Author Archives: Josh Shkrab

Regulation of Pharmaceutical Waste

Since the passage of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976, the U.S. EPA has not used its clearly defined authority to determine whether certain pharmaceuticals should be classified as hazardous waste.  EPA hasn’t even established a process … Continue reading

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Climate Policy Initiative’s Analysis of GHG Tracking Systems

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently conducted an analysis of national systems that track emissions and other activities aimed at reducing emissions.  The study focused on four major countries, U.S., Germany, Italy and China, each of whom contribute their fair share … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide Measurement

How could we accurately measure changes in anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), if a global treaty mandated specific reductions?  A group of scientists from Harvard University and the University of Utah have recently developed a new strategy for calculating the changes … Continue reading

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Good Indoor Air Quality Is More Important Than You Think

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Global Indoor Health Network (GIHN)    have recently estimated that 50 percent of illnesses globally can be attributed to poor indoor air quality.  Indoor air quality causes more illnesses than all of the cancers … Continue reading

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The CHEFS Tool Measures Carbon Footprints In Dining Services

How large is the carbon footprint of your cafeteria or dining area?  Now you can accurately measure the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from your dining services using the CHEFS tool from Clean Air – Cool Planet (CA-CP). CA-CP is … Continue reading

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Sustainability and The Healthier Hospitals Initiative

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an industry wide movement designed to incorporate the principles of sustainability into current health care practices.  When the healthcare industry realized that sustainability could produce cost savings, while simultaneously mitigating environmental impacts, the development … Continue reading

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Climate Change Mitigation Can Also Have Health and Agricultural Benefits

Climate change mitigation policies can do more than just avert the potential long-term catastrophic consequences that will affect the entire world.  Climate policies can also have short-term benefits in the area of human health and agriculture.  These benefits were outlined … Continue reading

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U.S. EPA Releases First Ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data To The Public

2012 is already an historic year for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States public alike.  In early January, EPA released the comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data, reported to them directly by large facilities, to the public. … Continue reading

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Is Your Facility Exempt From The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines Rule?

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) regulations were finalized on Friday, August 20, 2010.  The rule is designed to regulate unconventional and conventional air toxics emitted from stationary engines that include … Continue reading

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The Healthier Hospitals Initiative Is The Path To Sustainability In Hospitals

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an excellent example of how hospitals are beginning to realize that sustainable principles have a major role in the healthcare sector.  Created in May of 2010, HHI is a coalition of major health systems … Continue reading

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