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China's Green Fence: Impacts on U.S. Recycling

Fri, 2013-09-27 08:45

As the manufacturing sector of the Chinese economy increases, concerns about the environmental impacts of waste generation have led the Chinese government to enact the Green Fence Initiative. In an effort to reduce the amount of scrap waste (mainly plastic) imported from the United States that has led to worsening environmental conditions, Chinese officials have sought to implement waste management strategies through significant policy changes.

Waste for Energy Generation: A Slippery Slope?

Wed, 2013-08-28 08:40

Copenhagen, Denmark is adding a new landmark to its city skyline. A new waste-to-energy (WTE) power plant doubling as an urban ski slope will be built along the waterfront. The power plant is part of the city’s commitment to reduce fossil fuel energy production. In place of coal or oil, WTE power plants use incinerators to burn trash, which creates enough heat to run steam turbines.

Costa Rica Recap: First LEED Class en Español!

Fri, 2013-08-23 08:43

Last Updated: 2017-10-23 03:09

Everblue’s mission is to be the leading sustainability training institute worldwide. To achieve this, Everblue has expanded its business operations internationally to provide more opportunities for individuals to receive sustainability-related education and impact their communities. Recently, Everblue’s LEED instructor, Greg Hamra, traveled to Costa Rica for Everblue’s first LEED course in Costa Rica, which was exclusively taught in Spanish. Read further to learn about Greg’s observations and experiences.

China's Green Fence Initiative & U.S. Waste

Fri, 2013-08-16 08:46

The expansion of industrialization efforts in China is a direct result of enacted policies to promote strong regional development and facilitate international product yield. As a result of increased manufacturing, China is not only generating material waste domestically but also must contend with imported products that confound the growing pollution and environmental issues increasing in the country.

Decision on Keystone Still in the Pipeline

Mon, 2013-08-12 09:17

Last month when President Obama announced his Climate Plan, most people expected him to also announce his decision on the highly controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The proposed pipeline is designed to connect the Canadian Alberta Tar Sands to Gulf Coast oil refineries thereby uniting U.S. energy supplies with Canada.

Top 10 Home Water Conservation Strategies

Fri, 2013-08-02 08:10

Conserving water throughout your home and yard can end up saving you a significant amount on your monthly water bill. Although many people don’t realize it, potable water (water considered safe for consumption) is an incredibly important resource that is being overdrawn across our nation. Below are 10 tips to help you cut back on your usage and contribute to water conservation efforts:

1) Taking shorter showers and install water-conserving showerheads can save up to 15 gallons per shower.

A Closer Look at the Shift to Natural Gas

Wed, 2013-07-31 08:14

In the past decade, there has been growing opposition to the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” which is used to drill into shale and bedrock to create natural gas wells. Much of this opposition was stirred up as a result of journalist and filmmaker Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland. In this documentary, Fox tours around the U.S. interviewing families who have been impacted by the negative effects of natural gas drilling on their property.

Combating Wildfires & Preserving Water Supplies

Mon, 2013-07-29 08:21

As emphasized in an earlier discussion on water scarcity, water conservation efforts are paramount to various western U.S. states. The recent occurrence of wildfires in the region has propelled significant action to combat not only the environmental destruction of wildlife but also the degradation of water supplies. Announced on July 23, 2013, the Department of Agriculture outlined a new federal, local, and private partnership to reduce the risks of wildfire to America’s water supply in western states.

A Shift in the Winds

Mon, 2013-07-22 09:18

A new network of offshore wind power is planned to be constructed along the East Coast. The key to this design is the creation of a main line that would serve as a “backbone” connecting wind farms together and alleviating the hassle of running individual power lines from each individual farm itself to the coast. The main transmission line is supposed to reach from New York all the way down to Southern Virginia when completed. The first leg of this project to be completed is a 189-mile segment off the coast of New Jersey.

TED Talk: Elon Musk

Fri, 2013-07-19 10:02

Elon Musk is one of the most daring and successful pioneers of our generation. He is currently the CEO of three companies: Tesla, Solar City, and Space X. Due to their pioneering nature, these ventures were huge risks for investors, and at some point each of these companies has been dangerously close to bankruptcy. However, somehow Elon has been able to not only sustain these businesses, but also lead them to be successful.

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