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This page was created and is edited by Don Green. Don has worked in the environmental field for over 26 years as a biologist, grant coordinator, project manager and consultant. His next focus is the nexus of water and energy. He is a LEED AP and active in the Middle TN and regional US Green Building Council and the Cumberland River Compact. If you like or can use the information you see here, please visit the links on the right column and contact Don with any ideas. You can find his profile at Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/in/donlgreen) and he is open to networking and discussing any potenital project ideas. Email: don_green @comcast.net


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EPA

* Page of special EPA topics

* Ecosystem Services Research

* EPA Bioretention fact sheet pdf
* EPA WaterSense Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.
* EPA Green Infrastructrure links

* EPA Stormwater Program

* EPA Benefits of GreenScaping
* EPA NPDES Training Courses/Workshop
* EPA:Reducing Stormwater Costs through Low Impact Development (LID) Strategies and Practices

* EPA Low Impact Development

* Pollution Education for Kids

* EPA Green Vehicle Guide




* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


* World Wildlife Fund

The largest multinational conservation organization in the world.




US Army Corps of Engineers

* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: kids page

USGS
* U.S. Geologic Survey
* USGS Science in your backyard: Tennessee:

* USGS Real-time monitoring and reporting


* U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

* U.S. Forest Service

* National Park Service

* USDA Soil Maps

* USGS Real Time Water Data


TVA

Tennessee Valley Authority
* TVA Energy Right
* TVA: Sustainable Devel Guide
* TVA: Energey Saving Tips
* Green Power Switch


* Association of TN Valley Governments



* International Erosion Control Assoc. IECA

* National Geographic: Green Guide
* Center for Watershed Protection

* NEMO: Linking landuse to water quality




Green Building:

* US Green Building Council
* (LEED) Green Building Rating System™
* Energy Star
* EarthCraft Houses

* Low Impact Development Center

* Low Impact Develvelopment Links page


* American Farmland Trust


* Water Environment Federation- WEF

A not-for-profit technical and educational organization representing water quality professionals throughout the world.

* Natural Wildlife Federation
* Nature Conservancy
* River Network
* The Natural Resources Defense Council: NRDC
* The Conservation Fund
* Southeast Watershed Forum


Tennessee

* Cumberland River Compact
* Tennesee Watershed Groups

* Tennessee WaterWorks!

* TN AWRA
* TN Conservation Voters
* Cumberland Region Tomorrow
* Tennessee Dept of Environment & Conservation
* Franklin Tomorrow

* Greenways for Nashville

* Land Trust For Tennessee
*
Harpeth River Watershed Association
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* TN Parks & Greenways Foundation
* Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency






TN Cities

* City of Brentwood, TN

* City of Franklin, TN

* Memphis, TN ("thank ya very much")

* knoxnews.com and the Knoxville News Sentinel

* Nashville Metro Davidison County (y'all)
---Metro Water Services Stormwater Program

---Metro Grading Permit

* Chattanooga Stormwater
* Chattanooga Times Free Press

KY
* Kentucky Deparment of Environmental Protection

* Kentucky Dept of Nat Resources

* KY Stormwater



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Hot Topics: Go to local news    Go to National Topics

* How many gallons of water does it take to power a light bulb
* Energy versus Water: Solving Both Crises Together
* Confronting a World Freshwater Crisis
* Green Building Standards under construction


From Mayberry to Metropolis: A Process for a Vision-Based Future



FRONTLINE's Poisoned Waters, airing Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS




Obama to unveil most aggressive auto fuel standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose the most aggressive increase in U.S. auto fuel efficiency ever in a policy initiative that would also directly regulate emissions for the first time and resolve a dispute with California over cleaner cars.

A senior administration official, speaking to reporters late on Monday on the condition of anonymity, said average fuel standards for all new passenger vehicles -- cars and light trucks -- would rise by 10 miles a gallon over today's performance to 35.5 miles per gallon between 2012-16. >>More


EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health

(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2009) After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. >>more



$90 Million for Energy Efficency for Tennessee School

BuildingsThe State legislation has set aside $90 Million from unspent lottery dollars to address Energy Use in the 1,700 public school buildings in the state. Ron Graham has been hired as new Excutive Director.



