The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPD Collaborative) sent notice to all online platform account holders that a “Release Candidate” of the version 2.0 Health Product Declaration (HPD) online platform will be available for use this March. Account holders also learned that the Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP) will begin beta testing version 2.0 on February 2nd. The HPD Collaborative also announced that it will make HPD version one PDFs available to partnering product libraries and Visionary Sponsors.
College Football Fans Divert Over 2 Million Pounds of Material from the Landfill in 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge
Friendly Competition Boosts Recycling and Reduces Waste in College Football Stadiums
College football stadiums are full of passionate fans, unforgettable plays, and ample opportunity for waste reduction and recycling. This season, college and university students and alumni taking part in the GameDay Recycling Challenge recycled or reused 1,098 tons of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, food scraps, and other recyclables, resulting in a reduction of 3,358 metric tons of greenhouses gases emitted. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 707 passenger vehicles, or the emissions produced by the annual electricity use of 306 households.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (SCSGC) with a $78,564 environmental education model grant for their Sowing the Seeds of Estuary Health: Exploring Tidal Creek-Salt Marsh Ecosystems while Raising Awareness project proposal. The proposal intends to increase the stewardship of tidal creek-salt marsh habitats, thereby protecting coastal waters and reducing human health risk. To accomplish this goal, SCSG will develop a tidal creek-salt marsh environmental education model that includes three levels of engagement: environmental information, outreach, and stewardship to increase understanding and care of these ecosystems.
Agreement in Principle Reached to Clean Up Duke Energy’s Lee Site in South Carolina
Representing Upstate Forever and Save Our Saluda, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced an agreement in principle with Duke Energy to remove all of its coal ash at its W.S. Lee facility from the banks of the Saluda River near Greenville and Anderson, South Carolina, to safer, dry lined storage away from the river.
“With this announcement, our advocacy and litigation have obtained commitments from all public utilities in South Carolina to clean up leaking coal ash lagoons on South Carolina’s rivers,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “This is a historic accomplishment for South Carolina’s rivers and clean water. Duke Energy has agreed to do the right thing in South Carolina and move over 3.2 million tons of its coal ash from the banks of the Saluda River to safer, dry lined storage. ”
NORESCO Selected for $43 Million Energy Infrastructure Project at U.S. Army's Fort Jackson Training Center
NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure solutions, has won a $43 million energy savings performance contract for work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army's largest and most active basic combat training center. NORESCO specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
FlyPunch is the only solution safe to be around food and effective enough to eliminate fruit flies
Known to hover in even the cleanest restaurant kitchens, bars, breweries and wineries, pesky fruit flies are highly disruptive to sanitation and ambiance. Finally, there’s a safe, effective solution: At this week’s National Restaurant Association show, Aunt Fannie is launching FlyPunch!, the first natural pesticide to quickly attract and kill fruit flies.