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Applications Open for Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

12.10.13
Source: U.S. EPA 12/10/13

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is currently accepting applications for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating the connection between health and the environment for their students.


EPA Awards Four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Health Risks from Eating Great Lakes Fish

11.27.13
Source: U.S. EPA, 11/20/13

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $3.6 million for projects designed to reduce the risk of exposure to mercury and other toxins for people who eat fish from the Great Lakes. EPA awarded almost a million dollars to state health departments in each of the following states: Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Cornell University in New York will receive a GLRI grant of over $600,000 for a project to reduce toxic exposure among urban anglers throughout the entire Great Lakes basin.


Staples Launches Online Ink and Toner Recycling

11.27.13
Source: The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, 11/25/13

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Staples, the world's largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced today the launch of an online ink and toner recycling program. The online program is an expansion of the existing, in store Staples Rewards ink and toner recycling program. The online program enables Staples Rewards members to recycle empty ink and toner cartridges by printing a pre-paid shipping label to send their cartridges in for recycling and receive $2 back in Staples Rewards(R) for each one. The launch of the online ink and toner recycling program is a result of the retailer's commitment to making a positive impact on the environment while also meeting the needs of their customers.


Illinois Organizations Honored for Achievements in Environmental Protection

10.30.13
Source: Environmental News Bits, 10/30/13

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Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor's Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a ceremony in Peoria. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.


Artificial wetland in Ohio filters runoff, fights algae

10.17.13
Source: Great Lakes Echo, 10/17/13

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Ohio officials have built an artificial wetland to help prevent blooms of toxic algae in Grand Lake St. Marys by filtering runoff from a nearby creek.


IL: Governor Quinn Highlights Innovative School Green Infrastructure Improvements

10.15.13
Source: Illinois Government News Network, 10/12/13

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CHICAGO -- Governor Pat Quinn today joined students, parents and community leaders to highlight an upcoming school improvement project made possible through the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program. Ravenswood Elementary School was among 13 applicants that received funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to support projects that reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources and reduce the risk of local flooding. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


New York State Pollution Prevention Institute Announces Greenovate NYS Student Competition

10.14.13
Source: New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, 10/8/13

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A third annual student competition sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will provide students across the state the opportunity to green their campuses or help to green their local communities.


AASHE Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors

10.8.13
Source: AASHE, 10/8/13

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AASHE is seeking ambassadors who will assist the organization in achieving its mission to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. Responsibilities include staying informed about AASHE's mission, policies, and programs, as well as about developments in sustainability, higher education, and nonprofit governance; participating in fundraising and serving on board committees, volunteering for assignments, and working collaboratively with staff; and participating actively in the board's annual evaluation and strategic planning efforts. This year, the call for nominations has been rescheduled for two very important reasons: 1) to allow the AASHE community's voice at the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo in Nashville to provide input and dialogue during the nomination process and 2) to provide time for potential governance changes in AASHE's bylaws that define the selection of new board members. Nominations will be accepted over the next 30 days.


Alternative Flame Retardants Detected In Outdoor Air

10.7.13
Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 10/1/13

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Researchers measured higher-than-expected levels of organophosphate esters--compounds used as flame retardants--at five sites around the Great Lakes. The sites are part of the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network. Eagle Harbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Sturgeon Point are remote sites in the network.


Recycling at Work Website Offers Recycling Bin Discounts

10.1.13
Source: Environmental Leader, 10/1/13

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Keep America Beautiful's Recycling at Work initiative, designed to encourage businesses, organizations and institutions to increase workplace recycling, has launched a new website, RecyclingatWork.org, with a host of tools and resources including recycling bin discounts.


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