As part of Pollution Prevention Week 2013, the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) announces that it has changed the name of its popular GreenBiz Column to P2 Impact. The name change reflects a content refocus towards a mainstream business audience. The column gives insights into greening of business processes, operation or technologies; and case studies and best business practices with respect to P2 and sustainability.
Our first author for the newly branded column is Richard Yoder, PE, SFP, Founder of the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), operating from the Nebraska Business Development Center serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. His article discusses a national survey that identifies the sectors, jobs and counties reporting higher rates of pro-environmental activities.
This year’s P2 Week theme is P2 at the Crossroads. P2 Week is the time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause. By sharing information about pollution prevention (P2), businesses can become more competitive, businesses and government can realize cost savings, and environmental quality can be enhanced.
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2RX) is a national partnership of regional centers that advance pollution prevention as a cornerstone of sustainability. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created the grant program that supports P2Rx in 1997.
The partnership was founded on the principle that preventing or reducing pollution before it is released, as opposed to cleaning up waste, has a much greater positive impact on environmental, economic, and public health. Preventing pollution saves valuable natural resources, minimizes clean-up costs, and reduces exposures to harmful substances.
The North Carolina Zoo has been named to a short list of major state tourist attractions recognized for outstanding environmental stewardship by the N.C. GreenTravel.
Launched in 2012, the N.C. GreenTravel is a program of the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University, the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development and other waste reduction partners. The program seeks to encourage economic growth, good health and environmental stewardship in the tourism industry.
Read the article on the Randolph Guide.
From the Wall Street Journal Market Watch
Sustainable Brands announces the program and speaker line up for its annual New Metrics of Sustainable Business conference, scheduled for September 24-25 at the University of Pennsylvania. A gathering point for sustainability executives, business strategists and financial leaders from across the globe, this event focuses on the leading edge of corporate practices and performance indicators that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial value.
Breakthrough research methods, provocative insights and case studies, as well as innovative measurement tools will all be featured, including continued threads of conversation on new ways to measure the ROI of sustainability, quantify employee engagement and performance, measure shared value and impact along the supply chain and benchmark ESG performance ratings/rankings. Over 60 contributing speakers from companies such as Campbell Soup, BT, Ben & Jerry’s, Diageo and Bridgestone will join executives from the Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade USA, SASB, GISR, Marine Stewardship Council and many others to the share leading edge corporate initiatives that drive improved business and social value.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — In two short months, students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville created a $20,000 Green Fund Tuesday to support student-designed projects aimed at sustainability.
The members of the UAH Green Club and UAH Student Government Association teamed up with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment (CASE), a statewide network of sustainable college programs, to create the Green Fund and its advisory board, the Chargers for Sustainability.
The Chargers for Sustainability, co-founded by UAH student Alex Beck, will be responsible for sifting through project proposals and analyzing their cost-benefit and sustainable impact on campus. The group is comprised of students, administration and staff departments that deal with facilities, housing, construction and grounds keeping, said student government president Nandish Dayal.
Projects that could come out of the Green Fund are things like painting roofs white to reduce energy costs, installing motion sensors for lights so that they don’t stay on when there are no people, encouraging students to use reusable water bottles, using dining hall waste as compost and refining used cooking oil to fuel campus vehicles.
Read the article at AL.com
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation in Mobile Alabama is seeking nominations for its Annual Marine Environmental Awards for 2013.
Two awards will recognize an individual and a group/organization that have made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.
Learn more at the Foundation’s website.
Recycling Works‘ Spring 2013 issue is packed with examples of the impact recycling has on economic development in North Carolina. Articles in this issue include:
- RBAC Awards Recycling Business Grants Expected to Create 240-plus jobs in North Carolina
- BlackGold Biofuels Expands to Charlotte
- Ply-Gem Creates Jobs in Columbus County
- Triangle Partnership to Salvage C&D Waste Fosters Job Development
Access the Spring 2013 newsletter on the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources website.
Cutting edge electric golf course maintanence equipment was unveiled by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Golf Course earlier this week.
The event showcased the equipment while demonstrating its positive environmental impacts and energy savings, among other benefits. One of those benefits is quiet. The motors go about their work silently.
Read the full article at nooga.com.
ASHEVILLE — Legislation that conservation groups are calling a “Frankenbill,” which passed the N.C. Senate and is now moving through the House, contains sweeping revisions to environmental protection regulations.
The Regulatory Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, and Andrew Brock, R-Davie, and sponsored by Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, seeks to “provide regulatory relief to the citizens of North Carolina.”
The bill has a variety of provisions, including fast-tracking the permitting process for certain environmental permits, preventing local environmental rules from being stricter than state or federal statutes or regulations and allows industry — including coal-fired power plants — to contaminate groundwater up to their property lines.
Read the full article at citizen-times.com.
Take a deep breath, Broward County. The air quality in your backyard gets strong marks by American Lung Association standards.
Palm Beach County did not do as well, but officials said their performance was still “pretty good.”
In its 2013 State of the Air report, tapping federal air quality data from 2009 to 2011, the organization ranked the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area as 25th in the nation among the “cleanest metropolitan areas in the country” for annual particle pollution, tying with two other Florida areas: Lakeland and Orlando. Only 27 highly populated areas made the list.
Every year for the past 14 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed three consecutive years of data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air-quality monitors to compile its annual report card in an effort to raise public awareness on pollution.
Read the full article at sun-sentinel.com.
May 11, 2013 – A municipal water pollution prevention annual report was presented and approved at the Robertsdale City Council meeting Monday night.
City engineer Greg Smith presented the report, characterizing it as “pretty good.” The report was approved through a resolution by the city council at Monday’s meeting and will be presented to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s Municipal Section Water Division in Montgomery.
Read the full article at gulfcoastnewstoday.com.