Top 10 Myths about Sustainablility

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=top-10-myths-about-sustainability


Atlanta Hosts First Southeast Zero Waste Zone

In an effort to recover these materials from the waste stream, Atlanta Recycles this week launched the southeast's first Zero Waste Zone, designed to reduce the environmental impact of waste in homes, workplaces and in the community. >> More


TVA report on water quality @ ash slide

Kingston Ash Slide Water Quality The bulk of the material released from the ash pond was fly ash. Fly ash is one of the residues generated in thecombustion of coal. With the dike failure, preliminary estimates indicate that approximately 1600 acre-feet of ash escaped, spilling onto adjoining land and water. >>More


TDEC Ash spill

TVA Kingston ash spill

TVA Gallary for ash spill



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How many gallons of water do you need to power a lightbulb?

Here's a measurement you probably haven't thought of before: it takes between 3,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons of water to power a 60-watt incandescent bulb for 12 hours a day over the course of a year.



Sustainability 101: The Human Problem

www.GreenBiz.com

Here are seven activities you can do, with minimal investment in a down economy, to start getting up that learning curve.

The key is to start. Like any journey, the hardest part is getting off the couch or out the door.  Begin now. >> More



Confronting a World Freshwater Crisis

As the global population grows--and freshwater supplies dwindle--ensuring that everyone has sufficient supplies of life-giving H2O has become an enormous challenge. Here's how to start.>> Read the entire story


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Energy versus Water: Solving Both Crises Together

Michael Webber

Scientific American

Water is needed to generate energy. Energy is needed to deliver water. Both resources are limiting the other—and both may be running short. Is there a way out? In June the state of Florida made an unusual announcement: it would sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the corps’s plan to reduce water flow from reservoirs in Georgia into the Apalachicola River, which runs through Florida from the Georgia-Alabama border. >> More


Urban Stormwater Management Report

(Nov 07)
A new report from the National Research Council, Urban Stormwater Management in the United States (PDF 10.8MB), provides a description of the history of stormwater management in the United States and a number of recommendations on how stormwater management can be improved to achieve better environmental outcomes.




Local News:

Cumberland Region Tomorrow

“Convening the Region” Summit to focus on Middle Tennessee Regional Transportation

NASHVILLE , TN –  Business, governmental and community leaders gathered in Nashville on May 27th for the annual “Convening the Region” Summit focusing on regional transportation system development in the ten-county Middle Tennessee area.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT), in partnership with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville Area MPO and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, co-hosted the event as leaders work to gain collaboration and consensus on the development, funding and operations of a Regional Transit System.

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Metro/Nashville Green Ribbon Report

Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability

The Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability was created to assure that Nashville continues to be a livable city with clean air, clean water, open spaces, transportation infrastructure and an energy use profile necessary to provide a prosperous community for current and future generations.

The committee presented a summary report of 16 goals and 71 recommendations to Mayor Karl Dean on April 16, 2009.

Website

Report


Realtors start environmental initiative

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has launched a green initiative that will let agents earn professional designations in environmental issues and flag property listings with environmental features.

The GNAR said it will start offering classes for the National Association of Realtors' Green Designation and the Eco-Broker designation. Both are meant to show awareness of environmental issues. Also, the group said it will start highlighting properties in the multiple listing service that are certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Energy Star and EarthCraft programs. Listings also will carry information on green construction materials, energy-efficient appliances and other environment-friendly features.



