Accredited Professional Course: Green Chemistry Module

The Green Chemistry module of the My Green Lab Accredited Professional (AP) program is now available. The cost is $75.

In collaboration with Beyond Benign and Millipore Sigma, the Green Chemistry module is developed for people spanning across a range of experiences and prior knowledge related to Green Chemistry—from beginners with minimal knowledge to experts in Green Chemistry!

The Green Chemistry module describes the health and environmental impacts of chemicals, and discusses practical strategies to reduce impact by incorporating Green Chemistry. There are no prerequisites to take this module.

The My Green Lab AP program is the first credential of its kind developed to offer scientists and the people who support or work with laboratories an opportunity to grow their knowledge and demonstrate their expertise in lab sustainability. ​

Webinar: Introducing EPA’s Energy Savings and Impacts Scenario Tool

Dec 8, 2021, 1-2 pm CST
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This one-hour webinar will introduce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s new Energy Savings and Impacts Scenario Tool (ESIST) to be launched the same day. ESIST is a customizable and transparent Excel-based planning tool for analyzing the energy savings and costs from energy efficiency programs and their impacts on emissions, public health, and equity. Users can generate energy efficiency scenarios from 2010–2040 at different geographical resolutions, ranging from national- or state-level analysis to different customer sectors within specific utilities.

ESIST enables users to develop scenarios and estimate the multiple benefits of electric customer-funded energy efficiency investments–including avoided emissions, public health benefits, peak demand impacts, and energy burden reductions–and review customer demographic data.

ESIST is a scenario planning tool that balances complexity and relative ease of use, combining several publicly available and peer-reviewed data sets. Users can customize data assumptions or use default values. During this webinar, EPA will provide an overview of the tool, describe use cases, and a perform a demonstration for users.


  • Maggie Molina, EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program
  • Cassandra Kubes, EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program
  • Patrick Knight, Synapse Energy Economics

Nissan to spend $18 billion developing a cheaper, more powerful EV battery

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Over the next five years, Nissan Motor Company will put 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) toward developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to serve its expanded lineup of electric vehicles, the company announced Monday.

Nissan plans to unveil 15 new EV models by 2030, as well as an additional eight partially gas-powered models. Such vehicles will account for half of available models by the end the this decade under the “Nissan Ambition 2030” plan.

Renewables on the Rise

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Clean energy is sweeping across America. In 2020, America generated almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2011, with wind and solar now producing 11% of the nation’s electricity. Advances in energy efficiency, electric vehicles, battery storage, electric home heating and other technologies mean that it is now more possible than ever to envision a future powered by renewable energy.

The recent growth of renewable energy in the United States is no accident – it’s the result of strong leadership by key states, as well as supportive federal policies. Renewables on the Rise 2021 tracks the growth and improvement of clean energy technologies over the last decade and makes the case for a bold commitment to a clean energy future.

6 Visio alternatives for easy-to-understand diagrams

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There are many free options to replace Visio, but not all diagramming software is created equal. This article looks at the best free Visio alternatives you can use to create professional-looking diagrams.

Why climate change could put new conservation areas in jeopardy

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A global initiative to protect 30 percent of the earth’s land and oceans by 2030 is gaining momentum. But scientists warn that as the world warms, many conservation areas will become less and less suited to the types of species and ecosystems they were intended to protect.

ZeLoop: an app using blockchain tokens to reward recycling

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The Readers’ Award finalist app ZeLoop is using cryptocurrency to incentivize consumers to recycle plastic bottles. Before recycling their bottles at one of 5000 crowdsourced collection points, users take a picture of the amount they are disposing of. Their picture is then verified, and they win blockchain tokens called Eco Rewards that they can exchange for goods and services.

Why are so many Michigan water systems finding lead? They’re looking harder

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Benton Harbor is likely just the beginning. Since the southwest Michigan community’s prolonged lead-in-water crisis began making national headlines this fall, residents of Hamtramck, Wayne and Manchester have all learned that their water, too, exceeded government lead standards, sparking renewed cries for faster action to eliminate the toxic metal from Michigan’s water systems.

But while residents are newly on-notice about the threat of lead in their water systems, the threat itself is nothing new. It’s just newly known to the public, the result of a rule change that forced water suppliers to start looking harder for the neurotoxin in their water delivery systems starting in 2019. 

Soil study shows why nitrous oxide emissions should factor into climate change mitigation

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Poorly drained agricultural soils emit enough of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide that the resulting climate change effects could far exceed the benefits of using the same soils as a means of sequestering carbon, according to a recently published scientific study.

The study, published Monday in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that a range of agricultural soils produce nitrous oxide emissions in quantities big enough to contribute to climate change. The researchers compared soils with various moisture content and found agricultural soils are capable of high nitrous oxide emissions across a wide range of environmental conditions.

Advanced Drainage Systems announces EcoPure BioFilter urban stormwater management solution for low-impact developments and green infrastructure projects

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Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a leading provider of innovative water management solutions, today released the EcoPure™ BioFilter urban stormwater management solution in response to increased stormwater runoff as a result of impervious surfaces associated with accelerated urbanization. EcoPure BioFilter is engineered for low-impact developments (LID) and green infrastructure projects requiring design flexibility, application of diverse plant life and hassle-free installation and maintenance. The device, which is available is multiple sizes ranging from 4 feet by 8 feet (smallest) to 10 feet by 20 feet (largest), is appropriate for new construction and retrofit commercial jobs.