English, reading and science teachers at Stafford Middle School in Virginia are creating a six-week module on how people affect the environment for the school's earth science curriculum. Teachers say they hope the interdisciplinary nature of the module will encourage students to continue discussing the subject outside of the classroom.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority started using orthophosphate, an anti-corrosive chemical, to remove lead from drinking water last year, and preliminary tests indicate the strategy is working. The material creates a protective layer in service lines that prevents lead from entering water.
Charleston, S.C., is preparing to roll out a Stormwater Design Standards Manual that is designed to be amended as conditions change, writes the Post and Courier editorial board. The manual "covers dozens of subjects, including site preparation, slope and buffer regulations, runoff rates and volumes, water quality, soils, semi-permeable surfaces, road elevations, possible seawater backflows, etc., all of which make fill-and-build practices impractical and uneconomical," the board writes.
Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.
Maine has the potential to increase its installed wind capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2030, as outlined by the Maine Wind Energy Act, says Dan Burgess of the Maine Governor's Energy Office. The American Wind Energy Association says the state could support land-based and offshore wind capacity of 69,797 megawatts and 94,498 MW, respectively.
Land-based and offshore wind could account for 35% of the world's installed electrical generation by 2050, potentially making it the largest energy source by that time, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. The switch would lead to major carbon emissions reductions, but requires the world's installed wind capacity to increase to 6,000 gigawatts.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind's 9.5-megawatt, V174 offshore wind prototype has been installed at a test site in Denmark and will begin undergoing a trial period soon. Vestas already has orders for 934 MW worth of the unit.
Companies understand wind is one of their best options for reducing carbon emissions, which is why McDonald's and Facebook have agreed to acquire output from the 191-turbine Aviator Wind project in Texas, says Apex Clean Energy CEO Mark Goodwin. As the wind energy Production Tax Credit phases down, he adds, a national carbon policy could help further specific technologies.
Gender diversity is important for attracting new talent, which is why Vestas has set a goal to increase the number of women in leadership roles from 19% to 30% by 2030, says Chief Financial Officer Marika Fredriksson. It has also set a goal to bring its recordable injuries down to 0.6 per million working hours by 2030.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the state Board of Public Utilities have issued a request for information from companies to determine how it can build its reputation as a hub for clean technology. "The insights we'll gain through this RFI will help us continue to demonstrate how New Jersey is an environmental and clean energy leader and will allow us to develop an even stronger portfolio of programs to support and inspire growth in the cleantech sector," said state BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso.
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