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EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program, Increasing Energy Efficiency of New Appliances

Posted: May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Informed by extensive input from manufacturers, retailers, the U.S. Department of Energy and environmental groups, the new specifications will recognize a selection of highly efficient electric, gas, and compact dryers that will use approximately 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those of 38 million homes.

“The addition of clothes dryers expands the range of Energy Star products to include one of the most energy-intensive home appliance not yet covered by the program,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Working with industry on innovative approaches to address our changing climate, we are helping consumers select more energy efficient appliances, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“
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Recycling is the primary energy efficiency technology for aluminum and steel manufacturing

Posted: May 14, 2014
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

graph of energy consumption in the iron, steel, and aluminum manufacturing sectors by fuel, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey

The production of iron, steel, and aluminum is a highly energy-intensive process, accounting for 10% of total manufacturing energy use. The use of recycling in the manufacturing process of these metals has been a main driver of improvements in energy efficiency within the industry.
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Sherwin-Williams Announces Third Quarter Training Schedule

Posted: May 14, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has announced its third quarter 2014 collision repair courses and training sites, available from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Participants will learn through a combination of classroom, digital and hands-on settings at various metropolitan Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes training centers, according to Rod Habel, director of training operations for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.

“Our hands-on and digital classroom training is available to all shop owners, managers, painters and technicians who can choose to advance their business-building, production-excellence and/or paint application techniques, as needed,” he said

The following hands-on, paint and processes application-based courses will be offered during the third quarter: AWX Performance Plus Waterborne Refinish System; Color Adjustment and Blending; and Painter Certification.

Additional shop management and business-building courses will also be offered: Key Process indicators (KPIs); Achieving Service Excellence; Improving Workshop Efficiency; and Estimating Solutions for Profit.

“We’re always seeking to introduce concepts that support sustainable practices, increase productivity and minimize or even eliminate waste –all factors that are necessary to the success of a collision center,” said Habel.


More information:View the course schedule

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes


Martin Senour Announces Third Quarter Training Schedule

Posted: May 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The Martin Senour Company has announced its 2014 third quarter training schedule, with courses running from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Training courses emphasize painter certification and maximizing shop profits, and will be held at Martin Senour training facilities nationwide.

Martin Senour Automotive Finishes Director of Sales Brandon Devis notes that the brand’s training sessions are designed to help shop owners, managers and technicians better execute environmentally responsible practices, as well as improve their repair techniques and knowledge of today’s new innovative painting systems.

Devis also pointed to Martin Senour’s recent, highly successful NAPA Collision conference, where close to 100 shop owners learned how to best maximize their profits while increasing productivity and quality. In response to these needs and customer demand, Martin Senour is providing additional courses specific to these practices.

Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the third quarter of 2014:

  • Pro//BASE Refinish System Painter Certification
  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Achieving Service Excellence
  • Fleet FGP

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GM Fuel Cell Fleet Tops 3 Million Miles

Posted: May 12, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com

General Motors’ fleet of fuel cell vehicles has passed 3 million miles of hydrogen-powered, real-world driving, avoiding 157,894 gallons of gasoline consumption, GM estimates.

Some individual vehicles have accumulated more than 120,000 miles.

The fleet of Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles is part of GM’s 119-vehicle Project Driveway program, which launched in 2007.
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18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Hosted by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute®, the 18th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E) is June 17-19, 2014, in Bethesda, MD.

GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings, and discuss the science of the future. Over three days of programming featuring more than 25 technical sessions, you can explore green chemistry and engineering advancements, while attending poster sessions, the green exhibit hall, networking events, and keynote lectures. Other special events include the GC&E Student Workshop (held on June 16th), a Careers Workshop, and a 2014 GC&E Business Plan Competition.

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ADEQP2Team

Arizona’s New P2 Team

ADEQP2Team

L-R: Farah Mohammadesmaeili, Jeanine Inman, and Linneth Lopez

Those of us who knew Charles Burke and Bill Quinn reluctantly said goodbye when they retired last year. But there is great news – Arizona has a new P2 Team! But Farah, Linneth and Jeanine have been much too busy for fanfare. They hit the ground running and April was particularly active. ADEQ is currently working on getting its P2 strategic plan finalized that covers the next three years and included P2 training workshops that started in April.

Two of them are in partnership with the Hazardous Waste Inspections Workshops that are offered at different locations around the state each year.  The other one was specific to ADEQ P2 Planning facilities to help them in filling out the plan template and goal forms.  ADEQ is hopeful that this training workshop will result in better accuracy in plan submissions and better quality goal setting.  And they’ve also been doing some value stream mapping to try to trim the P2 review process down to a more manageable feat.

In addition to coordinating training efforts with the Haz Waste Team, ADEQ has been going out on inspections with them to provide technical assistance to facilities.

ADEQ pollution prevention staff conducted presentations as part of two free hazardous waste workshop sessions for residents of Yuma County and other parts of western Arizona on Earth Day, April 22 in the City of Yuma.  Each of the sessions covered the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and hazardous waste regulations, hazardous waste generator statutes, common hazardous wastes by industry, what to expect when you are inspected, top 10 most common hazardous waste violations, the pollution prevention (P2) philosophy, and an introduction to the P2 Planning program.

