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Eco-Systems Article: Low Impact Development: A Cost Effective Method for Development? by Paul Lanning

Eco-Systems Article: Low Impact Development: A Cost Effective Method for Development? by Paul Lanning | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it

LID, a relatively new concept in stormwater management pioneered by Prince George’s County, Maryland in the early 1990's, has emerged as an alternative to controlling stormwater pollution and protecting local stream, rivers, and lakes and already urbanized communities throughout the country.

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Oil & Gas Sector News: ‘Tempered optimism’ for the oil and gas industry

Oil & Gas Sector News: ‘Tempered optimism’ for the oil and gas industry | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it
HOUSTON — In speech after speech at a cavernous hotel here, top oil and gas executives telegraphed the same message: Life is good.

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Environmental & Business Sector News: The U.S. is hitting its ethanol limit. So the EPA may relax its biofuels rules.

On Tuesday, the EPA said that it would look into ways to adjust the nation's biofuels targets in the years ahead. (The U.S. is hitting its ethanol limit. So the EPA may relax its biofuels rules.

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Chemical Sector News: USEPA delays draft proposals for nationwide stormwater regulations...again - Lexology (registration)

USEPA delays draft proposals for nationwide stormwater regulations...again Lexology (registration) Covered facilities were required to apply for and obtain a NPDES discharge permit by March 2003, and to implement certain minimum stormwater...

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Pulp & Paper News: Energy efficiency could be lifeline for aging paper mills

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Energy efficiency could be lifeline for aging paper mills
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The sights of hulking, steaming paper and pulp mills – and the acrid smell they produce – are familiar to many residents of Wisconsin, Ohio and other Midwestern states.

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Legal & Regulatory News: Court upholds five-year-old air pollution standard

WASHINGTON — A federal court today upheld a 2008 air pollution standard the Obama administration vowed to strengthen, but later reversed itself and kept in place. The U.S.

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Chemical News: Eliminating Waste Water Discharge

Treatment efficiency to ensure compliance with current NPDES limits for discharge. • Development to target pollutant such as copper, zinc and TSS. • Filtration at a rate that ensures thorough removal.


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Eco-Systems Article: Air Quality Regulations Potentially Impact Industrial Growth in DeSoto County by Dwight Wylie and Natasha Halageri

Population growth, coupled with urban development and vehicular traffic, has led to deterioration in air quality in the surrounding area, particularly 8-hour average ground level ozone (ozone). In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared the urban area of DeSoto County as a “nonattainment area” for ozone along with several suburban counties around Memphis. What does this mean for you?

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Oil & Gas News: Why America Is Losing Its Gas-Guzzling Ways

A fundamental and dramatic shift is happening 

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Legal & Regulatory News: EPA set to unveil host of new regs

The Obama administration is looking forward to a host of new environmental regulations that go far beyond the president's plans to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.

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Agreement resolves Buckhorn Mine water quality penalties

The agreement also outlines a process for resolving disputes that may arise while implementing terms of the settlement or the new NPDES permit.


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Solid Waste Sector News: MillerCoors Goes Landfill Free

The largest brewery in the nation, MillerCoors, announced it has succeeded in becoming the first brewery to be landfill-free.

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Bruce Laird's curator insight, July 2, 2013 9:12 AM

Actions like this are becoming more common in industry, solid waste companies will need to shift focus from disposal to materials management.  

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Oil & Gas Sector News: Prices Converge as US Bottlenecks Ease

Oil & Gas Sector News: Prices Converge as US Bottlenecks Ease | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it

A strange distortion that's persisted in the oil market far longer than many thought possible is finally starting to disappear.


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Real Estate Sector News: Survey shows broad support for biking and walking commutes - Washington Post

Real estate survey shows broad support for biking and walking commutes Washington Post Respondents to a survey by the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute, an international real estate research group, overwhelmingly said that the region would...
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Government Sector News: Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods get 46% more physical activity

Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods get 46% more physical activity News-Medical.net Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods--developments that are designed to increase walkability and have more parks and green space...
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Energy Sector News: The myth of energy independence - CNN

The myth of energy independence
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(TIME) -- Michael Levi is my favorite energy wonk -- and not just because we both had to endure waiting for hours in the cold outside the 2009 United Nations climate-change conference in Copenhagen.

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Article: New Vapor Intrusion Guidance: What's all the Fuss? by John Ryan

In April 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) published for comment two draft vapor intrusion guidance documents. What does this mean for you? 

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Oil & Gas News: Regulation keeps pace with advancing technology

Regulation keeps pace with advancing technology
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Texas is the top oil- and natural gas-producing state in the US, representing about 40% of the oil production and almost 30% of natural gas produced in the US.

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Environmental & Business News: MS & AL Governors announce partnership to research oil sands

The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Saturday their two states will partner to study oil sands resources. Oil sands are a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen.


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Government Sector News: The BUILD Act- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites

Government Sector News: The BUILD Act- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites Auburn Citizen "Redeveloping our brownfield sites is a proven, effective way to revitalize communities and boost the economy through private investment and business...

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Courtney VanderSchaaf's curator insight, July 30, 2013 7:48 AM

THe BUILD Act (Brownfields Utilizaton, Investment, and Local Development) proposes awarding multiphase grants so municipalities can complete assessment through redevelopment under one grant.


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Solid Waste News: Landfill Decomposition Rates For Common Items

If you don't reuse or recycle that item, it probably will end up in a landfill. Here are landfill decomposition rates for common items.

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Bruce Laird's curator insight, July 9, 2013 9:24 AM

Ever wonder how long it takes a styrofoam cup to degrade?  Here is your answer.

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Chemical Sector News: U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed

Chemical Sector News: U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it

A 27-year-old U.S.program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners...

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Environmental & Business News: New Orleans Bioinnovation Center: A Prototype for Nimble Sustainability

Environmental & Business News: New Orleans Bioinnovation Center: A Prototype for Nimble Sustainability | AllenES Environmental Digest | Scoop.it

The New Orleans Bioinnovation Center is a prototype for nimble sustainability, located at a brownfield site in the burgeoning biotechnology district across from Tulane University Medical School on historic Canal Street.


When New Orleans began to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, NOBIC was back on track, helped by the state, which—like other states—had discovered the economic potential of attracting biotechnology incubators. The goal was to create a collaborative environment in which fledgling start-ups could grow into successful enterprises and spread the wealth.

 

The glass and steel structure New Orleans Bioinnovation Center strikes a lucid and gracious balance between hard-core sustainability, tenant harmony, and economic viability. Smith believes EDR's success is a result of creating "people ecosystems" by designing for "a long life and a loose fit."


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Peter Nguyen's curator insight, May 30, 2013 3:52 AM

very nice modern design.

teribithia's comment, May 30, 2013 4:18 AM
very nice modern design.
Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 30, 2013 9:40 AM
Maravilha de design atual...
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Article: "Fix it First" - by Kimberly Miller of Eco-Systems

As cities age, neighborhoods that were once desirable may begin to decline.  Residents frequently move further from the city center in search of newer housing, better schools and safer neighborhoods, leaving the historic center of a community to struggle with a lower tax base and reduced community involvement.  Smart and sustainable communities know how to revitalize these neighborhoods with new opportunities for education and employment. 

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Pulp & Paper Sector News: Lumber mills buzzing again in Louisiana

Now, some of these shuttered mills are being bought up and reopened.


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