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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.

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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.

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Hurricane Sandy
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:09
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our customers and friends in the Northeast who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We are grateful that Sandy didn’t affect us here in South Carolina.

Debbie O'Hara
Environmental Express

 
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.
 
Ten Ways to Save Money, Energy and Protect Your Health This Winter
Friday, 26 October 2012 06:41

WASHINGTON - With winter quickly approaching, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highlighting ten tips for Americans to protect their health, save money, and lower energy while enjoying the winter holiday season.

1. Maintain your heating equipment to lower utility bills. Heating and cooling costs account for about $1,000 -- nearly half of a home's total annual energy bill. Maintaining the efficiency of your home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills. Dirt and neglect can impact the efficiency of your HVAC system and are some of the top causes of heating system failure. Schedule an HVAC checkup with a licensed HVAC contractor to make sure your system is operating at peak performance. Also, check your system's air filter every month and change it when it's dirty or at a minimum, every three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool - wasting energy. http://www.energystar.gov/homeimprovement

2. Download EPA's free Apps to help protect your health. The AIRNow app allows users to enter a zip code and get current particle pollution and ozone levels and forecasts for more than 400 cities across the country. The Ultraviolet (UV) Index provides an hourly forecast of the UV radiation levels from the sun. Both are available for Apple and Android phones. Learn more about these apps and the others: http://m.epa.gov/apps/index. html

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