A Misguided Canada

Read the full story by Roger Peters on RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

The Harper government’s latest plans to cut energy efficiency and renewable energy programs will set Canada back a decade in its efforts to reduce energy costs for homeowners and curb the environmental impacts of high energy use.

Port of Vancouver USA Adopts B20 Biodiesel

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The Port of Vancouver USA will use a combination of 20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent regular diesel (B20), resulting in a 20 percent reduction of emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is one of the first ports in the nation to implement a program for compliance to the state law passed last April that requires all state agencies to use a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel for state fleet vehicles by 2009.

MIT Sheds New Light on Old Solar PV Approach

Read the full story from RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are trying to unleash the promise of an old idea by converting light into electricity more efficiently than ever before. The research is applying new materials, new technologies and new ideas to radically improve an old concept — thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conversion of light into electricity.

Researchers Develop Foot-Friendly Paving Material From Recycled Tires

Read the full story in Environmental Protection Magazine.

A new material for paving recreation trails could step up recycling of rubber from automotive tires, as well as cushion the activities of joggers, walkers and bicyclers. And it’s less expensive than other rubberized paving materials currently on the market, researchers announced on May 21.

The rubberized pavement for exercise trails and paths has been developed through extensive laboratory study and multiple field tests using varying compositions. The work was done by Dr. Amme, his graduate student Haifeng Ni, and William E. Meggison of Meggison Enterprises in Brush, Colo.

Their research paper, “Field Testing of Asphalt Rubber/Rubber Aggregate As a Surfacing Material for Recreational Trails,” will be presented at the Asphalt Rubber 2006 Conference in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. It was previously presented at the 2005 Petersen Asphalt Research Conference in Laramie, WY.

Study: Household Cleaning Products, Air Fresheners May Pose Health Risks

Read the story in Environmental Protection Magazine or view the complete California Air Resources Board report.

Many common household cleaners and air fresheners, when used indoors under certain conditions, emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Pennsylvania To Study Pharmaceutical Chemicals In Water

Read the full story in Water and Wastewater Products News.

Pennsylvania officials are partnering with the federal government on a landmark study that will determine the occurrence and concentration of unregulated compounds, such as prescription and non-prescription chemicals, in the waters of central Pennsylvania, Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced on May 18.

Biodiesel Awards, Openings and Plans Move Forward: A News Summary

http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=44975

Six winners were selected at the National Sustainable Design Expo held in early May in Washington, DC. Among the six to have won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) P3 Awards was a student team from Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina for its project that converts local waste vegetable oil into biodiesel through a “closed-loop” environmentally friendly process. [Source: RenewableEnergyAccess.com]

It's Not My Job

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) roles and responsibilities have been shaped over the past 30 years primarily by U.S.-based regulatory requirements. But what happens if other forces were to dominate how EHS professionals add value? That tipping point may be approaching, and once reached, EHS roles and responsibilities could dramatically shift, writes Richard MacLean in the May issue of EP.

[Schools] Students learn to conserve, preserve

With a twist on the story of “Alice in Wonderland,” elementary students have been learning how to conserve energy, recycle and reuse what others throw away. [Source: Salem (OR) Statesman Journal]

[Environmental awards] 2006 White House Closing the Circle Award winners announced

Source: Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE), 5/19/06.
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2006 White House Closing the Circle (CTC) Awards. The CTC Awards recognize outstanding achievements of Federal employees and their facilities for efforts that resulted in significant contributions to, or have made a significant positive impact regarding to environmental stewardship. The awards focus on waste prevention, recycling, and green purchasing activities under Executive Order (E.O.) 13101, environmental management under E.O. 13148, green/sustainable buildings under several executive orders, and reduced fuel usage under E.O. 13149. This year the program also recognizes four (4) Gold level partners of the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC). [Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Environmental News]

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