• New Jersey to Take Lead in Offshore Wind Energy?

    As the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts fends off some last ditch legal challenges to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., New Jersey passed a law this week that would ultimately make it the leading provider of offshore wind energy in the country. >> Read the Full Article
  • Maine Town Rolls Out Trash Metering

    If you are fairly diligent about recycling, do not buy a lot of junk or processed food, and barely toss any trash in your garbage bin, why should you pay the same rate as your neighbor whose bin is filled to capacity? Sanford residents implemented a trash metering system that requires residents to pay by the bag for curbside collection. After one month, the 50% decrease in garbage tonnage far exceeded the town manager's expectations. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Ways to Mass Travel

    Not everyone can drive to work in their own vehicle. Planners must find ways to blend individual vehicles with hte needs of mass transportation. Building train stations or subways is highly capital intensive and involves years of construction and related dealys due ot construction. Adding buses adds to traffic. Furthermore mass transist needs to be safe, clean and inexpensive. The straddling bus, first exhibited on the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May this year, maybe one answer. In the near future, the model is to be put into pilot use in Beijing’s Mentougou District. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beaver Born in UK Wild for First Time in Four Centuries

    Scottish conservationists say the first beaver born in Britain in nearly 400 years emerged from its lodge last month, a significant step in the reintroduction of the species that was hunted into extinction centuries ago. >> Read the Full Article
  • Reinventing the City

    Our cities play a vital role in the quest to achieve global ecological sustainability. They are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases and climate change. However, if we can achieve sustainable construction and use of urban infrastructure, our cities could become a critical leverage point in global efforts to drastically reduce emissions and avoid the social and economic costs associated with climate change, as well as enhance energy security and resilience in the face of high fossil energy prices. >> Read the Full Article
  • Cleanup of Superfund Site Completed in Morris County, New Jersey

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has successfully completed the cleanup of a superfund site in Long Hill Township and Harding Township, Morris County, NJ. The site, at the edge of a National Wildlife Refuge, had formerly served as an asbestos dump. It has now been removed from the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites. >> Read the Full Article
  • Rebranding Tap Water: NYC Water-On-the-Go Campaign

    On a recent walk along New York City's Union Square Park, I came across a beautiful sight: walking in 95-degree humid heat, I saw fountains and fountains of cold, clean, and free drinking water. New Yorkers profess that their tap water is "the purest and tastiest" in the world. This summer, the New York Department of the Environment is rolling out an environmental education campaign on city streets to inform residents of just that–and to discourage people from buying bottled water. >> Read the Full Article
  • Accusations of Flawed Climate Science are Rejected by the EPA

    Since the Obama Administration came to power in Washington, the EPA has taken upon itself the mission of addressing global climate change. They have been very proactive in getting information out confirming that climate change exists and that it is caused, at least in part, by human activities. Ten petitions were sent to the agency to challenge the EPA's position on climate change. Upon review, the EPA has decided to fully reject the claims made in the petitions, determining that they are without merit. >> Read the Full Article
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is where Sustainability Starts

    Companies want to promote their efforts to be more "sustainable". But what does this mean? There is no hard and fast definition, so what being sustainable means to a company is open to some interpretation. Many companies start their quest to me more sustainable by looking at the life cycle environmental impacts of their products. The focus is not only on is this a great product, and is it helpful to users to reduce energy use, or in some other way to be "green" but on what are the manufacturing, distribution, and ultimate disposal impacts as well. These are all part of the life cycle of products. ENN provides news related to Life Cycle Assessment, and for 2010 is a media sponsor of LCA Sustainable Product Design USA 2010. This conference has evolved to meet the demands of today’s CSR, Environmental Affairs Strategists and for the first time engineering and product design experts as well. - 15% Discount for ENN readers - >> Read the Full Article
  • Myanmar creates world's largest tiger reserve, aiding many endangered Southeast Asian species

    Myanmar has announced that Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve will be nearly tripled in size, making the protected area the largest tiger reserve in the world. Spanning 17,477 square kilometers (6,748 square miles), the newly expanded park is approximately the size of Kuwait and larger than the US state of Connecticut. >> Read the Full Article