Dean continues Green streak

Mayor launches two new environmental initiatives

Mayor Karl Dean announced two new green initiatives when he spoke at the Second Annual Summit for Sustainable Tennessee at Lipscomb University. >> More



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Bredesen welcomes DuPont as new partner in Tennessee's clean energy technology initiative

Governor Phil Bredesen today announced a partnership between the University of Tennessee and DuPont to advance the state’s clean energy technology initiatives. The partnership will construct a pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art research and development facility for cellulosic ethanol in Vonore, Tenn. Bredesen proposed and the General Assembly provided $40 million in funding to build a pilot biomass ethanol plant in the FY 2007-2008 budget. >>More


Governor's Summit on Clean Energy Technology

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Phil Bredesen, former Sen. Howard Baker, and the University of Tennessee’s Baker Center for Public Policy will host the first-ever Governor’s Summit on Clean Energy Technology Oct. 14-15 at the Knoxville Convention Center. >> more


Governor's Energy Task Force Library


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Energy is focus of high-powered summit

Volkswagen CEO talks about process that led automaker to region

By Larisa Brass (Contact)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Volkswagen may be in business to make money, but “guts” and “heart” helped the company make its decision to locate in East Tennessee, according to Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volkswagen of America.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/oct/15/energy-focus-high-powered-summit/



Franklin Tennessee Sustainable Workshops

FRANKLIN — Talk of citywide curbside recycling, better use of mass transit and constructing more energy-efficient buildings have floated among city residents and leaders in Franklin for years.
Click here to see the report


Nashville Tennessee Green Roofs

By MICHAEL CASS

Staff Writer

Even butterflies and bees have found their way to the top of The Westview. The roof of the downtown condominium building is eight stories up. But its 6,000 square feet are covered with plants, bushes and trees, all growing in a lightweight aggregate material.

It's one of Nashville's first "green" roofs, representing an environmentally friendly building technique that has been steadily gaining steam among many Metro planners, elected officials and even developers who are incorporating the method into new projects. They see a way to enhance air quality, lower temperatures, control storm-water runoff and provide a healthier environment.


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Tennessee: State offers free home radon testing kits

— ANNE PAINE
apaine@tennessean.com

Cancer-causing radon is an odorless, colorless gas that seeps into homes from rock underground, and the state is offering kits to test for it. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has the kits available — and brochures on construction techniques to minimize radon — for state residents at its Ground Water Protection Division offices. For information more information call 1-800-232-1139 or email TDEC.Radon@state.tn.us. >>More

Nissan, Tennessee plan electric car TVA will help develop recharging network

By G. CHAMBERS WILLIAMS III • Staff Writer • July 23, 2008

On the day that Nissan Motor Co. celebrated one huge investment in Tennessee, the Japanese automaker's top executive announced a new initiative with the state, a partnership to develop a recharging system to support electric cars the company plans to sell here. >>More



Number of Nashville home energy audits doubles

By ANNE PAINE • Staff Writer • July 9, 2008

The number of folks doing home energy audits more than doubled in June according to the Nashville Electric Service.

Go to TVA's Energy Right program, to find out how to do a home energy audit and get a kit. Or, call 1-800-663-1835 for information.

NES customers can go to the TVA Web site or go to www.nespower.com. They can also call 736-6900.


Exciting Opportunity for Landowners and Conservation Passes Congress

On May 23, 2008, The Land Trust for Tennessee announced the renewal of enhanced Federal tax benefits for landowners who choose to conserve their land through voluntary conservation easements.

For more information please visit The Land Trust for Tennessee website at or contact The Land Trust at (615) 244-LAND. >>More


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National News:



Hybrid American Chestnut Trees Are Carbon Storage Champions
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, June 11, 2009 (ENS) - A new hybrid of the American chestnut tree could not only revive the nearly extinct species, but also help limit the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, according to new research from Purdue University. >>More



San Francisco to Toughen a Strict Recycling Law

BERKELEY , Calif. San Francisco , which already boasts one of the most aggressive recycling programs in the country, has raised the ante, vowing to levy fines of up to $1,000 on those unwilling to separate their Kung Pao chicken leftovers from their newspapers.  The Board of Supervisors passed new recycling and mandatory composting rules on Tuesday in a 9-to-2 vote. The city already diverts 72 percent of the 2.1 million tons of waste its residents produce each year away from landfills and into recycling and composting programs. The new ordinance will help the city toward its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020, said Jared Blumenfeld, director of the city’s Department of the Environment. >>More



Tracking of Economic stimulus monies per state per county per project >>site

http://www.recovery.org/home.aspx


Duke Energy Invests in 'GreenTrees' to Generate Carbon Offsets from the Planting of 1 Million Trees

Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced it is the lead investor in "GreenTrees," a program that aims to reforest 1 million acres in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley . The program is expected to generate high-quality, verifiable carbon offsets that Duke Energy believes will help reduce the overall cost of compliance with federal climate change legislation.

