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Last U.S. Coal-Fired Steamship Sails On, Aiming for a Cleaner Wake

Lake Michigan's S.S. Badger must meet pollution restrictions by next year.
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As it has almost every year for more than six decades, the venerable S.S. Badger is again ferrying passengers, cars, and cargo across Lake Michigan this summer. But it's a different ship now.
 
Passengers shouldn't notice the changes. The beloved horns sound the same, the staterooms remain comfortable enough for a nap during the four-hour crossing, the TV lounges and restaurants are open for business. The large steamship, which is the last coal-burner on the Great Lakes and in the United States, retains its throwback grandeur.
 

Stakeholder Chat: A Conversation with Mars, Incorporated on its 2013 Principles in Action Summary

On July 24, 2014, Mars, Incorporated will hold a live Twitter chat in collaboration with CSRwire and TriplePundit to offer an in-depth discussion about sustainability
Summary: 

Twitter Chat Info

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm ET / 8:30am-9:30am PT

To RSVP Please send the following tweet: 

I’m joining @triplepundit & @AmanSinghCSR to talk w/@MarsGlobal about sustainability and 2013 PiA Summary #MarsSusty http://bit.ly/1jmibNB

You may also drop us an email at nick@triplepundit.com and join us on Twitter at #MarsSusty

Accounts to follow: @MarsGlobal @triplepundit @nickaster @amansinghcsr

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Twitter Chat Info

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm ET / 8:30am-9:30am PT

To RSVP Please send the following tweet: 

I’m joining @triplepundit & @AmanSinghCSR to talk w/@MarsGlobal about sustainability and 2013 PiA Summary #MarsSusty http://bit.ly/1jmibNB

You may also drop us an email at nick@triplepundit.com and join us on Twitter at #MarsSusty

Accounts to follow: @MarsGlobal @triplepundit @nickaster @amansinghcsr

Taking Pipeline Construction to New Heights

TransCanada overcame the steep and rugged mountainous terrain in Mexico by utilizing uncommon pipeline construction techniques.
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While the word gondola conjures images of skier-filled cable cars ascending breathtaking slopes, in the spectacular terrain along TransCanada’s Tamazunchale Extension Pipeline Project, this is not the case. Here, a state-of-the art construction gondola transports tons of steel pipe and construction materials, not people. This gondola technology is helping crews conquer the steep, difficult slope they’ve affectionately dubbed, “Waterloo”.

Bakken Oil Boom Brings Growing Pains to Small Montana Town

An influx of workers leaves housing scarce—and the jail full.
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At the edge of a farmer's wheat field outside the prairie town of Bainville, Montana, Justin and Mandy Tolbert's 36-foot camper sat in a rented lot. For more than 20 months, the Tolberts lived in the camper with their six children, ages 5 to 12, and Justin's adult cousin.
 
At night, a jumble of pillows and cushions on the floor served as sleeping space. In August, when temperatures approached 100°F, the camper cooked. In January, the temperature dipped to -20°F, freezing the pipes and leaving the family without water for days.
 

City CarShare CEO Rick Hutchinson

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Shared mobility – it’s a concept that might be a little foreign to the millions of Americans who get in their cars by themselves everyday and embark on a solo, carbon-intensive oh-so-individual drive to wherever they need to go. But there are new converts to the shared mobility model every day. City CarShare is a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit that provides its members with temporary cars.

EPA Proposes Standards for New Landfills and Requests Input on Potential Emissions Reductions from Existing Landfills

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed update to the rule governing the standards of performance for municipal solid waste landfills under the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed update to the rule governing the standards of performance for municipal solid waste landfills under the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

Recyclebank Names 10 Inspiring U.S. Programs Paving the Road to Sustainability

Clean-tech pioneer celebrates U.S. ingenuity with list of motivating environmental initiatives
Press Release

NEW YORK CITY, July 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ — From Philadelphia’s commitment to hit aggressive environmental goals in six years to Corpus Christi’s cutting-edge wind energy plan, Recyclebank today revealed 10 American initiatives it is recognizing for setting the bar for urban sustainability and environmental practices.

EPA’s Final Rule for Renewable Fuel Standards Includes Landfill Gas Among Additional Fuel Pathways for Cellulosic Biofuels

National Waste & Recycling Association Welcomes Development
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The National Waste & Recycling Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final published rule qualifying additional fuel pathways as cellulosic biofuel, including landfill gas, under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Press Release

The National Waste & Recycling Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final published rule qualifying additional fuel pathways as cellulosic biofuel, including landfill gas, under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Eco-Friendly Car Production? Think Blue Factory!

The Volkswagen Way to Resource Efficiency
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This is the 5th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on eco-friendly production and resource efficiency. These topics will shift even further into the spotlight at the Volkswagen Group. The reason is that we take a holistic approach to sustainability. Clean car, clean plant, clean process chain. One goal: By 2018, the Volkswagen Group is aiming to have cut specific energy and water requirements, waste volume and CO2 and solvent emissions (VOC) per vehicle or component by 25%, compared with the 2010 baseline.

This goal applies across the board to all the Group’s production sites, and builds on the general production process requirements defined in the Group’s environmental principles.

The overarching aim is to minimize the environmental impacts of production. Moreover, the sparing use of energy and raw materials makes a major and growing contribution to cost-effectiveness.

By the end of 2013 the Group was already half-way to our goal, having cut the environmental impacts of production by 12.5%. This was broken down as follows:

  • energy consumption: –12.5 %
  • CO2 emissions: –19.5 %
  • water consumption: –4.6 %
  • solvent emissions: –12.3 %
  • waste for disposal: –13.8 %

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

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This is the 5th part of a series on highlights from the brand-new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report 2013 - the summary of our efforts to strike a balance between resource efficiency, economic stability, and social responsibility.

This week, we focus on eco-friendly production and resource efficiency. These topics will shift even further into the spotlight at the Volkswagen Group. The reason is that we take a holistic approach to sustainability. Clean car, clean plant, clean process chain. One goal: By 2018, the Volkswagen Group is aiming to have cut specific energy and water requirements, waste volume and CO2 and solvent emissions (VOC) per vehicle or component by 25%, compared with the 2010 baseline.

This goal applies across the board to all the Group’s production sites, and builds on the general production process requirements defined in the Group’s environmental principles.

The overarching aim is to minimize the environmental impacts of production. Moreover, the sparing use of energy and raw materials makes a major and growing contribution to cost-effectiveness.

By the end of 2013 the Group was already half-way to our goal, having cut the environmental impacts of production by 12.5%. This was broken down as follows:

  • energy consumption: –12.5 %
  • CO2 emissions: –19.5 %
  • water consumption: –4.6 %
  • solvent emissions: –12.3 %
  • waste for disposal: –13.8 %

Read on – or go directly to the new Volkswagen Group Sustainability Report

Avista Receives Grant for Smart Grid Battery Storage Research

Investment maintains momentum to modernize our grid
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July 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ - A $3.2 million grant from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce will help Avista invest in research to address one of the biggest challenges facing the energy industry – how to integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar into the electrical grid.

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