Day: November 4, 2019

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education recognition program

Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Program (E4) recognizes any K-12 public or private school for their achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate and involve students in environmental topics.

There are three recognition classes: Root, Branch, and Leaf. All classes receive a certificate of recognition and recognition on Ohio EPA’s web site. Those in the branch class will also receive a window sticker decal. The leaf class will receive a flag and, schedule permitting, an award ceremony at the school.

E4 applications, which are accepted at any time, are available on Ohio EPA’s website. An individual school, school system or portion of aschool system can apply. For more information, visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.

Native American Leaders Turn to Solar to Power Their Communities

Read the full story at Allegheny Front.

Native American leaders seek to empower tribes to develop their own renewable energy.

Michigan utility’s first brownfield solar project highlights promise, challenges

Read the full story from Midwest Energy News.

A solar project in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is the first to use state grant funding to clean up contaminated industrial property. 

The 500 kilowatt solar installation planned at a vacant eyesore is effectively a pilot project that Consumers Energy and state officials say could lead to more solar on contaminated land, also known as brownfields.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency e-Manifest User Fees: Environmental Technology Council Files United States Court of Appeals Petition for Review

Read the full story at JD Supra.

The Environmental Technology Council (“ETC”) filed a Petition for Review (“Petition”) in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the fee schedule issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) titled “e-Manifest User Fees FY2020/FY2021 (“User Fees”)”

EPA had issued the User Fees pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).

Alliance to End Plastic Waste announces new partnership with Plug and Play

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) today announced a partnership with Plug and Play to create an accelerator program focused on the plastics value chain to identify startups with different innovations to address plastic waste in the environment…

Applications are open for the first program, which will run from February through May 2020. Startups interested in this initiative are encouraged to apply: https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/end-plastic-waste/.

How regenerative agriculture and organic farming helps the earth

Read the full opinion piece at Food Dive.

Last month, PBS published an article that explored how more organic farming could worsen global warming.

The article discusses a recent study, which predicts that a shift to 100% organic food production in the U.K. could result in higher greenhouse gas emissions. The finding is driven by the assumption that a significant yield gap between organic and conventional agriculture exists, and lower crop yields in the UK would require increased production elsewhere, offsetting any decrease in greenhouse gas emissions conferred by organic farming practices.

Toward the end of the article, the writer cites a study from the Rodale Institute that suggests implementing a suite of regenerative agriculture practices, like cover cropping and diverse crop rotations, has the potential to effectively cut down greenhouse gas emissions.

While it is encouraging to see regenerative agriculture featured in the article, it is important to remember that many organic farmers are already employing regenerative practices. And while definitions of regenerative do vary, it is important to recognize and celebrate where all farmers have made inroads — and where there is opportunity to do more.

EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Agency chief Andrew Wheeler argues that Obama-era rules ‘placed heavy burdens on electricity producers.’ Critics call the changes unwarranted and potentially dangerous. 

This mushroom building cleans our air as it grows

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Most building materials are bad for our health and our environment. But we can do better.

Fungi could reduce reliance on fertilizers

Read the full story from the University of Leeds.

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, ‘climate smart’ varieties of crops, according to a new study.

Holiday Inn Aims to Go Greener Via VERDE Educational Campaign

Read the full story at Waste360.

The program aims to give guests educational resources and insight that will enable them to live more sustainably in their daily lives. 

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