GreenTrees seeks to transform open and marginal farmland in this seven-state region into a sustainable ecosystem that captures large quantities of carbon dioxide, creates habitat for wildlife, and benefits landowners who commit to the long-term reforestation of their property. Duke Energy's initial investment will result in the planting of more than 1 million trees on approximately 1,700 acres in Arkansas .



EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health

(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2009) After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare.
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Kentucky Utilities Company Clean Air Act Settlement

(Atlanta, Ga. – Feb. 3, 2009) Kentucky Utilities (KU), a coal-fired electric utility, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty and spend approximately $135 million on pollution controls to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. >> More


Senate passes solar and wind tax credit extension

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to extend the solar energy investment tax credit for eight more years, and to remove the $2,000 cap form residential projects.The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to extend the solar energy investment tax credit for eight more years, and to remove the $2,000 cap form residential projects. >>More


New York creates statewide recycling program for plastic bags

Plastics Makers Applaud Governor’s Support
ARLINGTON, VA (December 13, 2008) – The American Chemistry Council today applauded New York Governor David Paterson’s decision to sign legislation (A.11725/S.8643-A) that expands consumers’ access to recycle plastic bags and product wraps statewide.  The new law requires all large grocers and retailers that offer plastic bags to their customers to provide collection bins for a wide variety of plastic bags and wraps, thereby dramatically increasing recycling opportunities across the state. >>More



The Low Impact Development Center, Inc. new resource website for Green Highways and Green Streets projects.

This website provides information on basic research, pilot projects, standards and specifications, planned and constructed projects that the Center has been involved in across the country through work with the EPA, the National Academy of Sciences, FHWA, state and local DOTs, Municipal Planning Organizations, and industry. >>More




Smart Lighting Will Save Trillions of Dollars, Gigatons of CO2

TROY, New York, December 18, 2008 (ENS) - A new generation of lighting devices based on light-emitting diodes, LEDs, will supplant the common light bulb in coming years, according to a paper published this week by two professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. >>More



Rebates Help Lure Nevadans into Going Green

John Barrette, Sunbelt Digital Media
Between Sept. 4 and Oct. 8, NV Energy received 962 applications from businesses, schools, and families around the state.  The applications have been reviewed and approved by the Nevada Renewable Energy and Conservation Task Force.
The rebate program began five years ago as SolarGenerations, providing rebates for solar photovoltaic systems. The Nevada Legislature had NV Energy expand the program to renewable energy projects that include wind turbines and the micro hydroelectric option for agribusiness.  It is financed by charges paid by all the power company's ratepayers. 
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What is an Eco-City?

Alexandria, VA Eco-City

Eco-Cities are places where people can live healthier and economically productive lives while reducing their impact on the environment. They work to harmonize existing policies, regional realities, and economic and business markets with their natural resources and environmental assets. Eco-Cities strive to engage all citizens in collaborative and transparent decision making, while being mindful of social equity concerns.



