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.

Measurement of % biodiesel in diesel fuel

Read the full press release at Laboratory Talk.

Spectrometer represents a new concept in portable mid-infrared instrumentation that provides spectral, quantitative or qualitative information wherever required – production, field, or laboratory.

Case Construction Equipment approves B5 biodiesel in its engines

Read the full article at Waste News.

June 12 — Case Construction Equipment Co. says it is the first construction equipment manufacturer to approve the use of B5 biodiesel fuel in all of its mechanical engines.

SERDP & ESTCP's Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop

Location: Washington, D.C.
Dates: November 28-30, 2006

Sponsored by SERDP and ESTCP, this event will provide attendees: (1) concurrent technical sessions covering the latest in environmental research results and technical innovations; (2) poster sessions featuring more than 350 technical posters; (3) exhibit booths offering information about funding opportunities in related research programs; (4) two sessions providing a summary of SERDP and ESTCP program development and opportunities to conduct research and demonstrations; and (5) networking opportunities with more than 800 environmental professionals. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, e-mail or call (703) 736-4548.

2007 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards

Deadline: November 30, 2006

For more information, please visit

The 2007 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards will recognize the outstanding efforts of students, teachers, and community groups across the United States who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.

All schools (grades K-12) in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Projects must be sponsored by a formally recognized school group, such as a grade level, classroom, or club. Public, private, and licensed home schools are all eligible to apply. Individual students (i.e., science fair projects) and previous award-winning projects are not eligible to apply. Community-based projects, such as those managed and operated by community service organizations, public recreation centers, 4-H clubs, and other public, nonprofit groups working to protect the environment at the grassroots level are also eligible to apply.

Eight projects will be selected. Each winning group will receive $10,000 to benefit the award-winning project; an all-expenses-paid trip for three students and one adult leader to an Anheuser-Busch theme park for a special awards event; a Fuji-film digital camera for use by award-winning group; a hundred T-shirts to share with school and community partners; and award trophy and certificates for every student/group leader participant. From the eight projects, one outstanding environmental educator/leader will be recognized. That educator will receive $5,000; an all-expenses-paid trip for themselves and one guest to an Anheuser-Busch theme park for a special awards event; a Fujifilm digital camera; an all-expenses- paid trip to the 2007 National Science Teachers Association ( national conference; and an award trophy and certificate.

Renewables: 25% of energy use in '25?

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

A broad coalition of politicos, activists, and businesses united this week to try to put greener energy on a fast track.

Middle School Environmental Essay Contest Winners

Read the full article (including the winning essays) at

Keep Kingsport Beautiful and sponsor, Hunter Smith Davis, LLP, recently awarded three John Sevier Middle School students with cash and a plaque for their winning entries in this year’s Middle School Environmental Essay Contest.

Alternative Energy Inspires Young Scientists

Via the Alternative Energy Blog:

In Indianapolis a number of the 1,500 young scientists competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair for $4 million dollars in prizes and scholarships pursued alternative energy innovations.

Seventeen year old Allison Wilson from Stuart, Iowa, won $11,000 in scholarships by making ethanol fuel from prairie grass.

Renewable energy also inspired 17 year old Brian Sutterer of Terre Haute, Indiana, who generated electricity using the difference in temperature above and below ground (geothermal energy).

2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Police recycle horse dung for cash

Read the full story in the Manchester Evening News.

Thrifty police are recycling horse manure to dig their way out of a cash crisis. Mounted officers at the Greater Manchester Police stables are using the 12 tons of manure produced each month to generate energy and cut heating bills. It is one of a range of environmentally-friendly policies that has helped the force save £30m of taxpayers’ money in the past year.

Proposed Regulatory Consumer Products Categories Product Lists Available; Consumer Products Workgroup Meeting June 1, 2006

The California Air Resources Board has posted product lists for the initial draft proposed regulatory consumer products categories. These product lists along with other topics will be discussed at the next Consumer Products Workgroup Meeting which will be held on June 1, 2006, at ARB’s Monitoring and Laboratory Division building in Sacramento. Please see the meeting notice for teleconference details.

The Workgroup meeting agenda and the product lists can be found on ARB’s website at Some product lists were withheld to protect individual companies’ confidential information.

If you have any questions regarding the workgroup meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Trish Johnson at (916) 445-3365 or by email at, or you may contact David Mallory at (916) 445-8316 or by email at [Source: Chemallliance Environmental News]

Mercury in Tuna: New Safety Concerns

This report concludes that “canned light tuna, long recommended as the safer choice because of its presumably lower mercury content, sometimes harbors at least as much of that potentially harmful heavy metal as white tuna does.” Provides a FAQ based on the findings and a chart showing low-mercury seafood choices for women of childbearing age and young children. From Consumer Reports. [via Librarian’s Index to the Internet]

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