Report on cutting manufacturing regulations still being developed

Read the full story in FleetOwner.

The Commerce Department said its report to President Trump on boosting the nation’s manufacturing sector though reduced regulations remains under development.

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.

The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.

Towns sell their public water systems — and come to regret it

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The need to rehabilitate infrastructure is urgent for many of the nation’s 50,000 community water utilities. Broken or leaking pipes can contaminate water, flood streets, disrupt businesses and require expensive emergency repairs. Outdated treatment plants have trouble filtering out potentially harmful chemicals. Old pipes can leach dangerous levels of lead into drinking water. Some communities have higher lead levels than Flint, Mich., where a confluence of bad decisions and coverups led to widespread lead contamination.

The prospect of offloading these headaches to for-profit water companies — and fattening city budgets in the process — is enticing to elected officials who worry that rate hikes could cost them their jobs. Once a system has been sold, private operators, not public officials, take the blame for higher rates.

Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show and P2 and Risk Management Workshop, September 19-20, 2017

The 20th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Palms Banquet and Conference Center in Plainfield, Indiana. This year’s conference theme is “Celebrating 20 Years of Pollution Prevention in Indiana.”

For the twentieth year, the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) are hosting a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show. Conference topics will range from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money.

This year’s conference features keynote speakers Mr. Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director of the Environmental Defense Fund and Mr. Sam George, managing partner for Rivergreen Water Recycling. Mr. Neltner was a principal founder of the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention and will share his perspective on the early days of the Partners for Pollution Prevention. Also a principal founder of the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention, Mr. George will share his thoughts, from a manufacturing perspective, on the founding and early history of the Partners for Pollution Prevention and how it’s changed over the last 20 years.

The Partners Conference will also feature two concurrent breakout sessions and a tradeshow of exhibitors displaying their products and services to promote P2.

Cost: $100 (early-bird, ends August 15); After August 15, $125.

Register for the conference.

Pre-conference workshop

Pollution Prevention and Risk Management will be held at The Palms on September 19. This one day workshop will lead to a better understanding of environmental risk management for businesses and how to reduce those risks with pollution prevention techniques. Although all medias will be covered, there will be an emphasis on wastewater treatment risks and mitigation. The day will combine lecture with hands on exercises to lead the group towards identification of specific practices they can undertake at their facilities to reduce risk.

Cost: $150

Register for the workshop.

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center annual report now available

ISTC’s annual report for the period January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 is now available in IDEALS, the University of Illinois’ institutional repository.

The report highlights ISTC’s technical and research efforts during the period. It also provides an overview of the Center’s long running Sustainability Awards program and outreach and educational activities.