Category Archives: Sustainability

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High

Global warming has been on the rise due to the increasing release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  The main driver in global warming is human industrial activity that causes the release of these greenhouse gases. As global temperatures rise, … Continue reading

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Boston Medical Center’s Path to Going Carbon Neutral

Boston Medical Center is on pace to become the first hospital in New England to go carbon neutral upon completion of its building redesign in 2018.  A major contributing factor to this significant milestone is a new rooftop farm built … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Prison Systems Receives Special Recognition from the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded special recognition in April to the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Prison Systems innovative food recovery achievements. The prison system composted 1.35 tons of wasted food each day and saved the city $31,000 … Continue reading

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Obama Designates Massive Marine Reserve

Last week, President Obama designated the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pacific Islands.  The reserve will cover 470,000 square miles of ocean around the islands.  The area is a major expansion of the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National … Continue reading

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PA DEP Extends Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program is being extended.  The program will provide the rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery vehicles, or until December 31st.   The … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Rock Salt

Many areas of the country have seen record levels of snow fall this winter and from my window in Philadelphia, it doesn’t seem like an end is in our near future.  These snow events require large amounts of rock salt … Continue reading

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Turning Food Waste into Electricity

The Kroger Co., a California based grocery chain, has plans for a new method of dealing with the huge amount of food waste grocery stores produce.  The company has built an industrial silo where outdated food will be stored.  Bacteria … Continue reading

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Sustainability for Hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has revamped its website created to help hospital facilities meet their sustainability goals. The website, The Sustainability Roadmap, was developed along with The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment … Continue reading

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Earth 911 – Recycling Resource

As climate change continues to be a serious problem that requires immediate attention, it is at times difficult to know how you as an individual can make an impact.  Reducing consumption and reusing items that would other wise be thrown … 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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