Saturday, April 28, 2012

EPA Awards For Innovative Environmental Solutions

EPA Awards For Innovative Environmental Solutions

P3 - People, Prosperity, and the Planet

EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life.
The competition has two phases. The first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. They bring the design to the National Sustainable Design Expo to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $90,000 to take their design to real world application. [Read More]

Clean Water Act Violations Incur Jail Time

Wastewater Treatment Facility Employees Sentenced for CWA Felonies

Investigation resulted after plant discharged untreated wastewater into sewer

Three officials of Ecological Systems Inc. (ESI), an oil reclamation company that operated a centralized waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, for felony violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The prosecution stemmed from ESI's intentional discharges of untreated wastewater and storm water from its facility directly into the Indianapolis sewer system.

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Souce: From news article in Storm Water Solutions

Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day 2012 - Ways You Can Make a Difference - BUE News and Events | BidURenergy - Energy Management and Energy Consulting

Earth Day 2012 - Ways You Can Make a Difference 

| BidURenergy - Energy Management and Energy Consulting

Have you made your pledge for Earth Day 2012? May it be planting a tree, decreasing the temperature in your home, or investing in a reusable mug, every effort makes a difference. This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, and with an increasingly “green” society, participation in Earth Day efforts are expected to increase. The event provides a great opportunity for communities to learn how to not only make a difference on Earth Day, but also to change their lifestyles to help our earth.
Earth day events are taking place throughout the world, and people are participating in local events such as green vehicle fashion shows, Earth Day celebrations, clean ups, family education & fun, planting, live music, and recycled art contests, to name a few.

A few ways to make a difference this Earth Day:

Water conservation- May it be installing a low pressure shower head, saving rainwater, or simply shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth, even the smallest effort can make the largest impact on our environment.

Composting- Commonly viewed as a time consuming procedure, technology has helped to transform composting a simple process.
Planting a tree- Seeds are usually of little cost to us, and Pottery Barn Kids has decided to give away seeds on Sunday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and encourage society to make an effort to help the earth. Click here for more information on Pottery Barn and other retailer’s efforts to increase Earth Day awareness.
Reducing consumption- A popular, simple way to do this is through the use of reusable bags. Retailers Target and Kellogg’s will both be giving away reusable bags to consumers.
Turning off your thermostats- Spring is in bloom, and if we all turned down our thermostats, (or turned them off completely) imagine the impact we would have on the environment in just one day!

Here at BidURenergy, Inc., we aid organizations in minimizing the costs of Green initiatives, allowing them to be a green organization at the lowest possible cost to them. Click here to learn more about how your company can earn Carbon Credits and Renewable Energy Credits.

Earth day continues to gain popularity every year, and the global event can really make a difference if we all take the initiative to make slight changes to our lifestyles. By pledging to reduce, reuse, and recycle for Earth Day 2012, our actions will continue to make a difference in our environment.
This is a great look at celebrating Earth Day and I thank Kate Endres for allowing me to repost here. Please visit her site if you would like to get more information on Renewable Energy Credits and other Carbon Footprint reducing programs.

Kate Endres, BidURenergy, Inc.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

DEQ Issues Penalty For Permit Violations


Tigard Pair Penalized $4,644 for Septic Permit Violations At Tavern Property in Newberg 

News Release; April 9, 2012
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued the owners of the Someplace Else Tavern in Newberg a $4,644 penalty for permit violations related to the wastewater treatment system serving the business.
Bryan Smith, Environmental Law Specialist, Portland, 503-229-5395
Gary Artman, Onsite Wastewater Specialist, Eugene, 541-687-7426


DEQ Issues $6,000 Penalty to PacifiCorp for Water Quality Violations in Jackson County

News Release: April 11, 2012
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a penalty totaling $6,000 to PacifiCorp for failing to monitor water quality and keep accurate records during dredging operations at the Red Blanket Creek and Middle Fork Rogue River diversion dams in August 2011.
Jeff Bachman, Compliance and Enforcement, Portland, 503-229-5950
Chris Stine, Water Quality Certification Specialist, 541- 686-7810


DEQ Now Accepting Applications for Graywater Reuse Permits

Three types of permits available based on type of graywater and other factors

News Release: April 17, 2012
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now accepting applications from persons and businesses seeking to reuse graywater through a graywater reuse and disposal system for limited purposes such as irrigation or landscape ponds. Graywater includes shower and bath wastewater, bathroom sink water, kitchen sink wastewater and laundry wastewater. Using graywater for select purposes helps preserve limited water supplies.
Ron Doughten, Water Reuse Program Coordinator, Portland, 503-229-5472

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