Master Gardener and Master Naturalists at the Peoria Public Works building to learn the fundamentals of rain garden design.

Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis

Read the full story from NPR. Michigan's director of its Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office over the Flint water crisis. Both are felonies in the state of Michigan. Chief Medical Executive Dr. Eden Wells will be charged with obstruction of justice. Four …

The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Download the document. This first edition of the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses the 51 largest US electric utilities across a range of energy efficiency metrics. The metrics fall into three categories critical to utility-sector efficiency: (1) quantitative savings and spending performance, (2) program diversity and emerging areas, and (3) targets, business models, and evaluation. Eversource MA …