Waste Reduction During Holidays Saves Environment
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:07
By Jon K. Brent

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The holidays are upon us and so is holiday waste. The week after Christmas, we'll see streets decked with garbage bins spilling over with holiday waste -- plus the occasional plumber's truck in front of the home where the sink disposal couldn't handle all the food discards. Save landfills with these recycling pointers.

EPA Recommends New Recreational Water Quality Criteria to Better Protect Public Health
Monday, 03 December 2012 11:08

WASHINGTON --Pursuant to an order from a U.S. District Court and as required by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recommended new recreational water quality criteria for states that will help protect peoples' health during visits to beaches and waters year round. The science-based criteria provide information to help states improve public health protection by addressing a broader range of illness symptoms, better accounting for pollution after heavy rainfall, providing more protective recommendations for coastal waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers and promoting rapid water testing. The criteria released today do not impose any new requirements; instead, they are a tool that states can choose to use in setting their own standards.

EPA Encourages Students
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:09

EPA Encourages Students in Grades K-12
to Enter President's Environmental Youth Awards Competition

Entries are now being sought for the 2012 President's Environmental Youth Awards, which recognize individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school) and youth organizations for protecting our nation's air, water and land.

The program, which honors a variety of environmental projects developed by students, is open to students in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kan. The program has two components: The regional certificate program and the regional award winner. Regional certificates are awarded by each of the 10 regional offices of EPA. Applications for the regional certificate can be submitted at any time during the year. Each regional office also selects one first place project as its regional award winner.

EPA Appoints New Heads of Two Independent Science Advisory Committees
Friday, 30 November 2012 07:09

WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed two engineers to serve as the Chairs of two independent Federal Advisory Committees, the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Dr. David Allen, an internationally recognized engineer specializing in air quality will serve as the SAB Chair, and Dr. H. Christopher Frey, an environmental engineer expert in quantitative methods for dealing with variability and uncertainty, will serve as the CASAC Chair. They each will serve a two-year term.

3 Steps to Achieving Zero-Waste
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:09
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, industrial facilities alone produce 7.6 billion tons of solid waste each year. That’s why it’s great that General Motors recently announced its 100th facility to become landfill free–that is, having successfully diverted 100 percent of its waste stream.

General Motors isn’t the first organization to launch a zero-waste initiative. Many North American companies–across a slew of industries, at facilities of all sizes–are implementing similar programs. Kirk Varga, Chief Sales Officer of the International Environmental Alliance (IEA), says,"A zero-waste initiative is a great way for a facility to stay ahead of the sustainability curve, enhance positive visibility, and save money. But depending on the facility’s size and complexity, implementing and managing a zero-waste program can take a lot of time and effort."

To find out what the industry experts say it takes to achieve waste diversion, read Ashley Halligan's original article here.
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