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New Technologies Are Making It Easier for Businesses to Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

It’s a concrete jungle out there — literally. Humans today consume more concrete than any substance aside from water. That presents a huge problem for the environment. Concrete comes from cement, and each ton of cement generates a matching ton of carbon emissions. Many builders and designers are recycling water or … Read more »

CleanB System Helps Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant Save Money

NuTerra, a waste and biosolids management company, has commenced installation of a CleanB system at the wastewater treatment plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The new system will save transportation and energy costs, eliminate odors, and provide environmental benefits to the city. Completion of the project is slated for summer 2016. … Read more »

Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

The North American Precast Concrete industry has released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories: architectural and insulated wall panels, structural precast concrete products and underground precast concrete products. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts … Read more »

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Methane Risks

No one likes uncertainty, least of all investors. Good, actionable information is their most important tool for risk management and key to successful investing – because without proper data, investors are flying blind. And yet, none of the 65 oil and gas companies reviewed in a just-released study by Environmental Defense Fund … Read more »

Columbia Pipeline Group First to Deploy Intelligent Pipeline Solution

Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) is the first company to deploy the Intelligent Pipeline Solution (IPS), a software system from General Electric and Accenture that helps pipeline operators make informed decisions around pipeline safety and integrity. CPG now has an enterprise-wide, near real-time view of their more than 15,000 miles of … Read more »

Anellotech, Suntory on Track to Develop 100% Bio-Based Beverage Bottles

Anellotech and Suntory Holdings have entered into the next phase of their strategic partnership to develop and commercialize cost-competitive 100 percent bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory is one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies whose brands include Orangina, Schweppes and Jim Beam. The Anellotech alliance with … Read more »

Why Your Organization Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

Organization charts normally have boxes for lots of chiefs — whether it’s chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO) or even chief technology officer (CTO) — to indicate positions of senior responsibility for large areas the organizations’ day-to-day and strategic operations. However, organizations that are … Read more »

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Paint Recycling Program Saves Local Governments Money

Nearly 80 percent of local governments that participated in the industry-run PaintCare stewardship program saved money as a result, with average annual cost savings of $151,905, according to a report from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). PSI released two reports to illustrate how the PaintCare program benefits retailers, residents, contractors … Read more »

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TerraVerdae Expands Bioplastic Portfolio

Bioplastics and biomaterials develoer TerraVerdae BioWorks has partnered with biopolymer firm PolyFerm in a move that TerraVerdae says will allow it to expand its elastomeric PHA biomaterials portfolio into the biodegradable thermoelastomer market. PolyFerm has developed the only line of biodegradable thermoelastomers in the industry made entirely from renewable feedstocks. … Read more »

Congress Approves Export of US Crude Oil

On December 18, President Obama signed into law HR 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the so-called Omnibus Appropriations bill. This $1.15 trillion measure funded the Federal Government through FY 2016. Included in this seemingly unrelated Omnibus package were provisions that ended the 40-year prohibition on the export of … Read more »

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Oil & Gas Firms Under-Reporting Methane Risk, EDF Says

Leading oil and gas companies are failing to adequately disclose meaningful information on emissions of methane, according to a new report by the Environmental Defense Fund. The report, Rising Risk: Improving Methane Disclosure in the Oil and Gas Sector, examines the current state of voluntary reporting on methane in the US … Read more »

Partnership Creates Revenue Stream for Recovered Phosphorous in Wastewater

Through a technology licensing agreement with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, ACWA Services will offer an advanced nutrient recovery solution to UK water companies and anaerobic digestion (AD) operators. Ostara’s Pearl process recovers 85 percent of the phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater streams at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and … Read more »

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