Day: October 14, 2021

Job announcement: New York State P2 Institute hiring P2 engineers

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is hiring two Pollution Prevention Engineers and two Senior Pollution Prevention Engineers to provide P2 technical assistance to industry and other identified sectors. The positions are located in Rochester, NY.

For more information and to apply, visit http://careers.rit.edu/staff and search for “pollution prevention”.

Boston Scientific, Sterigenics potential targets of EPA ethylene oxide reporting requirements

Read the full story at MedTechDive.

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering applying ethylene oxide (EtO) reporting requirements to facilities run by companies including Boston Scientific and Sterigenics.

EPA has written to the operators of 31 medical device sterilization facilities to outline its plans and request information to inform its final decision. The agency chose the facilities based on the amount of EtO they are estimated to use and other factors such as their proximity to population centers.

A final decision is due after the 30-day comment period. If EPA puts reporting requirements on some or all of the facilities, it will advance a multi-year effort to balance the risks of the carcinogen against the benefits it brings in the sterilization of medical devices. The move follows an Office of Inspector General report in May that advised EPA to conduct a fresh review of residual cancer risks from EtO emissions.

Climate in the United States

The United States has experienced a wide variety of extreme weather over the last 125 years, impacting people, communities, and geographies. This tool from USAFacts allows users to track monthly data on how counties experience severe weather, including precipitation and temperature.

USAFacts is a a not-for-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative that makes it easy for all Americans to access and understand government data.

Executives say big increase in ESG and sustainability investment coming

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

More than half of senior executives responsible for environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives as well as sustainability issues say their firms will have double-digit increases in spending toward the efforts in 2022 and will prioritize funding related to supply chain sustainability, according to a survey released by research firm Verdantix.

Businesses are being spurred into action by increased stakeholder pressure on ESG and developing regulatory aspects of the issues, Verdantix says in its Global Corporate Survey: ESG And Sustainability Governance, Strategies And Priorities.

eBird data can help track bee health

Read the full story from Cornell University.

A two-year, $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will allow a team of data scientists and ecologists to use eBird data to explore a new way to track pollinator health and biodiversity.

The project allows the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability to devise a new method of tracking the health of the all-important arthropod populations that are a part of pollinating one out of every three bites of food people eat – and it all starts with birds.

On the Klamath, dam removal may come too late to save the salmon

Read the full story at e360.

The planned demolition of dams on the Klamath River was expected to help restore the beleaguered salmon on which Indigenous tribes depend. But after a record drought and wildfire this summer, many are worried the salmon could be all but gone before the dams come down.

The next step for electric cars is to make them part of the grid

Read the full story at Fast Company.

As more people buy EVs, electric systems are challenged by the increase in demand. But there’s also a chance to rethink energy storage.

Writing beyond the academic journal

Read the full story at Inside Higher Education.

Academic papers play an outsize role in career advancement, but researchers who want to expand their reach should look beyond peer-reviewed journals.

Feeding seaweed to cows to boost organic dairy profitability and sustainability

Read the full story from the University of Vermont.

UVM-led research team receives $2.9 million from USDA’s Organic Agriculture Program to explore health, economic and environmental benefits of feeding seaweed to dairy cows.

Public Water Infrastructure Plant Efficiency Program

Download the document.

Since 2018, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Energy has partnered with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to help municipalities reduce energy and costs for water and wastewater treatment. Funded by the Illinois EPA through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, no-cost energy efficiency opportunity usage assessments are provided to publicly owned water and wastewater treatment facilities by SEDAC and ISTC. Since the program began, total recommendations made by ISTC and SEDAC, if fully implemented, represent a savings of 39.7 million kWh, a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at 32,590 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, and 3 million dollars total cost savings.

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