Mayor's Plan, the Plastic Bag Will Carry a Fee

By DAVID W. CHEN, New York Times

In its struggle to make New York more green, the Bloomberg administration has tried discouraging people from using plastic bags. It has taken out ads beseeching residents to use cloth bags and set up recycling bins for plastic bags at supermarkets.>>More >>also at



Carlson Hotels Issues Guide On Greening Hotels

November 11, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide recently issued its “Practical Guide to Greening Your Hotel,” which outlines the hotelier’s sustainability strategies and steps towards environmental responsibility.>>More

Houston Retrofits City Buildings to Save Energy, Protect ClimateHOUSTON, Texas, October 24, 2008 (ENS) - Houston is about to become the first U.S. city to retrofit municipal buildings to reduce energy and water consumption as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative. The energy efficiency improvements are projected to save enough electricity annually to create millions of dollars in savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions from America's fourth largest city. >> More


Expert Report: EPA Stormwater Program Needs "Radical Changes"

WASHINGTON, DC, October 15, 2008 (ENS) - Increased water volume and pollutants from stormwater have degraded water quality and habitats in virtually every urban stream system in the United States, says a new report from the National Research Council. >>More



Green metropolis

Living roofs deliver dividends for urban spaces

Anu Sood, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Saturday, September 27, 2008

North American cities are beginning to understand what their European counterparts have known for a long time -- green roofs make economical and environmental sense.

New legislation in New York State now offers a one-time tax credit of up to $100,000 U.S for selected building owners who install green-roof infrastructure.

"The reason that they (New York) are offering this tax financing measure is that green roofs are an excellent way to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island and filter air pollutants," says Steven Peck, founder and president of the not-for-profit association, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. >> More




Western States, Provinces Set Climate Emissions Trading Program

SACRAMENTO, California

September 23, 2008 (ENS) - The Western Climate Initiative governments today announced the design of their new regional market-based cap-and-trade program. The emissions trading program is intended to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. >>More



Car Shoppers More Environmentally Aware Than Once Thought

Looks like car buyers aren't as fickle about fuel efficiency as once thought. Just last month, Edmunds.com reported that consideration of hybrids on its website had dropped by 34 percent since gas prices registered record highs in July. Nobody has questioned the importance of high gas prices to the rise of green cars, but one has to wonder: Just how many car shoppers out there are concerned enough about the environment that it factors into a purchase decision? >>More



Report on the Environment (ROE) 2008

The Report on the Environment (ROE) is a project that asks important questions about trends in our nation’s environment over time. The ROE is composed of two reports – the "2008 Report on the Environment," a technical document intended for environmental professionals, and the "2008 Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends," (sometimes referred to as the ROE Highlights Document) which summarizes the key findings of the technical document without all of the technical detail. The ROE presents the best available, scientifically sound information on national environmental and human health trends critical to EPA's mission and of interest to the public. >>More


ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PARTNERS WITH WAL-MART TO CUT GLOBAL SHOPPING BAG WASTE

Global Retailer Makes Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 25, 2008 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will serve as Wal-Mart’s (NYSE: WMT) environmental partner in the Global Plastic Shopping Bag Waste Reduction Commitment that the retailer announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. EDF will help Wal-Mart develop reduction, reuse and recycling strategies as well as monitor efforts to reduce plastic shopping bag waste by an average of one-third per store from 2008 levels by 2013. >>More

Schafer Announces $390 Million Available for Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced $390 million is available through the Emergency Watershed Protection program for landowners and communities to cope with with the aftermath of recent floods, fires, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Smart Growth Principles Central to California's Groundbreaking Growth Bill

The groundbreaking legislation would help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through smarter regional planning.

Rewritten by state Democratic Senator Darrel Steinberg five times since 2006, to make it right for environmentalists, builders, municipal leaders and affordable-housing activists, his ''complex'' and now passed Senate Bill 375 offers the state's 17 metropolitan planning agencies some $12 billion a year in transportation funds to advance smart growth, which means denser housing close to urban centers and transit, ''so people don't have to commute as far,'' says a Los Angeles Times editorial, advising Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the bill and pointing to two basic aspects usually missed or misrepresented by critics.