For the week of Earth Day, internal employees were encouraged to fill out a leaf for the ADEQ Earth Day Pledge Tree to make a pledge on how they would make Earth Day every day by recycling, conserving energy, and helping educate others on how to help the environment and prevent pollution for a healthier planet.

Other “Green” activities that ADEQ participated in surrounding Earth Day included:

  • April 5:  A free electronic waste recycling and paper shredding event at the Recreation Centers of Sun City West
  • April 5:  ADEQ booth at Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community Environmental Fair in Scottsdale
  • April 12: A free electronic waste recycling event at Multi-Event Center in Payson
  • April 12: ADEQ booth at 20th Annual Earth Day Festival with activities for children at Reid Park in Tucson
  • April 17: ADEQ booth at Seventh Annual Arizona Western College Sustainability Fair in Yuma
  • April 19: A free electronic waste recycling event, Flagstaff City Hall parking lot in Flagstaff
  • April 20: ADEQ booth at Earth Day celebration, South Rim Visitor Center, Grand Canyon
  • April 22: ADEQ booth at Earth Day event, Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix
  • April 22: ADEQ booth at Canyon Day Junior High School Earth Day Festival, Canyon Day community, Fort Apache Indian Reservation
  • April 24.: Earth Day water quality monitoring event for fifth-grade students from Safford, Solomon and Bonita schools at Discovery Park pond in Safford
  • April 24: ADEQ Flag Program presentation as part of Tempe High School Earth Day Fair in Tempe
  • April 25: ADEQ Earth Day booth at Spring Festival, Sequoia Village School in Linden
  • April 25: ADEQ booth at Ak-Chin Earth Day event, Ak-Chin Recreation Center in Maricopa

A brief background on each of the new P2 team is included below. The P2 team is led by Linda Mariner who joined ADEQ’s Sustainability Programs Unit in 2010. Linda has worked for ADEQ for 22 years. If you haven’t already, please be sure to pick up the phone and welcome Arizona’s new team to our P2 universe.

Bios of the ADEQ P2 Team:

Jeanine Inman is an Environmental Engineer with the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over seven years’ experience in environmental consulting for international engineering firms. Prior to joining ADEQ she provided project management and engineering support for various environmental remediation projects in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Texas and Virginia. She received her B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and Environmental Engineering from Yale University and a M.S. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Linneth Lopez is an Environmental Engineering Specialist who currently works for the Pollution Prevention Program in the Sustainability Unit at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Previous to that she was a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer with ADEQ where the main duties included the inspection of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities ranging from hospitals and platters to military bases and drycleaners. Her previous position as a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer has provided her with valuable knowledge and experience for her new position.

Linneth Lopez attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) in California and has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering. During her time at Cal Poly she was involved in researching an innovative remediation method using fungi and had an internship with a large school district involved with the new construction of schools. She moved to Arizona three years ago and in her spare time she likes to cook recipes from vintage cookbooks.

Farah Mohammadesmaeili is an Environmental Engineering Specialist of the P2 Program at ADEQ. Farah received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over ten years’ experience in research, teaching, and environmental consulting. Before joining ADEQ, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at ASU and conducted research on Reverse Osmosis concentrate management and the removal and inactivation of microbial contaminants from drinking water. She was also an adjunct faculty of the Physical Sciences Department at Phoenix College. She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.


Waste Management’s CNG Fleet Cuts GHGs 25%

Posted: April 25, 2014
Source: Environmental Leader.com

Waste Management’s compressed natural gas trucks cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and reduce particulate matter by 90 percent, Automotive Fleet reports.

The waste and recycling company earlier this month added six CNG trucks to its fleet in Chico, Calif. “We see an average annual reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases and 8,000 gallons of diesel with the CNG trucks,” district manager Ryan West tells the publication.

The company also uses route optimization software and its truck engines are programmed to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to further cut emissions and fuel costs.

The company has used natural gas for heavy-duty trucks since the 1990s. Waste Management operates more than 2,200 alternatively fueled vehicles and says it has the largest fleet of natural gas collection trucks in North America.

Last year, Waste Management began building a facility to create pipeline-ready natural gas from its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Ill. At the time, the company said it expects it to begin delivering gas to the pipelines in late summer 2014.


Navy develops fuel from seawater (video)

Posted: April 23, 2014
Source: Fuel Fix.com

HOUSTON —  Navy researchers say they have turned seawater into fuel that could power military vehicles for less than $6 per gallon.

The researchers announced this month that the seawater-based fuel successfully powered a remote-controlled model jet with a standard two-stroke internal combustion engine. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas extracted from Gulf of Mexico water were converted  into liquid hydrocarbon fuel using gas-to-liquid technology. The renewable fuel mirrors its petroleum-based counterpart and could be used in standard military engines.

“The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea, reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy’s energy security and independence,” said Naval Research Laboratory chemist Heather Willauer in a written statement. ”This is the first time technology of this nature has been demonstrated with the potential for transition from the laboratory to full-scale commercial implementation.”

The fuel would cost $3 to $6 per gallon and would be commercially viable within 10 years, with sufficient research funding, according to the Naval Research Laboratory.

The scientists now are working to scale up the technology to increase fuel output. The ability to power military ships and aircraft with seawater-based fuel would be revolutionary. In fiscal year 2011, the primary fuel supplier to the Navy delivered nearly 600 million gallons to power the vessels.