First GHG Emission Standard for Trucks and Buses

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Last month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed another initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The EPA, along with the Department of Transportation (DOT), announced the first national standards to reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. The standards divide trucks into three basic categories – combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups/vans and vocational vehicles.  The …

The Lone Star State’s Reaction to GHG Permitting Regulations

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The state of Texas is known for its size, both in land mass and personality.  Now the state has turned its outsized personality against federal environmental demands.  The state attorney general and chairman of environmental quality recently sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informing them that the state will not be implementing the most recent greenhouse gas …

New EPA Policy Regulates Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have become a focal point in EPA policy in recent years.  The deadline for GHG permitting is fast approaching, which means that states and territories nationwide must change their practices in preparation. As of January 2, 2011 the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V programs begin.  These programs, created in June 2010, exempt the …

Global Warming – Part 4 – Thinning Ice

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For further evidence that global warming is affecting our environment, we can look to glaciers and ice shelves, specifically in Antarctica and Greenland. Scientists estimate that by end of the century, sea levels could rise by three feet, leaving as many as 150 million people without homes. In a new article in Rolling Stone Magazine, On Thin Ice, the rapid …

Global Warming – Part 3 – Evidence

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As you learned previously from Part 2 of the EES Global Warming Series, the greenhouse effect is essential for life and changes to this delicate system have lasting effects. Earth and its atmosphere are large systems which are difficult to control. Our industrial societies require fossil fuel combustion on a vast scale which has resulted in increases in greenhouse gas …

Global Warming – Part 2 – The Greenhouse Effect

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The Greenhouse Effect – The greenhouse effect is caused by the interaction between our atmosphere and the sun’s rays. It is essential to life, since it keeps us from all becoming ice cubes. If you’ve been in a greenhouse, you know know the feeling of trapped heat. Here’s a link to an animated diagram that explains the greenhouse effect in …

Global Warming Primer – Part 1

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Since we are on the brink of major changes in our clean air laws related to Global Warming, I’d like to provide some brief descriptions of the science behind climate change. Part 1 is the definition of greenhouse gas (from the U.S. EPA web site): Any gas that absorbs infra-red radiation in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon …

Waste Reduction for Facilities Ops Employees

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By Trish Carney The Department of Energy, in a 2003 survey of commercial building energy consumption, had this to say, “The health care industry has a critical role to play in climate change mitigation.  Energy usage is medical facilities is highly intensive. In fact, hospitals expend about twice as much total energy per square foot as traditional office space.”  Things …

Mid-Atlantic Electronics Recycling (e-Cycling)

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The U.S. EPA Region 3 eCycling Team is helping to recycle and reuse increasing amounts of end-of-life electronics. And, they are making sure that more and more households and businesses use environmentally-sound practices to get rid of their old electronics. What You Can Do! If you are a household, a business, an institution, or a non-profit organization, find out how …

Join The Climate Registry Today

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Environmental and Engineering Solutions has been following the climate change issue for many years now. It has become a significant issue world-wide and is slowly becoming part of the United States regulatory framework. EPA has been directed by Congress to prepare regulations that will require large emitters of greenhouse gases (definition under discussion) to report emissions. The schedule for this …