Calafornia bill SB 375 >>More

Wind, solar energy built on temporary tax breaks

By JIM ABRAMS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is putting the short-term future of renewable energy companies in jeopardy even as the presidential candidates and most lawmakers hail windmills, solar panels and biofuels as long-term solutions to high gasoline prices and global warming. >> More


First mass U.S. crossing for hydrogen cars completed

Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:16pm EDT

By Bernie Woodall

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hydrogen fuel cell cars from nine automakers completed a 13-day cross-country trip this weekend, in the first such mass U.S. crossing for vehicles powered by a zero-emission technology still in its infancy. >>More



U.S. National Clean Energy Summit Generates Fresh Ideas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 20, 2008 (ENS) - Windfarms offshore of New York City, wind turbines on top of the city's bridges and skyscrapers, and the generation of tidal power, solar power and geothermal energy are all in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vision of New York's energy future. >>More


Green Building Standards Under Construction

by Ben Block on August 27, 2008

The world's leading certification system for sustainable architecture (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: LEED) is set to undergo its most sweeping changes in 2009. The proposed revisions encourage designs that would reduce a building's impact on global climate change.>>more



Conservationists Seek Firm Limits on Gulf Dead Zone Pollution

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, July 30, 2008 (ENS) - Conservation groups from nine states along the Mississippi River and two national groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to set and enforce numeric standards to limit nutrient pollution in the river basin because it contributes to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. >> More


A Dance of Environment and Economics in the Everglades

Damien CavePublished: July 31, 2008 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — When Florida officials announced a plan last month to save the Everglades by buying United States Sugar and its 187,000 acres, they knew that the success of their plan could be defined by Alfonso Fanjul and his brother J. Pepe Fanjul. >>More


10,000 Rain Gardens: "An opportunity for the future

Kansas City sets an ambitious goal, and communities around the country follow.

Clean water is important to each of us as individuals, but water quality is also a regional concern. And 10,000 Rain Gardens is a regional effort dedicated to educating citizens about what each of us does to improve water quality and manage stormwater on personal and community property. >> More



California Adopts Nation's First Statewide "Green" Building Code

New Standards Will Cut Energy Use; Save Water; Reduce Carbon Footprint

www.newsblaze.com

Published: July 18, 2008

Today, the California Building Standards Commission announced the unanimous adoption of the nation's first statewide "green" building code. The code is a direct result of the Governor's direction to the Commission and will lead to improved energy efficiency and reduced water consumption in all new construction throughout the state, while also reducing the carbon footprint of every new structure in California. >> More



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Don't Throw that used TV in the landfill: Recycle it!

* 100% of the materials used to manufacture electronics can be recycled and diverted from land fill.

* Analog TVS contains a picture tube (cathode ray tube) which contains between four and eight pounds of lead.

Williamson County Recycles


Calendar of Events





Middle Tennessee US Green Building Council

National US Green Building Coucil

How to become a LEED AP (Green Building Certification Institute)


Local Sustainability

Brentwood, TN

* City of Brentwood, TN

* Brentwood Environmental Committee

* Brentwood Enviromental Survey

Franklin, TN

* Franklin Tomorrow

* City of Franklin, TN

* Sustainability Report



Metro Davidson Co.

* Mayor's Green Ribbon
Committee on Environmental Sustainability

* Nashville Metro Davidson



Local Stormwater and other programs


* Franklin's Stormwater

* Montgomery County MS4



Green Tips:


GreenLiving: SimpleSteps.org

DOE: Insulating a New House (Do It Right the First Time)

TN Stop Litter


*Hybrid Cars


* Endangered and Threatened species Page


News Services

* Environmental News Service (ENS)

* Environmental News Network

* Reuters:environment

* AP

* World-Wire

* Smart Growth Online State By State Headlines

* World Watch Institute

* UF&WS Endangered Species Bulletin


Sustainability

* Electric Tankless Water Heaters

* USGBC:LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

* NAHB Energy and Green Buildings

* American Lung Association: Health Homes

* Greenbiz.com: Business. The Environment. The Bottom line.

* Sustainable Businesses

* Green Dream Jobs

*
Greenprofs


* ISO: ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization, located in Geneva, Switzerland. ISO promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards. Enviornmental Management Systems (EMS).

