Leaders in tree planting, conservation and environmental stewardship from around the country and world to be honored through the annual Arbor Day Awards
LINCOLN, Neb., January 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The Arbor Day Foundation has announced finalists for its annual recognition program with the winners to be announced prior to National Arbor Day on April 26, 2019. Since 1972, the Foundation has presented awards for work at the international, national, state and community levels to recognize conservation efforts such as tree planting and care, Arbor Day celebrations, education, community projects and roadside beautification. This year 25 finalists have been identified for six awards including:
“We need to sacrifice to mitigate climate change”: The Adrian Dominican Sisters have poured efficiency savings into renewable energy.
“Sacrifice” is not a word Sister Corinne Sanders takes lightly.
It’s taken on additional meaning the past two years as the Adrian Dominican Sisters have worked to fight climate change.
The southeastern Michigan congregation in 2016 approved a sustainability enactment that says violence against the planet puts it in “dire jeopardy and worsens suffering of people on the margins, future generations, and all creation.”
Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Courtney has more than 25 years of international and domestic experience in marine and coastal management, climate change adaptation, and coastal community resilience.
She has worked for Tetra Tech since 1990 and has supported federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private companies on projects to design, implement, and administer coastal resource management and marine environmental research programs in temperate and tropical ecosystems throughout the Pacific.
Applying academic innovation to real-life groundwater problems
Michael Kovacich, CPG, CP graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1991 with a major in geology and a minor in biology. He received his Master of Science in Earth Science from Western Michigan University in 1999, specializing in contaminant hydrogeology and coastal processes.
In search of a replacement for petroleum-based products and materials, the world is turning its attention to biomaterials. We spoke with Mark DeAndrea, vice president and business unit leader for Domtar’s BioMaterials Innovation team, about what the future holds for biomaterials.
Why is the BioMaterials Innovation team important to Domtar?
Mine closure and reclamation are key components in the life cycle of a mine. To us, how we leave our mine sites and how we start them are equally important. From the early planning stages to the final truckload, mine reclamation and closure are constantly on our radar, as the industry and how we mine responsibly change over time.
Land management practices in the mining process can take an environmental toll on the soil around a mine site. Tillage, stripping and removal of native vegetation can alter the living and nutrient conditions of soil organisms, and result in a degradation of their microenvironments, particularly with a reduction of soil biotics, both in biomass and diversity.
Goldcorp’s safety culture underpins everything we do as a company. Mining safely is a challenge we face every day, and there is no better example of this challenge than safety surrounding cyanide.
Cyanide is a highly toxic chemical most commonly used in the leaching process for gold extraction, which means we need to take every precaution to ensure it is handled safely at all our sites. One of the ways we do this is with the addition of red dye to the mix, which helps with leak detection of an otherwise clear liquid.
Antea Group highlights Todd Gift, its environmental remediation consultant based in Austin, TX. Todd is most interested in the sustainability aspects of environmental liability management. He operates a non-profit that raises goats, and talks about the time he slept in his truck as a freshman.