The ‘extremely flammable’ chemical behind the fire in the flooded Texas plant

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Early Thursday, while Texas wrestled with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, a powerful reaction belched fire and black smoke from a chemical factory in Crosby, Tex., 30 miles northeast of Houston. The factory, operated by French chemical company Arkema, lost power in the flood. The refrigeration system used to cool tractor-trailer tankers …

IDNR issues first fracking permit in Illinois

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan. In a historic move, regulators from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Department of Oil and Gas Resource Management on Thursday approved the state’s first fracking permit. Approval of the permit, issued to Wichita, Kansas based Woolsey Operating Company, comes more than four years after former state …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Wasted Food Assessment with the Reducing Wasted Food and Packaging Toolkit

This webinar series, part of U.S. EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy, provides comprehensive guidance on conducting a tracking assessment using EPA’s Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit. The toolkit includes a guide and a tracking spreadsheet to assist commercial and institutional food services in tracking and reducing their food and packaging waste by …

Food Loss Prevention Options for Grade Schools, Manufacturers, Restaurants, Universities and Grocery Stores

Businesses and organizations can learn to effectively prevent wasted food by taking source reduction steps such as inventorying supplies, changing processes and buying less. EPA has developed tip sheets for grade schools, food manufacturers, restaurants, universities and grocery stores that provide suggestions for ways these sectors can prevent food loss and waste.

ASHRAE Participates in Second Annual Energy Efficiency Day

Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations that promote energy efficiency and is set for October 6, 2017.  More than 175 government agencies, companies, utilities, cities, and other organizations were official supporters in 2016. This year efforts are being amplified with a website, a Facebook account, more official declarations, and a challenge …

EPA Launches 6th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching its sixth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to colleges and universities across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Registration for the …

Natural drainage: More bioswales coming to Waukegan lakefront

Read the full story in the Lake County News-Sun. Waukegan's Sustainable Shoreline Plan received a $375,000 boost from a federal grant that will be used to construct bioswales — drainage systems aimed at using nature as a natural filter for rainwater runoff — along the Waukegan Municipal Beach parking lot and Sea Horse Drive.