* EPA:Reducing Stormwater Costs through Low Impact Development (LID) Strategies and Practices

* Low Impact Development and Green Development

* Center for Livable Communities

* Smart Growth
10 Principles of Smart Growth

* Sustainable Communities Network

* Congress for New Urbanism

* Scientific American-Envri-Energy

* World Business Council for Sustainable Development


* Environmental Bankers
Association (EBA)


* Environmental Leader

* Alexandria, VA Eco-City


* GreenLiving Ideas

provides ideas, tips, and information to help you improve the environmental sustainability of every aspect of your life: home energy, green building and remodeling, cars, food, waste recycling—and everything in between.


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Energy

* TVA Energy Right: The energy right Program from TVA and your local power company encourages, communicates, and supports the wise and efficient use of electricity in Valley homes.



* EPA Green Power Parnership

Bats More At Risk From Wind Turbines Than Birds, Study Claims. Science Daily provides the details: >>More

* River Network: Water Energy and Climate


* Energy Star

* TVA: Energey Saving Tips

* US Green Building Council

* (LEED) Green Building Rating System™

* EarthCraft Houses

* Green Energy Efficient Homes


Stocks

* Green Chip Stocks

* Dow Jones Sustainablity Index




* Urban Low Impact Development


The Second Annual Summit For A Sustainable TN


* EPA Green Infrastructrure links

* Ecobrain.com: Green Books for Green Living!


Greenroofs

* GreenRoofs.com (all things green roofs)



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Recycle

* Where to recycle in Mid TN

* Plastic Bags

* Reusablebags.com


* Reduce.org

* Plastic Water Bottles


* Plastic Recycling Facts

Mayor's Plan, the Plastic Bag Will Carry a Fee >>More >>also at



Blogs

* TennesseGreen.com

* Greenprofs

Greenprofs.com is at the center of a community of over 12,500 green business professionals.

* EPA Greenversations Blog

* The Green Room Blog

* Brentwood for the Environment Blog



* American Forests



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NPSINFO e-Forum Resource Center

Nonpoint Source News ResourcesOn this page you will find handy information on NPSINFO, EPA's electronic mailing list for discussing nonpoint source pollution (NPS) control issues. A community of more than 1,700 individuals from federal, state, and local government and numerous public and private organizations uses NPSINFO to share information on how to address this problem. >>More

Webcasts

The Watershed Academy Webcast team will be taking the month of August off. However, please check out the great seminars that can be accessed on-line any time anywhere at Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars Web site

* EPA Benefits of GreenScaping



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10,000 Rain Gardens

An opportunity for the future

Kansas City sets an ambitious goal, and communities around the country follow.


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Stormwater

* Model Ordinances

* Stormwater Regulations

* Stormwater Manager's Resource Center (Stormwatercenter.net)--The Stormwater Manager's Resource Center is designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues. Created and maintained by the Center for Watershed.

Urban Stormwater Management Report

(Nov 07)

A new report from the National Research Council, Urban Stormwater Management in the United States (PDF 10.8MB), provides a description of the history of stormwater management in the United States and a number of recommendations on how stormwater management can be improved to achieve better environmental outcomes.


TN Storm Water Permitting Phase II MS4s

TDEC Water Pollution Control

The EPA phase II final rule requires NPDES permit coverage for storm water discharges from certain small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). In Tennessee, the Phase II program will affect about 85 cities and counties by requiring them to obtain coverage under a storm water discharge permit and to implement a set of programs to manage the quality of storm water runoff from the storm sewer systems.

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TDEC Erosion Prevention and Sediment Contorl Manual.


EPA Storm Water Technology Fact Sheet:

*Combined Sewer Overflows Treatment

*Storm Water

*Disinfection

*Biological Treatment

*Water Efficiency

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Sony unveils 21-inch TV with OLED technology

Wednesday, 1-7-09, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas saw the unveiling of Sony’s latest paper-thin televisions with OLED (organic light emitting diode) panel. Though slightly pricey for average households, the 21-inch TVs are simply awesome! >>More



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