Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

[Hospitals] Hospitals Challenge: Do No Harm

A Kaiser Permanente facility in Modesto, CA, exemplifies how hospitals are rethinking nearly every aspect of their design, construction, and operations. Mercury blood-pressure cuffs are becoming a thing of the past. Shia Levitt reports for American Public Media’s “Marketplace” 5/17/06. [SEJ Environmental Journalism Today]

[Environmental health] Climate Change and Human Health Impacts in the United States: An Update on the Results of the U.S. National Assessment

Ebi KL, Mills DM, Smith JB, and Grambsch A. 2006. Environ Health Perspect: doi:10.1289/ehp.8880. [Online 18 May 2006] [EHP-in-Press]

[2008 Summer Olympics] China Integrating "Green" Concepts into Olympic Venues

As Beijing moves forward with construction for the 2008 Summer Olympics, project developers are embracing state-of-the-art energy technologies as well as measures to save water and protect sensitive ecosystems. [Worldwatch Institute]

[Climate change] CO2: We call it life

Via Gil Friend:

Here’s an amazing example of what the mind of a skilled propagandist can produce:

Two 60-second television spots from the Competitive Enterprise Institute ‘focusing on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use.’

Carbon Dioxide: It’s what we breathe out, and what plants breathe in. They call it pollution. We call it life.

True enough, but put true statements in distorting contexts, and what do you get? Highly polished sleeze.

I’m wondering who, at what agency, did the creative on these, and how well they’re sleeping at night, and how well they’ll sleep with seawater lapping at their feet. ‘Got milk’ has got nothing on these guys.

Brought to you by the Let’s Go To Hell In A Faster Handbasket Marketing Board. [Gil Friend]

[Green building] Guerilla marketing in the Emerald City

There’s an urban renaissance going on in Seattle, and savvy marketers are asking passersby ‘what’s green.’ The buildings, for one. [SIJ News headlines]

[Renewable energy] New York Sets Sights on Renewable Energy

Gov. George Pataki of New York wants a quarter of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by the year 2013. Guests examine the plausibility of the plan, in a live broadcast from Syracuse, N.Y. [NPR Topics: Technology]

[Electronics industry] EPEAT: The New Green Computing Standard

Are “green computers” the next big thing after “green buildings”? A new industry standard is hoping that will be the case. [Joel Makower: Two Steps Forward]

[Renewable energy] New York Mega Mall Will be Driven by Green Power

Around the country, cities are aging — especially cities built around industries that are now long gone. This week, Syracuse, N.Y., town officials agreed to move forward with a proposed mega-mall called Destiny USA, which would rival the size of the Mall of America. The developers of the mall promise that it will be ‘green,’ with all of its power coming from renewable sources. [NPR Topics: Environment]

[Alternative fuels] Auto Industry Chiefs Talk Alternative Fuel in Washington

The heads of the major U.S. automakers are on Capitol Hill talking about the future of building cars that use alternative fuels. [NPR Topics: Environment]

[Pest control] Insect Pheromones: Mastering Communication to Control Pests

This publication explores research to develop pest control methods based on pheromones, chemicals “secreted by an animal, often an insect, that influence the behavior or development of other members of the same species.” Includes images, a timeline of the study of insect pheromones back to 1870, glossary, and links to related research. From Beyond Discovery, a publication series from the National Academy of Sciences. [Librarians’ Internet Index: New This Week]

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