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Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Defective wells, not hydraulic fracturing, is the primary cause of water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a study by Duke University. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, researchers analyzed the gas content of more than 130 drinking water wells in the two … Read more »

Top 25 Green Football Schools Ranked

The University of Washington is the no. 1 green football school, according to SaveOnEnergy.com’s ranking of the top 25 NCAA football schools this season. SaveOnEnergy.com compared the 25 universities with criteria including stadium sustainability efforts, number of active green organizations, waste diversion rate, percentage of budget spent on locally grown or … Read more »

Gameday Recycling Challenge

College Football Fans Recycle, Compost 1.5 Million Pounds of Material

During this collegiate football season, more than 85 schools across the US have recycled and composted cans and bottles, cardboard and food scraps, keeping about 1.5 million pounds of game-day waste out of landfills and preventing about 1,980 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released. This is according to … Read more »

McGill Feeding McGill

Universities’ Sustainability Initiatives Save Money, Resources

The University of Toronto uses solar panels to heat water for athletes’ showers and McGill University imposes a student fee of 50 Canadian cents per credit that is matched by the university for its Sustainability Projects Fund. These are two examples of how Canadian campuses are integrating sustainability into university … Read more »

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Monsanto, Bayer, Sygenta Fund Bee Research

Monsanto, Bayer and Sygenta are among the agrichemical companies funding honeybee research in the US as scientists investigate pesticides as a potential cause of honeybee decline, Reuters reports. Bayer and Syngenta, which produce neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline, are helping fund research at Iowa State University … Read more »

Lightweighting Vehicles Saves Fuel, Minimizes Environmental Footprint

Lightweighting Vehicles Saves Fuel, Minimizes Environmental Footprint

Glenn Daehn and Anthony Luscher from The Ohio State University discuss their lightweight metal-based vehicles research, which is funded by the Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research Initiative. The Advancing Sustainability Research Initiative is managed by Alcoa Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Ohio State Wins Environmental March Madness National Championship

The Ohio State University is this year’s Environmental March Madness national champion. The school beat out Colorado State University, George Mason University and University of Washington in last week’s “Finest Four” round of the tournament to win the 2013 title. In announcing the winning university, Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president … Read more »

Colby College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Colby College has achieved carbon neutrality, two years before its target date. The small Waterville, Maine school says it achieved neutrality by switching to 100-percent renewable electricity starting in 2003 and using sustainably harvested wood biomass instead of oil as its primary fuel for heat and hot water beginning in … Read more »

Colorado State, George Mason, Ohio State and University of Washington Advance to ‘Finest Four’

Colorado State University, George Mason University, Ohio State University and University of Washington have advanced to the “Finest Four” round of the second annual Environmental March Madness tournament. In a format similar to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, these schools have survived two elimination rounds, the “Sustainable 16” and … Read more »

Bioreactor Saves Poultry Farm $10m

A bioreactor water treatment system designed by an Ohio State University researcher has saved an Ohio poultry farm $10 million over the next-best option. Whitewater Processing Co. slaughters and processes between 6,000 and 8,000 turkeys and produces about 145,000 gallons of wastewater on a normal day. In the late 1990s, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Roquette $4m Fine, Climate Tax, Wind PTC

Roquette America Inc. has agreed to pay a $4.1 million civil penalty to settle more than 1,000 alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit at its grain processing facility in Keokuk, Iowa, the EPA and the DOJ said. In addition to paying the penalty, Roquette will complete … Read more »

Contract Wins: Sumitomo, InterCore Energy, University of California, Aqua America, GEI Consultants

Sumitomo Corporation has bought GE’s share in the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm under construction in the California desert, east of Palm Springs. This investment gives the Japanese-based company 25 percent ownership of the solar project, which, according to the US Department of the Interior, is the largest solar … Read more »