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The City of Charlotte won the Policies & Regulations category for the 2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. As the central city in a rapidly growing metropolitan area, Charlotte is under intense development pressures. Rather than continue the automobile-dominated development patterns of the last 50 years, Charlotte adopted Urban Street Design Guidelines to make walking, bicycling, and transit more appealing and make the city more attractive and sustainable. EPA's National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places. This annual competition is open to public- and private-sector entities. For more information, go to http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm+ More details
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On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and spewing 200 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Dirty Energy gets the inside story from Louisiana residents themselves—people whose jobs and health are directly impacted by one of history’s worst environmental disasters—and whose voice quickly faded from American television screens. The film explores the human cost of having millions of gallons of oil and toxic dispersant in the ecosystem, and exposes the management failure of BP and the U.S. Government in the clean up, which will affect the world’s oceans and rivers for generations.+ More details
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ClearSign’s Duplex™ Burner architecture achieves reductions in NOx to 5 ppm without costly FGR or SCR systems. In addition, flame length is reduced by up to 80%. And, unlike other low NOx systems, the Duplex Burner keeps oxygen at very low levels (around 3% or below), and can maintain a stable flame throughout a wide operating range. Because of these features, the Duplex burner architecture enables significant advantages in fuel efficiency and process throughput as compared to conventional Low- and Ultra-low-NOx burners. Our ability to combine these features represents not only a technical breakthrough, but also a significant potential breakthrough for operating economics. Our goal is to reduce NOx to unprecedented levels without introducing the design compromises that drive cost of ownership to prohibitive levels. To learn more about ClearSign's Duplex™ Burner Architecture and ECC™ Technology, please visit www.clearsign.com.+ More details
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(Marquette, MI) – An Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula will see the creation of 30 native plants gardens and free energy audits for 40 houses of worship plus grants to help make repairs to reduce airborne mercury from entering Lakes Michigan and Superior in an effort named EarthKeepers II and made possible by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. A press conference (1-18-13) announcing the plans in Marquette, MI was hosted by the Northern Michigan University EarthKeepers II Student Team: Katelin Bingner, Tom Merkel and Adam Magnuson. The NMU students are planning to write and record public service messages with energy conservation tips, information on protecting the Great Lakes and about the importance of native plants restoration – with assistance from U.P. radio stations, newspapers and television stations. The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by the churches/temples of 10 faith traditions that were involved in the original Earth Keeper Initiative (2004-2009): Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Bahá'í, Unitarian Universalist, Zen Buddhist. Speakers were Bishops and other denominational leaders from 10 faith communities plus U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Regional Botanist Jan Schultz, Delta Green Ex. Dir. Doug Russell and Cedar Tree Institute Ex. Dir. Rev. Jon Magnuson. The EarthKeepers II projects include energy conservation audits at 40 U.P. churches/temples plus grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 for each site to assist in changes/repairs. The faith communities are demonstrating the importance of energy conservation to lower utility bills and reduce and prevent toxins/pollution including airborne mercury from entering Lake Superior as part of the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Congregations will be given info on energy conservation kits and utility company rebates to lower household bills. The energy conservation audits include insulation (walls/roof), lighting fixtures, ventilation, and heating systems like boilers/furnaces that may be updated with new controls, repaired or replaced. The project : 30 community gardens (2 per county/more possible). These gardens will grow native (indigenous) plants and vegetables for community distribution and food pantries. The nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette has been involved in U.P. native plant restoration to fight invasive species that are vital to the health of all wildlife. For example, the U.P. is on a flight path for migrating Monarch butterflies who depend on milkweed for food and reproduction. Project participants: Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, EPA, USFS Eastern Region 9 technical assistance, nonprofit Delta Green, U.P. Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) communities and Borealis Seed Company in Big Bay, MI Religious community leaders signed the northern Michigan Earth Keeper Covenant in 2004 pledging to actively participate in environment projects, build bridges with other faiths and reach out to Native American communities. EarthKeepers II is the next phase of the Earth Keeper Initiative that held three Earth Day Clean Sweeps involving 150 churches/temples plus planted 12,000 trees during a summer with severe U.P. forest fires. U.P. Earth Keepers Clean Sweeps (2005-2007) had free Earth Day collection sites across a 400-mile area of northern Michigan. Over 15,000 residents turned in 320 tons of e-waste (old computers/cell phones), 45 tons of Household Hazardous Waste including car batteries, oil-based paint, pesticides, liquid mercury, and other common poisons; and over a ton of pharmaceuticals including $500,000 in narcotics. The hazardous waste was either recycled or properly disposed. EarthKeepers II website http://EarthKeepersUP.org Social sites: http://EarthKeepersII.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/EarthKeepersII https://vimeo.com/EarthKeepersII www.twitter.com/EarthKeeperTeam http://pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/ http://pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/EarthKeepers-II-and-the-EPA-Great-Lakes-Restoratio/ Rev. Jon Magnuson Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) 403 E. Michigan St. Marquette, MI 906-228-5494 906-360-5072 (cell) email@example.com www.CedarTreeInstitute.org www.wingsandseeds.org Kyra Fillmore Ziomkowski Project Coordinator 906-250-7643 firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Peterson Volunteer media advisor 906-401-0109 EarthKeepersII@gmail.com Great Lakes Restoration Initiative www.greatlakesrestoration.us www.epa.gov Jan Schultz, USFS Eastern Region Botanist 414-297-1189 email@example.com www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/invasives www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany Doug Russell Delta Green Ex. Dir. firstname.lastname@example.org Keweenaw Bay Indian Community www.kbic-nsn.gov+ More details
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Gulf fisherman George Barisich, who worked on the clean-up crew, explains how BP used the toxic dispersant Corexit, which was banned in Europe, to quickly disperse the visible oil. “It was a gamble.” NOAA and the Coast Guard were proponents of its use. High level BP stockholders also had a stake in the Corexit company. # ‘Dirty Energy’ gets the inside story from Grand Isle Louisiana residents—people whose jobs and health have been directly impacted by the April 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the worst environmental disaster in American history. The film explores the biological cost of having millions of gallons of oil and toxic dispersants dumped into the ecosystem and exposes the collusion between BP and the U.S. Government in the clean up process. www.dirtyenergymovie.com | www.facebook.com/dirtyenergy | #dirtyenergy #bigoil+ More details
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An environmental law expert says agencies like the EPA are meant to represent the public interest -- not corporations and moneyed interests. But that's exactly what is happening. Learn more at BillMoyers.com.+ More details
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